butlers unite

there was some serious "butler rules!" power in Seattle last week
when Cliff and Mary came to visit

Matt and I got some pictures up on the walls and books on the shelves
so it actually looks like people with personality and interests live in our house

the Metro (league) basketball playoffs were happening last week, so Matt and Cliff scouted a game on Saturday while Mary and I relaxed and went out to dinner
a perfect way to spend the evening for all involved, I think

we went on a great walk along Magnolia Blvd on Sunday

this one's for Aunt Cathie!

then we watched the super bowl (in our bedroom, where our only TV is!)
over the next couple of days we watched basketball, talked basketball
and we played board games! 
then we watched more basketball (Prep vs O'Dea), then talked more basketball
during all of this basketball talk Mary and I got lots of girl time to visit, which was wonderful!

such a great weekend, and so much fun showing off our new house

and here is a picture of Pi, who we realized has not made much of an appearance on the blog
she has been transitioning to life in the new house quite well
although she's still not super keen on going outside for more than about 5 minutes at a time
she loves the basement (probably because we kept her downstairs for the first 3 weeks we lived here)


signs of spring

things are starting to grow and bud here in Seattle!  
we are really excited to see what little surprises will grow in our yard this spring and summer
here's what's happening now:

lemon tree (indoors)
so fragrant!

buds on tree outside our bedroom windows

we're not sure what type of tree this is, but it has had these little fuzzy guys for about 2 weeks!
when we were kids my Mom used to cut the pussy willows for a vase and let us color them with chalk
such a fun project for kids! 
who am I kidding though...I'd do it now if our tree wasn't too small to trim

we've been told this is a butterfly tree
lots of flowers are expected!

weeping cherry tree! 
this tree's name is Ernie

Something like a rhododendron...only with a taller base?

our big rhododendron
I looked at an old picture on Google maps and found out the flowers are white


unidentified flowers? weeds?

a map of Seattle neighborhoods:

we are in Magnolia
which is the neighborhood that sticks out into the Puget Sound, northwest of Downtown
there are a ton of great places to walk in our 'hood
a favorite of ours is Discovery Park, where I took these pictures the other evening
could this be a piece of heaven?



this week we were t-i-r-e-d.
the big push to get the living room painted and set up left us feeling a little burnt out
but hey, at least we have a living room to lay around feeling lazy in!

so, we took it easy and relaxed a bit
we made some dinners at home...

this is a favorite of mine because you can throw bread that is getting hard and all of the veggies you worry will go bad into a pan, cover it in egg, and have a delicious meal
this has in layers: hard french and sourdough bread, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, onions, sausage, some chunks of cheese
mix eggs with nutmeg, salt, and pepper, pour over the whole shebang, bake at 375 for 30 minutes-ish...

Now that the ceiling is down Matt just couldn't wait any longer to get rid of this red wallpaper
is it weird that I don't actually think it's that bad? 
My Mom agreed with me... apparently Grandma & Grandpa had this same wallpaper in their kitchen at one point

we were really just slapping this paint up, because we know it's a temporary fix until the remodel
slappin' the paint!
we reached an all-time low of immaturity thanks to me, when I started making this sound every time I made a brush stroke: "pppffffllllttttt"
at first Matt was startled and maybe even confused, but then he caught on...
you get the idea
we are really tired of painting

now, we realize that this is still no dream kitchen
but woowwwwiiiieeee it feels amazing to us now that it's painted! 
so much brighter and feels a lot bigger yet

Matt had even more basketball than usual this week, so I decided to practice my stir fry skills

things were going pretty good until the rice noodles... I bought these rice noodles at Uwajimaya, the awesome Asian specialty market, and they did not get sticky or soggy
but I don't think one is supposed to put them in with the vegetables to stir fry
a great idea in theory, but a big F in the execution phase
it was a TON of food, and kind of blended into a giant clump
not exactly what I had in mind... but tasted delicious

being able to cook in the kitchen really contributes to a sense of normalcy in these crazy times
we enjoy cooking together
so we are really looking forward to our kitchen remodel!