Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Isn't it crazy that the holidays are almost over?? It feels like you spend so much time and effort getting everything ready, and then BOOM it's over.  But at least we still have NYE!  That's always fun.

We spent Thanksgiving this year at my brother's house.  There were almost 35 people there this time, so there was a lot going on!

Tony and Chloe sharing a post-turkey snuggle.

And here's our lonely Christmas tree.  Next year I'll have to remember to add something else to that corner to liven it up!

After hearing about multiple tree-spider incidents this year, I've thankful for our fake lil' tree.  Although I do miss going to the Christmas tree farms.

I got a little creative this year with the gift tags I made for the presents.

 I didn't realize until gifts were being opened that I forgot to add who they were from. This lead to a lot of:

"Who's this from?  What about this one?  There's no name!"

 "Me!  It's from me!! Over here!"

Oh well, they're still cute!

At the beginning of December, we welcomed Holly into our home.  She's been a fun little addition!

Chloe and I attempted to make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.  Let's just say we ended up leaving him a pack of Nutter Butters instead...

I swear I followed the recipe!!!

My good friend Kim had a cocktail/white elephant party this year at her amazing house on the lake. It was fun to get dressed up for once!!

And on Sunday, it finally snowed!  It's actually snowing a lot in this shot, but it just sort of looks like rain in the pic.  Sadly, it didn't stick at all.  But it was still really pretty to watch out the window.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! xoxo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Hello friends!!

Even though I'm not into blogging as much as I once was, I love writing the occasional post full of updates. I basically use this blog as a diary, so it's fun to go back and read older entries.

So without further ado...

I'll start with the less exciting news. For the second time in my life, I'm a proud owner of braces!! Yep, adult braces. I'll spare you the boring details, but the short story is that I'm having corrective jaw surgery in February and the braces are a sort of prerequisite. Luckily they are not as hideous as they were when I was in highschool (I opted for clear ceramic braces this time)! But they are beyond annoying and I'll be SO happy to be done with all of this!

And now for the major news: I'm engaged!! Yep, after 5 long years, Tony popped the question. It was simple & sweet & perfect. We were "glamping" at this awesome campsite called Pampered Wilderness the last weekend of September. He was waiting all evening for the perfect moment. I think I made things harder with my non-stop chatter around the campfire. He finally asked just as we were going to bed. I'm not typically one to share the mushy details of my life, but I really want to write this down so I always remember. He asked me if I would marry him, and pulled the ring box out from under the pillow where he'd been holding onto it. I of course said "yes!". Then he told me that I was his perfect match, and that life is easier with me. See?  Sweet, simple & perfect.

We're now in the early stages of wedding planning. It's hard for me to pull the trigger on setting a date beacause I'm not 100% sure when I'll get these dang braces off. As of now, we're shooting for next February. What we do know is that we want something small, with just our immediate families and a few close friends. We're not having a wedding party, but Chloe will be involved somehow. We also want to keep things local, in Gig Harbor if possible. We thought we may have found a perfect venue for us (Harbor History Museum), until we found out they only rent the museum from 5-10pm. That includes set-up and tear-down, which just isn't enough time. So we're still on the hunt for something local and "us".

I'm going to end this post with a giant photo dump!


Monday, April 13, 2015

It's April again!

Hi, friends!!

I randomly decided to look at the ol' blog today, and noticed the last time I posted was almost exactly a year ago today!  So crazy, right?  I guess that means its time for a new post.

I was so into this whole blog thing when I first started out, but then life got in the way (a.k.a. I got really busy at work and no longer had free time to write new posts).  I wish I could tell you I have a bunch of awesome house updates to share with you, but unfortunately we've been moving at a snail's pace.  Mainly with boring things like painting trim, replacing doors, new toilets, you get the picture.  Nothing super exciting or photo-worthy, but still important.

I still love decorating (and always stop at the home section at Target!), but I'm not quite as obsessed as I was a few years ago.  I rarely look at the home decor blogs I used to love so much.  I guess I've realized that making real, live updates to a house is so much harder than creating inspiration board on Pinterest, and it kind of took the fun out of it for me!  I know that seems obvious, but I really sort of just lost my steam when it came to decorating.  So I guess I'm taking a "time out" for a little while.

But here's what I've been doing in the meantime.  I won't bore you with a year's worth of pics, but here are some of my favorite memories:

"Friendsgiving" at Nathan & Laura's house.  It was a potluck-style early Thanksgiving celebration in October, and I can't remember the last time I was so full.  The food was amazing!!  And I love, love, love the table set up!  It was perfection.

The gang!

In November I got to fly to San Francisco for a work conference, which I loved.  I never get to travel for my job, so it was a new experience for me.  The hotel was amazing!  I only stayed two nights and was working each day so I sadly didn't get to explore the city.  I definitely want to go back with Tony, because SF is awesome!

Hotel selfie!
The view from the top of my hotel.  Such a gorgeous city!

Christmas was very eventful this year, as always.  On Christmas morning we had Tony's family over for breakfast, and I had fun setting up the table.

And of course, we watched many, many Seahawks games this year.

On our way to the Superbowl party.

Last month a group of us stayed at a cabin near Mt. Baker for a friend's birthday.  Sadly, the weather didn't cooperate and we weren't able to go snowboarding, but we had a lot of fun playing games, walking through the woods, drinking, and watching movies.

