Get Over Your Hill

I don’t have anything terribly important to say today, but I haven’t posted in a while and felt a yearning to write! I posted some song lyrics from Mumford & Sons on Facebook earlier. They go like this:

There will come a time, you’ll see with no more tears
And love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears
Get over your hill and see what you find there
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair

This really speaks loudly to me today for some reason. The bit about getting over your hill, whatever that may be, and seeing the beauty that lies in front of you. It’s so easy to sit around and wallow in self pity about the things in your life you don’t like. So, get over your hill already! Plus, I’m soooo ready for summer and the image of dancing around in a field with a daisy chain in my hair sounds like heaven to me–barefoot, in a sun dress, where it’s perfectly warm and you can feel the sun baking into your bones. Yeah, I’m totally ready for that.

On a lighter note, I cooked my favorite soup ever for the third time last night. Make sure you check out my post about it if you missed it (or even if you didn’t. It’s awesome soup). I think the third time really is the charm because this was my best batch yet! I still can not get over how decadent this soup is–all from veggies! It’s unbelievable.

Also, my dog loves butternut squash, apparently. Raw butternut squash. Weirdo.

Anyway, I hope you all have an amazing Memorial Day weekend and at least take one moment to stop and remember what it really means. I think about my BIL (brother-in-law) a lot over this holiday but try to remember everyone who’s serving currently or has in the past for our country.

I’d also like to take a moment to wish my parents a happy 32nd anniversary (5/24), my baby brother (although not such a baby anymore!) a happy 26th birthday (5/26), and my beautiful sister a happy 28th birthday (5/28)! Whew!! So much to celebrate! Love you guys.

Here’s to a three day weekend!

PS: Here’s the M&S song from above. Take a listen.. it’s a good one.

Mother’s Day at Cannon Beach

I know you know I’m totally obsessed with Instagram, so this post of nothing but iPhone photos from our impromptu Mother’s Day beach trip should come as no surprise to you. Enjoy!

Lola and I love Cannon Beach! A lot!

Haystack Rock

Nana & Lo

These people were playing with their three tiny dogs in the ocean. So cute!

Smiling Finn ❤

Lots of people on the Oregon coast!

What a great weekend we had! Hope all of you had an equally fabulous time celebrating your Mom this weekend!

A Letter To My Mother

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As a kid, there’s not a lot that can excite us as much as a swing can. Sure there are electronics and gadgets that modern children feel they can not live without, but growing up as a child without such luxuries as iPhones and Leap Frogs, a swing was pretty much as good as it got. Think about it: the incredible highs where you felt like your sweaty little legs could literally lift off the rubber bottom–where you felt like if you let go of the chain, nothing but gravity would stop you from soaring into the expanse of space. And just as you thought you actually would take flight, the inevitable stomach drop would start and you’d come plummeting back down to Earth. With tiny fists grasping onto that chain for dear life, we–for a spit second–wondered why we loved this silly contraption in the first place. But the beauty of a swing is that, not matter how bad the fall, we eventually start the upward rise to euphoria which made the stomach-churning all worth it.

Life is sort of that way, isn’t it? We’re on a constant pendulum of highs and lows, never really settling into the comfortable medium where most of us wish we could live. I’ve got to say though, that the swing of life is made easier by the people we surround ourselves with. We need people to lift us up even higher in those moments of euphoria–someone to ride those highs with us, but also someone who is willing to take those low times in stride. Someone who, without fail, will be standing behind us pushing us out of our darkest moments. No one is as skilled in swing-pushing as a mother is.

You Mama, in particular, are terribly talented in this area. You have seen me during my highest highs and graciously (though you selflessly steered me there) have taken the back seat in every situation. You let me shine through some of life’s most incredible moments and done nothing but smile (and occasionally shed a tear). On the other hand, I’m not sure I would have made it through some of my darkest times without you. Be it breakups or moving away from my favorite place, you were there for me to hold my hand. And when I’d cried just about all the tears I could cry, there you were, hands on my back, swinging me into my next shining moment.

The relationship with a mother can be tricky. We as children feel like, no matter how old we are, we can make it through this thing they call life all by ourselves–like a big girl. But it’s not until I stop pumping my legs that I realize it’s easier to have you there with me to help me along. Why wouldn’t I want someone standing behind me that had been there before? Someone who had gone through almost every situation I had and came out standing? Why is it so hard for me to accept help from a mother who wants nothing but to impart her wisdom so I don’t make the same mistakes she did?

I’m not sure I have the answer to that question, but I’ll tell you this–I am incredibly lucky to have you behind me, no matter how high or low I get. Your hand on the small of my back is a constant reminder that I’m not alone, and that pretty soon, I’ll be at the peak of that pendulum in no time.

Happy Mothers Day Mom.

DIY: Textured Wallpaper & Furniture

It’s sunny here in Portland today which puts me (and the rest of my fellow Portlanders) in such a great mood! Soak in that Vitamin D! However, this kind of weather doesn’t usually lend to the most interesting of blog posts, mainly because I want to do nothing but be outside!

So today I’m going to show you an easy little project I did to enhance a piece of furniture I bought at Ikea. It’s actually a really nice, sturdy butcher block for the kitchen, but with all the moves I’ve gone through with it, the white particle board on the back was looking a little worse for ware. I took process pictures of this, but alas, they’re on my old camera (or even worse, old phone!) but I did snap a couple mid-move to show you how just a few supplies and a little imagination can really update the look. I’ll try to find the process pictures and post them a little later.

You’ll need the following:

Textured wallpaper (I got a screaming deal for my roll at Sherwin Williams. Someone ordered the roll but never picked it up! This happens frequently so make sure to check with your sales person to see what they have that they’re trying to unload. It may just be the perfect thing!)
Wallpaper glue
Wallpaper squeegee
Staple gun
Painters tape
Paint (I used a beautiful metallic paint but obviously the possibilities are endless)
A paint brush
Ruler
Xacto knife

Tape around any sides that you don’t want glue or paint getting on. Then measure your wallpaper and cut it to size. I didn’t get super precise with this, a little overlap is ok. Once the wallpaper is cut, start spreading on that glue! I stared at the top then moved my way down so the glue wouldn’t get too dry, but if you’re quick with it, you could probably apply the glue in one fell swoop. Make sure you diligently use your squeegee to get air bubbles out. Also press up tightly to the corners and create a crease in the paper (this is why you don’t have to be 100 percent accurate with your measurements). Use your Xacto knife to cut off the excess in the corners. Once you get to the bottom, wrap the paper around to the back side and staple.

When the glue is dry (according to the instructions) go ahead and paint that puppy!

This would also look great in a print. There are so many wonderful wallpapers out there right now.. so go get some! I’m tempted to try this on the back of my booksheves (the part that faces out) so if I do, I’ll be sure to take pictures galore.

Have any of you done something small and simple that made a big change in a piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

Land Ho!

Who you callin’ a ho? (Don’t tell me you didn’t see that one coming)

Last weekend I spent an amazing couple of days at the Oregon coast. It was my good friends 30th birthday and we celebrated by sleeping in, making pancakes, crabbing, drinking wine, and generally being merry. Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from the weekend.

The boys went fishing early Saturday morning. Look at his catch!

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