Wednesday, October 10, 2012


i think it is a little unrealistic (and boring even) to only list our fun wedding pictures and awesome adventures - gotta through a little real life in for good measure, no? which is why i present - domestic failures, version 1. you know the kenny chesney song - "eating burnt suppers the whole first year, and asking for seconds to keep her from tearing up." let's just say that is a pretty accurate description of life lately. :) 

last week i put one of the frozen stir fry meals on the stove - not a normal dinner, just a good option for those long days when you just want something mildly healthy to eat as fast as possible. except it doesn't work well when you begin cooking it for five minutes, decide it would be a good time to argue with your husband about something petty and forget completely about that stove top meal... luckily that same sweet husband forgives quickly and says, "it's ok, it doesn't taste bad..." (that chicken and those veggies were charred beyond recognition)

fast forward a few days, and we were having a few friends and family over for our photo reveal party (which i cannot wait to share!) i'd run home from work and started to put things together, but was quickly running out of time and starting to get a bit flustered. i went to grab an appetizer out of the oven and then quickly set the oven mitt down on the stove... on a burner that had been turned off one moment earlier and was blistering hot... so naturally the mitt melted on to the burner (currently remains unusable.) luckily for me my sweet dad showed up three minutes later to tell me, 'hey i know i am an hour and a half early so i am going to go grab a quick drink next door and watch the game! see ya soon!' friends you better believe i grabbed his arm so quick and pointed him towards the kitchen 'please! you can't use two of the burners and the oven smells strange but there are more sliders to be made' and then quickly poured myself a glass of wine and ran upstairs to change. 

the morals of these failures are god bless parents, and i have a lot left to learn. and thank you pjs for dealing with more than one not-so-awesome meals. 

and if i keeping it real, we have had pizza two nights in a row for dinner this week. it is only wednesday. except one of those was MNF so eating anything besides pizza or buffalo dip is frowned upon.

completely unrelated wagon image from our rehearsal dinner c/o oliverblue photography

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

rehearsal dinner moments

let's start at the beginning with the memories i want to savor forever. we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner be more of a welcome reception and wanted to incorporate some texas into our shin dig. it couldn't have come together more perfectly - from our venue to our family, to the beautiful weather (it had been the craziest thunder storms in Port Gamble three weeks before, in the nineties the weekend prior - we lucked out with perfectly clear skies and temperatures in the low eighties). here are a few of my favorite moments...

placing sunflowers on the tables and getting everything set up with my sweet family and 
seeing my parents with my aunt and uncle and cousins laughing around the fire 

hugging all of our vendors non stop because they were SO amazing and made everything wonderful and seamless for all of us. i truly can't recommend our venue, red cedar farm, our caterers, crescent moon, and our photographer, Nikki of OliverBlue enough

i wanted preston and i to serve the ice cream cones to our guests as a little way to so thank you for coming to celebrate with us. naturally, with our competitive spirits this turned into a race to see who could give theirs to family and friends the quickest. naturally, i won ;)

preston's sweet little brother, josh's speech (or poem rather) that captured so perfectly how much he loved his big brother

seeing the seriously hilarious activities/ poses that ensued with sparklers. it was SO fun to celebrate with our closest family and friends in such a casual, relaxed way to kick off the wedding weekend

nikki (world's best photographer) stealing us for a few sunset photos out in the field near the cattle. the photos she captured are some of my very favorites of us ever.

watching the slide show that had photos of preston and i from bambinos to present

shuffle board. vintage arcade games. delicious bbq.

my sweet uncle and mom's cousin playing one last vintage arcade game at the end of our rehearsal dinner, and having to 'encourage' them that it was time to head back to the resort

heading back to the resort where family and friends gathered around Clearwater's campfire to roast marshmallows  share stories, take fireball shots and... make animal noises (side eye hannah and travis)

more than anything, i want to remember how loving, kind, fun and generous our family and friends were. we felt surrounded by your love and support that entire weekend and that is the memory i will hold closest to my heart forever.

photo credit for all images goes to OliverBlue Photography, you can check out Nikki's run down on our rehearsal dinner here

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

photo reveal party

tonight we get to see all of our wedding photos shot by our amazing photographer! and host a fun shin dig at our new abode (that may or may not still have many boxes yet to be unpacked). to say we are excited is an understatement! 

i also began writing an entire post dedicated to what i want to remember about our wedding weekends... and it somehow vanished from my drafts! bummer man, he delivers.* i guess having to go through our big day moment by moment in my memory is not the worst thing that could happen ;) i have said multiple times but i will say it again - can we do it all over again and not change a thing?! we are so blessed beyond words and couldn't have asked for anything better. my special moments to be making an appearance here - with photos! color me giddy. :)

