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A weekend with the Tacoma Laparras

20 Apr

This weekend was nothing spectacular. We didn’t do anything extra special. However, I ended up taking a lot of pictures. It just felt different; sunny, fun, relaxing, lovely. I love, love, love living by the water! So, rather than blow up Instagram (which I am not beneath doing), I figured I would post them here instead. Family, if you want any, just text me. :)

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Pictures :: 2014 vacation with the fam!

19 Aug

It has been a long summer. Long and hot. I’m ready for fall!! Anyway, we visited our families for almost 3 weeks and I have so many pictures from those days that it would blow up Instagram to post them all. So, hello my little blog. I have missed you.

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Annnnddddd…that’s a wrap!

Zoo Lights and Sol’s big birthday bash!

6 Jan

Birthday girl pizza dinner!

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This is how she says she’s two!


On Solace’s actual birthday (1/1) we took her to Point Defiance Zoo for their seasonal Zoo Lights! She absolutely loved it. She kept walking around and pointing to all the lights saying, “Cool! Cool!” To end her trip, she decided to hug on some little boys before leaving. Yup. That’s our girl.

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The day after her birthday we had a big dinner party for her at our house. So many of her favorite people were there! We had pork shoulder tacos and a birthday chocolate sheet cake.

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Here’s everyone singing Happy Birthday!

And a very Merry Christmas to you!

29 Dec

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Morning

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Christmas Afternoon/Evening

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Christmas tree time!

19 Dec

This is late but whatever. Nick, Dan, Julia, myself and the girls went downtown Tacoma to twofivetrees to pick out a tree this year. We stopped by Anthem to get some coffee first of course.


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Found it hidden in the back. The perfect one!

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That evening we decorated the tree + listened to Christmas music and then watched White Christmas.

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Marley photo bomb


Happy Halloween!!

31 Oct

This morning I decked the girls out in orange and black because, duh.


Then we celebrated Halloween with a special treat from Metronome; A mocha and an orange chocolate chip muffin! (which I just now realized is in character with Halloween colors. Go me.)


I thought about having Sol be a mini-me Corpse Bride but she wouldn’t leave the wig on. So funny.


This evening we took the girls down to the Proctor district to trick-or-treat. Sol dressed as a “Bella” (that’s what she calls all princesses. I was going to have her be Shirley Temple but I couldn’t get the outfit together in time.) And Belle was a pumpkin! Solace didn’t get any candy, she preferred to walk around and join other people’s families, stare, follow fun costumes and randomly sit down. All the while laughing and smiling like crazy.




Belle is such a cute little pumpkin!


We saw the Sheets’ in line to trick or treat so we got to get pictures of Solace and Georgia together!


We had chili and dessert at Jeff and Jayne’s house, then we came home to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters and watch The Corpse Bride!

Now I’m off to finish packing because the girls and I are leaving for TN and NC tomorrow for 2 weeks! Happy Halloween!!!


Happy 50th Birthday, Dad!

20 Aug

Today my daddy turns 50 years old. What an amazing thing!

Happy birthday! I am so proud of you. I love you a ton and I REALLY hope you stick around for another 50 years. You are the life of the party! :) Enjoy today, embrace this new phase of life. It’s an accomplishment to be proud of.  You have so much life and opportunity ahead of you. I’m so glad you’re my dad and that I get to celebrate this day with you (even though it’s from afar).