Friday, May 30, 2014

Seattle Adventures: Memorial Day in Downtown



Brett's parents came up to visit us for the Memorial Day weekend and we had a blast. We had three days jam packed with fun and relaxation.

Saturday afternoon after they got here we headed off to their favorite sea food place in Seattle, Chinook's! We went there with them last summer and I was excited to try something different on the menu, and the seared rainbow trout was fantastic, just as I expected!

After dinner the four of us got to go see X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was great by the way. I personally didn't like it quite as much as First Class, but that is just because Days of Future Past seemed to be more of a filler and connector movie to the two generations of characters. Still stoked for what comes in the future though! I mean we all know how much we love them all already!

This picture was from when we were dating and getting ready to head out for the midnight showing of First Class. 

Sunday was more chill. We went to church, and then almost went to a park on the coast, but then the Seattle rain happened. So instead we stayed in, wore some comfy clothes, and watched a movie and a basketball game. Sounds like a great relaxing day in my book.

Then Monday we finished off with a tour of downtown. Pike's Market was amazing just like last year. This time we checked out some of the other street shops. I also bought some flowers from the beautiful displays. I wanted something bright and summery so I picked out some of the most yellow tulips I have seen in a long time. I have always loved lilies and tulips and these were just too beautiful to pass up.




Somewhere in the boxes of pictures at my parent's house there is a picture of me as a toddler in a field of tulips, and it's one of my very favorites. Someday when I have a yard maybe there will be pictures of my kids in tulips as well!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fantastic Pita Bread Recipe


I found this Pita recipe (and subsequent picture) here on Tide & Thyme. You should definitely go there to check out the whole thing. 

Brett and I have fallen in love with this recipe. I have made it probably once a week since I found it. I have made it by doing the whole process of letting it rise and then poof  up, but also only letting it rise once and eating it as more of a flat bread. I have found that they cook the best on a preheated pizza stone (yay for wedding presents!) in the oven.

Next time I make them I hope that they are part of a picnic somewhere on the weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I Finally Read The Hobbit



The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien

This has been a long time coming. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings have been on my list for a while, but I never thought I had enough time to sit down and read them, assuming that they would need a large time commitment. But out of stubbornness I decided that there was no way I was going to go see the last part of the movie without reading it.

I was surprised with how simple the story was to read, how simple the plot line was itself. I read it in just a couple days, not really trying to read it quickly, just reading whenever I felt like. This is the kind of fantasy story that I love, and that I hope someday my kids love too.

A story of a dangerous treasure hunt. It can be stated as simply as that. Or the discovery of what an individual is capable of. Or even a story of destiny. Whatever you, as the reader, are looking for you will find.

Now that I know better, the movies actually bug me. Why Peter Jackson? Why did you have to pull a George Lucas and ruin a good thing? Why pull in so many stories that are not involved just so you could make three movies? Why not just focus on the amazing character development that Bilbo goes through?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Saturday of Peace



Saturday Brett and I took the drive to the Seattle Temple. Now that we are out of Utah and not living 5 minutes away from one, it was nice to have the drive to talk to each other and spend so much time together. It was already a beautiful day and it was just made even better by the time we had to focus on ourselves, our marriage, and the gospel of our Savior.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Summer Reading List

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This summer I plan to do as much reading as possible. This is something that I was hoping to do anyway, and will also help on my 101 in 1001 list!

So what is on my list for the summer so far? Some classics, new ones, and old loves.

1. The Hobbit (currently reading)-J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Secret Keeper-Kate Morton
3. The Count of Monte Cristo-Alexander Dumas
4. The Lord of the Rings (all three parts)-J.R.R. Tolkien
5. The Chronicles of Narnia (all seven parts-I will get one that high horse later)-C.S. Lewis
6. Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn

For now, that is probably a good enough personal list. I mean, this is a list of 6, but really it is 14 and The Count of Monte Cristo is pretty long. All of these books, other than Narnia, have been on my to do list for a while. I have read Narnia before, and love it, but I think that each summer deserves a reread of a favorite book.

Do you use the summer for reading? What do you have on your actual summer reading list? What about your Bucket List?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Start of Summer Tradition

Summer movies. They are a huge part of what we do. Will that change in the future, of course, but for now, its just us and we love it.

Every year when summer starts we sit down and go through the list of what movies are coming out for the rest of the year. We made our list last night, determining what we thought would be worth the regular theater, or if we should wait a couple months for a discount theater. With how much more movies cost here compared to Utah, we will probably end up changing our plans and spending lots of time at the dollar theater back in Provo.



Tonight we start off with Godzilla. Brett has been stoked for this for a while, and I have slowly warmed up to the idea. Hopefully it turns out to be just the kind of opening summer block buster we are expecting. Which means probably crappy, but totally worth it!

What movies are you looking forward to this year? Any that you think I missed?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mother's Day Trip

Last weekend Brett and I decided to go visit my family. It was the perfect situation. We now only live 5 hours away instead of 12, Brett had to work an event during the week and therefore had to leave early, and it was Mother's Day.

