April 11, 2014

Happy Friday

What are you up to this weekend?  It's been a super fun but very long week {I don't think I've gone to bed before midnight all week!} and I'm ready to relax.  I plan on spending time in the yard tending to the ever increasing population of plant life there, hanging with the fam, and maybe throwing in a Thai Friday tonight :)  While I never EVER thought I'd say this, I actually enjoy working in my yard and seeing the progress over the past few months.  There's something so satisfying when it's actually your own, so let's hope for some sunshine! 

Have a great weekend!

stephanie marie

April 10, 2014

Bar Buddies

Last night I met up with some of my most favorite ladies from The Bar Method for happy hour at Mistral Kitchen.  We have been saying for months that we were going to do this, and apparently when you schedule something weeks in advance, it actually ends up happening!  These girls are some of my absolute favorite people - I mean, with how much time we spend together, we would have to like each other at least a little :)  We all have gone through so much together over the past two years {babies, weddings, breakups, death} and are always there for each other for a laugh or a hug whenever it's needed.   While I love having a workout that's so convenient and actually gives me results that I can see, the best part about Bar is by far the people I've met.  These "nooners" are so special to me, and I am so happy to call them friends.  I know they'll be in my life for a very long time :)

love this pic from vanessa

stephanie marie

April 9, 2014

Opening Day

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year - Opening Day at Safeco Field.  Minus a quick hiatus last year, I've been going to Opening Day as far back as I can remember.  It's such a great time - the energy, the crowd, the excitement - it's like your championship dreams aren't crushed quite yet :)  I went with the Robinson's, and while the day started off rainy and cold, we were greeted at the field by the Superbowl Champs {including the one and only Pete Carroll} and their Lombardi Trophy, and Russell Wilson himself throwing out the first pitch.  The M's battled back from a lousy first inning to beat the Angels, and as the song of the night goes, these boys are definitely back in town :)

 lots of fireworks

 russell! {and how awesome is that banner in center field}

 the hawks

 my mariner buddy for life

one of my absolute favorite places to be

stephanie marie

April 8, 2014

The Home Depot

Can I just say I have the best parents ever?  Friday night, my parents came down to spend the night with me and help me with some much needed house chores after a trying week {yeah, I broke my bathroom sink}.  They really gave me that kick in the butt I needed to get motivated again about fixing my home.  Saturday morning, Dad and I headed to The Home Depot to spend a chunk of my tax return on home supplies {trust me - I never thought I'd be excited about this}.  We left with a cartful {including an outdoor broom, a string trimmer, a saw, a hose, and a new sink} and headed home to work.  While we were out, Mom had spent the morning working in the garden and the house, and throughout the rest of the day, we fixed the leaks in the chimney, pruned branches, fixed the front gate, and finally replaced the sink {definitely not a one person job!}.  Thanks so much Mom & Dad for helping me with my house.  I couldn't have done it without you {literally} and now I'm more motivated than ever to get this place in shape!

 saturdays are daddy and me day at the depot - all the kids making their bird feeders in their orange aprons were adorable

 a cart full of stuff

 yes, i broke my bathroom sink {don't ask}

dad installing the new one {i promise i helped!}

I love you guys!

stephanie marie

April 7, 2014

The Weekend {in pictures}

 {the kitty who has randomly decided my yard is his favorite place to hang - i named him charlie}

 {home depot trip with dad}

 {friday dinner with mom and dad - i made this and we drank wine and watched so many episodes of Modern Family}

 {my new obsession - vanilla ice cream with strawberries}

{sunday lunch with david at the new din tai fung at uvillage}

Hope your weekend was as fun and productive as mine!

stephanie marie

April 4, 2014


Last night, David met me after I got my hair did for dinner and drinks.  While debating where we should go, I decided it had been way too long since we had a Chupacoliver's night {drinks at Oliver's Twist and dinner at El Chupacabra} and insisted on it.  We met at the OT for a drink before heading over to El Chupa for some of the best burritos in town.  These are two of my favorite places to go in the city {low key and fun with a neighborhood vibe}, and it's always nice to sit and laugh with this guy :)

Happy Friday!

stephanie marie

April 3, 2014


I started watching How I Met Your Mother several years ago after flying through most of the first season on a cold and rainy day at Erika's apartment.  I immediately took to the show and the ongoing story of Ted, the narrator, explaining to his children how he met their mother.  I quickly caught up during several marathon viewing sessions, and after 9 seasons the show finally said good bye this week.  I was a little skeptical when I heard that the whole final season was going to take place over one weekend {Barney & Robin's wedding weekend}, but it told the story perfectly.  The ending was just what I had hoped - maybe not the happiest, most perfect fairytale ending, but then again, what is?  In the end, it was legen.....wait for it.....dary :)

stephanie marie