Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring time in Seattle

Our favorite thing to do, without a doubt, is walking around and taking photos, throw coffee in the mix and we are set! Last weekend we decided to brave downtown parking (sometimes you just can't find a spot) and walk around a bit, take photos and drink our weight in coffee. 
Spring time here, so far, as been pretty spectacular, with lots of blue skies. I thought after living in Jordan for three years that I would LOVE the constant rain, but that lasted for about a day. I actually like really hard rain, but for like a day, and then please stop. Germany's like that, most winter day's are sunny with really hard rain for just a day or two at a time... same with Jordan, just all at a higher temperature, haha. 
I have not been a fan of the rain here, it's misty and cloudy and gloomy, and I'm missing that Jordanian weather, but now that the sun is slowly starting to come out I'm getting so excited for summer. Why is sunshine so beautiful? Why does it make any day feel so much better? 
With my undying passion for the sun now revealed, last weekend was perfect and we got some really cute snaps of this new place we're learning to call home. 

I could people watch while drinking coffee all day long. 

I've been dying to wear this bomber jacket since I bought it last fall, but it's literally been too cold to until now. So happy it's finally getting sunny out. Also this little red purse I bought in Florence is the cutest thing ever, but I hate wearing it with my big puff puff coat. It's almost summer guys!

What a model!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Laguna Beach

Currently in Seattle where it's FREEEEEEZING, sipping hot tea and looking back at photos of sunny California. I had so much fun in December showing Elijah all the places I knew and loved. I have some memories from America when I was younger but I think the ones of Southern California really concreted themselves from my childhood since it's the place I always went back and visited during all those years in Europe.
By far my favorite day on this trip was the day we visited Laguna Beach (besides the dog beach in Huntington which was such fun). My mom and I did a BUNCH of shopping in the morning, grabbed some coffee and then picked up the guys and headed to Laguna. We were there for hours walking around and taking photos. It was the warmest day on our trip which for me heat equates to being the best day... also taking lots of photos... also the ocean.... so basically anywhere where it's warm, there's water nearby and I can take a lot of photos and I'm seriously the most content person. Throw in a few adorably fuzzy dogs that I get to pet along the way and I am set!

These photos bring back all the warm feelings (literally... it was so warm and I just want to go back to sun shining and lots and lots of heat... she types as she wears her snow pants inside... not even a little embarrassed)

Can't wait for it to be summer in Seattle. *sigh*

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Mom Jeans

I jumped on the mom jean bandwagon from the very beginning... just from a distance. I would like to think I look like Rachel and Monica sporting them 90's mom jeans... but in reality I just never did. I didn't try on loads of mom jeans, in fact, jean shopping has to be my absolute least favorite thing to do. And since I moved back to America it's only gotten worse.
I think everyone has their favorite jeans... that one brand that just always fit perfectly. The jeans that always looked good on me were a little store in Europe... that we don't have in America (I say as I weep)... my other option was always Zara, which was on every street corner in Europe, but I think there's only a small handful in Seattle.

America's size chart is all weird too. In Europe I wear a 36, or a 27... I cannot for the life of me figure out what my size is here... I've tried on size 3's that fit and size 5's that fit.... which is it? And can I also add that if you were a size 3 when I was in middle school you were like the skinniest girl around.  America's size chart has got me all mixed up and then I concluded to never go pants shopping again until I was in Europe next.
Until I stepped into Ross... which just happens to be one of the best stores ever! We don't have cheaper outlet like stores in Europe so I've been completing in love with Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross since I've gotten back. I saw a pair of levi mom jeans on the rack and thought, "eh, why not," and threw them in the cart, complete aware in the back of my head that they were just going to be another ridiculous attempt at a pair of mom jeans that were waaaaayyyy too baggy on the waist and wayyyyyy too tight on the calves, because guys, if it's not stretchy material that will choke you to death apparently it's not in style.

