Monday, May 08, 2017

More accomplishments!

Another thing! That I did. Was turn 35! Every other birthday has been me and the girls and sometimes but not usually Joel. I buy a little cake, wrangle a little celebration. But! This year, my folks drove over after naps and hung out with the girls, and then my sister and her family including this ADORABLE BABY


joined us for pizza.


This is the year that everyone brought me flowers, and/or treats from Duft and Co. My mom and sister were there in the morning and brought me back a sticky bun, and Josie MAGICALLY arranged for someone to bring a selection of desserts to my house! Which I forgot to take a picture of before we ATE THEM. Accept, in lieu, some of my flowers! And my succulent terrarium!


Eleanor picked me an ENORMOUS bouquet of dandelions (our yard is Dandelion Town and the girls love it and we care exactly none because we are renters).


Which leads me to our NEXT THING WE BOUGHT A HOUSE WE ARE HOMEOWNERS.


Some months ago, the girls were with their grands and Joel and I were spring-cleaning the house and then went out for some delicious cult sandwiches and stopped to check out an open house, Joel kept trying to make me look at real estate but UGHHHHHHH DON'T WANT, but we didn't have our kids and so anyway, we went to walk through this house. Just to look.


But! It was our dream house! I mean, it had all the things we wanted. So we went home and we were like...Is that our dream house? It is, right? We really love it. So we sent someone else over to walk through it, check it out, and we facetimed my parents and sent them the link to the listing and we were like, Here is a house, we think we love it, offers have to be in by tomorrow evening, we don't even have a realtor. They were like, You can get a realtor, and also, you should buy that house.


So we got a realtor, post-haste, and put in an offer and got the house! AHHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAH OMG WE OWN A HOUSE AND IT IS BOTH OUR STARTER HOUSE AND OUR FOREVER HOME BECAUSE WE ARE NEVER GOING TO PAY OFF THIS MORTGAGE BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT IS PERFECT AND WE LOVE IT. We got the keys on Saturday, I put in my plants on Sunday, there's a little raspberry patch in the backyard, we have a deck, there's an island in my kitchen with drawers in it and the most HIDEOUS chandelier that I will replace in like ten years after we've like bought a reasonable couch and fixed that patch on the roof and other houseownery things.


So now I am 35 and also I own a house.


Thursday, May 04, 2017

A decade and counting

Another thing! That we did. Was successfully complete ten years of marriage! Ten years is no joke. Our trip to Hawai'i (ugh, blog post pending, I guess?) last November was our official ten-year trip, but our actual anniversary was late April, so we dropped the kids with the grands and got the hell down to Seattle, to stay at The Inn on Queen Anne.


So quaint! Perfectly respectable accommodations for two lovebirds traveling w/o their progeny. And located a mere half-hour walk from Pike Place! Where we got these AMAZING hand-shaved noodles and Vietnamese flatbread.


And then, apologizing profusely, ordered one of these monstrosities at the Original Starbucks.


It was SUPER DELICIOUS I will not lie.


And then we went to the ZOO and it was super sunny and warm and all the animals were out and then we went to Skillet for a redux of last time we were in Seattle and this time Joel got the fried chicken sammy and I got the porchetta, which was frankly a let-down but I think every porchetta that doesn't come from meat&bread is going to disappoint me.


And THEN we went to Top Pot donuts, not because we were hungry, but because we were going to be hungry later and then it wouldn't be open, and got a lemon-filled, a raspberry glazed, an ovaltine-filled, and an apple fritter.


THEN WE WENT TO THE SPACE NEEDLE.


It's so needley.

And you wait in line to buy your ticket, and then come back later and wait in line to get onto the elevator, and next time I would probably go not at the end of a long day because we were ALREADY DONE before we even got up there, but BEHOLD.


So I guess it was pretty alright.

The next morning, we had day-old apple fritters (thems keep really well) and cut-up fruit and swiss cheese and dried cherries for breakfast.


walked down to the aquarium, scoped out the octopus (who apparently escapes its tank every few years),


and then went in search of this one particular Mexican place before our harbor tour, and it was NOT WHERE IT SAID IT WAS ON THE MAP but we ducked into a donut shop and the girl is like, Huh yes that does say it should be right here, but she googlepictured it and was like, OH I know where that is, go back down this street halfway and turn down that weird alley that looks like it might be nothing but is in fact a wonderland of secret and hidden shops, so we DID and the alley went ON AND ON and we were just at the point where we would have to have found something else to eat to make the harbor tour on time and WE FOUND IT and it was incredible and also its super satisfying when you're touristing and it takes you forever to find something and then you do.

