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Summer is in full swing here and, so far, it has been superb.

The days have been hot, the evenings have been warm, especially within the walls of our non-air conditioned home.

Bed time has been pushed way back, making mornings a little hard to wake up for.

Faces are sticky with ice cream and melted s’mores.

Jack’s skin constantly smells of sunscreen.

The backyard smells of charcoal mixed with the aroma wafting from a lightly brushed basil plant. And, you will be hard-pressed to find us eating a meal indoors.

I often struggle with life in Seattle. The endless gray and drizzle for much of the year can feel very monotonous.

But in the summer, all of that goes away.

Summer shines in Seattle like nowhere else; there is no place I’d rather be.

We are extending our days with the sun, excited to soak it all up.

Hope you are doing the same.

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A few more photos from our snowy weekend…

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The snowflakes actually began falling on Saturday night when David and I were sitting along the window at Mkt. enjoying a pre-dinner date night cocktail. The snow created a novel and unexpected romantic backdrop to our night out.

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We spent Sunday morning playing in the backyard and building a small snowman with a carrot nose and chocolate covered almond eyes.

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Sadie was interested in this new method of food offering…!

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And, Jack loved his snowman!

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Cheers to a fun and picture-worthy 2013! May 2014 be filled with people you love and unimaginable adventures!

Happy New Year! xxo!

PS I posted a similar (shorter) video on Instagram a few days ago…maybe you saw it there; if not, follow me over there!: stephaniebrowngoat.

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It’s difficult to find words to describe the elation and comfort of being surrounded by family. There’s even greater elation and, thus, a greater challenge in describing the feeling, when surrounded by said family whom normally reside over 2400 miles away!

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We felt lucky. I know that much for sure. Spending our weekend in a beautiful cabin rented by Dad in Cle Elum, playing at Suncadia Resort’s Harvest Festival, running through the mountain trails, soaking in the sunshine and the views, and enjoying drinks and good times.

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I love each of these people. So happy that I can call them mine…and, over the moon that they came to visit! Thank you Aunt Diane, Uncle Wayne, Martha, Jessica, Mom, and Dad for a fantastic Autumn weekend!

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Blue skies, moderately warm temperatures, endless sun, ice cream (more on this addiction later…let’s just say it’s a bit out of control!), beach days, wading pools, flip flops, skirts, shorts, picnics…and BERRIES! So many plump, delicious berries growing in fields all over the northwest right now just waiting to be plucked from their bushes.

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My absolute favorite fruit is raspberries (in actuality, it’s probably in my top five favorite foods list if I were to create one) so I was one very happy girl yesterday when we went berry picking with some friends at Biringer Farms and discovered that the raspberries were at their peak! We only spent an hour or so in the fields, only picking from a few rows, but we got such a wonderful bounty of huge, red, juicy raspberries!

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We are trying to enjoy them in their pure form as quickly as possible since no amount of sugar or even buttery crust could possibly make them better, but I do plan to make at least one berry crumble pie later this week with some of the smashed ones.

Summer is just delightful, no?!!

P.S. Our berry picking adventure 2 years ago, just a few months after moving here— look how little Jack was!!!…sigh.

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Just wanted to stop by and say hello! I haven’t forgotten about this space (on the contrary, I actually have many ideas for new posts), but summer life takes on a direction of its own and before I know it, our calendars are overbooked with activities that have us playing in the sun, visiting more with friends, and lingering longer over meals since the sun doesn’t disappear from the clear Seattle sky until after 10pm. It’s a glorious time of the year!
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I plan to pop back in soon with some recipes and to share photos of our summer time fun, but right now I’m just going to kick my feet up and sip an iced coffee on my sun-drenched deck.

PS I just chopped about 9 or 10 inches off my hair (you can see it in the bottoms photo)! It feels good to have shorter, bouncier locks for summer!

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It feels like we have been on vacation for weeks! This is not to say that I would not be eager to hop in my car or board a plane tomorrow- I’m always ready to travel and explore!- but with my parents two week visit here and then our recent week away at Lake Chelan (more on this trip later this week), we’ve been spoiled with travels and explorations and that lovely break in routine that only vacations and holidays bring.

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Having such a long amount of time out here (which never seems to be quite long enough…), we were able to do lots of fun day trips and activities around the city with my parents. One of our first adventures was a day trip to Edmonds, which is only 11 miles north of Seattle yet it has such a small town feel with brick sidewalks, small cafes, and quaint bookstores and toy stores. It is situated on the Puget Sound and on clear days has views from the shore of the Olympic Mountains. Most people know it for the ferry service which takes travelers to Kingston, but it offers so much more with sandy beaches, easily stroll-able sidewalks, and good food. The sea life left on the rocks and sand at low tide was fascinating to explore- rockweed, bull kelp, sea anemones, sea slugs, snails, clams, mussels, sponges … this is reason alone to go back! If it wasn’t so windy and cold on the day we were there, Jack would have been happy playing at the beach for hours!

