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Following Bliss

I spent Mother’s Day with my boys following our bliss on a road trip through the beautiful mountainside. We stopped here and there along the way to take it all in. I soaked up the moments with my loves, the sunshine, the fresh air, the sound of Lovey’s sweet “Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy. I love you times a millionhuio

m2IMG_8888My pride and joy.m3m1IMG_8960I love these two and beauty of where we live.m4The day began with flowers, a sweet card and a balloon from them. I’m a sucker for balloons.  And smelly goods, I’m a sucker for those as well. IMG_8896IMG_8902Then the day ended with dinner at Olive Garden and my favorite cheese ravioli in alfredo sauce. Shortly followed by a late evening nap in our bed, Lovey curled up in the middle. Perfection. ♥

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Mother’s Day was was celebrated between my mom and I through the mail and over the phone. 1,300 miles apart always tugs on the heart-strings a little more on a holiday.

She sent me a card and beautiful keepsake heart.

IMG_8947I sent her some items from her favorite scent line.photo 2

All wrapped up with a coordinating cake pop bouquet that I made her. I love wrapping things so elegant and feminine vs my usual wrapping for my boys.photo 1

Lovey and I made his Grandmas hand print cards from him. There is something innocent about a child’s handprint that always warms the heart.

IMG_8914His hand print folds down to show a picture of little mister . Grandmas were very pleased with his cuteness.IMG_8924Lovey and I celebrated with Mister Mister’s mom a few days later.m15m7m5 I designed and framed a favorite verse of hers for her home. vm8x10She gave me a beautiful hanging basket of purple petunias.m9

 Lots of love this Mother’s Day. ♥

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Chasing Waterfalls

A few weekends ago Mister Mister and I took a trip to the Columbia River Gorge in search of waterfalls.

We spent the afternoon hiking Eagle Creek.

The route we took was 5.5 miles round trip.

We took a break at a view point to catch our first glimpse of one of the thirteen waterfalls within the gorge, Metlako falls.

The vast greenery was breath-taking. The varied shades of green, impossible to truly capture in photos but a view that will remain vivid in our memories.

I love this photo. The sun playing peekaboo through the trees and the sheer measure of those trees. Standing beneath them, they make you feel so small in such a beautiful, humbling way.

The walking paths were very narrow and a steep incline over the edge kept us alert of our footing.

We made our way to the lower punch bowl falls, downstream a mile from the upper punch bowl falls which is responsible for the waterfall classification of “punchbowl.” During our next visit we plan to hike to the upper falls but for our first time there we were more than satisfied experiencing the lower one.

It is smaller but still truly majestic. The rushing water was calming to our eyes and ears and chilly on our feet as we took off our shoes and walked in the stream to get a closer view .

The day proved to be one of my very favorite experiences to date since moving to the Pacific Northwest. Being amongst nature, raw and pure was something I was in need of. A need I wasn’t even aware I had until it was fulfilled and I left feeling renewed, aware of what I was missing. – – A reconnect; mind, body and soul.

God’s beauty so graciously on display to see, to hear, to smell, to feel and the companionship of my love.  – – Much needed and much appreciated.

Counting My Blessings On A Sunday Afternoon

Counting My blessings On A Sunday Afternoon 

is where I reflect on a few of the many blessing and special moments in my life at the end of every week♥   

   This week I am especially thankful for!…

~Date night with Mister Mister. Dinner at Olive Garden and a movie… lasagna frittas and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. 🙂

~Lovey getting to spend a lot of quality one on one time with his Nana, or as he calls her, his Nanny.

~Hearing Lovey say “Mama, you’re so beautiful” when I am getting ready or doing my hair. He truly is the sweetest!

~An amazing day spent in nature with Mister Mister hiking to see the breathtaking waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest.

~Excellent customer service at dinner tonight and the tastiest bean and cheese burrito I have had in way too long. A perfect dinner.

Thank You Lord,

for Your many gracious blessings in my life!

Anniversary Getaway

As you know Mister Mister and I just celebrated our 7th Anniversary together.

After almost a year and a half of being parents we decided it would be good for some  time away just the two of us.

So the morning of our anniversary we dropped Lovey off at his Nana’s house, Mister Mister’s mom, to spend the night.

