This is the beginning of my white mug collection. I think my late thirties will be known as the White Years. It's funny because growing up I loved color on everything, but lately I am really into white linens and dishes. I still like color on my walls, but it's more subtle than in years past. Although I am contemplating painting my bedroom white, keeping our dark wood furniture and putting white linens on it. With a wall of flowy white curtains behind the bed. Anyway, back to the mugs. I have turned into a big hot tea drinker up here in the Pacific Northwest. Coffee is huge up here, but I'm not a coffee drinker. I started with a set of four of the mug backrow all the way to the left of the photo. But four mugs wasn't enough because often I have lots of moms over for playdates or craft nights, etc and we all like to drink tea. So when I went to add a few more mugs, I was noticing all the fun mugs out there and had a hard time deciding. But ultimately I didn't want to add visual clutter to my small kitchen. I have an open pantry and my dishes are out on display. I found some white mugs in different textures and patterns and then I decided I'd add to my mug collection with all white mugs that were different. I'm totally in love with it!
Maddie and Izzie making beads from a kit they got for their birthday.
I gave some table scraps to Ripley and Jake got brave enough to try to share. So I gave him a few pieces too. I never used to give the table scraps but now that they are 18+ and 15 respectively, they pretty much get whatever they want.
My friend Nat has a large family. She adopted two girls from Asia (Taiwan, I think, I can't remember) and she has two biological boys. Then she heard about the state of the orphanages in the DRC in Africa and their family decided they had room for two more. It was a long long process, over a year and three visits to Africa but her girls, Lucie and Mydra finally made it to the US. This was at their welcome home party. Taylor is sitting next to her.
Daddy and Izzie. We FINALLY took the girls bowling. John and I love bowling, it's our standard date night. But for some reason we've never taken the girls. I think they had fun. They were a bit frustrated (even with the bumpers) but I think they got into it by the end.
They were having a hard time getting the ball to make it to the end of the lane. So Daddy showed her how to granny bowl. She preferred the one arm swing though.
Daddy and Maddie.
Maddie and Momma
Daddy and Maddie
Daddy and Izzie
Maddie and Izzie enjoying a fire.
Izzie and Maddie.
Playdate at Amy's house. We haven't seen the triplets in a long time and it was fun catching up!