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I might just be the luckiest person in the world right now. I’m hopping on a flight this morning (again, I know!) but this trip is SUPER DUPER special. I get to spend 3 WHOLE days with this guy :

Yep. That’s my nephew Emryk a.k.a. Mr E. He’s 6 month’s old and already one of the nicest people I know. He is always smiling (yep just like that!) and I can’t even begin to say how excited I am to be getting 100% auntie time! My sister and bro-in-law won a trip on a cruise (amazing right?!) so I get to snuggle with this little bundle while their gone. Should be some pretty hard-core mommy prep too now that I think about it. Wish me luck friends!

photo cred : {sarah elliott – mommy of Mr. E}

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bow tie wednesday / 34.

how lucky am i to have this gorgeous baby as this week’s bow tie wednesday post?

i’m even luckier to call this little man my nephew!

emryk a.k.a. “Mr. E” has to be the most adorable baby i’ve ever laid eyes on…EVER! i just want to gobble him all up!

i got to see the most amazing video of him on monday night rolling from his tummy to his back, and i just can’t believe how quickly he is growing! i’m so proud of him already.

happy wednesday friends!

photo cred: {savannah chandler photography}

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sunday dreaming / 31.

dreaming of…

the real deal.

When I was little we had a fake tree. No bristles, no hastle, no yearly expense is kinda how I felt my parents thought about a real one. But I’ve always felt a little bit of sadness every time we pulled our tree from the box and manipulated its metal arms. And although I loved our Christmas celebrations, and hold them near & dear to my heart, they always left me wanting that fresh pine smell of a real tree.

When Adam and I moved to Seattle 4 years ago I was completely ecstatic when I realized that most people in the PNW buy their Christmas trees fresh. I remember getting teary eyed when we bought our 1st real tree together and had similar emotions when we bought our tree today. There’s nothing better than spending an afternoon inching your way amoungst the branches and picking the perfect one out with your love.

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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a sunday outing.

1 Adam + 1 Steve + 1 Jenn + 1 onion, potato & cheese piroshky + 1 large beechers mac & cheese + 1 baked pork hombow + 1 steamed pork hombow + 1 crab cheese wonton + 1 macaroon brownie + 1 salmon sample + 1 mini pumpkin cheescake + 1 onion, potato & mushroom piroshsky + 1 chocolate croissant + 1 bunch of asparagus, an arm full of flowers & 1 baguette for dinner at home = 3 FULL bellies and empty pockets.

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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one memorable day.

10 reasons why today was one of the most memorable days of my life:

1. I saw my sister Sarah as a mom and it was one of the most glorious things I’ve ever seen.

2. Emryk.

3. I spent the entire day with my family.

4. I helped position my nephew for breastfeeding (oh my gosh I have a nephew!!! AND he’s a rockstar breastfeeder!).

5. After days of being anxious from not being able to see my sister I took a nap. And might have even snored. Drooled for sure.

6. I was crazy proud of the dad and husband Tristan is. Poopy diaper counting and all.

7. I kissed baby cheeks all day long.

8. For the 1st time in over a year I REALLY missed being a nurse.

9. I saw a degree of pride in my parents and sister Coli that I’d never seen before.

10. Emryk. Emryk. Emryk.

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sunday dreaming / 20.

dreaming of…

a clean office.

After a whirlwind of a week finalizing design details for Ann and Jon’s wedding this past Friday (TOTAL success by the way…pics to come soon!) my house is…well…anything but clean. It literally looks like a bomb of crafting supplies, paper snippets and antique things exploded all over my office, which is a Bummer with a capital B. Cause, guess what? I hate cleaning!

BUT BUT BUT I’m actually a tad bit excited to channel Mr. Clean because I’m revving up for another week of creating and crafting for….Sarah’s baby shower! Yep, this next weekend I’m hosting a baby shower along with my Mama for my little sis’ first baby…and I’m SUPER excited about it! I’ll be leaving on Thursday for Colorado and unfortunately, I’m a little behind in the design process, so I will be knee deep once again in crafts for the next few days. Can’t wait to celebrate Sarah and the baby bump!

photo cred: {me}

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family + seattle + food.

