Sunday, March 25, 2012

The wind, the rain, the snow...

 As a semi-new transplant to Oregon, I have to say the weather is one of the bigger things
that has taken some getting used to.

Being a California girl (minus the blonde hair...and bikini body...ahem),
I'm pretty much used to sun, sun, and more sun.
With a side dish of sun.

So, it's not been an unwelcome adventure
 to witness the weather patterns here on the coast.

They can just be so bizarre.
Quite literally, from straight downpour of rain one day
to the most glimmeringly beautiful, sunshiney day the next.

And a lot of "in-between" days. 
Not sunny, not rainy, just a little gloomy.

Here's some pictures of a recent park visit one day that resembled the latter.

Liam, climbing like a monkey and playing with a ball.

Jakey, just before descending down the twisty slide.

Peek-a-boo, Addie...I see you!

My older little monkeys.

This is pretty much what Liam is best at right now.
Running like the dickens.

But then he offsets that naughtiness by giving me the biggest, happiest hugs :)
So I forgive him.

Out of the strange melange of weather mentioned above,
we got an actual day of snow.
Actual snow.

Apparently it hadn't snowed that much since the 1960's...
it was so cool!

Our "pet seagull" waiting for his crumbs.

The strange thing about it is that while it has occasionally 
flurried here once or twice, the snow never stuck.
It had been raining, then all of a sudden my husband is telling me 
to go look at the snow--it was that quick!

This happened in the evening, which is why I hadn't noticed.
It was amazingly peaceful.

Opening the window to peek out, we could hear the ocean waves 
in the background.
It was too cool for Addie to miss, so I went and woke her up
so she could see.
She loved it of course--getting taken out of bed to see a winter wonderland!
What a lovely memory to hold onto. I sure hope she remembers it someday.

It stayed through the next day, but by the following night it was gone.
It rather made it more special that way, though.
Like a surprise gift.

Thrift Store finds

It's been awhile! Over two months--dang. How time flies're a mom of three :)

As always, I've made time for some thrifting.
Here's some recent finds:

This groovy 1960's cookbook is so cheerful and cute,
I had to buy it!

The title is so funny to me, for some reason. 
"Let's start to cook."
It sounds so casual, which is what I like about it.
"Let's pour ourselves a glass of wine and start to cook, hmmm?"
And of course if anything is going to be made, chocolate cupcakes
are at the top of the list.

From cover to cover, it is equally adorable!

Love the illustrations :D

I bought the cookbook, along with the next few books pictured below,
at an awesome book sale--$3 for a grocery bag full, 
as many as you could stuff in.

Needless to say, our little home has an abundance of new books lying around!

These ones I bought purely for their beautiful covers, I admit.

But then there is something altogether beautiful about old books in general.
The history in them alone--the crumbling pages, the vintage type.

This vintage painting is another beauty.
Somehow, the fact that it was painted in the 50's just adds to it's appeal,
ya know?

I like how there is one red rose amongst the white.

One thing I always love are vintage dishes.
This sweet platter would be perfect for some tea cookies,
don't you think?

This one was in such nice shape, I wasn't sure at first
if it was vintage or modern.

Lastly, I found these vintage patterns.
They'd be fun to incorporate into an art project of some kind.

They were only 10 cents each, so it was hard not picking up
every cute one I could find.

This is one of my favorites of the bunch.

For some reason, this one makes me think of "Mad Men."
Haven't watched that show in forever :(

Now if only I knew how to sew--making clothing for my kids
is definitely something I would want to try!

I am linking up with Sophie of Her Library Adventures.