Monday, April 11, 2016

April-April: A year of catch up.

      Hi. Please forgive me. For whatever reason, none of which are valid, I have let this part of my life slip away.  I don't even know what I want this blog to be anymore.  I do still dream of it becoming an outlet for me to be creative, write my words, journal our lives, and give you some advice-y tip type stuff along the way.  For now I need to play catch up, I'm thanking the heavens above for my insanely good memory of the details of my days, and Instagram, my daily photo journal for providing a canvas to display our memories. Saddle up folks, this year has been filled with too many blessing to count. I think Kyle and I's best quality that we share together as a married couple is enjoying every last minute that we can. It's not always perfect, but we sure try to make the shiny parts extra shiny. I hope that never changes. 
(this is mainly for Aunt June, my biggest blog fan). 

April 2015

  We spent a whole day bumming around the rolling hills of the Palouse, making our way to Step Toe Butte. We watched the sun go down, parasailing take flight, and a big old moose too. 
We enjoyed our daily walks through our own neighborhood and hiked the hills that surround us locally. We also took a trip to Seattle for a weekend filled with pike place marketing(a verb), Kerry Park, eating all the local grub, and canoeing around Union Bay, which made me feel like if Kyle's a bird, i'm a bird if you know what i'm sayin. 

May 2015 

May was a good one, as it typically always is.  Kyle and I took yet another trip over to the westside for him to take a loooooong class and for me to spend every minute I could with Andie. We ate and hiked and laughed and did all those things best friends do.  On our way home Kyle obliged to my ever long nagging to PLEASE STOP FOR THE HORSES. We hiked ourselves up to the big giant iron horses that gallop along side the Columbia River. We both peed up there next to a horse that covered us, that's a memory I never want to forget. 
Kyle and I enjoyed every last blossom and park and hike we could muster in our town of Spokane.  I also was able to celebrate some birthdays with dear friends of mine. So lucky to have a handful of amazing women to call up anytime I want. 
We also spent memorial weekend adventuring Kalispell/Whitefish Montana! 
We ate cowboy-ish food, hiked our guts out, bummed around flathead lake, and died 1 million times at how stupidly pretty Montana is. Like, you win Montana. You win so hard. 

June 2015

 June was so so soooooo good to us.  Firstly, we love where we live. Spokane has a huge antique craft show festival every single year called farm chicks and I look forward to that weekend in june every single year. One of these years I would love to do a booth with my mom and sisters. We will, WE WILL! Hoopfest is also the cooooooolest you guys. The largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the world. Kyle, who if you didn't know, is freaking GOOD at basketball. The kid can play balllll. I love watching him play. His team got 2nd! 
We also did our annual bike the hiawatha! 17 miles of stunningly beautiful biking. Can't wait for this year. 
Two topics deserve posts all on their own, but i'll make it quick. 
Kyle and my dad built from scratch, complete scratch, a tear drop trailer for Kyle and I. 
They spent soooooo many hours crafting it up, and if I think about it too hard it makes me cry. I love those boys and their hardworking hands. 

WE ALSO BOUGHT A HOUSE! After 10 months of looking we bought a house.
No more renting, homeowners people! It feels so good to write that check out every month TO OURSELVES.  Quit renting you idiots, you're wasting your money. We bought a cute little fixer upper in a neighborhood we love. It's a stones throw from Rocket Market, highdrive, and a handful of parks. We are so happy. 

July 2015

In July we told ourselves that once our 'before we move in' projects are done, that we wouldn't touch the house for the rest of the summer because we wanted to pllaaaayyyyy. 
We went to see Zac Brown Band at the gorge, the best concert that either one of us has ever been too. I swear I felt the spirit you guys. SWEAR. We sang till we lost our voices, and a nice security guy pulled Kyle and I aside and asked if we wanted front row tickets for the rest of the show. Uhhhh what??  It's a night I never want to forget. 
We also spent much of our time up at beloved Priest Lake. We are so lucky to be able to spend so much time there. I crave that place all year long. Half my heart belongs there. 
I also turned 27! We spent the day bumming around north Idaho, adventuring around waterfalls and eating amazing food in Coeur d'alane. That boy of mine, I tell you what. He knows my heart. 

