31 March 2012

relaxation station


Day 31: Where you relax
A futon mattress on the floor, a good book and a glass of wine. That's right. Our futon frame broke during the move and we are still hunting down the perfect sofa to replace it...

30 March 2012



Day 30: Toy
We have been "playing" a LOT of Hungry Hippo around here. The bug mostly likes to launch the marbles and let us work the Hippo eating magic...

toe to toe


Day 29: Feet
I will miss you dearly footy jammy days but we are ready for some warmer weather around here! Please come soon!

28 March 2012

A little gossip


Day 28: Trash
Oh so trashy and full of celebrity gossip, but oh so fun to kick your heels up and read on a rainy day!

27 March 2012

What's in a name?

your name

Day 27: Your name
I am named after Sarah from the Bible. "And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her." (Genesis 17:15-16 KJV) Sarah means "princess".

26 March 2012

key to my heart


Day 26: Key
A usually metal instrument by which the bolt of a lock is turned. 



Day 25: Breakfast
Smoothies are a major favorite around our house. They are usually made up of whatever fruit we have in the freezer. This morning it was blueberries and mango chunks. And we always add a ripe banana for sweetness, Nancy's yogurt for protein and some light coconut milk for interesting flavor. Sooo good!

25 March 2012

bok bok


Day 24: An Animal
This is such a common sight walking around Portland neighborhoods - chickens wandering through the front yard. They seem to be everywhere!

And yes I realize I am a day behind with my posts, I'll catch up tomorrow!

24 March 2012

traveling back


Day 23: Moon
No moon out here tonight so I'm going backwards in time to this picture taken on our vacation in Greece... 

23 March 2012

Tuna galore

kitchen sink

Day 22: Kitchen sink
I'm enjoying the delicacies of the bug's kitchen. On the menu: tuna fish wine and tuna fish butter served in a glass... I'm hoping the fruit in the sink is coming my way sometime soon! I don't know how much more tuna I can handle - ew.

21 March 2012



Day 21: Delicious
Using what you have on hand to create from scratch is always a fun challenge. Pie crust + Nutella + fresh whipped cream + chocolate shavings = Delicious for sure!

20 March 2012



Day 20: Before/After
It feels like things around the house are changing at a snail pace, but they are starting to look put together and it makes me giddy to see! We still have a lot of details to finish in here but you have to admit that this is a vast improvement right ?!? Still looking for the perfect mirror and waiting for the outlet and sink plumbing to be installed...

19 March 2012

here again


Day 19:
I've started bribing the bug with snacks for yet another trip to Lowes... Her response every time we pull into the parking lot now "we're here again?!?" Our home away from home these days!

18 March 2012



Day 18: A corner of your home
Very few spots in our new home are looking at all put together, but the kitchen cabinets benefited from a temporary update until we get around to the full remodel. We still haven't painted the lovely wall under the cabinets... Oh well

The "Be Grateful" and "Roll with it" prints were lovely free printables from Over the Big Moon

And the "Eat" print was a free download from Behind the Studio

Love the simple creativity and of course the colors! Thanks ladies

17 March 2012

Can't pinch me


Day 17: Green
This girl loves to color! So fun to watch her and be invited to join her as well...

16 March 2012

she moves on...

Moving is something I know a LOT about! We moved six times throughout my childhood. Those moves represented more than just a new home. They meant a new town, new schools, and making new friends - hard things to get used to when you're young, but they changed the story of my life in so many ways.

At 19 years old I left the family nest to set out on my own. And then I moved and moved and moved over the years. Thirteen years later I am getting ready to move for the 16th time in my life! Once upon a time people would live and die in the same town or even same house. We are so transient these days...

Moving has always been hard, but has come with such great adventure and memories as well. And every time I move I laugh thinking back on how far I've come.

I can still remember the look on my now husband, then boyfriend's face when he showed up at our family farm to help me move out of my parents house. He probably expected that I didn't have too much stuff, he probably assumed that I would be fully packed with my belongings in boxes - ready to go. He was shocked to see shopping bag after shopping bag filled with books and trinkets and clothes, tons of furniture crammed into one small room and me happily sitting in the middle of it all about halfway done with my packing... Poor guy was such a trooper and just laughed at me and jumped in to help.

When we got married we had both been living in separate community houses with friends from church. Before our wedding we found an apartment that we would move into together when we returned from our honeymoon. They were still fixing up the apartment when we left for Mexico so we asked a dear friend if she would be willing to get the keys for us while we were gone so we could move right in when we flew home. She picked us up at the airport and dropped us off at our new place - coming in for a minute to say welcome home. The community had surprised us and moved all of our stuff in and even went so far as to make the bed, stock the fridge and set up the living room! So amazingly unexpected... We felt so loved!

Cooking together in our first kitchen.

