Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Here are scenes from our Happy Halloween spent with some of the cutest littles you will ever lay your eyes on. They were picture perfect in their costumes and we had a great time. Preston got a taste of a Seattle autumn - crisp and chilly, but oh so beautiful! Thank goodness for sweet family who come prepared with extra sweatshirts and blankets on hand:) Thank you to our awesome friends and family for letting us join you on this fun holiday!

And... let's not forget that tomorrow is NOVEMBER! Which means it is acceptable to listen to Christmas music at all times, indulge in unlimited peppermint soy lattes, have 12 Pinterest boards dedicated to Christmas decor and watch the Family Stone weekly until Dec 25th!

Monday, October 24, 2011

life snippets

It has been such a wonderful October. It seems like daily I tell Preston, "I want to savor every single little moment. I am SO happy! I love our life! You are so great!" This normally followed by him smiling and then telling me that I am the most overly excited person in the world... which may or may not be true.:) Time has been flying though, and since I've yet to sort (or even upload, for that matter) my pictures from this month... here is some other goodness for you.

+To make you smile - I wish I could freeze Ari how she is right now. She is so spunky. So fun. So full of laughter - the perfect example of what every little girl ought to be.

+These kitchens make my heart pitter-patter. I adore our tiny, little kitchen in our tiny, little condo but Preston and I completely may already have our heart set on the cute West Seattle home we'd like to buy after we're married and I have every room planned.

 +Articles Club? Yes, absolutely! I've already picked the first one and informed my mom and sister that this is yet another one of my 10,000 plans I'm implementing. I'm thankful they are such great sports about my crazy antics and never-ending planning.

+Speaking of planning, how beautiful is this for wedding planning inspiration? If I was getting married anytime near the holidays, I would use that beautiful shade of red in anything and everything. 

picture via, i love autumn

Friday, October 14, 2011

words to remember

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I need to remember this - each and every day. I know who I am, and I know what I want, and I am so blessed with an amazing life. I do not want to let things upset me, but I don't want to lose my empathy or sensitivity. I want to be strong and independent, but have wonderful relationships. I want to be able to share the things I'm proud of, but not ever be boastful. It is a balance that I am learning every day.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

serious issues...

...called shower curtains. Yes, I am serious. Yes, I know it is ridiculous. But these are things nobody tells you about growing up - that you are going to search endlessly for two weeks searching for the perfect shower curtain and fail miserably. I have checked Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Antropology, Urban Outfitters, Amazon, Wal Mart and Etsy. As usual, the only one I found that I loved was above my shower curtain budget, which has gone from $30 to $50 to $75. So, I did what anybody with a problem searching for an answer would do. I went to Pinterest...

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So there it is, our bathroom will be pulling inspiration from these beauties and will have a grey, yellow, light blue color scheme. I thought about painting but in a recent slew of events (meaning I hired the world's slowest painter because I have terrible luck but that is a whole other post) we are sticking with the light blue and I am going to rock it! And that, my friends, is my serious bathroom issue. Which I should probably not say since that sounds a little awkward...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I can't believe I never showed the rest of our engagements! We love them. Nikki of OliverBlue Photography was so amazing - we can't stop singing her praises. Here are a few more photos from our fun session...

And the best news is, there will be more to come! We are doing another session with Nikki so that we can include our favorite family member, Sebastian, in some photos as well!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

pumpkin picking

On Saturday, my sister and I took the little ones to Maris Brothers Farm for some fall activities. Have I mentioned how much I love fall? :) It was a fabulous day - I am so thankful to be able to do fun things with my sweet family on a regular basis! If you are reading this and your name is Hannah, and you are my sister, and you instructed me not to post pictures of you on this post, stop reading... because I didn't listen... but I really love you!

If pig races aren't the cutest thing you've ever seen...

then surely this is.

Spider Man ready to go pick out the perfect pumpkin (he picked out the best one for his family, don't worry I swooped up the second best for preston and I)

Please notice Remy's perfect form, my crazy hair and alarmed face, Arianna's look of pure joy mixed with a little bit of what-in-the-world-is-going-on? and of course, my mismatched and inside out socks. 

I think I live my life in a permanent stage of cornfusion...

Emerging photographer, Remy Shae's work is above. 

It's not a perfect autumn day without a pony ride!

Cheers to autumn days - hope yours are treating you fabulously!

Monday, October 10, 2011

p+m facts

+ one month we have lived in Seattle

+700 sq feet - the size of our West Seattle condo

+8 cups of coffee consumed last week after purchasing our new coffee maker

+862 times I smiled yesterday after buying my Prius that I have wanted for months

+9 minutes in the morning spent on the commute to work in the morning with my favorite carpool buddy preston j

+26 times I smiled last night while watching that same favorite carpool buddy play flag football

+8 times preston has melted because arianna has planted a big smooch on him

+2 years of dating celebrated by surprise tickets to keith urban!

+countless hugs, tears and happiness to be in Seattle

{i know i'm lame for a post with no pictures - i will compensate soon}

Sunday, October 9, 2011

catching up

I am a slacker, a terrible blog-land slacker. But in my defense, we have moved to a new state, started new careers, attempted to unpack our lives and enjoy our family, friends and fabulous new city. Overall, September was a wonderful month and October is shaping up to be even better! I am in love with Seattle living and am so happy to report that Preston is also :)
We moved into our new condo in West Seattle and we absolutely adore it. It is tiny, by far the tiniest we have ever lived in, but now that everything is organized (thank goodness - neither of us do well living in chaos, and by chaos I mean messes) we love it. I will certainly do a p+m home tour once I have finished decorating (which means I need to actually start that process!)

For now, to get caught up on pictures, here are photos of the drive from San Diego to Seattle which was absolutely amazing. We had so much fun making a little vacation out of the drive. Sebastian couldn't have been happier being in such close quarters with us for a full 3 days....

Once we were all packed in, 

We were ready to hit the road.

We stopped in San Francisco and ate devoured bread bowls,

enjoyed the scenery, 

and attempted to acclimate ourselves to chillier weather!

After several more hours on the road, it was time for another stop at the Red Wood Forest! Hiking with us means its time for Sebastian to put on his fancy protective footware :)

It was SO beautiful, we were right next to the beach and to the forest - I was not in much of a camping mood (I got eaten alive by bugs this summer) but the scenery nearly changed my mind!

After the Red Woods, it was back on the road and one last quick stop in Portland to see Noam and his sweet family and then we were off to Seattle! I will catch up on our whereabouts this week!