Wednesday, October 14, 2015

September in Washinton

When Conor has a business trip (especially a long one), I run home to my mom.  Absolutely no shame about it.  So when I found out that Conor had business trips for back to back weeks in September, I immediately booked the boys & I some flights to Spokane for an 11 day stay.  Conor's business travel ended up being canceled, but I had my heart set on a Spokane visit, so we kept our flights.  Conor was able to join us for the weekend, so really it turned into quite the little vacation!

I often humble brag about the awesomeness of my parents, and this post will be no exception.  I could never give enough thanks for their helping hands.  The food (the drink!), the diapers that are changed, the laundry washed & folded, the baby bouncing, the toddler tear wiping.  They do it all!  I already miss the latte and bagel delivery fresh every morning.  I find myself wishing that I was far more helpful to them, but I know that I will be able to return the favor in the years to come.

So the trip highlights...  Mini kegs full of hard cider (ginger with a splash of habanero).  Last boat ride of the season.  Cocktail hours in the treehouse.  Corn hole.  Maple bars.  Candy land.  Football.  Garden harvesting.  Cooking making.  Visits to Pops at work in the "big big building".  Late night chats.  Morning snuggles.




My favorite moments are always watching my boys with their grandparents.  I love being able to see Liam experience some of the exact same memories from my own childhood.  My parents still live in the house I grew up in, so those moments are even sweeter.  A simple fall evening in the backyard turned into a wild night of pine needle raking & jumping.  I vividly remember our yard being covered in pine needles.  We would endlessly rake them up, only to jump right on top.  Then I would beg my parents to bag them up in those bright orange pumpkin bags with the faces (do you remember those?!) and proudly display them in the front yard!  We have no pine trees near our house in Utah, so Liam was in complete awe of all the fun that raking can be!  It's these simple moments that make our trips to Washington so special!



While my entire trip was pretty spectacular, I was also home for the birth of new sweet nephew Thatcher!!!  We had assumed he would be born right before my visit, but instead he waited for Auntie Laura before making his arrival.  I love having babies so close in age with my brother.  I know that Liam & Finn will be close with their cousins; I cannot wait to watch them grow.  Thatcher was perfect and tiny and has just the softest most beautiful hair.  Having all this family time together was amazing, and as usual pulls my heart closer & closer to Washington.  I could make that move back there any day.  But for now, we continue the adventure in Utah.



My last afternoon was spent taking Liam to the ginormous Radio Flyer wagon, a downtown Spokane staple.  Taking him all over my beloved hometown is one of my favorite things.  I still have so much to show him and let him explore.  He kept insisting that he did not want to leave "Nana & Pops big house", but I assured him that we would not stay away too long.  The holidays are near & we will definitely be back soon!


A huge thanks to my wonderful parents.  I have always loved them, but that love is only deeper now that I see them in their role as grandparents.  I am lucky; my boys are lucky.

14 comments :

  1. Sounds like you had the best trip!! How special your nephew was born while you were there. I love watching my kids with my parents. It's such a special bond.

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  2. What a fabulous time at your childhood home! I totally understand your desire to move back home. Especially once you have small kids! While we have pine trees, our oaks create the most leaves in our yards. And this year we picked up some of those orange bags... I think noah will love them!

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  3. What an amazing trip, and even more so that you got to meet Thatcher!!! How special!! I am going to off-track here and ask for any flying tips for Cam...we are flying in two weeks, and we haven't flown with him since he was one! Any ear tricks? I am worried about his ears because last time, he just drank from a bottle during take off. What about toys? Spill it, Momma!! :) PLEASE and thank you!!! xo

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  4. There is nothing like going home! Sounds like a really nice place to run away to :) Especially with the cocktails and lattes!

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  5. Looks like a fabulous trip home, lady. I'm so glad you were able to get home, with Conor, to see your family. I think it's so special your lil ones get to experience some of your memories at your parent's home, so much fun. We had those orange leaf bags, I loved them!

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  6. I'd run home too with 11 days of solo parenting ahead of you. I'm sure they adore having you and the boys at home as much as you love being there, it is win win. I love that picture of the three of you laying down with the pillows...in the treehouse I assume.

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  7. I agree, seeing my kids with my parents is one of the best things! Especially seeing Stella with my mom--I always assume that's just how she looked with me.

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  8. I always say this, but your parents remind me so much of mine. I'm so incredibly spoiled/blessed by them and so are my girls. I'm so glad you have as wonderful of a relationship with your parents as I do! I wish everyone could.

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  9. ALWAYS head to my parents' when Dan travels..!! That is so sweet Liam didn't want to leave, sounds like it was another awesome getaway. I 100% agree--my love and appreciation has grown exponentially for my parents since becoming one myself and seeing them as grandparents.

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  10. I love how much time your boys get to spend with their grandparents! And when my husband is deployed, I definitely head to my parents' house!

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  11. Looks like a lovely trip! Your boys are lucky to have such great grandparents! Looks like the weather was still beautiful on that side of the mountains. I'm on the west side of WA and we are still enjoying weather in the 70's! :)

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  12. Your parents seem so wonderful and you can tell how much you appreciate them! Also, your photos are so beautiful. It's funny how when you become a parent, you view your own parents in a completely new light :)

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  13. Your parents sound like the most amazing and wonderful people! I've loved seeing these pictures pop-up on my Instagram feed, your family is the cutest! Xo, Stephanie

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