Visiting Washington

All of my family lives in Washington. I miss them a lot. I miss Washington, too.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Arizona home and wouldn’t give it up for anything, but the distance between me and my mom, dad and siblings is brutal.

Allan bought me a plane ticket to Washington last year for my birthday. He surprised me with it and I was thrilled. But within a week I found out I was pregnant with Ember and the closer it got to the day I was supposed to leave the less I felt like traveling. I was so sick and exhausted and moody in that first trimester that I ended up cancelling my trip at the last minute.

So we had a voucher to use and that voucher expired this month. Allan’s parents were willing to babysit our older three crazies for a few days so Allan could come with me. I’m thankful he did. He took care of everything. The flight, the rental car, he drove, he parked, he payed, he carried everything everywhere. All I did was take care of Ember all weekend. It was awesome.
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We got to Washington pretty late. The rental car counter was closed so we took a shuttle to another location.
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Ember and I waited while Allan took care of all the rental car stuff.
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After taking quite a while to get the car we headed to our hotel.
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Ember slept really well that night. She even slept most of the morning while Allan and I got ready.
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We met up with my dad, my little brother, my mom, and my little sister. We all ate lunch at my dad’s restaurant.
Here is my little brother, Kyle, holding Ember. Ember adored Kyle. She smiled and giggled over his smiley face and silly voices/sounds.
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After a delicious lunch there we decided to walk around the shops a block away. I changed shoes since I was in heels and walking while carrying a baby in rain and heels just doesn’t work.
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My little sister, Jeena, and my mom.
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Ember wasn’t happy about the cold, windy weather. She was fussy during this part of the day.
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We stopped at a bookstore. My beautiful little sister, Jeena.
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Me, my mom and my little brother, Kyle, in the background.
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This was taken in a kids’ clothing store. That’s my mom, my sister, me, Allan, and my dad in the background.
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There were lots of stops for nursing. I’ve nursed Ember in public more times than I can count now and it never gets less uncomfortable for me. It was so awesome that first night home when I sat down on the couch to nurse her and didn’t have to use a cover!
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We stopped in a candy store.
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We went to Starbucks to plan out what to do for the rest of the day. I nursed Ember again in there.
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My parents are divorced so I went back to my mom’s town an hour away with her and my little sister. I had to say goodbye to my dad and brother after only seeing them for a few hours for the first time in 4 years. That was rough for me 🙁
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That’s my dad. I’m a lot like him, and I look a lot like him.
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Ember had a first while we were in Washington. Her first (and hopefully last) car accident!
We got rear ended on the highway on the way to my mom’s house! It was a horrible moment when I felt the other car hit ours and that second my entire body was flooded with adrenaline and fear about Ember in the backseat. I probably would’ve broken down in worried sobs if I hadn’t gone straight into protective mom mode. I am a shy and passive person but at that moment I wanted to jump out of the car and go curse out the other driver. But I didn’t because it was an accident and I was far too worried about making sure Ember was ok.
Which she was. She was laughing and having the best time in her Aunt Jeena’s car while we waited for the police.
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The other driver was a college aged guy from Vancouver driving his mom’s car. I felt a bit sorry for him for that. He probably got an earful when he got home.
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The only injury from the crash was Allan’s finger. It got bashed into the steering wheel when we got hit. Luckily it’s not broken, probably just sprained or bruised or something. It was swollen and still is a little bit but feeling much better now.
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We got to my mom’s house and had pizza and played a game with her and her husband, Milo, before going to bed. At 1am, or was it 2? Ouch. I slept in until 10am the next morning!
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Allan went out and took this picture of the rental car. Thrifty brought us a new rental and towed this one away.
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My older sister, Kelly, came over and she, my younger sister, my mom, Ember and I went shopping at Fred Meyer.
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We got home and my grandparents came over for dinner. In these next two pictures are my older sister, Kelly, her two kids, Ember, and my grandma.
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I have the most gorgeous sister!
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Ember was loving everyone. I always knew she liked people but during this trip I realized how much. She is a total people person. She loves everyone! She loves staring at them and figuring them out. She loves when they do silly voices and smile at her.
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My grandma wanted a four generation shot with Ember.
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My step brother and sister were over, too. Ember smiled and giggled at them, too 🙂
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This is my mom and her husband. She married him two and a half years ago and I’m so glad she did. We all really like him a lot. He’s a really nice guy, a great dad, a fantastic grandpa and an awesome cook. haha, had to throw the awesome cook in there because he made me and Allan some amazing meals while we were there! It was heaven.
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And a shot with my step siblings in there 🙂 I really enjoyed seeing them this trip, I wish I had longer to visit with them, the last time I saw them was four years ago and they were so much younger!
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My grandpa and grandma with Ember.
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The next day- me and my little sister, Jeena.
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Our flight left at 3:30pm so we had to go to the airport fairly early. I was so sad to leave since it had only been two full days with them, but at least they promised to come visit me!

