Home, sweet, home... TRIP

OK, so I realize that we have been what you might call "slackers" on the blogging scene... I just like to call it "busy". ;) Well, prepare yourselves for our longest post ever... and lots of pictures too! So recently, as most of you know, P and I took a little trip "home" to WA state, to celebrate... LIFE, including -
Paul's 30th birthday,
our new nephew Avery,friends' baby showers, friends' weddings,
our families and friends in general, and GOLF of course.

His main objective was to get in as much golf as possible while up there (and several of his golfing buddies from CA came up to join in on the tour), and my objective was to "recharge" by soaking up as much of my new nephew that I could squeeze in time for. Our trip was certainly cram-packed (as always). The first day was all family time for me. I went over to mom & dad's house where Andrea and the boys were, so I got to meet Avery for the first time, and see Great Aunt Carol also (who was visiting for a day or so before moving on to other family). Paul was golfing in the meantime with his dad and brothers that day, up in Seattle at Jefferson.
(Yes, this last pic was taken the next night...)

Day 2 - Paul's birthday - September 19th. Spent the morning prepping for the party... making the cakes & frostings at mom's house (thank you for all your help, mom!). It was no easy task. Then headed to SeaTac to get the mid-sized SUV rental P had reserved for us. That turned out to be there was "no stock" on SUV's, so I ended up in a premium Volvo S60. Not so bad for a rental that cost us $35 for 3 days. Paul was golfing at Chambers Bay in Tacoma - apparently the hardest course he's ever played, and soon to be the home of the US Open in 2015. That evening we partied at the Jacobson's with lots of great food, drinks, (thank you for all your help, mom0024!) and then cake! I tried to "surprise" P by having some of his old friends come to the party, but only one really showed up (thank you, Jeff & Nicole for coming!).

Day 3 - Paul took the rental car all the way out to Ghorst (Gig Harbor-ish) to play McCormick Woods and then Gold Mountain. Meanwhile, I was picked up by an old college roomie (Nicole) to go to another old college roomie's (Danae) 2nd baby shower (I missed the first, so I felt that I owed it to her - oh, and she sort of planned the shower around when I'd be in town). That was all the way over in Naches (Yakima-ish), but Nicole drove us. Once back that afternoon, I got all dolled up for the wedding we were attending that night (Damon & Amanda Cargol's) and Paul "freshened" up at the course before heading straight over to meet up with us at the reception. Long day, and probably the only time I'll ever have a shower & wedding in the same day!

Day 4 - Spent the morning shopping with my mother-in-law (mom0024) while Paul golfed one last time at TPC @ Snoqualmie Ridge. I spent some time that afternoon over at the new house of Bryan & Andrea's... just chillaxin' and hangin' with them and the boys. That was the first day of the trip where I didn't feel like I was running the whole time... too bad it was the last day of the trip. That evening was just simple - party left-overs for dinner, Mark & John came over to hang with P one last time, and we finally went to bed before midnight!

Day 5 - Kerry prepared swedish pancakes for P and I that morning, and we spent the rest of the AM packing up his clubs and getting ready to head back to Cali. Got some great shots of Mt. Rainier from the airplane that afternoon.

Overall, it was just a great trip - and well time-managed & scheduled I might add. Getting to see that many people in that short amount of time was just perfect! And we'll probly do it all over again at Christmas time again! Well, if we can afford to go back so soon... :)
Posted by: ~A*


Evey said...

Looks like you had a really busy but really fun trip home. Love Paul's birthday cake.

PandA said...

I found a way to make "30" fun instead of a downer! And it had something to do with the whole "golf" theme of the weekend. I actually had so much fun making that cake! Mom, on the other hand, just got annoyed with it. (Although I kinda did leave her kitchen in shambles... sorry mom).

PandA said...

Oh yah, and it tasted real good. Lemon "funfetti" cake, with a raspberry filling layer in the middle, and lemon-buttercream icing. YUM! :P

Linda MacTravel said...

You know that I had FUN-fetti helping you make that cake, even though it DID take all day, and mess up my kitchen oodles...after all was said and done, it was the greatest 30 cake EVER! You have a way of "designing" everything :-)

Andrea said...

It was a short and busy trip, huh!? At least we got to see you a couple times! We miss you already! I sure hope you're able to make it at Christmas time!