Our next move was in the heat of summer and I was 7 months pregnant with our little bug. I had just quit my day job and was only nannying one or two nights a week. Super hot, super pregnant I call one night to say I'm on my way home. We are supposed to move into our new place the next day, but my hubby says - "hey stop by the new house so we can figure out where we want to put things tomorrow." I was so tired he had to really convince me and for some reason I never suspected anything, but when I walked in the door all of our stuff was already there. He had gathered the community together and had them help move us in while I was at work! The bed was made and the apartment was in the basement of a house so it was super cool and refreshing...

Trying to muster some energy post-move to decorate the nursery.

We had the help of our community and family once again this past weekend as we piled everything into the U-Haul and moved back across town. Our house is in livable condition, but once everyone left that first night I might have had a major moment of panic set in as I realized - this is OUR house - it is crammed with our belongings, it is still dusty from the construction we have been doing, there is no place to cook a hot meal, it is more than a little overwhelming how much we have to do to get it back in shape. But it is OURS!

Such a lovely office/playroom don't you think?? The catch-all room until we rebuild the garage. Yikes!

When I lived with my family, moving included horses and various other animals, farm equipment and a house full. SO much work! Now I feel overwhelmed moving our small home - I can't even imagine what my mom must have been feeling during all that packing and unpacking. My dream is for us to find a home within the next 5 years or less that we would love to raise our family in and plant some roots.

Many of the moves I've made over the years have felt life changing and like a rite of passage and this last one certainly feels like a huge moment. We are in our OWN home. No more renting, no more feeling like you can't totally make a place your own. What a fun, long, sometimes exhausting journey to get to this day...

catch up, the sequel...

What's a girl to do without a smarty phone or internet at home?? After 3.5 hours of work from Comcast we are once again ready to surf and I'm hoping that's the last big blogging interrupt for quite a while!

So let's catch up!

Day 12: Fork

Meals have been a rainy glamping (glamourous camping) adventure around here. Our first few days in the new house we were without a stove - relying on crock pots and hibachis to get something warm in our tummies. So nice to be back in action with this retro Craigslist score!

Day 13: A sign
a sign

a sign 2

Signs of the coming Spring... I love seeing everything burst with color so much, I took two pics! This first beauty is in our new yard and the second pic could be on almost any street corner around town which is just magical!

Day 14: Clouds

Dark and ominous. It's been raining like crazy around here...

Day 15: Car

Subaru - it seems to be the Oregon way...

Day 16: Sunglasses

The bug and I found ourselves out and about during a rare dry/sunny moment today as we stopped into a crazy little local video store called Movie Madness to pick up a classic John Wayne flick. We're set for a fun St. Patty's evening tomorrow with corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and The Quiet Man.

11 March 2012

talk about it

talked to

Day 11: Someone you talked to today
Every day. All day. She is such a chatter box, but she says the funniest things and has real conversations with me! I love it

10 March 2012

I hear you


Day 10: Loud
Wonderfully loud giggling ensued when I took a moment out of packing and remodeling to build a pillow fort for the bug and climb in and play for a bit... We have been playing pass the baby a lot lately, thanks in no small way to our amazing family and friends, so hubby and I can both be at the house remodeling and I am so happy to be moving in this Sunday! Monday morning we return to our regularly scheduled programing with lots of mama and bug time! 

09 March 2012



Day 9: Red
Matthew 6:34. Trying to live in the busy moment and soak up the triumphs and troubles of each day... It's been hard to put the to-do list out of my mind at night.

08 March 2012

Taking me back


Day 8: Window
An adorable little bit of Italy in our neighborhood that I am wanting to try. DOC Food + Wine. The menu sounds super yummy and the windows remind me of my croatian grandma's house growing up... 

07 March 2012

Catch up...

Life has been cRazy and I haven't had much time to get my pictures on here so today will be about getting back on track.

Day 2: Fruit
Red grapes are our fave around here.

Day 3: Your Neighbourhood
A little peek at our new neighborhood. So far we are enjoying the quiet street and friendly neighbors.

Day 4: Bedside
A landing spot for empty milk cups, baby dolls and whatever mama and bug are currently reading...

Day 5: A smile
A sweet treat to see these smiling faces in my front yard all the way from Colorado. Best hour of our day!

Day 6: 5pm
Things are looking up at the new house! Miles of tile = a tired and sore me, but I love how it is coming together.

Day 7: Something you wore
Grungy clothes, some paint, and lots of thinset...

Lots of progress going on at the house - updates coming soon!

01 March 2012

up mama


Day 1: Up
This is my view throughout most of the day - this little bug follows me around gazing up at me with those big brown eyes and reaching out those cute little hands to constantly request to come "up mama"... who can resist the powers of this snuggle bug!
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