Holy crap, it’s fall!!

And I’m listening to Christmas music.

Well, I have a remix of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (which is probably the only Christmas song that I hate…)  and the Miss America theme song going through my head…but that’s not really normal, right? I mean, I know (as does my mother and Sara) that my Christmas music starts pretty early but I think even they would agree that THAT’S a little weird. Anyway, it’s fall! And I should cool it on the Christmas tunes.

Our very, very, leafy yard. Now this picture was actually taken at the beginning of October. We no longer have ANY leaves on those trees. And I raked. One time. So we still have leaves in our yard. But now it’s not as bad as it was! Only dead… and colorless. OK!

This is the view from across the street. We have these 2 gorgeous trees in the front yard that, when we looked at the house in May, were covered in bright pink blooms! Can’t wait till Spring! Well, I can actually. I don’t want to miss Christmas…

So, all of this leaf changing happened while we were in Austin over the first weekend of October. We got home and the thermostat was pretty much stuck on 65 for a good two weeks. It’s currently 62 and the temps are steadily falling! The high on Monday is 55! It’s cool though (literally…) it’s been gorgeous and since we have no A/C I’m very grateful for the cooler weather. And our heating system is awesome! We had to get a carbon monoxide detector because after we bought the house we discovered there was a hole in our chimney and the pipe from the furnace had melted… yeah. It’s amazing that the previous owner didn’t die. Anyhoo, fixing our chimney was the first thing we did to the house. They closed up the hole and while they were on the roof the rest of that melted pipe just came off. Like, they pulled it out of the chimney. At that point we didn’t even know that it was a problem! So, long story ever so slightly shorter, with our the chimney hole patched up all the fumes from the furnace still go up and outside instead of in our house. Killing us while we sleep. It’s a good thing. Oh! Yes! Our heater? Awesome! So, with this house being over 70 years old, we have wooden vents on our floor and these cool metal vents that put out so much heat that you only have to turn the heater once in the morning to take off the chill and then, if you feel like it, once at night so you can get all cozy under the covers. It’s so nice! I don’t know why all heating systems aren’t along the floor… man. That was pretty boring, huh? Ah, heaters and chimneys! My life is ever so fascinating. Moving on!

I got crafty for a whole day. I was inspired by all the bright colors and I took a really awful picture of my “art”. These flowers took forever to assemble… never again. Or, not until after Thanksgiving at least.

Ah, fall!

October has been so wonderful! We have been home for 2 whole weekends now and we’re going on three :). Tomorrow I’m going to scout out some antique and furniture stores to get a better idea of what’s available for the studio since we will be moving in very soon. Camas, which is about 14 miles east of us, has the most amazing shop. It’s gorgeous! The displays they have scream shabby chic… it’s ridiculous! They have the cutest storage piece that I’m hoping will still be there by the 1st… I can’t wait to get the studio ready so you can all see it! It’s going to be wonderful. But, in the meantime, I’ll show you some of the pictures of our trip to Bellingham. We were there shooting a wedding and this is where Patrick fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. I can totally see why he wanted to come back. Enjoy!

This was taken on the pier in Fairhaven, which used to be a separate city from Bellingham but is now just an adorable community on the south side. So, essentially, Bellingham has 2 historic downtowns and therefore twice the charm. It’s insane! And crazy beautiful. Just one more of the sunset…

I look at this and I feel like I’m back in Italy… it’s almost irresistible! Almost 😉
So, later in the weekend Patrick showed me his favorite part of the are and we drove along this winding, scenic road called Chuckanut Drive. With views of the bay with islands and mountains in the distance it was pretty breathtaking. There were some gorgeous homes over there! Some were closer to the water and the beach and others were up in the hills overlooking, well, everything! It was awesome. I went home with every free real estate magazine I could find.
This picture doesn’t quite capture the view but the clouds were crazy! And you can still see the trees tops so if you can imagine looking over that from your house 50 feet above…yeah. Pretty nice. I mean, if someone wanted to give me a house with a view like this AND easy access to the beach I wouldn’t turn them down. I would demand that they pack all my belongings for me but that’s it.
And this is just cool. So I’m sharing it with you. It was really big and the trees in these parts are enormous anyway, but this literally grew over a boulder. A BOULDER! What DOES that?!? It blows my mind too much. I need some clouds.
WHAAAAA! Patrick made a huge mistake giving me photoshop and telling me there was an HDR program with it…
Anyway, Chuckanut Drive kind of curves around the bay and when you get out of the narrow winding parts (cliff down on the left, cliff up on the right) you end up in farm land. The smell of manure was like a slap in the face! Granted, it reminded me of Texas and I totally loved it, but it caught me so off guard! Patrick may want to live up on that giant hilly mountain but I can see the water from the flatland and I’m thinking we may need a farmhouse.
I’m pretty sure I took this after we turned around and decided to go back to downtown so this view is on our right, and that view of the water from above? On our left. Yep! AND we could see the big ‘mountain’ that a lot of the houses were on. I’m thinking this farm is the way to go. Not a bad picture from a moving car is it? Cause the scenery is that awesome!
So that’s it guys. We actually haven’t done much since then (well, we’ve worked and been to Austin and stuff but when it comes to documentation this is the last exciting thing we’ve done…). Maybe I’ll take my camera with me tomorrow and give you guys a tour of downtown. If it’s not raining. Which, now that I think about it, I believe it’s in the forecast… ah fall!

Forrest and Eric come to Washington!

Patrick’s sister and her boyfriend were the third round of guests we’ve received up here in Washington! Forrest and Eric came to visit in the middle of September and we did the usual round of activities: beach, gardens, general roaming about. We were able to hang out a little bit more in downtown Portland, which Patrick and I haven’t done since our honeymoon, and it was really fun. Aside from sleeping on couches, I think they had a pretty good time too 🙂 Unfortunately, the only thing I documented was our beach trek but since we saw lighthouses and seals, it’s totally worth posting about!

