Carpinito Brother's Pumpkin Patch

We like to visit the Pumpkin Patch early before the weekend crowds start piling up and before the weather turns the fields into a muddy mess. This past weekend the sun was shining and we set out to find the perfect pumpkins. There are several pumpkin patches we like to visit, but Carpinito Brothers is always a sure bet for a variety of good looking pumpkins and a cornucopia of delicious produce at reasonable prices. Since our visit I have turned a majority of our produce into one of our favorite fall meals, Garden Minestrone. 

Past visits include: 2011, 2012, and 2013

Sinclair Beach Cottage

Sinclair Beach Cottage

A few weekends ago we stayed at a brand new rental property called Sinclair Beach Cottage. Sinclair Cottage is a quiet, beach front, one bedroom house located in Port Orchard, Washington. The house resides on the Sinclair inlet across the way from the Bremerton ferry terminal. This means day or night you are able to sit inside the house or on the back deck and watch the ferries and other boats cruise by. 

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Bellewood Acre Farms

Bellewood Acre Farms

Several people I follow on Instagram have posted photos of apple picking in Bellewood Acres. I was curious to check it out for myself and once we arrived I was surprised by two things: one, how touristy it was and two, what an abundance of apples they had. Because of the latter, I could easily overlook the fact we were not alone amongst acres and acres of apples. I had never seen so many apples, row after row of apples just ripe for the picking. For instance the Honey Crisps were so large we had to hunt for the smaller ones and by smaller ones I mean apples which don't require three people to consume. 

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Photographing kids

Photographing kids

Kids are just about my favorite thing to photograph. They are funny, unpredictable and oozing with both sass and charm. The other day I had the privilege of photographing my good friend's children. As I was taking their photographs I reflected upon how I want big things for these two, but more importantly how lucky I am they have turned into my friends too.

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Rob and Kimmi's wedding

Rob and Kimmi's wedding

Cameron's good friend, Rob, was married a couple weeks ago at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, WA. Kiana Lodge is a beautiful waterfront property located on Agate Pass which separates Bainbridge Island from the North Kitsap Peninsula. Upon arrival, I was struck by the overall beauty of the grounds and the enormous variety of hanging baskets, planters and flower beds dotting the property. The wedding ceremony took place in the evening on the Event lawn, the dinner was in the Garden Atrium followed by dancing and cake cutting in the Main Lodge. It was an intimate affair and reminded me of how much more enjoyable and personal small weddings can be. 

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Cutthroat Lake

Cutthroat Lake

Cutthroat Lake is a relatively easy hike located in the North Cascades with a beautiful lake as your end point. We ventured out early in the morning and as our reward we had the trail and then lake to ourselves. The North Cascades is one of my favorite places to hike because there are so many different hikes, the trails never seem to be overrun like they sometimes are along the I-90 corridor. 

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Our little man's nursery

Our little man's nursery

One of the most heartbreaking acts I performed after our son passed away was to dismantle his nursery. Several friends and family members suggested they take over this task for me, but it only seemed appropriate I would be the one to take it down. Ten days after he passed, I decided it was time to pack up all of our son's belongings. Unfortunately, this decision coincided with my birthday. Looking back I believe I tried to inflict the most amount of pain I could upon myself in hopes my heart would stop feeling. After the initial surge of love and support from loved ones, I struggled with feeling guilty for having moments of happiness. The act of packing up his belongings was punctuated with heavy sobs and feelings of anger. The life I was looking forward to was over and instead was replaced with large clear plastic containers of memories. Life felt unfair. Life felt hard, but the very act of keeping all those baby items was a testament to my faith in the future. 

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Hiking Snow Lake

Hiking Snow Lake

This pregnancy has been very similar to my last one, but as I have gotten farther along I have tried my best to take it easy and be kind to myself. The decision to stop running sooner during this pregnancy was a big one for me, but my joints and bladder have thanked me for it. Running has always been such an integral part of my workout and something I look forward to each morning. Running also allows me the ability to cover more territory in a less amount of time, so walking just takes longer. On particularly warm days when I think about going on my daily walk, in the back of my mind a nap sounds just about right too. This time around I have allowed myself the freedom and flexibility to do both. Some days I am better at pushing myself than others. Even though the thought of hiking is sometimes an exhausting one when all is said and done I have never regretted a day spent in the fresh air. 