Two catches. 1) Like I typically do, I for some reason didn't take any pictures of the weekend until we were in the car on the way home. 2) It was a surprise for my mom.

Friday

A five hour drive to the east where we watched beautiful Seattle disappear into plains covered in nothing, turning back into beauty with the Rocky Mountains. Every so often I would touch base with my dad, the only one who knew we were coming. He was a champ and worked with each bit of traffic we hit. It got to the point where he was stalling my mom so badly with things she wanted to do that she was getting annoyed, but forgot all that later.

When we pulled into my small hometown, my parents were at the grocery store down the street, so my dad came up with a plan to surprise/trick my mom even more. We pulled over to wait until they left their parking lot, then my dad had my mom call me, saying that I had tried to reach them. While we were chatting we turned left right in front of them, my dad pointed us out, and we waved, getting a wave back from my mom.

But she didn't recognize us. This is the conversation I hear over the phone.

Mom (to Dad): Who was that you pointed at? They waved at me, so I waved back.
Dad: Well who do you think? A couple driving a car with Washington plates [at this point we are in Idaho].
Mom: I don't know. That's why I asked you.
Me: Mom, you wave to strangers? Who do you think it was?
Mom: I don't know! You're dad won't tell me?
Me: Well do you know of anyone who might be excited to see you and wave a lot?
Mom (to dad): Haha! She is trying to pretend that it is her. She can hear our conversation.
Me: Mom. What if it is me.
Mom: Well if it isn't you are going to be in a lot of trouble. 

Luckily by this point they were following right behind us and we were pulling up to the house. After hugs and surprise from my siblings still living at home and my grandma who lives there as well, a night of snacking and talking began.

Saturday

Once again I was reminded that my parents are champs. One of my sisters had to be on the bus to go to the state tournament for golf at 6 am, so my mom was up at 3 making the team fresh cinnamon rolls for the trip. Then we spent the rest of the day at a soccer tournament for the youngest sister. Did I mention that it was cold? Since my sister is only 12 and they shortened the times for the tournament, the game only lasted 60 minutes, including half-time, and by the end I was frozen. Then I remembered that my softball games in the same area, at the same time of year, could sometimes take 3 hours. And my family came to almost every one. So amazing.

That evening there was a plan to go out to the five acres of property my parents have to build a house on (but there isn't one there yet) to BBQ and shoot some archery before it got dark. So we stopped at the store, packed up a ton of food, got there, and the grill wouldn't light. So we went home and had it all inside. The youngest sister even made some s'mores for us in the oven, taking requests of Reese's cups or York patties with the marshmallow. Normally I am not the biggest fan of s'mores, but that Reese's cup made it delicious.

Sunday

We had a relaxing morning, full of more cinnamon rolls, cards, gifts, and lots of conversation, then all headed out to attend church before heading home. By the time we got back and ate some lunch, it was time for us to leave again. Brett had to work the next morning and we still had that five hour drive back.

So this was when I decided to take pictures, because honestly the sunset we were driving into was beautiful. The sunset hit just as we were going through Snoqualmie Pass, one of the most beautiful places I have seen. We have plans to go camping there later this summer. I also decided to document how I keep myself occupied on these road trips. Three things, music, sunflower seeds, and crochet. Yep, crochet, like a grandma. I am currently using up all my spare yarn making a sampler blanket. It will be a little miss-matched in colors, but it was already miss-matched in pattern, so I figure that it will just be eclectic. Right?




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lee Family Reunion 2014


Every two years Brett's mom organizes a family reunion. Since all their kids have lived in Utah for the last couple years, the last couple have happened close to home. Two years ago the festivities were late enough in summer that we all went out to a cabin. This time everything needed to be done before Brett and I left for Seattle, so we made Payson the base of operations.

Friday night is traditionally supposed to a family talent show, something that I loose sleep over. I have no talent that can be done in a living room. Am I good at stuff? Probably. But "talented" in the way of a talent show. Haha, no. Well this time it was changed to a karaoke night, which to me is pretty much the same thing. To try and take some of the pressure off Brett was gracious enough to do a ridiculous rap duet so nobody could possibly think that we were being serious. Luckily some of the other family do have talent and were able to provide some actual entertainment. Laurel blew us all out of the water with her performance of "I Will Survive" and won most of the votes for the night. (These pictures are a little blurry, weird that everybody had a desire to dance while they sang).



Matt represented Mr. Brandon Flowers, a family favorite, by jamming out to some "Mr. Brightside."

Alicia and her cute family all worked together with their rendition of "Call Me, Maybe" complete with a feather boa. Michelle was smart enough to do a karaoke classic all can love. I mean "Don't Stop Believin'" is one I should have thought of!

