Seattle Subway Art!

Last year I made my first “subway art” – an Autumn-themed piece. I was very happy with how it turned out and so I decided to make another one.

{The Autumn subway art can be seen here:}

We recently moved back to Seattle and we absolutely love our city, so I made a Seattle-themed Subway Art piece. I included all of the main things that are important to myself, my husband, and our son.

Let me know what you think!



September 10, 2013. Married Life, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Listography: Things I Love About My Husband

Today is my 1st Anniversary! Me and my husband have only been married for one year, but we’ve been together for almost 7 years. The first year of marriage is hard, but wonderful. Being a wife is definitely a huge blessing and I love knowing that I have a partner for life who I can trust and give all my love to. I don’t have to worry about the dating game anymore, I have someone who loves me 100% and wants to share their life with me. God sure has smiled upon me!

Don’t get me wrong…my husband can drive me bonkers sometimes. But what man doesn’t drive a woman crazy at times? Like when he leaves his dirty clothes a foot away from the hamper…hmm…but my husband has so many good qualities, it outweighs any of those minor quirks!

Since the first anniversary is the “paper” anniversary, I’m going to make this blog post for my hubby with a list of things that I adore about him and then print it out and give it to him – or wrap his present with it. 🙂

So without further adieu, here are just some of the things that I love about Brady:

* He’s handsome. Long hair or short, scruffy beard or baby face, he’s just a good-lookin’ man.

* He’s a loving father to Jack. He tells Jack how smart, cute, and loved he is every day. In the mornings he asks Jack, “Did you wake up on the handsome side of the bed today?” He sits on the floor and plays with him, and is proud of everything Jack does.

* He doesn’t have a hard time saying sorry. Unlike me some people. If he does something wrong, says the wrong thing, or unintentionally hurts my feelings, he always looks me in the eye and says he’s sorry – and means it.

* He’s forgiving. And sometimes I need a lot of forgiveness.

* He researches everything extensively and learns all about things before he buys them. Before he bought my engagement ring he learned all about diamonds – about grades, clarity, etc. and searched for the perfect one. It may not be the biggest, but it is the highest quality. I told him that he could’ve spent a lot less money and I would still be happy, but he wanted me to have a good one that would last my whole life. Which leads me to my next thing…

* He’s a perfectionist when it comes to things that matter.

* He loves living for God and doing the right thing always. He prays for us before each meal, he loves tithing, he’s honest, and he looks forward to church every Sunday (and any study groups we get involved in).

* He sets a good example for our son and wants to raise Jack up the best possible way. He doesn’t swear, doesn’t let us fight in front of Jack, and showers me and Jack with affection.

* He’s not afraid to sing along to all of the songs on Jack’s preschool shows. In fact, I often catch him singing some of the songs throughout the day – even if the show isn’t on. Catchy little tunes…haha!

* He is the most generous person I’ve ever met. When I first me him, he told me that if he had one penny to his name, but I needed it, he would give it to me. He has no problem treating his friends to meals, drinks, and good times. He’s generous with everyone. Money doesn’t rule over him, and I love that.

* He never gets lost. He has a compass built into his nose. He’s like a human map – he can always tell you which direction is which, and how to get anywhere. More often than not, he can also lead you down the “road less travelled” and show you short-cuts and paths with better scenery.

* He’s a grill master. He loves to get the charcoal burning and cook up steaks, kabobs, asparagus, avocado, or whatever else tickles his fancy. He’s very good at it too, everything always tastes amazing.

* He loves to try out new ethnic foods. I can always count on him to try out interesting foods with me. He also likes everything that I cook at home – even if it turns out strange.

* He’s sensitive and isn’t afraid to cry. He can always open up to me and let me know how he’s feeling.

* He’s nice to me even when I don’t deserve it.

* He is always concerned about me and my well-being. He puts me first.

* He’s supportive of my hobbies, crafts, and interests. He loves all of my creations and pushes me to sell them and show them off.

* He likes to host with me. Brady loves that I like to play hostess and throw get-togethers, he jumps right in and helps me, and gets excited about it.

* He’s savvy with electronics and technology. If I have any questions about anything electric, I just have to ask my husband!

* He loves to travel with me. If we had money, we would travel the world together and have all sorts of unique adventures. He loves travelling the way that I do – with just a backpack. We stay in hostels, do everything the way that the locals do, and submerge ourselves in the culture. No fancy Americanized tourist resorts for us – if you’re gonna do that, you may as well just stay in America.

