Saturday, June 30, 2012

a hoopfest kind of day.

Grandma and Papa came up from Portland to help cheer for Jackson's basketball team!  
Our little Spokane is happy to host the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the whole wide world and Jackson has participated for more years than I can remember.
It's become quite the fun family tradition.
In fact, when we first were deciding on our moving date {from Spokane to Pittsburgh}, we promised the kids that we would stay through Hoopfest.  Our last hoorah.
And here we are.  Already.  So soon.
How time flies.
It's hard to believe that we only have 2.5 weeks left until we load up the wagons and head east, across the wild frontier.  Hello Pittsburgh.

After a long, hot day of watching basketball, crowding around the living room to watch America's Funniest Home Videos was pretty much the best thing ever.  It's never not funny to watch other people get peed on by infants, knocked down by large running animals, and kicked where it really counts.

Happy Weekend, All!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

what i've been wearing

Nordstrom top & skinnies, Loft jacket, Me Too flats
Loft maxi & tank, REI sandals
Ruche top, Gap red skinnies, REI sandals, Costco purse
Nordstrom top, Loft shorts, REI Dansko sandals
Loft top, Nordstrom denim, REI sandals, Costco purse

Photograph below is the result of Husband being home, while outfit photo was in process.
Shouldn't all outfit posts be this classy?

I've been acclimating myself to Pittsburgh this past week, so these photos are from the week before that.  This week I have not taken one single photo of clothing.  
And it has been wonderful.  
Actually I'm totally lying.  
I have been wearing some cute-cute stuff this week {because it's so much easier to do that with no kids and no work and no cleaning and no cooking} and I was dying {nothing dramatic or whiny, no worries} to photograph my ensembles.  But our hotel room was lacking even one full-length mirror.  And I was able to convince myself {just barely} that standing on the toilet to get a full-person shot did not an ideal outfit-photo make.

As always, you're most kindly welcome.

pleated poppy

Monday, June 25, 2012

jeet jet? no d'ju?

It's quite a thing, overhearing the word "yinz" used in everyday language, 
for the first time.  
Yinz wanna get something to drink?
I find myself using that word any way that I possibly can, just to be funny 
{I crack myself up don'tcha know}.
But I told husband to shoot me the day that word shoots through my nasal passage and runs outta my mouth in a way that might be perceived as natural and/or subconscious.  
Because that day will come.
Oh that day will come.
Yinz betta watch aht.

*honestly though, i do love that pittsburgh has it's own spin on the english language.  it's pretty darn cool.

big deep thoughts on moving far away.

Sunday was a wonderfully laid-back day in Pittsburgh.  In regards to the house, we finished what we needed and now we have time to explore and play, before heading back to Spokane.  For a brief time, my brain has been given adequate time to rest and reflect on the process of moving from one side of the country to the other.  Or rather, my brain has been given adequate time to rest and then spontaneously think thoughts that are quite profound, from time-to-time.  One thought that suddenly popped up over lunch: being on the other side of the country doesn't feel like being on the other side of the country.  This is profound for me, because when I first discovered we were moving {and I adamantly said no to such a crazy idea}, I subconsciously thought that being in Pittsburgh was going to feel so very far away from the Northwest {the only home I've ever known}.  I thought that distance was something that was physically felt and that it was not going to feel very pleasant at all.  But as I sat there, over lunch {in Pittsburgh}, I realized very much that I did not feel far away from anywhere.  I simply felt whatever it is to be where one is at a single moment in time.  {deep, right?}  As I flew over this fine country by plane, I never felt that I was growing ever farther from home.  There was never a point where I said, "Okay, this is going too far."  I just felt like I was in a plane {for a very long time, enjoying my book}.

I think what my brain is trying so hard to say is that there is no reason to feel scared and alone, just because the distance has increased between my little family and "the familiar."  Distance {at least for me} is not something physically felt, I am realizing.  Now a person's absence is certainly felt and so for that, I am grateful for a wonderfully supportive family who promises to visit often.  And as much as I will feel the physical absence of family and friends, emotionally these people will be with me always.  And technology makes it possible for me and the children to easily keep connected with those we treasure. When we moved from Portland {where I was born and raised} to Seattle, it was only a 2.5 hour drive in-between.  I don't recall feeling far away.  Then when we moved from Seattle to Spokane, increasing the drive to 6.5 hours, I still didn't feel far away.  But moving all the way across the country?  That has got to feel like something, right?  Good news, good news.  It does not.  In fact, it feels kind of adventurous!  And family and friends are only a plane-ride away.  :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

the tour.

Hey kids {by kids I mostly mean my own children and their grandparents who are all on vacation together}!  But if you would like to stick around and look at tons of photos of our future home, well then, let's get to it.

The Tour

What you see when you first walk through the front door.   

To the right.  I'm so looking forward to decorating this cute corner. 

To the left.  A family room. 

 Also ahead to the left are stairs to the bedrooms.

 The family room with gas fireplace.  :)

 And now back to the right.  The living room.  
This will be an empty room until we find some furniture.  Yikes!

The dining room, which excites me greatly.  And sliding doors to the deck. 

The kitchen and nook.  I actually get to look outside while I cook!  
I imagine a homework table. 

 Straight ahead - a bathroom and laundry room.

 And the stairs going downstairs.  

The only photo I got of the downstairs is the bathroom.  Oops. 

Elyssa's bedroom.  Two closets?  No way! 

McKenna's room!  Right across from big sister! 

 A spare room/office.

Upstairs potty. 

Jackson's room! 

Master bedroom.  I can't even fathom the space in this room.  
I only hope I can get used to it.  :) 

The deck is my absolute favorite.  The owner asked if we wouldn't mind keeping the flowers.
Um.  Let me think.  No!  I love you! 

So, that's basically it for the tour.  We really are gaga over this house.  It's got an old, charming feel to it and that's probably what we love most.  We have room for company to stay now and that really helps with the move.  We really only plan to rid the upstairs of the carpeting and shine up those wood floors.  And do some painting.  Other than that, we think it's pretty swell.


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