Allan filling up the rental.
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We conquered feeling sad about leaving by having a lot of fun together. It was like a date. haha
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A date with a tag-a-long. A tag-a-long who needed to be changed at random times and in random places.
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I mentioned that Allan carried everything, right?
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Allan took this of me ordering us a breakfast bagel for lunch, I like that Ember’s bald spot has been captured so well “on film” now. haha
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The flight went really well. Ember is a really easy baby as long as there is milk around. She nursed, slept, woke up to smile and giggle at us and then started that cycle again. Lots of people, all weekend, commented on how she was such a good baby.
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The man in the seat next to Allan was saying how she is the best baby he’s ever seen. He said it a few times and everyone else stared and smiled and pointed at her. It was fun… I hate being the center of attention (like when pregnant) but having my baby be the center of attention is lots of fun! lol
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We got home and stopped for pizza and cake to bring home because it was Allan’s mom’s birthday!! Yeah, she spent the entire day watching my kids on her birthday.

Being away from Allan the first few days after getting back has been hard. I miss him!
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And that was our weekend in Washington. And oh boy am I tired of typing. haha
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16 thoughts on “Visiting Washington

  • Great visit! Except for the accident. We have been in several( one being MAJOR with 2 of my kids) and each time I go into mommy mode. Glad it was just a fender bender and nothing more. Love the pics of Ember. She is just so cute and lovable. 🙂

  • So glad you got to spend time with your family, and happy to “see” them myself. Your mom has three beautiful girls! Loved looking at all your pictures.
    Kristi
    from Louisiana

  • I always love seeing pictures of your family (hope that's not super creepy!). I don't think I've ever seen your dad before, so it was really cool to finally do that comparison. You DO look a lot alike, although I see a lot of your mom in you, too. You and your little sister are so cute together 🙂 I love her knit hat toward the end.
    Sorry about the accident. I'd have freaked out being in a wreck with a rental car and everything. Ugh. Glad nobody was hurt.
    I can't believe how much Ember looks like Payson in these pictures. I honestly haven't even seen it before (I always saw a lot of Sierra in her features) but in this post she is definitely Payson's little sister. I think probably it's because she's filled out a lot.
    What else? There were a lot of things I wanted to comment on as I scrolled through and now I can't think of them. haha
    I always felt awkward nursing in public, too. Some places are really friendly about it, and some are REALLY NOT. I remember nursing Hudson in a restaurant (I think it was P.F. Chang) in Omaha, NE once and I got the nastiest, rudest glares from everyone there. It wasn't like I was just whipping my boob out for everyone to see…we were seated in a corner and I had a cover over me and everything. People like that MAKE nursing in public awkward. It sucks.
    Anyway, I better wrap this up. I'm so happy for you that you guys got to take this trip together. It looks and sounds like you really enjoyed yourselves. I can't imagine being that far away from family 🙁 I hope you can all get together again soon!!

