My little one is growing from baby to toddler, so we have just finished decorating her big-girl room. It’s her favorite place to play in. We are still in diapers, but our diaper table is transitioning into a toy shelf for all her stuffies. A few small DIY projects here too. I spray-painted an old magazine rack I picked up at a local thrift shop. I love how the color turned out. I also replaced the drawer pulls on the Ikea dresser with ones I found at Anthropologie for a steal. My very own Ikea-hack. I’d like to add some curtains at some point, but for now it’s a perfect haven for my little girl.
I’ve been away from this blog forever! To be honest, I barely have any photographs to share from the last 3 months. We have been busy packing up our old house and moving into a brand, spanking new one, but the good news is I’ve had loads of fun decorating our new home and hope to share it on my blog in the next few months. Right now we are on summer holidays in British Columbia, Canada, from whence my husband hails. We have been splitting our time between lounging at the lake and visiting downtown Vancouver. Here’s a few Instagram snapshots of our summer at the lake.
This past weekend, the family headed into Prescott, which is one of the loveliest small towns I’ve ever been to. We hiked trails over at Lynx Lake and then had dinner at the Prescott Brewing Compmay, which has some of the best beers in Arizona. We topped off the day with frozen yogurt, where I snapped these pics.
Little Miss Em has gotten really good at climbing lately, enough to pull herself up on the couch, and, at times, a chair. She loves to
stand sit in a big person’s chair, and is growing less and less fond of her high chair. Here, she plays with a beautiful bench at the Heard Museum.
Last week, Miss Em and I did a little sightseeing in the Phoenix area at Pueblo Grande, an archeological museum and park that documents the life of the ancient Hohokam people who once inhabited the area. The site was discovered when the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport was being built, and as a result, it sits right next door to jets and in the shadow of the newly built Sky Train. The ancient and the modern rest side by side, and you might notice a plane descending for the landing in one of these photos.
Our little family stayed down in Scottsdale last week for a short stay-cation to celebrate our anniversary and to do a little traveling with my work. We stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho, which is a mid-century inspired hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. It reminds me a bit of the Ace Hotel married with the Parker Palm Springs. It certainly has a rich Hollywood history; Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner got married in the hotel’s ballroom. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the hotel suites, so we celebrated with champagne and watching the sunset from our balcony.
Over the weekend, we went down to Phoenix and did some house hunting, stopping at Postino for lunch. I don’t know how other mom bloggers get such great styled photos of their outings, but with a squirrelly little toddler at my side, I barely got these quick snapshots before we left. I forgot to take a shot of the entrance and the outside terrace, but you can get a sense of the open, airy feel of the place. Postinos has live music on the weekend and doesn’t make you feel guilty about having a mimosa for brekkie. The husband and I both had brie, prosciutto, and fig jam sandwiches with arugula on a focaccia. Le bebe had roasted tomato and gouda soup and some of mom’s potato chips. Yum!