lake quinault, washington

October 1, 2012

now, i slightly lower my voice and speak in a whisper for this post. because dude, this day on our trip was so incredible it deserves a respectful whisper…

seventeen years ago, i took my husband {at the time, he was my fiancĂ©} to visit lake quinault with my dad. husband instantly loved this place, as i already did. right at that moment, we said we would go back. over the years, we have often mentioned wanting to go back. then, we mentioned wanting to take the kids… and then, it happened. we went back with our kids. and it melted my heart that they all loved it.

one more place to call ours.



yes, believe it or not, we most definitely stopped to see the twilight sights while on this trip…

you do remember i have 12 & 14 year old daughters who are twilights fans, right??? {and their momma, just a bit… i LOVE that it put the pacific northwest on the map!}

while we are on the subject, i still heavily covet the hoke house {cullen house from twilight}, and have you seen the latest trailer for breaking dawn part 2??? November 16th!

our twilight movie experiences here, here,


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,