Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the magic is in the hole

voodoo donuts is a must see when you come to portland. it's this crazy unique little donut shop that sells every kind of donut under the sun! they sell big ones and little ones and ones with bacon on them and cocoa puff ones and ones as big as my head as seen here...

well, it seems fairly normal sized here but continue on down to get the full idea. it's huge, and this is one of their more normal donuts!

we've only been there a few times, and my favorite donut has chocolate glaze with rice krispies on top with some peanut butter goodness drizzled over that, and it is to die for! we did a voodoo donut run the other night, and they were out of my fav so this larger than life donut had to do. i had 4 bites and was full, but it made a great breakfast for becks in the morning!

he LOVED it! he wasn't quite sure what to do with his 1st donut at first, but it didn't take him long to dive right in, and he chomped away on that thing!

i don't think he got any pieces off of it, but he loved the glaze and all of the sugary goodness, and we just sat back and took in his excitement and curious facial expressions - so cute!

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anyway, the magic really is in the hole, and voodoo donuts is just one more perk of living in portland, so come on down for a visit if you're cravng a good donut! soooo yummy!!!!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

family pics

our friend steve wagner is an amazing photographer, and he agreed to take some family pictures for a us a couple of weeks ago. we love checking out his website and his work and are so excited to be part of it now! here are some of our favs from our little photo shoot and here is his blog full of his amazing work :)
p.s. sorry for the picture overload, but i had such a hard time choosing which ones to put up!

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beckam loved being outside and did really well keeping a smile or at least a cute scowl on his face for most of the shoot :)

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we had so much fun taking these pictures and are so happy with the results :) thanks to nicole for making me look pretty and to steve again for sharing his amazing talent with us!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

beckam boo

i know that i'll probably do this again in few months when beckam turns one, but i just feel like there is so much about this cute little guy that is changing and evolving, and it's so much fun that it needs to be documented somewhere - and what better place than the family blog!

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this little guy is at such a fun stage right now and is developing more and more of his little personality every day. here are a few of the little quirks that i love about our becks.......

~ i know what i want and i want it now!!! sound familiar?!? beckam knows this saying well!
~ he is a carbaholic - bread, oatmeal, granola bars, etc
~ beckam is still swaddled with every nap and at night. he gets out of it almost as soon as i lay him down, but he loves being snugged all up before sleep time!
~ he loves to give high 5's
~ our boy refuses to crawl but loves to walk and is scaling furniture, walls, and anything else he can get his hands on
~ he is screecheriffic - loves the sound of his own voice
~ he's such a smiley boy and can light up a room with that smile of his :)
~ beckam is not a fan of the mama or dada sounds but loves baba
~ he's finally over his fear of sitting up in the bath and loves bath time even more now that he's conquered the slippery bathtub
~ beckam is a mover and a groover, but his favorite mode of transportation is rolling - he can get anywhere he wants until he runs into a wall or something!
~ he loves love LOVES barney, and i love my time to get things done so i love barney too!

~ becks loves anything sugar and especially loves his blueberries like grandpa hill
~ he loves animals, especially puppies and gets so excited when we even say the word puppy
~ we still haven't lowered beckam's crib mattress - he can't get to sitting or standing up position from laying down by himself for the life of him! oh and we are so ok with that little quirk!
~ i tried him out in a front facing carseat today for a little drive today to see how he liked it - loved it!
~ he's not a picky eater but refuses anything in his small baby bowl if he sees us eating something
~ beckam has his own song called "beckam boo" and likes it sung to him before every nap
~ he still can't figure out the straw thing - one day!
~ becks is an awesome nighttime sleeper but is super sensitive with naps and with sleeping anywhere else other than his crib - guess that's what we get with sleep training!
~ becks loves his dad and gets so excited when he gets home from school every day
~ he is our pride and joy, and we are loving every little phase of his little life!

beckam is growing up so much and is such a little boy now! we love it and love him and can't believe he's coming up on birthday #1 - crazy!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

3 years down!

october 21st is a special day in the tolman home. 3 years ago today, me and my bestest friend in the whole wide world tied the eternal knot :) it was one of the best days of my life, and i figured that this day is definitely worth of a little happy anniversary post! here are a few pics of me and my friend through the past few years......this 1st one came in a close runner up for wedding invite pictures - haha love it!

here's the actual wedding invite - super cute!

oh how i fondly remember the days when it was just the 2 of us.....i mean i wouldn't change anything about my life right now. beckam is the best thing that's happened to this little tolman family, but it was so much fun to be just the 2 of us!

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we have so much fun together, and i just love my friend more and more with each passing year, month, and day :) i feel lost without him and am so thankful to have him by my side every step of the way.

here we are 2 weeks after beckam was born, and we fell right into family life with a baby and have loved every minute of being parents to our cute little man!

obviously, life changes a lot after having kids, but i am thankful for the change because my love for dust has grown as i've watched him work so very hard for our family and as i've witnessed his amazing love for his son. i know i've said this before, but he really is the best dad ever!

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we just got some family pics, and here are a few from our sneak peak. it's hard to believe that we've been married for 3 years, but i am happy to report that we are more in love and happier than ever before! marriage is awesome, and i'm just so thankful that i married my best friend and that we get to be together forever :) love you 9,478,247,098,346,967,234,865,532 friend!!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

pumpkins pumpkins everywhere!

there are some really great things about living in portland, and one of them is the fields ripe for harvest! i know that there are berries and fruit and veggies grown back home, but there are such fun places to go and experience the harvest here, and we love it!!! our berry picking day was so much fun, and the next stop for us was the pumpkin patch :)



we had sooo much fun with all of the orange fun our at liepold farms in boring (yup - i said boring), oregon!



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they had lots of fun for the kids, and i guess you can call me a kid cuz my favorite thing was the sandbox with corn kernels instead of sand! me and becks loved it :)


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dust has a thing for pumpkin carving and has a lot more halloween spirit than me, so he had to be the one to pick our pumpkin. he was so proud of this 36lb beauty, and we can't wait to carve it up and cook us up some pumpkin seeds! beckam, on the other hand, chose this cute little pumpkin for his very own!


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beckam just loved walking around from pumpkin to pumpkin and just being outside of course. there was lots to look at and lots to do, and we will definitely hit up the pumpkin patch again next year!

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