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Our weekend in Washington

The three of us just got back from a long weekend in Washington to see our extended family. A trip was long overdue and what a great time we had. Jace was an all-star, all around. He traveled very well and even slept on the plane. Up until the pressure got to his ears on the way down. Now that he is mobile, it’s hard for any of us to sit still it seems like. He’s wanting to crawl everywhere, put everything in his mouth and babble non-stop. And socks for babies are really useless if you ask me. They don’t stay on and I can never keep a match to one. Jenny McCarthy was so right.

A majority of the time I didn’t have service, and I forgot my Canon {plus, I’m finding it more and more difficult to take pictures when I’m chasing my speed-crawler around}, so here were the shots I DID take. So many special moments and even an encounter with the horses! It was so heart-warming to be around family this time of year. Jace loved all the cuddles from his aunts and uncles and cousins, and especially his Great-Boompa. We got so much conversation in and laughs. This is a trip I know we’ll remember forever. It rained almost every day, all day, but we didn’t mind. We loved waking up to thunder, a warm fire and hot coffee. Grandma made Mexican Hot Chocolate for us one afternoon and it was the most perfect treat. We even had a big, pre-Thanksgiving feast together. After, we talked into the night, looking at pictures and cracking up about past times by the fire. It couldn’t have been more picture perfect {without the pictures, oops}.
One of Rob’s cousins got married in Mukilteo; the ceremony was absolutley beautiful. Ben Folds’ The Luckiest played, pasta bar for dinner, a cupcake tower, jam party favors, and an awesome DJ to take us into the night. Even Jace danced with us into the late hours. We were so happy to be part of Jessica and Matthew’s special day. As the years go by, you realize how important family is and how precious moments like these are, to spend together, watching each other live life and begin new adventures. And I must say – marriage is the best adventure of them all! I couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds! Overall amazing trip. We miss everyone so much, but feel blessed that we got to spend so much quality time with them. Looking forward to more cousin’s weddings and trips to Washington in the near future!
 {Jace couldn’t keep his hands off Miss Lucy}
 {one of these days I’ll find shoes that stay on Jace}
{this guy would not sit still. I barely got a good photo with him!}
 {the view from the party. The rain cleared just in time.}
{Jace is really into open-mouth, tongue out kisses. Watch out xxx}
 {4 generations}
 {all the cousins with the bride!}
{On our last day, his Grandparents scheduled us some formal portraits, including some of this snowman.}
{They also stopped at VooDoo donuts with us on our way out of Portland. The bubble gum was amazing.}