Apr 19, 2015

LelaLove in Seattle

I just got home from a lovely week visiting my friend, Lizzy Lou, in Seattle.  Since she moved up there last fall, we've been dying to see each other – and while she's been busy with a newborn and moving, I've been busy recovering from knee surgeries.  Luckily, Sean took some time off this month and let me sneak away for a little trip to go see her.  Turns out we both have great husbands, because every night I was there, her hubby held down the homestead so we could hit the town for dinner. 

We hung out with the kids during the day.  Taking them to Pike Place Market, Snoqualmie Falls, and Pine Lake to meet up with the kid's cousins at a dreamy lakeside park {big trees, huge fields of green grass, and a clean lake with ducks and a boat dock}.  I also spent plenty of time laying in the sunshine in her living room.  You know, like a cat?  I haven't been to Seattle since we lived there almost 12 years ago, so it was nice to see all the familiar places.  We hit several good restaurants, including Din Tai Fung and DERU Market.  We hit some great food spots in Pike Place Market as well.  We're certified food lovers – so, it's always a good time when we're together. 
I just have this thing with flowers.  Gimme all the flowers!!!

You down?
Classic.  William is calmly observing and Fritz is jumping. 
I wanted everything and I especially wanted to figure out a way to get everything home with me.  From Beecher's cheese, to fresh produce and seafood, to Le Panier baked goods.  That place really is the best.  Oh, how I miss it!

The falls were beautiful and the drive up was equally beautiful.  All over the PNW the trees are green and blooming for Spring.  Meanwhile, my grass is all dead back home.  Dang drought.

Until next time, Lizzy Lou – Love your face!

Apr 18, 2015

Suzanne's Woodland Shower

Last weekend Lynette and I hosted a little woodland themed shower for our sweet friend, Suzanne.  She is expecting baby number 4 and is having a GIRL {gosh, is EVERYONE having girls?}.  Suzanne is so incredibly kind, wise, loving, beautiful and well spoken.  So many attributes I hope to achieve!

Party favors of stationary + twig pencils. 

Apr 7, 2015

Easter Weekend 2015

Oh man, was this Easter weekend awesome.  We started celebrating on Saturday morning – and kept on until Sunday night.  In between celebrations we listened to General Conference while I baked stuff.  

Oh, did I bake.  

Saturday, between sessions, we went to the Smurthwaite's for a potluck brunch and Easter egg hunt for the kiddies.  Jordan is basically a master at celebrating anything.  Everything was just darling and the backyard egg hunt was legit.  SOOOOO many eggs!  I made the mango + basil pavlova. Mmmm, mmm good. 
 Jordan pointed out that Indy came dressed like a minion. HA!

 Saturday night Sean and I fell into bed around 11:00PM – and just as I started to doze off, I realized we had forgotten to fill the Easter baskets {WHY?!?!}.  So, Sean gathered all the stuff and I filled them while half asleep sitting up in bed. Torture guys. Torture. 

Worth it?

Of course.  

I love seeing my babies excited on the morning of a big holiday.  Pure joy!
 We went over to the Meilsoe's for Easter brunch and for this little ball of love's baby blessing.  I'm not sure if I've ever loved someone else's child like I love little Atli.  The way he smiles at me melts me into a puddle of mom butter.  Plus, just look at those fluffy cheeks and chick fur for hair.  He's perfect.  Just perfect
Erin's amazing Easter spread. That speckled cake guys. Yummo.

 Oh, and one more egg hunt for good measure. 
 My friend, Stephanie, {that I grew up with} just moved here with her family and we had them over for dinner.  Her family is adorable.  Whenever I'm around sweet little girls I start getting this bug that I want to try one more time for a girl.  Oooooh man am I crazy.  Or am I? 

I am.  

The kids helped me set the table and kids table {one more reason my boys will be great husbands}.  I love a reason to use the pretty dishes and make more of a fuss for dinner.  I really do enjoy it so much.  I didn't get pictures of the food {dang}, but trust me it was delish!

 Dessert was Pavlova with a mango crème brûlée filling and strawberry shortcake with basil.  Great way to end a weekend filled with family, friends, fun, food and reflecting on our Savior. Hope you all had a fabby Easter too!