Friday, June 26, 2015

In Bloom

I've always considered myself a "morning person". I love the idea of waking up refreshed, grabbing a cup of tea/coffee/whatever, sitting on the porch and watching the world wake up. Although lately I've had a bit of a change of heart and realized that summer evenings might just be the perfect time of day around here. 

It usually hits just a little after dinner and before all the bedtime hoopla begins. By then the backyard is completely shaded and often a breeze has picked up carrying away the hot and sticky from the day. The kids seem to get a burst of energy (probably from having just been fed) and happily run circles around the backyard, chasing each other and laughing.

I also get a minute to walk (or waddle with my very pregnant belly) through the garden and flower beds picking off spent flowers, or sampling the gardens treats.

Last night I grabbed my camera while I walked around and was able to snap a few pictures of the color that is filling our backyard. We have been working on landscaping more of the beds around the house so it is so nice to be able to enjoy the color that all that work brings.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Popsicle Season

As I sit here it is gray and raining outside. I'm not complaining. As everyone will tell you, we desperately need the rain. Last week, however, was not gray and rainy, in fact it was pretty perfect weather in my book. Sunny, blue skies and about 70 degrees.

And other than spending as much time outside as possible, what else is there to do in perfect spring-like weather? Make popsicles, of course! We made our first batch of the year. They're strawberry-mango and while I've only stolen a bite here or there, everyone seems to agree they are pretty delicious.

Despite having a really mild winter this year, it still seemed to drag for me. I for one, am very excited we are back in popsicle season!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Big Sky Country

We recently got back from a 12 day road trip starting in Spokane, Washington and working our way from the northern part of Montana to the southwest and then back again to Washington. 

The whole point of the trip was to get the chance to spend time with my brother and his family, and two of our very good friends from Sacramento who both ended up in Montana. 

We logged nearly 1000 miles in the car, went through three states, slept in five different places and had two flights each way just to get to and from our starting point. 

This is the second time we've done this trip, the first was about a year and a half ago, and just like the first time it was a ton of fun. It didn't hurt that we love spending time with all three of the people we visited, something that due to distance we don't get to do nearly often enough. 

We even found some snow for the kids to play in.  

It is also obvious why they call Montana "Big Sky Country". Its seems a bit crazy to call the sky bigger in any one place, but really, it seems bigger. It is as if the sky there never ends.

Now we are back home and enjoying the very spring-like weather we have been having. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Think Pink

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We went in for the big 20 week anatomy ultrasound yesterday. Most importantly everything on baby #3 looks spot on and just how/where it should be. However, most excitingly we found out we are having another girl! We are all thrilled (we also would have been thrilled to find out it was a boy, we really didn't care... the joy of already having one of each). Audrey is over the moon as she had been really, really hoping for a sister to be her "twin".

This will be the first pregnancy for me where we haven't moved at some point. With Audrey we moved at 5 months, with Owen it was just a week before he was born. I'm excited to get started decorating her room and pulling out all of Audrey's old clothes knowing we will still be here when she is born. I'm sure plenty of oohing, aahing, and "can you believe you were ever so little?" will follow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring Fever

We have had the first small hints of spring lately. Warmer weather, sunny afternoons, and spring bulbs are starting to make their appearance. It seems too early for all of this, especially when I read about the frigid temperatures in the rest of the country, but not one to complain about springs arrival we are making the most of it. Which means most of our time has been spent outside.

I've even had a chance to sneak into the garden a few times, mostly pulling the weeds that are threatening to take over. More exciting than pulling weeds though, I planted 36 asparagus plants and one rhubarb plant.

I found both bare root and decided to give them a try. From what I understand this year we won't be able to harvest any of the asparagus, I was told to let it sprout, go to seed, dry up, and then cut it back and that next year we will have our first crop. Considering asparagus is one of the most asked for vegetables around here (Audrey proclaims her love for her it every time we have it) my fingers are crossed this works. The rhubarb though should be good to go later this spring, just in time for strawberry rhubarb pie!

Otherwise, I am having to remind myself that it is still February and we have several more months ahead of us before we are in the clear from frozen overnight temperatures. This spring like weather has me wanting to plant the whole garden.

For now, I'll just have to be patient.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day (and possibly even explain the lack of posting recently)! I hope it is a day full of fun, laughter, and happiness no matter who you are sharing it with.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The White Couch Plunge

It's February. Yahoo! 

Normally I'm not any more excited about this short month than any other month throughout the year, but January was tough on us this year and I'm ready for a new month. January started with Softie, a bit of a heartbreaker, and ended with Bryce, Owen and I getting the flu. The last couple of weeks have been full of coughing, sneezing, snot, and lots of laying on the couch.

And while having the flu was less than fun, all that time doing next to nothing laying in the living room gave me a lot of opportunity to think about the current design in there. Generally, it works, not my absolute dream design, but it serves its purpose pretty well. I know it could be better though.

So of course, what else is a girl to do, I turned to trusty Pinterest to see what ideas I could get. Here are a few of my favorites.

My current style definitely falls under the category of "cottage" and while all of these rooms interpret that a little differently I kept noticing one thing in common... the white couches. I am seeing all of these beautiful cottage-y living rooms and they all have taken the plunge with the white couch.

There are so many questions I have for the people that actually live in these houses. Does it really stay white? Do you have kids? Pets? Husbands? Aren't you sick of washing the slipcover every other week?

In fact, my in-laws recently redid their living room (I can't wait to share pictures soon, it's beautiful) and they took the white couch plunge. I love how it makes their living room so bright and cheery. But, I also know me and I couldn't stand if the couches were dirty and I also know that right now I have no less than four loads of laundry piled on the floor of our bedroom waiting to be folded. Do I really want to commit to adding couch slipcovers to that?

Maybe someday, but for now, with two kids, a husband, and a whole lot of dirt that gets brought in from outside, I think I'll stick to my "tan" (oh, I cringe even typing that) couches and try to play up the cottage in other ways.