Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Playing tourist.

Last weekend, in an attempt to pack in just a bit more summer fun, I thought it would be fun to check out the International Fountain at Seattle Center for some last minute splash-parkin'-it-up.

The weather didn't quite pan out the way those forecasters said it would...but even if it would have been 92 degrees that day, I'm still pretty sure we would have had the same outcome.

Not happening.

Charlotte started crying as we approached the large dome. Gripping to me with fear. She was not going anywhere near that sucker.
And to her credit, it is quite large. And the water that exudes from it is impressive to say the least. She decided she was not nearly as brave as her friend Amelie, and that perhaps when she was four...maybe five...we could check it out again.

So we decided instead to eat popcorn, watch the synchronized water show with the Classical music, walk around Seattle Center...and make the most of our failed attempt at summer fun.

And it turned out perfect.

What looked like it was going to be an afternoon of Forced Family Fun, turned out to be an afternoon of admiring. Of enjoying. Of seeing our city. Clouds and all.

Sometimes the best afternoons are unexpected. I love it when that happens.

A girl on the move.

Between the constant movement and Max's photo bombing tendencies...photographing this little lady is getting quite difficult.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Baby Z.

Woooooooah baby.
I know a certain baby who is already really, really loved.
A certain baby who happens to have a mom who is my soul sister and forever friend.
A certain baby who, I for one, have prayed for, and wished for and dreamed of.  I mean, who doesn't want to share mama-hood with their soul-sister?!!
A certain baby who we can't wait to meet in December.

Oh baby Zito, how we LOVED showering you this past weekend.


(Baby Zito will be the 12th baby to use our little cradle...wild huh?!
Seems only appropriate for soul sisters.)


You are going to be such a good mommy my girl.

Celebrating 60.

So here's one really lucky thing about my life...
I kinda scored in the mom department.
Big time.
My mama...she is amazing. Like really and truly amazing. She is strong and courageous, generous and fun loving. She is laid back and carefree (especially now that she's retired). She is brave. She is independent. She is life loving. She is sunshine to all who meet her.

I think out of all the extremely incredible people and family I've been blessed with in my life, the one person who has shaped me the most is my mom. We are alike in many ways, but also different in many too. Much of me wishes I could be more like her...

There is rarely a time we go more than a couple of days without talking. I can tell from the way she says "hello" whether it's been a good day or a bad day. And when I've had a particularly bad day I can pretty much hold it together until the second I hear my mom's voice.
Then it's all over.
It's always been like that.
She is my safest safe place.

And so a few weekends ago we all gathered in our favorite place (Samish Island of course!) to celebrate this incredible mama of mine turning 60. Her favorite flower is a sunflower, so that was our theme for the weekend...and it really is perfect because like this flower, my mama is always looking for the light.
I continue to learn so much from her.





Cheers to you mom.
You are so very loved.
Thank you...for all that you are.