Life Lately :: How Is It Already May?!

I am past the boot-wearing phase. Now that we’ve had some warmer days, I’ve broken out the sandals and I can’t go back, so if you see me out and about on a rainy, 50 degree day wearing my flip flops you now know why. I just can’t.
But summer is just around the corner, y’all! My second summer with a baby (I guess toddler technically) and I can’t wait! But before I get too caught up in backyard bbq’s, pool days, and tan lines, I wanted to share some pictures of our life from the past few months. Bend 17-6Every spring we try to make it over to Sunriver where my grandparents have a house (You can see one of our previous trips here). This year was a little bit different considering Olive could run around and enjoy all the fun stuff happening outside. We spent the weekend playing games, eating, shopping, and eating, with a LOT of rest time in between.Bend 17-10This picture slays me. That smirk, those eyes, and that peaceful look about her that exudes genuine love. I could stare at it for hoooouuurrs.Bend 17-17Bend 17-24Bend 17-12Bend 17-14Bend 17-25Bend 17-35That in her hand is an owl keychain that her daddy bought for her at the Village and she carried it with her that whole weekend. She pointed to it in the shop and with the sweetest voice looked at him and said, “baa?” which translated to english means “please”. James then looks at me and I swear he was about to melt into a puddle right then and there. I like it when he’s soft.
Bend 17-39Bend 17Bend 17-2Then it was Easter! I made the mistake of looking back at last years Easter pictures when Olive was 3 MONTHS OLD (what the heck?!)
And being almost 16 months now she was ready to hunt for easter in eggs in the back yard with us. She had a cute little basket to put eggs in but who needs a basket when you can just have your daddy follow you around and carry them for you? The girl already knows how to delegate and I have to take credit for that.  easter 17-14The dress that she wore was one I had bought while I was pregnant. We were at the Gap outlet and I saw it from across the way and I had. to. have. it.
You know I love me some polka dots.
easter 17-9easter 17-16This picture makes me really, really happy.easter 17-2Oh, and we got chickens! These are the best things that have ever happened to us. At least that’s how Olive feels. Not only do they provide lots (and lots) of delicious eggs but they are a great diversion when the 5:00 meltdowns begin. easter 17-19These lovely egg-laying beauties have been one of the things that has kickstarted a strong desire to use the space we have to grow and produce as much of our own food as we can. Our own little urban homestead, if you will. This spring I have been a machine in the backyard; tearing out flower beds (which we have a LOT to tear out), building garden boxes and compost bins, and planning, planning, planning. This is a good exercise for me in patience, discipline, and diligence but I am loving every step of it. I’m planning on doing a post about what I dream of doing with our space and go into more of the why so stay tuned!

Happy Monday!

P.S. On this day FOUR years ago James proposed to me. How has it been four years?! It’s gone so fast yet at the same time I feel like we are an old married couple who makes fun of each other all the time but never stops holding hands. I love this man. JamesSharayaProposal (9 of 66)JamesSharayaProposal (11 of 66)JamesSharayaProposal (14 of 66)Ok, now for reals, go have a happy Monday!

The Office is Finished!

After much planning and hard work, the office is finally done! What kickstarted this project was the fact that James was going to start working from home more. I wanted him to be able to have a space that was creative and more on the masculine side.
First off, we painted all the walls a dark blue/grey (Calligraphy by Behr). I can’t tell you how much I love this color! It still keeps the room feeling bright while adding a nice contrast to the rest of the house.
Before I go into the biggest part of this transformation, here’s some pictures of a cute baby writing on a chalkboard:
To give you an idea of where we started, here is what the room looked like about a year after we had moved in: This just became the “catch-all” room and the door pretty much stayed closed all the time and you can see why.But now door can stay open! Except when Olive is awake because she likes to crawl behind the computer.
Ok so this desk. This amazing desk. Originally it was just going to be in this corner shown below and stop at about the middle of the window. But then my BIL had the brilliant idea to extend the desk all the way to the other corner of the room so that I could have MY own space (above). I know, I have the best brother-in-law. 
He made the desk by securing sheets of plywood to the walls with wooden brackets underneath. Then James cut all these pieces that are on the top, stained them (which is the part I helped with) and glued them to the plywood creating this really sturdy, rustic-looking surface. It looks incredible in person. The stain is “Dark Walnut” by Minwax. The Wonder Camera poster is from Paper Source and the frame as well as the lamp are IKEA On the other side of the room I just wanted wall to wall shelves to hold all my home/party/crafting supplies. This is the definition of organized chaos. Annnnnnnd another picture of a cute baby by a chalkboard.

Olive + Lopez

It has been a long time since I’ve written a personal post!
This summer we made another trip up to Lopez Island in the San Juan’s. However, this time we got to take Olive! Ever since we were dating James talked about how he couldn’t wait to bring our kids up here to experience what he got to as a child.
We explored new parts of the Island and some old favorites but the week mostly consisted of card games, snacks, and naps. It was perfection.
Also, this was like three months ago before my baby was crawling everywhere so she’s chubbier than she is now it makes me realize how fast time goes and nobody wants to be reminded of that! lop16-44lb16lop16-3lop16-5lop16-2lop16-6lop16-7lop16-24lb162lop16-15lop16-17lop16-16lop16-25lop16-27lop16-28lop16-31lop16-41lop16-39lop16-43lop16-46lop16-47lop16-40

The Feakin Family

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, families are my favorite. I love it even more when I get the opportunity to shoot them more than once (see here and here). It’s so fun to watch them change and have that documented and it makes it so fulfilling to know they get to have that forever too.
The Feakin family has truly been a joy to photograph this year and I feel so blessed to be a part of watching this family grow.
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