365 Project – Days 130-163

Day 143.
New fabric.
New fabric is so exciting. I purchased two yards of each of these fabrics without a specific project in mind. I love the idea of having a stash to turn to when the mood for a new quilt strikes. It was really sad to wake up to news that my favorite fabric store, Fabric Crush (in Wallingford Center) will be closing in June. I went in to talk to my old quilt teacher, Ahava, and walked out with some new fabric.

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Day 130.
Peony cake.
I wanted to try out my new 9” cake pans last night, so decided to bake a devil’s food cake. Then this morning I iced the cake and attempted to recreate this icing technique I saw on a blog somewhere, and I think it just looks a little messy. But anyway, I wanted something to put on top of the cake, so I stuck a peony in just for fun. Pretty, eh?

 

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Day 131.
My (lazy) assistant.
So in the morning my office is completely flooded by sunlight. It’s actually quite annoying, as I don’t want to move my desk, but until I do, I can’t see my monitor before about noon because of all the dang light. Anyway, I digress. Fitz is a huge fan of the morning sun and has found himself a morning nap spot beside my hard drives and DVD spindles. Not a bad perch for a cat!

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Day 132.
Peyton is One!
My final photo session of the day was with our good friends Tiffany, John and their adorable daughter Peyton. Peyton turns the big O-N-E this week, and tonight was her birthday photo shoot. She’s such a joyful, fun and camera loving little girl – the shoot was a blast. So proud of my friends for making it through the first year!

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Day 133.
Henry and Ali.
Ali was our nanny for a while back when we lived in Kirkland. We hadn’t seen her in over a year until she came this morning to babysit Henry while Ben and I went to a photo shoot. They had a great time together, and it was so cool to see that the bond they formed when he was only 18 months old was still there!

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Day 134.
Henry’s quilt is finished!
I finished up Henry’s quilt a few days ago. Can’t believe I didn’t take this picture until today! Making a quilt for Henry was so much fun, especially because he was SO excited about it. Every day after preschool he’d race into his room and be totally bummed out when the quilt wasn’t on his bed. Then, when it was finally finished, he was just so stoked. He told me he was excited to look at it when he went to sleep. Um yeah. All hard work worth it.

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Day 135.
Blank.
Feeling blank today.

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Day 136.
Thread.
I’ve been sewing a lot lately. Like, a lot, a lot. I’ve found it to be very meditative and a nicer way to spend Henry’s naptime than just watching trashy tv. Trashy tv + sewing = not quite so bad. Anyway, I think this is the prettiest thread I’ve used so far and it matches the quilt I’m working on perfectly!

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Day 137.
His favorite routine.
One of Henry’s all-time favorite things to do is watch YouTube videos on the iPad with Ben after dinner and before bath. For that brief moment in time when I worried the iPad was lost forever (see Day 124), the only part that made me cry was the prospect of Henry and Ben not having that routine anymore. Silly – I know, but Henry really loves it, and I think secretly Ben does, too. Thank you again, good person in Reno for returning the iPad, and the routine, to us.

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Day 138.
Chevron door in San Francisco.
I have a thing about doors. This one was far too stylish and lovely not to photograph. Leave it to San Francisco!

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Day 139.
Drew & Gina.
Oh, we had an adventure on Friday. A big adventure that was full of beautiful views, exercise and annoying bike issues. Oh, and it was terrifying at times, too. We rode bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito. We rented 3 bikes, and 2 bikes broke down on us. This was taken during our adventure, and after the stressful and annoying parts. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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Day 140.
No Rapture.
Thankfully, the rapture didn’t happen today.