*name that movie. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

sneak peak

i wanted to share one sweet project (of many) that have been consuming our weekends and evenings. it has been such a blessing to spend so much time with my mom and sisters - and humbling to see how much they have been doing to help p and i have an amazing wedding weekend. my mom has spent every day the last few weeks prepping, organizing and helping me keep me head on straight - god bless that woman! my sweet little sister, bekah, has scoured thrift stores for the perfect finds (which trust me she has found) and helped finish each little detail. and there is a good chance that my older sister hannah has carpel tunnel from all of the writing and design i have been asking of her! the above gem is her hand-written label scanned and printed on our rehearsal dinner wine bottles. i am relishing in the goodness of her designs! i am beyond grateful for the sweetness of preston, who has put up with my silly antics, nonstop planning and all the other crazy that i have thrown at him. trust me, i have my fair share of crazy. ;)

Friday, July 20, 2012


i do in fact realize how completely and utterly terrible i have been here. until i have more time - here is a sweet photo from our wedding photographer nikki (who we adore) shot last weekend in port gamble -

god bless precious drooling st. bernards.

Monday, January 23, 2012

words worth sharing

You know when you read something so good it lingers in your mind and you find yourself going back to read, reread and then read it again? Is there anything better? This did it for me (found via).  So blunt and so beautiful. The author was asked by a reader to share advice she would give to her self twenty years back, my favorite excerpts below.

There are some things you can’t understand yet. Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding. It’s good you’ve worked hard to resolve childhood issues while in your twenties, but understand that what you resolve will need to be resolved again. And again. You will come to know things that can only be known with the wisdom of age and the grace of years. Most of those things will have to do with forgiveness.
Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue.
You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.
Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

happy birthday to my favorite guy

Preston jacob - you are twenty four! Happy birthday my sweet guy!
How did I get so lucky to end up with you? Doesn't it feel like yesterday that you were twenty one outside of my college apartments as I played 20 questions with you. So happy you got all the right answers and I was able to kiss you for the first time.
Thank you for being my best friend, my motivator, supporter, partner in crime - my everything!
Do you know how exciting it is to know that i get to spend all of your future birthdays with you? SO exciting. It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it. 

Thank you for being born.

With all my love, Morgan

Monday, January 16, 2012

enjoying the mess

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes, I like a messy house. I like the mittens and ear muffs thrown on the counter, craft supplies spread over the bed, dirty ready-to-be-washed clothes sitting patiently in the wash. It means we've been busy living. Watching Sebastian run circles in the snow, soaking in the fire, lounging in p's flannel shirt - all of that was more important than cleaning. Today, I lay my type-A, unable to sit down if there is a single dish in the sink or blanket unfolded tendencies to rest and enjoy the mess. 

(enjoying life in my happy yellow boots)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

let it snow + weekend fun

This weekend was perfect, and right now, snow flurries! Lots of them - outside my window! I can hardly believe it. Snow makes me positively giddy. Also making me giddy was a getaway weekend spent at Tulalip with my sweet guy, joined today by my parents for wedding planning. Shown below are our adventures...

(one) silly with momma, she is my very favorite
(two) driving towards the snow storm - crazy looking, no?
(three) photo booth fun 
(four) oh my snow storm! gorg
(completely unrelated) molly informed me this week that it is completely acceptable to have valentines day decor up in january - i am loving it! couldn't be happier with the pinks and greys all over my home. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

twenty twelve, eleven days late

resolution one
to soak it all in. every crazy little moment. this year is home to so many amazing events, 
and i want to savor them - not take anything for granted or let it pass me by.    

resolution two
show my appreciation. SO many people are going out of there way to do the most thoughtful things for us this year, from hosting showers and events, traveling to be  at our wedding and giving us such a huge outpouring of love and support. i want to make sure to communicate how loved I feel and thankful I am!  

so there they are. simple and easy, but so impactful. cheers to you 2012, i think you’re going to be a GREAT one!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

many thanks to 2011

2011 was joyful, sad, exciting, hard, wonderful - it was everything.  Here are some of our highlights...

The beginning of January was exciting for us. We were newly engaged starting our first year as college graduates and right in the midst of our move to San Diego. Life was bliss. But then God threw a curve ball, and I found out that my father had unexpectedly passed away. I shared some of my feelings here, but didn't (and still don't) have all the words. I made an impromptu trip to Montana to figure out logistics and bid farewell and then a trip to Seattle for many needed hugs from my family. It was a hard month. We completed our move to San Diego, into a beautiful little one bedroom apartment and celebrated the birthday of the best guy I know. 

We settled into and explored our new home and started a new phase of our life. I did my best to love the new city, as much as my heart ached.  I cherished having Preston near me for lots of hugs and support and doted on Sebastian every chance I had.

