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18

Aug

I am the worst friend ever.  My mind was still on vacation and I spaced calling Tash on her birthday!  When I called my Dad yesterday for his birthday my heart sank when I remembered I had neglected such an important day.  So join me in wishing Tash a wonderful belated bday!!! Love you girl-MEG
PS. Tash, I do actually have a present for you, now you can finally have your Christmas presents too! 

I am the worst friend ever.  My mind was still on vacation and I spaced calling Tash on her birthday!  When I called my Dad yesterday for his birthday my heart sank when I remembered I had neglected such an important day.  So join me in wishing Tash a wonderful belated bday!!! Love you girl-MEG

PS. Tash, I do actually have a present for you, now you can finally have your Christmas presents too! 

06

Aug

Checking in from Salem! I thought I should since the topic has been posted on a few times before. But, I did the true Oregon thing to do and got myself a pair of Birks. They were sold out at Nordstrom in Portland, but Mom and I were each lucky enough to snag a pair in good old Salem. I am working on breaking them in now and totally loving them. ✌️MEG

Checking in from Salem! I thought I should since the topic has been posted on a few times before. But, I did the true Oregon thing to do and got myself a pair of Birks. They were sold out at Nordstrom in Portland, but Mom and I were each lucky enough to snag a pair in good old Salem. I am working on breaking them in now and totally loving them. ✌️MEG

04

Aug

Hello From Oregon!!
Hi guys!  Just chiming in from a little r&r in Oregon.  We are up her for a while so posting will probably be a little slow on my end. But not to worry, lots of house updates when I am back in the desert.  Only thing that could make this trip better is if Tash were here.  Miss her madly.  I’m off to enjoy the cool air…..MEG

Hello From Oregon!!

Hi guys!  Just chiming in from a little r&r in Oregon.  We are up her for a while so posting will probably be a little slow on my end. But not to worry, lots of house updates when I am back in the desert.  Only thing that could make this trip better is if Tash were here.  Miss her madly.  I’m off to enjoy the cool air…..MEG

30

Jul

AirBnB

I have been wanting to try AirBnb for a while now and was happy that during our little stint in Hawaii I would finally have the chance to pull the trigger.  I hate having a baby in hotel rooms.  There is never enough space, you end up tip toing around way too much and worse case scenario, sitting in the dark.  It is the worst, we have done it too may times now, and I wanted none of that for our relaxing beach vacation, decompression time from China.

And I am happy to report, we had an amazing experience. We got the relxing family vacation I wanted, matching outfits and all…

And Kate finally got to be free in the dirt, sand and fresh air!

I know each time will be different when using AirBnb, we got a good owner, but I don’t know anyone who has had a bad experience, so I am inclined to keep trying it out.

Downside:  You really need to know what area you want to stay in.  The number of options is way too much to deal with unless you know exactly where you want to be.  But other than that, two thumbs up.

-Tash 

28

Jul

Can you believe I am still alive?!?!

I am so sorry for the complete radio silence.  It was a little intense getting ourselves packed up and moved out of China.  I am happy to report we made it out alive, organized by no means, totally sleep deprived, but happy and ready for America. 

Here we are just boarding our flight, Kate not so sure about all the madness, but you can’t hide how happy we were — finally done with China!

And I do not know how we got so lucky, but Kate was an amazing little traveler!  I as a full blown adult can barely handle that 10 hour flight.

20 glorious days of vacation followed, split between Hawaii, Colorado and Georgia.  It was amazing, but we ended up doing 7 flights in that short amount of time, carted 6 suitcases across the globe and finally, finally, a few days ago, made it to DC.

Like Meg, living in remodel madness, we are still in a bit of disarray ourselves.  We are in temporary corporate housing until August 1st, but our stuff isn’t slated to arrive for another few months, we have to take procession of our three storage units, but who in the world even knows what is in there (some of the stuff we have lived without for the last five years!) and I just tonight found my computer charger.  We are a mess, but each day getting a little more organized and little more acclimated to being back to America.  It feels good and I happy to back in this space.  THANK YOU Meg for covering for me, I owe you so big time.

