Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday catch-up

Forgive the absence - like everyone else I've been busy with lots of holiday activities!

In November we celebrated Nick's birthday with a small dinner with a couple of friend and then I took him out to dinner at an Asian-fusion restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood called The Root Table.  Super yummy and I'm sure we'll head back sometime.

I've also been busy organizing all our Europe pictures from September and with a high of 41 today - I'd love to be back in warm Greece right now! I'm hoping to get to posting soon once I've sorted through all the picture.  

I've also been been keeping busy posting on UKate - a Kate Middleton blog some friends of mine started.  I've now become a resident blogger there!  Its no secret I'm a huge Kate fan, so I've enjoyed blogging on there.

This weekend I'm looking forward to Nick's company party, a fun (and annual) holiday dinner with Meghan and Brynn at The Book Bindery (recently named one of the top new restaurants of 2011!) and a relaxing spa day with my mom!

Hope everyone has been having a great start of the holiday season!

Monday, November 21, 2011

20something wine event

For the past 3 years (I think...) Nick and I have gone to this event in Seattle called 20something The New Vintage.  You buy a ticket and then you get a wine glass and sample Washington wines.

There are over 75 wineries pouring their wines, a number of different restaurants with food to sample and a DJ.

We will be returning next year!





Also, great version of a healthier mac and cheese I found at Cooking Light - here.  And the dress I wore at Meredith's 11.11.11 party was borrowed from my friend Jessica and it's from Express!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11.11.11 birthday bash

My friend Meredith's birthday is on Nov. 11 so with such a cool date - 11.11.11 - she threw herself a fantastic birthday bash.  

It was a black and white themed party held downtown event space.  Good food, drinks, music, a champagne toast at 11:11 p.m. and even a cupcake bar - seriously she went all out! Such a fun night and the perfect way to kick off the weekend!


our lovely birthday girl in the middle

birthday girl pretty in white

cupcake station - yum! 



 


Happy birthday sweet friend, here's to a wonderful year ahead!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Week in review

Bring on Friday!  We supposedly have a little wind storm coming through Seattle so I came armed with my Hunter boots and rain jacket, but so far all is quiet here.

A highlight of my week was Where In The World Is Matt Lauer! I love this series and my favorite location was Jungfraujoch, Swiss Alps:


The Swiss Alps have been called the visible throne of God - and wow, I can certainly see why.  I thought Malaysia was pretty cool too but I think Switzerland just jumped up a few notches on our travel list.


Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and of course - a huge thank you to all our veterans who selflessly give to protect our country.  (Especially my dad!!!)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend update

Hope everyone had a great first weekend of November - I can't believe it's practically mid-November! I haven't done a weekend update in a while but I had such a great weekend I had to do a blog post!

On Friday night my friend Angela, her husband Jake and their adorable twin babies came over to Seattle for a visit!  So Friday night a big group of us went out to a little Mexican restaurant called La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard.  It was really great food and obviously really popular as the wait was about an hour for our gruop.  Afterwards we went to a French restaurant/bar called Bastille.  And I realized when we were there that exactly 2 years ago Nick and I were in France - le sigh!  (And I realized I never finished blogging about that trip - maybe someday I'll finish it!  haha!)



Saturday we did the UW football game and sadly lost to Oregon, but it was a really great game to watch!  And it was the last one in our old stadium before it goes under a $250 million renovation.



 


And Sunday continued with fun with a girls lunch at Homegrown!  And Where In The World Is Matt Lauer is starting this week - so excited!  I so wish I could tag along on all his awesome travels.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Megan and Brian's wedding

After such a long blogging absence I would normally just jump right to my vacation pictures - but I have to go a little bit back in the archives to August.  Our friends Brian and Megan got married and I just have to share the pictures.

Megan looked so beautiful at her French themed wedding and she is a graphic designer so I knew all the details would be lovely!  The ceremony was outside at the Columbia Winery and it was such a lovely Seattle day!




 


Her seating chart is worth an extra shout out - different wines in France and the regions they could be found in.  We were the Cotes Do Rhone table and it had information about the wines, the soil, the taste, etc.  I can't get over how cute and cleaver it was!  



Congrats Megan and Brian!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Catching up

I don't even want to think about how long its been since I visted my neglected Blogger and Reader.  Things have been so crazy and hectic since I got back from our trip!  I thought I'd be sorting and posting my pictures by now, oopsy!

The weekend after Nick and I got back from Europe we went to Leavenworth, Wa. for Oktoberfest with friends and had a blast even though we were still a little jet-lagged.  We also had family in town from Australia for a party Nick's sister threw for her one-year wedding anniversary and finally made it to a Husky football game - my first even though we have season tickets!

 Go Huskies!
 
 Brynn and me in Leavenworth


 Leavenworth

The whole group in Leavenworth

And I'm also happy to announce I am a guest blogger for 10-days on my favorite Kate Middleton blog - UKate!  If you haven't already checked out their site make sure you do for all of the latest news on the Duchess Of Cambridge!


So looking forward to getting back in the blogging groove and of course catching up with all my blog friends!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Return from Europe

I have returned!  Nick and I are back from a wonderful 16 day vacation in Amsterdam, Venice, and a cruise through Croatia, Athens and the Greek Islands.

We had such a total blast, lucked out with fantastic weather and of course I took tons of pictures which I'll be sharing once they get organized.

We are now off again for the weekend to a small town in Washington called Leavenworth to celebrate Oktoberfest with friends but I can't wait to catch up on everyones blogs when I get back! 

A preview of pictures:

Amsterdam

Venice

Athens

Santorini

Crete

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mini summer boat-trip

During our high-school and college summer days, my best friend Courtney's parents would take us up to the San Juan Islands on a two week cruise on their boat.  It would be Courtney's parents, and then each sibling would bring 2 or 3 friends so it was basically a "kids party" the whole time.  Needless to say, it was a blast and always a highlight of the summer.

This weekend we had beautiful weather so got the crew back together and did a mini boat trip around the Puget Sound.  An afternoon on the water with friends -  I couldn't think of a better way to end summer!





 







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