November Wrap Up

Once again it’s time for our monthly update of what we’ve been up to. So many things! So many birthdays!

First Up: Alex went to Jenny Lawson’s (a.k.a. The Bloggess) book signing. She’s hysterical. And really, really sweet.
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Then John and Alex went to an adoption educational seminar where we heard a panel of 5 women tell their stories. These brave and strong women had all placed their babies for adoption and were kind enough to share their emotional stories. This is worthy of a post all its own but we’re still digesting it. We will update with a link here once that post is up. UPDATE: That post is here.

Next Up: Trip to San Francisco to celebrate birthdays in John’s family. We saw his Mom, his brother and Alex’s uncle as well, and we celebrated dual birthdays ON A BOAT. Yup, John’s Dad and Aunt booked a brunch cruise to celebrate their birthdays.

It was exactly like this:

OK, so it was really more like this:

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John and his Dad

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imageAlex and her Uncle (Not on a boat)

As soon as we returned to Seattle it was time to celebrate Alex’s brother’s birthday. And then later, a belated birthday celebration for Alex’s Mom. [Seriously, what is it with the November birthdays?]

And then…THANKSGIVING! TURKEY! PIE!
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Alex offers her apologies for all the blurry pics. Apparently that’s what happens when she’s not the one taking the pictures. 😉 Stay tuned for the December digest which will surely have lots of cats with Christmas lights.

Sep/Oct Happenings

What have we been up to? spending time with family mostly.
John’s Dad came to visit.
John had a birthday.
John’s Mom came to visit.
The twins (niece & nephew) had a birthday.
All the Kiddos stayed at our house for a weekend.
Then SIL had a birthday.
Then there was Halloween!!!!

All of this meant a lot of family dinners, board games and family fun. SIL even managed to get TWO birthday dinners!

Here are some outtakes:

Weekend with The Kiddos: Blanket fort!
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Weekend with The Kiddos: Learning to play with cats
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Halloween Dress Up: Silly hats! Courtesy of the local thrift shop.
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November promises to bring more family time with more birthday celebrations and of course THANKSGIVING.

Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!!!!!

John is super excited to become a father (hopefully) soon. He loves playing with kids at their own level. That’s probably what makes him such a great pediatrician.

Unfortunately, once again, the day is a bit difficult for Alex as she lost her father 4 years ago on Father’s Day weekend. Alex and her Dad were very close. She too longs for John to become a father so they can turn this weekend from a sad occasion to a happy one.

We leave you with some pictures of our fathers.

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Alex and her dad – Father’s Day 2010

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Alex and her dad after he finished a round of chemo – 2006.

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John and his dad play banjo and guitar together every Christmas.

Tallinn, Estonia

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Alex and a random boar in Tallinn

Have we mentioned that Alex likes to travel? 😉 Stay tuned for more travel photos!

Alex and her uncle traveled to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia together in 2013.

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Alex’s Uncle and a random boar in Tallinn

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Mother’s Day is upon us. As much as we love our mothers it’s a hard day for Alex. Her first pregnancy – twins – would have been due on Mother’s Day so it’s a sad reminder of what could have been. It’s also a reminder that she is not yet a mother.

Presumably it’s a hard day for birth mothers as well. We can only imagine what that must be like. But Alex has a huge heart and is more than willing to one day share Mother’s Day with a birth mother. We are all mothers in our own way.

We leave you with some pictures of our mothers.

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John and his Mom at Pike Place Market, Oct 2013

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John and his mom at Chihuly Gardens and Glass with the Space Needle in the background.

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Alex and her Mom at Alex’s graduation from grad school, Dec 2007