August 2015

I swear we have jobs you guys, that we work really stinking hard at.  We just use our time really wisely. You guys could too if you wanted! ;) We spent another weekend in the Seattle area, beach hopping and hiking on the Puget Sound, celebrating two very cute twins on their 1st birthday, and enjoying lots of family time.  
Kyle and I took the teardrop out for it's first time, a weekend at Round Lake. It was hot as mother effing hell, and we sort of panicked about the coffin it seemed like we were sleeping in. But we figured it out, sleep in limited clothes, benedryl, utilize the camper fan, and don't go camping in 90 degree weather with 90 percent humidity. No prob! We still loved it. 
More time at priest, running around the islands, perfecting our water skiing skills, night time boat rides, and lots of time with the people who matter most to me. 
Back home for gardening and night time summer walks. 
My heaven. 

September 2015

Oh September, where do I even begin!?  My sister who has waited a very long six years, finally was blessed with a perfect baby boy named, Cal. He is such a joy in our lives. We love him so much.  Kyle and I were also able to skip away for labor day weekend to spend a long weekend with dear friends of ours in Camano Island at the Saddler's family beach house. Beach walks, corn hole, yummy food, tiny town adventuring, sunset watching, and so much laughing that my abs and cheeks hurt. This might need to be a tradition. 

This could also be a whole entire post of it's own, and maybe it just might be. 
Kyle and I took our beloved tear drop on a 10 day voyage to adventure through the whole entire state of Oregon.  I can't even describe to you how impossibly perfect this trip was. We camped on the crystal blue Wallowa Lake, died at how cute Joseph OR is, hiked around the painted hills, spent every minute we could on the beaches of the Oregon coast.  Walked the beaches, bon fired on the beaches, drove on the beaches, watched the sun set every night, and counted our lucky stars every minute we were there. I don't take my life for granted, trying to hold tight onto this phase of life. I think that's okay, don't you?  We also swung up to the columbia gorge where we hiked to nearly 15 waterfalls. Marked off some serious bucket list hikes.  Go there people. I'll give you all the pointers you could ever want. 

October 2015

Spokane does October so good.  We harvested the rest of our garden, including 25 multi variety pumpkins that I swooned over (until some punk ass kids used them as bowling balls).  We went on many walks down Manito Blvd and through all the park. I can't get enough of the crispy dead leaf smell.  You know, I know that you know. 

We spent our 6th wedding anniversary up at a very special cabin on Priest Lake. I've wrote about this place before. It was stupidly perfect.  65 degree sunny weather, lots of hiking, canoeing, sitting close to the fire at night, and lots of dock fishing. Kyle caught the biggest fish of his life while we were there, and I legitimately have never seen him happier. Hopefully we will get another visit up to this place this year, the cabin is for sale by the owners, holding out hope for one last visit. 

We also spent a long weekend in Portland! My first time! Portland, you are gooooood. You put the hip in hipster, you're the indie to my tacos, the powell's to my books, the salt to my straw, the pok to my pok.  I so loved it here. I could go back 100 more times, if only to eat myself into the hit TV show my 600lb life. It would be worth it. 

On our way home from Portland we crossed a biiiiiiig bucket list hike for me in the Columbia Gorge. We wanted to do this hike when we were there the month before, but it isn't dog friendly on account of the super steep cliff ledges and narrow paths.  Tunnel Falls was 13 miles of complete waterfall and pacific north west majesty. Every mile or so there was a new waterfall, finally leading you to a 200 foot waterfall that has a tunnel that trails behind the fall, spitting you out on to a very steep and narrow ledge that wraps around the entire thing. If we would have died that day, we could have really put our names on it. It was that good. Put it on your list people. 

November 2015

November was laid back and awesome and awful all spun into one.  We did some fun local things.  Crunchy leaf walks, the Chinese Lantern Festival, and paroozing our favorite store in town, Boulevard Mercantile. We cheered on nephew's football games, ventured to southern Idaho for Thanksgiving, and lost our power for 10 days! 10! A massive windstorm came through spokane, knocking out thousands of trees, homes, and power lines. It was a devastating hit to so many. It was a hard 10 days, but we were so lucky to family members that had warm homes and hot showers.  During that time my best friend in the whole wide world moved back to Spokane to plant some roots. This too, deserves a whole post of it's own. I am so happy to have her near. She makes our lives better. We threw her a Soup-prise party to kick off our new life with Andie! 

December 2015

December was low key and lovely, as it should be. We dressed our little home, held our annual cheese and chocolate party with some of our very best friends.  We did a weekend on the west side with Kyle's family, taking the long way home to stop in Leavenworth for some bavarian holiday goodness. Cheese shops, chocolate shops, german food, and everything festive. One of my favorite traditions.  Christmas came with a thick white blanket of snow, the prettiest I have ever seen. We made sure to get out for some winter hikes, Jeff's favorite. 
Again, we are lucky people. 

