Friday Reflections – April 21

Happy Friday! It was my husband’s birthday last weekend as well as Spring Break. To celebrate, we headed down to Portland for the weekend. We hadn’t been to the Portland Art Museum and decided to check it out. I love how art connects the past and the present. I have had such interesting conversations with the boys in museums. It makes topics that are sometimes hard to discuss easier when you have to face the topic full on through art.

For the last couple months I have been going to physical therapy for my back, hips, neck – all of it! I wish my past self would’ve paid more attention to the importance of strengthening one’s core. Before PT I literally didn’t even know where my core was but boy do I now. I’m finally moving past PT and am going to start pilates. Finger’s crossed it will be enough to push me over the hump.

Easter baskets with Pokemon, chocolate and legos. Don’t you love that sweatband? He wears it 24/7 in the house and I’m hoping he’ll start wearing it out because it’s so darn cute.

Easter morning, rainbows and a spectacular bowl of ramen round out this week’s favorite moments.

Rhubarb also makes me so happy to see. I used to eat rhubarb raw when I was a child. Can you believe that? So incredibly sour. It’s much better stewed with some sugar and spooned into yogurt or oatmeal. Believe me.

Now onto the weekend. Ease into it with laughter, friendship and hopefully some sunshine.

Cheers!

Rachel

 

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The Portland Art Museum had this beautiful collection of silver from King George II. Why don’t gravy boats still have lids? It makes so much sense.
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This looks like I hit a buy 3 get 1 free sale but alas it is just my stash of physical therapy tools. I’m hoping this is the last of it (and that I look as amazing working the mini ball as the model does!)
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We made it home from Portland in the afternoon, so the Easter bunny was a little late. All smiles though from the kiddos.
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Spring at its best.
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I’ve had my share of ramen by this point but this is by far my favorite place. Thankfully I get Mike’s soy sauce egg because one is just not enough.
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Ruby red rhubarb always brings a smile to my face.

Friday Reflections – April 14

It’s Spring Break this week and we are living. it. up. By this, I mean that I am slowly getting out of bed and the boys are having much more screen time than normal. I did take the boys swimming the other day and that experience has solidified my resolve to keep these boys in swimming lessons. Goodness.

On Tuesday, we dodged the rain and walked to the cutest gelato shop in town! We hadn’t been there before but the hazelnut gelato will definitely have me coming back.

I have been working on some lemon recipes and, after a few more tweaks, I will have one to share. Below is a lemon poppyseed scone recipe I made. I love the rhubarb compote, it is the perfect complement to the scone. 

For some reason, I feel like my kids are usually wearing matching clothes. Please know that I don’t plan this. They pick them out themselves! Before climbing on the play structure, we had practiced some biking. He is soooo close!

The cherry blossom season is a magical time in Seattle. I love how the petals cover the ground. Soon the magnolia trees will bloom and my heart will truly believe that Spring is here to stay.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and that it is filled with ice cream and spring time.

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An afternoon hazelnut gelato affogato with the cutest little twirly fork.
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Lemon Poppyseed Scone with Rhubarb Compote
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Blue, Green and Grey
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Cherry blossom snow

Friday Reflections – April 7

Happy Friday friends! I’m sitting here after attending a class on emotional management taught by our school principal. She started with a quote that struck me and that I want to remember. “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Viktor E. Franki. So powerful. May we respond to life’s challenges this week with our best selves and gain growth and freedom in the process.

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These tasty little snacks are made with only banana, egg white, oats and nuts or chocolate chips. The recipe is from Home Baked, which is chalk full of baked goods with a nod to health.
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Mike and I had lunch together and strolled through the market on Monday. This is what I dreamed having school-aged children would be like. We definitely need to make this happen more often!
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I’m feeling like I’m missing Spring with all the rain we’ve been having. Glad I walked around and snapped some cherry blossoms while they are still here.
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This guy and his faces! There were so many sticks laying around at the park he could hardly decide which ones to play with but settled on these two.