• the white house
    Adventure,  WW

    The White House at Night

    I just returned from a quick, four-day trip to Washington D.C. for ProjectLEAD with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Coincidentally, my daughter’s kindergarten class has been learning about Washington D.C. in their social studies segments. She wanted me to be sure I got my picture taken with the President. I got this close. The White House is beautiful at night. Our schedule for this trip was very tight: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, so I did not actually see daylight, with the exception of one quick run to Starbucks, and then the cab ride back to the airport on the last day. But I wasn’t there for sight-seeing or picture…

  • Christmas
    Family,  Living Well,  Seattle,  WW

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    There is a local family that goes all out with their Christmas decorations every year. Santa frequently stops by to pose for DIY photos, and they even have a snow making machine installed on the side of their house. They also collect for the NW Harvest food drive every year. Every where you look is decorated, every square foot of the lawn. Aaron and I marveled at how much was involved. Not just the electricity, but the hours of work that must have been involved. I can’t even wrap my head around the planning, organization, and storage considerations for this annual project. Gem marveled at the whole thing, too. “Mommy,…

  • pacific science center tropical butterfly house
    Seattle,  WW

    Pacific Science Center Tropical Butterfly House

    Hot, humid, and swarming with tropical butterflies of all colors and sizes, the Pacific Science Center Tropical Butterfly House is a touch of the tropics right here in Seattle – and a great way to spend the afternoon with your favorite kid, or kid at heart. Gem was so taken with the idea that a butterfly might land on her that she stood completely still for what felt like F O R E V E R (and probably even longer for her) waiting for one to come and say hi. The rules were very strict: NO TOUCH! However, if a butterfly lands on you, well that’s their choice. It took…

  • go girl
    Family,  Living Well,  WW

    Go, girl

    She’s always been on the go. From the day she was born, she was ready to roll. Before that actually, I went into labor the first time at 32 weeks. She’s my go getter. My go girl has strong opinions on everything. She got very angry with me when she saw this picture, “You took my color away!” Dear internets: Don’t tell her I posted this, okay? But she sure loves her Uncle Timmy. And his motorcycle. Let’s Connect . . . .  .  . . . . WW linky is on page 2.

  • Living Well,  Seattle,  WW

    Seattle Iranian Festival 2013

    The Seattle Iranian Festival is an annual event for my family. My husband got his Master’s degree in Persian literature, and through his studies we were introduced to the local Persian community. Each year we reconnect with old friends, and savor the amazing food. Art, colors, texture, music, beauty everywhere… Each year Gem is made to feel like a princess, as our friends tell her they remember when she was just tiny. She soaks up the attention  – and we all know how much she loves to have her face painted. But you needn’t be connected to the local Iranian community to enjoy the Seattle Iranian Festival. Free, welcoming, open…