First of all, we get to Cannon Beach and it’s only 57 degrees. And the first thing Patrick does is tell Forrest to lay down in the grass for pics.

And then fail to help her up…

Thank goodness for boyfriends!

So to be fair, we had Eric pose for some shots too.

Very fancy. And the only one who tried climbing on top of that pole.

Now for some beach photos!

All of these pictures with the light house took place in Newport at Yaquina Head. And the photo above is of all the seals attempting to sunbathe on their little island. It was so adorable! There was one little guy bobbing about in the sea just watching us. It was ridiculous!

This little guy above was flitting about while I climbed the stairs back up to the lighthouse. It was nearly impossible to get a shot of him. Seriously. Lots of flitting.

And so that statement makes more sense, when you arrive at this place on the coast you pull into a national park. You park your car on the same level as the lighthouse and then they have, like, 5 sets of stairs you can climb down so you can go to the tiny beach at the bottom of the “cliff”. The first and only other time I had been here was on our honeymoon. In January. And it didn’t look any different then as it did in September 🙂 BUT I love this lighthouse. I love the cloudy skies in the background and the overall creepiness that it exudes. It’s pretty much my favorite. And exactly how I picture a “lighthouse” (why does that need “quotes”?). So, that’s why there are too many photos of it. It’s awesome. And I’m letting you know that it’s awesome by posting the same picture. Over, and over again. Are you feeling the awesomeness? You should be! Or I’ll just have to post 12 more pictures…

OMG! A lighthouse!

So there was actually a really great view from the lighthouse. These telescopes were behind Yaquina and what you can see in the right corner is another rocky island. There were birds flocking all around it and we wanted to know if the seals congregated over there as well. They didn’t…

So that’s it! Next time around, which will probably be sometime this weekend, I’ll show you the few pictures of our leaf-filled yard. It’s fall people! And it’s raining… BUT for the first time since this summer, our yard looks AWESOME! It’s finally green! And very overgrown. But that’s irrelevant. It’s green! Just in time for it to start dying. Also irrelevant! Enjoy your weekend, and think of me while I try to figure out our health insurance options…Yay?

Morgan turns 2!


To the random friend that I maybe haven’t talked to in years, who just might read this blog today, this is not my baby. My husband and I couldn’t possibly produce anything this blonde.

As some of you know and as some of you don’t, we have been flying back and forth from Vancouver (Washington, not Canada people… 😉 ) to Austin since we moved. Since two weeks after we moved. And it hasn’t stopped (oh why hasn’t it stopped?!?). September was awful. It actually started the last weekend in August and while we did have a break and flew to Wisconsin in the middle of it all, it was still flying. And it was still one more weekend away from home, thus delaying our quest to find a church. And just so you understand this schedule (we will come back to the adorable baby above, I promise) let me spell it out for you: over the past six weekends, we have been home for one. And these are long weekends. Sometimes leaving for our destination on Thursday and returning on Monday. Only to wash clothes, pack and leave again the following Thursday. It’s awful, I’m sick of it, and THANK GOODNESS we aren’t going anywhere today. And in case you’re wondering, because in my ranting I failed to tell you WHY we have been gone so often, we have booked weddings through November. Which is a really wonderful thing and I am so grateful that Patrick’s business is booming, but, 12-14 hours in an airport/airplane every weekend? Not cool. So after November (and really, right now) we are focusing our attention on getting everything ready  here! Patrick has rented a studio space downtown and we will be able to get in November 1st. That’s great news for us! I’ll be able to play a more pivotal role and actually help him with the business side of things, including updating his blog! Plus, I’ll get access to his basement office, turn it into my own, and have a real guest room upstairs (still with just a twin bed, but it’s better than the couch) I can’t wait! And believe me, I will be chronicling the transformation of that space (at home and downtown) and posting it here for all to see. Tell your Washington friends we’re open for business (you know someone this far north, right?) But this post is not about us! It’s about that ridiculously cute child that made you click on this post in the first place. And yes, we were in Austin for his second birthday!

So, like the amazing Aunt that I am, I presented Morgan with a handmade card, no envelope, and a book that I read, that wasn’t wrapped (he’s 2 ok and I’d been flying for 6 hours!) Granted, I really did plan on wrapping his present but, realistically, it just wasn’t going to happen. He did have some unopened gifts when we arrived  though and mom was nice enough to let him destroy the paper while we watched.

Yeah, not so destructive…pretty mild actually. But, and let’s take a deep breath for this one, “Awwwww, little naked Morgan” (he’ll hate me when he’s older. I have pictures of him in the bathtub and everything and someday, when he has a girlfriend and a fragile teenage psyche, I’ll tell the story about when I was changing his diaper and he peed on me…)

So one reason why I love these pictures so much is because they really tell a story:

Morgan: thinking, “Train! Train!”

Mom/Mawmaw: Uhhh, I can’t figure out how this works… Patrick?

Patrick: Hmm, let’s see…

Patrick: Yep, got it.

Mom/Mawmaw: Ah!

Morgan: Why can’t I play with my train?

Morgan: Finally!

So precious. And Patrick was able to sit back and lovingly watch his nephew play. For two whole minutes.

Patrick: Woah!

Morgan: I’m sleepy…

And to be fair, we all played with the train. It was pretty awesome and it totally ran on it’s own. I mean, I took over after these shots were taken there just isn’t any visual proof. It’s kind of nice being the one with the camera!

And sorry to Forrest and Eric for moving your post back… I just couldn’t resist posting these of Morgan. I’ll get you guys up soon! Maybe even on Facebook (woah!).