Friday, September 28

the redwoods + hutchisons = bliss

Moving away from our VA friends has been rough. So we were thrilled when we were able to meet up with our dear friends, the Hutchisons, for a fun weekend. They live in California, so we met halfway in the Redwoods National Park. It. Was. Awesome.

Drive down to the Redwoods, arriving late at night and first seeing the trees in the fog. It was like driving through a movie set! We arrived about the same time as the Hutchisons, so we had a giddy reunion but then quietly moved our sleeping kids into our side-by-side rooms at the Econo Lodge.

The next morning, we finally got to reunite Addy with her BFF Charlie. She was shocked and then PSYCHED.

We headed to our first park (there are actually several that are part of the Redwoods), and we couldn't believe the size of the trees. It truly is humbling to realize how dang small you are. We loved walking through the gorgeous park.

Next we drove to the coast (did you know the Redwoods are basically on the ocean? Yeah, me neither.) We ate lunch and played for a bit on the beach. And by "play" I mean Addy and Charlie got soaked.

Then we drove to "Big Tree" (clever name, no?). It's estimated to be over 1,500 years old. Amazing!

Then we drove through a tree, because it would have been tragic if we hadn't! We drove through this bad boy at least 3 times, taking different shots (I like this one with Katie and Andrew's heads... ha!). It's safe to say we had a lot of fun here.

That night we cozied on up in one of the rooms and watched the BYU vs. Utah game. We cheered for the Cougs, but... I guess they couldn't hear us. But at least we got to chit chat, eat candy, and rejoice in the fact that all the kids were eventually sleep in the other room.

The next day we found a church for Sacrament Meeting, and then went back to the hotel to pack up. We ate lunch at a park on the coast.

After that we were so bummed that we had to say good bye. Ugh. It was just SO nice to hang out with these guys. It showed me that you can always pick up where you left off with good friends like them. We love those guys!

When we parted ways, Doug and I decided to do a few more things in the Redwoods area before we started to drive north. Doug had Monday off, so our plan was to stay at a hotel in central Oregon that night and play the next day. Ahem... that was plan. But I'll get to that...

First we saw the lighthouse at Crescent City. You can only access it at low tide, so we played at the little beach for a while gathering rocks and watching the fog lift. It was really serene.

Grace's hair was delightfully windblown.

Next we stopped at a trail at a different park. We didn't go far, but just enough for Addy to have fun, see some gigantor banana slugs, and marvel at some more monstrous trees.

Here's where our plans started to change. Grace and Addy were due to nap, but Grace had a blow-out and Addy kept wanting to see the water. We stopped at one of the park's river access areas, got cleaned up, and then walked down the hill just a 100 feet or so to the water. Addy threw more rocks, Doug found a snake, and again--it was so serene.

After 10 or 15 minutes, we headed back to the car. Doug went to put Addy in first, and I heard him say, "Ohhhh no." I walked over and Addy's window was completely busted through. My diaper was gone, and the backpack with our laptop, portable DVD player, and some other things were GONE. It was a terrible feeling. We knew we shouldn't have left them there, but I'd covered them half-heartedly with a blanket and we knew we'd only be gone for a few minutes. Since they had my wallet, we started making calls. I canceled credit cards and Doug called the cops. While we waited for the police officer, we tried to clean the glass out of Addy's car seat. It was simply filled with glass. We also started discussing the enormity of this problem... they'd taken my driver's license with our address on it and my keys with our house key on it, so we were going to have to change the locks at home. They took some things with sentimental value that just made me livid. They took gift cards I'd been carefully saving (and they had a lot of money on them). It was just so distressing.

We also realized we couldn't stay at a hotel that night with our car window wide open. We just didn't trust anyone to not mess with it. So after the cop came, and covered the window with a blanket and drove the 6 hours home. It was not fun.

As we drove home, though, Doug and I kept saying that we still didn't regret the trip. We love the Hutchisons and we loved this family trip. So take THAT car thief!

half a year

Give this girl a high five! She's 6 months old today.

I really didn't know what it would be like to add another baby to our family. But I have to say that sweet Grace is such a happy, precious addition to our crew. She has kind eyes, a sweet disposition, and an infinite number of fat rolls. I love her so much I could scream. SCREAM.

We're all so glad she joined us half a year ago! Lucky, lucky us.

Friday, September 21

new do part deux

We cut Grace's hair again last night. Originally I couldn't bear to cut the hair on the top of her head because it was the last remnants of her newborn hair.

But then the patch got thinner and longer. And she looked more and more like George McFly meets Hitler. We just couldn't have that.

Cue the before and after:



Stilly crazy, but more of a good crazy.

Thursday, September 20

do me a solid

Last week Grace ate her first solids.

She wasn't afraid to show us that rice cereal ain't that great.

Tuesday, September 11

hell, fire, and damnation

Addy's learning the alphabet, and she loves to have us write different letters for her. On Sunday at church she handed Doug a purple crayon and started whispering letters for him to write down. She said, "Do D for Daddy." So Doug wrote a big letter D.  "Now A for Addy." He wrote an A next to the D. "And M for Mommy." He wrote M. He assumed she'd ask for "G for Gracie" next like she normally does, but she threw him a curve ball and said, "Now do... N!"

He started to write it, but then realized he'd be writing DAMN in big purple letters on the church bulletin. He felt weird so he just wrote a G instead.

Hilariously innocent? Maybe, except she did the same thing to him yesterday at story time at the library. Our theory is she secretly knows how to spell and she's totally messing with him.

That's my girl.

Friday, September 7

dr. doug's fan club

Doug loves the people he works with. The other day I stopped by to say hi, and one of the office staff couldn't wait to tell me that Doug has a fan club. And the founding member? A male patient who saw Doug's picture at the front desk and said he was cute.

What can I say? The guy has good taste.

Tuesday, September 4

safety first

One should always take safety precautions when watching movies with the cousins.

Yes, this was her idea. No, she wouldn't take it off.

Saturday, September 1

it's always a good idea... buy a goal pair of jeans, right? (Gulp.)

I found a pair of pants at Target that I LOVED (and they loved me!), and they were on clearance for a mere $8. ($8!) And as I stood there in the changing room and accepted that they were indisputably at least one size too small, somehow I still thought, "Huh, I think I'll get these." And when I sheepishly walked out and showed Doug and showed how tight they were on my butt, somehow he still agreed, "Yeah, I think you should get those."

I mean, we're fairly smart people. With college degrees and such. Yet now I'm home with a pair of jeans that will most likely only fit me if I can get my hands on a time machine to take me back to the year 2000.

But every time I try them on I can't deny it--I love them despite their stupid "goal jean" status. So even if I can only feel confident wearing them to clean the floors, I think those were $8 well spent.