Snow day 2019

Well, snow came and gone this weekend. Like a woman in labor, it began its descent in the early hours of Saturday morning, when we were all asleep, and we woke up to almost a feet of snow. So, what’s a mom to do but take her kids outside for fun in the snow?

Unfortunately, these two were the grumpiest Grinches you can possibly imagine. Not even five minutes in, they both started their whining. Lily began squealing at the top of her lungs (no doubt to get my attention) while James placed his feet firmly on the ground and refused to move. I managed to get the two of them into a toboggan and pulled them up and down a small hill, and snapped a few (grumpy-looking) photos on my phone.

We lasted almost an hour outside. Once inside, they played together and left me alone for almost an hour…which is ironic. Somehow they had a better time playing inside than outside. Oh well. I took advantage of the time and made bagels. My first time ever making bagels. I’m trying out new baking recipes this year–so far, this one I’m the most proud of. Personally, I love bagels and can eat them just about every day, so the thought of being able to make them (despite forgetting one ingredient, it still turned out good), and how simple it was, in terms of ingredients and technique made me excited. I will definitely do more bagel-making and experiment with a variety of flavors in the future.


On a cold, snowy day what’s a girl to do but bake?

As the snow melted away by the sun this afternoon, I think about how glad I am that it’s over. Despite being in a dreary, cold and often wet part of the country, one of the good things about living in the Pacific Northwest is that we don’t get many days of snow. While the rest of the country is usually blasted with winds, snowstorms, and all kinds of extreme weather, we are sitting here with one day of snow, sometimes up to four, followed by some ice, and that’s it for the winter season. I hope this is it.











Lily and I watched The Grinch while James took a nap




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Madison High School

Last weekend, I stepped out into the cold and took some photos of my alma mater before they tear it down in March for a major renovation project. This is a big project that ironically the company that I currently work for is working on, and it’s going to change many lives. So I wanted to preserve the memory of the old Madison High with these photos.

I am so so SO glad that they’re getting facelift–they really need it.

The school has been in the same state of being ever since I went there. Cold tile floors, an old weathered gym, dark auditorium, flanked by broken lockers and even more outdated classrooms. And yet, this school was a special place for me. It was where I had my first kiss, met my best friends and my husband, and generally had a lot of fun. (Also, where the movie Twilight was filmed, in case you didn’t know). My only regret is that I wasn’t involved in a lot of different extracurricular activities — it might’ve helped me land a full ride scholarship somewhere. It wasn’t until many years later I realized that high school is what you make of it.

Can you guess the school colors? Yep–red, white and blue.

My first kiss was underneath those bleachers.

The track & football field

In case you’re curious, here is the architectural rendering of the new Madison High School.

Weekend in review: January 19-20

Last weekend was full of rain, indoor play, gluten, and more gluten! In case you’re wondering–yes, there was a lot of baking!

Prepping croissant rolls. It was my second time making them EVER.


And they turned out great!!

Pretty proud of myself

James’s room

Morning coffee

The living room, before the kids came out and made a huge mess



Silly girl

Wet days in January

…which is the more reason to bake!

Banana bread

More rain

Later this week, I’ll share some photos that I took of my old high school. It’s a special place that deserves its own post. Stay tuned!

Weekend in review: January 12-13

Last weekend, as told through photos.

My little kitchen helper

My first time making cream biscuits — it was a success!

Did I mention it had cheese inside? Cheesy biscuits – yes please!!

Thumbs up!


James close up

Lily loves to draw

Showing me her drawing

My kitchen

This is the face of a boy who did NOT want his picture taken haha

Much better

Happy boy

And we’re still drawing…

Messy house. The usual.

Sadly, these biscuits were my first baking failure of the year 😦