Saturday, after rain ruined our plans to go to Lagoon, we all ended up at the Provo Beach Resort. It seemed like a good place to go with lots of options including virtual golf, a rope's course, croquet, bowling, arcade games, and indoor surfing. It also turned out to be one of those days where there was too much going on to carry a camera around. Luckily Megan snapped a picture of me trying to surf. Too bad I couldn't stay up long enough for the picture not to be a huge wipe-out. I tried a few more times, but after hitting the bottom so hard that I ended up with a swollen chin and huge scratch down my back I decided I was done. It was a good thing to try, and Brett and I never would have spent the money on it without this kind of excuse. 

Sunday was a lot more chill with a craft and the 'award ceremony' when the winners get bragging rights to the week's activities. Each Lee child was given a set of Russian nesting dolls to paint in whatever way they want. I wanted to keep it simple, reducing the chance of an error and also not using up the whole day. Then I realized that I may as well do super heroes, cuz let's be real, we kind of like super heroes. I think they turned out great, nice and simple how I wanted. Partially because I picked the easiest ones to paint, I mean Batman, so simple.
When it came time to announce the winners it was no surprise to learn that Laurel won karaoke night. The other two categories were for the most complete activity checklist at Provo Beach Resort and the Nesting Dolls. Scott and Megan checked off the most at the Resort, taking a divide and conquer technique. I won the Nesting Doll competition, although to some of the other girl's benefit they just ran out of time. Some of them were quite intricate and their kids helped paint so they have charm.


Naturally, all the kids got an award too. Someday they will be old enough to realize that their awards outnumber the amount of games, someday. :)

It was a great weekend full of family and fun. We will have to see what ends up happening in two more years. 


Monday, May 5, 2014

The First Seattle Adventure

Honestly, we are still a little tired from the move so our adventure was a little chill. We also needed to be close to home so we could make it home to the watch the last half of the Blazer playoff game (which they won by the way, buzzer beater thank you very much!). 

So anyway, I did some searching a found a park near our place that had trails, forest, and some shoreline on the Puget Sound. We went for a little jog before taking the time to sit on some driftwood and take in the view. It was beautiful and the weather was great, well great as far as Seattle coastline goes!

We are excited to continue exploring where we are. We also have almost no idea where to start so any suggestions would be great! Lets see where this next week takes us, shall we?




Friday, May 2, 2014

April Goal Recap

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Physical

  • The last week and a half has been sketchy with both my exercise and my eating. To my benefit, we were traveling, family reunion-ing, and not having a kitchen put together. I started again yesterday with exercise and eating (Made fresh home-made Asian food last night that was to die for!)  and hopefully I can get back into a grove. I mean, I do have to run a half marathon at the end of the summer. 
  • Brett and I also can't tell if we are getting sick or having allergies. Could be either. There is so much more vegetation here that could be getting to us, or it could be the week of traveling and bad sleep giving us a cold. We are hoping that we can have a little R&R this weekend and make sure we stay healthy. I know that for me I feel so much better when I exercise. 
Spiritual
  • Journal and scripture were going well, again until the move. I love the way my days go when Brett and I start off our day reading a chapter from the scriptures while we eat breakfast. Consistency is key!
Social
  • April was full of social activities. We spent a lot of time catching up with the people that we will miss over this summer. Some we will see when we get back to Provo, others have graduated and will be moving on with their lives, one couple in particular is probably going all the way to New York! It was great to have an excuse to see so many people we love. 
  • We also just finished the Lee Family Reunion that happens every other year. So lots of time spent with family in that way. We had to move out of our place before the reunion started, so one of Brett's sisters let us crash at her house and it was a blast. It was good to have other people to watch the Blazer games with!
Financial
  • We have continued to track our expenses on a weekly basis and that practice has been key to being able to make it here to Seattle. We worked hard to spend as little as possible in April in order to have some spare cash for any moving incidents, and we are so glad we did. We ended up needing new tires, a new bed frame (somehow we forgot ours) and a craigslist couch since we didn't have space to bring one of ours. Little things start to add up when you move!
Intellectual
  • School is over! This will be the first time since we have been married that we will both not be taking classes. There has always been at least one of us in full time classes so even though we are going to be working, suddenly we have our evenings back!
  • As far as school is concerned, we both dominated. I ended up with a 3.8 this semester, meeting a huge goal of mine. It was so nice to go out on a high note!
Now all we need is to just get a win from our Blazers tonight! Come on guys, lets put this away!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

We Made It!



So here we are. Sunny Seattle. I know, weird right? It has been so warm and sunny here and I am loving it! Hopefully this amazing weather stays through the weekend so we can do a little exploring.

Our first dinner here perfectly describes our need for some relaxation. After such a long week of moving, family, and travel, we just really needed a few minutes to sit down and unwind. With such a long to-do list, it was hard for me to sit still unless I was doing something, so while we ate our waffles we watched an episode of The Office. Nothing like their shenanigans to relieve some tension.

Now to just figure out how we want to settle into this new apartment. Decisions, decision. Where are we going to put stuff now that there is no coat closet? But we have a small washer/dryer unit, so good trade right? I guess I get to spend the next couple days playing tetris to try and figure it all out.