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Pregnancy Photos

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Last weekend before sundown we met a friend to take pregnancy and family photos. The same friend took pregnancy photos of Elaine almost two years ago at the beach and newborn Mason around our house and nearby park. For this photo shoot we drove out to More Mesa and enjoyed the beautiful and vast surroundings.

We will post the professional photos when they are ready, but in the meantime here are a few photos  I took from behind the scenes.

Countdown 2 more weeks!!!!!!!


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What A Difference A Year Makes

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Today is Mason’s half birthday. Crazy to think about it, but he is 1 1/2 years old.

Elaine I were talking the other night about the long nights and quick years. It was a longer conversation but the lesson is as hard as it is easy. Time goes quick

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh
― A.A. Milne

To celebrate Mason’s big day I thought I’d showcase a few photos, some from one year ago (6 months old) and some from this week (18 months old). The difference is as astounding as the similarities.

Mason and I are also gearing up for the six month tradition of a photo an hour. I’m thinking that we will capture Saturday and I’ll probably get it posted on either Saturday night or Sunday. We have a few plans for Saturday so it should be fun.


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Photo Shoot

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Here is a quick slideshow of some photos of Mason and me. Not all of the shots are frame worthy, but fun none the less!  Most of them are from a quiet previous Sunday and the last two are from a Holiday party from last night.

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The Back Patio & One Year Appt

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Day or night, hot or cold, since we brought Mason home he has always loved going outside. Even amidst his deepest cries going outside almost immediately calms him. His eyes clear and usually he points us in a direction that he wants to explore. We were a little anxious during our cold weather adventures, but Elaine and I learned that even looking outside has a soothing affect for Mason.
Elaine and I have our theories of why he loves the outdoors, but I wish we could ask him why he loves it so much. It could be the feeling of openness and not being confines by walls. It also could be that he can hear and feel the breeze. Or that he gets to see the trees, birds, and help water the plants. He also my love to feel sunshine and getting his hands in the dirt. For now it’s a guessing game, but it won’t be long until we get to see things through his eyes.

Here are some photos from our outside time yesterday.

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Here are a couple indoor shots from the last two days.
















Last Monday Mason had his One Year doctor’s appointment and we got to tag along too. Other than the food allergies he is a healthy and happy baby. I don’t remember all of the measurements, but our baby is 24.4 lbs and 30 inches tall. Crazy!
Our only new directions to add to our daily routine are brushing his teeth. This might be too much information, but Elaine and I have a hard enough time remembering to brush our own teeth twice a day and now it will get a little more challenging with an added person. Twice a day will be the goal for the family and who knows maybe he will like it!

Here is a quick photo from his One Year appointment.

It Does Rain in Seattle

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Seattle. It rains in Seattle. To be honest it didn’t captivate me the way that Portland or Bend drew me in but Seattle did grow on me… it just took a couple of days.
One reason it started off on a sour note was that our hotel, the Maqueen, was a little odd and uncomfortable. It is hard to capture, but after booking the hotel a couple months ago I learned that it was allegedly haunted. Learning this turned my stomach a little but when i talked it over with Elaine we didn’t think it would bother us significantly. Well we were wrong…

It is hard to describe, but our odd feelings about the hotel left an impression that neither of us wanted to be alone in the room or walk down the long empty hallways at night. Creepy is the best word to describe the feeling. I could write a lot more about the hotel and our gut feelings about the hotel, but the short end of the story is that we checked out two nights early and left as soon as we woke up the next morning. All was better the next day as soon as we got a new hotel in the University District.

Once we could breathe a little easier went into Seattle burrows and found some good vegan food, great views of the city, and explored the famous Pike Market.


We also took a ferry to a nearby island and visited the small town of Vashon.

Now it didn’t rain every minute of every day but we always prepared with our thrift store umbrellas and jackets. Much like in Portland, the rain didn’t inhibit any of our plans but our shoes did get wet and spirits sometimes dampened. On one long walk through the rain we walked all around the Fremont District, an artsy community with good food. We were able to find the center of the universe, a huge troll under the bridge, a quick geocache, and found some beautiful leaves. This was a fun part of town to get lost in and see some cool neighborhoods, houses, and shops.



