tall tall trees

September 30, 2012

we were emersed in the land of tall tall trees, which is why i think husband and i were inspired to play country music. i spent most of my teen years listening to country music, and pretty much haven’t since then… i currently thrive on adult-alternative tunes. husband has listened to country music on and off throughout his life, mostly off the past sixteen years. he listens to e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g else… and he’s known to sing around the house and adores karaoke. seriously. so, in a nutshell, our kiddos have not heard country music.

now, imagine if you will, the scene below:

now add six of us singing at the top of our lungs to alan jackson’s tall tall trees!


Port Townsend

September 30, 2012

we ventured out of Sequim, and headed to Port Townsend for one day. it still amazes me how much sunshine we had during our 10-day trip to Washington state. we spent six of those days in the Pacific Northwest with only ONE day of rain. most of you will never understand how amazing that is…

Port Townsend is a small section of the northwest that reminds me of the northeast. a beautiful waterfront community with no shortage of sail boats, seagulls, and fresh seafood.

while driving into the area, we spotted a VW fair and had to stop!

says Kiana: this is the car i want, exact color,


purple haze lavender farm

September 30, 2012

we fell in love with this place. if i ever get the opportunity to live on and run a lavender farm… i will not pass it up. pending, i also live near a big city of course. my soul splits itself between two perfect places to live. i’d like to spend time in a quiet rural cottage {or beach house} where i could watch my kids play in wide open spaces all day and a manhattan apartment where we go and enjoy the nonstop city life. and, i’d like a cool roof garden in the city to overlap the two. ::smiles::

i am so happy here,


sequim open aire market

September 27, 2012

we went to more outdoor farmers markets on our trip to washington than i’ve been to in my whole life. this little detail, made me realize how much i miss my home state…

At the Sequim open wire market, we chose some really cool homemade kaleidoscopes as souvenirs that now sit on our living room table.

besides Quincy market & Wilson’s Farm, {readers} do you have any recommendations for really good farmers markets or flea markets in the Boston area?!? I’d love to know…

{photos by me.}


family time…

September 25, 2012

i can’t say this enough – one of the best parts of our washington trip was how much time we spent together as a family + how much time we spent with extended family. from here on out, we are going to try and plan 10-day road trips as a part of every summer. it was priceless.

my kiddos thought aunt sue’s house was an amusement park between the wildlife, cool greenhouse, and the dog that would play with them for hours — they were in heaven!

did you “drive” on your parent’s laps when you were little???


hurricane ridge

September 19, 2012

we spent a good amount of time in national parks on our washington trip.  starting with the olympic national park, we ate lunch one afternoon al fresco style, on top of hurricane ridge. we felt like we were eating on top of the world!

you can see by the pictures below, the clouds would just float right over the ridge, right past us…

{all photos by me.}