October 26, 2015

A Birthday in the Mountains

Generally speaking, for birthdays and anniversaries we like to go places and do things instead of giving one another gifts. It's always more memorable to take a trip somewhere than to purchase an item to commemorate a special day. I remember that last year I was struggling to come up with an idea for Jarrad's birthday because there just isn't much to do in the Houston area, and we spent a day in Wharton, Texas. Luckily, this year I had a hard time choosing because there were so many options! Ultimately, I went for the cabin in the woods.

October 06, 2015

Summer in Seattle

In late spring, I came across some blogs that mentioned "Summer Bucketlists." As you can imagine, I loath the word bucketlist, but I did like the idea of compiling a variety of events to undertake in a summer. Mind you, this is the first time in my whole life that I've ever attempted to do much other than grump and sweat in the summer. But Seattle summers are so incredibly splendid, that you actually want to spend hours outside. You know it's been a successful summer when you don't have sweat rolling down your back! In any case, my summer list is after the jump.

June 21, 2015

A Weekend on the Olympic Peninsula

When we lived in Houston, the closest trip of any interest was a three hour drive to Austin, a city we'd lived in for six years. Other than that, the next closest point of interest was New Orleans, and we visited twice in a year. My point is, you are left struggling with cool road trip ideas when you're stuck in the armpit of America. Or really anywhere in Texas. That's yet another huge benefit of living in Seattle; we are so close to so many great sites: two hours from Vancouver, a little more than two hours to Portland, and just short ferry rides and drives to multiple islands and exciting mountain adventures. We decided to take advantage last weekend and explore the Olympic Peninsula.

June 01, 2015

May in Snapshots

The older you get, the faster the years zoom by. I can hardly believe we're already halfway through 2015! Below, the month of May in moments and pictures.
Goodbye Lonestar, hello Rainier: mountain fresh beer.

April 25, 2015

Birthday or b-day

My last four birthdays have all been celebrated in different locations. For my 30th, I was in Austin, my 31st in Turkey, my 32nd in Houston, and my 33rd in Seattle. I documented the last two birthdays on this blog, and I figured it's a decent enough tradition to follow. The older we get, the easier it is for all these birthdays to sort of blur together.
Birthday artwork from my beloved niece Isabella!