Spring is starting to arrive in Washington. The trees are beginning to show signs of budding with new life. The sun is also becoming a more steady staple. Then in typical indecisive Washington weather fashion, it snowed. Thankfully, it appears that Snowmageddon is not returning.
This time of year we become inspired to do some spring cleaning and start emerging from our dens a bit more. It also encourages animals to wake from slumber and birds to migrate back home. Prior to Winter arriving in full force I was contemplating moving, but elected to wait until the Spring due to muddy road conditions. As the ground has begun the thawing and drying process, I am preparing to move!
I am relocating from the back woods of Graham, Washington to Tacoma, Washington. I will be moving into the back yard of some of my most favorite people, Kass and Eowyn. I can barely contain my excitement about this transition. The fact that they are just as excited about my arrival is making me buzz with happiness.
Kass and Eowyn are such fantastic people for so many reasons. They are the most awesome parents to their adorable 14 month old son, Logan. I am not typically a big fan of kids, but I am a sucker for toddlers and I love that little guy. He has got a ton of personality packed into his little body. The other addition to the house is Jada the boxer, the friendliest dog on earth. Riley and Jada became fast friends.
I have known Kass for a number of years now and have liked him since the day we met. He is hilariously funny, outspoken, opinionated, sometimes crass, but he is a spectacular friend and a generous soul. Definitely has the gentle giant thing working for him. I am constantly impressed by his ability to fix and build things, as well as his willingness to teach and assist others in fixing and building things.
I also have a huge amount of respect and love for Kass. He is an awesome dad, a loving husband and a loyal friend. He also manages to be a social activist, vocal about the causes he supports in addition to being physically present to demonstrate his support when he is able. We value many of the same environmental causes and agree on many social and political issues, I appreciate that tremendously. Not to mention the fact that hanging out with him is generally an adventure.
Eowyn is a spectacular individual as well. She is an amazing mother, a fantastic wife, and a wonderful friend. She is also one of the best cooks I have ever had the pleasure to dine with (I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to be in the backyard that close to her kitchen). Eowyn also makes Martha Stewart look like an amateur at everything.
Eowyn can cook, sew, quilt, garden, bake, decorate, do yoga, apply makeup like a professional, style her hair and talk on the phone all while managing to juggle a toddler. She even has the audacity to look gorgeous every minute of the day while doing all of this. She and I are still getting to know one another, but the more I get to know her the more I adore this woman. I am so ecstatic to have access to someone who has so many of the skills I wish to learn.
Kass and Eowyn have made me feel so at home already, and I haven’t even moved in yet. Everytime I have been over there Eowyn has cheerfully exclaimed, “Why aren’t you in our backyard yet?!” I usually laugh and state that my house isn’t there. Last time Kass demanded I just set up a tent and live in that, while calling me a slacker.
I was over the other day working in the yard with Kass, cleaning up storm debris to take to the dump, clearing the spot where The Fortune Cookie will be parking. After a day of yard cleanup and a dump run Eowyn made us a delicious late lunch. After the meal Eowyn mentioned that she’d been thinking that after
The Fortune Cookie was moved in, we could plant a tea garden in front of it. I emphatically voiced my approval, while tearing up a little. I asked if the weather was conducive for tea as we theorized what might actually grow in our climate. Meanwhile being so touched I wanted to cry.
I love the fact that these two sit down at the kitchen table for meals. The fact that Logan can at any moment bring a book to either of his parents and they will stop whatever they are doing and read it to him. I love that the majority of the vegetables in the house come from their own garden. They raise their own chickens in the backyard. That they have such a positive environment that people instantly feel at ease in their home, and it shows.
Kass and Eowyn are surrounded by a fabulous network of friends and family, some of them mutual friends, and others I am excited to get to know better. Eowyn recently celebrated her birthday, and I was surprised how many of their friends knew who I was. Some had read my blog, others had heard my story through Eowyn or Kass and all had positive feedback. It came as a surprise, and I am flattered.
So, in the next couple weeks I am preparing The Fortune Cookie for my move while waiting out the weather to dry out my dirt road. In the interim I remain so excited that I can barely stand it. I am looking forward to having a place to land that feels like home.
Again, the photos pictured in this blog post were captured by Scott Haydon. Kass and Scott have been friends since rocks were soft and dirt was in beta. Scott takes fantastic pictures of families. He is especially spectacular at taking pictures of kids and pets. I had him send me his favorite pics of Kass, Eowyn, Logan and Jada and he managed to give me enough to make the decision of which pictures to put in this post rather difficult because they were all extraordinary. Schedule a spring sesson of photos with him today!