January 2016

Kyle and I rung in the new year with one task, and one task only. 
Completely renovate our kitchen. And when I say renovate, I mean that literally every single place you could touch your finger was re done.  We worked our tails off, and with the help of our dad, were able to save thousands upon thousands of dollars by doing this DIY.  It seemed to take forever, but was really only 4 weeks, with us going to work at our jobs throughout it too. But boy did we use every last second of our spare time on this corner of our home. It was so hard but so rewarding. I'm obsessed with my new Kitchen. Maybe I will do a big lengthy post on the in's and out's, if that's something you guys want to know about. 

February 2016

I made Kyle promise me that once we finished the kitchen that we would stop to breath. Kyle would be content to fix up our house every minute he could get if I would let him, I don't take that for granted. But the 'yellow' in me needs to spread my wings, so we played in february. Went on some icy hikes, played on lake beaches, went thrifting, got brunch. The good stuff ya know? Also the Saddler's came over for a visit, it was so fun showing the some of the best corners of Spokane. 
They are such good people. I'm so glad that Andie met them, so that I could meet them.

March 2016

March was so good and so low key. We ate at Aloha Island Grill TOO MANY TIMES KYLE!  He can't get enough. We started prepping our seedlings for our garden, went to more nephew sport type things, and had family come to stay.  We hiked around Tubbs hill and Deep Creek.  We've enjoyed River Front Park and the glory of downtown spokane. A place we love to frequent. We love our city. Do you love your city? I bet you could love your city if you just tried. 
We are also in the middle of completely gutting our yard and the exterior of our house.
Remember when I said every where you could touch your finger in our kitchen needed to be redone? Same goes for the yard and exterior. Hoping to make it magic. I think it will be. 
Well that was a catch up of all catch ups. Sorry for the sabbatical. I'll try to be better. 
Because as much as life is busy, I still do love this blog of mine. It's seen me through a lot. 
Until next time, hopefully soon. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


When I was 20 and single and very blonde and very tan I used to skip off what seemed like every couple weekends to visit the girl that I share a heart with who at the time lived in Bellingham. You are lucky if you come across someone like Andie in your lifetime. Everyday I thank my lucky stars that I have a best friend that gets me to my core. Lately I have been experiencing what I like to call my quarter life crisis, this feeling of wanting to settle down and wanting to travel at the same time. Wanting to make dinner meal plans and wanting to go taste all the food in all the world. Wanting to slather my face with wrinkle cream while also feeling like I rock all the clothing in the teen section at Target like it's no ones business. I want to stay up super late and I want to go to bed at 8:00. You know, and the whole 'have kids now' or wait another 5 years because I plan on my 30s being the new 20s. But my back hurts all of the time and I have bags under my eyes and if I eat a bagel I gain 5 pounds and isn't that just such a sob story. But, one thing that keeps me young is this best friend of mine.  She called me the weekend before last while she went for a quick trip up to Bellingham to visit friends that I used to visit too while she lived there (she's in Tacoma now).  And my heart ached. I wished so bad that her and I could be sipping hot drinks at woods, I wished we could be seeing Rocky Votolato at Boundary Bay Brewery, I wished that I was cutting her bangs in her dorm bathroom before going up to Canada to go dancing. I told her to let me know when there is a future concert in Seattle which she replied....Tuesday. Stars. My number one favorite band that I have been listening to consistently since I was 15 years old. To which I said "I'm coming".  I didn't have clients early in the week, and just, WHY THE HELL NOT. I told Kyle and bought my concert ticket and that was that. There is something so refreshing about getting in your car, taking yourself on a solo road trip through this beautiful pacific north west that I get to call home. Blasting my music as load as I could, stopping on the side of the road to take pictures of those beautiful mountains, drinking one too many energy drinks, and feeling like I have oh so much more life to live. I was the youngest to get married out of all of my friends, and now Kyle and I are approaching our sixth year of marriage, and are more in love than we ever were when I was 21, but I am a firm believer in making sure that Kyle and I both have our separate lives. Weekend golfing and fishing trips for him with his buddies, and weekends in Seattle and girls nights with the handfuls of friends in my life that I want to cherish forever. It makes our marriage stronger. 

Snoqualmie Pass holds part of my heart. It was such a beautiful drive. I had stars blasting, and the mountains looked perfectly inviting.  As I approached North Bend I had the perfect idea to make sure to stop off on my way home and do my favorite hike, Rattlesnake Ridge, and just as I was having that thought I SAW A DEAD BEAR ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. Then I thought, mmmm, betta not. They are out of the dens and hungry. But it was a liberating thought, at best. 

