Friday, March 29, 2013

No. 1

Get ready for a booty load of pictures.

But, before that, some context.

Jeffrey and I celebrated our 1-year anniversary of being married last Saturday. We had a perfect weekend away at our dear friends beach house on Hood Canal. (Thank you Cline's! The other Cline's, with a "C".) These are some photos of our fun time. 

But, as a side note, it was more than a fun time. It was a reunion! He'd been out of town for 10 days, prior to our trip, do I say this....a mini-me may be on the way. I'm joking!! But not really. Who knows. We are open to being parents any time now, but aren't really trying. If you get my drift. What else do you expect after being away from your love for 10 days?!


It was a great weekend. We did lots of sleeping in (does 7am count?), took lots of naps, ate yummy meals, had yummy drinks, and had some really thoughtful, defining conversations. I so love life with this man. 

Coming from the girl who always wanted to be Pocahontas, my favorite part was getting in the canoe and paddling to the other side of Hood Canal. This is about a mile of water we covered, each way. We put in right before sun set, and made it back by dusk. Every slice (push? stroke?) of the paddle was a moment I was made for. I need more of those times in my life! It's doing something together that requires genuine work, with beauty all along the way.  

All photos are from my iPhone, unaltered. Enjoy!

Olympic Mtn. Range in the background

we conquered it
the last morning
Lilac plant - smelled a-mazing
happy to be on vacation
Jeff introduced me to Citizen Kane - such an interesting story.
Congrats if you've made it this far through the post. I know it's a long one. Thanks for sticking with me!

Have a wonderful Good Friday and Easter weekend. 
We have so much to be grateful for! 
Adventure isn't missing,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

 This morning I was reminded that there's a very real connection between

the sound of the rain pounding on my roof

and wishing I could stay in bed.

Welcome to Spring.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


I would've forgotten it's St. Patrick's Day except that when I left the house this morning I saw that everyone here in downtown Kirkland is walking around wearing green. Not only that, it's a gorgeous spring day. So everyone is out, with dogs and green leashes, green earmuffs (it's still quite cold), and I even saw someone driving a green 90's Ford Taurus. Coincidence? I think not.

And I'm home, unintentionally revolting against the holiday by staying in and blogging, eating a burrito and drinking a Belgian beer. Kind of a fun one too...New Belgian Brewing Co. comes out with a seasonal beer, every season. Winter's was called Snow Day, and Spring's is called Dig. I dig it.

This morning I was getting ready for church, and thinking about a shirt I own, and the story surrounding it, and thought I'd tell it here on my blog. It's kind of fun. It has to do with when Jeff and I first got together about two years ago.

This shirt is one of my favorites. It's a black & white baseball tee with red leather numbers stitched on the back. 5's are my favorite number. A couple years ago I saw that number everywhere I went. I even got a new license plate and the numbers on it ended up being 555. I wasn't even suprised. Plus, 5 means grace, which is such a great word.

So I was out shopping, right around the time I was really starting to dig Jeffrey Kline. It was when he was always subconciously in the back of my mind, if thoughts of him weren't already making their way to the front of it. I was starting to admit to my closest friends that I was crushin'.

Anyway, there used to be this shop in downtown Kirkland (now about a block from where we live) that sold clothes that reminded me of someplace trendy and sunny (Vegas & Miami come to mind). I was familiar with it because I had done some design work for them, but the styles of clothing they sold weren't really my thing. But one day, I guess I though I'd check it out. I searched & searched and the only thing I liked was this baseball tee. I tried it on, I loved it, I bought it at 75% off, and it had 5's on the back. Perfect.

The thing that makes my eyes cross happened next. I looked at the tag to see what the brand was.
the shirt
Jeffrey Kline.

That's right. My future husband's name was on the tag of my 55 shirt. .....what? To me, that is odd. That is downright weird. He doesn't own a tee shirt company and is not affiliated with this shirt in any way, other than the girl wearing it was going to fall in love with him someday.

Am I the only one that thinks this is crazy? Call me sentimental, but.... it gets better.

Once Jeff and I got together, I told him about this story and the shirt. He then proceeds to tell me that his baseball number growing up was 55. His nickname was Double Nickels.

I'm telling you, you can't make up coincidences like that!!!

That's my story! On that note, have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.
Adventure isn't missing!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

To Matthew, From Jack

"Keep your faith, and chin up Matthew! God will find you a new kidney too!"

What a little buddy! I'm not waiting for a kidney, but his message totally lifts my heart! Happy Wednesday everyone. :) :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

It's a beautiful day.

Spring is almost here! It was a gorgeous weekend here in Kirkland. I didn't get any pictures because I was out & about all weekend, so busy!

My highlight: on Friday we had a couples dinner at our dear friends, Jon & Renee's house. There were four couples, an amazing meal, good wine, inspiring conversation and TONS of laughing. We've been going through the "Five Love Languages" at our church small group, and on Friday we focused in on how we best communicate appreciation to our spouses. It was so good to be reminded that our men need to know we as wives trust them and respect them. And for the ladies, we want to be encouraged by them on an identity level, as nice as it is to be told how pretty we look. (Note: being a brat does not inspire these kids of words from them. :) It's so nice to have friends we can be totally real with, and leave feeling more encouraged than ever. I'm so grateful for that.

Here's a fun video to get you in the mood for Spring. I lived on a Dairy Farm for years as a kid, and never saw the girls do anything quite like this. Have a great Monday!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Happy Friday.

Have a wonder-full weekend, everyone.

Adventure isn't missing.

Fireworks in Reverse by Julian Tay

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I just have to brag about my husband.

Yesterday, I came home on my lunch break. He surprised me by deep cleaning the WHOLE APARTMENT. And by that I mean he bleached the shower to perfection (every flippin' tile and crack), there was fresh paint, vacuum lines in the carpet, windows open with fresh air streaming in, stuff put away, dishes washed, and everything looking just shiny and new.

The cherry on the top was that he made me lunch too.  I swear to you, I'm not was the best turkey sandwich I've ever had.

If you want to know what he did...he did the usual turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado. Then he added honey mustard and truffle flavored cheese from Trader Joe's.

Oh my.

It was good.

Anyway! I couldn't believe he took his day off to do that for me/us. I feel so humbled by his kindness.

If you're reading this, thanks love. xoxo
Adventure isn't missing.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

March 1.

March along, dear March. We need the sun to come out so we can go riding.

We also want to celebrate our 1st anniversary like we did a year ago - 60 degrees with an open sun roof. If we can't get on the bike, then at least we want to open the E30's sun roof without getting drenched or frostbitten.

You have 23 days to get it right.

photos found here