Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lindsey's Baby Shower.

One of my very best friends is having a baby boy in September, and we threw her a delightful little baby shower last weekend. But before I show pics of the shower, I had to throw in a couple oldies...

You see, Lindsey and I go WAY back. Like to 2nd grade when we were on the same soccer team, The Grasshoppers. If this picture was in color, you'd know that the lime green uniforms were the inspiration for the name.
How cute are our feathered bangs? 

We were also roommates in college for all four years. That means we've plucked each others gray hairs, been chased by mice in our living room, broken down on the side of the road and had to be towed by a man named Bozo (no lie!) held each others hand while getting a tattoo, and were bridesmaids in each others weddings...

Anyways, I was honored to get to help welcome sweet baby Oliver into the world!

The food! 

 Our sweet friend Kacy MADE the cake...So talented! 

 And Patty made this adorable diaper wreath!

 Lindsey's twin sister Courtney made these pretty centerpieces (and coordinated the whole thing from Kansas-such a rock star. :)

 Here's Lindsey with her sisters and momma...This is what we call good genes.

And here's a pic of all the hostesses...we've all known each other since before puberty, and it's a rare and wonderful thing to celebrate so many of life's blessings with one another.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Ryan, Cooper and I just spent a delightful week in the Pacific Northwest! 

The plane ride there was great! I highly recommend direct flights when traveling with wee ones. The flight home was a bear. 
We landed in Seattle and went right down to Pike's Place Market.  

  Beautiful flowers and fishes.

 The sun even came out for a little while. 

We also went to what we thought was the original Starbucks, but the next day realized the original was around the corner. So embarrassing. 

Seattle skyline. 

The next day we walked down to the Space Needle.

Cooper was thrilled. 
I guess all Coop needed to really start walking was some clouds and rain. 

Snuggling his bunny.
 Our next stop was out to the burbs to stay with a bestie's parents. Cooper helped them practice being grandparents. 

After two days in Seattle we headed South to Portlandia. We stayed with a good friend of mine from college (Lauren) and her hubby (Ben). We went to their wedding two summers ago, and that was the last time we'd seen them. This was the view from their deck; That's Mt. St. Helens in the distance!

We ate like kings on this trip, and Cooper did a good job not screeching like a pterodactyl in restaurants.

After a hearty breakfast, it was on to the Nike Employee Store. Lauren and Ben both work for Nike, so they gave us the sweet hook-up!

Then we got a little tour of the Nike Headquarters. This made Ryan's life. 

After a good long Cooper-nap and girls shopping, we had a lovely dinner downtown.

And after dinner, this girl cleaned house at Monopoly. I'd never even finished an entire game of Monopoly, let alone won. So great. Thanks Thomsons for being such great hosts!

The next morning we once again journeyed South to Eugene to watch the Prefontaine Classic Track Meet. 
 Although watching track is the last thing I want to do after Ryan's track season, this was surprisingly really fun! (Except for that undercooked hotdog I ate that had me hugging the toilet seat later that night). Take a good look at the top right picture. Your eyes aren't fooling you. These guys ran a mile in 3:49. I can hardly walk to the refrigerator that quickly.

For those of you who have no clue who Steve Prefontaine is, he set 15 American distance records from 2 miles-10,000M. He was a beast. He died in a car crash at the age of 24.

 After the meet, we headed west to the coast. We stopped in Newport at the Rogue Brewery. 

This was the view from our hotel. It was really beautiful. And really cold. 

Coop gets his "It's freezing" face from his momma.

Plenty of new books kept this guy entertained along the way. 

We stayed in Lincoln City. We once again ate great local food and hit up the outlet mall. 

 Cooper spent most of his naps in the car. He had this magical gift of falling asleep 5 minutes before we arrived at any destination. Good thing he's so cute. :)

By the time we made it to the airport in Portland, mama and daddy were so tired, they cared little about the many diseases Cooper could contract by playing with the airport toys. 

All in all, it was a great trip. Traveling with a little one is definitely more challenging than not, but we're glad to have made some wonderful memories as a family.