Photos in Paris!

We finally got our professional pictures back from Paris!!  Here are some of my favorites:

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So, last weekend, I turned 35.  I don’t usually do much for my birthday and, considering we just got back from a 3 week trip to Europe, I was totally fine with staying home and doing nothing.   But this year, my Dad was in town and he wanted to have a birthday party.  For me.  With all the kids.  And all the nieces and nephews.  How could I say no?

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We need to learn how to open our eyes for pictures.

I learned a few things about myself that night.  First, I like to sing “Happy Birthday”…to myself!!


And I get really excited when it’s time to blow out the candles!


Here’s the thing, though.  That cake was fake!  Frosted foam.  My Dad’s told me about this prank before, but I’d never experienced it.  He took a piece of foam to the bakery and had them frost it just like a cake.  FYI, it’s pretty difficult to cut through foam.  While I waited for the real cake, I started giving out the dots to the kids.


Before I knew what happened, the kids were digging in!


Little Kennedy was taking handfuls of frosting.  G and I have taught her well.

When they brought out the second cake, we had to guard it.



Two huge “cakes”…pretty impressive!  George was so excited he made me put a slab of frosting from the fake cake on his piece.


What a fatso.

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Party Time!!

It’s my birthday tomorrow.  I’ll be 35.  I remember when I turned 25 and I couldn’t believe I was in my mid-twenties and I think I had a mid-life crisis and married G!  Wow, I’m an idiot.

Anyway, my Dad’s in town for my birthday for my cousin’s wedding so we have about a billion things planned this weekend.  Last night, we went to the wedding!!!!!!

The wedding was held on a rooftop in downtown Portland and the weather was incredible!





George, the best man (Ryan, the best man and my cousin), and my brother.


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George makes sure he takes pictures with all the hottest chicks.  That’s Taylor, she’s a cousin of the groom, but not my cousin.

After the wedding, we all stayed outside for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  The sun set and it was still so nice (and warm)!

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Once we got word that it was time for dinner we all ran walked nicely down the stairs to get our seats.  I was a bit disappointed to find out that I had to sit with these idiots:


But it was easier for G to take pictures with everyone…

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I love the next picture:

DSC05886The bride (Lauren) and groom (my cousin, Kyle) look great, my Dad looks like he doesn’t want to be there, and G looks like a total creeper.  Perfect.

We ate a ton of food, danced a lot and, instead of cake, we had ice cream sandwiches!!


I think G ate about six.  Greedy.

We had such a good time and I’m so happy for Lauren and Kyle!  It was also very nice of them to throw me such a great birthday party last night.  Thanks guys!

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We’re home!

Well, we actually got home last Saturday, the 20th.  But it’s been so difficult getting back into the swing of things, wow.  Good news, though.  I still have a best friend:


Just love that kid!

I don’t even know where to start with our vacation.  We took something like 3,000 pictures.  I guess I should tell you where we went, huh?!  Okay.  We flew into Lisbon and took a (4-hour) bus ride to Salema.  It was more beautiful than I could ever imagine.


After Salema, we went to Barcelona for two nights.  And I wore shorts out in public for the first time in YEARS!


I know, I live on the edge.

After Barcelona, we went to Paris!


And yes, we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower (that picture was taken from the second level, though).

After Paris…hello Venice!!



It was gorgeous!

And finally, we ended our trip in ROME!


We went on a seven hour bike tour (e-bikes are amazing!) and it was such a great way to see the city.

I have so many pictures to share from the trip, but it may take me a little while.  And yes, I went back to work…at both jobs.  I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was for me to go back to delivering pizzas on Tuesday night.  But I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and I will keep doing it for as long as I can.  I know, even the managers at the pizza parlor were surprised I showed up for work!

Okay, one last picture from our trip (for now):


That was the first gelato of five we had in Venice.  No, we didn’t share.  We each had FIVE.  And we were there less than 48 hours.  Whoops!

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Barcelona and Paris

Whoops! Guess I forgot to keep posting. It’s been a whirlwind of a trip and we’re having a great time. We flew into Barcelona on Saturday and then flew to Paris on Monday. One day in a huge city is not enough, but we made the best of it and saw as much as we could!
It was late evening when we got to Barcelona so we went out for a walk. Our hotel was right in the center of town off of Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas.



There were about a billion people out…a very huge change from being in the small town of Salema.  We went on a bus tour the next day…


And walked about one trillion miles. It was incredible. G got naked on the beach…


And we saw the Magic Fountain of Montjuic that night.


It was incredible. We loved Barcelona and hope to spend more time there in the future.

We’re now in Paris with these guys:


We’re staying in a beautiful apartment and seeing all of the sites!  And we had a photosession last night, complete with a makeup artist…for both G and me.



We’re idiots.


This was at dinner after our pictures last night…very fun!!  We have another bus tour today in Paris so off we go again!

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