Wednesday, June 28, 2017

new find!

PSA, i just ordered this mascara on amazon subscribe and save for under $8!!!!  and it is amazing, i am obsessed!  if you have ever been curious about the fiber mascaras, do yourself a favor and get this!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

toddler time!

another thing i love about maple valley is that our community center has weekly playgroups for toddlers.  it is twice a week during winter and once a week during summer.  unfortunately up until recently we have never been able to go because it falls right during nap time.  but i decided to suck it up and meet a girlfriend there to try it out.  it was awesome!  since it is summer now, it is held on tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am and they have indoor play, outdoor play, a snack room with provided snacks, starbucks coffee for the adults, art and crafts and best of all during summer they will be having a new animal visitor every week.  when we went they had 2 pens full of bunnies.  the kids could go inside the pens and pet the bunnies.  it was a big hit!  all this fun and entertainment for $3 per family per visit, what a steal! we will be making this part of our weekly routine!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

garden beauties...

we (i mean jarad) did so much yard work over the weekend!  i did do my share of weeding and watering, but jarad worked like a dog!  and it was 95 degrees!!!  i love seeing how a little TLC can make such a big difference!  here are some roses that i cut and put in our window by the kitchen sink.

and here is our apple tree, you can see we are getting tons of little baby apples coming in!  but i am still waiting for our asain pears to bloom, i hear these are special!

Friday, June 23, 2017

summer days...

finally, the warm weather is here and we are loving it!  summer days call for soos creek walks with these two and lake wilderness beach time!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

15 months!!!

my lil BFF is 15 months already!  everyday is a new adventure with her and she soaks everything up like a sponge!  she is sweet, silly, smart and social!  she radiates love and curiosity and rocks our world!

bowie milestones...

~walking is almost turning into running
~talks in her own language and says "happy" and "cheese"
~loves her "first 100 words" books
~has become a very very picky eater.  she basically only eats dairy (cheese, yogurt and milk) with fruits and veggies.  not meat at all for months now!
~size 5 diaper, size 24 month pant and size 3t (or bigger) shirt, size 4 shoe (almost a size 5)
~we went to the doctor about 2 weeks ago for a fever and they weighed her, she was 26 pounds 13.5 ounces!
~loves her grey moccasin shoes only!
~likes sleeping with a blanket at night
~loves music and dancing!
~she has free reign of the downstairs now (kitchen, dinning room and front room) and loves her new freedom!
~likes watching elmo
~is unsure of being in the water (lake and pool) but loves bath time
~pretends to wash her hands, hair and brush her teeth
~points to her ear every time she hears a loud sound
~gives the sweetest snuggles
~likes the song "twinkle twinkle little star" and "head shoulder knees and toes"
~knows body parts like; ears, eyes, nose, mouth, belly button, tummy, toes
~thinks grandma and grandpa's cat joey is hilarious!
~still loves to play with her pretend food
~she has hazel eyes and golden hair that is getting longer and thicker everyday!
~11 teeth

Monday, June 19, 2017

garden after vacation...

we just got back from 12 days in california and i was super excited to see the progress in my garden!  the roses are blooming, my easter lillies are blooming and nothing died!!!!  i even started to do some weeding during bowie's nap, and there is something soothing, relaxing and satisfying about it, who knew???

easter lillies


roses by laundry room

roses by apartment


rosemary and mint

flower bed in front yard

Sunday, June 18, 2017

happy fathers day!

happy fathers day to all the special dads and grandpas out there, especially these 2 handsome guys!  lucky to call you ours!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

happy birthday mama!

happy birthday to my beautiful mama!  so happy we could spend the week with you and even fit in a road trip to palm springs!  we love you!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

happy birthday jamie!

we got back from the desert this afternoon and had a fun family dinner and dance party to celebrate jamie's birthday!  nothing like BBQ and bubbles to make you feel special!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


i have seen many deer in our yard, but never babies.  of course while on vacation jarad sends me this adorable pic of a doe and 2 fawns in our front yard!

Monday, June 5, 2017

salad spinner...

my mom made me get a salad spinner last time she was here and i do love it.  but it is also great for soaking fruits and veggies as well.  i don't know how effective a good rinse is, but i find when i soak my fruits i see a lot of junk at the bottom of the water, ewww.  and it can double as a colander when done taking a dip!

Friday, June 2, 2017


my mom planted two types of tomatoes when she was here at the end of april, look how much they have grown in 6 weeks!  these things are going to be monsters!  since it was still on the cold side when they were planted she wrapped them in plastic, creating a green house for them.  now that the weather has warmed up, the plastic is off and they seem to be happy!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

long days!

this is something i am still not used to yet, but when we change the clocks and "spring ahead" the days here start to get long really quickly!  currently the sun rise is at about 5:15am and the sunset is at about 9pm.  i took this pic last week at 9:20pm and you can see it is still very light out.  and with each passing day we gain a few extra minutes of sunlight.  it's a good thing we have great black out blinds in all the rooms!