Monday, September 27, 2010

Aloha from Maui!

After a very long hiatus....hi again, blog.

We're on a babymoon! I haven't announced it here yet but we're expecting a little girl in early December. We're in Maui celebrating the waning last moments of relaxation and freedom.

We stayed at The Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach. It's an old 70's condo complex in arguably the best location ever. According to my mom, it used to be THE place to go in Maui. We're in an ocean front corner unit. The waves are practically right underneath us. It's pretty incredible!

These next couple photos feature the view from our huge wrap-around deck.

One of my favorite things about Maui is the pina coladas. I try to have one every day. These days, they're non-alcoholic. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I love them just as much.

One day we went to a Whaling Museum. Here's Brian with some whale bones.

Ka'anapali Beach!

One day we drove up the coast and watched surfers.

One day we went snorkeling. We saw those giant turtles! I have a photo of me, 7.5 months pregnant, in snorkeling gear -- but alas it will not be showcased here. It's positively ridiculous in every possible way.

Today we revisited our honeymoon resort, Napili Kai -- and went to the Sea House Restaurant. We have fond memories of our first brunch in Maui on our honeymoon. We sat oceanside and watched spinner dolphins while eating banana and macadamia nut pancakes.

And of course, one night we had dinner at my all-time favorite restaurant, Mama's Fish House. I've had two of the most memorable meals of my life here now. It's a magical, romantic experience, and a perfect way to celebrate our upcoming addition!

Ready to go home...mostly because I miss our dog so much.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009 Cuteness in Review

I thought I'd give you all an end-of-the-year treat: a compilation of our cutest animal photos of 2009!

(In no particular order.)

1.) Bean in diapers

2.) Bean in diapers, part deux (with cats)

3.) Waking up

4.) Oliver is a great accessory

5.) Sleeping with toys

6.) Cuddle bear

7.) Walking with dad

8.) All grown up

9.) Clearly, ready for motherhood

10.) Best friends

11.) Also best friends

12.) Loving her new orange toy (and not necessarily getting her picture taken)

13.) Just.... pretty.

14.) Like a lazy coonhound

15.) Like a French prince

16.) Supermodel

17.) Art director

18.) Turd burglar

19.) Christmas cat

20.) Lap dog

21.) And finally... the coonhound spooning the pixie bob

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Spirit Party

With over 30 friends, Christmas shots (cough syrup meets mouth wash) and peppermint bon bons, how could you go wrong? It was a great party, circa 2005 -- and it feels good to be back!

Thanks to all of you responded to my frenzy of texts, e-mails and calls - and who reliably brought bags of ice and limes. I always freak out about not having enough of something before a party. This time it was ice and limes. One week later, I have about 30 limes and 5 bags of ice out on my deck (which haven't melted yet because of the frigid temps!). Whoops!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Getting ready for Christmas

It's been months since I've posted anything. Life has been very busy, but perhaps I've also been lazy.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving up in Bellingham. My mom did not fail to impress in her Martha Stewart meal. Now it's nearly December, and I've spent the weekend doing winter yard clean-up, and getting ready for Christmas. I'm feeling more festive than usual, perhaps because it's been a year filled with many challenges, trials and tribulations --- I'm definitely really ready for 2010, and the refreshment that a New Year should entail. I'm also very ready to celebrate this '09 holiday season with friends and family. Next weekend, we're hosting a party for friends--I think we might buy a keg! (to compliment the mulled wine and cranberry margaritas) -- and I am busy making our home feel like Christmas. We have old timey Christmas music on, and I'm trimming our tree (it's a good one this year) and I am struck by how much I love and appreciate... my mom. Christmastime at my mom's house has always been an OCCASION. She unfailingly rocks the garland, the festive tabletops arrangements, the VERY fancy tree, lots of gold ribbon, handmade wreaths, candles, spray painted gold pine cones, miniature Christmas lights --and at one point, a nutcracker collection.

I loved helping her decorate our Christmas tree when I was growing up. She always put on sappy Christmas music and my sister and I pulled out our favorite ornaments, retelling stories and anticipating what gifts might be put under the tree. We always had a near-perfect 6+ foot tree in our living room, decorated with my mom's beautiful selection of trimmings -- which of course, perfectly coordinated with the room. (She usually bought a small second tree that we could decorate with our silly Christmas-themed crap. It stayed in the upstairs hallway or playroom.)

I'm hoping to carry this tradition on with my kids, but in the meantime, I'm actually totally enjoying making a version of my mom's tree in our own home. As silly as it may sound, I'm totally inspired by her Christmas design aesthetic. I don't feel guilty that I mostly hide away the tacky red and green homeade ornaments from my past, replacing them with a selection of very sparkly gold, turquoise and bright pink ornaments (yes, they coordinate with our living room).

My mom is an extremely talented self-taught interior designer and I very much appreciate her ideas and influence. She by no means has ever told me how I should arrange my home, but I have of course gleaned from her vision, and I'm thankful for her impeccable taste, as well as her holiday spirit!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New obsession

I feel like I have a new baby obsession:

Nora Bentley.

Nora is my friend Scott's - and his lovely wife, Meg's - baby. Scott is my friend from high school. The gang of us used to spend entire evenings in Scott's parent's rec room watching awkwardly lighthearted guys build pyramids out of themselves (we were really advanced). And now he's a dad. Weird.

Nora is simply the cutest thing of 2009.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tre chic... and I owe it all to Cori

Thanks to my friend Cori, I now am the new proud owner of these lovely and crazy chairs by Thomasville, circa 1965. I'm soooo in love!

I'm really undecided on how to proceed. They need some work because 3 of them are blue in tint and two of them are yellowish - like somebody tried to get creative at one point. Both work, but I want all 5 to match. Also, they should be reupholstered.

In an ideal 2009 world, what would these look like? I'm thinking a creamy white with gold gilded accents, refreshed but in keeping with their original aesthetic--but I've also heard opinions of bold and black. Thoughts?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ya win some ya lose some

Tonight's dinner. Believe it or not, it was supposed to be pizza. Damn I was looking forward to it, too!