Mister Mister had been away from Lovey but this was my first night away from my baby.

It was a rough goodbye, tears all around.

But then we were off to our little getaway.

It is a two-hour drive from our house to the coast where we had reserved a room for the night.

There were many laughs along the way, especially when we found ourselves driving behind this

“GOOD OL BUS”

 Once we got to the coast we played tourist 😉 and browsed the souvenir shops.

I thought this shop couldn’t be more appropriate for getting my little sister a gift.

 She is has an old soul and loves to write so I chose this “antique”  journal for her.

 We couldn’t resist freshly made salt water taffy.

So many unique flavors!

It felt like Christmas in July when we walked into the Christmas Cottage.

It is  a store that is open year round with nothing but Christmas goodies.

I could have walked around in there for hours on end.

I got so many good ideas for Christmas this year.

 I loved the character that the sleepy little beach town had.

There were neat hand-made tiles on the sidewalks.

  

I enjoyed taking pictures of all the statues around town.

I especially liked this school of fish one.

I may be partial since I’m a Pisces. 😉

 

We visited a museum that had a whale watching section that over looked the ocean.

 We saw a whale blow its spout.

       

Beautiful mural of Whales at the museum.

I loved the attention to detail around town.

There were even whales on the trash cans.

Cute.

 For lunch we found this little Mom & Pops pizza place.

Their sign claimed best pizza in thirteen years.

I wouldn’t go that far 😉 but it was pretty good.

 Then we headed to the beach for a stroll before we checked into our hotel.

 

We chose this beach especially because it has a special story behind it.

Mister Mister’s Grandfather and Grandmother on his mom’s side, ashes were spread in this part of the ocean.

Mister Mister has many fond memories of visiting this beach as a child with that Grandmother.

 He reminisced a bit.

Then we said a prayer and had a moment of silence for his Grandparents.

 

Our hotel was literally right on the beach. 🙂

I love red doors for some reason so I was pleased when I saw that the door to our room was red!

 A Mermaid was the symbol of the motel we stayed in so there were mermaid things all over the room.

Giant pillow on the bed.

Door hanger.

This made me laugh.

Loved the pillow top bed.

We slept sooo well.

Fire Place.

View from our Balcony.

I could get use to this!

😉

And the very best part of our room…

Jacuzzi tub with a view of the ocean.

One word

AMAZING!

I just couldn’t get enough of all the Seagulls. 🙂

That afternoon we fed the Seagull’s from the balcony by tossing bread up  and they would swoop down and snatch it mid-air.

I was a little more into it than Mister Mister was.

Observe his attempt to take a picture of me feeding the birds. 😉

That evening before we went to dinner Mister Mister surprised me with a beautiful Earing and pendent set of my birthstone.

He can be so thoughtful.

The next morning we got up early and went for a two-hour walk along the beach.

Of course I have always thought the ocean was amazing but growing up in the desert I never had an attachment to it like I know many people do.

That morning though I really thought to myself  that maybe I could call it home.

That was the first time that had crossed my mind in the nearly year since we moved away from where I had spent my entire life.

The ocean is extra beautiful early in the morning.

I was so overwhelmed with a feeling of peace.

God does amazing work.

I had never seen a living Sea Star in person so I was thrilled how many we found on our walk.

There were more than I could take pictures of but here are a few.

 

This one had to be extremely old because it was huge.

Sea algae.

People were picking these clams that hadn’t oped yet to cook.

We began collecting sea shells as we walked.

We didn’t have a bucket with us like you should when you are collecting shells.

So Mister Mister was a trooper and held them the whole time.

A little Hermit Crab didn’t want to give up its home to us.

We were really enjoying ourselves and collecting many beautiful shells.

Untill my flip-flop broke 😦

Then our shell hunting was done.

It was time to check out of our room and head back home.

Bitter/Sweet.

Bitter because our wonderful getaway was coming to an end.

Sweet because we both couldn’t wait to see our little Lovey.

But first we had a little fun writing in the sand.

Seven hearts for seven years in each others lives.

Thank you for a wonderful weekend my love.

Here is to seven years of living and learning and growing closer to each other every day.

I love you more today than yesterday

but not as much as I will tomorrow.