It's a Zoo Out There

My two youngest and I made a trip to the Oregon Zoo in Portland. First time we've been there and worth it! When we first arrived, we couldn't find parking anywhere even after driving around for 15-20 minutes. So we decided to leave for about an hour and come back (especially since we drove an hour and a half just to get there). We made a stop at HomeGoods, because we don't have one close to where we live, then made our way back. The timing was much better and we found a parking space. All three of us enjoyed this zoo. The kids were so good, I thought they deserved a snow cone when we finished! It was refreshing with the heat, too.

Club Little House Update

Yay! My Club Little House package is happily on it's way to Amy's house! I'm so excited and can't wait for my package to arrive!! I entered a Cupcake Swap back in May and had so much fun putting my package together to send to my partner. However, I never ever received a package from the person who had my name. When I read her comments from previous swaps she'd been in, I can now see why. I told myself I'd never do another one (it was my first), but when I saw Amy was in charge of this one, I knew it was a no fail situation! Therefore, I cannot wait to have my efforts reciprocated. So, so fun!

Sweet Glasses

Aren't these the sweetest little glasses I found on eBay? I think they're even cuter in person! I broke one of the four while taking a picture of them. How dumb could a person be?? I can't believe it! Now I have three... I left the mess on my counter top and will go back to clean it up in a little bit. I'm cranky at the moment and sad! Have you ever done something so silly??

Have a Seat

I found a set of 5 chairs that I've put in our dining room. I think they go so well with the rose pictures in the previous post. I had admired these chairs in an antique store, but decided to walk away since they were more than I wanted to spend. Well, a few weeks ago I was driving by the store again and saw Going Out of Business signs posted in their windows. The even bigger draw was that everything in the store was 50% off!! Yippee! I snatched them up rather quickly once I saw them still sitting there. Only downside was that the store was one of my favorites. Oh well.... What's that saying? You gain some and you lose some or You win some and you lose some or something like that. Anyway, I'm just happy to have these chairs!

Smell the Roses

I just love these vintage rose prints I bought from here! They go so well with the new paint color in our living room. I didn't like the green when we did one wall, but when I decided to go ahead and see what it looked like with the whole room painted, the color has now grown on me. It's so hard to show the true color in pictures. On a cloudy day (which it has been lately), it's a much deeper green. On a sunny day like today, it looks a lot paler.

Deep Breath

It's time for me to take a deep breath and relax for a minute. My computer is unplugged and so I'm borrowing my husband's laptop.

The house is in horrible disarray! We've been painting the dining room so all the dining room furniture is crammed into my oldest son's room (he's in AZ visiting grandparents). We've been trying to finish up our kitchen and get it painted so the kitchen stuff is in the living room. When my husband came home last night, he got the bug to finish up! We were taping, filling holes, and prepping till 12:30 this morning. I was so tired, I finally crawled into bed with my clothes still on. Sometime during the night I woke up long enough to slip into my pajamas. Then he was up early this morning covering the floor and spraying.

And did I tell you that we have friends coming over this afternoon and more people coming tomorrow to spend the night? Ugh! You know they're true friends if they're willing to return after seeing such messes!

We've had a lot of rain this last week here in the Northwest. It has been so refreshing after our heat spell last week, but I'm ready for another bout of sunshine!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend enjoying what you're doing!
I'll leave you with a few pictures from the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. When we drive on I-5 through the city, it peeks it's dome over the trees much like this. So the kids are always asking when we can go see it up close and personal. No better time than on a rainy day! I was in it once before with my oldest and was excited about a second visit. If you're ever in town, it's great to visit. It's amazing inside - so ornate and beautiful! It had been renovated after the big earthquake we had here in 2001 (the first earthquake I'd ever been in and worthy of it's own blog).

The man whom our great state is named after!

Looking up inside the dome - pink marble columns and all!

One of many chandeliers/lanterns created by Tiffany's when they still made them for state capitols.

I Feel Lucky

My husband's boss and wife were having a garage sale this last weekend. They know how much I love the red and white vintage kitchen items. Being the wonderful people that they are, they called us and said I could come the day before and have first dibs on these things. Wow! I know they gave me a great deal for all these items as well! Thank you, Daniel & Maggie! I love everything and can't wait till our kitchen is finished to actually utilize them!! I've been collecting vintage red and white crocheted potholders as well. I get giddy just thinking about it all!

Maggie said that the ice crusher/maker thing was her mother's. Makes it even more special that she'd share it with me!

It's a Circus!

Grandma and Grandpa took the kids to the circus on their last day with them. It happened to be Grandma's first time ever to a circus! I was rather disappointed. Maybe it's me, or is a circus just not what it used to be? My youngest son's favorite part was the dirt bikes in a cage. Grandpa found it all rather amazing!


These were melt-in-your-mouth yumminess....Mmmmmm

I'm Back and a Question

I am back without an excuse for my absence...other than to say that when the kids got out of school June 14th, we've concentrated on enjoying our summer. Swim lessons, bike rides, long walks, projects around the house, etc.

My husband and I had a week of no kids (the first time in eight years), so we decided to get out of the house for a couple of days.

Here are some pictures of beautiful Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula the morning of the 4th of July. I loved how still and quiet the lake was.

Then we decided to visit some of the ports in the area including Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock, and Port Gamble. I love the little waterfront towns and enjoy looking at the beautiful boats. These pictures are from Port Townsend.

This lovely old Victorian hotel is where my husband and I stayed for our first anniversary in 2000. It was beautiful inside with period furnishings. We also had a 6 week old baby in tow back then. Not so, this time!!

I experienced a first (for me) on the 4th of July. Kayaking!! My husband used to own his own kayak. This time, we rented the double yellow one on the right. This is a picture after we got back. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of us inside it or while we were out on the Sound. We left the camera inside the store so it wouldn't be ruined.

I teased my husband, Keith, about the kayaking being great couples therapy. I had to completely trust him because I was in front and couldn't turn around and watch him, and he had to tell me which way to paddle in order for us to be in sync. It was all about communication and trust! As well as a beautiful way to enjoy the water up close and personal! It was fun seeing the jellyfish, crabs and even a curious sea otter who poked his head up to watch us. We had one moment of terror as a sailboat came straight at us and veered off at the last second. Whew! When the wind came up, it was like we were paddling in place - we just didn't go anywhere fast. So we turned around and headed back. We can't wait to go again and take the kids!

The detail of these old buildings is absolutely gorgeous! Sigh.....

It sounds as if most of you had a fabulous 4th as well! So glad you did...

My question now is this - Is my banner absolutely gigantic?? On my computer it looks fine, but the other day when I looked on my husband's, I was mortified to see it was huge! I've got to figure out how to make a prettier blog - I'm working on it.

(edited to add: I'm working on my header and the look a bit. Have gotten both answers as to my header being huge - a yes and a no. So must work out the kinks...ugh! It is no longer HUGE, just blah!)

Have a lovely Friday the 13th. We're going to a potluck tonight and I'm going to make a raspberry cobbler. Have never made a raspberry one before, but thought I'd try it. I'll let you know how it turns out!