{a letter to my sister on her birthday}

Dear Heather,

We didn’t always get along when we were growing up. It took me going off to college to realize how much I missed you. I remember the first time that you came to visit me & we really spent time together outside of family events. I remember thinking “wow this girl is so much fun, I cant believe it took us this long to realize this”. From that moment on we’ve been the best of friends & I think we’ve more than made up for lost time. 🙂 I remember our parents always telling us “all we want for Christmas is for you two to get along”! It’s so funny to look back & think about that, becuase we couldn’t be farther from that now.

We even ended up living together again in college & after college, too. You were the best roommate. We had our moments every once in a great while where we’d get irritated with eachother, but we knew that at the end of the day we’re family & everything would go back to being great.

We have way too many inside jokes to count & we reminisce about everything from our childhood. I’m so glad that I have someone that has known me for so long (and vice versa) & understands every detial of my life, but would never judge me – & only offer the utmost love & support. It’s really amazing if you think about it.

I’m so greatful for you. You’re the best little sister a big sister could ever ask for!



puppy love

We’ve had Gracie for about 6 months now. From the day we brought her home to right now, she has turned into such a different dog. She was once scared of everything (stairs, couches, cars, walking outside, strangers, leashes, baths, the brush, the hairdryer, etc.) You name it, she was afraid of it. But every day she keeps getting better and better. We try and work with her as much as we can and show her how much we love her. And we do, we love her so much. I wanted to share a few things about Gracie; a few things that she’s done for us so that we know she loves us, too.

— A few months back I was really sick for a week. The whole time I was on the couch Gracie didn’t leave my side. She would come lay by me and always had to have a part of her body touching mine. When I got the hot/cold shivers, she did too. It was really sweet, but kinda sad to see her shivering so bad, too.

— A few weeks back Luke had a pounding and splitting headache to the point where he thought he might throw up. Sleeping on a pile of blankets on the floor seemed like a better idea than the bed, so Gracie paced back and forth on the bed, keeping a watchful eye over Luke on the floor. She would walk over to me, whine, and then walk back over to Luke and whine even more. Eventually she jumped down from the bed to curl up in a ball next to him. When I woke up the next morning, I found Luke in the spare bedroom and Gracie curled up in the corner, because she’s too small to jump up on the bed.

— Last night I woke up in the middle of the night not feeling good at all. I would walk around the house until I felt better then try and go back to sleep. Every time I got up and came back to the bed, Gracie was sitting in my spot waiting for me to come back. She even jumped down a few times to come look for me. When I woke up in the morning she was snuggled right up next to me, like she always is.

The point I’m trying to make here is that even though Gracie can’t talk to us, she doesn’t understand if we say something to her, but she still knows. She already knows us so well that she knows when we need her. It’s comforting to know that our little doggie is doing what she can for us, because she loves us. She’s absolutely the sweetest thing and I don’t know what we’d do without her. Dogs really truly are special animals and I’m so thankful that she’s in our lives.

Summer Bucket List

Every year our summer is jammed-packed a d full of things to do. This summer might not turn out to be any different, although I would love to carve out some free time to just hang out, relax and knock some items off my summer bucket list. We’re headed to Chicago for a week in July and my number #1 item is to ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. Other than that, I’m hoping our summer is filled with backyard BBQ’s, a few camping trips, a few river floats, bike riding, hiking, dining al fresco and everything else that summer should be.
(check out my list from last year)

picture perfect peonies

I bought a few potted peony bushes a little while ago, planted them in the backyard and this past weekend I walked outside to find the most beautiful blooms. I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures to share with you all.
Speaking of snapping a few pictures, I bought a new camera a week ago and I’m so in love with it already. I traded in my Canon T1i, that I bought used, for a brand new Canon 60D. The new camera came with the new lens I’ve also been wanting, so it was too good of a deal for me to pass up. In a perfect world I would’ve purchased the 5D, but it doesn’t exactly fit in my real word budget. Oh well. I can already tell I’m going to be more than happy with the 60D.
And although it doesn’t really feel like it in Portland right now, summer is right around the corner. I’m working on putting together a summer bucket list to share with you all. I made one last year and had so much fun with it – I decided it needed to make an appearance again this year.
Hope you’re all having a fantastic Tuesday!