The Greatest Gift is Commitment

I am in awe. Justin has been telling me about these gifts he got for us in Japan for, I think, years now. Guess what showed up just as we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary?!


Let’s see what’s in there! Ooooo, this is looking good already.

Star Wars

Anytime you see Boba, you know it’s gonna be good. And indeed it is!

Star Wars Stickers

They’re cute little vinyl stickers! Imma have to stick them on things.

Boy, what else is in here?

Star Wars jelly beans

Oooo, Star Wars jelly beans! Neato. (I was hoping they’d be Star Wars themed flavors like “Womp Rat” or “Blue Milk”, but they’d just normal flavors… which is for the best.)

OK… what’s this now?


No, seriously, what is this thing?

Little Prick

Oh, it’s two little sheep that you sew up? That’s cute. I hope I’m understanding it right. It could be potholder for all I know.

We’re not done yet!

3D puzzle

I have never (and will never) say no to a model. I look forward to putting this together!

Alright, I think there’s just one thing left. Let’s see here…


Well, it’s big. Not sure what it is though.

Warming up

Wait, is that what I think it is?


Yeah, I think it is what I think it is!

Too Much Excitement

Jelly bean Death Star!

Much Too Much Excitement

Jelly bean Death Star!

we're done

Jelly bean Death Star!

Yeah, it’s a jelly bean Death Star. It’s pretty sweet. We of course had to open it up and play with it immediately (right before dinner no less!)

This is all very cool. Thank you very much Justin, Katrina, Vian, and Thorin! I’m also crazy impressed that you’ve managed to keep track of so much stuff for so long! I would have eaten the jelly beans in a week and lost everything else in two!

Batman Shorts!

Joni recently learned to make pants. She’s very proud of her new skill. For my birthday she decided to make me Batman shorts! You might be aware that I’ve kind of got a thing for Batman. Joni set in to make the shorts yesterday. Things got off to a rocky start… Turns out that if […]

Christmas 2015

This Christmas we couldn’t make it back to MN (or FL) to see anyone, so we ended up having a lovely little quiet Christmas with just the two of us and the dog. We both took Christmas Eve off work and just hung out at home all day for the most part. We made a […]

Year in Review

I’ve been thinking that we might be getting to the point in our lives where Christmas cards needs to become a thing. It’s still daunting though, so as a transitional step, here’s a Christmas card esque newsletter type thing! Some might also call it a blog post. And it is. It’s just a blog post […]

More Camping Success

No joke, we went camping over Thanksgiving weekend and it was awesome!  Everything is extra good while camping.  Hot drinks are great, all of the food you make is so satisfying, and fire is the best.  We were not cold at all in the tent, even though the lows were below freezing.  We have two […]

Accidental Rave

Two weekends ago we accidentally attended a rave. I know, it doesn’t seem like that’s the kind of thing one could accidentally end up at. But, we did. We managed to do it. The story begins several weeks ago when we got a flier of current events from our realtor… One of the events happening […]

Camping Success!

Wow. It’s been a while, huh? Every since we moved to Seattle and got real adult jobs we’ve become all sorts of boring. But now, finally there is joyous news to report! We have successfully camped. Yes. We got very very close to successfully camping earlier this summer, but there were some issues that prevented […]

Washington trip to Joni and Will’s

Editor’s note: Mom and Dad came to visit us over Memorial Day weekend.  Yay!  Here’s a guest post from Mom. Ok, I know it’s been a long time coming so I will do my best to tell you all about our trip. Well, all I can remember at any rate.We stayed over night in the […]

Beauty Loves Fetch

Beauty loves to play fetch. And I have a GoPro. The two seemed to fit well together:


We got a dog.  At the shelter they said she was a Staffordshire Terrier but there’s some disagreement between Will and me about whether she’s an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Her name is Beauty but I’ve taken to calling her baby girl.  She’s six. We got her yesterday and so far […]