  • Thanks to Jordan!! I have had several people comment to me how Tiffany looks so much like me but….it is nice to hear! People at my work said she looks the most like me of all the kids

    ….we are excited to come to Arizona next! I think vacationing there will be a blast (especially with ALL the family).

    Can we change the “my mom's husbands kids” to their proper “step-brother & step-sister” status?! I think they love that you are their “sister” and often brag about having such a huge family now! I so understand you not wanting to call Milo your “dad” though!

  • Mom, until reading your comment I hadn't actually ever thought of the fact that they are my step siblings! Seriously I just saw them as Milo's kids and your guys' marriage didn't make me realize that hey, now they're step siblings! Crazy!

    I will for sure change that, I really do love them and am glad they're in the family 🙂

    I think I'll keep Milo labelled as your husband, though. I love Milo, I hope you guys are together forever, but I just can't seem to get myself to call him stepdad yet. It's a little weird 😉

  • That was quite the blog post. I hope you feel accomplished for having written all that along with including the photos. I'm impressed. And I'm glad that you had such a good time with Allan and Ember in Washington. That shot of Ember laughing in the airplane seat just about killed me with cuteness. And you and Allan are just as cute together now as when you first met.

  • I get it. I was just showing them your pictures & I didn't want to hurt feelings! Milo knows you're an adult so we get hat you wouldn't call him dad. I just know how the kids feel about you guys! No worries!

    I love looking at these pictures! I miss kissing Ember's little cheeks. They are just like yours were!! So cute, little Charlie Brown face! Payson is her twin!!

    I so don't want to go to work this A.M.

    Glad you like Milo because we are in it forEVER!!!!

  • I'm glad you got to see your family. That's awesome. I can see the family resemblance between all of you.

    I'm sorry about the car accident! I've never been in an accident since I was a child myself so getting in one with my kids hasn't happened (thank heavens) either, but I've had nightmares where we were and I can imagine how scary it would be!

    I hear you on the public nursing thing. I am not a good public nurser either. I am very awkward with the cover up and hate when people notice what I'm doing. I don't recall getting dirty looks about it though. Maybe because it's more prevalent in UT? I don't know. My gosh, do they expect your baby to starve while they get to eat? I don't get people like that. Babies have rights too.

  • I love your blog! I have been following your blog for about a year now, and have never commented, but I really love all of your pictures and the happy, positive attitude you have about being a mom! Your brood is darling! 🙂

    I have a question for you also (and I'm sure you've answered this for someone else before, so I'm sorry!) I have had a blog that I've used off and on for about an year — and my new year's resolution is become really good about blogging and putting up pictures for my family. But I'm quite novice at this. My blog looks nowhere near as fun and cool as yours does, and my pictures all get uploaded in the same size.

    Where did you learn about how to be more creative with the layout for your blog? Or do you have any helpful hints?

    Beth

  • This was such a fun post! Thank you for sharing so many great photos from your trip!

    Holy cow about the car accident! That must have been terrifying, but I know exactly what you mean about instantly going into protective mom mode. I'm glad Ember didn't even seem phased and am happy to hear there were no serious injuries!

    It's wonderful that you captured so many memories of your trip – from beginning to end – and took so many pictures of your family with Ember…especially considering you don't get to see them often. We live about 13 hours away from both my family and my husband's (with the exception of my mom who lives where we are), so I know how hard that is.

    Beauty definitely runs in your family. Your younger sister looks so much like your mom, but you seem to resemble both your mom and dad. It looks like you and your dad share the same face shape and dimpled chin. 🙂

    It must have been so nice for you and Allan to spend so much time together…and to have some only-child time with Ember. Glad you had a fun time and returned home safely!

  • Looks like a lovely trip! Its always nice to be with family when we live so far away. I've also done the trip with just the baby and had to leave my big girls at home, that wasn't as much fun.

    Ember is growing up and is just the sweetest little thing!

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