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Home Sweet Home…eventually

   
So in about 7 months this will be the site of our new house! I’m terrified at all the unknowns about my job and potentially job hunting if needed and then securing said job to qualify for final mortgage…oy.

But, unlike my typical nature, I’m choosing to take some deep breaths and just trust it’s all going to work out. Allow myself to be excited and not if myself to death about risks.  

So, I’m super excited to tell you we’ll be back in our beloved McKinney a block away from a park and Sophy’s future elementary school. We met some neighbors who are awesome and I’ve started an inventory of existing furniture for outlet and space planning. I mean I’m going to try not to worry not give up my control freak ways!

AnywY, super excited and back to Big D in June for final finish selections. Can’t wait!

 

McKinney Love

 

 Love this picture of Sophy in the tree and summed up our recent Texas trip perfectly. We had a great time seeing Mom, Dad and Jen plus worked in lunch with a few close friends on the square.   
  

  

       

Weekend Recap

Sophy’s school had a bake sale last week with some offerings that included princess toppers. As you could imagine, she had to have one immediately and would not be appeased. I sent Rolland out to find something to stick on the top of a cake and this was our best option in West Seattle. 

   

She loved it, the cake not so much as I took a flyer on a recipe from Baking with Less Sugar and I made it gluten free. We’ll call it an experiment gone awry.

Someone got a sassy new haircut uping the cute 1000%.     More cooking with homemade sausage I loved but Rolland found a little too Italian sausage and not enough Jimmy Deanesque. I used the recipe from Bon Appetite that I can’t find online. I also made a cherry pie using Tartine’s flaky tart dough. Canned filling was requested and was apparently approved.

As always, I wished it was longer and the weather was shockingly beautiful. I’m ready for another one. With better cake.

Summer Visitors…from last summer

So I got a little behind in the blog updates. But, here are some highlights from last summer’s visit by my dear friends Ann and Mark (or Mawk as Sophy refers to him).

Sites seen included Gas Works Park, The Fremont Troll and Lake View Cemetery. The Space Needle, Chihuly Museum and random park visits not captured via fancy camera.

running sophy gas works close up Ann and Fremont Troll ann and mark 8-1 Mark Seattle skyline Seattle skyline sunset 8-2 sophy lake view tree 5 three of us - troll

Goonies Never Say Die!

Astoria CollageSaturday we took a day trip down to Astoria, Oregon. It’s a lovely coastal town that also happens to be the home of the Goonies! If you are unfamiliar with the Goonies you should rectify that immediately.

Astoria Column ViewThe view from the Astoria Column base. Incredibly gorgeous. And pretty much all you need.

Below is the Astoria Column which is an odd column on the top of a hill that offers an amazing view. You pay $2 to park for the year (an excellent value with the picnic tables for lovely seaside views) and then you can climb the tower and hang out at the top, or on the grounds, as much as you’d like. We made it halfway up the unbelievably rickety stairs and bailed. Major anxiety attack. I don’t enjoy heights, and am increasingly disinclined towards tight spaces, this column offers both. Rolland was also carrying the toddler up with super winding stairs and agreed with the decision to abort. Those stairs were crowded and wobbly. I swear, my knees start shaking just thinking about it.

Astoria ColumnOur column tour guide.

Sophy Astoria Column 1Quick snuggle with the tour guide.

Sophy Mommy Astoria ColumnUnrelated to the tower but our primary reason for the visit was a quick house visit. I’ve had a pilgrimage to the Goondocks on my to do list since moving to Seattle. I can now check it off the Seattle list. The house is pretty awesome and lives up to the vision. The experience itself is kind of meh. You just walk up a gravel hill driveway, take a pic and move on. A bit of a let down but I’m not entirely sure what my expectations were for said house.

Goondocks - Goonie HousePrior above house visit.  We ate lunch at the Rogue Public House which was also meh but primarily an awesome experience irrespective of our actual meal. You drive over the rickety pier and eat lunch in the brewery / canning factory. Rolland said the beer was super tasty but the food was just ok.

