Sunday, April 29, 2012

Three By The Sea Baby Shower

My good friend from work, Jenna, and I hosted a baby shower this past weekend for three of our amazing co-workers who are all having baby boys this summer! We have been planning, crafting, and preparing for the past 5 months, and were so pleased to put on a party for such beautiful women.
Co-hosts: Jenna & McKenzie
Aqua & Coral were our inspiration for this babyshower, and we DIY'd until we couldn't craft any more!We asked our guests to bring treats for a pot-luck style party, and we had over 20 ladies from our work come celebrate these lovely women. The whole party was filled with love, and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Diaper Wreaths for Baby Oliver, Baby Jackson, and Baby Boy Farner

 We had the guests decorate onsies for the Mommies-to-be:

We had a game to try not to say the word "Baby" or you loose your clothespin, person with the most clothespins at the end wins:

Our second game was trying to guess what was in the diaper:

 There was tons of food & drink, and there were so many gifts!

Jenna is not only crafty, but she is also an amazing photographer. Thank you for all of the photos! She took the opportunity to get some fantastic group pictures as well.

Check out more of Jenna's pictures and blog posts about the event on her blog Northwest Nightingale . I couldn't have asked for a better co-host. Thanks for everything Jenna!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


AKA- the hike that only kind of happened.

I was so excited to hike the gorge this weekend in the sunny, beautiful weather! Brian had the idea to hike out near our house at Larch Mountain instead, but I was pumped! I wore a tank top, shorts, old running sneakers, packed my camel back... and I was ready for the sun! (please note our pale, pale skin)

We started our hike and we noticed it was kind of wet on the trail despite the hot weather, but we kept going. Then we noticed some snow on the side of the trail. I asked Brian if it was going to get snowier as we went up, and Brian assured me that it would clear up once we were out of the trees as we climbed up the mountain... riiiight.

We kept climbing, and climbing, and climbing. It got snowier, and snowier, and snowier. I told Brian that I wasn't very comfortable with wet, cold feet, and he suggested we just keep climbing as it was supposed to keep "clearing up." So we kept climbing, until we passed some people coming down on snow shoes and snow pants. They said it only gets snowier as you go up. Awesome. So we turned around and walked down very carefully in the snow.

Hike: fail.

I wasn't a happy girl with my cold feet, and I started whining. I told Brian if I had an indian name, it would be "Girl with unsure footing in the snow" and told Brian his was "Boy who needs a lesson in the relationship between snowfall and altitude." He didn't like that one. hahaha I was such a brat. He put me on conversation "time-out" and then by the time we hiked down we were on good terms again :)

Despite the failed attempt and cold feet, it sure was pretty! We will have to try this hike again this summer once the snow has all melted.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Log & A Bell Jar

I found this great idea on Pinterest and thought it would fit our decorating perfectly- a little country and a little classy :)

I recruited Brian to help slice me a piece of our lumber: I found the Bell Jar at Cost Plus World Market, after searching for about a month, I was so excited! When I was trying to describe what I wanted, the lady goes, "Oh yeah, like on Beauty and the Beast." it was perfect :) I used one of our engagement photos, and I love the new addition to house!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

V is for VanHoy- that's us!

My friend Jenna is one of the most crafty people I know, and while we were working on some crafts for a baby shower we are throwing together, I spotted a letter "R" she made wrapped in twine that was so adorable that I felt the need to make my own! Check out her blog Northwest Nightingale to see her great crafts and inspiring posts :)

Here is our little shelf area for our day-to-day stuff like mail, keys, phone...What do you call this, a "Stuff Spot"?

I found a letter wooden letter "V" at Joann's Fabric and got some twine to add that rustic and personal touch.

 As per Jenna's suggestion, I started by covering the ends with strips of twine, and then started wrapping! I used hot glue on the back to hold the wrap in place.

It took me about an hour start to finish, so it was quick! I love the new addition to our little area, here's the finished project:

Easter Weekend

On Good Friday Brian and I started the holy weekend by heading to church and we saw the rainbow on the way. We felt that was a good sign for the weekend.

In the Good Friday service, we read through the Passion of Christ. It was a good reminder of what it really means to be selfless, and what a sacrifice was made on our behalf. Halfway through the service a young mom fell in the middle of the isle while trying to walk out with her one year old. Two other people and I sprang up to help. The others were also nurses, but an ER nurse and a Trauma nurse. They obviously were more helpful, so I held her purse and helped their daughter, and felt kind of silly at how much more help they were than I was in this situation. She twisted her ankle pretty bad, but everything was OK. Interesting start to the weekend.

On Saturday I worked, but then Sunday we celebrated with our families. Easter is a great time to get together with family, and my mom is really thoughtful about keeping it a fun day with great food. It's also a great marker to celebrate the coming of Spring.

My 3 Brothers

Brian & I

My Parents!

Me with the Boys
My Mom's coconut custard
Her Annual Bunny Cake!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Way Out Here

"Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun,
and you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son"
- Josh Thompson

We have a lot of critters on our property, and my husband, being the hunter that he is, always has one of his guns ready. He also has a few trail cameras set up around our property to see has been coming around.

These are some of the best pictures he has gotten: 

Yogi- the Black Bear

Close up for the camera.

Chamberlain the Bobcat-
He looks like a bigger (and more awesome according to Brian)
version of our cat Champ

Wile E. Coyote

Wile E. Coyote- he's onto the camera

Max- The Baby Deer

Lots of deer!

Bo the Buck

Meeko & Baby Meeko- The Raccoons
Makes sense why Champ is hanging out in the trees, right?