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today is our anniversary! it’s been 7 years since i told this man in front of all our friends and family that he had my heart forever.  can you believe it, sweetheart?! we’ve had so many adventures in those 7 years. this year has been particularly adventure-full so here are a few of my favorite adventures from this past year. :)

biked to the beach one morning

riding the tandom bike on Martha’s Vineyard = a blast!

on the front veranda

exploring Edgartown with family = loved it!

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cooking and creating together = date nights done well!

 

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road trips together =always my fav.

at the pool

dressing up for dinner

MEXICO!  = SO fun!

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new friends in Gloucester = such a blessing

in front of castle disneyland!  = such a sweet little getaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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snowboarding for my birthday = you know me so well!

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moving to a new place with new adventures= awesome! {i know, technically i’m not in this with one, but i’m right there in his excitement!} excited baby reveal sm

 

and now a new adventure = SO excited to see him become a Daddy to our little girl!

Happy Anniversary, Husbuddy. xoxo

 

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photo (32)well, in this household, it’s really just strawberries. i used to make a wicked whipped cream but since Husbuddy can’t have it anymore, i save myself the calories.

can i just say, Amish strawberries are THE BEST! when we first got here someone said that how you can tell between Amish strawberries and grocery store strawberries is that Amish strawberries are red all the way through, no white center like you get from the grocery store.  i know, a random fact for you,  but there ya go. {i bet it probably goes for any home-grown or organic strawberries… }

we are super excited about the end-of-driveway produce stands and what it means for the rest of the summer… :)

strawberry season is almost done, so i’ll just go get myself a couple more baskets!

oh hello again. ready for a few more pictures from japan?

note to self. when traveling in japan, always find this:

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much better than the alternative. ha. i just wanted to let you know that.

anyway, now we are in kyoto. i wanted to show you our little hotel room with my silly sister:

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ok, it wasn’t that little. i’ve heard that there are some really tiny hotel rooms in Japan! we, thankfully, didn’t stay in any of those.  but check out the toilet. i thought it was so genius to use the rear-toilet water as a sink before it went into the tank! seriously! how genius is that? IMG_1511_kyoto toilet

and also note the fancy controller on the side… heated toilet seats, anyone? or fancy bidet buttons? {those got us into trouble… not going to lie…hee hee}

ok. this whole post is not about toilets. i promise.

it’s about pretty architecture and little details that i saw in Kyoto! it seems like every other photo that i took was of roof lines… so, there ya go… Japan has cool roofs. you’re inspired now, right?IMG_1670_rooflines

anyway, our first day in Kyoto we went to The Golden Pavillion. Can you believe it’s right in the middle of the city? it has a large preserved area around it, which is really beautiful.

{our tour guide went a little crazy this day trying to get a lot of family photos…lol}IMG_1533_golden pavilion family

but isn’t it pretty… oooo sparkly…

and it’s ALL GOLD LEAF. IMG_1537_golden pavillion nice

wow, right?! how crazy is that? and this isn’t the original temple! apparently in the 50s a monk {that wasn’t all there, if you know what i mean} thought that it would look really magnificent on fire… so he set the 500 year old wood structure on fire. our tour guide said it burned down in like 7 minutes, so that monk was the only one who got to see “the beauty of it”. ha! so…not only did they cover a building with gold leaf, back in the day for some emperor… but they had to do it again after the crazy monk burnt it down! HA! well, i think they have to reclad it with gold leaf every twenty years or so… cause it doesn’t really hold up to the elements the best. {i’m actually impressed it lasts 20 years!}

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that is a phoenix on top of the temple. the legend is that when Japan has a perfect government, a real phoenix will appear. HA! when do you think that’s going to happen for any country, i ask you?!

another rule of japanese architecture is that apparently it is bad luck to have a “perfect” building. so they added this fishing hut on the back to keep it from being perfectly square. how funny is that? very different from european architecture which worked for “perfection”. IMG_1557_golden pavillion

after a long morning walking around all the shiny-sparkly-gold building we headed to a favorite restaurant of the tour guides’ for Udon and Tempora. yum!

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after lunch we went to another temple. this temple had a million cherry trees in bloom so it was a really gorgeous walk.IMG_1599_flowers

and aren’t my parents’ just the cutest?! IMG_1608_mom and dad2 and i love this girl to death :)IMG_1619_becca

so this shrine was for a rock garden. uhh… a rock garden. there were 15 rocks in about 30’x70′ space- you could only stand on one side because there was a tall wall around all the 3 other sides…and  if you stood in one place, maybe you could see all 15 at once… and you’d get good luck…

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whoop-de-doo.

