The blog in which I write about things that happened a while ago…

Alright, that’s not a very good title. But I have been slacking on my blogging. I think I have a few excuses; a toddler, an infant, and grad school among them. However, many other bloggers are able to keep up with their blogging with probably a lot more going on in their lives than me, so maybe I don’t really have an excuse…

Back to the point.

Tulip Festival 2013

In April we went to the annual Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon. We’ve gone every year since Jimi was born (you can see last year’s trip here). This year we made our way up to Tulip Town. James’ Dad, Jay, and Step-Mom Karen, joined us this year. Unfortunately weather was not so great so we didn’t spend too much time looking at the flowers. But they were gorgeous and the kids seemed to have fun. Cecilia might tell you that they taste delicious as well. After we finished up at Tulip town, we went to Skagit River Brewery for some delicious lunch and drinks!

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Mother’s Day 2013

A couple of weeks ago was Mother’s Day. James spoiled me rotten and I had a fabulous day! James got up with Jimi at 6:30am (Jimi’s choice, not his), he then made me breakfast in bed. James mad me eggs benedict, with homemade hollandaise, and brought me coffee and a bloody mary. After breakfast we got everyone dressed and headed to the zoo, with a stop to my favorite burger place, Dick’s Hamburger’s on the way. The weather held out and we had a great time at the zoo. When we got home James made me my scallops, asparagus, pasta and alfredo sauce (from scratch!) and got me angel food cake (my favorite for dessert). I had such great day. I have a lot to live up to on Father’s Day. THANK YOU James!!!

(This is where I would upload pictures but wordpress is telling me I am out of memory space. Not good. I’ll have to work on that.)

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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:

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!

Kangaroo Farm

Since it’s summer and we need to enjoy what few nice days we have around here, we’ve been looking for fun things for Jimi to do to get him out of the house. A few days ago James suggested we go to the Outback Kangaroo Farm which is just a short drive from our house. I was a little skeptical of going with Cecilia because dirt, germs and anything else that might have been there but decided to tag along anyway.

Once we got there I quickly realized my fears were right, the place was a massive dirt/dust/kangaroo poop path. I wrapped Cecilia up in a moby wrap and held the cover out in front of her face as best as a could to keep all the dirt out of her face and stayed as far away from the animals as I could….

That being said, this place was pretty cool (I just wouldn’t take your newborn there). There were over 50 kangaroos, wallabies, donkeys, tortoises, miniaturize horses, lamas, emus, peacocks and a bunch more. The “tour” itself was kind of lame, they just lead us back and forth a bunch, but they let everyone feed and pet all of the animals. Jimi loved it! He had absolutely no fear about getting that close to any of the animals and kept demanding more food pellets to keep feeding all of the animals.

Checking on little miss

That lama ate food out of James’ mouth

After the kangaroo farm we hit up McDonalds for some ice cream and then the Jimi went straight into the bath when we got home to hose off any germs.

 

 

Mariner’s Game and a Trip to the Zoo

A while back James’ dad and step-mom asked if we would be interested in going to a Mariner’s game with them on May 9th. Of course we immediately said yes for numerous reasons. The only downside to the game was the start time. It started at 7:10pm…. a mere 20 minutes before Jimi’s usual bed time, so we didn’t have much hope for making it until the end of the game.

We decided to pay for parking (I think it our first time ever) so we could make a quicker exit when we needed to leave and because I did a pretty good number on my back and leg after our Wallace Falls hike and couldn’t walk without pain.

This was Jimi’s (and our) first Mariner’s game this season. We were pretty sure he wouldn’t have any working memory of baseball games from last year. Thankfully it wasn’t a very crowded game so Jimi was able to have his own seat which he insisted on climbing up and down every two minutes, without any assistance. When we did try to help him, he got frustrated and would start over. Jimi was much more interested in taking trash down to the trash cans than watching the game so I don’t think any of us got to pay much attention to the game but it was still a lot of fun. And it was pretty cute to watch Jimi excitedly cheer along with the crowd. Jimi lasted much longer than we thought he would and we got to stay until part way through the 6th inning. Thank for taking us to the game Jay and Karen!

Yesterday (Saturday), James, Jimi and I headed down to the zoo for a Mother’s Day celebration. It was an absolutely beautiful day! I hope this weather continues through the Summer. … On the way we stopped at Dick’s burgers, which is one of my favorite places, for lunch. Jimi enjoyed his first experience there and even held his hamburger like a big kid.

