Friday, July 29, 2011


Our anti-princess decided that a gifted tutu also looks a lot like a hula skirt and deemed it worth wearing. Super cute hula dance included.

What I love best in this photo is what I love best about Sojo herself. The monster truck in her hand and the tutu come together to make a very unique child. She is definitely that.

And six years with my sweet man. We stole away for a breakfast at a nearby French cafe. There is some dreaming of an anniversary in Paris one year.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Crazy fun weekend here as I joined 29,999 other people to do the Warrior Dash. More pics to follow!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Road Trip

There's nothing like a spontaneous road trip to make it feel like summertime. Dale's sister called last Friday with the idea to head to Ocean Shores, and we jumped in the car the next morning and all met there. It was the perfect kite-flying beach, and the ride over was nothing short of spectacular. We Arizona folks are in awe of so many trees. The icing on the cake--extra cousin time!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Enjoying PT

Our town is a deer-friendly place, and you can't walk more than a block without coming across deer relaxing in someone's yard or eating off their trees. Each summer, the speckled fawns are out, and one has been chilling in our yard almost every day. They have no fear of humans at all, which makes it rather fun to have deer so close. This buck sauntered through the other day. Come to think of it, they act like they own the city a bit. Maybe if we lived her year-round, we'd be annoyed that they eat our flowers. But for a few weeks a year, we would love a whole herd of them in our yard.

Mostly sunny weather has been on our side so far, but we welcome chilly days. It does equate more coffee. Plus, when else can I wear my fabulous pair of boots without sweating in them?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Cooler Temps and Copious Coffee

It seems that July is the magic month in Washington--having looked at the weather forecast the past few months, there has been nothing but rain and more rain. Then, suddenly, the sun comes out in July (hence the reason I love Washington so much, having only been here in July) and it's glorious. Laundry on the line, perfect crisp mornings for coffee and lots of outdoor time for Sojo.

Of course, she is still calling Popo and Gong Gong to check up on Matthew. Her new dog is actually her wagon. I found myself feeding a wagon the other night (cranberry juice and Gorilla Munch cereal) and we even got up early yesterday to take him to the bakery on his leash. He does make less of a mess than Matthew, the Arizona dog, but he definitely can't jump up on the couch with us.
So far, it's been one more lovely wedding (our niece this time), lots of walking around the town, perfect views of the snow-covered mountains and so much cousin love. Even last night, she asked to go in the 'cousin car' to dinner. Very cute. Plus, it's always nice to have others with whom to share the yumminess of an Otter pop.
There is something so beautiful about coming back to a space each year. Airing out quilts, unpacking toys, the gong of the clock tower and settling back into a familiar routine. The light that streams through our bedroom window makes me want to do nothing but nap all day.

Sojo's main objective this summer is to walk to the bakery every single day to get some danish bites. Better yet, she skips.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Goodbye, Arizona

We left family and scorching temps in Arizona and are now much cooler in Washington. Before we left this time, we made a special jar of memories for Popo and Gong Gong. I modified the idea from Soulemama's blog, and we wrote down things we love about them and about being in their space on pieces of paper. The jar now sits on their kitchen windowsill for whenever they need to feel her love. Sojo told me all of the ideas. Here are a few of them:

1. Bacon!
2. Gong Gong is an early bird-I like that.
3. Playing with Popo
4. BACAW!! (random, loud chicken sound Sojo makes in the morning)