lol

i was a little more distracted by some of the other details around the temple grounds:
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really really old wood work that is just gorgeous!IMG_1642_wdwork details

it’s just so perfect, without nails, or any of our fancy fasteners from today.IMG_1644_wd deatls

and this pretty window!IMG_1582_woodwork

and the cypress trees were even beautiful

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group shot in front of the cherry tree again:IMG_1655_family and flowers

then we stopped by the Kyoto Castle. this castle is a lot different than the other castles we’ve seen because it was built in a time of peace. the emperor just wanted a “summer” home or something in Kyoto.IMG_1680_kyoto castle

we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside but inside were the original “nightengale floors” were to protect the inhabitents from ninjas! the floors were designed to squeek when you walked on it. there was no way to walk across it without making it squeek! cool! :) made me wish my silly-totally-into-that-kind-of-thing Husbuddy was there with me to see it. :) this is how a nightengale floor is designed:

*thanks for the nerd-moment there*

a couple more detail shots from around the castle:

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pretty wood carvings were throughout the whole castle:IMG_1686_kyoto castle detail

a pretty bridge post:

IMG_1701_kyoto castle gateafter all the site seeing at castles and shrines, we were pretty worn out. the tour guide took us to a really fascinating food market… but that will have to wait for another day!

to be continued…

xo-kimberly renee

if you missed any of the previous japan posts click here:

part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 

 

if you’ve missed any of my other japan posts feel free to click on the links: part 1 or part 2}

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on another day we rode a subway and a couple of trains to a little town outside of Osaka. part of the adventure was getting there!  as you can tell from the subway map above… we didn’t have much to help us if we got lost.

everyone is read for an ad-ven-ture!
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dad reading up on the subway of the town we are headed to:
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Tondabayashi. it is an historic town that wasn’t bombed during WWII and has houses that are 400 years old! this architect-girl was excited.
IMG_1275_family i took my 50 lens which wasn’t really perfect for getting good shots of an entire building. so i focused on architectural detailsIMG_1280_japanese house this map showed where the historic houses were:IMG_1281_tondabayashi

this was in the public restroom. old gargoyles and pretty rain “gutters”:IMG_1283__tondabayashi house

gargoyle faces up close:IMG_1284__tondabayashi gargoyles

these little vents were pointed out in all the brochures for some reason… never explained in english, so we’ll just say this is a pretty roof:IMG_1285__tondabayashi roof

and all the houses are still lived in!IMG_1288__tondabayashi house

and i loved this. an open site has a sign for house floor plans you could buy. what cracked me up was that the lot size was probably the size of a standard american -in-the-city lot that would fit 1 house rather tightly! it has 5 lots in that space. FIVE.

i was also entertained by the floor plans. i took lots of pictures of it but i won’t bore you with that. :)IMG_1292_tondabayashi residential ad

a giant temple in the middle of a neighborhood:IMG_1304_tondabayashi shrine a pretty roof edge. i liked that this house had a person in place of the normal gargoyle: i think i read that it was supposed to be an old relative of the person who built the house watching over them. kinda cracked me up. lol. IMG_1305_tondabayashi roof detail a HUGE gate:IMG_1307__tondabayashi family in front of shrine gate and a little lantern. you notice the hole behind it? they had their drainage systems as about 8-12″ wide ditches on each side of the road. (they are all over japan). my little sister calls them “tourist traps” because actually it’s really hard not get your tire stuck in it when you’re driving! hahaIMG_1315_tondabayashi street light

up close and personal with a gargoyle:IMG_1322_tondabayashi gargoyle

 

and because i have to remind you that we ate while we were there: That night we had a Tempura party! IMG_1334_tempurait was delish! maybe my favorite meal. we tried all sorts of kinds of tempura and mom and i also tried the plum wine. yum. :)

{to be continued… it’s taking me forever to edit all these photos!}

 

obviously i took a ton of photos on that trip to the Vineyard… in case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, you can click HERE.

but here are a few more favorites from our adventures :)

yup, we road a tandem bike. yup we sat on the porch on cute little torquoise rocking chairs. and yup, we went to the beach a couple of times. we only stayed one night but it was magical. :)

thanks Pam and Doug for spoiling us!!

this month has been stock full of adventures. this past week we had my in-laws visiting. it was a wonderful time, lots of beach time, lots of great food and even better company. one of my favorite things we did while they were here was visit Martha’s Vineyard.

do you even know how beautiful it is there??!!

i had no idea.

drop dead gorgeous. the architecture is colonial and just breath taking. the flowers are blooming. the picket fences are perfectly white. you are on an island and it feels like a different kind of paradise. no wonder there were a million yachts in the harbor. this is where the rich and famous visit. we felt out of place and we just kept gasping and ooo-ing and awe-ing.

yup. we were those tourists that the rich and famous are embarrassed by. ;) hee hee.

for your viewing pleasure, please enjoy this little photo-show of architectural snapshots from around Edgartown:

 

 

 

these pictures can not even begin to describe the beauty that we found there… but maybe it will inspire you as much as i’m inspired by them!

