Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Last Day Of Preschool (Year One)

I had come across this photo idea on Pinterest a while back and could not wait to try it out with Cecilia.  I am so happy we gave it a try, and I look forward to making it a tradition.

I remember as a kid always celebrating the last day of school with some sort of fun activity.  Since the weather has been superb we decided to bust out the new paddling pool!

Her best "pool buddy"

May: Our First Juneau Spring

It's our first spring in Juneau and we've been experiencing warmer and sunnier weather than expected.  The temperature has ranged anywhere from 62-74 degrees!!!  It's days like these that make Juneau a possible "forever home" contender.  It is simply breath taking.

Sandy Beach on Douglas

Exploring with friends at the Shrine of St. Therese

A Tour of Elsie's Nursery

When it comes to children's rooms I love mixing patterns, texture, pastels, and vibrant colors.  I wanted to create a unique space for Elsie while having similar elements of her sister Cecilia's room.  At some point their rooms will inevitably merge so finding pieces that worked well together, that they could grow with was very important.

Artwork is where I begin to feel inspired to decorate a child's space, and Emily Winfield Martin is my go to artist.  She is located out of Portland Oregon, my hometown, and I absolutely love EVERYTHING about her work!  From the nostalgic themes to color choices; they are perfect for the overall vibe I shoot for. 

Cecilia has a similar piece of art that says "you're the bee's knees"

 I hope you enjoyed the tour of Elsie's room.  If you have any questions about items in the room I'd be happy to answer them.

For a peek at Cecilia's room go HERE  and for an update of her bed go HERE

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Oh Darling, Lets Be Adventurers

"Of all the paths you take in life,
Make sure a few of them are dirt"
-John Muir

The Month Of April In Photos

Easter Festivities

We dyed our eggs with the color tablets, water, and a splash of vinegar. 
Local Easter Egg Hunt with Cecilia's friend Charlotte

Alaska Spring Activities

Eagle beach 
Our first attempt at Alaskan Gardening

Our neighbor
Making Lemonade

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Fun (in Juneau)

This time last year Cecilia and I enjoyed the holiday at NE Portland's McMinnamins.  For her touch of green I like to make these shamrock headbands out of ribbon and felt.  You should give it a try sometime.  It's a big hit, and gets loads of compliments.

This year being our first St. Patrick's Day in Juneau we decided to celebrate at downtown's Imagination Station.  They had a sweet little set up for children of all ages to create some festive artwork.  We even got to try all kinds of new art supplies that they carry in their store.  We were delighted to purchase some for our at home projects.

 Cecilia and I had such a lovely time celebrating the holiday, and I look forward to creating new traditions in our new home.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Juneau's Rock Dump. A Designated Play Zone!

Ever since moving to Juneau I've really been struggling to find some new play spots for Cecilia.  Back home we would visit our favorite libraries, farms, and playgrounds.  Getting assimilated to a new area can be a REAL challenge; especially when you have such a high regard for the little play spots you left back home.

Today ….. However…..

Was one step closer to making Juneau feel more like home.

Baby Avery taking notes on how the big kids climb
We were invited to check out Juneau's Rock Dump with a friend from Cecilia's school.  It's a great place for children to play indoors and adults to visit among friends.  They host a FREE Toddler Time Tuesday-Thursday from 10-1!  But in all honesty I would gladly pay to play here.  I was so happy to see how child and parent friendly it was.  Soft padded floors for kids, and no real blind spots for adults trying to keep an eye on their little ones while letting them independently test their skill set.  If you live in Juneau or are planning to visit, I would highly recommend paying them a visit.

Cecilia and her dear friend Gavin enjoying a snack together
Room to Run
Rock Gazing… One day I have no doubt they'll reach the top