New Labor Day Tradition

Happy Labor Day, Sunshine!

This year I’m blessed to be off work officially, but after a good summer’s chillaxin’ I didn’t want to see the day wasted. Instead I decided to labor only for myself. That is, scheduling creative projects like I would meetings in a regular work day. One after another an onslaught of healthy awesomeness. I replaced the morning commute with a jog into North Seattle College campus and back, then got to work fun.

  • jog & plank
  • shower & nutritious breakfast
  • cut up giant watermelon
  • write this weeks menu
  • record glockenspiel for new song, Affirmative
  • upload Super Plaid music
  • make tea
  • make mini peach pies
  • abstract painting for top secret clandestine project
  • sketch denim jacket ideas

We’ll see if I make it through the whole list, but so far I’m steaming right along. Hope your day is lovely, honey! I leave you with a lovely dahlia I spied on my jog this morning.

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Holiday:, Life:, Photography:, Travel:

Wray Family Christmas

I finally got to edit some Christmas photos! Matt and I had THE most fun traveling to Eastern Washington to visit family. Here’s a brief recap:

Long Road (cropped)

We traveled just under an hour to get to Uncle Ron & Aunt Kris’ ranch. Picture it, Papa driving a giant pickup truck with Honeybee, me, Adam, Clarissa and Brandon in the cab. And all the presents tarped up in back. It was quite beautiful.

Brandon gets cozy under the tree as Adam plucks out tunes. Cora got this awesome (bewitching and dangerous) helicopter. Hours of entertainment!

Matt & Bri xmas

 You can definitely tell Lance got what he wanted this year. He must’ve been good! While Santa was off having dinner, the littlest elf hung out with Papa. Elf Declan’s first Christmas was a success!

Then we got to jam with Grandma Jo. She hadn’t picked up this fiddle in four years and promptly played it while singing and smiling as though no time had passed at all. Go Grandma, go!

Jammin w: Grandma & the Boys3

Next, we traveled to the farm – did I tell you Matt’s family grows Walla Walla sweet onions and other yummy veggies? Well, they do! Grandpa Verl here is Matt’s maternal grandfather and grower of said deliciousness for years and years. He is finally retiring.

With Grandpa Verl

Then we were whisked to Kathy and Dan’s lovely home for more presents and pictures. Declan was hanging around in his new portable bouncer from Nana Kathy. Aren’t they sweet? It’s so rare to see all four Wray boys in a row, but we got em.

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We had an absolute blast, as always and we already miss everyone. We’ll be back soon. I can’t believe we’re in January of 2015 already. Christmas already seems long gone. Wouldn’t it be nice if spring started on New Year’s Day?! I’d like to put in a request for that next year, please. Thanks for venturing out to Walla Walla with us. We hope your holidays were just perfect.


Brianna & Matt Wray

Holiday:, Life:

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015, recruits. I hope you’re ready to be rendered speechless by bright Wrays of Sunshine. I can’t wait! I have a few resolutions I’m looking into tackling this year. They might seem a bit unusual, but I’ll explain.

  1. No excuses — this is an overall goal. Though I squeeze in as much as I can into a day I know within myself there are also days when I’m a lazy ass. This is worth conquering.
  2. No illogical comparisons — it’s not often, but sometimes I see what other have accomplished and feel instantly horrible and, in truth, that’s not fair. My plan is to run my own race because no one can be a better me. I am the best me there is.
  3. Never sacrifice my health — Y’all know I’m a college student and I love it, but halfway through the quarter I tend to get all stressed out, forget that I can handle it and stop taking care of myself (as well as I do on breaks). It only takes a few minutes to work out, seconds to swallow some vitamins.
  4. More projects — I asked my husband what he thought I should work on in 2015 and he said, “More physical projects that can be held in hand and looked at with your eye. I want to see what’s inside your brain.” So far, so good on this goal. I’m already knee deep in a project you guys are gonna love!
  5. Grow our business — Along the same thought, but on a different note, living my dreams. As in growing our business into a self (and hopefully ME) supporting entity.
  6. Picky Picky — I have a horrible habit of scratching at my lips when I’m studying or nervous. It’s especially horrid considering if you asked my Honeybee what his favorite part is, he’d definitely say lips.
  7. 12 Classes — I already enjoy yoga on my lonesome, I have my favorite poses and get down. This year, however, I’m making it a point to go to other classes, taking advantage of what the University has to offer, but also elsewhere.

Leonetti Wine

We toasted 2015 in the comfort of our own home with Matt’s family’s wine. He bought this $100 bottle 15 years ago and it has aged to perfection. Mmph! We could see the fireworks over the Space Needle from our front porch. It’s funny, though, because when I was growing up in Tennessee I yearned to be going somewhere fun for New Year’s Eve surrounded by friends and a bit of mayhem. This year, though, even after combing the Stranger for parties, I just didn’t wanna. Could you imagine, getting all dressed up to go out in below freezing temperatures to stand in line to pay $ to get in the door to stand in line to pay $ to get a drink, only to stand in line to pee?! I don’t think so.

What are your resolutions this year?! Lay it on me, I want to know. We can inspire each other! We here at Wrays of Sunshine wish you all the best and brightest in 2015 and beyond.

Love and light, betch!

Brianna & Matt Wray



Holiday:, Life:

Merry Christmasss!

We’re posting live from Walla Walla, Washington — the place so nice they named it twice — where Matt’s impeccable impression of Elvis’ Blue Christmas is on point. It’s freaky-good. And I’m so thankful to be here to celebrate again.

We wish you a Merry Christmas with sunshine and rainbows and hugs and family and love!