Once we got to the zoo we headed straight for the elephant den because it was their feeding time. For an hour during the day you can pay $5 (a little pricey if you ask me) to “feed” a branch full of leaves to an elephant or a giraffe. Jimi has been in love with elephants for a while now (thanks to James’ impressive elephant noises), so we decided he would have a good time doing that. We had to wait in line for about 30 minutes but it was totally worth it once we got up there. Jimi was so proud of himself and kept saying “wooowwww” when we were close to the elephant. The zoo handler even let me do it twice because I was “feeding for two”.

Waiting patiently to feed the elephants

 

Getting a little help from dad

Super awkward family shot

Jimi behaved so well on this trip to the zoo! I don’t think there were any meltdowns and we all a great time. Aside from feeding the elephants, Jimi got to pet some goats, hear the monkeys talking to each other, watch some jaguars mate, and a gorilla clean his…. uh… special parts… it was an educational day at the zoo. To end it all, he got his diaper changed on someone’s lawn by our car. Thanks friendly Greenwood neighbor!

He chose the best spots to pet the goats.

Happy Easter!

We had a great Easter weekend. The weather was beautiful all weekend and we were busy with family the whole time.

On Saturday we went to the Woodland Park Zoo with my Dad so Jimi could do an Easter Egg hunt and check out the animals. We got stuck in traffic and it took 30 minutes to find parking and then when we got to the gates to buy tickets the line was back out to the parking lot. The line for memberships was much smaller so I told James we decided to get a membership since it is likely that we will be going back to the zoo a few more times in the next year. We got in to the zoo just before the egg hunt ended but it’s not like they actually hid the eggs for the toddlers so Jimi had more than enough time.

I’m not sure that we even told Jimi what to do once we got in the egg hunt area. He just started gathering up eggs and putting them in the bag we brought for them. Most of the eggs were in large clusters together but our little man actually made a hunt out of it. He went around picking up the random stray eggs before hitting the piles like the rest of the kiddos. After the egg hunt we made out way through most of the zoo. Jimi did great! He didn’t throw any fits and was really into the animals, even more so than a month ago when we went to the zoo. After the zoo we got dinner with my Dad at The Rock. Jimi decided he liked sausage and ate almost every last piece off the entire pizza. I took a ton of pictures during the day but here are a few of my favorites.

Haha. Jimi was sad it was time to leave.

Today (Easter), Jimi tore into the Easter basket right away. Figured out that the little gold bunnies were chocolate. We let him have one… I didn’t hide any eggs around the house, mostly because I didn’t have time to dye them ahead of time and partly because I wasn’t sure Jimi was ready for a real Easter egg hunt. Instead Jimi and I dyed eggs using this salad spinner like kit I got from Target. I got this kit because I didn’t want Jimi making a huge mess all over the counters and he already loves salad spinner so I figured he would get the hang of it. The kit worked really well in the mess free department but it did not come with enough dye for a lot of eggs. I only did 7 eggs and we used all of the dye. Also, it is pretty hard to cover all of the eggs in the dye. Most of the eggs didn’t turn out that great but I think Jimi still had fun. In the afternoon we went to James’ grandparents’ house for a nice brunch. Jimi was able to get outside and explore a little because it was such a nice day. We got home we let Jimi try out his new bubbles kit and did a little bbq’ing. All in all it was a lovely weekend.

Wearing shorts for the first time this year!

Who says I'm to big for the bumbo?

We hope you had a great weekend too!

Is it Thursday Already?

Ok, so my weekend recap did not happen this past weekend. Neither did the other posts I wanted to write like about how awesome Jimi is and how much he can do now.

Last weekend was my first week of my new course. It started off with a bang with 7 assignments due and a lot of reading. I also agreed to make 3 batches cake pops for my nephew John’s birthday which was last weekend. AND my mother, step-father, brother and nephew flew in for the birthday party…. Needless to say things have been a little busy around here.

To sum it up: On Thursday I took Jimi to his doctor to make sure he didn’t have an ear infection because he had hardly slept in a week (he didn’t have one). We went out to dinner with my family that night. Friday was John’s birthday (Happy Birthday!). The day was spent running errands, doing homework and getting pictures of the three boys together. Saturday: John’s big birthday bash. Sunday: ZOO trip with the family. Monday: More errands homework and family dinner.

Jimi has decided he only needs one nap a day and even that is a struggle to get him to take. He is still adjusting to less sleep and has been having some big periods of unpleasantness during the day (but still overwhelming amazing). No naps also equals a lot less time for me to get things done during the day, so we’re all adjusting.

All dressed up for John's barn yard theme party.

Jimi and John helped themselves to some macaroni noodles to play with.

James was confused about where the wild dogs went.

Jimi wanted to keep up with his 4 year old cousin, Max, at the zoo.

Elephants!

21 weeks!

Jimi did not want to stop running around to sit on the carousel.

Jimi loved trying to catch the penguins.

Feeding himself some whipped cream.