Living in Seattle is pretty darn amazing. It really is. I’m always so proud to say where I’m located, as Seattle is just one of those places you can’t help but adore (okay minus the darn weather!). It’s far different than where I grew up, in that there is always something spunky and hip going on, with scrumptious food as the mainstay at any one of the million hot spots in the city. Seattle is even MORE amazing when you have family in town to share the beauty of the city with…it’s always so fun to explore Seattle with a fresh set of eyes!

A couple of weeks ago, my sister Sarah and brother-in-law Tristan decided to stop in Seattle during their road trip up the west coast (little did they know this is what you call a “babymoon”) and I was oh so thrilled that they decided to share their “last trip before our lives change forever” moments with us. Adam and I were super excited to have them for a few days, and we luckily had “decent” enough weather during their stay, so we could get outside and really enjoy some of the beauty that Seattle/Washington has to offer.

We started the weekend off with a trip the the West Seattle Summer Fest…think rows and rows of booths filled with local vendors selling yummy goodies and cutesy baby crafts/clothing…Sarah was in heaven! We immediately gravitated towards the local market to snag some fresh fruit/veggies for dinner, pretty florals and GASP! to try out a deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Yep, you heard me…DEEP FRIED PB & J. I’ll admit that I was a bit disgusted by the thought of it, but my inner unhealthy…”give me the GOOD stuff!” self wanted to try it…really, REALLY badly. So we did. And it was…awesome! BUT awesome in a – you can only have 3 bites cause you feel super nauseous if you have anymore – types of ways.

So 3 bites we had and then we moved on to…BBQ sauce! (great combo right?!). We were having chicken kabobs for dinner so BBQ sauce sounded like the perfect compliment. So we sampled, and sampled some more, before settling on the spicy option…yum. Ended the day with a few moments in a CRAZY comfortable hammock, swayed to the beat of local jams and drank some chocolate milk. YES, I’m all about the random these days!

Snoqualmie Falls was our next stop. About an hour or so drive outside the city of Seattle…Snoqualmie is absolutely breathtaking. The falls give you that little reminder that there is a world of nature far bigger than yourself, right outside your doorstep. It makes you stand in silence for a moment, and really reflect on the exquisite beauty of the place with which you live. I was totally in love with the adorable mini daisies scattered along the grasses surrounding the falls, and laughed hysterically as my hubby tried to compare baby bumps with my little sis. Can you tell how excited we both are to become an auntie and crazy uncle to little Emryk?! October can’t come soon enough!!!

Oh and who could forget Pike Place ? No way!

Often times cities have that typical “touristy thang” to do, which always makes the locals cringe, and steer as far away from the area as possible. They dread even the thought of it, knowing that their next visit will be their billionth and they’d rather set their hands to a burner than go once more….okay a bit dramatic, but that’s the sort of day I’m having : )

You would think Pike Place Market was one of those places, but even to this day I’m still so in love with its vibrancy, even despite the throngs of people always swarming its best spots. It’s always such a blast to explore the market with friends or fam, and we had SUCH a good time this go-round.

We sampled fruits, quenched our thirst with yummy smoothies, sampled mini powdered donuts, picked up the perfect flowers for the dinner table, gobbled down Beecher’s famous mac n’cheese (no brainer!), scouted my favorite antique shop, and cringed at the site of the infamous gum wall. I made my sister laugh harder than I have ever seen her laugh before, when I attempted to toss my gum on the wall, only to have it fling back towards me like a boomerang. This left me with nothing to do except leap to retrieve my stringy piece of gum (gross right!)…sending my sunglasses topling from my head and the crowd behind me gaping in horror. I mean, I couldn’t let a perfectly good piece of chewed up grossness go to waste, now could I? Nonsense.

Gum. Wall. Done.

Oh and this very last pic is my MOST favorite from our time with Sarah and Tristan. I’m totally infatuated with baby bumps especially when they are attached to my sister Sarah. Since I love the market so much…this pic just makes me so happy and giddy inside.

We had a great time with S & T and can’t wait to have them (and baby Emryk!) back again soon. Love ya guys!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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happy birthday bailie!

Bailie Bug Blake is turning 7 years old today!

It feels like just yesterday I was bringing her home for the first time – just a bundle of furry wrinkly skin. She was the sweetest, most adorable puppy and even now there is no one who can make me speak in a baby voice or smile from ear to ear quite like B-Bug. She’s my best friend.

I love you to pieces Bailie-Bug! Happy 7th Birthday!


photo credits: 1 {My Family by MoHinesPhotography } 2 {#7 via I need nice things}

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