And then we went to the Hoh

After our amazing experience at Ruby beach, we decided to show our girls the Hoh Rainforest.


It is full of beauty…and moss, and well, beautiful moss.


And incredible webs.



At one point, I asked the girls what they saw. Falafel looked around and said “Nothing special. It looks exactly like home”.


Well, I guess she has a point. It does look exactly like where we live. Only, we traveled 4 hours to get there. *sigh*


I still think it is lovely.



The Bee was less than thrilled on this trip. You can see the look of “I am humoring you” on her face.






There were moments of joy for our teen.


We walked through to the Hoh river, and it was certainly different from where we live, and incredible to be near.






Overall, it was a trip full of adventure, family-time, and beauty…whether they wanted it or not.

What beauty have you seen today?

Wordless Wednesday: Something for me

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I sewed up another LBD for myself. This time I used a new pattern (to me) Carrollton Avenue Dress

by Seamingly Smitten. It makes me feel like a movie star.

Now it is YOUR turn! What has inspired you this week?

Ruby Beach

If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that before school began, we traveled out to the Pacific Coast and camped (read here).


The next morning, we woke up at 6:30am, freezing, so we jumped up and packed all our gear in record time. Jim had read on the reader board the night before that there was going to be a Ranger-led hike down to Ruby beach to look at the tide pools. *warning: photo-heavy post!


We drove down the road a few minutes and actually made the talk at 7:30am.


The sun was rising as we walked onto the beach, through the trees.


It was breathtaking.


When we finally pulled our eyes away from that rising orb, we saw that we were standing on beautiful smooth round stones. The Ranger explained to us that they were once, actually, the top of Mount Olympus.


Apparently, the tide going out so far is a rare occurrence. Only about once a month. We were so lucky to get to see all that we did.


There were amazingly beautiful things everywhere we turned.


















Come back tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday….and then I will show you where our trip took us next, on Thursday.

Camping at the Coast

I have been waiting until we were back in the swing of things at school to share our only camping trip this year with you.

We all got in the car and drove about 4 hours to the Pacific coast. The girls have never seen the Pacific Ocean, and we wanted take them there before they are completely grown.

Nevertheless, The Bee (who will be 15 this year) was less than thrilled to be (and I quote) “stuck in the car for 4 hours only to go camping” with us.

And to make things more interesting, when we got to the campsite we were planning on, it was full.

The lovely Rangers directed us to another spot down the road a few miles, and we found a place to pitch our tent there.


It was not very private, and almost all full, but it was just a few steps away from the ocean! Consequently, we were all completely soaked from the constant spray all night (and so was our tent). It also dropped down to 40 degrees or so (we could see our breath) at night and early in the morning. This really shouldn’t surprise us after all the camping we have done out here, but every time it does. No one ever dresses warm enough, and we only have ONE sleeping bag that is ultra warm.


The fog was so thick it was like looking through milk.


This beach was just feet from our tent, though.







The one person who had the most fun, was our Falafel. She was super excited to just be there.

Come back tomorrow for what we did the next morning!

On -Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have an inspirational book on our shelves:


The Best that I Can Be

American Girls Books

This book has inspirational  words along with quotes from the different American Girl stories to encourage young readers. And who doesn’t need some encouragement every now and then?

What are YOU reading this week?

Pinwheel barrettes

I found another gem of a craft out there on the interwebs, and whipped up some just in time for the girls going back to school.


Little Button Diaries has a tutorial for these, and of course, I did them slightly different. But only slightly, because these are really simple to make!


Firstly, I didn’t glue down the two layers of felt. I am lazy, what can I say? I did, however, hand sew all the points to the middle and the button on top.


Then I took some of that crazy strong E6000 and secured the clip onto the back.


Then repeated those steps a few hundred times.


And in no time, my girl has a few fancy hair thingies to wear.

Have you made these? What are you making this week?

Backpack ornaments

I am always looking for a good craft to help ease everyone into the transition of going back to school. I also like to find new things to distinguish the years from each other. Make each year a little more special than previous ones.


I actually found a similar idea over at Momtastic, only she made Name zipper pulls. I thought instead of putting our girls’ names on their backpacks or jackets (safety reasons), I would make some sweet words to inspire them, instead.


I used scrabble tiles and E6000 glue, too, but instead of popsicle sticks, I only had thinner craft sticks on hand, so I used those.


The longest part of this project was waiting for the glue to dry!


Luckily I had all supplies on hand, so the cost was $0. I made a bunch so we can gift them to friends.

This is a great project to use up those Scrabble tiles while making something that makes your kids feel extra special.

What have YOU made today?

First Day of School

Well, we are back-to-school!

This year we have a


 AND she just lost her front tooth. Just in time for school!

And we have a


Wha?? Yup. High school.


Oh these two. I am impressed that they were this silly at 6 something in the morning.


The first day went well for both of them. Whew.


Oh my how time has flown.

To mark this year, I asked them a few questions:

What is your favorite book:

Falafel- The Hobbit

The Bee- Along for the Ride

What is your favorite movie:

Falafel- Pete’s Dragon

The Bee- Easter Parade

What is your favorite food:

Falafel- GF chicken nuggets

The Bee- classic hamburger and fries

What is your favorite color:

Falafel- purple

The Bee- rainbow falafelCollage

Kindergarten :: First grade ::  Second Grade


Sixth :: Seventh :: Eighth

Do you have any back-to-school traditions?

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: First day back

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First day of school.

Pencils sharpened. Lunches packed. Children dressed.

Wish us luck!

Now it is YOUR turn! I want to see what you have seen this week, too.

Penguin overalls

I whipped up another pair of Okey Dokey Overalls for my girl (upon her request). This time she chose this fabric from my stash.


Corduroy PENGUINS !!


This time, I made her a size 7, so she could grow into it (crossing fingers). Right now she is swimming in it, but that doesn’t seem to bother her. I think they look adorable, too.


This pattern is fabulous. Lots and lots of beautiful little details. Not a quick sew by any means, but well worth the effort.


Do you see the purple strip at the top? I had one of those sewing moments. You know the ones where you know you should stop sewing, but you keep on doing it anyway, and you accidentally put button holes where they absolutely should not be? Yup. That.


“Mom, take my photos and then put them all together to spell YMCA“.



We start back to school this week. Eeeeee.

When do your kids go back? Are they back already?

I think Falafel has a pretty good start to her wardrobe, at least. Not sure anyone is actually ready for this transition, but when are we? Here we go!