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I saw a photo similar to this on Pinterest (the link has since been broken – boo!) about six months ago. The moment I saw it I immediately started planning to have one taken of our family. I can not wait to have it printed on a giant canvas for our living room!
I love the turquoise print. I created it especially for our family photos and it now hangs on our inspiration wall above the piano. (More on that another day.) As a way of saying thank you for visiting my little blog, I created this print in 11×14 and 8×10 in a rainbow of colors for you to enjoy.
(For personal use only. You may not sell these prints and claim them as your own. However, photographers are more than welcome to use them as photo shoot props.)
Click below to download.
The above photo was taken by Jen of Jen Martin Studios. She is my very favorite Western Washington photographer. We drive 1.5 hours each way just to see her. She is THAT good. (She also took the photos of Zoë’s Angry Birds birthday party last year.)
Last weekend was very possibly the best weekend of my entire year. My Dad and WSM (otherwise known as Papa and Nano) flew in for the long weekend, and my brother and his family drove down from Bellingham to celebrate Dad’s 60th birthday. Our house was ear splitting chaos for three days and it was fabulous. My girls adore their cousins and they play so well together.
We only see Papa and Nano every few years so this weekend was very special. Being the scrapbooker that I am, I took pictures and more pictures. I only have two pictures of Eden with Nano and Papa, and there aren’t any of my niece and nephew with them, which is completely unacceptable. I made it my mission to get some pictures of everyone together.
Enter my little brother.
He does little brother very well, even at 30+ years old. First, he tried to wipe off my color coded calendar, but my chalk marker wouldn’t rub off. Ha! Next, he rearranged all the bins in my pantry. Stinker.
I threatened his life and was able to get one decent shot.
Do you think he’d had enough? Oh no.
By this time I got smart and stopped counting down before I took the picture.
Life is certainly more entertaining with Ryan around, but he is such a turd sometimes! LOL!
Outside my window: Overcast but thankfully, no rain. Of course, it is springtime Seattle so in 20 minutes we could have blue skies and sun or a downpour.
Our daffodils are in bloom and surprisingly the primroses that Gardener Dave planted last year survived the winter and are looking lovely along the driveway. At least the yellows ones are. I need to get a few more colors to add some more variety. With the daffodils and primroses the front yard is looking very yellow at the moment.
I am thinking: …that I need to make a to-do list so that I can focus and get some things accomplished today. I have so many projects that I want to work on and doing a little bit of each of them isn’t getting anything done.
I am thankful: …that Eden is feeling better. She had a cold this week and this is the second one that went straight into her chest and resulted in breathing treatments. Hearing her wheeze is scary. It’s all I can do not to sit by the baby monitor and listen to her breathe all night.
I am wearing: Jeans and one of my favorite tops from Ann Taylor loft. I really should get ready for the day at some point. It is 11am and I have yet to do my hair or put on any make up. I’m going to be holed up in the office all day. Who do I need to impress?
Dinner plans: Thursday is breakfast for dinner night. Whoo! About a month ago we sat down as a family and came up with a dinner schedule to avoid some of the challenges we have been faced with. (Our girls like basically the opposite foods. Zoë likes plain. Eden won’t eat anything plain. Zoë only eats chicken. Eden refuses to eat chicken.)
Our dinner schedule looks like this:
Monday – Salsbury steak night. Zoë decided that she didn’t like salsbury steak anymore so we have been winging it on Mondays.
Tuesday – Taco night (The girls eat quesidillas)
Wednesday – Greek night! (My favorite)
Thursday – Breakfast for dinner
Friday – Chicken nuggets or fish sticks for the girls. Date night for the adults.
Saturday – Sushi
Sunday – Pasta
Favorite snack of the moment: Hummus + Special K cracker chips. My friend Tami introduced me to them a few weeks ago and I *love* them. They are so hard to find though. I am out and I can’t find them in stock anywhere!
I am hoping: That Kelly will get home before the girls go to bed tonight. He got home from the office at 10:30pm last night and then worked from home until 4:30am. I am so proud of him but the man works too hard.
On my mind: Kelly and I decided to remove all traces of the color spice from our home about a month ago. We had an interior designer come in just after we moved to help us come up with a color scheme for our house. True, spice compliments the cherry molding perfectly. True, spice compliments the art work we had in place and worked with our rustic Italian theme, but we just don’t like it!
I have been on a mission to find new curtains for our kitchen eating area (which are…. you guess it… spice!) Nothing seems to work. I am also trying to brighten up the house with fun bursts of color and get rid of everything brown. I have already warned Kelly that any brown accessories (lamps, artwork, etc) are fair game. I bought four cans of spray paint yesterday and I am ready to roll. Now to work up the courage to actually DO it.
Noticing that: I should probably wear gloves when I spray paint. Some of my fingernails are teal.
In the kitchen: Both girls are at school and our housekeeper Liz just came so the kitchen is spotless. Give it a few hours. LOL! We love Liz, especially Eden. She calls her Miss Wizz. <3
On my desk: I actually cleaned it this morning. It is looking 100x better than it was. Right now I have some cards to mail, EHD, some cases for our 2009 home movies to remind me to burn the discs.
On my frequent playlist: My “Glee station” on Pandora, although I have noticed that it isn’t as good as it used to be. Does anyone else have that problem with Pandora? When I listen to the “Glee station” on my iPhone the music is fabulous. On my computer, it is definitely going down hill. Weird.
One of my favorite things: Extra Dessert Delights – Mint Chocolate Chip gum. Delish!
A photo I love at this moment: I definitely need to frame this, or maybe turn it into a card. <3
Zoë has the patience of a saint when it comes to her little sister. Eden is a sweet girl but she is a bit more, shall we say…dramatic, than her big sister, especially since she has reached the terrible two's. Zoë normally takes it all with a grain of salt, but last week she had had enough. The girls were having a tea party in the playroom and I head Zoë say, "That's it! I'm leaving!" and calmly walked into her room.
I silently giggled to myself and continued playing with Eden while Zoë cooled off in her room. As it turns out, Zoë wasn't cooling off in her room, she was packing. She emerged, suitcases packed, and told me that she was walking to Grammie's house and staying there until she was a grown-up because Eden was mean to her. She had her entire plan all figured out and she was surprisingly pleasant and reasonable about the whole situation. Just look at this picture!
I didn't discourage her plan because honestly I was so curious to see how it turn out. I even texted Kelly and asked him to please bring the wagon home with him so she could more easily transport her belongings to Spokane. Before she left us forever, Zoë agreed to one last interview. (Click on the image to start the video).
As you heard, Zoë agreed to stay with us until after bed time. Thankfully she changed her mind and decided to stay with us. She ran over to me, gave me a big hug, and with tears in her eyes said she was going to stay because she would miss her mommy if she left. <3
Kelly and I are celebrating our ninth "anniversary" today. We secretly eloped a year before our "wedding" in Hawaii (pretty sneaky, huh?) and we celebrate both of our anniversaries. The photo below was taken during our Hawaiian vacation last month when we renewed our wedding vows on our actual 10th wedding anniversary. I am working on a blog post about that right now. I literally have 500+ gorgeous photos taken by Angela Parris of Stillpoint Photography to choose from. Decisions, decisions…
For now, I will leave you with this. Happy anniversary, babe! I love you!