i keep most of my grains in the freezer because i don’t have enough glass jars and i am terrified of weevils and other nasty bugs. so it turns out that i had a LOT of raw buckwheat stashed away and so for the last couple weeks i’ve been making a big batch of this and topping it with frozen berries, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some raw cacao nibs. i store it in the fridge and scoop myself a bowl each morning. it’s pretty much perfect right now.
it’s been feeling more and more like summer, even though the weather has been so ridiculous that it wouldn’t surprise me if the world was ending.
one day it was like this:
kinda rainy and cold. so we brought out the sweet rainsuit.
and then it was more like this:
all sunny and perfect for some yoga in the park sorta thing.
we experienced a TEN MINUTE torrential thunder and lightening hail storm. i was at trader joe’s at the time and it was one of those lame but beautiful moments where everyone is talking to strangers about how crazy the weather is and everyone is snapping photos on their iphones and the enthusiastic trader joe’s staff were offering ‘umbrella walks’ to people’s cars.
and now it’s just kinda grey and unpredictable, but last night i biked home with just a sweater and jeans on and i was cold but i didn’t freeze and i could smell the warmth in the air and that is probably my favourite thing about seasons – the way the air smells.
there’s something beautiful about being in a city long enough to see it in every season. the sunshine and the warm, the falling leaves and the rain. i love watching the same tree outside our house as it goes from bright and beautiful green, to vibrant orange and red, to bare and naked and cold. my relationship with seattle has definitely had its ups and downs, but i feel like the longer i’m here the more accepting i am and the more we can start to understand each other. if i was to live here longer i’m sure i could develop a wonderful relationship with this city. i want to say ‘thank you’ for never being too cold to run, for all the glorious playgrounds, for such great coffee, for the best yoga studio i’ve ever been to, for all the indoor playgyms and for all the free outdoor paddling pools, for the very long and hot and beautiful fall, for better mexican food than mexico, for having beaches nearby, for the friendly parents of young kids and for having a pretty AOK bus system.
anyway. i want to try and hold onto what this feels like.
i found some photos from our time here, in no particular order, just pictures that bring back nice memories for me so i thought i would share.
the house we stayed in for the first couple months.
so…the pictures are mostly just of mika…
learning how to walk (!!)
our local farmer’s market in the summertime
eating sweet corn almost every single day
first trip to the zoo (it rained)
breakfasts when she had a highchair
that time it was warm enough to play in water outside
before we had a dining table
before she loved the swings
how we eat when the sun is shining
sunny skies and tiny mika.
waking up to this:
and walking home to this:
cherry blossoms lining the streets:
little children dancing with little dogs:
turning my back for a moment to find this girl stripped down and sitting in her water table:
pretending to be a turtle:
“hunting” for “eggs”:
trips to the chocolate factory:
long games of scrabble in the hot sun:
beautiful light hitting a beautiful face:
books in the morning:
and sunset beach trips with our small seattle family:
We never even thought we’d get married. but then ivan proposed when we were visiting wellington and i said yes and before we knew it we were living in seattle and asking our closest friends and family to fly around the world to stand by our sides.
and they did!
we rented a home that slept 20 overlooking the puget sound in olympia washington and we spent a week there with friends and family leading up to the wedding.
our food was prepared by the amazing chef sarah, our gorgeous cakes and pies were made by the amazing crystal, all our hair and makeup was done by beautiful carly and the incredible photos you see below were taken by Jaquilyn and Travis – a gorgeous couple that we found on amanda’s blog.
the people in these pictures flew across the world for us. they decorated, they made flowers, they bought groceries, they looked after mika, they played music, they took photos, they skinny dipped, they partied EVERY NIGHT, they said speeches and they reminded us that we have an entire community who love us.
it’s something awesome to say vows to each other. it’s something entirely indescribable to say them infront of your closest friends and family. i’d highly recommend the experience if you are unsure.
love to everyone who was involved and also to everyone who couldn’t make it but was there in spirit. and love especially to my love, ivan. obviously. x