May 23, 2017

easter pics // perspective shift

While editing these pictures, I remembered how frustrated I was that my kids weren't sitting still for these pictures of them in their Easter outfits. They were making funny faces at each other, and making Lulu laugh really hard. Looking back, I can't believe I was bothered that I got these shots instead of something posed. This is how they are with each other. They fight. They tease. And they also love each other and are friends. I couldn't want anything more for them. So I'm thrilled that I captured what life is like for our family of five in 2017. These are the good ol' days. They're going by so fast.

May 22, 2017

easter 2017

We actually had pretty weather for Easter, which was SOOOO nice to have after months and months of dreariness. Our neighborhood had a community Easter egg hunt, which was a hit. I love it because it's really casual and non-stressful and, while it's well attended, it's not chaotic. It was nearly impossible to get Fritz and Louisa to look at me for a picture though. This was me as they rummaged through their loot, "Candy!! I have candy! Look at Mommy! Fritz! Lulu! I have candy! Look at me!" Nada.
We also dyed some eggs using different teas (like Blueberry Rooibos, English Black, Green, Ginger Pear and Peppermint). I also used turmeric for one of them. It was fun and aromatic and I'm totally doing it again! Didn't they turn out so pretty?
Then, David hid the eggs in our backyard, which was kind of hard since we are in the middle of some serious overhaul in the backyard of tree trimmings disposal. It made for some creative hideout spots though!
And, I made a delicious dinner, of which I forgot to take a picture. However, here's the table. I will tell you, this year I used lacinato kale in my gratin and it was delicious!
I have a dozen or so pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits but I'll post them in a separate post. Here's a taster though. Heart eyes.

May 16, 2017

fritzy turns five

My favorite middle child turned five last month. Fritz is such a great kid. He's so thoughtful - he's always offering things and bringing me things that he thinks I'll like or need. He's funny - did I ever tell you that he randomly started calling me "m'lady", like he's a character in Downton Abbey? He's forgiving, which I'm personally so grateful for. He is quick to forgive and forget. He's a great example. He's cheerful and friendly and I just love the person he is.

Fritz loves food and cooking so naturally, I decided to have a cooking themed party, which obviously worked out well for me too. I made a chandelier out of wooden spoons and an embroidery hoop. Really easy and it was like $5. I also bought this checkered, paper table runner and it was perfect, which I also cut up to make the garland.

He invited a few friends over and the kids started out by decorating their own aprons. Then I made fresh pasta, simple San Marzano tomato sauce and mozzarella stuffed meatballs (which were delicious!) and a cheese platter, which had Point Reyes Blue cheese on it... as ALL cheese platters should.
Fritz wanted a strawberry and chocolate cake for his birthday and I have to tell you that I seriously broke down in tears the night before the party when I tried for the second time to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream with fresh strawberries. Never. Again. It doesn't work, guys. Don't let Martha deceive you. My super amazing, and chocolatier/patissier friend, Autumn, gave me great advice though. Use freeze dried strawberries instead of fresh! This has renewed my faith in meringue not breaking on me - I will try it again and report back. Maybe next year... The memories are still fresh. At least it tasted good (ganache and lots of butter has that effect)!

Would you look at that face? Oh, my heart.
Happy Birthday my wonderful, wonderful boy. I'll love you forever.

March 20, 2017

capture

I was looking through some photos from my fabulous friend, Kelsey, and I love this one of me and the boys so much. It perfectly captures their personalities. I was working with a client the other day who wanted to incorporate some personal art into her home. Now, I know that some people have opinions about family pictures being a design "faux pas" but seriously? We live here!

Anyway, this client had grown children and had NEVER had professional family pictures taken. She has the means but never got around to it. I encouraged her to get some pictures taken before her youngest high schoolers graduated and moved out. I'm so grateful that I've had many wonderful photographers to capture moments and seasons in my family's life. Even if you can't afford to get them professionally taken, I suggest setting up a camera and taking a family picture every once in a while. One where the parents are IN THEM. I hope my children cherish these photos with us, kissing their faces. Smiling along side them. Loving them. These photos are a gift that I'll always be grateful for.
2016 - Kelsey Henry
2015 - Danica Kimball

2014 - Ashley Nielson

2013 - Brittany LeSueur
2013 - Blue Lily
2010 - Lori Hull

March 15, 2017

new phase on the horizon

I've been thinking a lot about how I'm entering a new phase of life. I really don't have a baby anymore (contrary to what Louisa believes - "I'n a baby! Not big gwirw!") That's a hard realization but it's also exciting. I'm excited for what lies ahead with science projects, playing games, talking about deeper topics, laughing at crushes. Life is short and I've never been more sure of how I want to appreciate each day. Louisa has one more year at home before I'm going to put her in preschool a couple of days a week. I hope to relish this time.

Here are a few pictures from my iPhone that never made it to Instagram that I want to document. Just random tidbits of the growing up of my children the last few months.
He can still fall asleep anywhere and still sucks his thumb.
She loves having tea parties with her animals. She fills the teapot up with water from the bathroom sink and spills it everywhere so I designated this towel as her "tea party" towel. It works.
Swinging is still her favorite. She was especially cold this day and I had to wrap her up in a fuzzy blanket I had from the car while she swung. I love her little face.
On one of our best snow days, Fritz marveled at how beautiful our yard was covered in a blanket of white. This was right before we all geared up in our snow clothes and headed down the trail to the big hill. Fritz was the only one brave enough to do it! He really got going!
The Seattle Zoo has a great carousel that the kids loved riding on. Those are some happy faces right there!
This is a quintessential childhood picture of my kids. Fritz in jammies. Lulu in her tutu and crown with her fingertips covered in black olives. What a great life.
I was walking down our stairs the other day to put in a load of laundry and almost stepped on this booby trap the boys had made from watching Home Alone too many times. Haha! Let's hope they don't try the hot door handle trick.