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State Necklace Set

December 29, 2014

Hi there! How was your holiday weekend?

We had a nice quiet Christmas weekend together at home, first catching up with friends and family over Skype, then making new recipes and starting our own Christmas traditions as a family of three.

Although we love being able to do these things, it's nice to still feel connected with our families who live across the country during the holiday season. That's why I was elated this Christmas to find that my parents had sent me the most precious gift: a state necklace set to help us feel more connected!



The states were hand picked by my parents, who found them at Pick Your Plum

They represent the last three states that we've lived in and are where my parents, siblings and husband's family currently reside (Arizona, California and Indiana).

So, when I'm missing family, these necklaces will help me feel just a little more connected to them, even if we're many miles away.



The necklace set also inspired me to create this graphic.

 I plan on printing it out and displaying it on our family photo wall!


What do you think? 

How do you stay connected with loved ones across the country?

Share your stories with us in the comments below!

Winter in Washington

December 13, 2014

Since I grew up in a Midwest winter wonderland, it doesn't ever officially feel like winter or the holiday season to me until the first snow has fallen.

Thankfully, a few days after Thanksgiving, winter came to the Northwest early and Washington gave us snow! 







Even though the snow in Seattle never seems to stick around for long because of our temperate climate, it stayed on the ground long enough this year to put us in the Christmas spirit.

How are you making the most of your winter?



We will continue to celebrate this holiday season by breaking out our bakeware and family recipes to make Christmas cookies this weekend.

Check back soon for recipes!

Back to Our Desert Home

December 9, 2014
The holiday season is here and is best spent with family... So we recently packed up our bags and headed back for a visit to our desert home in the Southwest over Thanksgiving!



It's always nice for us to be back in the desert and to be surrounded by family, friends and familiarity - all things that we've missed the most as we make a home here in the Northwest.

So, instead of going on an adventure, we took a break this trip and simply spent a relaxing time in my husband's home state of Arizona visiting with loved ones and soaking up the sunshine.

Here are some photos from our time there:








I wish I had more to share with you from our visit back to the Southwest, but we had such a great time with our family and friends that we enjoyed the moments, rather than stopping to capture them all.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and be sure to look for a new post again soon!

We will be back home here in the Northwest for the rest of the holiday season, so more adventures will be on the way...

Until next time.

When the Northwest Is Best

November 20, 2014

Hi there. It's been awhile!

We've had such a busy November here in the Northwest that I haven't had time to blog much this month... but we have exciting news to share with you today. (A little more about that later!)

Seattle temperatures continue to drop here in the Northwest and the autumn colors are beginning to fade, being replaced by more silver clouds, fog and rain - November has arrived! Although this is the time of year that I want to skip to get straight to the holiday season, my husband swears that this is when the Northwest is best.

So, I'm trying to give November a chance and capture it in all it's beauty this season. Hope you enjoy this snapshot of our November!





Are you still here for our big news? Well, we're excited to share that Ryan's accepted a position with the University of Washington and will be starting work there after the holidays!

The university is working on so many great things and we're very excited for what Ryan's future there, both professionally and academically, will bring us.


If any UW alumni are reading this, please share the top 5 things that you think we should know about the university, below!

We're looking forward to reading your stories.

5 Fall Essentials

October 27, 2014

Is October really almost over?

October is one of my favorite months in Seattle as it brings fog, cooler weather and autumn colors, making it the perfect time to bring out blankets and sweaters, and to go out and enjoy the crisp air and scenery.

Though, I couldn't have made it through the season without these 5 Fall Essentials, of which I've worn or used at least once a day every day this month.




Fall Floppy Hat: Vintage (Similar here at Target) | Plaid Button Down: J.Crew | Denim Leggings: Simply Vera, Vera Wang | Ankle Boot: Merona/Target | Travel Coffee Thermos: Gifted (Similar here at Amazon)
The last one, a travel coffee thermos, was thoughtfully gifted to me by my lovely mother, a fellow Canon camera and coffee-lover. Rest assured, it has been used almost every day since I've had it. (Thanks, Mom!) 

What fall essentials can you not live without?

Majestic Mt. Rainier

October 15, 2014

Some days, the mountains are calling... and this week, instead of finding a nearby peak to hike, we decided to challenge ourselves with a new altitude, mountain and terrain at Mt. Rainier.

We had been thinking about the day that we'd find ourselves at Mt. Rainier since we arrived in the Northwest, but even with everything we had seen and heard about it in Seattle, nothing could have prepared us for how majestic it is up close.

Unfortunately, because it's autumn in the Northwest, and because Mt. Rainier at 14,410 feet above sea level creates it's own weather patterns, we were met with elusive fog, rain and hail early in our hike, and I was unable to capture a photo of it. You're just going to have to trust me on this one!

Mt. Rainier, behind a wall of clouds.




We arrived at Paradise at Mt. Rainier at 5,400 feet, and decided to do a hike on the Skyline Trail loop, as we only had time for one, with the weather changing quickly.

We had only been on the trail for about 25 minutes, and were still on our way to Glacier Vista before a wall of fog came.

Luckily, we were at a good stopping point on the trail to stay there awhile and take in the beautiful scenery. The way the fog was rolling in felt magical, and actually became one of our favorite moments we've had hiking together - ever!










We pushed through the fog and into a storm filled with 30 mph wind, rain and hail until we arrived at Glacier Vista at 6,300 ft. 

As is evident in the photos, by the time we arrived, there wasn't much that could be seen. The storm was unrelenting, so we decided to call it a day.

Mt. Rainier and Mother Nature may have won this time, but as we began to loop back down to Paradise, we promised ourselves we'd be back on another adventure here, when there's better weather in the Spring.

Being a Tourist in Your Own City

September 28, 2014

After an adventurous spring and summer where we explored the Northwest, then jet-set to the Southwest and Midwest and back again, it's nice to be home and in our routine again in our own city this autumn.

That being said, we do get restless from time to time... So while we have been saving up for our next adventure, we thought: "Why not take this time to explore and enjoy our own city?"

We found ourselves being tourists downtown this weekend, and were surprised by just how much fun we had doing it.

We stayed around Pike Place Market and the Waterfront: two of the most well-known places in Seattle that locals generally avoid unless you need something you can only get at the market, or you're showing new family and friends around the city.


Exploring the area like tourists was just what we needed, as we were instantly reminded of the feelings we had about the place when we first visited a few years ago - we were both proud and in awe. 

In what other city can you watch seals swim by ferries off the Sound, then walk over to a daily farmer's market that's been running for 100+ years?

We enjoyed the view off the water, then took to sampling many fresh fruits and vegetables. We purchased a few for home, then spent the rest of our time there walking around, enjoying the beautiful autumn weather.


It really is amazing how looking at something through a new lens can change your perspective, and we came away from this weekend appreciating more about Seattle than we thought we could!

Here are a few photos from our day being tourists.







Look out for a new adventure soon!