Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sean and Erika WED!

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Yep, it was Vegas, Baby. Meaning I took my baby to Vegas. I left my camera here, so I'm experimenting with putting photos in here from Erika's dropshots page. I feel so cool.

So, Zane and I went to VEGAS. It was crazy and fun. It was GREAT to see everyone. And Sean and Erika got MARRIED!!! I suppose we all knew it would happen someday. I guess I knew sooner than most, but it was still a little weird to see them canoodling. ha ha. Gotta love the word canoodling.

Vegas was so much cooler than I thought it would be. Well, not temperature wise. But I just really never wanted to go to Vegas. Was just going for my dear friends' wedding. But I kinda like the all night all day feel of the casinos. I really would have loved to see some shows--esp. Cirque de Soleil. I would have even done some lightweight gambling (read: machines). I did do one machine. And then I convinced Amanda to be bad with me and drink a martini before noon and play the slots with a baby. Unfortunately, I got caught trying to play the slots with a baby. I don't know why, but that is a strict no no.

We flew in on Wednesday (after Zane puked in the car on the way to Seatac--As he would say, "Gheeyucky".) Had a nice dinner and hangout Wednesday night.

We all had breakfast together Thursday morning. Then I tried to corrupt Amanda. Then nap and getting ready for the wedding. Then we went to the wedding, which was lovely. Or I'm sure it would have been if I could have heard it over Zane's fussing. Go figure. Such a good boy. Except for the 10 minutes I needed him to be. Oh well. We had a petite reception in Erika and Sean's suite. The nice. Then on to Tony and Tina's Wedding performance. That was fun. Poor Zane had had it, though. And Tony's obnoxious relatives didn't really help his comfort level at all. Somehow, he fell asleep during all of it. When we got back to the Bellagio, it was just in time to see the fountains go off, which was way cool.

On Friday, we had breakfast in Paris. Was so cool and the service was much better than the "real" Paris. I am bad. So American. Then Zane and I flew home. He took a poo all over Tacoma. That was funny.

I'm going to go see if I can lift any more pics off of Erika's dropshots. How cool is this?

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When we got back, the whole family fawned all over Zane like crazy. It was so cute to see Kevin, Caspian, and my Mom all lovestarved for Zane. I guess they really missed, I mean us. It was fun and GREAT to see everyone, but it's also good to be home.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Peek a BOO!!!

These are just too too fun. Had to share. Two of my favorite pictures of all time. :)


Monday, September 11, 2006

Houseguests, Part Deux

Well, the fates conspired to have Kevin's family here at the same time his friends were here, so this was all sort of going on at the same time. Of course, I didn't have time to write about it until they were all gone.

Zane finally got to meet his other grandparents! It was very exciting. Grandpa Bill enjoyed teasing him and teaching him about his watch and Grandma Nancy did some nice peek-a-boo action--one of Zane's favorite games. Zane also got to meet his cousin, Jackson, who just turned 3 years old. It was such fun to see the two of them playing together.

Jackson likes to have his picture taken, and very cutely would show up in most shots if he could. I like this next one, because it reminds me of the sort of upstaging that the Muppets tend to do to each other for laughs. (Just to be clear, this was originally a picture of Zane sitting on the chair. LOL. But that picture wasn't nearly as good as this turned out to be. I love the Muppets. Manah Manah.)

I also got to meet my sister-in-law, Darla, for the first time. That was lots of fun. Here we are, hamming it up together.

Here are the dudes all hangin' out together:

Grandpa Bill even got in on this one:

That's Uncle Gene and Aunt Kay's backyard. I don't seem to have gotten any pictures of Aunt Kay. But heck, my mom was there, and the only picture I got of her was when she fell off the chair. Bad, BAD daughter. I won't post it.

It was great to see everyone and hope to see you again soon!


Sunday, September 10, 2006


Well, we have gotten a great opportunity to show off our new house--two sets of houseguests in the same week. Yes, it's been kinda crazy--esp. since it is also Caspian's first week of school--but it's been a lot of fun. Everyone took off today and the house feels oddly empty after about a week of activity.

The first set of guests were Kevin's friends from Pizza Man in Milwaukee. (If you ever get a chance to eat there, you should.) Chris and Lindsey came to the mighty Pacific Northwest to visit us and check out the area. They made us a fabulous stir fry dinner while they were here and we really just enjoyed hanging out with them. Here's some pics of that:

We had a really great time together and they both seemed to like Olympia, Vancouver, and Portland. Well, who wouldn't? Well, I'm assuming I would like Vancouver and Portland. Haven't been there yet, but I hear GREAT things. Hopefully Chris and Lindsey will be back soon.

Ok, baby calling. I better write about my other houseguests later.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Caspian's First Day of School!

Caspian started school today at Roosevelt Elementary. He's in third grade. Wow, I can't believe this is our FOURTH first day of school. He's getting so much older all the time. And his behavior has been much MUCH better lately. Whew.

There has been a flurry of activity here with tons of houseguests (that will come in the next post). Caspian and I took off together the other day to do his school shopping. We like shopping together. Kevin isn't such a good shopper, so Caspian and I have done most of his shopping together over the past few years. We have a very organic sort of system that we have settled upon. We tend to agree, with a few exceptions. And we are both really good about how we compromise and how we don't and respecting the other person's choices. It works out well. So, here he is in one of his new outfits for school. ("Outfits" makes me sound old, doesn't it? Am I old? I think I might be getting there.)