Monday, 8/14

I want to be better at writing on this blog. I have about 75 drafts saved and most of them weren’t posted because I was waiting for some time to upload and edit a photo to go with. While I definitely still love having beautiful photos on my posts, I don’t want that to stop me from posting. I read through my last couple posts and was reminded why I love this blog so much. It’s so nice to look back on periods in time and remember what we were doing, how we were feeling, and what our life looked like.

Things we’re doing lately…

Going to goodwill… a lot. We’ve had some really amazing goodwill finds lately, including:
-$5 camping pads (saved us $150 over the new ones we’ve been eyeing)
-$7 donut maker (I’m obsessed)
-school supplies for Margaret’s new classroom
-$4 rain booties (because, Seattle)
-alllllll of the 20-cent mason jars!

Spending time outside!
Summer in Seattle is AMAZING. It’s even more beautiful than everyone told us it would be. The mornings are chilly (70s) but the afternoons can get up to 85 degrees. It’s never unbearably hot, never humid, and there’s always an ocean breeze. We’ve been trying to eat dinner outside at least once a week, and ride to different neighborhoods after work. One of our favorite places to ride is to Fremont and Ballard, since we LOVE the Westlake cycle track for our evening commute. We sat on the hill by the locks one night and had a picnic dinner while we watched the boats go through the locks.
We saw Gregory Alan Isakov and Blind Pilot at the Woodland Zoo last night which was basically like going to a much smaller Ravinia. It was an amazingggg concert, and the weather was perfect. It was a little chilly, but Seattle really embraces sweater weather.

Hanging our clothes out
We hung a makeshift clothesline outside our back door that holds about 6 shirts, or 2 flat sheets. It’s tiny, but I LOVE the way our laundry smells after hanging outside for a day.

Going to the farmers market + meal planning
Seattle’s farmers markets are wayyyy more legit than Chicago. You can actually buy your entire week’s worth of groceries, including produce, dairy, meat, fish, flowers, grains, you name it. We’ve been trying to stick to a meal plan the past two weeks, so it’s nice having an actual set shopping list to go off of while we’re at the market, instead of buying produce that goes to waste if we don’t use it. Also, saves us lotsa money!

Drinking SO MUCH COFFEE
I’m totally looking our gift horse in the mouth right now, but we cannot wait to use up all of the free coffee we got from Swift during our campout. It’s dark roast and not really our thing. One more aeropress worth and we’ll be able to buy a new bag of light roast 🙂 mmmmmmmm

 

Listening to…..

M.Ward – Margaret (ward) is letting us borrow her record collection for a big, and unsurprisingly, her initial namesake album was in there. We loved it.
Nils Frahm – always. We already bought tickets to see him next March. Nothing like planning ahead!
Black Sabbath – we found a cheap record at the antique store, so naturally it’s been on repeat for the past few weeks

 

Thinking about…

Our government. And trying not to be sick to my stomach about it every single day. I get at least some minimal comic relief via Twitter and some of the cheeky responses people have. Lots of credit to Dana for joining in and sending me the best of the best!

Buying a wii on Craigslist. For $50, I’m not sure if we can pass it up. We spent a good month addicted to Mario Kart when we were borrowing it from a friend.

Taking a couple of long weekends soon. Our wedding barely felt like a vacaction since it was so action-packed, and we could both use some serious time off. On the list: Orcas Islands, Portland, Chicago, Vancouver, and Hawaii.

Margaret’s first day of school! It’s today, and she’s going to be amazing. Her classroom is all set up, her outfit is picked out, and Brian and I are so so so happy for her. She’s loving her roommates (and their friends-with-boats) and that’s great.

Fall. Ahhhhhh!!! omg! I’m sorry. Too soon. But pumpkin pie sounds delicious.

 

 

 

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Brian and Veronica Almdale!

Almdale WeddingWe’re married!! It’s been almost exactly 3 years since we started dating, but it feels like we’ve known each other forever. When I think about my life before we were together, it’s out of focus and just unimportant. I can’t imagine a day that Brian isn’t in my life, and I’m so grateful and thankful that I’ll never have to spend a day without him. We are such a natural match, and we bring out the best in each other. My mom told me once to marry a man who is just a bit out of your league, so you are always striving to be the best version of yourself for him. Brian is exactly that, and he makes me want to be the best ‘me’.

We wanted our wedding day to be simple and small so that we could spend time together enjoying each other and not running around trying to put on a show. Neither of us have any interest in being the center of attention, and wanted to feel comfortable on our wedding day. I absolutely loved the way everything turned out, and even though both of our families were there, it felt like just the two of us while we stood under the arch. The home where we were staying was absolutely incredible, and their beautiful yard was a perfect backdrop for our ceremony.

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We are so so so lucky to have such amazing families who not only love both of us, but get along wonderfully with each other! My family spent the morning of our wedding doing the flowers and making beautiful bouquets and garlands for the backyard, while Brian’s parents took my massively oversized balloons to get blown up. The balloons ended up being one of my favorite things about the wedding, they were so fun and added that super whimsical touch to the day!Almdale Wedding

Our photographer was the amazingly talented Rafael Soldi, who was recommended to us by one of Brian’s coworkers, and we are so lucky to have found him. His photos are insanely beautiful, and he made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera even though we much prefer to be behind it! All photos in the post are by him as part of our first sneak peak, and omg we cannot wait to see the whole batch!! I’ve been trying to justify reasons for us to hire him again…

Our neighbor Erik Jackson prepared the most delicious dinner for everyone, and we have not stopped thinking about it! His menu highlighted the Pacific Northwest and was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. After everyone left, Brian and I sat on the couch and stuffed ourselves with the leftover salmon and kale!Almdale WeddingAlmdale WeddingAlmdale WeddingAlmdale Wedding

I’ve been dreaming of my wedding day for as long as I can remember, but nothing could have prepared me for this. It’s such a relief to be married, and to know that no matter what else happens, we’re going to be together through it all. We are so lucky.

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Hurricane Ridge

Hiking Hurricane Ridge

We finally got our chance this weekend to go explore the Olympic Mountains! We’ve been dying to hike the Olympics since we move here, so we met up with some friends and drove out (up) to Hurricane Ridge.

The temperature dropped about 20 degrees as we drove up the mountain, so our hike was a chilly 45 degrees at elev. 5200. Our ears were popping like crazy on the way up, and we could definitely tell that the air was thinner at the top.

IT WAS AMAZING.

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The clouds were still low when we first started our hike, so we literally hiked through the clouds for awhile. It was totally crazy how thick they were. We were walking along the ridge of the mountain, with drop offs on each side, but all we could see was a solid white wall.

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Right when we were getting to the top, all the clouds started to burn off and we could see the enormous mountains we’d been climbing through! The views were absolutely insane.

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On our way back down, the clouds had cleared so we could see what was at the bottom of the cliffs we’d been walking along. We could hear waterfalls in the distance from all of the snow melt, but couldn’t see many.

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