• Awesomeness,  Beer,  Berry,  Books,  Dan,  Friends,  Grandpa Don,  Gratitude,  Grieving,  Home,  Honestly,  Illinois,  Leah,  Photos,  Sunday Sunday,  Taylor

    Sunday , Sunday – Edition 2

      Things that made me smile the last two weeks … What made you smile? Having drinks with my neighbor and friend, Taylor, Friday. We used some of my mom’s glasses from the hutch collections to sip our blueberry sour lambic. She helped me untangle ribbon for the gift boxes. We talked about anything and everything while the kids played. You know, adulthood? Raine describing the new business to his buddy: My mom got a business. She makes boxes (gesturing to them). She puts little surprises inside and when people open them, they’re like, “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHHH!” Should I make that my tag line? The sun. I know everyone here thinks it…

  • Allyson,  Birthday,  Books,  Cards,  Celebrate,  Gifts,  Joy

    Lovely Gifts: Eva’s 1st Birthday

    little monkey! 2016 gave us the opportunity to celebrate the loveliest little munchkin’s first birthday, Miss Eva Caroline! Raine and I put together a birthday package for her in September; a colorful combination of handmade art, expensive apparel, and hand-me-down toys and book. Then we got to hold her, hug her, and try to keep up with her during our trip to Colorado after Thanksgiving. Oh, the sweetness! Thinking of her makes me so happy.   dinnertime munchies in the car, we sat in the back seat with her and sang songs. she especially liked twinkle twinkle little star. pirate bootie snackies and the cutest bib ever! where did you get it…

  • Awesomeness,  Books,  Dan,  Drink,  Food,  Gifts,  Holidays,  Leah,  LuLaRoe,  Style

    Holiday Shopping With Dan & Leah – Part One

      If you are shopping for the holidays, you have one weekend left. If you aren’t, lucky you to NOT be involved in the craziness! (I hope you will read this and keep in mind gifts for a rainy day.) Either way, we wanted to share with you our holiday shopping adventures. We came up with a few guidelines… #1 – GET COMFY. For Dan, this is the same as every day: T-shirt, jeans, hoodie, beanie, and sneakers…Sourced locally at Fred Meyer and Yamhill Valley Dry Goods or gifted: Patagonia :: Flippin’ beanie  // Revolution Brewery :: Chicago Flag t-shirt // Horny Toad Big Chill hoodie // Accessories: LCA bracelet & pin // Levi’s…

  • Books,  Cards,  Carlton,  Chemotherapy,  Dan,  Friends,  Gifts,  Grateful,  Leah,  Photos,  Raine

    Chemo Round 1

      Thursday, October 30th was the day we have waited for since Dan’s diagnosis on September 16th. Trust me, he has been anxious to do something; to act, to fight. We had to wait four weeks post radiation treatments in order for Dan to qualify for all requirements as a participant in a clinical trial for 1 of his 3 drugs. It has been a long wait. We have been full of anticipation and dread at the same time. I can speak for the both of us by saying that the anticipation of his first chemotherapy (and all of its potential side effects) seems to be worse than it actually…