Weekending : July 4th Edition!

We had an extra long Fourth of July weekend. I spent the majority of it recovering from last Wednesday’s oral surgery. Surgery went well and although I was quite out of it for a day or two and then in some pain for days after that, but my mouth has been feeling better every day. Even though I was in some pain for the actual fourth, we still managed to walk in our town’s push em pull em parade and enjoy the street fair for a little bit (We had Gramma and Grandpa with us too). Then the rest of the weekend was spent resting. Lots of time in the backyard, tending to the garden, running around with flags, declaring our independence and eating lots of watermelon!
pushem pull em

pinwheel fun

mass of people

the gang



eating watermelon

ellie flag


hold it up


yay 2

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!! Hope you had a lovely one!!

-joining pumpkin sunrise for weekending.


Tin Lights For A Summer Evening

We have this deck in our backyard that was probably previously used for a hot tub. I’ve been dreaming up ways to spiff it up ever since we moved to this house. Right before Ellie’s birthday party, with the help of my husband and father-in-law, we turned the space into a lovely summer time gathering area.

our patio


What really makes it fun though are the tin can lights. I wanted them as soon as I saw the inspiration on this blog. We did our’s a little differently but they turned out adorable and are so much fun when it’s dark out. I decided to put LED tea lights inside of them so I didn’t have to worry about the fire aspect and they work just as well, even flickering like the real thing.

tin can in day


with led lights


I took a sharpie and drew designs on each can (Jeff got fancy and looked up constellations for some of them and copied the design). After each can was sharpied-up, Jeff took a nail and a hammer and hammered holes where the sharpie dots were. My father-in-law helped get them all hung up on the bamboo rods and twine and we were all set.

more tin cans


high up


A cozy space to sip wine, watch the baby play in the grass and chat with friends into the night-time hours was created. I’m liking it so far!

the whole shebang!



Our Trip to Washington


grammas house

an artists chair



la connor

breakfast spot

deception pass

bigfoot books

meeting burbank

neat chair

art walk

the studio

mama and lulu

red barn

a walk

flower baby


ellies painting

gramma time


food in the market

blue trees

baby girl

great gramma

We are home after a four day adventure to Washington State to visit with my Grandmother, Ellie’s Great-Grandmother. It was a lovely visit with far too much to see within a limited amount of time, but we spent some wonderful, long days chatting, eating and chasing around my little monkey. My Grandmother is a painter and being in her creative presence was inspiring. Her home, tucked away in the woodlands of Whidby Island, had elements of rustic charm, southwestern flair and bits of old time Americana in every room of the house. I plan to share her lovely studio this week as well. It’s just too neat not too. It was a memorable trip and I’m so glad my Grandmother got to meet Ellie before her first birthday! Hoping to visit again soon!


a brothers bday

 sunday breakfast

some music

moving things

We celebrated my brother’s birthday this weekend at my parents house. We spent time with family and good friends. We moved around some furniture. We prepped for Ellie’s upcoming first birthday party. We went grocery shopping. We took walks. We listened to new (old) vinyl. We danced to jazz and Disney. We made french toast with maple syrup. We threw balls around the house. We ate curry pork chops and sweet potatoes for dinner.

Ellie and I are getting ready to go on a little trip next week to visit my Grandmother (Ellie’s Great-Grandmother) in Seattle. I may or may not be here in this space next week. We shall see.

Hoping you all had lovely weekends! I’m off to pack!

-joining Amanda for Weekending!


raspberry scones

parade people


having a sippy


gramps and the flag


musical instruments 1


out to lunch



clothes in the line

local seeds

beach chair babe

The long weekend started out fun. We went downtown and met my parents, to see the Fourth of July parade and street fair. There were a ton of people but it was fun getting out and seeing all that red, white and blue. But, by the time we got home, Jeff had come down with the dreaded bug that Ellie and I are still recuperating from. He got hit hard and was down for the rest of the weekend. Ellie and I stayed up into the wee hours that July 4th (local fireworks and her coughing kept her up) and Daddy went to sleep very early. We left Jeff to rest up for part of the weekend and went down to visit with my parents at their place (which we don’t do very often because Ellie still is not a fan of car rides). It was a nice day for Ellie. She just loves spending time with her grandparents (and I don’t think they are too bad either). We went out to lunch, we took a long walk and we visited the bookstore. The rest of the weekend was spent cleaning, doing laundry , a little gardening here and there and just lazing about, trying to get everyone healthy again. How was your weekend?

-joining Amanda at The habit.

Slow Days



napping room

quiet house

putting the tent away



the dining room

These have been slow days. Lots of napping, lots of walks in the early morning before the heat settles in and walks in the evening after dinner when the beachy fog cools everything off. The tent has been taken down and besides our walks we’ve kept inside, trying to clear this yucky cold from our sinuses and chests. Lots of nursing, lots of tea, lots of naps under the fan… lots of quiet, slowness, so that we can get well and begin our summertime play.



on the town


trying produce

strawberry yum!

whole grain bread

sharing with daddy

yard sail finds

drive along the coast

beach drive


the tent


mama and boo in the tent

gramma and ellie

sick baby

the nest

reading with daddy


sick baby

The weekend started off nicely. We had dinner downtown. I was still congested but getting better from a long, tough flu bug (first bug since I was pregnant!). We visited the farmers market and Ellie tried out all sorts of good summertime treats. We stumbled upon a great yard sale (fabric and a new basket- always good finds!). We had my best friend and her family stop in on Saturday for an early dinner. I got a late Birthday present, the most beautiful, soft and cuddly and my very first woven wrap. I’m in love with it by the way and it very much came in handy this weekend because Ellie came down with her very first fever and a full on head and chest cold. The rest of the weekend was a rough one. Lots of nursing, lots of snuggling, lots of drives up the coast to try to get our little sickie to sleep and lots of reading books. It was so hot too that we spent parts of two nights down stairs in a nest we made with blankets. And after seeing this in a couple different places online, I knew we had to have one in our yard this weekend too. Gramma and Grandpa came to visit the little sick kiddo and cheer her up yesterday and we all tried our best to stay cool and relaxed. Hoping for a speedy recovery this week. I already feel like we’ve missed so much of summertime! It’s July 1st!  AHHHH!!! (and rabbit, rabbit, rabbit).

-joining Amanda over at The Habit.



tea and strawberries


solstice softie


weekend lunch


a cutie in a new dress


bubbles w gramma


water play






solstice dinner


more tea


tea at night




Summer Solstice weekend. I had high hopes for the solstice but plans fell through and I got sick with a yucky head cold. Despite much pouting (by me) and disappointment, we managed to have a very nice weekend. I have one incredible husband and the best parents a girl could ask for. These three people helped create a great solstice dinner on saturday night (a great recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks), kept Miss Eloise busy and happy when Mama needed some rest, kept me well hydrated with plenty of warm, soothing tea and just are all around the greatest. I managed to get a Solstice Sun Softie made for Ellie and my mom surprised her with a beautiful dress she made! This will definitely NOT be the only dress she makes now that I know she can make them! I’ve put in my orders. In fact my two sisters and I all want matching dresses. My mom will certainly be busy this summer!  I’m hoping with all the tea and liquids and cuddly baby and husband love I’m receiving I will be better in no time. I hate being sick, I don’t like resting and it’s officially summertime – I’m ready to play! Maybe next weekend.

How was your weekend?


-joining Amanda for weekending.