Say what you will about Tacoma, but that city is seriously the best. I swear you are trippin if you think this city has nothing to offer. Andie worked one of the days I was there so I spent the whole day adventuring Tacoma and my favorite, Gig Harbor. The southern part of the puget sound is almost stupid how pretty it is. I spent a good amount of time at Metropolitan Market smelling flowers and candles and sampling cheeses and buying baked goods. If you ever have a chance to go to Tacoma that market is a complete must. I also spent the afternoon wandering around gig harbor. Such a gorgeous little town, and Mt. Rainier was bigger than it ever has been(I swear it changes size). I have made loads of trips over to this corner of the west side and I can honestly say it has never looked prettier. Which, is really saying something. Because even on gray days it looks lovely, really. 

Perfectly stacked produce really pleases me. This market is maybe the most esthetically pleasing retail space I have ever seen. I spent one too many dollars there. Face cream? Sure! Kombucha? I'll take 3! And the best cookie I've evvvvver had? I could die now! 
Thanks Metropolitan Market. 

Last time I saw Stars was in October of 2008, and I thought I loved them then. Andie and her two lovely roommates Aly and Kelsey and I had the very best time. We went and grabbed some food and drinks on the Ave, and then made our way to the show. They played all the best songs. And what's weird, is that when I started loving them way back when, they were in their mid 20s....and now they are in their late 30s at best. And i've never felt older. haha. But they've still got it and damn it SO DO I. You could tell that this wonderful group of musicians never appreciated a city and a crowd more than they did with us that night. I think there were even a few tears shed on their part. We danced and sang at the tops of our lungs and it was all magical. Not to mention The Neptune, the venue we were at was the most stunningly beautiful and cool concert venue. It takes first place for me now. Which is saying a whole lot.  There were a few times I looked over at Andie singing all the same songs I was singing and felt like my heart could burst into a million pieces as I thought of all the amazing times we have had under our belt. I can't wait for forever more. 

Cheers to 1000 more Seattle concerts with that best friend of mine. 
No matter where we are in life, her and I will never give up on that city. 
Or on each other.

Monday, January 26, 2015

.:: An Update ::.

     Blogs are for updating I guess? The whole reason I started this thing was to inform my family of what was happening to Kyle and I while living over in Boston, you know, with a healthy splash of total BS and beauty tips. Basically my life. And on this fine Monday afternoon, I am done and clocked out of doing hair for the day, and my sugar free rockstar energy drink is at it's peak motivational influence right now, so, a blog! And why not make it a list! We all know you guys eat that crap for breakfast. So, indulge me for second and pretend like you care what's happening with us. And for those who don't care? Well you can go fold your laundry or brush your teeth or something, cause heaven knows that if you are reading my blog at 2:00 on a Monday you probably haven't done those two things. 


Kyle and I are failing miserably at trying to buy a house. We have put down three offers on houses that I fell so madly in love with, that I pictured having thanksgiving there, and putting a crib in the second bedroom, and all that crap. Then the rug gets pulled from under our feet and we land straight back in square one. And everyone is telling me that all these houses fall through for the one that is meant to be. For the one that isn't going to fall through. I believe you, I do, it's just, could Rockwood Blvd please not put a tease of a house for sale at an incredible price and convince us so hard into believing that our offer is going to stick? Then for it to just, not? At the last second? Because some other rat bastard comes in at the final hour to give a much better and shinier offer? Cause that would be great. Effing great. But I am blessed to be in the position to buy a house, and blah blah blah.


We love the Seahawks. Like, we really really really love the Seahawks. I grew up watching my dad never ever miss a game.  Through thick and thin, good years and bad.  I was never really that interested in football growing up, but now that I am married to the man who would do anything for the hawks, my marriage has made me fall into a deep and passionate love for the team I've always admired. My dad set us up for the love, that kind of loyalty is infectious after all. Last weeks game was one of the most incredible things I have ever beheld. When they won, in the last minute of the last hour, every single one of us burst into tears of joy with yelling and jumping and screaming and hugging. And more crying. My dad and Kyle maybe crying the most. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. We love them, and will forever and ever support those boys in blue and green.  Missed the Game?  Watch this.


