I have never been so happy to see gray skies in my life. After a week of stifling and record breaking heat (103. Really?!) I am thrilled with the marine layer that has come to save the day. For the record: I like the heat. I like heat when I am lounging by a body of water (lake, pool, ocean. Whatever) reading smutty magazines and drinking mai tais. I DON’T like the heat when I am trying to get my daughter to take a nap and not sweat to death while doing so. We spent the week trying not to die and hit up every pool, bath tub, kiddie pool and air conditioned business we could find. Here is a picture of Parker in our “pool” which is a galvanized bucket we borrowed from Kerry for Parker’s first birthday party. Desperate times. Desperate measures. (Ps that is a freshly picked tomato in Parker’s hand which is the ONLY good thing that has come out of this heat wave.)



Just between you, me and the internet because I don’t want to jinx it but for the past 5 nights Parker has slept for 12 hours without a peep. I have spent the last year wandering around in a daze of sleep deprivation but alas she sleeps...like a baby ( I was starting to think that was an oxymoron). Getting enough sleep opens up all sorts of doors for me. It reminds me that I love the morning time (and I don’t mean 5am morning time). The light. The possibilities. The quietness. Lingering in bed. This morning I busted out the camera to capture the light in our room and my sweet family. I just joined a photography group and last month we talked about light. Light is magic—and so is sleep!

PS The first two pictures feature Miss Bunny. Parker's main squeeze whom she loves just as much as her parents. For real.


SUN Valley

We are back from our trip to Sun Valley, Idaho. We had a great week with the Grissom’s in Ketchum, ID and did all sorts of fun things. Kelly and I got to do 2 great hikes. Here is the view from the first 5 minutes of our first hike. So beautiful!
The house that we stayed in was perfect and between the items we rented (best money I ever spent!) and toys that the owners had, the kids were happy. Here is Parker playing in their big Jacuzzi tub (we are officially done with the baby tub!) with their toys.
We went on a couple of double dates and even rode our bikes to a G Love concert sans kids. Ryder and Parker rolled around together all week and fought over the toy/water bottle of the day. Parker loves Ryder and every morning she couldn’t wait to see him. I am not sure of what Ryder thinks of Parker but it wont be long till he is chasing her :). Here they are in a parking lot waiting for thier dads to get back from a ride--hot and sleepy but cute as can be.One afternoon all 6 of us went to the local park at Ernest Hemmingway elementary school (did you know he killed himself in Sun Valley when he was 62?). It was a fabulous summer day and here is my favorite shot of Ryder and Jesse snuggeling in the park.
One hot afternoon we found a swimming hole on the river. The water was muy frio but Parker didn’t seem to mind. Here are a couple shots from our river adventure—yay, no swim diapers! Word on the street is that Ketchum is a great place to live and raise kids. We can see why!!


11 months!!

Last year at this time I was very, very pregnant. This year, not a lot to report (which is fine by me). We have been hanging summer style-kiddie pools, beach, the lake, farmers market etc. On Saturday we are off to Sun Valley for a week with the Grissom’s. F-U-N. Here is my favorite shot of the week: Parker getting ready to go to her PEPS’s one year birhtday party.


The New Beach Town

Last weekend Parker and I went to Seabrook (a “new” beach town on the Washington coast) with some pals. Seabrook is the kind of place that I dream of—sun shining, kids playing in the streets, happy hour on every porch and free cruiser bikes for everyone to use!!. We had a great weekend eating and playing cards and exploring the amazing beach. Here are a few pictures of the ladies weekend away.

+ Restaurant Round-up: Garett and I went on a date last night (Thanks Kel!) to the new Bastille in Ballard. The head chef is a married to a gal I went to high school with which is random since we grew up in CA. In any case, we had a great time. The food was yummy, the atmosphere was hopping (and it was only the 2nd night AND a Tuesday) and the back bar is a secret hideaway where we will be sure to return to. There were a few shortcomings (the fries were only medium, the waitress seemed frazzled and frightened) but I am sure they will work all the kinks out in the coming weeks. Oh, and the Peanut Butter Ice Cream (which deserves to be Capitalized) was Phenomenal with a capital P. Check it out.