my {long} weekend in pictures.


{Couch repair on Friday morning. And now it’s almost as good as new! Thank goodness because we LOVE this couch.}


{We celebrated Aaron’s birthday on Thursday (his real birthday) and Friday with a blueberry pie, made with lots of love by Eloise and me.}


{I worked on the entryway bench this weekend with wood filler and primer. So excited to be closer to finishing.}


{We went to our friends’ house on Saturday for a BBQ and this beagle was Daphne’s best friend. It reminded me of the beagles I grew up with.}


{And Eloise had so much fun playing with all of the kids (the other 7 not pictured)!}


{YES, a family picture!}


{Sunday was pretty much spent outside all day and Aaron and Eloise worked in the yard.}


{Planting the new raised bed. And look at that freshly mowed and edged lawn!}

{Daphne’s new word is WHOA!}


{There was so much water table time this weekend.}


{Eloise wanted to help me with laundry and folded her own. Guys. And then she organized her drawers.}


{We headed to our local playground this afternoon and Daphne LOVED the slide!}


{And Eloise was so proud that she could climb this wall all by herself.}


{Our family walk this evening turned into Aaron carrying both of the girls home after we visited with neighbors!}

We had such a fun long weekend celebrating, what feels like, the beginning of summer! Lots of time spent out on our bigger deck (we will share soon) and out in the yard. We are gearing up for a busy week!

How was your long weekend?


friday I’m in love {may}

{image via Pinterest}

Hello Friday! And how it is already the end of May, I’m not even sure. Spring is just flying by and summer will be here before we know it.

This year, one of my (very informal) New Year’s Resolutions was to prioritize self-care. As a stay at home mama, it is really easy for me to get lost in the day-to-day shuffle (or chaos) and I tend to de-prioritize myself, to a fault. But, after this past year with two little ones, I know I can’t be my best if I am not taking care of myself, hence the resolution. It’s nothing really big, but a few small indulgences have helped!

Here are my favs for mama self-care for the month!

{one} BeautyCounter Lip Conditioner.

I have been using BeautyCounter for a while now (the flawless in five make-up is awesome!) but I just recently got this Lip Conditioner in Calendula and it is LOVE. I don’t wear much make-up these days, but after doing my morning and evening facial routine (more about that below) I need something to moisturize my lips. I love this right before bed (I put it on before I read for 15 minutes) and it is great after I have worn my LipSense lipstick (which I find really drying and needs to be scrubbed off). The smell is amazing and, like every BeautyCounter product, I know it is safe for me and my body!

{two} Sheetmasks (+ K-Beauty).

Guys, I never in my wildest dreams thought this would be true, but I am slightly addicted to all things K-Beauty. I have never been super into make-up and like minimal skin care, so it is a big surprise! But as part of my self-care resolution, I wanted to really start taking care of my skin so that I could combat aging (hello, 30s!) and be able to wear less make-up. So instead of focusing on make-up, I am focusing on skin care. There are tons and tons of skin care and everywhere you look there is something new. It is extremely overwhelming. So without getting into the entire line-up of my skin care products, I want to talk about sheetmasks. I mostly get mine from either SokoGlam or Peach & Lily (J.Crew sells them too!) and try to use one once or twice per week. I try to do my evening skin care routine right after the girls go to bed and once you have a sheetmask on, it is hard to do anything but sit and relax because you can’t move your face. Ha!

{three} Suits.

For the record, I have been fan-girling over Meghan Markle long before she started dating Prince Harry! And if you need a little more Meghan in your life (because we can only see so many of the same wedding photos, right?) do yourself a favor and go watch Suits. And even if you don’t like Meghan or the royals, you will still like this show! I am a sucker for a legal drama, and this one did not disappoint! There are SEVEN seasons and while I think they dragged it out a few more seasons than they should have, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

{four} Reading.