remember how i was hanging paper the other day?

after some tweaks we finally have real pictures, people!
don’t pay any attention to the disorganization of the shelves below the tv. that’s a work in progress. {and yes, the doors on either side of the tv really aren’t the same height… nope… not bugging me at allsaid with sarcasm.}

after hammering in the nails i ripped off the paper templates and threw them on the floor.

and they were promptly destroyed. good team work, puppycakes.

i had Husbuddy to help with the drill. i kept telling him i could do it, but he insisted on helping. he doesn’t really trust “miss grace” over here with dangerous machinery. i really don’t understand why.

but i appreciate the help, sweetheart.

it’s not perfect, but i love that the Venice photograph that Husbuddy’s late grandma took matches the color of our living room. it’s the nicest piece of artwork, in the fanciest frame, that we own! :)

and i love all the love that’s going on in this room too. :) ha. but i’m sure that top painting won’t be around too long because i’m going to open up my shop again soon and those things fly off the racks! :)

while Husbuddy was busy with the drill, i decided to use the staple gun. {i snuck into the office so he couldn’t take that piece of machinery away from me too. shhh. don’t tell.} my plan here was to start hanging the artwork that was destined for the bathroom. normally i would just hang the canvas on the nail, but i decided to pretty-it-up  a bit with some ribbon. so out came the staple gun.

see? it’s all prettied up! :)

{and yup, folks, we have PINK tile in our bathroom again. our last apartment had pink tile… i thought i’d go crazy! but alas… we have it again… i think we’re just so in love with the pink that we’ll have a pink bathroom for the rest of our lives. i kid, i kid.}

this is a cheap copy of one of my favorite paintings of all time. i know, a million people love this painting too. which is lucky for me, because then there are cheap copies around!  so i decided to add ribbon to this one too.

a knot and two staples aught to do it. what’s nice is that the staples are easily removable with a pair of pliers, so it’s really a no-biggie upgrade because when  if i feel like changing it later, it’s easy peasy!

and the ribbon even kind of matches!

hooray! paintings are getting hung. it’s starting to feel a little homey around here.

sometimes one little moment of simple pleasure is all it takes to smile. to open your eyes and be thankful. to be thankful for sunshine. to find peace in the wind rustling through the trees. to soak in everything around you.

one little moment that takes your breath away and makes you happy to be alive.

this weekend, it just a simple pleasure of sitting next to the pool that made me thankful for simple pleasures.  that, and i LOVE soaking up some summer sun! :)

may you find some simple pleasures to soak up this week. happy Monday, friends!

xo-kimberly renee.

a friend and i went to visit The Estes yesterday.

Owen is STILL at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They have been there since the middle of February. Needless to say, they are frustrated and impatient to get home with a healthy little guy! It is a blessing to live so close to an awesome Children’s Hospital, and we are so thankful that there is such an amazing staff to care for him. But it’s hard for them and most likely lonely to be away from home for so long, so we went down for a visit.

You may think it’s some noble act to take time to go visit them, but really it was a very selfish visit on my part because I crave that time with my sweet friend! ;) I miss her!

Instead of sitting in the hospital, and to create some laughter, the three girls went for a camera walk.

you don’t know what a “camera walk” is? Well, let us show you.

we were on a sideways mission towards getting lunch… but stopped at all the sculptures to take pictures. they had to be silly pictures, mind you.

and we had to be on or in the artwork.

since there were three of us, most of the time we could only take a picture of  just two of us being silly. {note: the one above in the “button” was supposed to be our best ground-hog pose.}

if we could talk someone into helping us, we got one with all three of us.

j’adore this one of the three of us!  the girl who took the picture was totally annoyed with us for asking her, but seriously, she could have said no… ;) still, we appreciate the beautiful picture she took!!

we LOVEd this sculpture, if you couldn’t guess.

there were also couple of Ben Franklin’s sitting around.

We decided this Ben needed a couple girls in his lap:

this is getting embarrassing… {at this point, Joel had joined us… so we weren’t doing this for a stranger- i promise!}

Husbuddy was confused about what we were doing in the one above- apparently our “kissy” faces don’t really look like we think they do.

It was a fun, silly time  that hopefully provided our friends with a sweet little hour outside in the sunshine laughing.

we love you three!! get better sweet little Owen and come home soon!

there was this little cutie:

who wasn’t getting into any trouble at all:

then there was this adorable face who just melts you with his smile:

in his handsome little sweater:

we had a big crowd: {although we were missing Joel and Sharon and Owen!}

We’re so thankful for these friends: {and for after dinner Frisbee too}

and very thankful for too much cuteness:

and i am so thankful for this sweet friend who just walks into the room and smiles-and you know that Christ is her strength and beauty-and you just want to know her more. She is such an example of Christ’s love to me. i am thankful for her :)

Happy Easter, everyone!