Jimi’s First Day Of Preschool

Last May we registered Jimi for preschool at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Jimi was baptized at the church, my mom used to teach preschool there and it’s a great program, so the choice was pretty easy about where to go. I just didn’t think time would fly so fast before his first day.

Two weeks ago we had orientation at the school so he could see his classroom meet his teachers and get a feel for the school. For the following week Jimi kept asking me when he could go back to school. Well his chance finally came this week.

130 136Jimi was s excited to go to school, it made me even more excited for him. I know that he will learn A LOT while he is there and that he will also develop many friendships, but no one except for family members has ever watched him so it was a little difficult for me to leave him behind. I thought I would cry a little but I think his enthusiasm for school helped me keep it in. I definitely felt emotional but I know that he is ready for this next step and that he is in good hands at the school.

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Sitting in his spot at circle time, waiting for class to start.

When Cecilia and I picked him up from school, he greeted us with the biggest smile and hug. I think he mostly took away the playing and making friends aspects of school for the first day, and that’s ok, he is supposed to be doing those things.

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Post-first day special lunch!

Since his first day of school, he has thrown two tantrums wanting to go back, asked what type of cereal and chips he can bring for snack, and continuously brings up school when something reminds his of it. I am so glad he had a great time and wants to go back. It’s also a little bittersweet for me though because I will be entering the workforce once again on Monday and I will no longer get to spend all of these special moments with him. I know that we will still have our special moments together but I am definitely going to miss doing the everyday routines with him, like taking him to school.  I’m sure he will hardly notice I’m gone though.

Here’s hoping for a successful year of preschool for Jimi.

 

 

Summer Vacation 2013

For many months now we’ve been planning a family vacation to the East coast. We had planned one spending one week with James’ family in South Caroline/Georgia and one week with my family in Florida. Unfortunately, life took a different turn of events and James’ grandparents were in a  car accident. So we rerouted our trip to Birmingham, AL for a week so we could spend time with them while they recover.

Although the trip was different than we had originally planned, it was still amazing to see family and spend time with our loved ones. We crammed a lot into two weeks and it will surely be a trip we will remember forever.

I go could on and on about the details of our trip but I’ll spare you all and give you a quick recap:

-Flew into Atlanta, hoped in a car and drove 3 hours to Birmingham.

-Spent 5 1/2 days in Birmingham.

-Ate pizza 3 times and bbq only once (Saw’s Soul Kitchen – go there, it was amazing).

-Visited the Vulcan Statue

-Celebrated Cecilia’s first birthday.

-Went to the Birmingham Zoo.

-Went to the Birmingham Civil Right’s Institute.

-Visited with our family in the hospital and spent time with loved ones that live on the East coast.

-Drove from Birmingham, AL to Kissimmee, FL.

-More birthday celebrations for Cecilia.

-Went to Universal Studies two different days.

-Went to Gatorland. They made me hold a Boa Constrictor during a show.

-Spent time at the beach in Melbourne, FL and many hours in the pool at our rental house.

-Stayed up late playing games with family.

-Went on an air boat ride.

-Mini-golf

-Saw Manatees and a hippo at Homoosassa Springs State Park.

-Took a boat ride to a beautiful island, Anclote Key.

-Had a fantastic family vacation.

Summer Recap

Hi. Remember us? Yeah, we’re still here. Life is still crazy and an adjustment with two kids. Rarely does either one of us have two free arms (I’m typing this with one hand right now) because they both want/need attention at the same. When we do have both arms free we both busy doing work (homework for me) which doesn’t leave much time for blogging. I’m not complaining though I love snuggles from both of them.

Despite the still gorgeous weather, summer vacation has come to end for us. The school year has started which means James is back to work and I am in full swing of my third semester of grad school. This summer was full of trips to the zoo, children’s museum, playing at parks, gigs,  and visits with family and friends. The highlight of our summer was the birth of our beautiful little girl and watching Jimi grow and learn more and more everyday.

Here’s a slideshow of pictures from our summer

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We hope you had a great summer!

Portland Babymoon

This last weekend James and I headed down to Portland, OR to attend my best friend of 15 years, Melissa, graduation from physical therapy school and to have a little “babymoon” before Cecilia arrived. James’ dad and step-mom, Karen, were ever so kind to watch Jimi for a long weekend while we went down there. James’ mom and step-dad, Jamie, were nice enough to watch Penny for us. Thank you all for your help!

We headed down to Portland around 11am on Friday and did not return until Monday afternoon. When we got to our hotel room we were greeted by a nice welcome basket(s) full of breakfast food, junk food (James’ breath probably still smells like chili cheese fritos), and an itinerary of the weekend put in our room by Melissa.

We got cleaned up from the long drive and then headed over to Melissa’s apartment for appetizers before boarding the Portland Spirit dinner cruise. The cruise was a part of a celebration with the rest of her graduating classmates from the physical therapy department and their family and friends. The cruise was along the Willamette river and was really beautiful. The houses along the river were amazing and huge and pretty outrageous.

James and I with Melissa and her boyfriend Jeff.

