Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Book of Mormon Meets Disney

A few days ago Claire and I were looking at one of those illustrated versions of the Book of Mormon.  She was looking at the pictures of the story of Alma the Younger.  There is one picture where Alma Sr is praying over Alma Jr. (after he has seen the angel and is unconscious).  Claire asked if he was sick.  I tried to tell her the story in simple terms, and then explained that Alma Sr was praying that is son would be okay.

Claire then said, "And then his owie will get shiny and he'll be all better."

"Shiny?," I asked her.  "What do you mean?"

"His owie will get shiny like in 'Punzel and then he'll be allll better."

She was referring to the movie Tangled, where Flynn's stab wound begins to glow and magically heals (or if you are not familiar with Tangled, it's similar to how the Beast's wound heals at the end of Beauty and the Beast).

Pretty much the cutest thing I'd heard in a while.  Out of the mouths of babes...

Daddy's Girl III

What is it about kids and sleeping in sleeping bags?  I remember loving it...sure, you were on the hard ground, but you were in a sleeping bag!!  Well, Claire loves her sleeping bag.  So Adam and I thought we would have a movie party with Claire, make some popcorn, eat some cookies, stay up way too late, and then blow up the air mattress and have a slumber party in the living room.  The slumber party idea was just up Claire's alley (well, so were the popcorn and cookies).  Claire and Adam settled right in, reading books together and then eventually calling it a night (I am still on Henry duty at night, so I stuck to our bedroom.)  These two pals had a great time.

I don't know if you can tell, but Adam and Claire are reading side by side.  So cute.

Does she look like her father's daughter, or what?

They are the best of pals.  It's debatable as to who Claire likes to snuggle with more.  

Oh Man, I Love These Two

Mount St. Helens

We had glorious weather while our visitors were here.  We decided to take a drive up to visit the Mount St Helens visitor center to capitalize on the sunshine and mild temps.  It's amazing that such a beautiful mountain was the cause of so much destruction a little over 30 years ago.  We enjoyed a beautiful walk and the last bit of time we had together.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Good Things Come in Pink Boxes

We are going on nearly five years of living in the greater Portland area.  We've done a lot of the "touristy" things in PDX, seen quite a few of the sites.  But there was one place that we hadn't yet tried...a place that consistently makes "top things to do in Portland" lists (for proof, see here).  It's even been featured in a few Travel Channel shows (Man vs. Food and No Reservations, to be specific) for goodness sake.  And in a city whose slogan is "Keep Portland Weird", this place fits the bill in more than one respect.

Well, we decided that we should remedy this gross oversight, and while our parents were visiting was as good a time as any.  What is this must-see attraction, you ask?  

Voodoo Doughnuts.  

If you're not quite sure where it is located, just look for a line wrapping around a sparkly brick building.  And there is always a line.  We probably waited a good 30 minutes just to get inside the door.

Or, you could always keep your eyes peeled for a neon voodoo doll sign.

It has Pepto Bismol-pink walls.

A menu that is slightly daunting, to say the least.

A decorating scheme that is, well, eclectic.

Did I mention the huge menu?  Well, at least they give you a visual of most of their doughnut selections.

Arguably their most popular menu item?  The bacon maple bar.  As in a maple bar with two strips of crispy bacon on the top.  Think dipping your bacon in the syrup remnants from your pancakes.  In our group, the reviews were mixed. 

Claire enjoyed her chocolate doughnut.  

We got lots.  My mom got an apple fritter that was seriously as big as her head.  My personal favorites were the Portland cream (which has been declared the official doughnut of Portland - no joke), and the signature voodoo doughnut.  It has raspberry jelly blood, chocolate frosting on top, and a pretzel stake.  Raspberry with chocolate frosting.  Need I say more?

Here's a close-up of my little voodoo doll.

It was chilly and we had to sit outside, but it was a pretty enjoyable outing.

Good things DO come in pink boxes!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Full House II

As fast as it seemed with Claire, the time Henry has been with us has just zipped by even faster.  Maybe it's because we've done this new baby thing before.  Maybe it's because there's a lot less "alone" time with just me and baby during the day with Claire for company.  Whatever the reason, I'm already looking into the already-changed face of a 3 month old.  Adam and I were so happy to have a visit from both our parents for Henry's blessing, and I am especially glad that they could meet the little man while he was still in the [almost] newborn phase.

Just as special was to see Claire interact with both sets of grandparents.  I think we are all a little starved for family time, but no one as much as Claire.  She was giddy with excitement at the prospect of a visit from ALL her grandparents at the same time.  Having grown up far away from my own maternal grandparents, it made me so happy to see Claire have the opportunity to forge a bond with them - whether it was something as simple has holding a hand as they crossed a parking lot together or sharing a story before bed.  

 I was so thankful to have all the greatest men in my life sitting together, engrossed in conversation.

And of course, Henry got some great quality time with his grandmothers.  Let's just say he was a happy camper all weekend.

We stayed pretty busy.  But we made sure to take a little time-out for a nap every now and then.

Claire has turned out to be the best little helper I could have hoped for. 

And then there was the main event.  Henry received a simple yet beautiful blessing from Adam.  Henry was devastatingly handsome in his blessing outfit made by Auntie Julia.  She is so immensely talented, and we were so honored that she would make such a special outfit for such a special day.  

Why is he wearing something different in the photos below?  Well, I'll give you a couple of clues:  he's a newborn, it was a day in which we would be taking pictures, and he was wearing white.  (don't washed out)

Thank you so much for coming to share Henry's blessing day with us.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

True Statement

Read the shirt.  'Nough said.

I still think I have a bit of a crush.

But, c'mon...the dude is handsome, right?

Harper Turns 3!

We sure love this little girl, and we were excited to wish her a happy birthday.  But, of course, this little sassafrass decided to have so...