Aloha!

I know it’s been awhile, but I wanted to share a few pictures from our recent trip to Hawaii!  We stayed at the beautiful Aulani hotel on Oahu. It was a short trip, but definitely a great little vacation.

Lincoln decked out in his Hawaiian shirt hanging out in Waikiki...

Lincoln decked out in his Hawaiian shirt hanging out in Waikiki…

The lovely view from our hotel room...

The lovely view from our hotel room…

Lincoln & Dad underneath a banyan tree...

Lincoln & Dad underneath a banyan tree…

The beach outside of our hotel...

The beach outside of our hotel…

Lincoln in his "cool shades"

Lincoln in his “cool shades”

Enjoying some shave ice on the north shore...

Enjoying some shave ice on the north shore…

a San Diego weekend

A few weeks ago husband and I celebrated our six year wedding anniversary.
We were able to get away for a very quick weekend to San Diego, with Lincoln in tow.  Here are a few pictures from our trip…

silly boy, ready for our mini-road trip

silly boy, ready for our mini-road trip

Lincoln's favorite part of the trip... a model train museum!

Lincoln’s favorite part of the trip… a model train museum!

of course, we had to stop and check out the train table...

of course, we had to stop and check out the train table…

shoulder rides with Dad in Balboa Park

shoulder rides with Dad in Balboa Park

Lincoln & Mama

Lincoln & Mama

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obviously, he had to wade in this giant fountain

Lincoln got his first taste of lemonade... I'm pretty sure he liked it...

Lincoln got his first taste of lemonade and I’m pretty sure he liked it…

Ocean!

Ocean!

so much fun getting wet and messy on the beach...

so much fun getting wet and messy on the beach…

sound asleep on the drive home... I think he had a good time :)

sound asleep on the drive home… I think he had a good time 🙂

 

birthday celebration, round two

We spent the long weekend in Bend celebrating Lincoln’s birthday- and husband’s birthday!

Here is a boatload of pictures…

He loves Nani... and that lawn mower!

He loves Nani… and that lawn mower!

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starting his hockey training early

starting his hockey training early

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

a new puzzle

a new puzzle

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

we spent an afternoon at the local pool...

we spent an afternoon at the local pool…

then, more cupcake and singing, "Happy Birthday!"

then, more cupcakes and singing, “Happy Birthday!”

husband got a cupcake too...

husband got a cupcake too…

a beautiful hike by the river

a beautiful hike by the river

piggy-back rides with his cousins...

piggy-back rides with his cousins…

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew... so sweet seeing these boys together

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew… so sweet seeing these boys together

polar vortex indeed!

Lincoln and I spent several days in Chicago last week-
such a wonderful time of year to visit the tundra…

We were in town because my lovely friend Victoria is having a baby! and her baby shower was over the weekend.

It was great to catch up with some friends and family, but I have to confess… after several days of driving in the snow and slush, bundling myself and Lincoln up every time we stepped outdoors and a few slips on that infamous “black ice,” I was more than ready to return to sunny California.

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln seemed to LOVE the snow

Lincoln LOVED the snow….

... and he was a great traveler

… and he really was a great little travel companion

Back at home, worn out from our travels...

Back at home, very worn out from our travels…

 

 

California love…

So, I know I’ve been MIA here on the blog for some time. I have some BIG news that I’ve been dying to share, and I finally can…

Husband just accepted a position in Los Angeles!  We’re moving to California!
Crazy, right?!?

I am beyond excited… but, also slightly overwhelmed.  Searching for a place to rent in a city that I have never even visited is a bit challenging– especially when it’s a city/area as large as Los Angeles.  We are flying to LA this weekend to look at a few places and get a better feel for the different cities/neighborhoods.  Hopefully we’ll have some luck and find a place that we love.

Also, moving equals packing.  Ugh.  Never fun.  Now I have little Lincoln to “help” me out… I’m sure that will go smoothly 😉

But, more than anything, I am so excited to begin this new adventure and move our little family to sunny California.  The ocean, palm trees, farmers markets (year round!), local wine, great shopping, sunshine, sunshine, sunshine… I cannot wait!

Anyone out there with any recommendations on places to check out, places to avoid or any other general southern California advice, please let me know!

In the meantime, in addition to the house hunting and packing, I will be working on getting my wardrobe California ready…  Hopefully I can master a laid back, but put together look like these ladies…

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Apparently, I need to bleach my hair and purchase some denim cutoffs ASAP 🙂

August already?!

Well almost anyway…

July simply flew by.  We drove down to Bend for a weekend visit.  We spent about five days in Chicago visiting friends and family there.  And in between, Lincoln went to some Kindermusik classes, played outside a lot and grew into some sort of climbing, monkey boy (he is suddenly able to climb onto our couch completely unassisted).

Here are some pictures from the month…
(La Crosses– Why didn’t we insist on taking some family pictures at the BBQ?! I didn’t get any pictures of Lincoln with any of the kids… Next time I guess…)

early this month, we pulled out Lincoln's kiddie pool for the first time..

early this month, we pulled out Lincoln’s kiddie pool for the first time..

on the 4th of July, Lincoln took a little tumble and scraped up his face... but he recovered very quickly

on the 4th of July, Lincoln took a little tumble and scraped up his face… but he recovered very quickly

also, he began pretending that everything is a telephone...

also, he began pretending that everything is a telephone…

we played some tennis with the kids in Bend...

we played some tennis with the kids in Bend…

and Lincoln met Papa for the first time

and, while in Bend, Lincoln met Papa for the first time

during our visit to Chicago, Lincoln spent some time at the park with Grandpa

during our visit to Chicago, Lincoln spent some time at the park with Grandpa

and at another park, you can see Lincoln signing for "more" as soon as he comes down the slide...

and at another park, you can see Lincoln signing for “more” as soon as he comes down the slide…

all of our wonderful friends out in Spokane are girls, so I think Lincoln was pretty excited to play with my friend Meredith's adorable son, Will

all of our wonderful friends out in Spokane are girls, so I think Lincoln was pretty excited to play with my friend Meredith’s adorable son, Will

... but, Will's little sister Paige also had to join in on some of the fun

… but, Will’s little sister Paige also had to join in on some of the fun

and we finished off the month with some messy blueberries...

and we finished off the month with some messy blueberries at home…

abandoning the blog?