A nature preserve near the cabin.  So pretty!!
Posing by the river.

 A few weeks ago I went on a much-needed girl's trip to Leavenworth.  This trip was so much fun.  We went to a few wineries, cooked some meals at the rental house, and relaxed by the river.

And one more random pic because I love it!

Lil' monkey!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Family time, Beer & Netflix

Happy Monday!

Considering I've had a head cold (or maybe allergies??) for the last 6 days, I still managed to have a pretty decent weekend.  I'm at work right now and hoping my cubicle-mates don't hate me too much for my constant nose-blowing and throat clearing.  Sorry guys!

Tony's sister and her boyfriend made a trip over from Spokane this weekend, so we got to show them our new house and also one of our favorite places to eat in Gig Harbor, Tides Tavern.


It was such a gorgeous, sunny day so the four of us spent some time walking through downtown and looking at the water, which gave me a serious case of yacht-envy.

Tiff & me!

Not ready for the day to end yet, our next stop was 7 Seas Brewery.  This place is awesome!  They don't serve food but they let you bring your own.  We sat out front in the little patio area.  It was so nice out!


We ended up going home with a growler of...something.  I can't remember what Tony got but it was a little too dark for my taste!

Nice photobomb, Tony!

On Sunday, Tony spent most of the day surfing at Westport, so I stayed home and nursed my cold while watching the entire second season of United States of Tara on Netflix.  Seriously, you must watch this show if you haven't seen it!  I love it so, so much.

What did you do this weekend?  Link up here and tell me all about it!

Dateless in Dallas


Friday, March 21, 2014

4 months later...

It's really embarrassing to admit that my last post was four months ago... FOUR!  I guess I just needed a break from blogging.  I've had some requests for an update lately (Marla and Brooke - this is for you!), so I decided its time I catch you up on what we've been doing since November!

I'll start waaaay back in December, with Christmas.  Chloe had the genius idea to show up at the family Christmas wearing a Santa suit, and "tricking" everyone.  It was a big hit!

We wrapped up 2013 by spending a low-key NYE at home, just the three of us.  It was Chloe's first time staying up til midnight!  We spent the night creating our resolutions for 2014, watching Despicable Me 2, eating ice cream, and having a dance party!

I wonder how many of these we've managed to keep??

I got in touch with my crafty side by painting some gold-tipped feathers!

(My inspiration:)


We've gone snowboarding a couple of times.  Gorgeous views on the mountain!

In February, we went to a quadruple-birthday party at Oaxaca (best Mexican food ever!) followed by playing darts and shuffleboard at Market Arms.

P.S. You may also notice that I went blonde!!

Our friend Gabe even made this awesome video on his phone to capture the night!

The next day was Superbowl Sunday... which was an AMAZING game!!!  Go Hawks!!

We went to a superbowl party and my job was "veggie tray".  I did not disappoint.

Look how pretty!  I made a rainbow!

A few days later was the Super Bowl Parade, to celebrate the Seahawk's return home.  Some (crazy) people showed up downtown at 3am to get a spot on the sidewalk.  Insanity!  It was sooo cold that day, too.  Lucky for me, I work right on 4th Ave, so I had this nice little bird's eye view of the parade from the comfort of my office.

People already waiting, hours before the parade started.

Clearly this is not a great video, but just listen to how loud it was during the parade!! It was definitely hard to get any work done that day.


And here's a few other fun little things we've been up to, which include but are not limited too:

Sledding in our front yard!!


Taking naps.  Lots and lots of naps.

Chasing rainbows downtown!  Gig Harbor has some of the best views, I swear!

Buying Chloe her first skateboard!  Well, longboard, if we're getting technical.

She's slowly but surely getting the hang of it, as you can see.

And this is super random, but I even went through a brief period was I was convinced I needed a pet bunny.  This bunny, to be exact:

Meet Mimi from the Gig Harbor Rabbit Haven.  Cute, right??

Sadly for me, Tony responded with an "absolutely not".  I pestered him for days, but he wouldn't relent.  I even spent an embarrassing amount of time looking up bunnies on Instagram.  But alas, we did not buy a bunny.  And to be honest, I'm kinda glad.  I tend to become obsessed with things, only to forget about them a few weeks later.  So, a 15-year commitment to a high maintenance furry friend may not have been the brightest idea.

We also explored McCormick Forest in Gig Harbor, which is so pretty!  There were so many cute streams too, but for some reason they didn't look as amazing when I tried to photograph them.  The iphone just isn't cutting it, I guess!

I loved this natural arch over the path!

Tony showed off some musical talents.  He just taught himself "Shine" by Collective Soul.  An oldy, but a goody!

I got crafty again last weekend with my first attempt of making tissue paper garland!


A work in progress...

This project was for my sister-in-law's surprise party for her 40th birthday.  And boy, was she surprised!  She literally fell backwards when she opened the door and saw all of us.  Luckily my brother was standing behind her to catch her fall.  Success!!  You can watch the big surprise here.

And lastly, I celebrated St. Patty's day on Monday with some green Stella!  Tony was too cool for green beer, and had a Guinness instead.  I forgot to wear green that day, but luckily I was able to escape un-pinched.

There you go, 4 months in a nutshell!  I'm going to make an effort to start blogging more regularly again, because I've missed you all!!