Saturday, April 2, 2016

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Year in Review: 2015

Happy New Year from Shawn and Sara!
It’s been another busy year in our house, with many visitors and trips of our own to see family, loved ones and even a new place or two.

Jan Sara started her second semester at the U of MN. Snow in Minnesota shocks no one, but makes the move away from Virginia sink in.
Feb Sara’s 40th birthday at Hogwarts [ahem] Orlando with her mom and Al.
Mar Spring break trip to Red Wing for shoes, pottery and wine excursions.
Apr Sara escorted one of her favorite authors, John Scieszka, during a visit to the U. Many concerts too: including the Von Trapps & TMBG.
May We explored the local art scene at Art-a-Whirl, touring artists’ studios. Memorial Day trip north to Duluth for beautiful lake walks.
Jun A visit from Sara’s dad and Barbara prompts theater-going and finding tasty local eats. In Virginia, Sara presented at Children’s lit conference.
Jul Sara’s friend, Patricia, visited over the 4th. They explored local literary history in Mankato and Walnut Grove. Twins game, Conservatory and tour of the Governor’s Residence with Sara’s mom and Al.
Aug Birthday celebrations continued with Sara’s friend, Megan. Shawn’s parents & Grandma drove out to visit us and our famous State Fair.
Sep Back to school for Sara. Shawn resigned his job to look for work locally. He also began singing in the Schola at church.
Oct Lots of author love, with events like Nerdcon and BookWeek at the U.
Nov Sunny Thanksgiving in Seattle with Sara’s northern Idaho family.
Dec Christmas in Newport with Shawn’s whole family. We rang in the new year back in Minneapolis—Archie was glad to have us back.
Sending our special love for a wonderful 2016.

Happy New Year!

We enjoyed a quiet New Year's Eve!

Hello Star Wars!
Cheers to 2016!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tillamook Stop and a Red-eye Flight

On our way to the airport we took a bit of a detour through Tillamook. Not surprised, are you?

Cheesy goodness
We encountered a little snow on the drive north
Sara couldn't help herself but enjoy this famous carpet!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Newport Aquarium: Sea of Lights

We enjoyed a fun evening at the aquarium tonight touring The Sea of Lights!

Welcome to the Aquarium
Look at these cuties!
So adorable!
SCUBA Santa came to visit!
Hi SCUBA Santa!
Holiday edition of head-in-a-hole!
With the cutest niece and nephew ever

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Beach Walk

The sun was shining and the beach near Shawn's parents' house was calling! Time for a walk!
Merry Christmas!
Shadow selfie
Sara was glad to have her wellies for beach strolling
Yaquina Head Lighthouse in the distance
Such a beautiful day!
This gnarly log was quite interesting
We've never really seen anything like it
We love how the sea foam moved across the beach
Seriously, that sky!
Hello pup!
A perfect way to stroll on Christmas!

Christmas Morning

Merry Christmas!

Here's a little taste of our morning

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Midnight Mass

We enjoyed a lovely Midnight Mass (starting at 10:00p) at Sacred Heart Church.

Christmas Mass
He is born!
We love these swags decorating the church

Christmas Eve Day

Good morning Christmas Eve!

The kids started out the day with a blanket fort - adorable, right?
Auntie selfie
Sometimes you have to try out the competition
Offerings at The Chowder Bowl
The whole fam was there - Sara took this 9 person selfie!
Some in our party prefer their chowder to Mo's (which others feel is a shame)
A storm was brewing so we only took a few moments to take in Nye Beach
We drove by the Yaquina Bay Light too, to take in the lovely views
What fencing...
We are not to be on this side of the fencing - oops! Better selfie, though!