2 Years Down, Many More to Go

We celebrated our two year anniversary with the honeymoon trip we had always talked about to the Northwest. Though we contemplated Canada and Oregon as well, we settled on a few days in Seattle accompanied by rest and relaxation in a private house on San Juan Island (found by our trusty travel agent, Dad). It was better than we could’ve hoped for.

True to Seattle weather, the first couple days were cool and mostly cloudy with sprinkles here and there. Coming from too many 100+ degree days it was pure heaven – at least for half the crowd – though you can’t tell which half in these pictures can you? 😉

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To stay warm on our morning walk we ducked into the Seattle Aquarium with our coffee deciding to keep our tradition going of an aquarium and/or zoo or animal excursion of some sort on every vacation. Though there were no penguins, sea otters kept us happy. (Or was it the thought of relaxing with the Notre Dame game later that afternoon?)


We lucked out waking up to a gorgeous blue sky on the 19th mimicking our wedding day, except with the sun glistening off the Pacific rather than the Atlantic.


Whales, whales, and more whales! We spent a good portion of the afternoon on a somewhat private whale watching tour with just two other couples and our tour guide Captain Spencer, ogling the 80+ whales in the pod. Apparently it was a good day for whales! We even saw a baby whale jumping along.


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To add to that, seal pups frolicked in the water and came to say hello. The next day we got a closer view of them as well as an older seal while we were climbing along the rocks in the Lime Kiln National Park.

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We’ve attempted to put some of our favorite photos from the trip into a shorter “Seattle Favorites” album, but if you’re up for flipping through some pages take a look at both the smaller album and the bigger Seattle album for some beautiful shots.


We will definitely be going back to the Northwest.

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IMG_6350.jpg  IMG_6351.jpg <- Olympic Mountains from the porch



Megan’s Baby Shower

September 10, 2011

Baby Shower to honor Megan Brooks and welcome baby Jacob Arthur Brooks in advance of his arrival.

Meeting Jacob via 3-D ultrasound on 2 occasions prior to the shower gave additional purpose to throwing a wonderful baby shower to honor little Jake, who is already full of character. Megan’s friends and family gathered Saturday afternoon to shower gifts upon the little guy, visit, and play games. What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon?

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Onesie decorating station set up to inspire creativity and clothe Jake throughout the months

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A sampling of the results:


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Who’s who? Guess the baby stumped many of the participants!


Liz and Laina drove all the way from Indiana with two 2-year old daughters in tow to participate in hosting a marvelous shower. What dedication!


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All pictures available at the following link, including the making of the diaper cake: http://jacob-family.us/v/megan_baby_shower

Bday in Park City

The photos from our August trip to Park City are finally up, better late than never. We had a great family weekend in Park City to celebrate my birthday. What a way to end a traveling work week on my own. Thank you to everyone for coming out to celebrate and making it a memorable birthday weekend.  Looking forward to the next excursion!

Our view of the town from the house, an easy walk to town or run to Deer Valley:


Park City Adventure Park where we did the zip line, Alpine coaster & Alpine slide (which destroyed my neck for days)


Saturday afternoon ski event with Olympic skiers and Olympic hopefuls showing off their talent. Amazing!