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.

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:

John and his Dad




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?]


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!

Weekend with The Kiddos: Learning to play with cats

Halloween Dress Up: Silly hats! Courtesy of the local thrift shop.






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.


Alex and her dad – Father’s Day 2010


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


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

Tallinn, Estonia


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.


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.


John and his Mom at Pike Place Market, Oct 2013


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

alex mom

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