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…

 

 

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…

a great trip

I had a wonderful time on my trip back to Chicago… the weekend was filled with family, food, and a lot of laughter.  I wish I had taken dozens of pictures to document the trip, but I really enjoyed being in the moment and making the most of my brief time back home

Of course, one of the highlights of the trip was my baby shower!  It was really wonderful to spend the day with family and friends.

Everyone was very generous and between all of the gifts and gift cards, this baby is going to have everything he needs.

I will share some pictures from the shower soon.  Thank you to Victoria for being our professional photographer for the day! (And also, check out her fabulous blog Frankfully)

It’s been extremely rainy out in Spokane; literally record setting amounts of rain.  So, unfortunately, this will probably be a weekend spent primarily indoors.  I guess I should spend some time working on the nursery.  I now have a lot of books to work with and that vintage print I found is framed and ready to be hung.

so many fun books!

 

a to z

 

Our crib mattress, changing table and more are all on the way!  We are getting deliveries from UPS almost everyday.  It’s so much fun… but I’m starting to feel bad for this delivery man.  He is truly bringing me at least one package per day.  Can you tip UPS delivery men?

I guess I also need to pack my bag for the hospital and install the car seat, just in case?

I’m in the middle of week 33… and I truly don’t know how this baby is going to have any room to grow for 7 more weeks.

goodbye toes!

Here’s hoping some sunshine and dry weather is headed to the Pacific Northwest.

This was the beautiful scenery I had to leave behind when I flew back on Tuesday… Oh Spokane… I hope the flowers start blooming here soon!

blossoming trees at my in-laws house... taken with my iPhone

sweet home Chicago

Since we arrived, I’ve been feeling pretty good about the move to Spokane.

Aside from a few snowy moments, the weather has been pretty great.  It’s in the 40s almost every day and we get a lot of sunshine.
The scenery is beautiful… rolling hills, fir trees, mountains, etc.

taken with my iPhone... some local scenery from my walk with Riley

But today a distinct feeling of homesickness just hit me. It started with something really random… I came across a photo on Instagram of a group of people, which was clearly taken on a CTA bus… and that was it!  I was suddenly yearning to be back home.

Now, I probably haven’t been on a CTA bus in several years (I was always more of an L rider), and I’m not sure how an image of the Chicago public transit system could bring up anything but memories of bad smells, cramped commutes and sketchy encounters with strangers… but for some reason, today, it made me remember everything I love about Chicago and being home in the Midwest.

It’s silly. I know. I am going to be back in town in just a few weeks for my baby shower… and while I may not be able to visit a lot in the next several months, with a newborn baby and all, I know that Chicago will always be there… and I can come back and visit anytime.

I guess I’m just not as well adjusted to the new locale as I thought I was.

But I’m staying positive and finding things to love here too.  And above all else, as cheesy as it sounds, as long as I have my husband, my pets and soon my little baby boy, I am home.

sunset in Chicago... taken with my iPhone last summer during a boat ride on the lake...