Napa Weekend

For my birthday this year, Cole decided that he wanted to do a combined birthday/Christmas present. At my birthday dinner, he surprised me and told me that we would be going to Walla Walla (Eastern Washington) to do a wine tasting and getaway weekend. I couldn’t have been more excited! I had never done a wine tasting before, and was very excited to see what was in store. I’ve heard great things about Eastern Washington, and have only been once or twice.

So…as I was packing for the trip I was told to bring warmer weather clothes…which was totally not a giveaway as Eastern Washington had been up in the 70’s. Then…the night before the weekend trip Cole surprised me and told me that we weren’t going to Walla Walla anymore, but we were actually going to Napa, California! He proceeded to pull an itinerary out of his jacket, and I swear I must have lifted off the ground out of sheer excitement! I have been living on the west coast for nearly two years, and still hadn’t been to California. This surprise was the one to top all other surprises I’ve ever had. The trip was phenomenal, and he had everything planned to the very last detail. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

claire and cole cade







For someone who is entirely used to drinking $10.00 bottles of wine from Trader Joe’s, this wine-tasting trip completely pleased the senses. From the warmer climate, beautiful scenery, and alone-time with Cole, it was just perfect…and the wine just the bonus. In case you’re planning a trip to Napa anytime soon, we stopped at Cade and Tamber Bay wineries and highly recommend both. Both were exceptionally relaxing and personable.

Of course, I won’t be going to Napa on a regular basis but I do hope to go again for another special date in the future. 🙂



the happy things

Hi Blog Reader! It’s been awhile since my last post (over a month to be exact). I am certainly horrible at keeping up with this, I must admit. I just remembered today how much I miss blogging, so here I am again! Things have been pretty great here in Seattle, I must say…

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Celebrating my most favorite, Emily and being at her Miscellaneous Birthday Bash. Such a great time. I can’t remember the last time I stayed out until the wee hours of the morning (never mind the fact I paid for it for three days…). Sometimes, a girl’s gotta just let her hair down, right? What a fun Saturday night!


Complete with my bow-tie wearing man! Sigh…isn’t he adorable? I know Winking smile

(Sorry for the blurry pic…I need a new phone stat!)


Beginner Ballet Classes

In other news, last Sunday I took my first ballet class in many years, and man did it feel great to be back! Something about it just makes me so happy inside. I found a pretty cool studio close by, so I hope to make it a weekly thing! Here I am on my first day. The cool part is that they have drop-in classes, so you can just go whenever you have time! I like! I’m hoping to go again this Sunday, or try a Modern class tomorrow morning. I forgot about all of those “dancer muscles”, but my body happily reminded me the following morning with trembling legs and feet. Felt so good to be back! Call me crazy, but I’d love to get into it again, and be in some sort of performance!


Dog Sitting

While the boyfriend has been doing a bit of traveling, I’ve been filling in as dog-sitter. I have to say, I probably enjoy it more than Kona and Bronco do. I know they miss him, but it makes me so happy to wake up and have puppies to play with and walk! I recently had to put my own dog, India, down so nothing makes me happier than waking up to the “routine” I was used to with her; walking, feeding, playing. It’s truly the little things in life, people! Here’s Miss Kona-Bean on our run this morning. This makes me smile!


Things I’m planning this weekend

I am excited for the weekend because we are supposed to have OUTSTANDING weather here in Seattle. I’m talking 80-degree days! This excites me because I am hoping to get my white body a little tanned, read a good book in the sunshine, and relax! Any good book recommendations? Other than relaxing, I have a birthday party to go to tonight, a Beginning Modern dance class tomorrow, and that’s about it! Yay weekend!

Patio Project:

I have a few little projects/cooking ideas that I want to try to plan/start thinking about this weekend. I am trying to brainstorm ideas for a small patio space at the boyfriend’s…so where else to turn but Pinterest. Look at this awesome outdoor buffet, you guys. Amazing. Now, if I could only find one! I have a few ideas…I love  that outdoor flooring too.

Nautical Themed Patio:

I’m a huge fan of nautical themed patios. I have my parents to thank for this. For as long as I can remember, my Mom has been dressed in blue and white everything and loves everything nautical. I think this is the cutest patio setup, and I’d love to re-create parts of it. I like the idea of old closet doors for a backdrop/blinds. The oars I am sure you could find at Goodwill or a thrift store, and paint however you’d like. Paint some chairs white, make some cute pillows and a table cloth! Super fun! I am excited just thinking about it!

I hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!