springtime in seattle.

spring in seattle

IS TOP NOTCH.

i don't think i've appreciated spring ever as much as i do this year. i've always enjoyed it, but it reeeeeally hit me when we were out for a walk about a month ago and i felt like all my senses were awoken after a 4-6 month gloomy dark slumber. the smells! the sounds! the colors! the warmth! i just looooove it. its only gotten better from there.

aaaaand its only mid-april! keep the springy goodness coming, seattle!

all photos snapped on my iphone6 the past couple months:

brace yourselves for a visual feast/heart explosion:

how is this reaL?!?

i basically skipped down the street and rolled around in the grass crying on this particular afternoon. not really, but i was just in absolute awe of all the glorious pink petals everywhere. this has been the most prime day so far, i think april 13, 2016 to be exact. a guy came out of his jolly pink petal-ed house with his cute little bicycle and he could tell i was freaking out about his amazing cherry blossom situation. he seemed pretty proud of himself.

JUST LOOK AT IT.

sunsets lately aren't too shabby, either.

i think pale pink and green make a very nice pair. you liiike?

also, i aaalmost love the fallen cherry blossoms more than snow. almost.

^^^ sunset view from our kitchen. i'm actually watching the same thing happen from the back porch as i type this :) :) :) :) :) 

LALALALALALAAAAAAAAAAA! best ever.

 

 

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skagit tulip festival!

pete and i stopped at the skagit tulip fields this sunday on our way home from lopez! it was my first time to the festival in all my almost ten years of living up in these parts! i couldn't believe it! because...i love flowers, i love to take pictures, and i love to take pictures of flowers.

it was beautiful!

also, easiest blog post ever! these photos require essentially zero editing. the colors are amazing.

it was busy there, but what i expected it to be on the business scale. i envisioned that getting in and getting out of the festival via vehicle was going to take a super duper long time, but our experience was pretty easy breezy. maybe saturday it would have been crazier. only $5 tho! and the guy gave us a $1 discount.. [??]

just note all the people hanging out/clinging to the end of every single row. you're not really allowed to walk in the rows, and there are some tulip nazis monitoring to make sure nobody is even slightly infiltrating the rows. like there's some harsh yelling going on in them tulip fields.

but occasionally you'll see some lucky someone make it out into the row for a quick sneaky pic without getting yelled at. see mickey mouse kid below. 

here's pete ever-so-patiently for me to be done taking photos of every flower. i told him he never had to go to this ever again since now i finally know what its all about! (...i think he secretly enjoyed it though.)

lovely tulip fields! how i wish i could frolic in you!

next time, i hope this is me in the amsterdam tulip fields. oh yahhh!

 

 

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weekend on lopez island.

ahoy!

pete and i spent the weekend on lopez island in the san juans. we are so lucky to be able to go up there as often as we do. its such a laid back, slow-paced, and friendly community of folks. not to mention b e a u t i f u l.

here are some snaps from my iphone 6.

^ just enjoying a bask in a grassy knoll by the water with our friend, mr. american bald eagle. we saw several bald eagles that day, actually. 

we rode our bikes over to pete's aunt & uncle's house one afternoon, and ended up hanging out there with his uncle lark and cousin peri all evening. i've probably mentioned here before how much i loooove their house that uncle lark built. so magical and fairy tale like out in the woods of the island. downright talented folks in this family, by the way. 

lark is a glass blower and used to hand blow these beer yards as prizes for the lopez island brew festival. he told us that glass beer yards came to be back in the day so that people could easily hand beer up to carriage drivers that were seated way up high. i never knew! just thought it was some sort of las vegassy gimmick. but ze beer yard served a real purpose. and he gave this one to pete! now if only we could find a safe place to store this thing in our house......

^ just roasting snausages with lark's glass blowing tools. naturally.

below is pete's parents cabin. built in 1890! we think it is now the oldest structure on the island. pretty crazy!

this is a great place to just walk around, bike, picnic, read, visit. which is exactly what we did.

back to the mainland. and for a stop at the skagit tulip festival :) more photos to come. 

another lovely lopez island weekend in the books. 

 

 

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