I threw them on in the dressing room and I was in love! Levi's have never done me justice, but these bad boys (or mama's I think I should say) weren't too shabby. Also, they were originally $98 and I got them for $10!!!!! (and a thousand more exclamation marks!!!)
So thanks levi's, now I'm on the mom jean bandwagon, just in time for them to go out of style. I'll die a little that day.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Throwback to 2016 in the truest of forms... photo dumping.

2016, what can I say? Like hair scrunchies from the 80's some things are best when they're done with, not that the scrunchie didn't have her moments.

Big transitions are always stressful and I had my share of them this year, from leaving the Middle East,  saying goodbye to Germany, moving back to America and then ultimately settling in Seattle.  I went from having three jobs, to having kinda no job right now, from having all my friends just a taxi drive away to having them across countries, from on average traveling to about 12 countries a year to just truckin' around one big one, from being completely engulfed in working with refugees and doing more than just home visits, to running back to the drawing board on what I want to contribute to those in need, and one of the biggest changes... going from a desert with palm trees to a rainy FREEZING climate with evergreens.

But with all the ups and downs that came with the year that seemed like the craziest year yet, there were definitely some highlights for me that resulted in some serious New Year's goals.

We started out 2016 with Hugo Humperdinck's 2nd birthday

And Bear Bear Barkly's 1st birthday

And as the year went by we got ready to leave my sweet little Anfall and her brother Mohammed and all the other sweet Sudanese friends we did home visits with.

Left our favorite coffee shop behind... I still miss you Strada

Spent as much time with my sweet Sami before the move.

And hiked our last wadi hikes.

We emptied out the house. 

And spent our last days with Khater in our empty place.

Bye Amman 

Bye Sami

And our last night altogether right before we left the airport we spent hanging out, snap chatting and eating gluten free pizza. 

Then we flew out and hit up all the airports. 

And just like that we were moved and back to my little hometown in Germany.

Taking walks around town

And playing in the backyard

Taking day trips to Nurnberg for sushi

And sleeping on that old futon in the basement...

Our little village

I love walking around out little town

And we continued to discover snapchat and it probably wasn't the healthiest choice. 

And then we all went to Barcelona

We enjoyed the sun and ate way more pastries than we should have

Barcelona, you're amazing. 
After Barcelona we headed back to Germany for a little while.

And just enjoyed our little village everyday a little more. 

And more runs to Nurnberg for sushi

And I visited Sidra in her new town in Germany. From Syria to Jordan to Germany, how crazy! I love her.

We explored big beer barrels 


And we explored Heidelberg castle and the city for my 29th birthday.

And enjoyed walks around Rothenburg because it's simply the best. 

And it snowed right before we left and then we left Germany and my heart was broken.

To America we went and we began to explore the midwest.

We enjoyed the best fall there, everything was different colors and beautiful.

And I gave Bear a pink mohawk.

And there were lots of snuggles before we found our new home.

And just like that it was Halloween and we got ready to leave the Midwest for Seattle. We traveled cross country for five days but that's another post for another time.

We found an apartment in Washington and bought new stuff.

And discovered beautiful things just around the corner from our house.

And hung out with friends and made gingerbread houses (and won gingerbread house contests)

And then we shopped for a christmas tree.

And found the perfect little guy.

We brought our tree home and decorated it with five ornaments and lots of lights.

And enjoyed wine by the fire every night.

And snuggles with the puppies every morning.

And Hannah visited

And we discovered Germany in Washington

and ate chestnuts like old times.

Hugo's FAVORITE things are the sand and the snow.

Hannah and me.

We discovered more of Seattle before our trip to California.

And just like that we drove another 19 hours in one day and were in Orange county again.

And I got to show Elijah where I was from and all the things I love about California.

And then it was Christmas.

And we ate soooo much cheese and cookies.

We opened so many presents.

And were all together. 

We revisited soooo many of my favorite beaches.

And I made them pose like models... just kidding, they just are models.

We looked for terrifying sharks

and met pelicans.

And met with our sweet friends.

The puppies cuddles.

And we took them to the dog beach...

They had the best time in the sand and waves.

Then we drove back to Washington and welcomed 2017.