Friday, July 18, 2014

Insta-Friday #59 - Nordstrom Family Reunion

We arrived back from Arkansas and left 2 days later for the....
Nordstrom Reunion! 

My sister and I caravanned together and drove through Pendleton, Oregon to celebrate with my Grandma for her 82nd birthday. Isn't her house cool?

We started the party by Grandma sitting the kids down to explain why old people like dogs.
(Say all you want Grandma, I'll still ask you to put your jumpy dog away when we come to visit.)

Little Elise and her Great Grandma.

Spokane in summer is so gorgeous. My parents view isn't half bad either. 
Everyone trying to catch a glimpse of three baby fawn below.

The kids and I spent the 4th of July with my parents on their lovely boat.

Coeur d'Alene is one of my favorite places on earth.

(Had to spend the morning in the kitchen getting ready,
 but that doesn't mean the party couldn't start right away.)

No better place to watch fireworks than from a boat with family.

And nothing better than when your ENTIRE immediate family gets together!!!

My dad's hobby has always been to try and flip us off the tube. 

Private tour with the local fire department, who just happened to see the kids and mom out for a golf cart ride. Pretty sure the golf cart is not legal to drive on the road now that I think about it.

Shoes optional.

Bonfire and Movie night.

Liverpool Rummy championship won by team Shwayne. 
I came in dead last.

Elise was pretty taken with Uncle Wayne. 

Pretty excited that he and my sister Molly are expecting a little girl this December!

It's so fun to have little babies around. My nephew max is the happiest baby that's ever been

Thirty years ago my family planted a sapling in the front yard of our home.
 Thought I'd take the kids to see it today. It's grown a bit.

Shane made it up for the weekend.

All us Nordstrom sisters have pretty great taste in husbands.

Baby crashing the slip and slide.

Friendly deer saying hello.

Swinging time.
Pretty amazing place to grown up. Even more amazing to bring my babies home here. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Insta-Monday #58 Arkansas

We finally took our family to Arkansas to visit Shane's family and to see his childhood home.
 It was such a wonderful trip.

Picnics in Arkansas are just a little bit spectacular.

And babies grow faster. 3 month old Baby Jude is the same size as ten month old Elise.
Elise doesn't like to share Grammy.

Or she just likes to pick on her cousins.

 Porch swing, sunset and herbal sweet tea. Just a bit of heaven.

Everyone gathers to watch a rainstorm.

Elise learned a new trick. She'll be walking in no time. :(

Boys only camping trip! Canoeing and roly-poly hunting included.

Lydia had a little date with Grammy.
(No touch up here. She really looks that young.)

Elise was pretty taken with her Grandpa.

Family photo in the "creek". (Looked like a river to me.) Shortly followed by a torrential downpour. Magical. Can this be our family Christmas card?

Kids swimming with Grammy and Daddy.
(My hubby's a hottie.)

Shane's brother and his wife Brittney were the best hosts. 

You guys are awesome.

And the fact you live on a farm is pretty fantastic.
Come on children, let's go hunt for breakfast.

Then pick veggies from the garden for dinner.
Play with the sweet dogs. 
Make home made soap.
Wash babies in the kitchen.

Sitting watching the fire, lightening bugs and black-eyed Susans. Lulled by the constant chorus of cicadas and dewy hot air. I knew coming back to the South would be wonderful.
 I didn't expect it to feel like coming home.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

What to read this summer....

Last summer I was so pregnant, the closest thing I got to a vacation was a trip to the water park. I'm making up for it this summer with a very packed schedule. Lots of travel equals lots of reading! I'd love some suggestions of what to read since I kind of read my entire summer list in the last couple months :) Good thing about that, I have some fun reading suggestions for you. 

I don't like to share too much of the plot, since I personally like to be surprised by a book when I read it. Click the link to read more info.

The Glass Kitchen - Linda Francis Lee

Just out this week, The Glass Kitchen is a fun read about a women rediscovering her hidden unique gifts. A tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family. 

If you find solace in cooking and a romantic read, this book is probably for you. (Warning, a little more language and sex than I usually like.) 

Hilarious. seriously hilarious. I'm not sure why I haven't read it until now. Can Mindy and I be best friends? (Really Mindy, call me! ) My favorite part is her chapter called "Don't peak in High School" this chapter should be required reading for every single 14-year-old in the United States. (Really, truly young friends. 2 weeks after graduation, none of it will matter anymore.) 

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Such a beautiful, enjoyable, important book. The world would be a better place if everyone took the time to read it.

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

 Hard to read a book that you know will end in heartbreak. Obvious since Hadley was the first of Hemingway's 4 wives. But an amazing story, especially the detail of the "Lost Generation" in the 20's in Paris. I'll never read Hemingway the same way again.

Return to Tradd Street - Karen White

The fourth in the series is as fun as the first three. If you haven't read them, this would be a great summer series to start. Romantic but clean, spooky but not scary. 

Sweet Salt Air - Barbara Delinsky

A good summer chick read. Friendship, betrayal, coming to terms with the choices in life....all the big stuff. Nice setting on a quaint island. Found it predictable. I guessed the love interest and what his "secret" would be before he was actually introduced into the story. A little more sex than I prefer, but nothing crazy. Liked that a blogger was a main character. In all, entertaining read.

Beautiful. Would be a perfect book to read aloud to your kids.

Hissy Fit - Mary Kay Andrews

Andrews is always good for some good crack-lit. I was hesitant to read a book called Hissy Fit, but I was pleasantly surprised. Wanted a fun southern read and this was just the thing. Loved all the details on home interior design. And the bonus recipe for grits and greens looks awesome.

The Fault in Our Stars. - John Green

Well duh. If you haven't read this yet, where have you been???

What have you read lately?

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