If you knew me before I went to grad school, you know I was an avid reader. My entire life I plowed thru books and just loved to read. Fast-forward thru law school and I lost interest in reading anything more than a magazine article. Seriously. It was slightly depressing, but I just needed a break from books, generally. And now that I am seven (what?) years out of law school, I am returning to my love of books. I originally set a goal of one book per month. Lofty, I know. And honestly, I haven’t even come close to that! But Aaron and I recently finished binge-watching Big Little Lies and before we even watched the last episode, I found myself downloading it onto my Kindle. And each night I have been reading for 15 or 30 minutes before bed. It is lovely.

{five} Working Out.

I recently shared all about my BBG experience and though the past month has taken it’s toll on my workouts (read: they were non-existent) I am working on getting back into a good rhythm. And actually, this past month of not having almost daily workouts has shown me how much I need this in my life! Not only do I miss the physical aspect of it, but the mental time too. Just this weekend I took 30 minutes to walk down to Greenlake and listen to a podcast and it was amazing how good I felt after (and then I got home and Daphne threw up all over me #mamalife).

What are you loving this month? And what do you do for self-care? I’d love some more ideas!


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my weekend in pictures.


{Waiting for swim lessons on Friday morning. She asked every morning this week when she got to go!}


{We hit up the playground before dinner on Friday afternoon. Both of the girls were obsessed with this little bench.}


{Aaron was busy this entire weekend working on building a bench in our entryway. And it provided so much entertainment for the girls too!}


{Aaron brought home the most beautiful peonies this weekend.}


{We had family dinner this weekend with our friends and after the kids went to bed, we celebrated Aaron’s birthday early with cheesecake. Happy 3-5 babe!}


{And then we had to end the night with a game of Catan.}


{Daphne woke up feeling pretty sad this morning. She was running warm and just didn’t seem like her happy self. But she was so cuddly.}


{Getting a jumpstart on the week by picking up my groceries this afternoon.}


{And we headed to Bartell’s and ended up with free ice cream, but not what we went there for!}


{Daphne was not feeling well most of the day and ended up snoozing late this afternoon, after nap time. She insisted on being held so I wore her in the carrier until she fell asleep. She is cutting her fourth molar (in two weeks) which I am thinking is the underlying issue. She has really never been sick before and it is the saddest thing ever.}

We had a pretty low-key weekend so that Aaron had time to build out our entryway. The basics are all framed out, but there is still finishing work to be done. I am so excited to share it as soon as it’s done!

How was your weekend? And can you believe next weekend is Memorial Day?


my weekend pictures.


{Picked up some fresh blooms on the way home from swim lessons on Friday morning. Bummed that Whole Foods was out of peonies, and the hydrangeas are already wilted, but they were so pretty for a bit!}


{These girls playing together makes my mama heart burst!}


{All of the girls dressed in grey (my shirt was grey and Eloise insisted that we all match) for our pre-Mother’s Day brunch on Saturday morning with the Andersons.}


{Loved having all of these kiddos playing together.}


{In anticipation of our deck being expanded (we can’t wait!) we picked up a new outdoor table and chairs. And, of course, Eloise had to help Aaron put a chair together.}


{It’s officially water-table season as there was SUN and warm temps in the forecast all weekend long!}

{In case you missed it in my Instagram stories, Daphne had the BEST time on our family walk on Saturday evening.}


{My loves.}


{I got to sleep in this morning while Aaron got up with the girls and made breakfast and found the girls playing with their baby dolls together. It was so sweet.}


{It was WAY too nice to stay at the house today so we headed out to the Ballard Farmer’s Market and there were so many fresh flowers! I should have waited and picked up some peonies today. But I am ecstatic that it is peony season.}


{A selfie with my Eloise. We had lunch on the sidewalk curb enjoying a street musician playing the harp and it was perfect.}


{These girls made me a mama and also the best job ever. I will be forever grateful.}

We had the most BEAUTIFUL and sunny weekend filled weekend! And while there definitely weren’t enough hours in the day to get all of the projects done (or worked on) that we wanted, it still felt like progress.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas out there!

