Monet, I am not (and other lessons from painting)

Seth asked me what I wanted to do for my 30th birthday back in June, and I told him something different and relaxing.  He found this local company that does paint parties at people’s houses, booked them, and invited a few of my girlfriends over for a night of painting and snacks.  It was perfect and right up my alley!  Here’s what is amazing:

We were all painting the same painting, but everyone made her painting “her own.”  Everybody’s looked different!

It was so much fun that over this past weekend my Mom, our friend Michele, and I decided to have a girls’ night and go to a painting party that this company has at local restaurants.  This painting was different.  It wasn’t a still life of a flower in a pot.  It was Monet’s “Venice at Sunset.”

Claude Monet, I am not.  But, it didn’t turn out half bad:


You have to do the whole squinting thing and it’s more of an “illusion” of Venice, but still…it was fun!  Here are some lessons I’ve learned from painting:

1.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I was overly critical of my painting (as I am about everything that has to do with myself haha), but when I texted a picture of it to Seth, he was full of praise and asked where I wanted to hang it.  No really, he did.

2.  Know when to stop.  There IS such a thing as over painting and it really messes up your work.  See my water in the painting above.

3.  Everything looks better when you’re not comparing your painting to someone else’s.  There were some amazing artists and their paintings looked great.  Compared to theirs, my painting did not look so great.  But at home?  By itself?  It looked great and I was proud of it.

Right now my two paintings are sitting on our little mantle downstairs and they look really great from far away! 😉

painting 2

Ignore Prince Caspian’s toys on the floor.  He loves his crinkle tube that we got him for Christmas a while back and he claimed the Elsa and Anna balloon after my Once Upon a Time party a few weeks ago.  I haven’t had the heart to take it away from him.

The coolest thing about art?  There is a great beauty in the flaws, the imperfections of life because they are what make us all unique.

5 Years!

I’m deliberately timing this post to publish at 11AM today…exactly five years since our wedding ceremony began on October 10, 2009.  Five years–wow!  It feels like a big milestone (although, we celebrate every anniversary like it’s a big milestone…because it is!).  Let’s take a little looksy back to that day and the start of our life together:

the kiss

Now, here we are five years later (this photo is from Mount Rainier).  Seth now has a beard!  He started growing it towards the end of 2013 and I really love how he looks in it.  We have a thing with creatively gifting each other with things that represent each anniversary (i.e. paper for our first anniversary, cotton for our second anniversary, etc etc).  The 5th anniversary is wood, so we counted our big trip to Alaska and Seattle hiking in the “woods” for this one.  No way was I going to attempt to carve Seth anything out of wood!  I assure you that my tech ed teacher from middle school is thankful.

seth and me alaska

These past five years have been quite the adventure! Like all families we’ve had our up’s and down’s over the years, but we can truly say that our love for each other has deepened every single day and our love for the Lord has grown even stronger.


always a bride


cute coupleHappy anniversary to my beloved Seth.  Here’s to at least 60 more anniversaries! :)  Although, I would like to live to 100, so you’d better live to be 104.  So, here’s to 70 more anniversaries… 😉  I love you and I thank God for you every single day.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17