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Day 141.
A week’s worth.
I have a routine for my grocery shopping/meal planning. I sit down on Sunday and plan our meals, then shop for the whole week at one time. Here’s what I bought today:
2 boxes Mac & Cheese
Proscuitto
Asparagus
2 lemons
Hunk of parmesan
Ground turkey
Almond milk
2 pounds strawberries
Heavy cream
2 heads garlic
Dozen eggs
Bread
Prosecco
Baby broccoli
Orecchiette pasta
Kalamata olives
4 cans tuna
2 white onions
3 cans tomatos
White wine
Bag of basil
2% milk
Crimini mushrooms
1 pork tenderloin
2 tilapia filets

And I forgot the capers. Oh well.

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Day 142.
Crazy hair day.
Today was silly hair day at preschool, and we did it right! I was surprised that Henry was so willing to let me do his hair, as he usually doesn’t want anyone to touch it. Maybe he just knew he’d look this cool when I was done. And PS: that’s blue glitter, if you couldn’t tell.

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Day 143.
New fabric.
New fabric is so exciting. I purchased two yards of each of these fabrics without a specific project in mind. I love the idea of having a stash to turn to when the mood for a new quilt strikes. It was really sad to wake up to news that my favorite fabric store, Fabric Crush (in Wallingford Center) will be closing in June. I went in to talk to my old quilt teacher, Ahava, and walked out with some new fabric.

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Day 144.
Such concentration.
This is what concentration looks like, when you’re three. Henry likes to bring little “projects” into my office while I work. What a cute sight when I turned around to see him working so hard to saw the eraser off his pencil with nothing but a pair of pliers and a round, blunt piece of wood. Best of luck, buddy!

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Day 145.
Ben and Henry on the “rope” swing.
Oh, this picture was a miracle. I saw that Ben had snagged Henry for a ride on the rope(ish) swing and ran over to grab the shot. Well, it turned out my camera was off, so I turned it on as fast as I could and snapped this image right as they hit the end of the ride and it tipped them upside down. Matching expressions? Magic!

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Day 146.
Mess.
Back on day 135, when I was feeling blank, a friend suggested several ideas for a picture, all with the theme “beautiful mess”. One of those suggestions was “jam on the counter”. It’s been 11 days, and the theme still fits. Everything isn’t perfect right now, and I’m trudging through my own personal mess. All will be fine and I’m so thankful for a supportive husband and friends. I normally don’t commit to a POTD before at least 7pm, but today I’m doing myself a favor and checking in early. Here’s to radical self-care, my friends.

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Day 147.
Workin’.
Today was a busy day of four photo shoots! The first was with a familiar face: Julian! And this image is one of my favorites from the whole day.

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Day 148.
Date day.
Yesterday Henry was with my mom and Dave, so Ben and I had a date day! We started by jumping on trampolines at Sky High Sports (totally exhausting), and then spent the rest of the afternoon downtown. Days like that are good for the soul!

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Day 149.
Shannon’s having a baby.
Oh, I’m so excited to meet Shannon’s baby. She and I got together this morning for a walk around Greenlake, and I couldn’t resist snapping a few frames of her in her gorgeous pregnant state. Can’t wait to meet her little person in just 8 short weeks!

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Day 150. (!!)
Where are your pants?!
So we have this rule in our house: don’t go outside without pants on. Yes, it mainly applies to Henry. What is it about a three-year-old that makes them want to go outside half-naked? There’s no stopping Henry. As an aside, I’m looking forward to the weather getting drier so we can clean the deck. Blah.

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Day 151.
Erica at Teatro ZinZanni.
So this afternoon at about 3pm I got an instant message from Erica, asking if Ben and I had big plans to celebrate our 10-year dating anniversary tonight. I told her no, that Ben doesn’t like to observe dating holidays. That was when she offered me her second ticket to Teatro ZinZanni tonight! I gladly accepted and we enjoyed great food, a good show and great drinks. So fun to do something different on a Wednesday night!

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Day 152.
My sink.
I was cleaning the kitchen and realized I really liked the way my sink looked. Is that weird? I think the steam coming off the water might be the best part.

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Day 153.
Poppy.
Look at this poppy about to burst out. Can’t wait!

