ten on tuesday.

1. My copy of Carry on Warrior arrived today. I’m a happy girl.

2. Did I tell you that my Dad is moving to Huntsville? I’m thrilled! He spent the day house-hunting and I’m keeping fingers crossed that that last piece of the puzzle will fall into place soon.

3. Next Tuesday night Marla and I are hosting a Noonday Collection trunk show at the Cottage. This accessory-loving girl is SO excited. Not only are their things super cute and chic but they are also fairly traded and hand crafted by artisans earning a fair, living wage. And 10% of every trunk show sale goes to benefit qualified adoptive families as well as orphan care and prevention. I’d call that win, win, win! Won’t you join us? Just shoot me an email with your RSVP (erin at erincobb dot com) and meet us at the Cottage next Tuesday at 7:00!

4. I’m LOVING following along on Karen Russell’s Unplanned Spring Break. Check out Day One here and Day Two here. I promise you’ll be inspired to let the reigns go just a bit.

5. I’m running the Oak Barrel Half Marathon this weekend. Anybody else? Somehow I managed to avoid running a single long run alone during training (quite a feat for this previously solitary runner!). I think I may have officially been converted to a group runner.

6. Easter candy will be my undoing.

7. Today Ephraim asked if he could walk to the neighbor’s house and ask the daddy of that house to come outside and play basketball. “I can play basketball with you buddy,” I replied. Ephraim looked at me with visible shock on his face. Then he said, “but do you even know how to dribble, Mom?”. So I had no choice but to change out of my wedges and show that boy who was boss.

8. The Cottage is starting to bloom and I am elated! If you need a Spring or early Summer session, get in touch soon. It will be beautiful!

9. Tomorrow I’ll be photographing the second newborn of friends we originally met in Dayton, Ohio over a decade ago. They weren’t yet married, I wasn’t yet a photographer, and none of us had kiddos on our radar at all. My how times have changed!

10. Brent and I have decided to take our ten year anniversary trip two and a half years late. We’ll be taking a little tour of the Pacific Northwest in September – starting in the Monterey Bay and ending in Seattle. I.CANT.WAIT. Is there anything we absolutely must see/do/experience/eat while we’re out there? This Southern girl is all ears!

JenniferApril 2, 2013 - 8:37 pm

So happy for you, having your dad move to town! 🙂 Good luck in your marathon!!

JodieApril 2, 2013 - 8:48 pm

I live in Central Calif now, but grew up in Northern California. I’d recommend a hot air balloon ride in Sonoma County. We did a balloon ride on our honeymoon and it was amazing. I’d also suggest checking out downtown Petaluma and Healdsburg on your route. Adorable little towns!

DonnaApril 2, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Okay, here’s my two cents on the trip. My sweet husband is from Nevada and spent a great deal of time in California. He is a BIG fan of National Parks and State Parks. You will love Santa Cruz, just because it’s cool, so I hope you can go through there. Please stop at Muir Woods National Monument located in Mount Tamalpais State Park. It is so inspiring, especially if you read or have read any of John Muir. Love that place! Next up is Point Reyes National Seashore. Another awesome place! Those are my suggestions. That will be a great trip! My husband is jealous. I’m headed to Portland at the end of April to meet of with some of my group that went to Ireland (wish you could have taken Karen’s place). I’ve never been to Oregon and I’m so looking forward to finally meeting Karen as well has seeing Ali again!

AddieApril 2, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Oregonian here! Love Karen Russell! I suggest taking I-5 to Roseburg, then east a few hours on the North Umpqua Hwy 138 to Crater Lake! Beautiful and the drive on 138 is one of the prettiest in OR! Lodge & Restaurant at the lake, check it out online! And you’ll drive right thru my little town of Glide on the way!

Tara S.April 3, 2013 - 9:05 am

I lived in Seattle for 2 wonderful years, and I would highly recommend the following:
Pizza at Serious Pie
Donuts at Dahlia Bakery
Dinner at Matt’s in the Market
Your tummy will thank me 🙂

If you have some time in Seattle, you should take the Mukilteo ferry over to Whidbey Island for a day. It is one of the San Juan Islands. It’s a small little rural island (you can see the whole thing in a day) with beautiful landscapes and the quaintest little towns (Langley & Coupeville are my favorites). If you go, eat at Knead and Feed bakery in Coupeville for breakfast.

Have a wonderful time! It’s my favorite part of this country 🙂

PamApril 3, 2013 - 11:31 am

So excited you’re coming our way again!! (You know I have a huge photog crush on you!!). You’ve gotten some great advise on what to see while you’re in the Pacific Northwest! One I might add is seeing the Golden Gate bridge or even stopping at Baker Beach, just off of the bridge, to get some great pictures! We’re headed up to Oregon from San Jose this summer as well and can’t wait to bring along my camera (Karen Russell style!).