Melissa won an award from her department

Saturday, James and I slept in (for those that call sleeping until 8am sleeping in) and relaxed at the hotel until it was time to head to Melissa’s graduation, about 30 minutes away. We got there early so we had lunch at a little pizza place called Pizza Schmizza. The weather all morning long was a little chilly and overcast. As soon as the three hours long ceremony started, the sun came out in full force. It was a hot and long ceremony but totally worth it to see my best friend graduate, with a special bonus of working on my tan. After the ceremony we had a very nice celebration dinner with Melissa’s family. Congratulations Melissa!

Melissa getting “hooded”

The happy graduate

I had to help her hold up her huge diploma

On Sunday we met my dad (who happened to be in Portland to run the Rock n’ Roll half marathon) for brunch. We then went to the Portland Saturday Market, which is conveniently open on Sunday’s as well. The Saturday market is a lot like Pike Place and a farmer’s market combined. It was raining out so I kind of rushed through the booths but Portland never ceases to amaze me with weird people. Next we headed up to Pittock Mansion, which is a beautiful old home that used to belong to the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. The views from the house were amazing and overlooked all of Portland. We then hit up the oldest restaurant in Portland, Hubers Cafe, for some appetizers, beer (for him) and coffee (for me). We tried to watch the eclipse after we were finished at Hubers but it was too cloudy out. We then headed up to Powell’s bookstore to find Jimi a book about being a big brother. After that (now I understand why I am so tired today), we met up with Melissa and a few of her friends to go to Portland City Grill, which is located on the 30th floor and has amazing views of the city, for dinner. James and I finally called it quits after that and went back to our hotel room (after stopping for some milk to go with our Oreo’s Melissa got us, of course).

James in the music room (I told him to look musical)

Unfortunately it was pretty hazy out so we didn’t have the best views

When we woke up on Monday the rain was coming down pretty hard so we decided to skip Voodoo donuts (a pretty amazing donut place that always has a long line outside) and got a bagel and some coffee instead and then made our way back to Washington. It was a great trip and it was nice to have some kid free time before we have two munchkins running around but it is nice to be home and even better to see Jimi.

Weekend Recap

Homework, a wedding, snow, and a new mattress.

Friday: James had a show with 20 Riverside. I decided not to go because I had my first paper for class due on Saturday but since Amber’s wedding was on Saturday I knew I needed to get it done early. Before James left for his show we (and the rest of the Seattle area) were treated to a gorgeous sunset.

The pink below is the reflection on the sound

Jimi has been sleeping very poorly the last few weeks for some reason so I tried to put him to bed 30 minutes earlier to see if that would help him sleep better…. it didn’t. Hopefully he gets back to normal sleep soon.

Saturday: I left the house earlier to get ready for Amber’s big day. While we were getting our hair done it started lightly hailing and snowing. By the time we were taking pictures at the wedding site that afternoon it was coming down hard and sticking. James and I were pretty sure we would be stuck in Mukilteo.

The wedding was great! I couldn’t see much of the ceremony because of my spot in the bridesmaid line but it all sounded good and everyone said the right words. The reception was full of good food, dancing, and delicious cake… as it should be. Yes, I did the hustle. We all did a pretty dumbed down version of the dance. I was trying to watch Amber so I could remember the moves but she was about 3 beats behind everyone else, so I don’t think it helped my dancing skills. Congratulations Amber and Ryan! We’re so happy for you!

Thankfully, we did not get stuck at the venue and made it home. Although, my car did so some sliding on the road.

Amber and Ryan seeing each other for the first time

The beautiful bride and me (looking weird)

James, Melissa, Jeff and I braving the cold to take a picture

Me doin' the hustle

Sunday: We went to brunch with my Dad, Stephanie, Ian and John. Afterwards Stephanie and Ian (they have big cars and we have little ones) drove up our new mattress set we ordered last month. It is amazing. I slept better last night than I had for a while. Thank you for driving it up and helping bring it in Stephanie and Ian! Jimi had his first bubble bath! He already loves baths but we thought bubbles would make it more fun, we just needed to find and extra sensitive one first.

Uhh, there's something in my bath water.

What is this stuff?

 

Hustle Denial

No I’m not in denial about the need to move faster or get things done faster. Although, I am in denial about how much fast time is going by, but that’s another matter.

My good friend Amber is getting married on Saturday and I’m one of the bridesmaids. After (not that it would have changed my answer) Amber asked me to be a bridesmaid she told me she wanted the whole wedding party, 9 bridesmaids & 9 groomsmen, to all do the ‘Hustle’ together at the reception. Since that time, about a year ago, I’ve been trying to forget about her request.

She’s emailed us a video of them doing the hustle in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and instructions on how to do the hustle, but I haven’t looked at them (if you’re reading this Amber, sorry!). I keep hoping that if I don’t learn how to to the dance or acknowledge the dance, it won’t happen. I can be a pretty outgoing person but the thought of dancing in front of 100+ people while they’re staring at me is pretty terrifying.

The wedding is in two days and the rehearsal is tonight…. I guess that means it’s time for me to get over my denial and at least attempt to learn the dance. Don’t worry Amber, I’ll still be wishing the dance away or a sprained ankle to happen, but I’ll do it for you.

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