my {long} weekend in pictures.


{on saturday afternoon we celebrated & remembered the life of my grandmother.}


{mmm, s’mores!}


{a fierce family board game commenced. aaron & I were victorious!}


{the bump & I got all dressed up for a baby shower on sunday! pics to come later in the week.}


{I love being at my parents’ house & catching up on all of my mom’s magazines!}


{dinner out at smoky mountain pizza – a local fav!}


{my parents’ dog bentley. love this guy. & he loves you when you have food!}


{so. many. donuts & cookies. we were sent home by the shower hostesses with lots of sprinkled & sugared goodies. an apparent test of self-control at 8 months pregnant.}


{sad to leave boise after such a quick trip!}

we spent the long weekend in boise to celebrate the life of my grandmother. it was an emotional time, but so, so good to see so many family & friends. we had a small family “service” at my parents’ cabin to remember & celebrate my grandmother. it was perfectly small & succinct – just how she would have wanted it to be.

I also had the pleasure of being “sprinkled” {baby sprinkled that is} by two of my best friends in celebration of baby lower. it was really great to see family & friends, & meet a few new babies that were in tow. I plan on sharing pics of the shower later in the week, so hold tight!

it was hard to spend so little time in boise before having to make the trip back to the real world, but it is nice that we have a short work week to look forward to. how was your weekend?


amanda’s baby brunch.

I had the pleasure of hosting a baby brunch last weekend to celebrate my good friend amanda & her baby boy! she requested a simple affair that was focused on quality time with girlfriends. after amanda chose steelhead diner {right at pike place market!} for the venue, the rest of the brunch came together really easily. amanda’s friend kelly acted as my co-host & we came up with this simple pinboard.


{the main focus of the décor was the table: a simple kraft paper runner with a few flower arrangements & succulents}


{a simple guess-how-much-candy-in-the-bowl game // a thumbprint guestbook that will be a keepsake for baby boy’s nursery}


{the table // wishes for baby // the cutest little succulents in pots that were sent home with each guest}


{more thumbprinting! // onesies with tiny clothespins hung as a bunting-type banner}


{me & amanda & our bumps // kelly & amanda}


  • the kraft paper runner was a simple version of this one
  • the low flower arrangements were a combination of a whole foods bouquet & peonies.
  • the “instruction cards” were handmade with faux calligraphy & washi tape buntings
  • the thumbprint guestbook was made in illustrator {with a little trial & error}
  • the succulents & ceramic pots were from fred meyer
  • the glass candy dish was from michael’s

also see amanda’s brunch post here!

it was so great to celebrate with you amanda & I can’t wait to meet baby boy!

xo M

my weekend in pictures.


{got to attend jaz’s dance recital on friday night. such a treat! great job kiddo!}


{I had the pleasure of hosting a baby brunch for amanda & baby boy sadlier at steelhead diner on saturday afternoon. more pics to come this week!}


{traffic was awful this weekend going to seattle & in the city. the 520 bridge was closed & streets all over the city were closed for the half and full marathon.}


{not usually a fast food eater but I did have to try a wendy’s frosty in a waffle cone. so good!}


{we got to hang out with jaz on saturday night while her parents went on date night. lots of games were played!}


{I bust out the iron only for special occasions. this occasion was maternity photos.}


{lots of hair products used by the gal at swink style bar while getting my hair done.}


{stopped by the house this weekend to see the progress & DRYWALL! pics to come later in the week.}


{sadie enjoying the new almost finished space in our basement.}

we had a very busy first-of-the-summer weekend but it was time well spent. we got to hang out with our friends jes, cale, & their daughter jaz {twice!} which is always a good time. I also got to co-host a brunch for my good friend amanda & it was so good to see her & get some girl time in. the setting wasn’t too shabby either – right in the heart of pike place market! I was able to stroll around the market ahead of time, buy some gorgeous flowers, & enjoy a delicious raspberry croissaint from le panier. we also did a maternity photoshoot this afternoon – all of us: aaron, me, sadie, & the bump! we were down at golden gardens beach park which was busy because the weather was so great. can’t wait to share these pics in a few weeks!

how was your weekend?


erin & colt got married.

last week we were in indiana {you can see highlights of our week here if you missed it} to see aaron’s family & also to attend erin & colt’s wedding!

colt & aaron {not to be confused with erin} went to high school together, & erin & I hit it off as soon as we met. they have both been really great friends for a lot of years & we were so, so honored to be invited to celebrate their big day.

along with being able to join in the wedding festivities, we also had a few other family ties to the big event. cari, aaron’s sister, sang all of the music at the wedding ceremony – processional, recessional – as well as the first dance song & a late night rendition of bobby mcgee which is her go-to karaoke song {um, she sounds exactly like janis!}. funnily enough erin heard cari sing crazy love during our wedding ceremony & asked cari to sing at her wedding during our reception; almost four years later she did! also, all of the antlers that were used in the wedding – to line the aisle & along the centers of each reception table – were courtesy of my big brother jason. they looked fantastic!

the wedding site was at colt’s parents’ house & it was perfect. the ceremony was out in front of the house & the reception took place in a huge tent out back. erin & colt thought of everything which you could see in all of the beautiful details. there was an old mantle & windows that stood in for a traditional altar, the reception tables were lined with antlers, fresh flowers, moss, & tall candlesticks. towards the end of the night we were entertained with a huge fireworks show!

without further adieu, the pics {since that is what you are really interested in, right?}.