-Tash

23

Jul

Backyard Shenanigans

Even though there is still work to be done on the addition to our house. We have shifted our focus (and by our, I mean mainly Jer) to making the backyard liveable again and adding some personality and function.  Right now there are a lot of holes in the ground and a lot of dirt, but that is soon to be replaced with a stone patio, fake grass and lots of trees.  Here is what we are looking at now:

They have been making quick progress, so look for more updates to come, plus I still need to post the finished guest bath!-MEG

16

Jul

Anniversary Sale is Here!

It’s that time of year again!  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here.  It is always a great time to stock up on basics and if you live in a colder weather climate this is the sale for you.  I personally don’t think this is the best Anniversary Sale I have ever seen, but there are still tons of great deals an a lot to add to your wish list.

These two are splurges, but super cute.  If it ever dropped below 70 degrees here I would probably scoop one up:

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These 2 tops are in my cart right now.  One’s a straight up knock off of a J.Crew top I still am kicking myself for not buying and the other a great basic even with jean shorts in the summer:

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I’m in desperate need for some new workout gear, thankfully there is a pretty good selection, I wouldn’t mind adding  a few of these to my collection:

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Two fun shoe options:

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I really wish I had a spot for these pillows in our new master:

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I suggest you get shopping!  Things tend to sell out quickly, last year I missed out on the Rag and Bone Harrow bootie and I am still sad about it (why didn’t they bring it back??).  And if you want something truly splurge worthy check out this Chole bag.  And don’t forget Hanky Pankies and Natori are always a great deal, as it a great pair of Spanx leggings.  And if you have little ones there are great deals on Hanna Andersson PJs. -MEG

14

Jul

Paella!

Jer and I were looking for a fun easy theme for a dinner party for some friends that have been so helpful on the house remodel.  After much thought we decided on a paella/Spanish theme.  It turned out pretty awesome if I do say.  Serving paella was perfect because it is a “one pot” dish so we didn’t have to worry a ton about sides and that sort of stuff.  We bought a pan made for grill and according to Jer it was super easy.  Spanish appetizers can can be kept simple and light with a cheese plate and prosciutto and melon.  Who doesn’t love sangria, and for those who didn’t want that we had plenty of Spanish wine and beer.  My friend Lindsay made a flan that rounded out the meal perfectly.  Good times all around, if you are considering a paella party here is the pan we used.  We also bought the rice, saffron and Spanish sausage off amazon, but I am sure you could find them all at a specialty market. Here is the recipe we used.

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-MEG

08

Jul

Back to Reality

Did everyone have a great 4th of July?  Our trip to Vegas was fantastic, we packed a lot into a few days.  We got to swim, visit the splash pad, ride the High Roller and see The Book of Mormon at The Smith Center.  We introduced Jim and Linda to Blue Ribbon where the best chicken wings in the world can be found, and according to Jim they have a pretty amazing Arnold Palmer too.  We ate tons of yummy food, home cooked goodness and we got to check out some fun off-the-strip spots.  I even had time to drop into my favorite little boutique.  Other than getting Mimi and Popi all to himself, James’ favorite part was the front yard fireworks show.  Just ask him and he’ll tell ya;) Here are some snaps:

-Meg

01

Jul

This pic is for my Mom because I know she will love it.  Enjoy the 4th! We are off to Vegas for a long weekend of fun.  I’ll be back to the blog next week with some fun details of the trip and lots more house stuff coming up.  Tash gets stateside soon, so I am sure she will be chiming in.  Oh, and what a bummer about the World Cup????  It was fun to see everyone get so into it.  I am sad its over, now it’s a long wait until the next one, at least we still have the 4th to celebrate America! -MEG

This pic is for my Mom because I know she will love it.  Enjoy the 4th! We are off to Vegas for a long weekend of fun.  I’ll be back to the blog next week with some fun details of the trip and lots more house stuff coming up.  Tash gets stateside soon, so I am sure she will be chiming in.  Oh, and what a bummer about the World Cup????  It was fun to see everyone get so into it.  I am sad its over, now it’s a long wait until the next one, at least we still have the 4th to celebrate America! -MEG