Santa Barbara. It really speaks for itself. Every time we drive up I always exclaim, “Even the air is different up here!” Brandon has heard me say this countless times and kind of rolls his eyes at me now, but it is so true! We definitely appreciate our visits there.
And this past March, we were able to host friends at my parents’ house while my parents were in Seattle for the weekend. The Fike family stayed with us for one night. It was great to spend time with them before they moved to Austin.
We spent the afternoon at the beach, where Jack learned to play makeshift T-ball with an empty Blenders cup and stick. Uncle Ned joined the fun, too. And Drew provided games and entertainment; he never lets anyone go too long without being active. And the girls—Addie included—got to hang out and talk.
After a full afternoon, we headed back to my parents’ house for showers, baths, and dinner. I definitely charred our burgers, but they turned out edible. Yay! After dinner, with two baby monitors set up in the dining room, we noted how nice it was to be able to hang out with friends for an extended time after dinner with no where to go.
The next morning we headed out early (don’t you love other parents with young kids?) for breakfast at Daily Grind and a walk to the park. It wasn’t quite our final goodbye, but it felt like a fitting way to say goodbye to great friends. We miss you, Fikes!
We celebrated Father’s day yesterday and all I could think was that I never got up photos from Mother’s day. My sister hosted yet another amazing breakfast for both Sarah, my Mom, and my sister’s Mother in-law. Sadly Sarah’s mom could not join the mom-fest with us. It was a great day hanging out in the backyard and introducing Jack to a little pool. Nick taught him how to water with the hose and he was obsessed.
We celebrated Easter a week early at my parents house with an Easter egg hunt for Jack. I was nervous that despite all the wonderful effort my mom put into it, that Jack would ultimately not care or lose interest early. Instead he totally embraced it, other than one brief spell where he wanted to toss all the eggs out of his basket. My mom went over the top with an amazing rice krispy treat rabbit that didn’t just look good, but tasted good too. We’ve been reaping the benefits of Jack’s haul plus some other amazing chocolates thanks to some baskets that we were given as well.
Jack has some great little buddies, but we anticipate one of these is going to be a lifelong bestie, and that’s Rhett. Little Rhett has had an inspiring first year of his life and he invited lots of his friends to help celebrate at the park. Along with those two there’s also not-so-little Remmington who we think will be part of the three amigos as they grow up, since they’re each a respective 8 months apart. It’s also helpful that Rhett, Jack, and Remmington’s Mommys all really like gossip, wine, talking boys, and blogs. Jack shockingly was hesitant with his cupcake but after poking it a round a little he remembered just how much he loves those things.
It still feels crazy to say, but my grandfather Dara (Jack Willoughby), just turned 100. To put that in another way, he hit 1,200 months where as our little Jack is only 20 months. We celebrated by having all of the family (daughters, grand-kids, and great-grand-kids) over to his house and enjoyed a nice lunch, cake, and champagne to celebrate. Baby Jack had a blast but refused to cooperate when we tried to get him to sit with Dara and take a picture together. However, he did enjoy going around and giving “cheers” to everyone. My grandma, Marxie, just missed joining us as she just passed a couple weeks before at age 96. Unbelievable to think that they had been married for 75 years. Dara enjoyed his gifts which included heartfelt cards, crab legs, and a dollar for every year he’s been alive. The rate he’s going I’ll have more birthday posts for him in the future. I should also note, although I don’t have photos, but the day after the party he was treated to a belly-dancer for his birthday courtesy of my cousin Blake.
Here’s just a few random shots of the little guy. Haven’t been snapping too many thanks to work schedules, trips, and a very active little Jack.
After crushing the Tough Mudder, Uncle Ned still found the time to feed Jack and read him his bed time stories. Jack would push Sarah and Me away and say “Bye” if we tried to get anywhere near these two. Could have posted 30 photos of the two of them together, they were just that cute.