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Sewing

July 28th, 2013

I really should write blog posts while running, that’s when I think of everything great, but by the time I get home & am actually able to blog, I forget.   I finally used my birthday & mother’s day money and bought a new sewing machine.  It’s awesome, except it claims to be “jam-less” and […]



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I really should write blog posts while running, that’s when I think of everything great, but by the time I get home & am actually able to blog, I forget.

 

I finally used my birthday & mother’s day money and bought a new sewing machine.  It’s awesome, except it claims to be “jam-less” and I’ve jammed it several times.  Last weekend I made Link a pair of shorts.  I was highly skeptical about the outcome several times along the way, but I’m pleasantly pleased.  They even fit right & didn’t fall apart in the wash.  I was pondering having Matt send Link to daycare with an extra pair on Wednesday, just in case, you know, they fell apart.  Not necessary!!

 

Another pro to sewing?  I didn’t watch TV once last week. I kind of felt out of it, but it was really nice.

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Universe, please align

July 17th, 2013

Evenings are a struggle at our house.  When I pick Link up, he’s usually glad to see me, however, he is NOT glad that I take him home.  It’s usually a struggle to round him up and then he kicks & screams his entire way to the car.  Since the day he was born, he’s […]



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Evenings are a struggle at our house.  When I pick Link up, he’s usually glad to see me, however, he is NOT glad that I take him home.  It’s usually a struggle to round him up and then he kicks & screams his entire way to the car.  Since the day he was born, he’s been tired and grumpy past 4pm – it hasn’t changed at 16 months, he’s still tired & grumpy (I don’t blame the kid).  If Lucy looks at him wrong or he falls over, the whining & crying becomes full force.  Don’t even get me started on dinner.  The boy doesn’t eat anything unless it’s fruit or the occasional pea, colby jack cheese, mac & cheese, or the rare chicken nugget – forget any other veggie, meat, OR food for that matter.  So yeah, to say the least, the 1-1.5 hours we have together every night after work aren’t always the most enjoyable, but we do our best.
When I arrived at daycare last night, Link not only was glad to see me, but he gave me a hug & then said “up”.  On our way to the car, there was no kicking & no screaming, but only babbles & giggles.  When we got home, he only got minorly frustrated with Lucy & her inability to control her liquor licker.  I was entirely pleased.   At that point, I figured regardless of how dinner goes, I’ll chalk that night up as a win.  Happy Evening: 3 – Grump-a-saurus:559

 

I put some tacos on Link’s plate w/ some mixed veggies along with a spoon.  While he was eating, I busied emptying the dishwasher (was waiting for Matt to get home so we could eat together, Link informed me his tummy couldn’t hold out another minute).  After a few minutes, I looked up & saw Link happily enjoying his taco/refried bean combo.  In fact, he enjoyed the small portion I gave him (no sense in wasting what he most likely won’t eat), I gave him more & he ate most of that also, all without a fuss.  I’m pretty sure he thought I was a lunatic as I constantly praised him & then made a big deal about him getting a “sweet treat” (i.e. strawberries) because he did so good eating his meat & veggies.

 

The remainder of the evening went awesome.  He was so happy & had so much energy.  It was a total relief  & breath of fresh air.  Maybe not ALL nights will be a battle.


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Vancouver

July 6th, 2013

After a day in Seattle, we took a road trip to Vancouver.  It really was only a 2.5 hour drive, but probably the longest Link has been in the car.  He did awesome, with a minor exception. Matt won dad of the year several times on our road trip.  First was when he told me […]



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After a day in Seattle, we took a road trip to Vancouver.  It really was only a 2.5 hour drive, but probably the longest Link has been in the car.  He did awesome, with a minor exception.

Matt won dad of the year several times on our road trip.  First was when he told me we were 30 miles from Bellingham, WA & we’d stop at the mall.  Being it 9:00am, i was all “uhh…ok?” & thinking “the mall is really random place to want to stop to stretch our legs, what’s wrong w/ the 7-11?”.  Then, it hit me when we pulled up to the mall at 9:30am & the parking lot was empty.  The mall is open, but the stores aren’t, therefore, Stinky Linky can run amuck through the mall to stretch his legs & the only people who care are gams & gramps getting coffee w/ their besties.  BRILLIANT MATTHEW!

