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I’m not usually a fan of springtime in the pacific northwest. It can be a lot like winter – gray and wet with a few sunny days sprinkled in. But this spring feels a lot like summer and has me all excited and inspired to do more adventuring with Griffin + Poppy during the week. Yesterday we went with friends to the cutest petting zoo (lots of over sharing on snapchat at raeannkelly) and this last Tuesday Johan and I took them to checkout a new area on the waterfront in Tacoma called Point Ruston. It was super fun and low-key and will definitely  be added to our play date rotation.

Here’s a peek at our morning adventure with a few other random “life lately” things below…

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//Our stroller game needs an upgrade!//

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//Cookies and coffee before we play of course.//

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//They have the best daddy.//

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//Griffin mid-dab. The things he picks up from his big brothers and then adds his own swag to absolutely kills me in a good way. Crazy how quickly the little ones grow up when they have older kids to keep up with!//

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//rocks + water = hours of entertainment//

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//Checking out the bike and buggy rentals for our next visit.//

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L O V I N G : all the embroidered tops and dresses that keep popping up in my favorite stores! Wearing this one and it’s on sale! (jeans that I wear almost every day and similar shoes)

Also loving the everyday staple pieces for the kids by Wildly + Co that make getting them dressed and looking cute so easy. Griffin is wearing one of their tees above and has a hoodie as well. Their swing top gets worn a lot around here too. Everything fits so great but size up if your kids are in-between sizes. Now if they could just make some options for me too!? Mama needs a new hoodie!

T H I N K I N G : a lot about joy this week. Why it comes more naturally to some than others. Why at times it needs to be stirred up and other times it comes easy. And why I can feel so blah when it’s just not there. But like this scripture below says, I think the treasure and the joy is often found in the process…

“Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10

…enjoying blessings, sharing those blessings and ultimately relying on God who is the source of joy.  Oh and that last part about strength is like all the topping and sprinkles and whip cream on my ice cream (because I don’t really like icing or cakes). Joy would be enough but God is always wanting to spoil us with more.

W O R K I N G   O N : our photography skills! Johan has been kicking butt and is way ahead of me in the online class we’re taking but it’s been a fun new hobby to enjoy together.

L A U G H I N G : The kids have been full of surprises and saying ridiculously adorable things (that I keep forgetting to write down). Although Tilly had a small cow the other day and Johan thought for sure she was going to say a word or two that weren’t that adorable. Thankfully she digressed, spent sometime pulling weeds (a productive consequence around here) and was all snuggles by the end of the evening.

On that note… Happy Friday you guys!

XO, Rae


  1. kristen May 14, 2016 at #

    girl, you are so cute! And stylish too! Thank you for what you said about joy – I needed that.

  2. Shannon May 25, 2016 at #

    We are loving that new spot on Ruston. We grabbed fish + chips down there on Mother’s Day. Such a fun place for the kiddos and I’m just happy anywhere with water. :)

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