* He loves horticulture. He loves growing plants and trees. He’s currently into growing bonsai trees and he made me one with the trunk shaped like a heart. ❤

* He kisses me goodnight every single night and tells me how much he loves me every single day. He also never fails to tell me how beautiful I am, even when I don’t feel beautiful.

* He has random knowledge about everything. One time I was all excited because I just learned about the Statue of Liberty – that it is the color that is is today because the copper oxidized. When I told him about this, he already knew all about oxidized copper, so I couldn’t even impress him! Haha – this is basically how it goes every time I learn something new.

* He loves his family so much. Brady has a large family and they are all very close, and he gets sentimental when he talks about them. He especially loves his nieces and nephew.

* He has extreme patience with me – even when I push him to the limit sometimes.

* He will always be there for me through good times and bad, no matter what. I know this with 100% confidence.

* He has seen my good sides and my bad sides and he loves me anyway.

* All of the little details that make him who he is – he is just perfect for me! We have so many of the same interests and we have fun together every day.

Happy Anniversary Brady, I love you!
Love Your Wife

June 5, 2012. Listography, Married Life. 4 comments.

Mantle Love

I looked at my husband tonight and I told him “I love our mantle so much. In any future homes that we have, we have to have a mantle. I’ve never had one in my life before and now that I have one I can’t live without it.”

🙂 Silly, right? I have completely fallen in love with our mantle.

I also love all of the trim in our house. I love the fancy shaped trim-lined mirror above the fireplace. I love all the little details of our 1920’s cottage. It’s old-fashioned and charming. But my favorite thing is the mantle. I decorate it different for each holiday and during the rest of the year I have candles and pictures on it.

This is my mantle:

In honor of mantles, I’m posting some that I like.





April 23, 2012. Married Life. 2 comments.

Alphabet Dates!

I recently stumbled upon the idea of ABC Dates! This is basically going on 26 dates (once a week, once a month, whatever you can afford) and doing fun things that start with one letter per date. What a fun way to keep your married life exciting…not just “dinner and a movie” night each time you finally get a babysitter for the kiddos! You and your spouse can either take turns planning ideas for each letter, or sit down and plan out each letter together. Plan the whole alphabet and save up for each date, or just be sporadic and decide what you’ll do on the day-of. You get bonus points for doing “double-letter” dates, like “Picnic in the Park” or “Donuts for Dessert” or “Limo ride to Lunch”….you get the idea!

I have compiled a list of some ideas for each letter. Of course there are SO many more ideas out there, but here are some basics. You could also do a version of ABC Dates where you eat different foods associated for each letter, instead of doing activities that start with the letter. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to have a ton of fun with your spouse and create special memories.

Take a camera with you on each of your dates and take photos of your activities. When you’ve completed the whole alphabet, make an ABC Photo book!

This list covers all sorts of dates: cheap to pricey, relaxed and romantic to adventurous and extreme, seasonal ideas, local ideas (Seattle area), and ideas for other parts of the country. (Most of these ideas you can use in Seattle though!)

A: Aquarium, Art Museum (or Art Gallery), Amusement Park (get your picture taken in a silly booth or on a roller coaster!), Arcade, Antique Shop

B: Baseball/Basketball game (professional or at a local school), Bowling, Boat Ride, Browse at a Bookstore, Brunch (make sure to get a fancy mimosa with that yummy brunch!), Build-a-Bear together, visit a Beer Brewery or a Beer Garden, Bubble Bath for 2, walk across a Bridge, Botanical Garden, Batting Cage, BINGO (at your local casino or Bingo hall), Bocce Ball in the yard, Bike Ride, Build a Sandcastle on the Beach, stay at a Bed & Breakfast, Bungee Jumping, Bakery, Brazilian Restaurant

C: Comedy Club, Clogging Class, Cooking Class (or Cook together at home), do a Craft together, Car Show, embrace your Cheesiness at a Carnival or Circus, Coffee Date, Corn Maze, Concert (local concerts are a great alternative if you can’t afford concert tickets to a famous band), Casino, Cheese Sampling, Chocolate Factory (there are a couple great ones in Seattle!), Camping (skip rocks and keep your drinks Chilled in the Creek), and if you live by a farm…there’s always Cow-Tipping!

D: Donut Dessert Date, Drinks & Dancing, play Darts at a Dive Bar, Disneyland, feed Ducks, Ride the Ducks (Seattle), Dinner Cruise, Drive-In Movie

E: Exercise class (yoga, pilates, etc.), “Pick-an-Envelope” (fill 3 envelopes with ideas and let your spouse choose a sealed envelope), ride an Elevator to the top floor of a skyscraper and kiss all the way up!

