Monday, September 29, 2008

ABC Baby Shower

On Saturday, I went to a baby shower for my friend, Morgan. I hosted a shower for her a while back at my house, but this time I was just one of the guests. Her sister, Casey, and her mom threw her this shower. The shower was so beautiful. The theme was ABC and it turned out super cute! There were letter blocks as decorations, we also had to write a word of advice for the mother to be starting with a certain letter that was on cards, and there were some yummy alphabet letter cookies. The weather was also beautiful, which made the shower even better because most of the shower was outside. We ate boxed lunches made by Casey. It was all just so creative! Morgan received a lot of great gifts including some handmade ones. The girl is so crafty herself, I found it hard to think of very many things you could possible make her because she made it all herself. I did find time to make her some burp cloths and bibs. She also got these really cute baby shoes made by Jen. I want to learn to make them when I have another baby! It was a very fun shower! Now it is only 2 weeks from Morgan's due date! Can't wait to meet little Bobby!



My Seattle Trip

I have been so lazy lately! It has been over a week now since I returned from Seattle and I haven't blogged about it yet....what is wrong with me:) Well, I had so much fun visiting Laura and her boyfriend, Aaron! She is my best friend from high school. I usually just get to see her when she comes home to visit because she has been living in other countries since we graduated from college. Now that she has settled in Seattle...at least for the time being...I decided to go visit her.



Me and Laura

Aaron and Laura

Laura, Autumn, David, Me


Since I was only there for a few days, we tried to pack in as much sightseeing and fun as possible. Of course I missed the beautiful weather by about 3 days...it rained almost the whole time! But we still had fun! Aaron is from Seattle, so he knew the best places to go sightseeing. Her brother, David, also lives in Seattle, and he and his girlfriend got back Saturday morning from an Alaskan cruise, so we picked them up from their port and spent most of the day with them also. We stopped by the Starbucks headquarters and we went to the original Starbucks. We went to the Ballard Locks where boats pass through and they built a salmon ladder in which you can go under and watch the salmon swim up. We also got to see the salmon jump out of the water:) We went to the Public Market where we saw people throwing fish and crabs, beautiful flowers, and other yummy food we got to sample. There was so much beautiful vegetation there! The flowers were amazing! We also ate some yummy fish while we were there:)






The last day I was in Seattle, I got to go meet Laura's boyfriend's family. They were all so nice and they had a beautiful home and an amazing garden. I had so much fun spending time with Laura! She has always been such a good friend to me and it was nice to get to visit a different place where she is living.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Are There Any Starbucks Around Here?

This post is from Jason. I'm sure "wow!", "what the...", and "there's something new..." are popping up in everyone's mind.

My wife is 9 minutes away from landing in Seattle, Washington to visit Laura and Aaron. I have been tracking her entire flight on FlyteComm.com. She endured a small thunderstorm along the way that the pilot looked like avoided by traveling a little further north. I am praying it was a smooth flight for her. I have prayed for her flight since I booked it last month and have prayed many times this week. God's angels are surrounding her plane and keeping them safe!

One of the worst parts of Sarah being gone is explaining to Ashlyn why it's daddy reading books to her before bed...why it's daddy singing Mockingbird, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle, and whatever else postpones sleep. She wants her routine of Mama and doesn't really care what excuses I give her. I told her that Mama would talk to her on the phone tomorrow after her Little Gym class and that would not do. She wanted to call right then! So we left an "I Love You, Goodnight" message just so Ashlyn (and Daddy) could her Mommie's voice before bed. It's nights like tonight where I feel truly blessed to have Sarah at home with Ashlyn. I can see the deep bond that they have with each other in such a short 2.5 years. I know Ashlyn loves me, but it pales in comparison to how she feels for her mama.

Anyways, we both miss you tonight and, even though we want you to have an awesome trip to Seattle, want Sunday night to get her ASAP!

P.S. Remember to ask Laura and Aaron our very important question when you arrive (which is about 2 more minutes from now). We love you!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Update

We are fine! Our house had no damage....just no power for a few days. The power came back yesterday evening. We had been staying at my parents' house b/c they had power. I will update again later with pics from the storm. I hope everyone else is ok!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Family Vacation

Over the weekend, we went to San Antonio for a little family vacation. We stayed at the Hyatt hotel right on the Riverwalk. It was so beautiful and so fun! When we got there on Friday, we walked up and down the Riverwalk and looked at all the beautiful scenery. We also went to check out the Alamo. It was closed so we just got to see it from the outside, but it was still a wonderful sight to see. When we finally settled down for the night, we were interested to see how Ashlyn would do sleeping in the same room as us. After saying goodnight to us about 10 times and say over and over again that mommy and daddy were sleeping, she finally laid down herself and went to bed.

The next morning we woke up and headed to Sea World. Jason and Ashlyn had never been there, so we were all very excited! We started out feeding the dolphins which was very cool! Then we looked at the stingrays and sharks. Then we headed over to the toddler area. Ashlyn got to go on her first real ride, it took you up high and then dropped and bounced. She really liked it. We played in that area for a while, because we couldn't go on any of the big rides and we were waiting for the shows to start. We saw the dolphin show and shamu, which Ashlyn loved! We swung by and saw the penguins, bought Ashlyn a few stuffed animals, and we were done for the day! It was so hot! She passed out in the stroller before we could even get back to the car.

We went back to the hotel for a quick rest and then headed back out. We check out the children's museum and went back to the Riverwalk. We went in a few shops to look around and I found the really cute shop called Jake's Place. We ended up finding a cute little shirt for Ashlyn and when we went up to pay Nakomis, from Big Brother 5/Allstars, was checking us out. We said we recognized her and she told us who she was. She was very nice and seemed to be doing well. It was so random to see her:)

That was pretty much it. We stopped by and saw my grandparents on the way home. My grandmother just turned 90! It was a fun little vacation! Here are some pics and you can see more on my flickr account.