Rougue Public HouseA big hit at the Public House, untasty food aside, was our lovely lunch companions. The sea lions were cavorting outside our window and offering an awesome show. You could hear them barking through the window. They were adorable and looked like they were having a fantastic time in the water. It was chilly or I would be tempted to join them. Please note I realize this is a total pipe dream as one doesn’t hug a wild animal, particularly a super sized sea lion.

Seals in the harborAstoria was awesome and we want to head back and travel even further down the shore to check out Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Still, a perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Woodland Park Zoo

We visited the zoo on Mother’s day for a birthday party and Sophy loved the free carousel rides for a couple of hours. She loves riding on the horses, the faster the better! The zoo was really pretty but it was still chilly for May and we had dressed appropriately until the toddler threw up as we pulled into the parking lot. This required using back up clothes that only included a short sleeve shirt. Gift shop sweatshirt to the rescue! It tells you something that I thought I got out cheaply at under $25 for the toddler size sweatshirt.

The zoo is specifically designed to make it feel like a natural habitat for the animals which often meant there were no animal sightings. Disappointing for all visitors. Luckily we had free admission for the birthday. I would recommend the zoo for older kids who have better lines of sight over fences and willingness to push through crowds.

Sophy and Daddy on carousel 5x7 Sophy and the lion 2 Sophy Carousel 3Someone got tired of pictures

Sophy carousel pout Sophy sunglassesGood times.

First Haircut

This post is from a May outing, Mother’s Day weekend actually, and we had a big weekend. Sophy had a birthday party for twins in her toddler class, we had dinner reservations for Salty’s and it was decided the long hair that kept ending up in her mouth as a chew toy had to go.

Sophy’s a big fan of Legos and we needed a couple of gifts for birthday party so we decided to take the bribery approach. We had Top Pot doughnuts pre-cut and found a salon dedicated to kids. Legos post cut if she didn’t have a total meltdown. Luckily, it wasn’t really needed and she handled the haircut like a pro. We were the first appointment in a kids salon, she picked out her toys, sat on the horse and settled in for a super cute summer bob. Summer being a relative term as we all wore coats to this outing.

Here she is post hair cut and triumphant with her Lego selection.

5-10 first legos 2Post haircut with her barrette that didn’t last the trip from the stylist to the mall.

5-10 first hair cutI think she may have seen an even bigger Lego bag heading out.
5-10 First LegosNext post, birthday party at the Zoo!

41

Today is my birthday, 41st to be exact, and it’s been fantastic!

It started with a day trip to Portland on Saturday for a visit to Powell’s bookstore, lunch at On the Border, and then quick hops to lots of good places like Cargo and Collage. We made a few more stops at K.Marie and Enchante in Milwaukie, Oregon and Candy Babel in Portland but I’m being lazy about linking. They are pretty awesome though. Collage and Cargo were my very favorites though with tons of stocking up on project life and art goodies.

kokeshi at cargo cargo birthday lunch OTB

Today was an early dismissal at work so Rolland and I could catch a movie without toddler. We saw Captain America: Winter Soldier and I loved it. I miss regular movie goings so we’ll have to work out some more lunch dates for attending. Movie and mall were great for an afternoon date. We picked up the toddler and headed for Uneeda Burger. Sooo yummy! If you’re in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle I highly recommend it. It was 77 degrees and sunny so we sat near the open garage door munching on fried cheese curds, burgers, and fries… not much more I could ask for and 41 has turned out to be lovely. Can’t wait to see what else the year has in store!

B&w family selfie

Swings

Lincoln Park is a great little park close to our house. It’s a 5 minute drive and we’re walking through the trees to the shore. The park trail is mostly paved and curves along a small part of the sound with a rocky beach. Perfect for a toddler practicing her rock throwing skills! It’s got an area for picnics and fires with tons of people walking dogs. Sophy’s loves are babies and puppies. Girl after my own heart.

Her most favorite part of the park is the swing set when we first hit the trail. She’s a huge fan and proved how grown up she was by sitting in the big girl swing, swinging her feet and then jumping out – landing on her feet! – and hitting the ground running. Oh my, not ready for this big kid but here she is. She’s pretty fantastic. I think I’ll keep her.

IMG_4022 Sophy swing close up Sophy swing