Anniversary Photo Shoot

A few months back, our friend and epic Spokane based photographer, Amber Glanville, inquired about meeting up for a photo shoot near Vantage, WA. A great opportunity to experiment with a super awesome (and out of the way) location, play with a mix of film and digital equipment, and capture some amazing golden hour summer light. We were in! It was the perfect way to commemorate our third anniversary.

Little did we know that the date we choose would be 107 degrees! We met Amber at the Vantage gas station and then spent 3+ hours driving around to shoot in 4 stunning locations. We had never been to Echo Basin or the Vantage campground, so it was a great opportunity to discover a place we cannot wait to revisit.

And the photos? They are stunning. Amber, thank your for these amazing memories.

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Teal

Yes, dear readers, it is happening! COLOR has appeared on our house! Painting the soffits white has been fun and all, but the real change came when Matt started with the teal yesterday!

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It looks SO good! I feel very lucky to be married to a guy willing to take the patience to edge with an artist brush and make everything look super professional.

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And just for fun: our garden.

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Crowing Hour

IMG_6086[1]Dude (our rooster) used to start crowing at 4:30AM. It was my internal alert that the alarm was going off in a half hour. These days my alarm prompts me awake at 5, and I snooze twice before I hear our backyard buddy make his inaugural morning call.

The days are getting shorter.

Time to get going with this paint. (good news…scraping is done!)

August Already?!

Where is the summer going? On one hand we have had a lot of time at home. Our weekends have been less busy (no weddings this summer!) and we have enjoyed the slower pace of external commitments. On the other hand we have been SO busy with never ending house projects. Some updates:

House & Painting:

Oh how I want to be painting! We are so close. 90% of the scraping is done, so it is on to caulking, repairs and paint. We have been lucky (?) to have so much dry weather for this particular project but the hot temperatures have made progress really slow. We are making plans to reorganize rooms in our house. The dining room and office will swap, which means we are reassessing our furniture and on the lookout for a new, smaller, cuter office desk. We spotted one on craigslist but were too late to get it. Fingers crossed!

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Garden:

The hard work this spring is really paying off! We are hauling in greens and beans every day, and the tomatoes are ripening fast. The Spanish beans did so well this year. We are picking ½ lb every other day and eating our fill. I hope we can save some to freeze! Squash is slower than I anticipated. Perhaps we need to hand pollinate next year. Overall it was a great first year in the real garden. For the next growing season the focus is building up our soil. It is awful and will do so much better next year.

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Work:

Work is going well for me. I am enjoying projects and leading my team in Seattle. I manage to work from home about once a week and that is a nice balance. The commute into Seattle is wonderful on the new water taxi. The ferry terminal on Vashon is under construction for at least the next year and that makes driving off a bit more inconvenient. Earthquake upgrades are worth it though!

Food:

Our garden veggies are the star of our meals these days. Lots of chard or kale cooked with bacon or made into curry. Salmon on the grill, lots of beans. Caprese salad and eggs are staples too. I have been experimenting with homemade ice cream more and am always on the lookout for recipe inspiration for new flavors.

Cats are great. Rats in the attic are slowing getting picked off one by one with traps. Chickens are doing well too, though are now confined to a smaller run instead of free ranging the yard. We just got fed up with all our plants being ripped up and dirt strewn everywhere.

Travel:

Ah, summer getaways sounds so nice. Right now we are focusing on pausing for concerts in the park and quick trips to the lake to swim. We don’t have any plans but as soon as the house is painted we are taking off for a surf trip to the coast. Making plans for Kauai in November too…

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This past weekend we took a day to celebrate our anniversary in a special way in Vantage, WA. It was 107 degrees but we had a ball and lots of fun images to share. More details to come very soon!IMG_5960[1]

That is pretty much a wrap! We are slowly making friends on the island and that is really, really nice. Hard to believe we are approaching our 3rd wedding anniversary next week!

Lake Retreat

Sunday was hot. We rode our bikes to the Vashon strawberry festival, watched a parade in the shade, then biked home to enjoy rootbeer floats in the back yard. Followed by a hike to the beach at the old gravel mine park. More hot and sunny but much needed not-working-on-the-house time.

Sunday was even hotter. Couch couch for breakfast but it was too hot even to drink coffee. I was watering the garden and we were brainstorming indoor projects when it hit me: we should go to the lake! Matt’s parent’s lake property is a 15 minute ferry ride + 15 mile drive west of us. The thought of cool water and shade and jumping off the diving board sounded so good we dropped everything in favor of fun.

I texted Rebecca and she showed up with her son, Eli. Snacks packed, sunscreen and towels in the car, and we were out the door and in line for the next ferry. (I somehow managed to also throw together a cooked ice cream base and get it chilling so we could have fresh ice cream post-swimming!)IMG_5558[1]

Across the water and through the Kitsap Peninsula and we were at Tiger Lake! An afternoon of swimming and sunning was just what we needed.

Homemade ice cream before bed was not too shabby either.

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Five Years Ago

July 10, 2010 was a day that changed the course of my life. July 10 was a Saturday that year, the perfect day for a date to the West Seattle Day’s street fair. The day that Matt and I met.

Fast forward five years and we are married, moved to an island to OUR house, waist deep in house and homesteading projects, well-traveled, tan and still just as giddy in love.

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Happy five years of sharing lives, my sweet Moose husband.