May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to this beautiful lady, who I'm lucky enough to call my Mama!  She listens to my problems, laughs at my {stupid} jokes, cries when I'm sad, and always encourages me to be the best I can be.  My favorite days are when I get to hang out with my mom, and I'm super excited to spend the weekend celebrating her.  Mom - I'm so lucky to have you and love you so much!!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

May 5, 2016

Bar-versary


This weekend marks my 4 year anniversary at The Bar Method!  I honestly cannot believe I've been at it for 4 years - time sure flies!  I remember my very first class and how terrified I was, and after the whippin' I got from Quyen that day, it's amazing I came back the next day {and the next, and the next, and the next.....}.  Something about this community of women {and a few awesome men} has me hooked - walking in each day and being greeted by smiling faces that know me and are genuinely happy to see me is one of the best parts of my day.  I've shared so much with these people and have made some forever friends that I don't know what I would do without this {and them} in my life.  It's made me mentally tough and physically strong, and it's given me a place I feel where I belong.  If you need more proof, watch this video - it sums up everything I love about this place :)

xoxo,
stephanie marie

pic of my team, the form fatales, for the bar challenge that is going on right now

May 4, 2016

Arts & Sciences {Part II}

 
A few weeks back, we all decided to get together for Arts & Sciences Night, Part II {see Part 1 here}.  If you'll recall, John's been working on covering his wall with a tongue in cheek periodic table of elements, and since we had such a fabulous time the first time {which crazily enough was a year ago} we decided to try it again.  This time we converged on Nicole's casa where her and Dan cooked us a delicious salmon dinner before sitting down to wine and painting.  The Cullen kids joined in the festivities this year, and I think we were all a little humbled by their creativity :)  I went into this night not really knowing what I wanted to do, but knowing I wanted to top last year.  I settled on Mercury and decided to just fill my canvas with everything that came to mind having to do with Mercury {a fish, a thermometer, a planet, and some Queen lyrics}.  I took my time, concentrated, and apparently when you try to do a good job, sometimes it actually happens!  I was pretty proud of my creation and it has me excited to contribute another idea very soon.  Here's to getting the paints out more than once a year :)



 john's amazing "silver"




 my finished product


 the words on the side were my fave




 claire's madeline scene for francium was awesome
 



xoxo,
stephanie marie

May 3, 2016

Afternoon with Linnea


Saturday afternoon, I headed over to Greenlake to spend some time with Erika & Linnea.  This little one {who is almost 11 months!!!} is growing up way too fast and I want to soak up as much time with her as possible.  We headed out on a walk around the lake {something I miss terribly about not living there} and stopped at Mighty O Donuts for some snacks to take down to the lake.  It's so fun to watch her grow up and become such a little person, and I love relaxed weekends like this where we can just chill and bask in that Seattle sunshine.  Oh, and not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty sure this little one likes her Auntie Stephie :)







those eyes!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

May 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Abby



Happy 8th Birthday to this little mermaid!  I honestly cannot believe she's 8 this year - I had to start counting back to make sure it was true!  I hope you had the most wonderfuld day and I love that you spent your birthday doing what I did when I turned 8 - getting your ears pierced!!  I love you Abby-Doodle!!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

April 29, 2016

TGIF



Happy Friday!  I got to share a couple glasses bottles of wine at Happy Hour last night with these Bar Babes and it made me so happy :)  I can't believe I've known these girls for almost 4 years and how much life has changed in that time.  Love these gals!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

April 28, 2016

Date Night {Coppelia & Crow}


Last Friday I went on a date - with myself.  Let me explain.  I've wanted to see the ballet Coppelia since I was little, and when I saw it was coming to the PNB this year, I was determined to go see it.  As the date got closer and the tickets went on super sale and after asking a few people who couldn't make it, I decided I would make it a little date for myself.  I'd had a bad week with the car and stuff, and the ballet always makes me super happy, so it seemed like the perfect plan.  A date to the ballet is not complete without dinner beforehand, so after going home from work and making myself date night ready, I headed down to Crow for a pre-show dinner.  The place was super busy, but I squeezed in at the back kitchen bar where I sat next to the loveliest couple who actually had a daughter dancing in the show {with a solo!}.  We chatted throughout dinner, with them giving me recommendations on the menu and telling me about the show, and me chatting about my house and my love of the ballet.  After a few glasses of wine and the yummiest {and biggest} piece of lasagna, I headed over to the theater, where I took my seat in the very center of the balcony and settled in to watch the lighthearted and funny show about a man who falls in love with a doll.  At the end of the night, as I was walking to the car, I was actually happy that no one else could make it and that I got to do this by myself.  It's kind of nice to go to something you love and not worry about if the person you're with is enjoying themselves :)  The man I met at dinner reiterated several times how proud he was of me that I decided I wanted to see the show so I just went, and you know what?  I was pretty proud of myself too :)  Here's to getting out of my comfort zone more often and doing things that make me happy.  





xoxo,
stephanie marie