Friday, September 10, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Fall seems to be upon us!  It was a perfect day in West Virginia for pumpkin patch pictures last Sunday.  The Shanks graciously shared their pumpkins with us and Seb went to town exploring all of the pumpkins – big and small – around.  There were some ginormous pumpkins around!  And Sebbie even got to bring one home = one happy camper!

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Sebastian has an announcement!

Our little tyke is getting not-so-little anymore.  In fact, he’s running around all over the place keeping us on our toes.  He has had a special announcement that he has wanted to share for awhile now, so I finally told him it was OK to spread the news!  Check out his t-shirt, which tells all…

Big Brother Seb

That’s right… Sebastian is going to be a big brother!!!  He expects a special delivery around the end of February or beginning of March. 

We’re very excited to share this news!  I’ve been feeling great (except for being tired), and I’m incredibly thankful for that, because work has been absolutely, overwhelmingly crazy… and I wouldn’t have been able to do “work” had I been sick.  Hallelujah! 

We covet your prayers as I continue to grow this new life inside of me.  Thanks for continuing to walk the journey with us.  Love to all!

And… a poem from Tim, definitely worthy of sharing:

late in the month of Feb
we'll see another Seb
our family will grow this much I know
be it a boy or girl
we'll take either for a whirl
the ride is sure amazin'
even if sometimes hair raisin'
we certainly are not pros
yet our wisdom each day grows
resting on each other and God
our heads bow, wobble and nod

Oregon, here we came!

Our dear friends, Jennifer Gwen & Seth James, got hitched in Portland.  We were honored to attend their lovely ceremony in a beautiful setting – a gorgeous estate turned into gardens, endless fields of blackberries, a golf course, and a gazillion different places to eat and lodge.  

IMG_6882Our little guy looked quite dapper in his guayabera, and was a big hit with all the girls, but he was a bit too interested in all the things to see and do on the grounds to catch much of the ceremony.  Daddy Tim was the self-designated entertainer, so he missed a bunch of the ceremony, but was totally there in spirit, nonetheless.

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And of course the bride was as stunning as ever. 

IMG_6904The happy couple was glowing with beams of light after they were officially pronounced (and maybe I was shooting directly into the sunlight, which may have contributed to the glow :)…).   Regardless, they looked so happy, at peace and in love!

The next day we went on a group hike in a nearby park/arboretum.  The weather was gorgeous – hot for Portland, but just right for us, with no humidity, which was such a treat, compared to what we had left at home.

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IMG_6917Of course Sebastian was a happy camper, like usual, in the Ergo enjoying nature and chillin’ with his parents. 

The tales of our trip would not be complete without showing you all what Sebastian found most entertaining about our hotel room in Portland:

IMG_6941The day before we travelled home, we took a drive to the Oregon coast, which was beautiful.  It was about 20 degrees cooler than Portland, so a bit of a shocker, but it felt great to hear the waves crashing against gigantic rocks and cliffs and feel the cold, wet sand in between our toes. 

Here are my two favorite boys:

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All three of us…

IMG_6953 And my beach glamour shot, thanks to Tim!

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It was a bit of a whirlwind trip, but we had a great time, were thankful for a little getaway, and enjoyed ourselves.  Sebastian even survived the non-stop, almost six hour plane ride across the country.  He did amazingly well adjusting to the time change, while his parents struggled a bit to stay up late at night and not get up so early in the morning.  If only a 4 day trip could have been a week or 10 days!  Maybe next time… :)

Congrats to Jennifer & Seth!  We love you guys!  Mua!

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