Hi, I’m Emily! I am an attorney and currently, a stay-at-home mom. I live in Seattle with my husband, two kiddos and two yorkies. I spend the majority of my crazy days running around, trying to keep up with my kids while simultaneously attempting to prevent disasters. When I get a free minute to myself, and if I’m not cleaning (which I usually am), I’m decorating and re-decorating our home, browsing antique stores and flea markets, learning a new craft (jewelry-making, knitting, sewing… you name it), working on DIYs, and coming up with new arts and craft projects for my kids. I love making stuff. I consider fashion to be one of my top interests and I can’t get enough of styling my kids. I also enjoy restoring old things and creating a new purpose for them.
Welcome to this little online space I’ve created, called RayneBo. RayneBo is where I document thoughts, ideas and images that float around in my head. This is my virtual journal, my personal photo album, and a collection of the things, hobbies and people I love. It’s my platform to share my interpretation of design, fashion and crafting to those who have similar interests, and hopefully, to present an opportunity for dialogue. It’s a brief pause from the everyday chaos that inevitably comes with raising two young children. It’s me, talking out loud to myself. It’s a way for me to share my favorite pictures. It’s a demonstration of how I attempt to create beauty in seemingly ordinary things. It provides a small glimpse into how I perceive motherhood. This is what I do for fun.
P.S. “RayneBo” came from my kids’ middle names: Jackson Rayne and Finley Bo. We actually came up with their names independently so the fact that the combination of their middle names sounds like “rainbow” was totally coincidental. I can’t think of a better name for this blog though!
See below for more on my little entourage.
This picture below was from this past Halloween. I have always been obsessed with super heroes, so this family super hero theme was pretty much a dream come true for me.
This is me with my husband and best friend, Kai. Kai is in the private banking industry and spends his days in the hub of downtown Seattle. I met Kai during my freshman year at the University of Washington, where he was playing soccer on the UW Men’s Team. We were just friends for a few years until he realized he just couldn’t live without me and begged me to be his girlfriend (kinda true). I decided that the feeling was mutual, and we have now been together for 12 years, married for 7.
Kai’s hobbies include, sports, sports and more sports. Particularly soccer and golf. He annoyingly excels at every sport he attempts. And he just gets better looking as we age. Also annoying, as I’m confident most women in their mid-30s would agree.
Meet my little guy, Jackson. He’s four “and a half” (do not be mistaken). His hobbies include finding ways to make me laugh, being the boss of his sister and our dogs, and scheming up ways he can get his little hands on ice cream and/or chocolate. Jackson loves superheroes, every sport that exists, emergency vehicles (particularly firetrucks), and running really, really fast. Jackson is very passionate about everything he does and although he’s super tough, he is also a very caring and considerate little guy.
This is my sweet girl, Finley. She is almost three years old. She is the happiest little girl, but has been going through a bad case of “terrible 2s,” as all toddlers do at some point. Let’s hope this phase is coming to an end soon. Finley’s hobbies include being the center of attention, trying to steal whatever happens to be in her brother’s hand, but being conflicted about it at the same time because her life’s goal is to please him, and climbing onto anything and everything. Finley fears nothing and she’s the fastest almost-three year-old I’ve ever seen, which makes my life a little more difficult. She also can’t decide whether she wants to be a tomboy or a princess. I’m pretty sure she’ll be both.
Bruno and Stella
Pictured above are my furry babies, Bruno and Stella. Bruno (on the right) is eight years old and only weighs five lbs. Bruno is a shy little guy who sleeps a lot and generally keeps to himself. He’s more like a cat than a dog. He spends his time relocating himself from room to room, in an attempt to avoid interacting with the kids (which, I have to admit, never ends well for him). He mainly likes to observe from afar, but interestingly, also enjoys making friends with very large dogs.
Stella (on the left) is almost seven years old, and she is large and in charge. She has gained 40% of her weight since Jackson and Finley entered our lives. Stella’s hobbies include barking at anything and everything that passes our house, following me around 24/7, and eating.
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