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We are currently in the pre-packing phase of our move to Korea which means we have been purging closets and making multiple trips to Goodwill. I've seen a video tour of our new place in Busan and I'm getting a bit anxious to get over there to start decorating and making it in to "home" for our family. I'm loving the look of these Muji furnished rooms--simple, clean and neutral.



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

The boys love going to the pumpkin patch every year to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon is one of our favorite farms and it might have to do with the fact that they make fresh apple cider and pumpkin donuts and the smell is irresistible. They also have yummy pies (I recommend their mini pumpkin and caramel apple pies), fresh pressed apple cider and homemade caramels. The boys love petting the goats and holding the fluffy chicks. Next fall we won't be visiting any pumpkin patches in Korea since they don't exist. But part of the fun in living overseas is creating new traditions for your family and it will be interesting to see what we come up.




I'm so happy to report that Portland finally has a Crewcuts store (at Washington Square). I was invited by one of my friends (who is a personal shopper for J.Crew) to the sneak peek of their collection on Saturday. They had mini cupcakes and brownie bites as well as big rainbow swirl lollipops as treats for the little (and big) kids. I picked up a few stripey t-shirts and cotton lounge pants for the boys (perfect for our long flight to Korea) as well as a some bracelets for myself. Today is their official grand opening and there will be treats to make your shopping a bit sweeter.



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Thank you all for the well wishes regarding our upcoming move to Korea (the photograph above was taken in March and is the boardwalk right next to our new home)! It has been a busy and full week juggling pre-moving tasks and finishing up some projects. I'm looking forward to a relaxing Friday night at home with my boys. Tomorrow we'll be cheering j on at his last soccer game of the season and the boys and I will also be finishing up the decorations for their school Halloween party. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

A few lovely things...

1. My dear friend Bonnie Tsang is offering a limited number of portrait sessions in November. Bonnie has taken my favorite photographs of the boys, documented our eating adventures together and is also reponsible for making me less fearful of having my photograph taken. There only three spots left so hurry up if you want beautiful photographs!

2. Amanda Jane Jones is giving away a custom designed Year In Review. I love her clean and simple designs and a Year In Review would be perfect to send to family and friends for the holidays. 

3. I love my friend Jenna's new Mixed Race Project. Her writing and photography has always touched me and with this new project she has used her gift of storytelling to paint portraits of multiracial families across the country. 



{House & Hold}

I've always loved Ferm Living's wallpaper designs. So it should be no surprise that I love their new home desktop accessories like the wood clipboard and letter tray. (And if you haven't checked out the lovely new House & Hold you should!)



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

A few weeks ago j went to his friend's 7th birthday party. His friend Miss N is an animal loving, non-girly (no pink or glitter for her) girl. Last year this was the gift we gave her and this year we decided on some simple animal freezer paper stencil t-shirts. Freezer paper stencil t-shirts are my "go to" birthday gift and I was looking back at SHIM + SONS and realized I've been making them since 2006. If you're not familiar with how to use freezer paper stencils you can see my tutorial here. Miss N is taking horse back riding lessons and loves dogs so I found a few free clipart of a dog and horse. After we finished the t-shirts we packaged them up in a kraft box (from my trip to Tokyo) and added a personalized label. I heard the birthday girl loved her t-shirts (her mother tells me she is super picky about what she wears) which made me happy.