Top 16 Highlights of June

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s practically July. I feel like we just started June and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But it’s been an eventful, fun-filled month. So eventful in fact, that I had to increase my  highlights from 10 to 16! What can I say, June was a great one. Without further adieu, Here’s the top 16 highlights of the past month.

1.  Life is only better with Minnie in it.  Besides nothing says, “June is going to rock” than a birthday part on June 1st with a piñata and La Palomas.

Lindsey's Birthday Party

The infamous pinata

2.  Father’s Day.  It warmed my heart that dad opened the door with a “Kailua Boys” shirt on.  Thought it was quite fitting since we were looking at his completed ’67 bug for inspiration for Kyle’s bug.

Father's Day 2013

Father’s Day 2013

3. Rachel is getting married. I’ve been blessed to have been ‘adopted’ by her and her family in college.  Holidays and life wouldn’t quite be the same without wheat-thins and cheese ball. I’m thrilled to see her start a new adventure with her soulmate in a few weeks!

Rachel's Bridal Shower

Rachel’s Bridal Shower

4. Survived my first bike ride in the city.  I got into cycling while we were living on the east-side and fell in love with the Sammamish River Trail. Unfortunately, the closest trail is the Burke and I’m trying to build up the courage to get further along in the city on two wheels. I just need to figure out how to avoid getting freaked out by cars and stop signs.

Survived my first bike ride in the city.

Survivor!

5.  The blender that will change your life. And your pocketbook. But seriously, we love our  Vitamix. It’s made us adventurous in our recipes and healthy too! So far, we’ve been on three weeks of green-smoothies!   I can’t wait to share more about how we’re using it in a later post! Be sure to check back!

The Vitamix

The Vitamix

6. Care packages from Hawaii. This box of goodies arrived from back home as a thank you. Nothing says “homesick’ that the good stuff.

Love the Naito's!

Love the Naito’s!

7. Patty’s Eggnest. This breakfast joint is a must-stop experience in Seattle. We only stumbled upon this “classic” when we moved in. I’d say more people commented on Patty’s then our home. But who’s counting? I’m not, especially when you get this grub for $8!

Patty's Eggnest

Patty’s Eggnest

8. New Mattress. It’s a long story. But after not being able to get our boxspring up the stairs, our mattress was  on the hard-floors for nearly 4 months. We finally bit the bullet and invested in a new mattress from Macy’s. Let’s just say this bed has changed my life and my back.

New Mattress!

New Mattress!

9. My new twin. This four year old is amazing. Brilliantly sharp, sweetest heart, obedient, hysterical, and OMG all around awesome. I could go on. We were meant to be soul-mates. I mean, seriously, who plans outfits like this in advance? Need I say more?

My new best friend.

My new best friend.

10.  The Pet we never asked for. Herbert. There’s quite  a funny background to this highlight. Be sure to catch it and his friend, “The Gnome” here.

Speechless.

Speechless.

11. SUP Yoga. This is the second event I survived this month. I’m sure that says something. In all seriousness, Katie and I signed up through Groupon for three sessions. Today was our first session and we made it!  We have SUP boards and love it but let me be honest, adding the yoga element brings a whole new definition to the word, “balance.” We can’t wait for our next classes!

Surf Ballard

Surf Ballard

12. Greenwood Fair and Car Show. This was the first time we’ve ever attended, even after living here for 13 years!  There were so many great cars and people. We even got to hang out some with some locals from Hawaii who have their own VW bug club. I’m secretly wishing that we can get in regardless of the fact that I am Hawaiian but don’t look like it and Kyle is a haloe. Who knows? Maybe I need to bust out by family tree.

Taking "shut the front door" a bit too literal.

Taking “shut the front door” a bit too literal.

14. Surprise reunion! These peeps are some of our faves and they just got back from China. Needless to say, we were shocked to run into each other at Naked City while checking out the Greenwood Car show. I guess great minds think alike when it’s hot and you just need a beer.

The Boedeckers!

The Boedeckers!

15. My surprise office! Kyle is the best at keeping secrets and my office decor was no match for this tight-lipped hubby of mine.  Read the ‘surprise that ends all surprises’ here!

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

16. Friends. It’s great to be back in Seattle and catch up with dear friends. Living on the eastside made it so difficult to maintain and keep up with those closest to us. I know, it was only 45 mins away but you’d be surprised what that extra time does to your relationships!  Times like these are the confirmation that we made the right decision to move back.

Love this girl!

Love this girl!

Finally, I’m excited to share that for the month of July, there will be a series of guest bloggers who will be sharing their customer service experiences here! Stories will range from the good, the bad, and the ugly. But one thing is true, is that it happened and it happened to these people. Be sure to check back over the course of July and comment, like, and give your thoughts on what customer service should be like!

A surprise to end all surprises

It’s been a busy few weeks and the last thing I wanted to do was work on the house, more or less figure out how to mathematically hang our soon-to-be-arriving wall decals, despite how awesome they would look. Normally the end result is motivating enough for me but not in this case. Even if it would look like something like this…

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes (http://greenweddingshoes.com/siennas-nursery/)

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes (http://greenweddingshoes.com/siennas-nursery/)

Disregard all baby accessories and furniture….those are completely irrevalant to this post. But I will admit, this is the coolest baby’s room EVER.

Like with most of my ideas, this was Pinterest inspired. Except I can officially count this as a completed project compared to all the ones I dream about. I really am a lot more crafty, artsy and creative….in my head. But it wasn’t so easy of a start. You see we had already painted the room this awesome mint-green color. I insisted we do it as soon as possible so I could move all my office stuff crap into the space and finish unpacking one of the rooms. Unfortunately, this Pinterest inspiration didn’t show itself until AFTER we had painted the room. This is key, especially when you read how this mom designed her gorgeous nursery AND chose her colors. We did it backwards. Of course.

After weeks of going back and forth between decal colors (to attempt to fix our mistake), we decided to fake it. Yup, fake it. We weren’t about to spend another $100 bucks on white paint to redo what we just completed. So we bought gold and white decals. I felt so wasteful. White decals?! Never again. But hey folks, I’m saving you the energy, money and time in case you decide to do this to your walls!

Also, Kyle wants me to point out that you should read the Mur Decal details and FAQs carefully. It may not work on your walls. For example, all our walls have an ‘orange peel’ texture and Mur said that it may not adhere. I had the “vision” and couldn’t shake the design inspiration. Subsequently I “coerced” Kyle into getting some to test out. We purchased the minimum amount to see if it would work. After anxiously waiting two weeks, the gold decals finally arrived and they stuck! #winning. Unbeknownst to me, Kyle also bought the white ones and hid them without me knowing they arrived….until today. This is what I saw when I walked through our front door:

Kyle nearly completed with his surprise.

Kyle nearly completed with his surprise.

TA-DA! The “completed” surprise.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Completed Mur Decal DIY by Kyle.

Honestly, we’re really pleased with how this turned out. We were a bit hesitant for the cost that we had put into it, especially since it was more expensive than the paint. And that doesn’t include paint time or Kyle’s one-man-show today. He literally spent ALL day working on this wall though I’m sure it would go a lot quicker if there are two people. But as he said, there is definitely a learning curve with trying to get them to ‘stick.’

All in all, this was one of the top three surprises Kyle’s ever been able to pull off. It ranks up with my 30th birthday jewelry and him proposing to me. That’s how GOOD it was.

P.S. We (Kyle) needs inspiration and motivation. What’s been your most successful DIY project?