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Puyallup Fair

Puyallup Fair

I have visited the Puyallup Fair every year for as long as I can remember. Even though it recently rebranded itself as the Washington State Fair, to me it will always be the Puyallup Fair. When I was young I would oftentimes get picked up early from school and we would make the long drive to the fair grounds. I think part of being a kid is thinking every car ride over ten minutes is long. Ha! When I think of the fair my thoughts immediately turn toward the food, animals, rides and vendor booths. I have spent many hours walking up and down those vendor stalls enjoying the Kitchen Craft or Vitamix shows. Although I am never really compelled to buy any of these products, it is still fun to see what their latest gimmick or sales tactic is this year. 

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Maternity photo shoot

Maternity photo shoot

The weekend we spent up in the North Cascades we were walking around Sun Mountain Lodge when Cameron snapped a couple pictures of me. Before I knew it, I had turned it into a mini maternity photo shoot. Over the course of this pregnancy, I have gone back and forth between wanting professional photos taken and not. I will be the first to admit I would rather be behind the camera instead of in front of. When I am getting my picture taken solo I tend to feel awkward and don't know exactly what to do with my body.

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Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Blue Lake is a stunning Summer hike, but short enough it will not take up your entire day.  Blue Lake sits around 6200 feet and you could easily spend an entire afternoon sunning on its shoreline, picnicking or documenting the changing water color. On the way up the views are spectacular and feel reminiscent of hiking around Glacier National Park. 

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Seattle Bloggers Unite Fall Meet Up

Seattle Bloggers Unite Fall Meet Up

I am pleased to announce there are still a few spots left for our Terrarium and Candle Making Night at Glasswing in a couple of weeks. It will be a great night of networking, shopping, crafting and having this gorgeous Seattle store all to ourselves. Attendees will also be given the chance to win a free night stay at the beautiful Sleeping Lady Lodge in Leavenworth. 

I am looking forward to seeing many of you there. To purchase your tickets go here

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Cascadian Farm

Cascadian Farm

Every great road trip needs a couple tried and true pit stops. When we make the drive from Seattle to the North Cascades we like to stop at Cascadian FarmCascadian Farm is an organic farm which has u-pick blueberries, freshly made homemade ice cream, organic vegetables and a pumpkin patch. (Due to all the warm weather we have been having this Summer it appears the pumpkins might be a tad ahead of schedule.) The combination of sunflowers and little pops of orange made me excited for the coming months.

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Long weekend in the North Cascades

Long weekend in the North Cascades

The North Cascades will always hold a special place in my heart. It is here where we sought solace after our son passed away. It is here where we made the first steps to picking back up the pieces of our life and creating happy memories again just the two of us. Being in North Cascades fills me with peace and reminds me how hope and love can get you through the most trying of times. Normally we come here for our son's birthday in October, but since we are expecting another little one in October we decided to come earlier rather than forgo our trip all together. It only seemed fitting to pair a baby moon of sorts with the celebration of our son's brief, but impactful life. 

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London Plane

London Plane

If you are searching for the perfect place to grab a leisurely lunch, pick up a loaf of crusty bread or find a unique gift thenLondon Plane is the place to go. I have wanted to try London Plane for awhile now, so last week on an overcast day I finally made it happen. Since the weather was warm enough, we opted to eat outside. Overall, lunch can be best described as a treat for the senses. Not only is the food at London Plane delicious, but it is photo worthy. London Plane offers an eclectic menu filled with offerings and flavor combinations I would have never thought of on my own. After lunch, I left feeling satisfied and reinvigorated, both by the food and the company.

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Time flies

Time flies

At the start of the Summer season, I had a long to do list of things I wanted to accomplish. As the weather has consistently stayed warmer than normal I have found my energy waning and my excitement for Summer to come to an end ever increasing. Shorter days equals being more productive inside and just another sign we will be able to meet our little man soon.

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