Weight loss. For the last 4 or so months I have been really trying to give it my all. I joined a weight loss competition with 25-30 other women. Weekly weigh ins, goal setting, with a daily point system that we had to stick to. We supported each other via a private facebook group, and talked about our weekly successes and battles. Each day you earned a certain amount of points for accomplishing certain things. Working out, drinking a quota of water, sleeping enough, eating your veggies, not eating before bed, and so on. Then at the end you got points added onto your pile of points for weight loss percentages lost. And........I won!! I freaking won. I have never won anything in my whole entire life. I worked really really hard, working out 6 days a week, being super mindful of my health. And I WON. I lost 20 pounds in 3 months and gained a big fat wad of cash along with it(I treated myself in the best of ways with the money). For the last month I have continued on the journey and it's been really great. I started T25 a week ago and I freaking love it. Although some days I do T22. Or T21. It's similar to T25....just a little bit easier ;) Maybe I'll do a blog that goes more in depth on what my daily life looks like with these new habits. Who knows. 

My loot from my weight loss winnings. I think I picked all the best things. 

 One of my favorite forms of exercise is getting out there for a nice long brisk walk with that white pup of mine. We have woven in and out of all of the loveliest streets that Spokane has to offer. 
It's my favorite part of the day.

My mantra when working out.
Get it girl.
You better believe that i'm going to get it. 

We have a lovely February brewing up. Kyle and I are working on a seriously cool project together with my Dad (blog coming soon-ish) We have a weekend trip with friends up at priest lake scheduled. The freaking SUPER BOWL. February can get tricky when it comes to beating away the winter blues. 
But we are doing are very best to make it shine. 
And I think it will. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

.::Skin Care 101::.

     In the last year or so I've tried my hardest to take my adult skin seriously. Up until then it was hit or miss. Mostly because after I did accutane, my skin has been mostly fine, no acne, but that was the only thing to write home about. It was dull, lifeless, splotchy, and uneven. I would have given it a best. And even though I am only about a quarter century old, age has started to creep in. Worshiping the sun in my teens is something I am starting to pay for now, and I am trying to back track as much as I possibly can. Hello sunscreen! Hello skin care regimens! Welcome! In the last 3 months or so I have visibly seen a difference in my skin, and in the last month or so, I've had more compliments on my skin than I have had in my whole life. People have asked what I have been doing, so here it goes. My whole entire system. You're freaking welcome. 

I don't want have to tell you again. Please shave your freaking face. 
Go to amazon, buy no less than 10 packs of 'tinkle razors' and shave.that.face.
Sounds crazy? Well this practice is actually referred to as dermaplaning by the professionals. It's not done with a Gillette razor, foam, or aftershave. We aren't talking 5 o clock shadow shaving here. We are talking dry shaving with a very specific razor. This should be done once a week, on dry clean skin.  Shaving your face removes all those dead and dry flakes that have a way of just camping out on your face. Along with it goes all that pesky peach fuzz that makes your makeup look cakey or dull. And no, your fuzz will not grow back thicker. K?!

Also known as the personal micro derm. I've been keeping my eye on this little device for quite some time now, and in the last month I purchased it.  It's a little on the spendy side, retailing around $180 at nordstrom.  I bought mine through a black friday deal, and I've never looked back since. It's been since I have started using this tool that all of the compliments have been pouring in.  Once a week, directly after shaving my clean dry face, I use this tool. There are some specific instructions on it, and I suggest going to the PMD youtube website here to learn more about it. After only 4 treatments I can tell a significant difference in my skin. My makeup goes on flawlessly, my skin feels like butter, my pores are smaller, and my redness has decreased. I will never look back. 

3.Olay Pro X
I've never invested in the Clarisonic, and personally I think if you are going to spend your money on the PMD or the clarisonic, I would go for the PMD. I do however own the cheap knock off version, the Olay Pro X. I've been super happy with this. It's a facial cleaning device and I use it probably every other day. You can use it daily, but since I purchased the PMD I don't find that my skin needs it. I had someone I know take my advice to use this tool, and for whatever reason they decided to use this tool with an exfoliating cleanser, and it ate their skin. Bad move. This should be used with a gentle cleanser and not with any sort of exfoliating cleanser because the device is acting as your exfoliater. 
Got it?

4. Yes to Carrots
I've been searching for a good facial wash that wouldn't break the bank for quite some time. And while I do love cetephil gentle cleanser, I wanted to try something new. I had heard such great things from the Yes line, that I went on a whim and threw this yes to carrots face wash in my cart. And I love love love it. When you squirt it in your hand, you'll think you bought a face cream and not a face wash, but fear not, it's face wash. It doesn't soap up, and it feels kind of weird, but don't worry it's doing it's job. I always recommend washing your face twice, back to back, to make sure your face is completely clean. This wash really cleans my face and it leaves it so soft and nourished. 

5. Cetephil Moisturizing 
My skin falls on the dry side, and so this big tub of cream has been my go to for a long time. Cetephil's products fall on a really neutral side on the PH level, and so my skin has always done really well with it. My skin drinks up this cream. Every night I use a dime sized amount on my face, and every morning I use about half of that amount. 