To celebrate our last night in Seattle and of our vacation we went to a highly rated, yet affordable, restaurant for an early dinner. We had gotten recommendations to go to the Tilth Restaurant from friends and our hope was to enjoy our Market Tasting course and get in and out of without making much disturbance. All was going well in the three course meal until Mason started grunting his little face trying to get some stuff moving. To be a little more blunt, he was pooping in the middle of a national Top 50 rated restaurant… a top 50 establishment that of course had no changing table in the bathroom because who would bring a baby to it?

As the main course was served we realized that this was not your normal poop. It was a doozie and one for the record book. (Sorry if that is too much information) I later changed his diaper in the front seat of our rental car with my nose plugged and of course a light rain on my back. Fun

We flew home the next day and it was one of the easiest flights ever. Mason fell asleep on his own just as we were taxing to the runway, awoke mid flight, and made a lot of friends on the airplane.

Overall the trip was amazing. We saw so much, learned a lot about the area and ourselves, saw good friends, and ate some great food. It was also so much fun to spend so much time together and watch Mason grow before our eyes. During the trip alone he became a much more experiences walker, got a lot better with his dada and mamamama, is now a restaurant seasoned child, and now points with his finger at items instead of his whole hand. Crazy how quick it happens… Here are a few more shots from the trip to close out our vacation. Enjoy!






The Rose City

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Portland was very good to us. People were unbelievable friendly and we had some great food. Vegan this, vegetarian that.. Elaine probably took a thousand photos of her food and wished she had a bigger stomach. One of our food adventures was to Voodoo Donuts. We were blessed with almost no line and a craving for some funky donuts.

The weather was cooperative- our first day was blue skies and the next couple were rainy, gray, or misty. I got a chance to talk with a hotel maintenance man for a few minutes as Mason and I started bundling up for a walk in the rain and he had some great, but casual words of advice

Rain or shine, you’ve got to enjoy your day.

My shoes got soaked on our walk, but looking back that walk was one of my favorite parts of this trip so far.

It would take a long time to recap everything that we did but highlights were walking the city, getting an endless supply of good food, walking through Washington Park, driving the Eastside during Mason’s naps, and hanging out with Elaine’s cousin Rich, his wife Courtney, and daughter Sophia.

Here are a few more photo collages of food trucks, park walks, and of course Powell’s City of Books…

Portland, the City of Roses, Stumptown… call it what you will but we had a great time and thank you for a great few days.


Beaver Nation

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Corvallis welcomed us to town with a beautiful rainbow and treated us well the past three days. We had a small hotel room near downtown and the river and did a lot of walking. In all, I think we walked most of the city and the downtown area daily. The weather cooperated for the most part but it did rain everyday and we bought umbrellas at a local thrift shop.

Corvallis also taught us that Mason is still allergic to eggs. Bummer. We were having breakfast on Wednesday and low and behold Elaine’s veggie fritter had a surprise egg ingredient. Luckily Mason started refusing his food and we noticed that he was breaking out around his eyes and cheek. We were able to get him some medication and he napped longer but otherwise got better quickly.

On a positive note we had a great meal at Gathering Together Farms (thanks for the recommendation Carly!) Located a little outside of Corvallis, it is a small restaurant located on a farm that grows most of the ingredients for their dishes. Mason had fun flirting with our waitress and scored a free squash and lots of smiles. With these photos you can see parts of the restaurant and Mason having his first sips of peppermint tea.


We had fun in Corvallis, walking downtown, the river park, farmers market, the campus of Oregon State, and even found time to find two geocashes. We each had a solo night out- Elaine went to a coffee shop and later went salsa dancing and I went to a movie. Elaine had a blast and I was wishing The Master had more pizazz

We left town this morning and made our way to Portland. Yeah Portland! We are taking lots of photos here too and I’ll get them posted in a couple days. Before that though, here are two more photos from Corvallis… Enjoy!