Big Kid Bed

12 01 2016

Emily has finally been upgraded to a big girl bed and she loves it!



Not A Good Day

12 01 2016


Christmas – Part II

12 01 2016

We headed to Portland for part II of our Christmas. It rained almost the whole time we were there so we didn’t get out and do much but still had a great week. Highlights included making sugar cookies with Grandma & frosting with Papa, annual sister dinner at our new favorite Portland spot Renata, Christmas Eve at Aunt Debi & Uncle John’s, ping pong with the aunties and Uncle Pat, singing with Aunt Pat and our annual post-Christmas brunch at The Allison.

Here are some of the pictures and more can be viewed at Shutterfly.


Making sugar cookies with Grandma


Looks like Grandma & Papa are tired:)



Puzzles with Papa



Luke’s favorite new toy…his drum from Grandma & Papa


Making music with Aunt Pat



Annual brunch at The Allison



Post-Allison wine tasting



Christmas – Part I

12 01 2016

Grandpa Buck was able to come over to Seattle the week before Christmas for a great visit and brought some very exciting presents for the kids. After dinner together at our favorite pizza place, the kids came home, put on their PJs and opened up their presents. They were very exited at their life size Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuffed dolls.  Luke also got a car transporter and some cars to go in it, and Emily got a very nice tea set to have tea parties with.  Thanks Grandpa Buck!


2016 Holiday Concert

7 01 2016


Here is some video proof of the Wilson kids singing.

Celebrating 40 in Lawrence

7 01 2016

Blog catch up time!

In early December Amy ‘surprised’ me with a 40th birthday trip to Lawrence to see a Kansas Jayhawks game at Allen Fieldhouse. I put surprised in quotes because Luke couldn’t keep from telling me where we were going a week early. After dropping the kids off in Portland with Amy’s family, we flew to Kansas City where we headed straight to get some BBQ at Joe’s Kansas City. We stayed the first night on the Plaza, and we had a great time walking around the shops, ate a really good dinner at local spot Gram & Dun, and then went out for birthday drinks at Julep.

The next day we headed 45 minutes east to Lawrence for the game. When we showed up in “downtown”, we saw hundreds of people lining the streets.  Unknowingly we had almost driven right into their Christmas parade! We stopped in for a quick bite and beers at Free State Brewery and then went over to the game early. It’s really a great venue, and we were able to spend some time right down on the court behind the benches as the teams warmed up. The game itself was a little too close for comfort, but they pulled it out in the end.

Here are a couple of videos that we took before the game.

We got dinner recommendations from preschool friends who are from Lawrence and had another great meal at 715, followed by drinks at a cool Speakeasy bar called John Brown’s. It was a great way to end the night while watching the big conference championship football games.

On Sunday we headed back to KC where we went to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum which was an incredible retrospective of both the great players as well as segregation in America just 70 years ago.  While we were running a little short on time, we still managed to hit Boulevard Brewery and more barbeque at Jack Stack.

Pretty epic birthday weekend!

Kansas Likes:
– Traffic: We arrived in KC on Friday at 4pm and the most traffic we hit all weekend was because of the Christmas parade in downtown Lawrence
– The Jayhawks: the whole point of the trip
– Gas Prices: $1.89/gallon; our rental car + gas was less than $50 for the weekend
– W

Kansas Dislikes:
– Cigarette smoke
– No mountains…you can see for miles & miles & miles & miles

Here are some of our favorite photos, but they can all be viewed on Shutterfly.


Snowflake Lane

12 12 2015

Another  Christmas tradition is our trip to Bellevue Square for Din Thai Fung dumplings and their Snowflake Lane celebration. The highlight for Emily & Luke is the red & white striped lollipops that they manage to get everywhere:)



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