6. Essential Oils
I've been using essential oils for a handful of years now, but have never thought to use them with my skin until about 6 months ago.  I did some heavy research on what oils were best for creating beautiful skin and ordered a handful.  I use butterfly express oils as well as doterra. Doterra is more high end and quality and I have loved using their oils, but butterfly also has a handful of great oils for a lower cost. I find great results from both. I have been putting a few drops of oil into my face cream at night and I can really tell a difference. My most favorite have been lemon, lime, grapefruit, lavender, geranium, frankincense, and carrot seed. These all have different benefits and I highly suggest you do some research on which oils would help your skin the most. 

7. Aquaphor
I couldn't live without this stuff. It's my go to for anything dry or chapped. I slather my lips in it every night. I dab it under my eyes before bed for an added moisture kick. I drench my hands and heels in it for silky smooth skin. You can use it on your cuticles, around your nose after having a cold, wherever really! It works great on dry winter cheeks too. 
Can't go wrong. 

8. Water
I think this thing alone has done more for my skin that I probably realize. In the last 6 months or so I have gotten really serious about drinking tons of water everyday. My sister has always been great about drinking water, and she told me I just have to find the device I like to drink water out of and I would be good to go. That device for me is those big plastic 24oz washable straw cups. Or anything with a straw really. I have one with me at all times and I can suck down 24 ounces in 10 minutes. I drink anywhere from 3-6 of them a day. I like to add in a few drops of lemon essential oil or grapefruit oil for an added boost in energy. My skin and body have been so grateful. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014


     November has been a very weird one. And i'll just say it, we are trying to buy a house. First we tried to buy a dreamy little bungalow house a block away from us, and it got snagged up minutes before we were going to make an offer. And that's okay, because those kinds of things are probably always meant to be. Now we have our eyes on a brick house by rocket market that has more potential than I could ever imagine. I have already started collecting subway tile for the showers, and have been pinning away all my hopes and dreams for it on pinterest. We are some kind of crazy trying to buy a house before the holidays, and I know that. I am hoping with all my might mind and soul that things will fall into place for this house. If it doesn't then I will be okay, and there will be another house. I know that too. But I hope I hope I hope our offer on this house works out and that we can close on it. I hate getting my hopes up, and I love getting my hopes up, you know? We are fixer uppers. And we could make this brick house on the corner some kind of wonderful if we are just given the chance. And if we get it, you will see blog after blog of home renovations, paint colors, DIY window shutters, and back yard pergolas. These are the things that we lay awake at night talking about. Kyle is so excited that every night he sits down with me on our computer, and we scour over pinterest. Paint colors, back splashes, light fixtures. On our days off we go to home depot and tilt our heads at kitchen floors and hardware. And its okay if it falls through, because we know that great things come out of things that fall through. I just hope that this house is the great thing that happens from the bungalow around the corner falling through. I am dreaming of skipping over to rocket market for a morning tea, and jumping over to the bluff off high drive for Jeff and I's morning exercise. And wouldn't it all be so lovely? It would be. Kyle and I are the perfect team for this kind of stuff. We are scrappy and thrifty and creative and I am so glad that he is mine. Stay tuned. And don't feel too bad for us if this brick house doesn't happen. I just needed to express a little of my hesitation and a little of my dreams. It's good for the soul ya know? Anyways. Good vibes are well appreciated for this kind of stuff, because heaven knows we need it.

   And while we are waiting to hear back on counter offers and all of that stuff, we are making all sorts of lovely plans for this holiday season of ours. The Thanksgiving of all Thanksgivings is about to go down. A few months ago I was doing my lovely cousin Gabby's hair who was home from Salt Lake, whose family lives all the way across town, who I never get to see. And we decided that our families need to set aside any other plans for the holidays and join hands for that fourth thursday in November. I am so excited. Kyle's brother Mike will be there, and my Godfather Paul, and my lovely little family. It's going to be one for the books. I am perfecting my homemade rolls, and making THEE best apple pie there ever was.  And then this weekend Kyle and I have made plans to go see White Christmas at Ferris. SO EXCITED. Andie will be in town, and we all know that magic happens when us two get together. We have a pie party with some friends to look forward to and then we will have our annual cheese and chocolate party with friends. We are trying our hardest to make a trip to Leavenworth happen, and then before we know it! CHRISTMAS! Hopefully a Christmas in that brick house. I can just see it now, a tree in the big front window, and all of our stuff in boxes. Crazy and wonderful. 
As for the rest of our November?
It looked like this. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