I decorated on a shoe string budget, tried new restaurants and loved on Sebastian despite his issues.

Lauren came to visit, we celebrated Easter and started the countdown for our many other spring and summer visitors!

We took long walks in the warm weather, played with my sweet sister and family, had fun-filled weekends and celebrated Memorial Day.

A little circus action, many Padres games, celebrated Hannah's high school graduation, attended a beautiful wedding, and at the end of the day felt pretty blessed for all life has provided. 

We soaked in the San Diego sun, had dates with friends and the California coast,  started planning our next big step, savored time with my sweet nephews and parents, attempted another puppy, and enjoyed time with P's family celebrating my birthday.

We vacationed in Seattle and decided quickly thereafter to move sooner than later if our plans worked out! Also wished a happy birthday to the sweetest momma, attended another beautiful wedding and celebrated one year until our big day. We were also blessed to later that month accept job offers with the great companies we work with today.

We packed up and headed North! It was as busy as could be, moving into our new home, starting our new jobs and for the second time in a year settling into life in a new city. My heart was overjoyed to be near family and Preston was a trooper for putting up with my hundreds of plans.

Cherished our engagement photos, and the month in general. Can't forget Halloween!

Did a lot of loving on my sweet niece, traveled to New York for work, soaked in the colors of my favorite season, and enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving with my family.

Wrapped presents, sipped hot chocolate, decorated, spent time with family and forgot to blog about most of it. Oops. :) Cheers to an amazing 2012!

Monday, January 9, 2012

a lesson from me on patience and compromise

We went and looked at houses last night, eek! Before we continue, let me explain. We don't want to buy right now. Noooo. We want to research, save and plan for buying a house right now and then in late summer when we will get a little more serious, we'll move forward with the buying process. But in the mean time, what better way to get motivated than to do a little browsing? 

Preston and I have completely different styles, which is fun because it makes the excitement of finding things we both like that much better. It's also great (super hard) because it encourages (forces) me to work on my patience and compromising skills. Those skills do not come naturally to me but man am I trying! The typical cycle works a little like this: me being blunt, assertive and inpatient,  followed by me slowly realizing there were better ways to approach the situation, followed by me apologizing. Ha! Is anybody else in this same boat?

With that said, I absolutely do love house shopping. And it is fun doing our budgeting and planning as we are both pretty goal minded. It's also fun to think about the next five, ten years and where we may be and what we may be doing. So far the best thing I've learned is that we don't need it all right now. 

A few nights ago, I had an awesome talk with my sister, who is reading Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey. We talked about how so often we think that the first time we're buying a house or car or anything really, we think that we 'need' to have the same quality of things we've grown up with. But spacious houses, nice cars, great vacations - those took our parents years to save for! It didn't happen overnight. And it won't for us either. I like that, and I like cherishing the things that we do have right now. Our tiny little condo, time spent together, perhaps the most exciting and fun filled year  ahead of us; I want to cherish it all, embrace each little thing, not get caught in the wants. So while we look and plan, I will let myself get excited for what's ahead, but not caught up in needing it all.

And the title? Some serious sarcasm. I can give no one lessons on patience. All tips for me on patience, compromising and house hunting are welcomed with open arms though. :) 

a few memories from the end of 2011

How behind am I? We've been in 2012 for nine days and I'm just getting around to posting these. The end of 2011 was perfect. It was surprisingly relaxed, we seem to have saved many of the typical December events for this month - both of our work holiday parties, more friends visiting and wedding prep! Here are some of our fun, end of the year moments...

(one) seriously cute in those ear muffs, a gift from my momma
(two) go seahawks
(three) i love america
(four) how did two years change that little baby
(five) into this perfect toddler?
(six) happy 2nd birthday sweet neice!
(seven) my sister and her littles at santa breakfast
(eight) thank you P for being such a good sport about santa pics!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

holiday catch up

The holidays have come and gone, we are approaching mid January and I have yet to upload or any photos from the past month! Terrible, I know. Christmas was wonderful and crazy, just how I like it. There were shrieks of excitement from the little ones, a house full of torn wrapping paper and some serious game play between my siblings and I. A handful of Instagram photos is all I have to show for it, and I'm okay with that. I was savoring each moment with the people I love - and it was perfect.

(one) on the way to christmas morning at my sweet momma's
(two) arianna skateboarding through my legs
(three) seagulls on the seattle waterfront
(four) my mini me niece and our favorite goofy face
(five) sebastian loves his mimi (my momma)
(six) he loves me too!
 (seven) my office holiday party this weekend
(eight) rainy Seattle nights - my favorite
(nine) sebastian has learned to put himself to bed early to avoid getting the couch