How was your weekend?


eloise {three & three-quarter years}

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{lion: jellycat via nordstrom // dress: Hanna Andersson (old; hand-me-down from a friend) // leggings: Cat and Jack for Target}

{three & three-quarter years} It seems like Eloise has grown up SO much in the past few months! She’s such a little lady!

Every afternoon (when Daphne goes down for a nap) Eloise has quiet time. For me this is my only free-time during the day and I think it’s so important to help foster independent play and down-time for Eloise. Obviously she used to nap during this time, but these days she maybe takes one or two naps in a week. As with her last quarterly update, if she does snooze at all during this time, it means we have more melt-downs and she stays up super late at night (even though we keep her bedtime at the same time). So, generally we like her to stay awake during this time!

Since Daphne has been around, Eloise really hasn’t had much consistent screen time. We FaceTime with family and friends, but shows or games are pretty much non-existent. I used to let Eloise watch a show on most afternoons while I was cooking dinner, but since we don’t want Daphne to watch TV and it is impossible for me to keep Daphne in the kitchen while I am trying to get dinner ready, it means that time in the late afternoon is play time for Daphne and Eloise in the living room. But we don’t want to completely stop doing screen time, so we started doing a family movie night once per month on a Saturday night. We will put Daphne down at her normal bedtime and get in our jammies, pop some popcorn and maybe get a special (small) dessert and watch a movie, just the three of us! The first movie was Moana which she liked, but there is one particular scene towards the end that scares her. However, she constantly asks to listen to the soundtrack on Spotify. And the other movie we have done is Coco which was SO cute! We didn’t know what to expect and there were a few scenes that Eloise didn’t like, but she really enjoyed all of the singing. What are other good kid-friendly movies? (Other than Frozen.)

Most mornings (or at least a few each week) Aaron goes into work late enough for the girls to see him in the morning and can help out with breakfast before catching his bus to work. Every single morning Eloise wants to see Papa. Lately I have been the one to go and get her up at 8 am (because she stays in her room until we come in!) and she will run down the hall to see Papa!

After taking a brief hiatus from extracurricular activities, we started Eloise in swim lessons to gear up for the summer. We will have a few opportunities to be in a pool or swimming this summer, so I wanted Eloise to be comfortable in the water. She won’t learn to swim completely on her own yet, but she’s the type of kid that doesn’t like water splashed on her face in the bathtub, so it’s baby steps. We enrolled her in a school that only does individual 15 minute lessons and it has been so great for her! We are planning on one weekly lesson until the end of June (which is when our “summer vacation” actually starts since she is in school until June 21st).

Eloise still LOVES school and we love the community that we share with her. The teachers, parents, and kids are all amazing and we will very much miss everyone next year when Eloise moves onto pre-K at a new school. But even though Eloise loves school, ever since returning from spring break, Eloise has had a lot of trouble with drop-offs in the morning. She is fine when we get there, but when it comes time for me and Daphne to leave, she becomes a stage five clinger and gets upset when I try to leave. I know that it is best if I just go, so usually her teacher will try to distract her (or hold her) while I walk out the door. And every day it takes only a few minutes for Eloise to compose herself and then have the best time at school!

Taking after her Grammie (Mimi), Eloise is obsessed with art. She prefers painting, but this time of year she is all about sidewalk chalk. Her happy place is sitting on the sidewalk in front of our house drawing pictures and waving and saying “hi” to neighbors. I am thinking about putting a chalkboard outside in our backyard for her? Or I saw this adorable art studio playhouse in the new Magnolia Journal?

Eloise likes to wear her shoes on the opposite feet. She says it is more comfortable. It is usually a battle I am not willing to pick as it already feels impossible to get out of the house some days!