About a half hour later, we were back in the car, only to stop for gas.  While Matt was filling up, Link was getting crabby.  I figured I’d just give him an apple sauce pouch.  As I’m putting his bib on him (the kid can’t be trusted!), I thought “hmm…this could be a disaster” & then I thought “what other options do I have?  Plus, he’s pretty good w/ the pouch”.  10 seconds later, I hear pure madness in the backseat.  I go back & check on him and Link has berry applesauce EVERY.WHERE.  Ugh.  Unfortunately, mostly on places not covered by his bib, like the car seat latch, car seat, clothes, etc.  I sighed not quite knowing what do do with The Great Thinker said “I saw some snacks for his snack cup inside”.  Dad saves the day again.  Boom!!

While inside, I saw these & I couldn’t resist to feed my addiction (yes, it’s an addiction…it’s terrible).

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There, now I’ve admitted it to my husband & the internet….What’s next?

With no problems at the border, we arrived in Ft. Langley where we stayed with some of Matt’s friends.  We arrived Tuesday around lunch time & just relaxed the rest of the day.  Wednesday, Dwayne took us around Ft. Langley to show us the sights – apparently they shoot some movies & TV shows there.  They were shooting something & I did see inside of a trailer, but didn’t see anyone I recognized.  To think, they are living amongst the stars!  Thursday was supposed to be nice, so we planned that day to head into Vancouver.

Turns out, the weather wasn’t all that nice on Thursday, but we made the best of it.  We walked a bit through downtown Vancouver & drove through Stanley Park.  Because we have such amazing timing, we got to Vancouver just as nap time was creeping up.  We talking Link into rallying & brought him the aquarium.  Both Matt & I were a bit skeptical of how he’d like it, if at all, but what else are you to do in the rain?  Turns out…he LOVED it.  Like, tantrums when we had to leave loved it.

First went to see the white sided dolphins.  He was mesmerized  The aquarium wasn’t very busy, so he got his own little area to watch!

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Link, however, did NOT like being dressed up like a dolphin.

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…Or driving a boat.

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Next up were the beluga whales, apparently Vancouver is one of the few places that has them in captivity.  They were pretty spectacular.   We watched a little show they put on with the trainers & Link got a kick out of it (matt too!).

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As much as Link loved the whales & dolphins, he was OBSESSED with the giant tank that held sea turtles, fish, & sharks.  He stood there mesmerized & pointing “see” & “what’s this” for over 30 min.  He screamed bloody murder when we took him away to other kids could get their faces on the glass.  I didn’t get a good picture of him there, but I got some of the tank.  The sea turtle was both of our fav’s.

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The Vancouver Aquarium also had a sea lion.   I fell in love with him when he let out a groan that sounded like a giant fart.

After the aquarium, we found lunch, at a Red Robin of all places (the lady at a store recommended it, little did she know it originated in Denver).  Here is Link with a classic lemon face.  The kid couldn’t get enough!

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Finally, Friday was our day to go home.  We drove another 2.5 hours back to Seattle.  Matt drove like crazy man trying to waste the gas we put into the car because we prepaid the car rental place a full tank.  I wanted to puke!

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Vancouver, we will be back!  Thanks for showing us a great time.


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Seattle

July 3rd, 2013

Matt, Link & I took our first family vacation last week.  We flew to Seattle & spent a day there & then drove to Vancouver to spend another 3 days.  Link was an awesome traveler, but his parents might have been grump-a-saurus’ sometimes.  Overall, it was amazing!   Here is a recap on Seattle.  I […]



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Matt, Link & I took our first family vacation last week.  We flew to Seattle & spent a day there & then drove to Vancouver to spend another 3 days.  Link was an awesome traveler, but his parents might have been grump-a-saurus’ sometimes.  Overall, it was amazing!

 

Here is a recap on Seattle.  I think it was my favorite part of the trip.  We arrived right around lunch time & headed straight for The Public Market to see if we could see them throw fish.  This place is super interesting, but super busy & totally not stroller friendly.  We only ran over about 20 people, no biggie.IMG_1578

We ate lunch at a place in the Public Market with a great view of the water.  Link enjoyed pointing out boats, birds, boats, & more boats.

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After lunch, we took a walk past the “gum wall”.  I nearly almost tossed the delicious cookie I just ate.  BARF.  I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of Link next to it, but Matt was brilliant & decided we should leave him in the stroller, otherwise he might try to eat some of it.  *gag*

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Next up was something I had never done before – the ferris wheel!  It was totally awesome & a great way to see the city.  It was also extremely nerve racking because Link liked to get right up to our “pods” door & pound on it…IT’S A LONG WAYS DOWN!!

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We ended our day in Seattle with dinner at Salty’s.  It had a awesome view of Seattle & the food was amazing.  I tried out the “panoramic” feature on my phone to show the view we had!

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We never made it to the Space Needle, but I’d love to go back, so be prepared Space Needle!!