Love

Love.

I love you for all that you are,
All you have been,
And all that you are yet to be.
So the BF and I have been dating for 7 years, yes, that’s 7 years people! Not 7 months, not 7 weeks, 7 YEARS. Though if I think back on our time together, it really doesn’t feel that long – I take that as a sign that we were meant to be šŸ™‚ Last Saturday evening, he sweetly got down on one knee after dinner on Alki Beach and asked me to marry him with THE MOST gorg ring. Swoon. I must say, I’m the Queen of Patience, but he was worth the wait. (and of course, I said yes! among lots of tears….)
We began dating after he graduated from college. He was a bit wary of me at first, but I was relentless and soon we were exclusive. We spend a good part of our mid and late twenties together – him eventually starting his own business, me buying a condo, a scary/mysterious dog illness, trips to Mexico, trips to Panama, Sonics games, endless concerts, most recently buying a new home in Seattle……so many lovely, lovely memories with this man.
He’s the smartest, handsomest, most hardworking and passionate person I know. Did I also mention that he grows the most redonk beard in the 206 area code? Men are seriously jealous of his facial hair! I am beyond exciting to share this next chapter with him- celebrating our love, making new memories and one day building a family together. 
Stay tuned for our fall 2014 wedding here in good ole Seatown!
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Stella Update

Our pharmacy
Dr. Brown fixin’ the patient up
A consistently sick puppy has been the story of our lives lately. Our most recent veterinary adventures have included a heart echo, a pretty gnarly dental visit and a pinched nerve in her back. The heart echo came back as expected – a mild heart murmur, which is quite common in her breed – something to keep an eye on in the future. The dental visit, although very traumatic, seemed to just be what the doctor ordered (hallelujah! finally something that made her feel better for once!) UNTIL she was dancing around one afternoon and tweaked something leading to the pinched nerve, which essentially left her immobilized.
She seems to be doing a bit better with heavy sedation and pain meds. I have the next few days off of work and am planning to take super, extra good care of her so we don’t have to go back to the vet. It’s sad when they know you by first name……I just want my happy puppy back šŸ™
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A sprinkle.

Ahhhh……the baby shower. Probably the one type of event I’ve planned the most this year and I’m not gonna lie, I’m loving them! It’s the one chance that I get to really get creative and go all out with matchy-matchy decor. All those lovely things I pin on Pinterest most often show up at these showers.

A bit of background on this shower, or as we called it, a sprinkle (the newest trend in baby-related events – who knew!?) My gal pal has been in the process of adopting a little girl from China and they recently found out that they will be able to go and get her after SIX YEARS OF WAITING. This poor thing, who is now two years old, has been sitting in an orphanage her entire life while a perfectly capable, loving couple waits and waits and waits for the final stamp of approval. I could go on and on about how this is so utterly and completely wrong, but I’ll stop right here…..
Anyways, they are extremely excited that they finally get to meet her this fall. I’ve heard the first few months, and probably the first years, are very critical and family and baby need to spend lots of quality time together so instead of bombarding her once they get home, we thought it would be great to “sprinkle” her with gifts and love before they pick her up. Since little one is already two, the traditional baby shower didn’t seem right (OK, and I admit, I hate those baby games!) so a sprinkle it became! For those not in the know, a sprinkle is for a second or third child or an adopted child that doesn’t need all of the diapers, etc. but her friends want to throw a celebration none the less. Many times, gifts are more for mamma vs. the new baby since the assumption is that they already have many of those items.
We went with a pink camo and cupcake theme since my friend always rocks the camo pants when working her tail off as an event planner AND she loves sweets. I thought it would be nod to her tradition (the camo) with a twist (the girlie pink). Lemme tell you, my friend is not a girlie girl so we figured we just needed to go all out and get it over with – bows, cute dresses and tutus are going to be a staple for her from here on out!

With a late afternoon start time, we decided that cupcakes and cookies were the only way to go. Oh, and with a side of fruit – gotta keep it healthy! The weather held out on us too so we served iced tea, lemonade and sparkling wine on the porch. Presents were opened, cupcakes were consumed and the mamma to be loved it all!

As a fellow event planner, I know just how hard it is to “let go” and let someone else plan an event – she did well even though she showed up early and asked if she could help šŸ™‚ Event planners – sheesh, so controlling! I hope she enjoyed her celebratory kick off to their new adventure.

Congrats friend! We can’t wait to spoil that child rotten!

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