A Wedding in Detroit

Last month, we spent a week in Detroit for my brother Alex & Allison’s wedding. We did some sightseeing and spent time with Matt’s family that lives there.

The wedding weekend was an amazing party and very sweet.

My brother Alex and I at the rehearsal dinner.


Cousins singing “Let It Go” at the rehearsal.


My favorite getting ready picture of my sister-in-law Betsy. 🙂

My mom did the flowers, which were beautiful.

My dad loved the Hora chair dance.

Detroit Zoo

Mason meeting a boa.

Hanging out at the zoo with the honeymooners!

Belle Isle, Detroit

We also got to spend time with Matt’s aunt and uncle, cousins, and their kids.

Mason and Charlie even got to be part of their annual summer birthday party!


Winery mini-vacation

Matt & I recently spent a couple days at Cave B Winery with our friends Dan & Kaitlin without our children. Of course we missed them but the weather, food, wine, and location were heaven.

Our fancy yurt! It even had a full bathroom and mini-fridge. There was a beautiful round skylight at the top, right above the bed so you could see the stars (which doesn’t exactly work if you wear contacts) but that skylight wasn’t so awesome at 5 am. I wish I had my eye mask.

After dinner bocce tournament.

Long-time pals.

I lucked out cause Dan’s wife is awesome. (So did Dan ;)).


Matt and I spent a weekend in Las Vegas in late April for his work (well, he worked).

It also coincided with my friend Cori’s 40th birthday, which was perfect.

Eating alone is luxury.


The kids stayed with nana & papa (thank you again) and loved it, as always.

Lots of fun with the cousins.

(This is not in Vegas.)


The first sunrise.  It’s a tradition to watch the first sunrise because our internal clocks are off and we wake up really early.

We spent 10 days in Kauai with my parents, grandparents, brother/his family, and some family friends.  I’m starting to think I could live there.

Mason is a champion snorkeler.  Anini Beach

Love this picture.


The whole family.


My sister-in-law Betsy body boarding in Hanalei.

No, really, she did.

My brother Jordan the lifeguard.

My nephew Cole.

This is not a homeless person.  It’s my grandpa napping in the shade.  He’s alive, don’t worry.

Mason caught a gecko and it was his pet for the day.  He named it Gecky.

Kilohana Plantation train ride (that’s a pineapple field).

Jordan’s telling Mason (beside me) that he has his eye on him so he’d better behave.

Peyton plays cards with great-grandpa and great-grandma.

A lot of this happened.

Poipu Beach

Mason & nana snorkeling at Poipu

Awesome luau at the Grand Hyatt.  I love mai tais…

You can’t tell from this picture but Mason loved the hula dancers.  He wants to learn how to hula.

Palm Springs

Mid-November we went to Palm Springs with our friends Keith & Cori.  It’s amazing.  I would live there at least 4 months out of the year.

The Living Desert Zoo/Museum

Riding a giant CHiPs-style motorcycle at the Children’s Museum

Charlie sunning his buns at his first pool.  It wasn’t really warm enough to swim but we had to take advantage of it. And the pool was heated.

The thrift shopping was amazing (this picture was needlepoint – in a different frame, AMAZING).

More thrift shopping.

Cori & I hit up a drag show…

… and a few hours later, after 5 or so $3 mimosas, Cori and I were having a gooood time.  (I don’t get out much.)

* Matt was in Palm Springs, too, but he must have been the photographer this trip because I didn’t have many photos of him.  He was not at the drag show. 🙂

Sunny Seaside


Last week, we went to the Oregon Coast for five days with one of our oldest friends. They have three kids around our kids’ ages.

The weather was amazing. 70 and sunny the whole time. It felt like August!


Seaside Carousel


Seaside Aquarium



Seaside Arcade


Tillamook Cheese Factory


Charlie & Santanna being friendly





Local Tourists

We spent the weekend being tourists.  My brother and his girlfriend (who we met for the first time — love her) were in town from Orlando so we loaded up the car and saw the sites.  Can you spot Mason and Matt watching the fish fly in Pike Place Market?

Mason serenaded us with sea chanteys while we had lunch in the market.

Coffee, kiwi and pistachio gelato (respectively).

And riding the Seattle duck tour with a sleeping kid who, shortly after this, peed his pants.  On my lap.  (Sorry future Mason for posting this on the internet but you’re 3 right now and it happens to the best of us.)  But it was worth it because it’s rare these days that he falls asleep in my lap and so very precious so I’ll take a little pee here and there if it means really great heavy sleepy cuddles where you can sniff his head (it’s not weird — when you have kids, you’ll inhale the top of their heads, too), which smells like fruit roll-up and graham crackers.