::Idiopathic Head Tremors::

     This week has been a big thick fog.  My mind has been on another planet.  So many strange and awful things have happened in the last week or so. Tears and stress and everything.  I won't mention what they all entail, some issues are just much to sensitive to be discussed. But I will say that one of the things on top of the most stressful in my life right now is my sweet baby of a dog, Jeffery Weasley Sasser. I want to talk about this so that maybe someone else might be in the same boat as us and stumble upon this blog.  Roughly two weeks ago Jeff was sitting next to me on the couch, just about to drift off into dreamland, when all of the sudden his head started to tremor.  It startled me and I clapped my hands and yelled his name and made him jump off the couch, which caused the head shaking to stop. He was fully aware, and acting as if nothing was wrong. Thirty minutes later, right before sleep, it happened again. An hour later, again. At this point I was calling every vet I could find the number to call, and of course Kyle wasn't home. I called him panicked and sobbing and pleading for him to leave work to come be with us. Jeff had a total of 5 episodes of head tremors that evening, all of them before sleep, all of them he was aware and alert and seemingly not in pain. Kyle got home and we rushed him down to the pet ER.  The doctors there seemed to think we meant he was having a seizure, or that his ears were bothering him, causing the tremors. I assured her that it wasn't a seizure and it wasn't routine ear shaking. He wasn't in control of the head tremors, and he was conscious. She started to think that maybe he ingested something toxic which can make dogs tremble and shake. Again, I didn't think that was right, but I was desperate. She had his stomach emptied, and sent us home to keep him on close watch. 5 days pass, no tremors, no symptoms, nothing. He was happy, hungry, energetic, and everything else our one year old lab is on an every day basis. We thought we were in the clear, certainly it was mushrooms or bad plums in our yard. 

      The day before Halloween we took Jeff to the dog groomers for his first time to be bathed and brushed.  I picked him up and took him home and he tried to fall asleep next to us on the couch, and then... tremors. I was devastated, trying to stay calm for him, we let the tremor happen. I took a video of part of it, and the tremor lasted for roughly 3 minutes. With some research online, and a wide search of youtube videos, I found hundreds of dogs doing the exact same thing as him. Multiple videos of dogs exhibiting every single symptom that Jeff had. Most of the people said there dogs would start head tremors just before or after sleep, they stay aware and alert and are able to respond to common cues, and play or food distracts them out of the episode. Exactly like Jeff. The term that this is coined as, is Idiopathic Head Tremors or IHT.  Idiopathic simply means unknown cause. Great, I know. We kept Jeff on a close watch, and over that week he had tremors every single day. Ranging from 10 a day to 2 a day. My stomach was in constant knots, I wasn't sleeping well, and every single time Jeff would lay down to take a nap my anxiety would peak. 

    I made an appointment with our regular vet to have him examined.  I showed him the video of him having an episode and gave him my careful notes documenting every episode and every detail of his everyday activities.  The vet said that he hasn't seen a case like him in 25 years, which was discouraging. His physical examination checked out as completely healthy. The vet felt that since Jeff was active, eating, going to the bathroom, and sleeping, and that his vitals and physical exam were all healthy and normal that we should hold off on MRI's or extreme tests like that. He did however say that he wanted a urine analysis and blood work done just so that we can rule out any possible disfunction internally. We will be having those tests done soon. He said that Idiopathic Head Tremors are not uncommon for 1 year old labrador retrievers, and that he could live a long and happy life with the condition if it is in fact IHT and not another health issue. He also said that some dogs have IHT for a short period and then never have them again, which is what we are hoping for. He didn't have all the answers for us, but he did put us at ease for now.  Jeff has only had one tremor (this morning) in the past 4 days. Which is much better then last week. A bit of kibble always seems to make the tremor stop, and then he is on his way. Kyle and I both hate watching him have the episodes, and seem to be more affected by them than Jeff is. I have tried really hard to keep calm and lower my stress around him, as I know that dogs are really absorbent to the emotions of their humans. I think that has helped him. We are in a waiting game right now, and after more testing I hope that we can rule out anything life threatening. 

   I love Jeff so much. Most people know that I am completely infatuated with him, and so these last few weeks have really put me through the ringer. And with a handful of other weird and awful things happening right now, I just have been in a funk.  But this too shall pass. We are still finding happiness, and things are getting better. I hope that this article can bring comfort to someone else whose pet might be suffering the same thing.  Even if it's just comfort in knowing that they aren't the only ones. I will keep you posted on any other findings with him. I so appreciate all of your kind words, messages, and texts. My dear friend and client Audra even brought me over a candle and some tea, and I can't tell you how much things like this soften the stress. So thank you. We are so blessed and have so many things in our life to be grateful for. 
Here is a video of his tremors. 

