Two clichés have become very apparent over the last eight months: 1) it’s magical to see the world through the eyes of a child and 2) time flies with kids – which is why I compiled October-December holiday highlights in a lump sum. Carter has brought the most special joy to our lives, and the slew of holiday festivities were even sweeter as we established new family traditions with our first born. Pumpkin patch visits, a first night away with girlfriends, Santa pics and our white Christmas in Spokane was a flurry of fun. I’m amused now by the minor challenges, like Carter’s disregard for daylight savings the morning after Friendsgiving crept into the wee hours; and sharing a bedroom with him during his first cold at Grammy and Gramps’ Christmas. With our first Holiday season in the books, we look forward to the year ahead continuing traditions (I vow to dress up with him every Halloween until I become embarrassing) and creating new memories. Cheers to a colorful new year!
We celebrated not only America’s birthday, but my dad’s 60th at the lake. Introducing Carter to such a special family place was a blast. My dad and I were lucky to spend both our childhood summers at Hayden, with mine watching my dad and grandpa build our lake cabin. Their handiwork is ingrained in every detail like the cedar ceilings and slate flooring by my dad and my grandpa’s dock pilings and wildlife fireplace mantle woodcarvings. I am grateful to have inherited their workmanship and would be proud if the desire to create – regardless of what medium – was passed down to my little one. This was the first July without my grandpa and he is dearly missed. His presence is felt, especially at the lake and it’s the greatest joy to share what he loved with the next generation. Happy birthday, Dad! I loved celebrating you with a homemade huckleberry pie (my grandpa’s other favorite pastime – pie baking and devouring) from Hayden’s pickings.
The holidays were particularly joyous this season at home, in snowy Spokane and at a family cabin on the Skykomish River. Surprising our families with our baby’s gender was the highlight… The best is yet to come in 2016 with a precious little boy! While it’s a thrill receiving something sparkly under the tree, I hope your year is filled with intangible gifts of love and family.
Paddle boarding by day; boating under fireworks by night. And huckleberry pancakes. And huckleberry vinaigrette. Oh, and homemade huckleberry ice cream. Those are annual 4th of July endeavors at our family cabin on Hayden Lake and reasons America’s birthday is quite possibly my favorite holiday.
Cheers – it’s officially summer! Long live dock days, Seattle sun and patio nights by a fire. Nothing conjures up summer lovin’ feelings to me more than this unique turquoise specimen and Gray Malin’s a la plage aerial beach photography series (Sydney Beach featured below and here).