This past weekend, we took a trip to Portland to see the Cockrell family and celebrate Georgia’s 5th birthday. Pretty crazy to think that she (and Carys) are both 5! In a way it seems like just yesterday (but when I think about what I was doing those days in 2008 at work, it seems like forever ago!).
Anyway, we took the gutsy move of taking a 7-week old (who doesn’t like the car these days) and a 3 year old, who’s never napped in the car, on a road trip. The car rides actually weren’t that bad, but Hutch has a cough/runny nose that made those couple of nights a challenge because we were all sleeping in one room and his hacking cough caused him to freak out. And, weirdly, when he wakes up in zombie mode in the middle of the night, he won’t allow us to console him. He’s always been like this. He won’t snuggle or lay down with us. It’s like our presence makes him more hysterical and you just have to let him go back to sleep on his own. Anyway, we made it through the tough nights and had some really great family time during the days, which made the whole trip MORE than worthwhile.
When we arrived in Portland, we headed to Voodoo Doughnut to introduce Hutch to the wonders of doughnuts with names like “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”. :) He was as in love as we are and chose one with bubble gum on top. Here are some pictures!
The annual Cockrell Family 4th of July picnic was held at Champoeg Park on Saturday and we FINALLY made it to one of these. We have been on-and-off attendees of the Christmas celebration over the years, but never made it to the 4th until this year. It was great to show off Briar to the family (as the newest Cockrell family member!) and it was fun to see Hutch interact with his 2nd cousins. Here are some of my favorite pics of the day. (PS: I edited all of these in a coffee shop very quickly, so I can’t really see colors very well…sorry if they look weird!)
Brian & Ronan needed a nap. Apparently Skippy peanut butter works really well as a pillow.
Skipping naps 2 days in a row and going to bed at 9:45pm the night before meant someone wasn’t happy. :(
Turns out our little guy is a pretty great baseball player! Papa said he hit 5 balls reallllly well.
The next day (Sunday) was Georgia’s birthday celebration! She had a butterfly-themed birthday party, complete with piñata. Hutch was super excited about the piñata, even after he accidentally got hit in the head with it after Uncle Brian tossed it into the crowd of kids. Now, he thinks that the whole piñata tradition is SUPPOSED to involve getting hit in the head with a box of candy. :) Anyway, the whole party was a blast and Hutch had a great time hanging out with his cousins and their friends.
First, we had set up and family time!
This is Georgia saying, “I’m FIVE!!”
This is Georgia’s “I’M SO EXCITED” face!
And after the family time, the kid party started and we had cake!
And this collage shows how I know that we’re all related. :)
And here’s some piñata fun, including a couple of videos!
It was a long and full day of partying and both boys were so tired after the party that they sat down and ate some “dinner” while watching Yo Gabba Gabba on the computer. (Side story: the boys ended up becoming much closer this weekend and that was SO fun to see. Previously, Hutch has seemed to click more with Georgia and he and Ronan seemed to antagonize each other a little. This time it was the “Hutch and Ronan Show” a lot of the time and it was so cute. Although, at one point I remarked how cute it was that they were playing because Ronan said, “Hutch, come over here and sit be me” and Hutch said, “Ok, coming!” and went to sit on the couch next to Ronan. Ronan then hopped up and ran over to the Elmo airplane toy that Hutch had been sitting on and rode away on it. Tricked ya, Hutch! :) ) Anyway, back to the post-party lethargy…after their snack they both fell asleep. At 6:20pm. Hutch has NEVER fallen asleep outside of a bed in a dark room with white noise since he was a tiny baby. That’s how you know how tired he was. Papa looks pretty tired, too. And that was BEFORE the three and a half hour drive home.
In the end, we made it home at 10:30pm on Sunday night and Hutch didn’t get to sleep til after 11pm. But, it was a fun weekend full of great family time and we are so happy that we got to spend it with them.