I have to confess I’ve been having trouble finding time to post lately. Clearly this is evident in the fact that it’s been about two weeks since I last wrote.

In that time, Lincoln has fully recovered from his stomach virus. Of course despite all of the hand washing, continuous laundry and other miscellaneous cleaning, husband and I both caught a bit of the bug. Luckily it was a much milder case for both of us– nothing at all like what Lincoln had.

Anyway, since then, we’ve been able to resume our usual outings to music class and ‘mommy & me’ meet ups. It’s also been extremely warm here, in the 80s everyday, so Lincoln and I have been spending a lot of time at the park.

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This is from last weekend when Dad joined us at the park 🙂

We are now off to Bend to visit family there. Our two nephews are playing t-ball this year and we are going down to see one of their games.

This does means another 6+ hour car ride with Lincoln. The good news is since we switched him into a convertible car seat, he seems to do much, much better in the car. He is still (obviously) rear-facing, but the new seat allows him to see out the windows and I think it’s just more comfortable. Hopefully I can distract him with snacks and books… and I am hoping for a nice long nap!

Of course I waited until this morning to frantically pack. While I got things together, Lincoln did this…

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(that’s an entire roll of toilet paper that has been unrolled in case you can’t tell)

So, I am not abandoning my blog, but as spring turns to summer and the nice weather continues, posts may become a bit more sporadic.

Have a nice weekend!

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on the road!

7th birthday weekend

It was a great weekend in Bend.  I cannot believe our little nephew is seven years old!  Yikes!  I am totally terrified that I am going to blink my eyes and little Lincoln is going to be seven years old.  Ugh.

For now, I’ll just try to slow down and enjoy each moment… especially the wonderful moments when our whole family is together…

we started the weekend celebrating our nephew's birthday with some bowling...

we started the weekend celebrating our nephew’s birthday with some bowling…

there was a small injury... a pinched finger... but a quick kiss and all was well

there was a small injury… a pinched finger… but a quick kiss and all was well

time for some presents and a sweet card...

time for some presents and a sweet card…

these boys are pretty cute...

these boys are pretty cute…

and of course there were some cupcakes...

and of course there were some cupcakes…

the next day, to husband's delight, we went to IHOP for breakfast

the next day, to husband’s delight, we went to IHOP for breakfast

Nani toted Lincoln around when he got sick of the high chair...

Nani toted Lincoln around when he got sick of the high chair…

Of course Lincoln decided to take a nice long nap during our nephew’s birthday party, but husband was there and took some pictures…

this just looks like mania

this just looks like mania…

the big entertainment at the party was the "reptile man" with all sorts of lizards and snakes...

the big entertainment at the party was the “reptile man” with all sorts of lizards and snakes…

it looks like Popi really enjoyed holding that snake...

it looks like Popi really enjoyed holding that snake…

And sadly, the weekend was over quickly.  I was very proud of Lincoln… six hours in the car each way and he did a great job…

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long weekend

It was a last minute decision, but, early this morning, husband and I packed up the car, grabbed Lincoln and Riley dog and we are headed to Bend, Oregon for the weekend!

It is our nephew’s 7th birthday and we are surprising him with a visit. He is having a “creepy crawly” party on Sunday, complete with a reptile man who is bringing along all sorts of creatures for the kids to see/touch/learn about. I’m sure I will be a bit freaked out, but it should be fun.

I was dreading this 6 hour drive with Lincoln (still not a fan of the car and really, who wants to be confined to a carseat for half of the day?), but we are several hours into the drive and he’s been okay…

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Anyone have fun weekend plans? I mean, probably not as fun as a birthday party with 20+ six and seven year olds and a bunch of snakes, but… 😉

back to reality

It was a wonderful week in Bend with the family.  We had a lot of fun dinners, a game night and I was even able to squeeze in a power yoga class with my sister-in-law.

Lincoln loved visiting with his aunt & uncle, cousins and especially his Nani & Popi. Unfortunately, I am a TERRIBLE photographer and I only snapped a few pictures all week long.

Most are from my nephews’ soccer games this past Saturday…

it was a chilly day… luckily, we just bought Lincoln a warm & cozy fleece outfit to wear

Husband was crazy without a coat… maybe little Lincoln was helping keep him warm…

later in the day we had to add a hat underneath the fleece hood… chilly!

the boys didn’t seem to notice the cold and had a great afternoon playing soccer…

love the way he posed for this picture… and the sweatband

Back inside, Lincoln had a great time playing in Nani & Popi’s exersaucer…

somehow this is the only picture I got all weekend with Lincoln & Nani

And here are two pictures I snapped on my iPhone at breakfast one morning.  Both of the kids were very sweet with Lincoln…

Now it’s back to real life with loads of laundry, dishes to wash and no early afternoon naps for Mom.  But that’s okay.  I still get to spend every day with this little guy…

thanks Aunt Rose for the Halloween book! I will have to get a picture of him in the cute outfit you sent…