Here are some tacos I had.


And a huarache (1000% would eat again).


And then we went on the harbor tour! Which we both thought would be sort of lame but we forgot how much we like being taken on tours and told what stuff is, and also, boats are gentle and soothing and we maybe each took a little nap.


And then went back to that wacky wonderalley to scope it out more, and got this vegan mango chili ice 'cream' overtop of a death-by-chocolate same.


Also there was a Japanese festival happening? So we walked through that. LOOK at this tiny magical tree.


And then we went to the Chihuly Glass Museum, and I'm just now realizing that most of the good pictures are on Joel's phone, but LOOK at this Seussy-looking business.


That's a boat full of some hand-blown glass crazy, that is.


Everything is insane.


THIS IS INSANE.


Then we went out for Indian food and everything looks so small only because the garlic naan is so heckin' huge.


Sunday morning, we got up and ate our last stale donut and slices of swiss cheese and drove to the outlet malls, where we malled for FIVE HOURS and I bought a le creuset for my children to fight over when I die, and then we came home to our beloved children, who missed us not at all.

Ten years! Not yet divorced, and neither of us has died.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Easter beasts

Oh hello. Yes it has been a while. We have had some extremely busy weekends, and then I put the girls in swim lessons but I couldn't get them in at the same time so we have been at the pool four times a week all month and it is a LOT.


But I'm here now, so let's go back in time like three weeks. To Easter! Easter has historically been Joel working all weekend and me trying to find the most time-consuming egg-dyeing project I can. But now, we are busy and important people who have to squeeze our activities around school and things (jk there is still so much day in the day, preschool is short, and also Joel still worked all weekend).


Also, we have all these new things to check out! Like, where is a good Easter bunny! Is it at the corn maze? I tell you what is at the corn maze, is an orchard full of just like hundreds of eggs. And you go 'find' as many as you want!


And then go put them down this chute!


And then go collect your goodie bag! And then go get your face painted like a bunny!


Or a yoonicorn!


(Ok this is some terrible face painting but only because we have snobbish tastes.)

There's also a beebee goat.


There's also a hay bale maze.


Oh look there IS an Easter bunny!


There's also a bouncing pillow.


Or SAND, if the pillow is too much for you.


And a...pole cow?


And tether ball.


And a DIGGER.


And an ENORMOUS tire.


And a puddle. Get those skirts WAY up, girl.


And then LATER THAT DAY, we did that thing where you shave up bits of crayon and then sprinkle it on your eggs straight out of the boiling water, and the crayon bits melt all down the egg.


And then you dye them afterwards.


I'm always surprised when things I let the kids mostly do come out looking great but THEY CAME OUT LOOKING GREAT.


And then we started our paska sponge because we didn't actually have all day Sunday to make buns, we have family stuff now!


The next morning, we added things to the sponge


like flour (look at those leetle helper hands omg)


and went outside to blow bubbles and then like had a bath, I dunno, other time-killey things and this part felt very familiar


 but then we punched down the paska dough


and then ballsed it into balls


and then everyone took a nap while I baked it,and Eleanor did all the sprinkling because Geneva was doing a sleep.


Took the kids to grandma and grandpa's, did an egg hunt.


Geneva just surreptitiously ate all the hard-boiled eggs when no one was looking.


It was also Grandma's birthday.


There was a lot of sugar to run off.


And then we rolled our butts home. MONDAY we had our own little egg hunt at our own little house.


I LOVE IT I want to hide eggs and have them hunt for them every day.


Which, ok, is kind of what Eleanor does for like four days after Easter, until I put the eggs away.


I found some MASSIVE eggs this year, so I could put, like, Wonder Woman and Bumblebee in them instead of just junky garbage.


But obviously also some junky garbage. 


And then because it was Monday, the girls watched a movie (with their baskets, natch)


and then it was OVER.