Virginia Trip 2012

This year we decided to go to Virginia for Christmas to visit with both mine and James’ families that live out there. We spent one week with my family in Portsmouth, VA and one week with James’ family in Northern VA about an hour outside of DC. Our trip didn’t go exactly as we had planned but we still had a lot of fun.

Jimi was so excited to fly on a plane that he did not sleep much the night before and stayed awake from 2:50am (when we left for the airport) until about 9:30am and only slept for 30 minutes. Even though he stayed awake most of the day he did a pretty amazing job traveling. Unfortunately at some point during our travels Jimi picked up a stomach bug and started vomiting everything he consumed for 3 days. A day later I caught the bug, only worse. I could hardly move for a day. Next my nieces caught it and then James and my nephew…. It quickly made its way through the family. James felt well enough to travel the day after Christmas so we made our way North to stay with his family. That proved to be a mistake because we then spread the horrible bug to nearly all of his family up there, including everyone who had traveled from Georgia to see us. We’re so sorry everyone but we are really glad we got to see you!

In between horrible bouts of sickness we did manage to go to the Portsmouth Children’s Museum, the Norfolk Zoo, have a lovely Christmas with family, play board games, introduce Cecilia to many family members, spend a lot of time in with family we rarely get to see, watch Jimi play, play and play some more with many cousins, attempt to go snow tubing, have lunch with our friends Dana and Lauren who live in Virginia and go wine tasting.

Thank you very much to all of our family who traveled to see us! And a HUGE thank you to my mom and step-dad and the Virginia Orr family for letting us invade your homes and stay with you!!

Here are some pictures from our trip:


Dear Cecilia: 5 Months Old

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You turned 5 months old on your first family vacation in Virginia. Time seemed to get away from us while we were there so your 5 months pictures were taken a little late. I’m sure you’ll forgive us.

This last month you started rolling over in your sleep so we had to stop swaddling you at night. It proved to be a challenge at first but you’re getting used to sleeping with your arms out. Now you wish to sleep with your pacifier in your mouth which can be problematic (and tiring for mommy and daddy) since you often spit it out during your sleep and wake up screaming to have it back. We are hoping you return to the amazing sleeper you once were soon.

Your little personality is shining through more and more everyday. You have quite a big set of lungs on you and are often yelling out of frustration and happiness. You still get a lot of joy out of watching your big brother and your face lights up whenever he’s near. You love to put pretty much everything into your mouth, including Jimi’s hair. We think you may be getting teeth soon but you stick your tongue out whenever we try to check for them. We are slowly introducing “solid” foods to you. Some days you like eating and others you have no interest so we are taking our time and not being pushy about it.

You are getting very mobile and can roll/scoot across a room.  Daddy and I think you will be crawling soon. I’m not sure I’m ready for you to be growing up so fast.



Dear Cecilia: 4 Months Old

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Dear Cecilia,

You are a very busy 4 month old. You started rolling over from back to tummy at 15 weeks and haven’t stopped moving. It doesn’t take you long to flip over from your back and then scoot around in circles in search of toys. You’re starting to move forward so I have little doubt that you’ll be crawling soon.  I can already tell we’re going to have our hands full once you figure it out. When your hands aren’t in your mouth, your feet are.

You continue to have a growing relationship with your brother. I think you must have a secret language with him because he runs up to you to whisper that he loves you too as though you said it first. You like to grab any and everything to try to eat and explore including food out of Mommy and Daddy’s hands and your brother’s face.

You give the best smiles and are such a happy baby. You always wake up with a smile on your face. I’m going to talk to your doctor about starting you on “solid” foods soon because you seem so interested in them. In a few weeks we are going to see our East coast family for the holidays and I can’t wait to show you off to all of them.

Love, Mommy

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!

A Quick Trip to Vancouver

Last Tuesday James got a call to interview with for a position in Vancouver (WA not B.C) on Thursday morning. Vancouver is about a 4 hour drive from our house so I suggested to James that we all go down together Wednesday night and stay the night so he wouldn’t have to drive 8 hours alone on Thursday. I hopped on and did the “name your own price” thing and ended up with a room at the Hilton for cheaper than a nights stay at the local Motel 6. It was my first time using Priceline but I am definitely a fan now.

The drive down was fairly peaceful we only stopped once to feed Cecilia and Jimi used the big kid toilet at Burger King so that warranted some ice cream. Once we got to Vancouver things got a little crazy. Jimi was terrified of going into the hotel room at first. It was getting close to his bed time and his mood was not pleasant. Melissa drove up from Portland to meet us for dinner and Cecilia promptly spit up all over her dress upon first holding. We weren’t sure we were going to make it through the meal, since Jimi as a reputation of only lasting 15 minutes sitting in a restaurant but luckily Melissa chose Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner and there are at least 10 giant screen tvs playing sports that kept Jimi entertained.

It’s always a struggle getting Jimi to bed past his bed time but it is even more of one when we’re all in the same room together. Jimi did ok laying in a pack n’ play but he stayed up watching us and asking to go to bathroom until 10:40 while Cecilia took turns crying  on and off. Thankfully they both finally settled down and went to sleep and didn’t wake each other up during the night. In the morning James went to his interview while I stayed in the room with the kids. Our room overlooked part of the Columbia river with train tracks which helped keep Jimi entertained (he is currently obsessed with trains) while we waited. He also managed to order Men In Black 3 for $17 which gave me a panic attack. They reversed the charges though since they saw that we only watched about 3 seconds of it while I figured out how to turn it off.

On our way out of town we stopped at a park so Jimi could run off some energy. He then proceeded to sleep for all but 30 minutes of the ride home.

Lesson of the trip: Traveling with two under two is a little crazy. But we all survived and I managed to not forget anything important at home while packing.

Our pack n’ play set up. One from the hotel for Jimi and ours for Cecilia.


The view

Relaxing while Cecilia sleeps

Clock/bell tower outside of the hotel.