i’m back! (kind of.)

Phew. It’s been a minute peeps. Sorry about the radio silence these past few months. I had this big event thing that had been taking up WAY too much of my time šŸ™‚ Now that the big wedding is over and the honeymoon has been had, we are semi-back to normal. I say “semi” because as soon as we landed back in Seattle it was literally December and time for the holiday season. Weekends booked up in a snap of a finger and I’m looking at some time in January before we have a “normal weekend” ie. having nothing important planned. Oh how I long for those days…

But in the meantime, here are a few shots my fabulous photographer Jennifer Hutter sent me. Um, hello!? I got these via email while in Jamaica and about peed ma pants from excitement. Check out her website here if you are in need of a local photographer. Words cannot express how freaking awesome she is! Highly, highly recommended.

We’ll get the whole lot-o-pics coming up here in the next week or so! I’ll be sure to share some of my other favorites with you along with our honeymoon AND a lil wedding video footage. Woot!





Grandma’s Bday Bash!

Our dear Grandma had a birthday over the weekend and I thought I would share a few pics of our afternoon. We had a mimosa bar with a variety of juices and fruits, chicken salad sandwiches and Liz’s homemade German Chocolate Cake. Drool. We mostly stayed inside with the air conditioning on blast – the deck was pushing 100 degrees so outside wasn’t an option! We ate, we chatted, we ate some more. Just a normal Sugiura/Heuer function šŸ™‚ I’m so glad we are still able to celebrate these special occasions with her. Happy Birthday Grandma!!!

The birthday gal!


The grand kids.


A lil mimosa bar to start things off!


Homemade German Chocolate Cake by Liz.


Make a wish!

Sister, sister.

My lil sis had a few big weeks in June. First, and most importantly, she graduated from the University of Washington’s Physical Therapy program. Gal is now a DOCTOR people. I’m so freakin’ proud of her.

We witnessed her hooding ceremony just recently and you know the Sugiura clan was the rowdiest group there šŸ™‚ I was hooting and hollering so much that I failed to get a decent photo. Ha! Such is life. We then celebrated at Cafe Lago in Montlake. Lasagna. That is all that needs to be said.

She then took her newly hooded self and hit the Seattle Rock and Roll full marathon the following weekend running 26.2 miles in just under 5 hours. We were able to catch her at the 7 mile marker (she looked good!) and the 12 mile marker (she also looked good there!) Word is that the jaunt across I-90 was horrid – no shade, all cement and a nice little hellish incline up to Mercer Island. I can only vaguely imagine. Shutter. No thank you.

BUT, it was really, really inspiring to watch all the different ages, genders and abilities run this thing. I must admit, it choked me up a bit. Then throw in a dad running with his son in a wheelchair and I full on lose it. Thank god for sunglasses so peeps couldn’t see me blubbering on the sidelines.

So this post is dedicated to my bad ass of a sister! A hardiest congratulations to you and all of your accomplishments this past month.Ā  I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

Hittin the 12 mile marker in stride!

The graduate.

My little sister is just about to graduate from UW’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program!!! I’m one uber proud big sis, let me tell yah! She’s worked her butt off these past three years – one unpaid internship after another – and I can’t wait for her to get out into the real world (and buy me a lunch now and then!)

Since our Dad was going to be in Alaska for the actual graduation ceremony, we though it would be nice to throw her a pre-graduation party so that he could join in on the festivities. You see, the entire fam is just a tad bit excited about this occasion šŸ™‚ My Mom and I went with a PT theme – walkers, biology text books and stretching bands made up the decorations and we went with a purple and gold color scheme to rep her school. A few ponies here and there rounded out the party look! I bit random, I know, but that’s our Liz.

We thought an open house made the most sense and invited all of our fav friends and family members to celebrate with us. Per the usual Sugiura spread, we had lots of smoked salmon, sushi and pot stickers not to mention the most delish coconut cake from Dessert Works. Drool. Overall, it was a really great afternoon spent with amazing people. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate!

Our Mom is so clever šŸ™‚


A lil purple and gold!


The infamous Sugiura spread!


The really infamous coconut cake from Dessert Works!


The soon-to-be grad!


Matchy-matchy! This was not planned, but kinda cute!


Some of our fav gals from childhood!

32 for you.

Well, today I turn a fresh 32. Interesting…….I still don’t feel like I’m into my 30s but hey, that’s cool.
Never one to shy away from a party, I tend to embrace my day of birth. Clam digging at the ocean, midnight bowling, poker games, even a lil Krav Maga action – my poor guests don’t know what they are in for sometimes! And as long as it ends with cone cakes, glorious cone cakes, you know the party was a true success.

This year, we headed back to one of my favorite spots – Pacific Beach – on the Washington State coast. I’ve clocked in many hours at this beach digging for razor clams but this time around, it was all about relaxation (OK, and eating and drinking). Thank god, because it was like fra-reezing! I’ll post some beach pics later on this week. Just need to go through the 300+ that I took!

In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, I dug up one of our videos from my Krav Maga party from a few years back. Oh geeze……good times!

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