The Vegan ChewChoo

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Baby Boy!

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Look how big this munchkin is getting!

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Christmas n Stuff

Welp it turned out not to be so bad after all. I was expecting a sad and lonely Christmas this year, as it was the first time I hadn’t been home with my family, but after I got over the initial nostalgia of it all, I had a nice time. Video chatting definitely helps, too. We (Mom, Mami, Kaisei, Grant and I) got in our yearly reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve, and then had a great dinner with Erica and Grant. We watched Christmasy movies and just had a really nice time. Christmas morning I was able to chat with my brother who is currently out of the country, and my mom watched us open presents via video chat. Christmas night we were invited to a friends place for dinner, where we met some new people and played some gripping rounds of catch phrase- a great game! (We won 😛 ) 

Thanks to all for making us feel loved on this absentee Christmas! 

We’re now down in the Woodlands (near Houston) visiting Grant’s Aunt Emmy and Uncle Gary and their crazy dog, Auggie. Hot tubs and fires and good food and family. Yay! 

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River walk at the Woodlands  

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The Whirlwind

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks- first traveling home to Houlton for my Grampy’s (and Nana’s) memorial service, then I was home in Austin for one day when Grant and I left (driving) for Kansas City, MO to attend his Grampa’s funeral. A rough couple of weeks for our families. I’m happy to report, however, that both families seem to be doing just fine, and benefiting greatly from the continuing support of their family and friends. It just so happened that Kansas City is only a few hours from Omaha, where my brother, sister-in-law, and baby nephew live, so we decided to take a short jaunt up here, so that Grant could finally meet Kai! Such a treat to see them again! Here are the last bit of pictures from Houlton, and a few from our impromptu visit to Nebrasky! 

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At home in Bellevue: 

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getting ready for an afternoon walk!

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Runaway baaabbbbyyy!! 😛

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Hear me roar!

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He’s very interested in my key!

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Clean baby post bath-time. Love this handsome little bundle of joy!

Starting our long journey back to Austin tomorrow. See ya on the flip side!


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More From Houlton

So far it’s been a really nice visit home. Grampy (and Nana’s) service was yesterday, which I think went easier for everyone than was maybe expected. I think the more time I spend around my family, the more I realize how important it is for them to be a big part of my life (I’ve always known this, but it’s getting reaffirmed). There really is nothing better than the warm and fuzzy feeling of spending time with the people who know you best. It pains me to no end to think that my brother, his wife, and my new nephew won’t be close. I figure the next time I see Kai he’ll be at least 8 months old. He’ll be sitting up, crawling, have teeth, and be saying words. I want to be the Auntie that is a free babysitter, is the tickle-monster, and is the “mom” you want when your real mom isn’t cooperating, not the Auntie that you see once a year and hope that you don’t receive a lame Christmas present from. When you come from a small family, you’ve got to cling dearly to those you have! Anyway, here’s another flood of pictures of the cutest GD baby I’ve ever laid eyes on: (and some other stuff, too)

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To My Grampy

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We lost a wonderful grandfather, father, and friend last night. As the only grandfather I ever knew, he held a very special place in my life and in my heart. “Has anybody told you that they loved you yet today? Well I do.” That’s what he used to tell me all the time. I know that we meant a lot to each other. When I think about Grampy as I knew him, I remember a fiercely loyal man who loved his family to the moon and back. I remember a man who would sing to his wife every night before they went to bed. I remember a man who always had a jackknife on him. I remember a man who always gave me candy, (especially Twizzlers, which I would then bite off both ends and drink a can of orange soda through). I remember a man who could make one helluva batch of baked beans. I remember a man who loved food, and loved to burp really loudly ;). I remember a man who used to drive really slowly in his old maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee with JAX as the license plate. I remember a man who loved to reminisce about the ‘good ol days’ of his youth. I remember a man that would sometimes tell dirty stories to Doug and Adam. I remember a man who couldn’t go anywhere around town without running into fifteen people that he knew. I remember a man who loved his granddaughter so much that he would drive her and her friends to cheering in a blizzard. I remember a man who didn’t get his life served to him on a silver platter, but he worked hard, loved hard, and was truly a good soul. Grampy, you will be missed so dearly by all who were lucky enough to know you.

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