Category Archives: world travels

seaside, animated

When I posted our beach vacation post, for some reason I didn’t take the time to upload our videos to Youtube. Here is some of the fun stuff that I captured! It covers moat-building, Beastie Boy-rapping, chasing Grandpa as a dinosaur, riding a carousel and doing some really bad Japanese-speaking.

This video below was Take 2. When we’d first done it, he’d said, “Konnichiwa” and then had a whole conversation with the raccoon in Japanese. It was SO amazing and precious, but of course, then I turn the camera on and he starts performing. At least you can hear when he tries to speak “Japenglish” and turn English words into Japanese-sounding words. At school, they’ve told me that he speaks Japanese with a better accent than some of the half-Japanese kids! So, please don’t judge his language abilities by this video. ;)

sand castles & sunsets

This is it. Our big “vacation” to the beach in Oregon. With much trepidation, we headed out on the four-ish hour car ride to Seaside on Friday morning. We had a decent amount of crying, but it could have been worse. Buck moved Briar’s carseat so that it was directly behind me and that made it easier to just keep my hand in her face with the binky stuffed in her mouth.

We had a blast once we got there. Our first few hours were spent on the promenade in this typical seashore town. It’s full of tasty treats, a carousel, shabby souvenirs, ugly t-shirts and awesomeness. We love it. And, for the first time, we didn’t take any photos on our big DSLR. All of the things you see below are from our phones. Pretty crazy. I love how technology has made our lives easier! When you’re wearing a baby all the time, it’s not so fun to lug around a heavy camera. Especially on the beach where you’re worried it’ll get full of sand.

Other highlights of the trip included awesome pancake breakfasts made by Grandma, fun time with Georgia and Ronan, kite-flying and sand castles on the beach, arcade time where Hutch figured out how the best games to play to get tickets that he could redeem for candy (my nightmare, but so fun to watch!), ah-MAZING sunsets, fishing with Grandpa and lots of Briar smiles for everyone. The only lowlights were 9:30pm bedtimes, no naps, 5am wake-ups, a faceful of sand and a few tantrums. But we took those in stride (as I remember in my post-trip, rose-colored glasses). It was as relaxing as a trip with a 3 year old and 3 month old can ever be expected to be. We hope to keep going back now that we have conquered our fears of that car ride!

It was a little chilly on the beach the first afternoon….

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The sunset on Saturday night…

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Grandma’s pancakes were a hit…

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There’s a great toy store in Seaside and Hutch wanted a rainbow umbrella. And everyone knows Hutch gets what he wants.

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Briar was bundled up or in the Ergo most of the time, but I wanted to get a few snaps of her at the beach. I like the quintessential “beach foot” picture with her footies in the bottom of the frame. :)

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Lots of sand castle building…complete with a moat.

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The Crawfords were a tired gang. Carrie had not gotten any sleep the night before because she was walking “Portland to Coast”.

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Briar fell asleep watching the sunset.

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I took this picture from the bedroom window early on Saturday morning. There were so many herons in front of the house all weekend.

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Here was our 6th or so carousel ride of the weekend.

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Hutch had SO much fun at the appropriately named “Funland”. Papa loved showing him all of the games that he used to play when he was younger.

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And here’s where the machine just started spewing tickets….and more tickets….and more tickets. It was crazy.

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Hutch is the big winner!!!!!!!!!

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After Funland, we took the kids to ice cream. They had a pretty good time with their cones. :)

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And I love these goofy pictures of our goofy Hutch.

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And our goofy Georgia.

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Hutch and Buck got to do some fishing with Grandpa…

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And I got one last gorgeous sunset on Sunday night!

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horsin’ around

Today we took Emily to visit our Uncle Nick and Aunt Sandy’s farm. It’s a little north of Centralia and a gorgeous property. They have 15 horses, 2 dogs and a few barn cats. Oh, and a lot of spiders. ;) We had a great time there with Nicholas, Carys, Emily and Aunt Elizabeth. And at the end of riding, Aunt Sandy made us s’mores. And then Hutch got stung by a hornet, which wasn’t awesome. And, Briar crying in the car most of the way down and back (1.5 hours each way) wasn’t awesome. But, otherwise, it was a heavenly day. Especially for Emily, who really loved getting to ride a horse without being led. She was comfortable enough that Aunt Sandy felt comfortable enough leaving her alone in the ring while she showed us around. It was cool to see how comfortable Hutch was around the big horses. He was expecting ponies and seemed to have a little trepidation when he realized there were no little “teeny tiny” horses and that he’d have to ride a big one. But, he took it in stride (ha! see what I did there?) and even asked to ride a 2nd time at the end!

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the day:

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Uncle Nick showed Hutch his “cat collar” and then gave it to Hutch.

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He wasn’t so sure about it. ;)

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By the end of the riding session, Hutch was a tired boy….you can see it on his face here.

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This series cracks me up. I LOVE the smiles and laughs on Emily’s face. At one point while I was snapping here, Hutch asked Emily (in Japanese), “Do you know Japanese?”. That’s why she’s cracking up.

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We had a great day! Headed to carousel sushi and ice cream on the way home (while Briar cried the whole trip between leaving, dinner and then getting home). But, it was worth the crying. So happy to see the smiles on Emily’s, Hutch’s and Carys’ faces. (Nicholas said he wished he hadn’t come, so he didn’t smile much.) We can’t wait to go back and visit Aunt Sandy and Uncle Nick again. We’re hoping to make it one more time while Emily is still here. She told her mom she had an awesome time and just wishes she had MORE time to ride and to groom the horses. :)

Another few photos from the weekend + 8 Weeks!

I realized with sadness that I didn’t think we had gotten a photo of three of the four kids together during the weekend, but then I found one on Buck’s phone. It’s pretty much one of my favorites of them ever. I love that the boys are rocking their tiaras. :)

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And, here are a couple more pictures from our trip to Voodoo Doughnut. :)

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And here’s Briar on her 8 week birthday! I included a short video of her trying to suck her thumb to make sure that we are capturing some of her early facial movements and characteristics, since she’s so much different “live” than anything I can capture on camera. She’s so funny how hard she’s trying to find her thumb, but just can’t. And when she does, then she chokes on it (which you’ll see at the end).

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Georgia Turns 5!

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!

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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.

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Skipping naps 2 days in a row and going to bed at 9:45pm the night before meant someone wasn’t happy. :(

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Turns out our little guy is a pretty great baseball player! Papa said he hit 5 balls reallllly well.

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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!

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This is Georgia saying, “I’m FIVE!!”

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This is Georgia’s “I’M SO EXCITED” face!

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And after the family time, the kid party started and we had cake!

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And this collage shows how I know that we’re all related. :)

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And here’s some piñata fun, including a couple of videos!

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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.

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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.