{all dressed up! // the bride & me at the cocktail hour pre-ceremony // the ceremony set-up}


{the ceremony aisle // first kiss! // program stand}


{the ceremony site // our seats at the reception // the lounge area in the tent}


{pie bar in lieu of cake // the gorgeous reception set-up // first dance}


{the moms & bride watching the father of the bride’s toast // colt & his mom dancing // the tent all aglow}


{cari belting out bobby mcgee // the groom // erin singing baby got back with the band}


{the tables were even more gorgeous in candlelight // mo, cari, me & aaron // the bride & the bump}


{cari & mo // colt & erin having a good time // aaron getting’ down // group pic at the end of the party}

& if you didn’t get enough you can see all of aaron’s pictures of the wedding & reception here.

we had such. a. fun. time. it was one of those weddings where everyone had a great time & danced the night away. congratulations erin & colt!

xo M

my week{end} in pictures {indiana edition}.

{sorry for the delay in this post – we landed in seattle late yesterday night & hit the ground running!}


{we got off a red-eye flight from seattle to chicago last week & drove to indiana. in hindsight, this was a terrible idea. #wenappedinapaneraparkinglot}


{aaron being a great uncle!}


{our friend colt & aaron picked these beautiful peonies for me!}


{hanging out with our sweetest niece charlotte.}


{headed to colt & erin’s wedding on friday. more pics to come!}


{aaron spent a lot of time shooting clays at the post-wedding picnic.}


{aaron’s stepmom diane made sugar cookies & someone had to eat the last one. #takingonefortheteam}


{watched the french open finals – go rafa!}


{got to have dinner with aunt kathi, uncle stan, aunt sharon, & uncle mike. what a treat!}


{got to see kait & oliver while in alex. aaron & oliver shooting with a bow & arrow.}


{kait, me, & the bump.}


{our rental car – a kia soul. actually not a bad car, just an awful color!}


{aaron & frankie getting in some male bonding time.}


{we got a chance to see meg & her littles on our way out of town. aaron & si were bffs by the end of our trip!}


{after having lunch in chicago, we got to see wrigley field on our way to o’hare!}


{the route to terminal c at o’hare is always fun!}


{as we approached seattle, we opened the airplane window to discover the most beautiful view of mount rainer!}

we had a whirlwind trip to indiana to see aaron’s family & attend colt & erin’s nuptials this past week. it was so great to see so much family & get to spend some quality time with our niece & nephews {though it is so tough to not see them more often!}. the weather was beautiful & we both enjoyed a stretch of sunny weather with very little humidity {yay!} – looking forward to the summer weather that will hopefully descend upon the emerald city in the coming months. thanks to everyone who made time to hang out with us while we were in town – hope to do it again sometime very soon!

how was your weekend?


my {long} weekend in pictures.


{picked up a few pizzas from zaw for a dinner in with friends.}


{happy birthday aaron!}


{all packed up for a weekend staycation.}


{we stopped by the house on saturday to see the progress – I promise to share pics later in the week – & this is how you get into the front door.}


{it is sort of fun getting a week’s worth of mail on our weekly pick-up at the post office!}


{good weather in seattle means much more of this: waiting for boat traffic.}


{we got the sweetest package for baby lower from an old college friend.}


{celebrated a birthday dinner at steelhead diner at pike place market. the food was delish!}


{we stayed at the w hotel this weekend & it was so nice of them to remind us what time of day it was.}


{this sign at pike place market for the restrooms is hilarious – they are all over! I guess this is a sneak peak into what life will be like next year.}


{two of my favorite things: peonies & the bump!}


{I finally got started on a craft project for baby lower’s nursery at crafternoon with amanda.}

we had such an enjoyable long weekend vacationing in downtown seattle. we puttered around the shopping area downtown, took a few trips to the market, dined in bell town, caught up on grey’s anatomy, & enjoyed not having any plans whatsoever. sadie stayed with our good friends jes & cale – thanks you two! – so we knew we could relax without worrying about her. I can’t believe that we are already post-memorial day! that means aaron is one year older & summer {& baby lower} is right around the corner!

how was your weekend?


project baby {seattle baby shower}

as I had mentioned in this week’s bump post, amanda threw me a beautiful & lovely baby shower this past weekend. it was likely a bit of a challenge since it was gender neutral, but it was so, so perfect! every detail was thought of & executed to perfection. thank you amanda – such a fantastic way to celebrate baby lower with a fabulous group of women!

the spread was perfect – snacks & dessert {french macarons & cupcakes – my fav!} & I adored those hanging balloons. & the very sweetest thing was the guest book: everyone’s thumbprints on the cutest print from where the wild things are. this is the first art piece for the nursery!


{hanging balloons // the spread // the sweets}


{the guest book // shower prizes // oh baby banner in the bathroom // the most delicious drinks}


{quote on the guest book // shower game // favors // the spread}


{the drinks // my balloon chair // law school gals}


{playing shower games // admiring the youngest shower guest // the oldest of friends}


{mom, me, & the bump // the guest book // the lovely hostess & me // balloons!}

perfect, right?