This will be something I will be glad for in the future but Eloise is OBSESSED with sunscreen. As soon as it is the slightest bit warm and sunny outside, she tells me that we need sunscreen when we go outside. And she doesn’t mind being slathered in it either which is awesome for the summer, and especially since I use physical sunscreen which is very white and pasty for the most part. I got her a little stick of sunscreen for her school bag to put on before she goes outside and every single time we go outside she asks if she can put it on. Start ’em young!

For a while now, maybe a year, Eloise has had this imaginary life and family in Arizona that she constantly talks about. She is married to Papa (Aaron which is SO sweet!) and has about 46 or 69 kids, depending on the day; some of these kids are her dolls, but some of them are unnamed. And she has this house in Arizona and she commutes back and forth either by plane or car to Seattle to visit. Her kids, not surprisingly, do almost the exact same things that she and Daphne do! It is really great to see her imagination.

And the newest rendition of Things Eloise Says:

“Step shoes” or high heels.

“Mama, Papa, I terribly need you!”

“Papa, can you switch the picture?” (She meant change the channel.)

“Mama, they are cleaning the ice!” (Watching Olympic curling on TV.)

E noticed the packaging changed on the Newman’s Organic prunes. The old package had a picture of Pa and Nell Newman, but the new package only has Pa. “Why did they take her off of the package? Did she not make the prunes right?”

“Mama, did you know shoes have tongues? But they don’t lick.”

Me: “We need to get gas (in the car).” Eloise: “Yeah, the car needs breakfast.”

“Papa, can you find all the hideaway vegetables?” (Asking Aaron to have the onions and peppers taken off of her pizza.)

“Hey Mama, just a friendly reminder: Daphne likes Charlotte the Cow (a stuffed animal).”

While she is lying in bed and singing: “Happy Birthday to someone I don’t know! Happy Birthday to You!” (Probably her favorite song ever.)

“Mama, those eggs are really darn good!”

“I was struggling.” To Aaron when he was talking to her about an EPIC melt-down she had after school one day this week.

I definitely wasn’t as good about writing down what she said these past few months, but Eloise is hilarious!

{weight} 38ish pounds (my guess); height: 38 inches

{hair} (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 20 teeth plus four molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  mostly 4T, some 5 or 4 to 6 (which is a kid’s XS).

{diapers} NONE!

{feeding} during the day, three meals, (sometimes a) morning snack, & (sometimes an) afternoon snack. cup of milk with every meal.

{likes} singing, dancing, taking walks around the blocks, talking to the neighbors, Teddy the mailman, school and her friends, Daphne, coloring, yelling, Duplos, digging in the dirt, splashing, counting, any person outside on the sidewalk, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, coloring, buckles, jumping, watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone, FaceTime (but she always wants to hold the phone), bath time, shoes, mama’s (diaper) bag, putting things inside a bag or box, helping with anything & everything, when Papa comes home from work.

{dislikes} not being included, having something taken away from her, not eating when someone else is, being hungry, TimeOut.

{nicknames} Bug, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, E-Lo or Elle.

Happy three & three-quarter years E! You will be FOUR before we know it!


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my weekend in pictures.


{We headed to the Zoo late Friday afternoon to welcome the rhinos to Seattle and have a picnic dinner. We looked for the tigers (Eloise’s favorite) but they were sleeping…}


{And we didn’t see any of the real lions, but Eloise insisted on climbing on this one. Sparkly shoes and everything.}

{Swim lessons for E bright and early on Saturday morning!}


{The girls and I went for a walk down the street and Daphne insisted on helping push Eloise on her trike.}


{Just a girl and her dog.}


{Aaron built us another raised garden bed.}


{And recruited Eloise to help. She was happy to put washers on all of the bolts.}


{We had to cut our outside time short on Saturday evening since we were approaching dinner time. Eloise and Aaron were in the kitchen making pizzas and Daphne walked in from the living room. We all heard a crash and a cry. Daphne fell right into the corner of Eloise’s kitchen step stool and broke her eyebrow open. It was tricky to get the bleeding to stop and even though I did (with a band-aid) I knew immediately we would need to go to at least urgent care. So, we turned off the oven and scrambled out of the house. Our friends offered to watch Eloise for the rest of the evening which was amazing. And the three of us headed to Children’s Hospital.}


