Family

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls - OR

There is a beautiful hike we did in Oregon that was called "Trail of 10 falls." It was the perfect way to end our last day in Oregon and a great hike. We went chasing, and watching, and sitting in…


Family Across the US and Visiting

My sister and I weren't always friends. There was a point in my life when my young, cheery, bright attitude, didn't mesh well with her well organized teenage certainty. Okay I'm lying. I was five…


Quilt Close Up

So you're thinking, "Hey Tomato! You never showed us the quilt you made. Show em' off. Let me see all the deets. Here's a close up of the quilting I did. This was my first time using free motion…


Quilts

This was the year of the quilt. I made three to give away at Christmas. I spent years on some and days on others. I believe in the warmth of a blanket made with love. I believe in the warmth of how…


Christmas x 1

Why Christmas is so important to me: It's about the sugar. Being up to your elbows in powdered sugar, icing, cookies, fudge, and sticky buns. It's about the people. Being up to your elbows in…


Vacation Mode

  Handsome and I have been busy. It's a thing. A lot of people have it, the busies. It starts with a to-do list that continues from one day to the next. Add a few lofty goals and some emotional…


My Dad

Is way cooler than yours.


Christmas in MN

  This year Nate and I couldn't make it to the big Christmas with all his aunts and Uncles so we traveled around from one family to the next to see all the folks we would have. Although it…


Aebleskiver

My inlaws have shared new and awesome stuff with me. Things that would have otherwise not been in my life. Like Aebleskiver. They are small pancakes meant to have apples in the inside but turns out…


Dear Nephews

Hey Guys! Aunti Jen here. Just wanted to tell you how awesome it was to hang out with you this Christmas. Sorry that I could only play for such a short time. I'm glad we got to read some of the…


"Our Christmas"

  Dear Handsome, As we start to talk about all the chaos and difficulties of raising other human beings I was thinking about "our Christmas." I like that we have an agenda and on it is taking a…


My Mom

  My mom told me a few weeks before handsome's surgery that she, "really would like to come down." I thought that it would add to my stress level to have the guest bedroom clean and such before…


My Sister is Cooler than Yours

  She sends the best mail ever. - Tomato (Dill)


A Full House

Handsome's family isn't quite as big as mine, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a full house. There's just something about having every table full. There's something about having a line…


Twins

I've always had a special spot in my heart for twins. Since marrying handsome it's obviously only grown. There's just something about having a best friend in life and through out life. Handsome and…


Dear Nephews

You're growing at that stage where every moment we see you it's something new. A few months ago it was solidly crawling and now it's the beginning stages of walking. I wanted you to know I'll…


Handyman for an Uncle

I've always had a doer for an uncle. He's always made things, small things, big things, worn things, and new things. He's the one I ask on really big projects. Can I really do this? Is normally…


Trucks

  My dad rolled up in his truck while my whole family was there and waited for someone to hop in because he was picking someone up and I overheard this conversation. "That truck is so Tim." "Oh…


Commercial

I asked, what are you drinking you look like a beer commercial. I've been in awe for this kind of brotherhood this family has.   - Tomato