Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recipes to Make

Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili

Teriyaki Salmon Stir Fry

We are on a Buffalo Chicken kick right now, we made quesadillas this week, so perhaps pizza will be on the menu next. I love picking up whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe's and adding homemade toppings, yum!

Friday, January 16, 2015

What I'm Reading

I recently joined Oyster, the "Netflix for Books" app and I am already in love. The first book I read was "Still Alice" and I highly recommend it!

I really connected with the book's plot and the characters. It was easy to relate to their feelings and emotions as they watched their mom deteriorate in front of their eyes. I also loved how they became Alice's caretakers and valued her as their mother, even though she was so sick.

Julianne Moore just took home a Golden Globe for her role in the movie that comes out today (eek!)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Guest Room - Color Palette

Hello! Today kicked off with a fun, early morning spin class. As much as I hate waking up at 5:15 am, I absolutely love knowing that my workout is over and after work I can go home and relax.

I've been starting to think about our guest room lately, it needs some love and some color. I ended up putting our Threshold Seersuckle duvet on our guest bed and used our Crate + Barrel wedding gift cards to purchase a new set for our master bedroom. Right now, there is a lot of white. A perfect blank canvas.

I was inspired by my favorite new throw as a guide for the color palette in this room. I am trying to be budget friendly, so I am reusing navy blue pillows I bought last year for our living room that are no longer being used. I also used my TJ Maxx Christmas gift card (thank you, Haskins!) to purchase similar navy striped curtains.

Everything else is up in the air. I am loving the above prints from Minted and Rifle Bond Co. I think they will help tie everything together.

Well thats on my mind lately as far as design, would love your thoughts and opinions!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

5 Things

Hello! I am back from a fun 3-day trip to Denver and am missing my sweet girls already! Here are 5 fun things I have loved reading this week, I hope you enjoy them as well!

1) This adorable dog rides the bus himself to the dog park

2) Boxed is great online alternative to Costco, have you heard of it?

3) 21 Surprising Parenting Tricks

4) "It's okay to hate your spouse for ten minutes each day"

5) 25 Common Food Mixups

Monday, January 12, 2015

11:51 AM

I never wrote about the morning that I found out my mom had passed away. It seems too personal to share, but I have been encouraged to write more about events such as these from my close friends. It was Monday, May 12th at 11:51 AM when I receive the worst news of my life.

I wasn't tired from the weekend I had just spent in Vegas for my Bachelorette party. I was emotionally exhausted because I had been experiencing high levels of anxiety and living in fear never knowing when my mom's last day would be for almost 17 months.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with my mom before she passed. It was a really quiet day and she slept a lot. She had no color to her skin and no fat on her body. She was all skeleton. She could hardly speak, but I will forever hear her whispering voice in my head. We laid in bed together and watched a Lifetime movie about a young girl whose mom had passed away. One of the few things my mom said to me that day was, "well this sucks", and we immediately changed the channel. We talked a little, but I could tell she was frustrated because she couldn't communicate the way she wanted to. So instead, we sat in silence.

When I arrived at my apartment that night, I cried. I secretly knew what was to come that week. My eyes were swollen and red the next day but I safely assumed my co-workers would think I just had a little too much fun in Vegas at my Bachelorette party. Once I was at work, I immediately started organizing my work files and computer desktop in case I had to leave a moments notice. I really can't explain it, I just had a pit in my stomach.

I was busy catching up on work and reviewing my Friday emails when Becky called me around 11:45 am (the times somewhat blurred together). I stepped into my work conference room when I heard her sniffles, she told me that my mom had 24-48 hours to live. As horrified as I was, I kept thinking about how I blessed I was to be able to spend the last few days with my mom. I walked down to Lisa's office, barely mumbled what my aunt had just told me and said I needed to leave.

When I got back to my desk to pack everything up, I received the worst phone call of my life. Becky's voiced forever engrained in my head, crying over the phone "She just passed." I remember Lisa being at my desk (not yet knowing what my Aunt just told me) on my computer looking up a taxi service that would get me to West Seattle. Again, I barely mumbled that I needed to get down to Federal Way now because my mom already passed between those few short minutes I was at her desk and by the time I made it back to mine. Then I just sunk.

The rest of the day seemed to fade away from my memory rather quickly. I know that a co-worker drove me home. I remember seeing Dustin and Michael sitting on the front door step when I arrived and Georgia, Becky and Jeff all in my mom's room.

I try not to think about that time I spent being at my mom's house, I get sick to my stomach when I do. I can never explain the feelings I felt when I saw her tiny lifeless body laying in bed and watching two strangers wheel her away in a body bag. In fact, it almost feels too personal to share. But the it's moments like these that aren't talked about. When someone dies, everything is masked by heaven, bells ringing, cherished memories and angels.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

What 2014 Taught Me

photo via LittleBabyGarvin

... and what I am focusing on in 2015.

1) Be kind always, because everyone is fighting their own battle.

2) Be present where you are. I will never, ever regret all of the time I spent living with my mom after college and being with her when she was sick.

3. Stop planning so much. Enjoy the moment, you'll never had it back.

4. Travel. You'll never regret buying a plane ticket, but you'll always regret the plane ticket you never bought. It is the most refreshing thing you can do for yourself, whether it's for the weekend or overseas There will always be "something else".

5. Enjoy being home, even when the house isn't clean (cringes).

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Our Christmas Break

Katie and I hosted a fun girls night to kick off the holiday break!

Dustin and I spent a lot of time preparing our 2014 Christmas gifts for everyone. In each box we put homemade smoked salmon + herbed cream cheese and multigrain crackers!

We also hosted Christmas Eve and served the Stephens' family traditional lasagna and salad, yum! I love using all of my mom's serveware!

We wore matching sweaters and opened gifts of course!

My sister and I surprised our husbands and attached antlers and reindeer noses on their cars, they woke up to them on Christmas morning!

We did a Christmas brunch and walked to the lake with Dustin's family.

It was a beautiful day!

We had appetizers, (lots of) drinks and dinner with the Smith clan. They served the most delicious prime rib ever!

Dustin and I drove down to Portland to celebrate Christmas with Grandnan, Karen, Dad and the Holmes' family. Our tradition includes a yummy breakfast casserole, open gifts and go out to Twilight for pizza, it is so much fun!


We attended a Seahawks Christmas party with Dustin's extended family in Snohomish, SO much fun.  We did a white elephant exchange and scored some pretty cool gifts.

We hosted New Year's Eve, served appetizers and margaritas for our friends! We spent the night playing Cards Against Humanity and laughed all night long. Ended the night with a Champagne fight. So thankful for hardwood floors ;).

Looks like Mya wanted a kiss!

We took Mya almost everywhere we went over break.

Even Home Depot!

It was a good break indeed!