CynthiaApril 3, 2013 - 12:31 pm

You’re close to my stomping grounds. Be sure to check out Monterey Bay Aquarium, shop on Cannery Row, and do the 17-mile drive. I love the coastline in Monterey. 🙂

Allison TorgesenApril 3, 2013 - 2:10 pm

I’m from the Seattle area, so here it goes… I’ll start with the Oregon coast. I love the Oregon Coast! In fact, most of the trip from SF to Seattle can be done along Hwy 101, if you want. There is the Redwood NP, which is amazing. I really liked staying in Eureka, CA. There are some really beautiful beaches in Oregon, but I particularly love Depoe Bay & Lincoln City area, Bandon/Brookings area. Olympia has a nice farmers market during the summer months (including Sept – since this is one of THE BEST months in the PNW!). Mt St. Helens is amazing! Truly awe inspiring. For Seattle area – West Seattle is beautiful for views of the city, The Edmonds-Kingston ferry is nice and Kingston is a cute town (Ferries are really fun!). Edmonds is a really nice little town right on the water too. Woodinville has very nice wineries. And for a weird one – you can always go on a tour of the Boeing plant in Everett area. Of course, there is the normal ones – Space Needle and Pike’s Place Market.

JojoApril 3, 2013 - 3:13 pm

When you get to Seattle, get on a ferry to Victoria. it’s beautiful!

pamApril 3, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Elliot’s on the Bay is on the waterfront in Seattle and the food is amazing. The ambience isn’t bad either 😉 If you have time, the Olympic Peninsula is breathtaking – raw & wild beaches, lush forests, and towering mountains. The PNW is fascinating.

HeidiApril 3, 2013 - 8:36 pm

North Idaho girl here.
My husband & I went to Seattle a couple of years ago for our anniversary and though we’ve both been many times before we’d never heard of the “Underground City Tour” until this most recent trip. We decided to try it and, if you enjoy history & a little humor, you might give it a go. We found it very entertaining. We also enjoyed the science museum & hope to bring our 4 kiddos someday. The Space Needle is great but go up after dark. It’s way cooler that way. We were extremely unimpressed with the aquarium, very expensive & pretty boring. Pike’s Place was not our cup of tea. The flowers are awesome & some of the restaurants were yummy but overall, sort of “eh”.
The Oregon coast is breathtaking.
Mt. Saint Helens was neat when I was a kid but I haven’t been back. Mt. Ranier is a popular stop. Leavenworth is a good stop as well. Cute, touristy place with a Swiss/German feel.
You could always go to Forks. (hee hee)
I’m sure there are a hundred more places to mention but that’s just off of the top of my head.
I hope you have a great time! My hubby & I go to Hawaii for our 10th anniversary this October! I am beyond stoked.

misty selakApril 4, 2013 - 6:25 am

sounds like some great suggestions so far. here are my two cents. if you go through sf there is a great pizza/italian place in north beach. tony’s pizza napoletano. its across the street from a cute park and beautiful church. if you are up to it you can even walk down to pier 39. capitola, near santa cruz is also a great little beach town. im sure you can just follow karens plan and you wont go wrong. i mean its the pacific northwest. is there really any better place 😉

LinneaApril 5, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Love that you are hosting a Noonday Trunk show! I love that company and if a good friend wasn’t a representative I definitely would try to be.

If you want something quaint and off the beaten path check out Gig Harbor, WA. It’s a cute little town that sits on the south end of the Puget Sound. You cross the historic Narrows Bridge to get there. Eat at Tides Tavern on the water and I’m sure you could rent some kayaks to putz around.

Wherever you go, the Northwest will not disappoint, especially if it’s blue skies. 🙂

heatherApril 7, 2013 - 8:04 pm

I’d definitely hit one of tom douglas’ restaurants while you’re in seattle (lola, serious pie, cuoco, and more). Snoqualmie falls lodge is a beautiful one night stay. Spending an afternoon at the wineries in woodinville (at the hollywood school house intersection) then dinner at Barking Frog and a night at the Willows is a super romantic date. Definitely see the Pike Place market and a trip up the space needle is always nice and touristy. Go to the seattle waterfront and ride the big ferris wheel. A ferry ride is always a must do-as someone already mentioned-taking the mukilteo ferry to langley is a great day trip. Oh and the tour of the Theo chocolate factory is supposed to be great! The Ballard locks are kind of interesting too. Provided the weather in cooperating, another fun adventure is renting a canoe at the arboretum located on the University of washington campus. You can pack a lunch and paddle around the arboretum. It’s really beautiful.

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