Time.

What is the number one thing that everyone wants more of? Is it money? Love? Another chance? More friends? A different house? A better job?  It turns out, nearly everything can be distilled into one thing: Time. We want more of it. We want more time to find love. More time to foster friendships. We…

This moment: Vacation.

This rare moment of just the two of us–Brian and me–was snapped by Brian’s mom Barbara when we were sitting on the beach in San Diego’s Mission Bay. We were staring directly into blinding sun–the kind of southern California sun that we just don’t get in our northern climate. Barbara managed to get a shot…

From a distance.

When I was in college, I applied to study abroad in Italy through the writing program offered at my school, The University of Washington. They have a 100-year lease with a beautiful building overlooking the Campo de Fiori in Rome, and it still operates as their Italian campus for a variety of programs for University…

Lights out.

We lost power last night following a snowy windstorm on a freezing day.  We built a roaring fire, cooked a pile of pasta and fresh veggies and sausage, and the kids whittled by candlelight. There is a beauty to these long moments of pause. No music, no phones, no computers, no movies. Just the sound…

A Frittata for Quinn

We have a brand new neighbor. She’s two weeks old. We have been eagerly gathering small trinkets for her ever since she arrived. Today we got to meet her! So we packed up our little gifts–a bay leaf bouquet for good luck; watercolor cards and ladybug painted rocks from the kids; a darling little turquoise…

Lucky shoes & Smurfette pants.

Folks who know me well know that I’m pretty no-nonsense about clothes and style. I like thrift stores. Nordstrom Rack. Old Navy. Ross. Small local shops. Anywhere with very few crowds. I used to only shop at Banana Republic when I was a working professional, and it was only because the store was small and…

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel.

Last year, as we prepared to remodel our 1901 farmhouse kitchen, I read a blog post about the kitchen remodel process. The woman who wrote it was so incredibly organized that she warned everyone to be prepared because they might have to go 4 days without a sink. People, we went four months without a…

DIY: That annoying teething table.

I love our dog. She’s one of the best decisions we ever made. And when Luna was a puppy, she was so darn cute that she could get away with doing nearly everything and our hearts still melted. Eventually, around 5 months old, she began to lose all her pointy puppy teeth, which meant that…

Buckets. Of. LIFE.

We’re coming up on 14 years of marriage on February 14th. It’s been 22 years since our first date. 15 years since my husband asked me to marry him on a sunny Valentine’s Day off the California coast. There has been a lot of life in between then and now. A lot of buckets. A…

Endorphin blast.

We woke this morning to riotous springtime birdsong and sun–precious, blessed sun–blasting through our bedroom window. Our rooster was crowing his head off, surprising even himself with his bantam lung power, I am sure. The poor girls trapped in the henhouse were pretty grumpy when the kids finally arrived to let them out. We gathered…