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Meet Atticus

On Sunday, we packed up the car with baby wipes and lined the back seat with plastic and some cozy blankets and headed to the airport to pick up Atticus, our new pocket beagle puppy. Atticus spent the first 11 weeks of his life in the midwest with his sweet family, the Andre’s, and just a few weeks ago we decided his forever home would be with us in Washington! He was born on August 4th 2012 and arrived in Washington on October 28th. He weighed about 5lbs when he arrived and will be about 10lbs full grown. It’s been so much fun having him around the house and everyone at the office loves him. He’s definitely a puppy with a different personality from Jewels, our 3 (or so) year old (lost) Jack Russell, but I love him to pieces. I am learning that he gets a bit cranky and hyper before he zonks out for a nap… And if you’re not careful, he might steal the napkin off your lap during dinner (Sorry, Corey!) Atticus sure does like to snuggle… Which I love… He’s learning that taking a walk (on a leash) is enjoyable. Today was our first walk around the park across the street, which I’m sure he’ll love even more when it stops raining… I could go on… but here’s Atticus.

Andie PiehlOctober 31, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Oh my! What a snuggle bunny. He is adorably.

ivyNovember 1, 2012 - 4:11 am

awh, bun. cute place and cute pup. happy for you guys.

make sure you train him well. dogs like that.

JennaNovember 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm

he’s soooooooooooooo cute ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy for you guys!

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Fall Food : Wednesday

I’m republishing this blog post from last year… My blog was hacked earlier this year and I’m not sure if I can salvage any of it. But I’m going to try. Starting with some super yummy fall foods. Love, Bethany


Fall Food : Wednesday was canceled this evening. Actually, the food wasn’t… but the photos were! We made Rosemary Crusted Pork Tenderloins with a side of Green Beans. My friend, Megan and I were busy all afternoon and into the evening with another project. It wasn’t until almost 7PM, that both our stomachs started rumbling and we decided to make dinner. It was DELICIOUS. We dipped the pork in Honey Mustard and I have to say it was a tasty choice!

Now, for our little project… Megan had the idea of creating a ‘little’ how-to video… demonstrating some of the simple joys of life. Simple like salt & pepper. ๐Ÿ™‚

We shot the video at my apartment using the Canon 5D Mark II. 50mm lens. Natural light.

We had a blast, but it definitely took longer than we expected!

Popcorn from salt & pepper productions on Vimeo.

Video shot with Canon 5D Mark II.


It’s official we have moved into our new home. Sadly we are far from being settled and organized. However, despite the chaos, I know we will get there. Slowly. In the course of three weeks we will have closed on our first house, moved in, got a new puppy, got a new roommate, voted, finished my job with the campaign, survived a hefty amount of anxiety and stress and hosted a 1960’s housewarming party. Phew. Needless to say, I will be very thankful when Thanksgiving arrives this year.

We love our neighborhood. I’ve met one of our sweet neighbors, Ed. He and his wife have lived next door for over 50 years and were very close the owners of our home. I love the seagulls that flock to gather worms every morning in the park. And even as I type, I can hear the church bells down the street. I love our cozy den, the warm fireplace and the retro stools they left behind. It’s also been so fun finding the treasures the previous owner let us find (forgot!) We really have so much to be thankful for…

Here are a few photos of the house from the Realtor’s website. There are a few changes that we’ll need to make, but thankfully the house was basically move-in ready. We love the retro feel and have tried to find furniture and details of the same era. I’ll be excited to share some photos once we’re a bit more settled.

Sarah HensleyOctober 27, 2012 - 8:05 pm

I really love it, Bunny! From the pictures, I think it has a home-y feeling already, even without any furniture/decor. A lot of new homes just don’t have that nice vibe, you know? Anyway, I can’t wait to see what it looks like once you’re all settled. Congratulations!!

Megan WalterOctober 28, 2012 - 7:12 am

Oh goodness this is the cutest house ever!! I can’t wait to see how you decorate it!!
Love and miss you!


It’s obvious that I’ve been busy. Really busy actually. Our dog, Jewels ran away a week ago… But this is pretty exciting (see below). More details and a 60’s/Casserole house warming party to come.

Check out the “beautiful Stewart Heights Park” mentioned in the description. Includes pool, pirate ship play structure, skate park, trails, fruit trees, baseball fields… a Christian School and Tacoma Police Substation. AND the house includes kitchen and living room windows that look out over the park… A (someday) mother’s dream.



I love this picture of this lil’ Recycled Rover… I took it with my iPhone and edited it with the app – VSCO Cam… It’s a quiet night by myself at the Chapman’s home… my home away from home during my weekly commute for work.