But here is a picture of him as a puppy, just to soften everything.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Priest Lake::Anniversary Edition

     October has been the busiest month in the best of ways. I have been busier with doing hair than I ever have been before, and I love it. And for this reason I have so much to catch you up on. Every single weekend we have had plans this month. Between Halloween parties, fall festivities, trips to Seattle, and the celebration of our 5 year anniversary, we have been pooped! But like I said, in the best kind of way.  One of the things that I admire the most about my marriage with Kyle, is that we take every opportunity to live life to the fullest. That might sound cliche, but it's just true. We celebrate the seasons, our city, holidays, and regular old Saturdays like it's going out of style. It has made our life full and beautiful. Don't get me wrong, we still have boring and stressful days mixed in between it all, but for now I am enjoying focusing all of our energy onto celebrating this life of ours. I dare you to try it. It only seemed right for our 5 year anniversary to skip on over for a cozy fall retreat at Priest Lake.  My family has been going up to a particular cabin in the woods since I was 3 years old.  Kyle and I haven't been back to this particular cabin in 4 years.  So this summer we decided to pencil ourselves in for our anniversary.  I have always dreamed of venturing to Priest Lake in the fall, and so a 5 year celebration seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

      We arrived at the cabin late Friday night and as we walked with our flashlights down to that log cabin in the woods, butterflies fluttered in my stomach.  When I was a little girl, I remember dreaming of the day I would have a husband to bring up to this special place. So as I walked hand and hand with that husband and mine, following our yellow lab down the hill, I thought that someone needed to pinch me. My childhood is embedded into the walls of that cabin.  

We got settled into the cabin and started a fire to warm our bodies.  We listened to music and sipped hot cocoa and played cards by the crackling fire. Early the next day we woke up and I made huckleberry pancakes and bacon and we packed our bags for an adventure.  Hiking, of course. Big shocker!  We headed up the mountains to find the trail head for the wig wams hike suggested by friends of mine.  The road was blocked off so we ended up hiking up the road for quite a bit before we reached the trail head. It was such a beautiful crisp day and fall was doing her thang all around us in the mountains.  The summit of the hike was breath taking. 360 degree views of the lake and all of the Selkirk mountains.  Jeff even took a moment to sit on a rock and take in all the beauty, no joke he sat there and stared off into the distant for a handful of minutes. I love him. 

We headed back down the mountain and boy oh boy were we sore and tired.  The perfect opportunity to head back to the cabin for some homemade chili and hot showers.  We cuddled by the fire again and played cribbage together until it was time to retire to bed. 

  The next day we woke up early and chopped a bunch of wood for the cabin owners, and did few other odd jobs for them.  Then we dedicated the rest of the day to being completely lazy.  Canoe rides, dock lounging, fly fishing, nail painting, and on and on.  The day actually warmed up to the mid seventies, so I put on my swimsuit and caught some beloved priest lake rays. They are the best kind, you know?  I couldn't believe that we were laying out on the dock in October.  The lake was like glass and was so quiet and peaceful. I highly recommend priest lake in the fall. I think we might have to make an October retreat a tradition in our books. This place fills my soul. It makes me a better person, I know that it's just a lake. But it's so much more than that for me. I always want this cabin to be a part of our life. 
(The oldest cabin on the lake! The sleeping cabin, just off of the main cabin)

Much of the weekend I pondered how much I love this little life I have created with my soul mate.  I couldn't have dreamt up a better partner to spend forever with.  Kyle honestly fits the bill in every category of the type of person I wanted to be with.  He is helpful, willing, hard working, determined, and kind. He knows where he is going in life. He isn't schmoozey or cocky or arrogant. He isn't prideful or lazy.  He is so smart, and knows how to fix or handle most any situation.  He is the guy that wakes up on a Saturday and makes us breakfast and cleans and then takes me hiking or to dinner or whatever. He has the perfect kind of humor and he just GETS me. We can look at each other in any situation and we both are thinking the same thing. I adore him.
 We have had such an adventurous 5 years of marriage.  We have traveled and seen so much together. I couldn't have dreamt up a better first 5 years. I think it has set the tone for how we want to lead our life together. 

I am so excited to see what the next 5 years will bring. 

Stay tuned for all the other lovely festivities we have been up to in October. 
As for November? I am so ready for you. Hiking, soup, long walks, crisp weather, football, and THANKSGIVING! 
I can't wait.