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

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…

another great trip

We had an amazing time in Bend last weekend.
Please enjoy some pictures of Lincoln 🙂

at one of the baseball games, Lincoln snatched the score sheet and took off running... luckily this happened before the game began

at one of the baseball games, Lincoln snatched the score sheet and took off running… luckily this happened before the game began

watching the game and swinging with Nani...

watching the game and swinging with Nani…

Lincoln loves Dad (please note husband's playoff beard going strong)

Lincoln loves Dad (please note husband’s playoff beard going strong)

and some group shots...

and some group shots… Lincoln’s face cracks me up

Blog 6

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cousin love

cousin love

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!

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… 😉