Is it really Monday? Say it ain’t so.
Casey and I stayed up way too late Friday night – watching swimming and painting our living room. I haven’t really mentioned it much here, but we’ve been doing a lot of painting recently – mostly at night after Cullen goes to sleep. When we moved into our new house, everything was painted the same color – sort of a medium khaki. And when I say everything, I mean everything. Even the ceilings. Gulp.
So bit by bit we’ve been trying to lighten things up and bring some color and brightness to the space. Our last project was the dining room. It started off pretty neutral and boring. Khaki walls, khaki ceiling.
So we painted the ceiling white, splashed the walls with a burnt orangey color, and swapped out the black chairs for a cleaner white look (from IKEA!). I grabbed a few new accent pieces for the table that were on sale at Crate and Barrel a few weeks ago – just needed a few more pops of color. Now it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house!
Our living room was the same scene. Khaki, khaki, khaaaaaaaki. You can’t see the ceiling in this picture, but all that brown really made the room feel dark.
So we lightened it up! Casey painted the ceiling white a few weeks ago, and this weekend I did the edging and the walls. It’s a really light off-whitish color called “wax sculpture.” We also finally hung some things on the walls!
Another before shot…
And the after. Not a hugely noticeable different in photos, but it FEELS so much different in person. This space is so much lighter and brighter now, which is important when you live in a gloomy place like Seattle.
On the other side of the living room is our entry way, which I painted a pea green color a few weeks ago. I also found these cute recipe prints for only $30 at World Market. They really liven up the space!
So now our first floor is almost entirely re-painted, and it looks and feels so much better. I’d still like to bring more color into the living room, but since it’s between an orange dining room and a green hallway, I didn’t want to go overboard with the color on the walls. I also want to hang some family photos and get colorful window seat cushions. In time.
In the midst of my painting, I also got a text from my friend Christen – a last minute invite to have a play date up at their beach house on Saturday if we were free. So Saturday morning we loaded up the car and headed 90 minutes north of Seattle to beautiful Camano Island.
Christen’s in-laws have a house right on the water – it was breathtaking! It was also the perfect day for it. We had record temps in the 90’s this weekend!
The babies loved playing on the shady deck, while the rest of us lounged, talked, and snacked. I love watching these guys interact with each other – it’s such a fun age.
I walked Cullen down to the water to dip his toes in the icy lake. He loved it and splished and splashed and laughed.
So I asked Casey to come down and bring the camera. You know, so I could capture a sweet moment showing how much he enjoys the water. Womp womp.
At least he loves his mama.
Sarah was nice enough to take a few pictures so we’d have a lovely family photo with this gorgeous beachy backdrop.
That’s more like it.
It was a great afternoon with friends, and I’m so glad we were able to go. (Saturday evening we did something really special that I can’t wait to tell you about tomorrow. Definitely worthy of it’s own post!)
So as I mentioned, we had crazy heat in Seattle this weekend (crazy for Seattle, that is). And here’s a little fun fact for you – most houses in Seattle are built without air conditioning. It just doesn’t get hot enough here to really justify the expense. I didn’t really care that I was hot, but I was pretty worried about the temperature in Cullen’s room. The thermometer on his monitor was registering at 87 degrees, even with a ceiling fan going and a table fan pointed directly into his crib.
When I went in to get him Sunday morning, this is who greeted me…
Can you even handle this ridiculous mop of curls? He seemed okay with it.
Sunday was all about being outside. Honestly, our house was so hot that it made more sense to go find a breezy spot in the shade than to sit and sweat on our sofa. Gilligan was along for the ride.
Last summer when Sarah was here with us, we went on and on about how we wanted to get out on the water and do paddle boarding. But since I was pregnant, I thought it was probably better to wait – didn’t want to risk falling on the bump! So when she arrived this summer, we talked it up again. And here we are – her very last weekend in Seattle (sniff), and finally out on the water.
There are a lot of different spots to do this in Seattle, but we wanted to do something relatively easy since we were newbies. We rented our paddleboards at Greenlake, and looped the trail while we waited for our turn (there was a long waitlist!). After about ten seconds of instruction, I found myself being pushed out into the water by a teenage by that seemed to have a lot more confidence in me than I did.
I have heard many people rave about SUP’ing as a great workout. I wouldn’t say I was shaking or sweating at the end, but I definitely felt like I had been working my feet and leg muscles to stay balanced. The hardest part to me was the steering! Sarah and I had a hard time staying next to each other because we both had no idea what we were doing, but eventually we got into a groove.
We even successfully paddled our way over near Casey, who was playing on a blanket with Cullen in the shade.
Cullen was really confused about mom standing up out in the water.
It was a great way to spend our final weekend with Sarah. We paddled around for an hour – spinning in circles, laughing, crashing into boats (okay just me), and basking in all the gorgeous sunshine. I already want to do it again!
Finished off the weekend with a delicious tofu rice bowl from one of my favorite Fremont spots – Baguette Box.
And here we are at Monday and it’s grey again, but it doesn’t matter because the weekend was so fabulous. Last week with my sister here – going to make it count!