F: Foreign Foods, Fondue for 2, Fireworks Show, Ferry Ride, Flea Market, Farmer’s Market, Frisbee, Fishing, pick Fruit at a local Farm/Orchard

G: Golf (or driving range), Game night (board games, cards, dice), Garage Sales (make sure to go to the ritzy neighborhoods!), Gardening, Go-Karts, Geocaching, Grape-Stomping, Glass-Blowing, Glass Museum (Tacoma)

H: Hiking, Happy Hour, Hayride, Horseback Riding (or take lessons), get a room at the Holiday Inn (or other Hotel) for the night, Hot-Air Balloon, Helicopter Ride, Hookah Lounge, Horse-Drawn Carriage, Haunted House, Hat Shop (try on all the silly hats and take pictures, if permitted)

I: Ice-Skating, Ice-Cream Shop, Improv Theatre, IMAX Movie, IKEA

J: Jazz Club, do a Jigsaw Puzzle, Jogging, Jump on trampolines, Jet-Ski, eat Jamaican Jerk Chicken (yum!)

K: Karaoke, Fly a Kite, Kayaking (there are many places that will rent you a kayak by the hour)

L: Library, Laser Tag, Limo Ride to Lunch, Luau and Limbo, Lingerie shopping

M: Movie Marathon, attend a Musical, Mini-Golf, Museums (many offer a free day every month), Mountain Climbing, Mountain Biking, Medieval Faire, eat a Moroccan Meal (with your hands!), Massages (professional, or give one to each other), Murder Mystery Dinner

N: Nature Walk, NASA Space Center, Naked anything (Naked Nintendo, Naked Cooking…whatever!)
(Genesis 2:24-25) “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.” (New King James Version)

O: Orchestra, Opera, Open-Houses (dress in your smartest attire and go look at houses together…tell what you love and dislike about each house), Ocean

P: Paintball, Picnic in the Park (or if it’s raining, Picnic in the Park wearing Ponchos!), Picnic indoors or in your backyard, Parade, Play Pool in a Pub, Para-Sailing, Pizza (ask them to cut the pizza into a heart shape), Piano Bar, Playground, Pool Hall, go to a Play, Palm Readings, Psychics, Paint-your-own-Pottery

Q: 20 Questions (whether you’ve been together 3 months or 3 years, ask questions that will still make you learn something fun or new about your spouse), have a “Quickie”, play “Quidditch”…yeah yeah yeah…I know that’s not possible unless you can fly…but “Q” is a hard letter! 🙂
**Here are a few sample questions for “20 Questions” – If you could have picked your own name, what would it be? Favorite cartoon character? What was your favorite toy when you were little? If you could have a weird, unusual pet, what would it be and why would you have that pet? What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

R: Roller Skating, Rock Climbing, Rafting, shooting at a Rifle Range

S: Sporting event, Snorkeling, Swimming, Stargazing (outside or at a planetarium), Surfing, Sailing, Street Fair, Sledding, Spa day, Skydiving (indoor or outdoor), Snowboarding, Skiing, watching the Sunrise or Sunset

T: Test-Drive a fun sports car, Rent a Tandem Bike, Train Ride, play Twister, Trapeze School (available at Teatro Zinzanni), Tea-Tasting, play the “Tourist” in your own city: go on tours, sightsee and take pictures of the things you take advantage of every day.

U: Try a Unicycle, (or a Ukelele), visit a local University and attend one of their classes or events

V: Volunteer (Rescue Mission, Soup Kitchen, Elderly Home, etc), Volleyball, Video Games, Visit a Vineyard

W: Wine-Tasting at a local Winery, Window Shopping, Wrestling Match, Wishing (throw pennies into a fountain together), Water Park, Wax Museum (Madam Toussad’s), Whale-Watching (up in the islands), Wake-Boarding, Water-Skiing, WII

X: Xerox your butts (or hands…whatever), X-Box

Y: Yosemite/Yellowstone National Parks, go to your local YMCA for some fun activities, go to the Yankee Candle Company and take in all the good smells

Z: Zoo, Zip-Lining, Zumba Class

I hope you enjoyed this list and maybe even use some of these ideas!
If nothing else, just share a plate of Spaghetti with your spouse one night after the kids are in bed! 🙂

March 7, 2012. Married Life. 2 comments.