{Foreign Service} London Calling

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Alright, so I have the pattern made (and graded for the first time EVER ekkk!) BUT Chris and I decided to take the kids to London for an extra long weekend. photo The second version of the dress I made just SCREAMS for a photo shoot in London so stayed tuned friends for the downloadable […]

{sew} The Mod Dress


This weekend was on odd one. Have you ever had those days where everything you touch seems to turn to dust? I also felt like I couldn’t maintain focus on anything, which probably explains the turning to dust thing ha! We weren’t able to do the photo shoot with the kids like we had planned […]

{photography} Finding Love on the Map


It’s almost the weekend!! Yay! I thought I would share some of my fav photos from a shoot I did a while ago. A few months ago my little sister and her hubby were kind enough to model for me for a mini shoot shop. It was FREEZING cold that day and I spent most […]

{personal} Blitz trip to Italy


For Christmas Chris gave Samantha and I a weekend trip to Italy. Well, he purchased the flights and paid for the rental car, we were lucky enough to have a friend to stay with in Milan (Thanks Zoe!!). We flew out late Friday night, drove to Milan, woke up at 6:30am and drove to Florence […]

{personal} Celebrating American Style


Holidays are always really fun in the Foreign Service. Mainly because Chris receives both local AND American holidays off, whoot whoot (up to a certain limited number but still we will take it ha!) We never know if the kiddos school holidays are going to line up and often we find ourselves with the kids […]

{personal} Saying Farewell to Samantha


We had to say a sad goodbye to our Au Pair Samantha this last Friday. Samantha has been with us for six months and has practically become part of our family. We are going to miss her so much but are very excited for her to start serving her mission for our church in Phoenix […]

{personal} Be Mine


I have always been acutely aware of how lucky I am to have married Chris. He often mentions casually to new friends that I was the one who asked him out first in high school and then while on said date not only asked him in person for a future date but also sneakily had […]

{personal} the awesomeness that is girlfriends


So, I am about to get a little real here. While I love the amazing adventures our life affords us, seeing the world, exploring new cultures, representing the US abroad on and on and on BUT it does require some sacrifices. Since I never want to whine I will simply mention one, being away from […]

{personal} Valentines Cards 2013


**UPDATE** Sawyer was not the hugest fan of the amount of pink on the previous card so we made a compromise ie. he got his way, and we went with the chalk board template that came in the same packet. Much more masculine I suppose. We are getting all geared up for Valentines at the […]