Thursday, October 20, 2011

Seattle, I love you...

It's been over a month since my last post, so sorry for the delay!!!  Since then Cade and I went and got tattoos and took an awesome trip to Seattle.  After spending a few days there we are just infatuated with the city and would either love to move there, or eventually (when we win the lottery) rent a small apt there to stay at throughout the year.

As far as the tattoos...  Cade got a spoon on the inside of his arm.  He chose a spoon because of his choice profesion as a chef, and he picked a particular spoon that he has had since childhood.  I had the words faith and love tattooed on my wrist in braille.  The words have great meaning to me, and I have been legally blind (without corrective lenses) since junior high school.  I also had Matisse's Plain Tree tattooed over a tattoo I got about 11 years ago on the small of my back.  I picked a tree because my name comes from the Linden tree, and my maiden name Hurst means grove of trees in Old English.  I picked the Plain Tree because my parents have a print of it in their home for sometime and I remember it from childhood.

All that said here are some pictures from the last few events! Enjoy!!!

Our morning stop was the Wheelhouse Coffee House...  so good!

We saw the Space Needle from afar, but did not spend the $$$ to go up. 
 Maybe another time.

The market!!!  So fantastic!!!

The flowers at the market were absolutely UNREAL!!!  I have never seen such amazing flowers ever.

The original Starbucks.

Tasty shellfish at the market.

We went to the Gum Wall, which was cool, but really gross too.

We went to see the Fremont Troll in Fremont on our way to the Fremont Oktoberfest.

Once I found the Blue Moon booth I was set. :)

We had lots of amazing seafood while we were there.

We had to stop at the famous Molly Moon's, and it was worth it!!! I had the Vanilla Bean with the Salted Carmel.  SO GOOD.

We went to dinner on our last night at a place called Mistral Kitchen.  It was lovely and everyone was so nice!!!  The bartender we befriended was nice enough to give us a little after dinner tasty...  splendid. :)

Can't wait to go back...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

summer 2011

As I find myself home sick today with a fierce cold, boo, I thought I would do a little summer recap.  Summer 2011 had some wonderful moments, and I was lucky enough to catch a few with my camera...


The weekend Annie arrived was my father's birthday.  We had a wonderful brunch at benjy's in Rice Village.  Bryan really enjoyed the surprise of having Annie present.  Whenever they get together they are a couple of goofballs. :)






 On June 12th we had Annie baptized at Christ Church Cathedral Downtown.  She wanted to do something special with her hair for this special day, and then requested it the rest of the summer for church.  I have to admit I didn' always get up early enough to do it, but she really is such a sport about hairpins!!!

Later that day we went out to my in-laws ranch near Hempstead, Blackwood, and Annie had two fun guests come to visit, Misha and Benet.  The three girls did not get out of the little swimming pool for at least 5 hours straight.  There was splashing, giggling, squealing, laughing...  almost too much fun was being had.


Annie did various camps this summer one of which was the Mad Hatter.  While at Mad Hatter the children would do various activities, and of course art was included.  Above is a painting she made at camp of she, Truman, and I.  I am in the blue dress, and Annie is in the brown one...  we are watering a plant.  I can't tell you how special I felt when she gave it to me.  She really is one of the sweetest little girls.

One of the great things about Annie being here in the summer is she is here for Father's Day.  Above is a picture of Annie's message to Cade in a card.  I love how she draws hearts with crowns and faces, and of course Cade's has a beard. :)



On June 26 we had a pizza party with water balloons, water guns, and the Swan Princess.  Cade and I invited a few people over for some easy summer fun, and it was a roaring success!!!  Annie had a wonderful time, and we will definitely be doing this again next summer!



On July 4th we attended a 4th of July party with my parents, and had a great view of the fireworks from the top of a building on Shepherd and Fairview.  Annie has come to call it the 4th of July building since we have gone for 3 years now.  They have all kinds of fun patriotic items lying around they serve hamburgers and hot dogs with tons of Cheetos- kiddo 4th of July heaven!!!!  



One weekend we all piled into the car and went down to Galveston with Gpa.  Annie and Cade made a sand castle, we collected seashells, and enjoyed the sun.  


One REALLY big event this summer was when Annie lost her FIRST TOOTH!!!  Cade and I were so excited to be a part of this memory for Annie.  Her tooth had been very wiggly for a few weeks, and then one night she was eating an apple when I looked over at her and saw it was gone!!! I squealed, "Annie! Your tooth!"  luckily she did not swallow it, and voila! first tooth down!  It was the best way to lose it too.  She was preoccupied, felt no pain, and it didn't bleed- PERFECT!


  

During the summer Annie decided she wanted to have a lemonade stand.  It took a few weeks but one day I came home from work to the smell of lemon in the kitchen.  When I opened the fridge there were two huge jars of lemonade! one pink and one well...  normal.  Soon enough Cade had helped her assemble a stand set up and Annie's Lemonade was born!  In total she earned almost $50!!!  She then gave half of it to the Berry Children Foundation.  I was so terribly proud of her!!!  A huge thank you goes out to our dear family and friends who came out to support our little entrepreneur. 

Here she is showing her heart!



On August 14th my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!!  We went to dinner at Artista, where Cade and I had our reception, and then went to the Remington Bar for dancing afterwards.  We had a wonderful time, and I loved that they served Nacho Cheese Doritos with drinks!!! 


This past weekend was Labor Day Weekend and we had Annie for the holiday.  She was busy with swimming, visiting Blackwood, and hosing tea parties!!! 


I hope you enjoy the pictures and the recap!!! Now I am off to take more vitamin C, Advil Cold & Sinus, Mucinex...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

a brief backstory...

I am a 28-year-old wife and step-mother, aka Chicken as my 6-year-old step-daughter likes to call me, and I live in Houston, TX.   I work as a grant-writer at a non-profit in the arts industry here in Houston, and do occasional work with a church youth group as well teaching kids musical theater dancing.  I was born and raised in Houston, and attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts as a Dance Major.  I went on to study dance in New York City, but through life's twists and turns found myself back in Houston. 

I am married to a wonderful man and chef, Cade, and have the sweetest, craziest, williest, most creative step-daughter ever, Annie.  The smallest of our tribe in the ferocious, vivacious, silly, sweet and adorable family pet: Truman Capote our long-haired chihuahua. 



Cade and I started dating back in 2007, and were married on March 20, 2010.



I have been blessed with amazing parents who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past August.
  
I also have great in-laws who are wonderful to Cade and I, and are fondly referred to as Gma and Gpa by Annie.

Our little family is blessed with the best family and friends you could ask for...  so there's the brief backstory. :)