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On the day after Edmonds, we played in Volunteer Park. After enjoying the new play area, we climbed the water tower and had a clear view of all of Seattle and its surrounding area.

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One of our weekend day trips found us admiring the many fields of tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival about an hour north of Seattle. It was such a unique thing to see- hundreds of acres of rainbow colored tulips and daffodils amidst beautiful farms. Unfortunately it was raining when we were driving through so we didn’t get out to walk through the fields, but it was just as stunning from the car.

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After all the tulip viewing, we meandered up Chuckanut Drive all the way to Bellingham. We stopped for lunch at the Rhododendron in Bow and explored the beach at Taylor Shellfish Farms, which is the largest producer of Manilla clams and Geoduck in the United States.

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We ended our “tulip festival day” with a stop at Kerry Park, a spot where we love to go to admire the houses, to look out over the city, and to take photos.

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As shown in the photos, we had tons of fun! There were lots of other memorable moments that I don’t have pictures of and that you should definitely add to your Seattle bucket list- a Mariners baseball game, a Huskies sporting event- we saw a baseball game, runs along the Burke Gilman trail, a driving tour and dinner in Madison Park, and a Pacific Northwest seafood dinner on the water- among others!

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Dear Three-Day Weekend,
Please don’t disappoint. It feels like we have been trapped indoors under a pile of Kleenex coughing, sneezing, and not being able to properly breathe for a month now! We have tried to have some fun despite our feeling under the weather with ski lessons, a concert date to see Father John Misty, cozy snuggling by the fire, watching tons of movies (more than should have been allowed!), and even a girls night out to enjoy a delicious dinner with one of my best friends, but I tell you, we are feeling ready to have a long fun weekend with no stuffy noses, no stomach bugs, and no fatigue!

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We have a lot of hopeful fun planned for ourselves…feels like such a treasure to get three days at home all together. We’ll be having our routine Friday pizza night, trying the much anticipated Blue Star cafe for breakfast- the menu is so long and looks so delicious, I might just have to order several things! especially after the stomach bug that took hold of us this weekend stole our appetite for days, visiting our neighborhood farmer’s market, going to a friend’s for a play date and pizza, taking a trip to the zoo, celebrating Valentine’s with take-out dinner for two, a homemade dessert, and fancy cocktails, and spending the better part of the day at the Children’s Museum followed by lunch at the Armory at Seattle Center- lunch here requires a major decision- will I choose a savory pie or BBQ and cornbread from Bigfoot or a fresh, vegan sandwich from Plum Bistro or stick to my favorite- Skillet: Counter and get a burger or poutine or the chicken sammy???…mmm, all so good!!! Maybe I will mix and match (or sneak bites from my boys’ plates!)…!

I hope the weekend is good to all of you. And, I hope we are well enough to have the fun we want to (and think we deserve to!) have…in all honesty, I can’t imagine having the energy to do this many fun things as I haven’t even left my bed much this week not to mention actually shower, get dressed, and leave the house to do anything, but I’m hopeful! And, I’m certainly ready to feel well and play!

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As I told you in the camping post earlier this week, David took some beautiful photos of Jack playing on the beach at Whidbey Island. The morning was chilly and felt damp under a heavy fog, but he didn’t seem to notice as he played his heart out! I presume that the fog was what helped to provide such amazing lighting for the photos…the colors were just outstanding. These might be our most favorite photos of Jack to date…again, I am fully aware of how biased we are!

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If my latest posts on crabbing and apple picking were not enough to convince you that we live in some sort of fairytale land where many different amazing vacations can be found within a two hour radius of our home, let me share with you our latest camping adventure…

We spent the weekend at Deception Pass on Whidbey Island with some of our most favorite friends. Driving through the National Park, we twisted through narrow roads lined with tall, immense evergreens that created a feeling of entering a lush tree cave. The dense forest was surrounded by rocky, dark sanded beaches with amazing views of the surrounding mountains, including snow capped Mt Baker. The temperatures ranged from the 40s to the 60s as either the sun or the moon, which was one day from being full, shined down upon us.

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We played on the beach, made amazingly delicious food in several Dutch ovens including American Chop Suey, Herb Biscuits, Apple Crisp, and Egg and Sausage Breakfast Burritos, kept warm by a roaring campfire, and nearly finished 4 bottles of wine as we talked long after the kiddos were asleep. In the morning, we awoke to really dense fog, yet as we played on the beach it magically lifted to reveal sunshine and clear skies…photos of Jack on the foggy morning beach in a later post this week. They are some of our favorite photos of Jack to date, so in our completely biased eyes they deserve a post by themselves.

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The weekend was immensely fun. A truly perfect way to (reluctantly) wrap up camping for the year. And, we could not have shared it with better company- thank you Amy, Phil, Hanna, and Britta for so much fun! And, thank you, Phil, for some of the amazing photos seen here.

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