Monthly Archives: July 2015

Meeting the Wetzels


Meeting the Wetzel family was one of the highlights of our trip to Washington that I was most looking forward to.

Erin and I became friends through Instagram years ago, when our girls were tiny babies. We have been texting back and forth for ages, Lucy and her daughter Phoebe recently became penpals, and we arranged a meeting late last year–which sadly fell through. So, it felt like a meeting was long overdue.

We invited them up to the cabin for a day of beach combing, grilling, and lots of photo taking (well, I gave them no warning on this one and probably should have, there were 100s of pictures!). Erin was smart enough to bring along s’more fixings and our day was set. The girls jumped into play as if they had known each other for years. They chased each other, shared in make believe games, picked flowers, and spent much time hugging and giggling. Erin and I chatted and got to enjoy each others presence, sitting staring out at the water, learning those things about a person that one could never learn through a purely online friendship. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun or relaxing day–and by the end of it my heart felt so full.












Cabin Dwelling on the Puget Sound

puget view cottage olympia washington

We are back from a beautiful, though entirely too short vacation on the Puget Sound in Washington. We stayed in a lovely cottage in the southern sound region, about an hours drive from where I spent the entirety of my childhood.

It had been 18 years since I moved away and 17 since I last visited. This trip was long overdue. It was impossible to cram all the things I wanted to do and see into one very, very short week, but I sure tried. We had an incredible visit with friends I hadn’t seen in over 20 years, we walked along the beach daily and through the woods. We saw more wildlife than I even thought possible in such a short visit. We stayed up late watching sunsets and stuffed ourselves silly on fresh food with friends.

There were many tears shed as the trip was drawing to a close and upon arriving home. This beautiful place in the world is so special to me, I am glad I finally got a chance to show a very small piece of it to Russ and the girls–and I am hoping we will be back up there very soon.

puget view cottage olympia

puget view cottage olympia washington









Pies and Babies












There have been many days in the kitchen lately. This week we have been blessed with some rare cooler weather, which I have been taking advantage of. I have made tarts, and pies, and a peach crisp for the holiday. We have made strawberry ice cream, squash soup, lots of curries, and more.

I recently joined a really fun local facebook group, where you post things for trade and what you are looking for. Last week I posted my excess vintage sewing patterns and have already made two trades–one for those lovely quail eggs, and the other for homegrown squash–so fun!

Our little June is in her eighth month now–I can’t believe how quickly we are coming up on a year! Our little bug is the happiest baby I have ever encountered. She cut her first tooth last week, and you would never know it, she is her normal happy self. She has been crawling and standing for two months, and I think that maybe I saw her trying to take a step yesterday, but I am not certain. She coasts along furniture and pushes chairs around the house to walk. She likes to follow her sister, cleaning up the trail of snacks, with I on her tail to pull it all back out again.

Very little sewing or creating has come out of me in recent weeks. I am still working through our storage unit and trying to get rid of things. If I can get enough boxes ready to haul off to the thrift store, I have promised myself some sewing time. I am really feeling the itch to sew Lucy a new dress!