our weekend: full hearts

We had a great weekend with lots of activity and lots of friends. I had to spend Monday recovering from it all.

I’ve started a little running group that meets on Saturday mornings, it’s pretty casual. This past weekend was our first run together and it was lots of fun. The weather has been amazing here in Washington, along with everywhere else it seems, and it was the perfect day for a run. If anyone is interested in joining our little group, let me know- the more the merrier!

After my Saturday morning run and a coffee date with a friend…(seriously, when was the last time I had a coffee date with a friend and didn’t bring my baby?!) Anyway, after coffee, two of my beloved friends came up from Seattle for a visit. We. Had. So. Much. Fun. I haven’t spent time with these girls in a while.

Megan and Caitlin with little I.

Baking Brownie Baked Alaskas. (here is a similar recipe.)

Megan did lots of the actual work in the kitchen. (that’s what you get when you work at Canlis)

While Cait provided lots of moral support.

We had lunch, walked around and looked at some shops, chatted, made dinner, split a bottle of wine and had great chats and giggles all along the way. They left around 10:00 that night and my heart was full. Thanks for coming girls! 🙂

On Sunday we went to a Super Bowl party with a bunch of friends. I love an excuse to get together, even if it is for a football game. Don’t get me wrong, I like to watch football, but I’m also happy to see the season end. There were lots of snacks (the Buffalo Chicken bites made an appearance), delicious beer (with a few homebrewers in the group that’s a given), one silly toddler and lots of cheering.

I love weekends full of friends. What did you guys do?



our weekend: cabin fever cure

BJ knew I was sick of being stuck at home all week because of the snow but I don’t think he realized the magnitude of my cabin fever until I started rearranging all of the furniture in our bedroom on Saturday morning. So we got out of the house.

I ran Downtown and he and Little I took a walk in the stroller down there and met me. We looked in a few of the shops, tried on some shoes (gross, I know, since I was just on a run), and had lunch. His goal was to stay out so long that I would be excited to go back home in the afternoon. I would say he was successful, but I did finish rearranging the furniture and cleaning underneath our bed once we made it home.

Split pea soup and grilled paninis for dinner and then we watched Super 8. Have you guys seen that yet? It’s actually pretty good. It’s mostly family friendly, aside from a scary-ish alien.

We’ve spent today watching football. (Who’s looking forward to the football break next week? This girl.) Now we’re headed to watch the second game with the in-laws.

Oh, and also, I’ve spent all weekend having to eat these cinnamon rolls that I made in my snowed-in state. Bummer, right?

Happy weekend!


the cutest snow angel

It has been a snowy week here in Washington. The snow is so beautiful but all of our activities for the week were cancelled and Isla and I have a bit of cabin fever. BJ only worked a half day today so we spent the afternoon celebrating the snowy goodness.

We bundled up and took a walk to a neighborhood cafe. Our stroller rocked it in the snow. I think I should send this to BumbleRide for marketing purposes. 🙂

We played a little Scrabble Scramble and had some lunch.

On our way home we made snow angels in the front yard. The tiny one was my favorite. Obviously.

Our snow angel family

Happy snow day (x4) y’all!


Steppin’ Out Saturday: Fun with BFFs

It was such a busy weekend around our house. My best friend since 8th grade came to visit us from San Francisco. We had lots of fun crafting, shopping in Seattle, hanging out with friends at a Thanksgiving dinner, Glee karaoke-ing and lots of wine drinking. Here are a few photos from our weekend.

After a day of shopping in Seattle we came home and made margherita pizza and played Glee Karaoke on the Wii.


BJ and I during one of our Glee Karaoke “Defying Gravity” battles.

Angeli and I met in Home Ec when we were in 8th grade, so it was only fitting that we channeled our 8th grade selves and did a bit of sewing.

We made Angeli 12 napkins. They turned out super cute.
We also made friendship bracelets using this tutorial.

We had lunch at Zayda Buddy’s, a Minnesota pizza restaurant in Ballard, for lunch on Angeli’s way out of town. I’m not totally sure what Minnesota pizza is but I do know it is cut in squares instead of pie shaped pieces. Zayda Buddy’s has lots of Minnesota memorabilia and Midwest favorite foods including Tater Tot hot dish.

I have one more craft to share with you from this weekend, but I plan on doing a full DIY on it soon.

I am so lucky to have friends that will come and visit me and my crazy little family. I know Isla was able to serve as some good birth control, so consider that mission accomplished. 🙂

Thanks for hanging out Angeli, it was so fun to spend some time together!


Steppin’ Out Saturday: Birthday Drinks

So…I’m not too great at Steppin’ Out Saturday. I’m always cutting it so close to get out the door that I don’t have time to take a picture of my outfit, which is mostly the point of Mandy’s SOS, but I’m going to share my weekend happenings with you guys anyway and I’ll link up with Mandy when appropriate.

This weekend was awesome because I was lucky enough to go out baby-free on both Friday and Saturday, (yay for me!) a happy hour date with my hubby on Friday night and a date with the girls on Saturday night. Saturday night we went out for drinks and dessert celebrating my friend Hannah’s birthday. It was so fun to get together with the ladies and celebrate. We were talking about how times have changed since out of the 7 of us 2 of us are moms, 2 of us are currently pregnant and we were all tired by 10:30 pm. It could be worse, I suppose. 🙂

If you’re ever in this neck of the woods and want a good place to go for drinks I highly recommend Daphne’s, their drink menu is speak-easy style cocktails and it’s one of the few places in the ‘Ham that actually has some atmosphere. After Daphne’s we headed over to Pure Bliss for the best desserts in Bellingham (where else). I highly recommend the Chocolate Irish Cream Stout Cake. So delicious! Thanks for the fun night out ladies, and thanks to the husband for watching our babe.

What did you do this weekend?

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