{We headed to Urgent Care first knowing that we could be re-routed to the ER depending on how things were looking. We waited for 45 minutes before we saw a nurse. She told us that sutures under general anesthesia would require an ER trip and that it would take at least THREE hours! So, we took our chances and waited for the nurse practitioner to give us her opinion on stitches. After Daphne had some numbing cream applied, she finally got to eat dinner! I managed to grab some pasta, strawberries, and a Lara bar as we rushed out the door. Not the best dinner ever but she didn’t even care one bit. However, she did not like having a big band-aid on her head.}


{Once the NP came in to check on her, she was able to tell us that glue would be fine since the cut wasn’t gaping open. So they wrapped her up like a burrito and she screamed the entire time. It was heart-breaking. I did, however, notice that both of her top molars have cut thru (since her mouth was the widest it has ever been during the procedure). Daphne didn’t let us put her shirt back on, but was acting really normally when we left, just TWO AND A HALF hours after we arrived… sheesh.}


{Aaron headed out early this morning to make a run to IKEA which was postponed from Saturday night. And he had a bon voyage crew! We have a ton of house projects in the works so I will update once we have some completed.}


{This afternoon we were able to get back outside and Eloise helped Aaron with the rest of the raised bed.}



Geez, this weekend was a doozy. The second urgent care visit for Daphne in three weeks. We are feeling really lucky though that we have close friends that took amazing care of Eloise and fed her dinner and read her bedtime stories so that we didn’t have to wrangle a three year old at urgent care. And we are also feeling lucky that Daphne is fine. She has a big blob of glue on her forehead which should heal in the next week, but she hasn’t even seemed to notice it all day today.

We are gearing up for a crazy work week for Aaron and looking forward to a late-week date night as well as Mother’s Day weekend!

How was your weekend?


Congratulations Grad!

As many of you know, either from my recent Instagram or Facebook posts or because you have known us for a while, but this graduation has been a long time coming. For as long as we have been together (almost 11 years!) Aaron has been doing some type of schooling AND working full-time.

After leaving Purdue University, Aaron moved out to Seattle and started working, but made time to take classes at the local community college. It wasn’t always consistent, but slow and steady, even if it was just one class per term. Even after we were married, he was taking evening classes at the local college while supporting me as I finished my own education. And then a few years ago he found out about WGU (Western Governor’s University) which is a non-profit, online college focused on competence of information rather than credit hours. It wasn’t perfect (nothing is, right?), but it was the best fit for our growing family.

And while he would never consider himself a student, I am in tremendous awe in how he was able to balance work, life, and his classes over the years. I had such a different education experience, having the “luxury” of being a full-time student (and no kids!) in both my undergraduate and graduate studies. Not in my wildest dreams could I fathom having more commitments than the current term’s studies. But this guy, he put in late nights and weekends and even studying during our vacations. There were times that we both questioned the process, but in the end, it was totally worth it!

Congratulations on a HUGE accomplishment Aaron! Your commitment to your personal growth and to our family is awe inspiring. We are so SO proud of you!


{Making sure the gown and the cap fit!}


{Hugs for Grammie.}


{Walking in.}


{Graduation ceremonies are notoriously long and this one wasn’t any different. But the girls did so well!}


{Daphne with Aunt Sarah and Uncle Ben.}




{Aaron was sitting in the very last college/school to walk across the stage, so he had some time to think about what he might do in front of the camera.}


{A proud family right there!}


{Apparently “get your hands out of your mouths” didn’t work.}


{And our dear friend Jerry was able to join us for the ceremony too!}

And now onto the next big thing, though I promise you we are not getting any more degrees!

Happy Graduation Aaron! We are so enormously proud of you!