Well, friends, I’m happy to report that we finally have sunny weather here in the Pacific Northwest.
This may not be a big deal to you if you live in some gloriously sunny place like California or Georgia, but I will just say that this winter and early spring has been the absolute rainiest/grayest that Seattle has seen in over 100 years. Think 145 days of rain from October through May with only 5 dry days in the entire month of April. It sounds like I’m whining, and I sort of am. It was no fun.
But now – hooray! – we have had a gorgeous sunny weekend with no rain in the foreseeable future.
Seattleites are pretty funny. When the first spring sun comes out (even if it’s only 72*), we’re putting on our shorts and summer dresses and letting our pale, winter skin absorb as much vitamin d as possible.
Also, it makes everyone want to garden.
I finally planted our front pots with my favorites: sweet potato vine, black mondo grass, white bacopa. I planted in these tall concrete pots.
The kids gave me ferns for the front porch for Mother’s Day, which feel so southern and pretty.
Speaking of the front porch … on Friday we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday with a family dinner at our house. After dinner, while the boys played some crazy game on the trampoline with their super fun uncle, we had girl time on the porch swing.
That’s me holding my adorable niece. I can’t get enough of that sweet thing.
On Saturday, I basically had my best day ever. It started with sleeping in, naturally. Then my friend came over and we did a barre workout together in my studio. I ate apple pie for breakfast (oops), then we left all the kids with Ryan and pampered ourselves with a fresh pedicure (because it’s sunny!).
Later, we ventured out on their boat for tubing, anchored in a bay to let the kids swim (ps. do you know how cold the Puget Sound is right now? I don’t know how those kids do it), then stopped for dinner at the funkiest/most charming marina.
While we waited for our dinner, the kids poked around at the sea-creature covered pilings.
There were muscles, barnacles, spider crabs, so many anemones, giant sea stars. It was like our own aquarium field trip.
On our way home from the marina, we stopped in the middle of the water, with no other boat in sight, and watched the sun set. One of the most wonderful parts of summer in the Pacific Northwest is that the sun sets so late (this weekend was 8:45, by mid summer, it will be after 9!).
For the first time in my life, I saw a dolphin in these waters. Actually, we saw many, many dolphins (see that little black back to the right of the sunset reflection? That’s one of them). Fun fact: marine porpuses left the area in the 1970’s and only since 2007 have they been spotted again in the Puget Sound.
Have I ever told you that I’m a total marine mammal lover? I have always loved seals and dolphins and whales. When I was a teenager, I wanted to get a line of jumping dolphins tattooed around my ankle. Thank the Lord that did not happen. But I still do love them and seeing them in our waters was so cool. Our friends were out whale watching two weekends ago and found our local pod of Orcas (her instagram account might be private, but if not, watch this video).
On a night like this, I was so overwhelmed with the beauty of this area. Sure, we have to deal with massive amounts of rain and day after day of gray skies, but when the sun is shining and the mountains are out, it is just breathtaking.
Sunday we did church, enjoyed more sun, the kids played in hose water (again, do they realize how cold that is?!), I cleaned and puttered around the house, Ryan tackled our wooded property with his chainsaw and Atlas and the chickens spent half the day running around the yard and half sunning themselves on the patio.
I finally finished up answering all the Q + A questions. That was so much fun! Thank you to all who asked and for the many, many kind words. You all are so nice to me. Thanks for that. It’s pretty fun to read through the questions and answers, so if you have a few minutes to fill, click over here to browse.
Coming up this week:
The Fireplace Tile DIY, details about my go-to exercise routine and (hopefully!) a new Coffee Chat.
Cheers to a great week!