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Day 154.
Henry on Barbara’s back.
Today we made the trek out to Marrowstone Island for Henry’s preschool’s year-end beach trip. Barbara, the founder of our preschool, has owned her cabin on the beach since 1981. Ben, Henry and I showed up at the event more than a little frazzled (a 3 year old who talked NON-STOP the entire 3 hours + parents who were testy while lost and trying to find their way = no good at all!). Barbara took one look at the three of us and said, “I’m taking Henry to the beach!” And off they went. Bless her.

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Day 155.
Sunday morning bedhead.
This was the scene in our bed this morning. Henry came in to wake us up at about 6:30am and we forced him to lay there and play games on my iPhone until we were ready to get up. Yes, that’s Ben in the background with a pillow over his head. And is that some serious bedhead, or what?!

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Day 156.
Newest quilt.
Oh, I do love this quilt. But oh, it’s giving me a headache. What is UP on the left side?? I think I’m going to have to trim down both sides about 1/2 inch to make things flush. But anyway, I had so much fun shopping for this fabric. My inspiration was the polka dot fabric seen on Day 143. It’ll be the backing of this new quilt. Stay tuned for photos of the finished product!

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Day 157.
Ice cream maker.
I’ve been obsessed lately with making Coke slurpees in my ice cream maker. I know, Coke isn’t something I should be drinking on the regular, but every now and then I just crave a slurpee. When I took this shot I was feeling very smart and very smug for trying to make a Pelligrino slurpee. Uh… it failed. You probably already knew that, however, since it’s water and water just freezes! Not my brightest moment. Oh well.

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Day 158.
For Gina Marie Griffiths.
Hey Gina – look what Henry had in his hands when I picked him up from preschool today? Thought of you immediately.

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Day 159.
Art for teachers.
Tomorrow is the last day of Henry’s first year of preschool! I can’t believe how fast it’s flown by. It truly feels like just yesterday we were dropping him off at his first day. Today Henry and I sat down to make some art for his teachers. I conducted a little “fill in the blank” game with him about each of his two teachers, and then he supplied some stickers and drawings to round things out. Can’t wait to give them tomorrow with the surprise gifts I made them!

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Day 160.
Henry and Vicki.
Here’s a picture of Henry and one of his preschool teachers, Vicki, at the year-end potluck on Friday. It was such an emotional day, celebrating the end of Henry’s first year of preschool. He’s grown in so many ways over the past 9 months and is definitely not a baby, or a toddler anymore!

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Day 161.
2005.
We celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary on the 11th, and we started things off with a drink in the garden at Sambar. If you haven’t been, you must go. It’s magical there. So like I said, we were sitting in the garden on the patio. I looked down in the flowerbed beside our table and saw what I thought was a quarter (turns out it was a nickel) halfway buried under the dirt, so I asked Ben to pick it up. He did and studied it carefully. Then he got a big grin on his face and showed me the face of the coin and told me to notice the year: 2005. Pretty dang perfect.

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Day 162.
Henry’s new book shelves.
Henry stayed at my mom and Dave’s last night when we went out for our anniversary, and we don’t get him back until tonight, which gave me tons of free time this afternoon to completely clean/organize/rearrange Henry’s bedroom. All this change was inspired by the gorgeous bookcases that Grandpa Dave made and delivered for Henry yesterday. I love that instead of being store-bought, we will always look at them and know they were made with love. The organization they’ve brought to the room is pretty awesome, too. 🙂

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Day 163.
Summer popsicle.
So it might not feel like summer 100% yet, but Henry was still more than up for a popsicle from the new Molly Moon’s that came to our neighborhood. I had another shot in mind for today, but when I saw the excited look on his face (and popsicle flying out of his mouth!), I knew it was the one

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  • Geoff - Wow, that’s some amazing stuff Aly!! Reminds me, I should really get my 365 book done. Hmmm.

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