Grandma Elizabeth.

I got a cool lil package in the mail the other day from my Aunt Susan (on my Dad’s side). She’s a family history buff and I had asked her over the holidays to send me some things when she had a chance. I’m trying to collect stories and pictures on both sides of the family – not sure what I’m going to do with them, but it seems important that they don’t get lost.

She hooked me up with over 400 images from the Sugiura/Penrose side of the family. Check out a few of my favs below. Most are of my Grandma Elizabeth, whom I never met. She died in 1978 – four years before I was born. She’s also who my sister is named after. I’ve always wondering what it would have been like to have Grandma Elizabeth around. She’s a bit of a mystery to me……though these photos are a bit of a glimpse into her life. Pretty darn cool if you ask me!

My Grandma’s autograph book signed by my Grandfather before they even started dating. Whoa. 

So that’s where I get my stellar gun handling skills!

Ahh….horseback riding….a family favorite activity!

Did I mention that she was a nurse?

Plaid and outdoors!

Had to include this one. See my hippie arse Dad second over from the top right. Nice hair man. 


Just thought I would share a few highlights from the recent holiday festivities! It was great having some time off to celebrate with the fam, but I’m ready to get back to work and get our Luncheon on the move! This will be my third major event for the agency which would usually mean a cake walk but I’ve got some unique challenges to face in the coming months – gotta keep me on my toes! Watch out May 8th…I’m comin’ for yah.

Oh and hey, wedding, yeah you….the one on November 15th…’re not off the hook either. I’m comin’ for yah too – candles, orchids and cranes blazin’!

Christmas Eve dinner – pho and Rainiers!


A moody Seattle – just the way I like her 🙂


The infamous Sugiura Conecakes created for lil sis’s bday. Get some!

Birthday Dessert Buffet

Just a cute lil collage from my Aunt’s bday party two weekends ago – sorry for the delay in posting – been a bit sick over here. Hit up Noble Court for a bomb Chinese dinner then came home to this wicked dessert buffet. I made pumpkin whoopie pies, which I had been dying to make ever since I pinned them on Pinterest, oh let’s say, three years ago! They were actually very easy to make and the recipe I used (check it out here from the Eat Drink Pretty blog) made a TON of cookies.
Happy bday to my favorite aunt!!!

Just kickin it.

Made a quick stop at Oxbox Park in Georgetown over the weekend. I love me some quirky Seattle landmarks!
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