Thursday, June 23, 2016

California Adventures

Earlier in June the whole family headed down to San Jose to watch my baby brother graduate from Santa Clara University. It was most definitely a family affair full of lots of sun, fun and the sicky ickies.

We spent a few days in San Jose celebrating Griffin before heading up to Sonoma to really celebrate the graduate...any by really celebrate, I mean indulge in lots and lots of wine tasting ;0) .

The whole trip was tons of fun, with the one tiny exception of little man coming down with Hand, Foot, Mouth. We didn't let that damper our time to terribly though, and the hubby and I just took turns staying home with the unhappy little camper while the rest of the family headed out to explore Sonoma.

Pictures are below including a few from a quick stopover in San Francisco!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Father's Day 2016

A belated Happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there! We celebrated our favorite dad and pop pop in style...

We greeted Lincoln's dadda with breakfast in bed, Sunday morning (avocado toast topped with a poached egg and bacon!) after letting him sleep in (till 9 ha!). After that we all got up, got dressed and headed out for a little walk around the neighborhood before heading out on our Father's Day adventures.

L and I surprised the hubby with a day of brewery tasting on the bluff! Greenbluff, WA has a few little breweries that have opened in the past couple of years and we wanted to check them out. We went to Big Barn Brewing (my favorite!) and 238 Brewing company.

It was a pretty picture perfect day and the barn looked so quaint with the blue sky and rolling fields in the background. They also had 16 beers on tap to try, which made for a happy husband. 238 Brewing was the cutest tap house I have ever been to and with 8 of their own beers on tap and 4 rotating visiting breweries, they had lots of options to try out as well! I was DD so only had a few sips here and there, but what I tried was definitely delish!

After a fun day on the bluff, we headed back into town to get ready for a big family dinner to celebrate both Lincoln's dadda and mine, pop-pop! We picked up yummy Italian Sausages from Sonnderen's and grilled them with peppers and onions, corn on the cob and homemade potato salad. We topped dinner off with homemade peanut butter cup ice cream sandwiches and let the guys watch Game 7 of the NBA finals. While we were bummed that Golden State lost (not really...go Trailblazers!!) it was a pretty great day.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Life lately ...aka a photo dump!

Life has been crazy busy with school, a new job, and a variety of activities! Here's a quick photo dump of everything we've been up to over the past two months!

Date Night! We went and saw the Shook Twins at the Knitting Factory Easter evening. 

Lots and lots of park time with the crazy nice spring weather we've been having! 

We are learning all about the joys of stickers...lots and lots of stickers!

We met a pot belly pig (a ginormous one!) on one of our evening walks!

Park time in our jammies! 

Free ice cream cones from Ben & Jerry's for Free Cone Day!

Date night for husband's birthday! These are few and far between so we soak them up. 

The very best weekend coffee date!

More park fun!

In mid-April, I headed to New York and Boston for work. It was all work and very little play, but I managed to snap a few good shots while I was away. I miss this city every day!

It was a fun night at the legendary Comedy Cellar! We heard Jeff Ross practice roasting the Boston PD and it was everything!

Pretty spring colors on the Boston Common. 

Japanese Gardens with my two favorites. The park is our favorite. All day everyday. 

Play dates with our favorite friends! Morgan and Zeke!

Husband and I got to see the Newsies when the broadway production was in town. It was so good! And later that week we saw the whole cast at the big Red Wagon (below). Husband took their group photo for them. 

Is there anything more fun than slides with a toddler! Such joy!

Such a big little man!

A very fun evening with some of my favorite ladies (sans) babies and all for a good cause to raise money for our high school alma mater!

Little man has learned so much at our PE for Tots class at Spokane Gymnastics. This is the best for any of you who have little ones in the Spokane area!

And now you are officially caught up with all. the. things! 

Maybe next time it won't be a two months in between  a post ;) 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Recap: Easter Addition

Happy Monday! This weekend was a busy one.

We started off with PE for Tots at our local gymnastics studio for the little one. L loved it! It was 50 minutes of pure joy. He got to run on a trampoline, balance on a balance beam and do a variety of obstacle courses. We're still learning how to follow the leader/directions, but I can tell he enjoyed it. That's great news for us as we have him signed up for the next 3 months of classes!

Easter Sunday was spent celebrating with family and we had a busy morning! So much so, that I was still cooking and in my pajamas when it was time to leave for mass with the family. I had to miss out so I could finish getting ready, and while I'm bummed about that, I was so excited to see Easter through L's eyes.

The Easter bunny arrived bright and early and left baskets for everyone along with eggs scattered throughout our yard. After collecting eggs and opening baskets, little man and husband went off to mass with the family while I finished cooking Smitten Kitchen's Ham, Cheese and Leek Egg Bake (it was so good!) Afterwards husband picked me up and we headed off for a yummy brunch with the rest of the fam!

That night, Kevin and I had a date night planned and we headed downtown for some drinks and a concert at The Knitting Factory. While the headliner was Greensky Bluegrass, we actually went to see the Shook Twins. They were so good! We watched them open and then headed over to the Davenport for a nightcap!

Overall it was a great weekend. Hope everyone has a good week!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Faves: Easter Prep Addition

TGIF! I'm bringing back my friday faves with the ultimate friday favorite!

This past Wednesday, the whole fam bam got together to dye easter eggs and decorate cookies. I'm calling this a "tradition" now because we've done it two years in a row! Here's last year's post about it! 

This year everyone got to join in the fun. We set up an Easter Dying station and as soon as those were done, we swapped out for the cookie decorating. I got the most adorable Easter sprinkle kit from William Sonoma and used the same Target cookie cutters I bought last year. I couldn't find the same ones but these little Target bunny cookie cutters are pretty adorable!

I also made little party favors for everyone using a kit from Target and attaching the decorated bunnies to chocolate easter eggs a la costco.

It was a fun night!