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Since our baby is due in May, Kara and I thought it would be fun to take one last trip, a “babymoon”, before we got too close to the big day and our lives change forever.  We wanted to go somewhere a bit warmer than Boston, but we didn’t need to do the beach thing.  Since we have never been to New Orleans, we thought we’d give it a try.  Just the place to take a pregnant lady, right?

Kara and Baby in New Orleans!

We had planned the trip weeks in advance, and little did we know that the Saints would be playing in the NFC championship game the weekend we were in town!  It electrified the city and made a fun weekend even better.

See more pics and learn more about our trip, after the jump.

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Flip Flop Boots

I’ve been wanting to share this story from our trip to Oregon and Washington for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

While at the Portland Saturday Market, we saw some interesting fashion: footwear that was a cross between boots and flip-flops. They were so interesting that we sneakily took a picture.

Flip Flop Boots #1

One more picture after the jump.

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Tom and I were back home in upstate New York to celebrate his father’s 60th birthday this weekend. We took Monday off of work, and as part of the celebrations the whole family spent the afternoon at Saratoga Racetrack.

Jockey on horse 4

I grew up going to the races, and was really happy to be there for the first time in a year or two. Saratoga is a beautiful Victorian racetrack with a lot of charm.

Saratoga sign

Grandstand

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I was really impressed with the wonderful scenery Tom and I saw when we were on vacation in Oregon and Washington.

Stream and moss

While in Portland, I wanted to buy some yarn that reflected the environment around me so that I could knit a vacation memory. I bought three balls of Aslantrends Bariloche kettled dyed yarn from the Knit Knot Studio in Portland. It’s a great yarn full of greens, blues, browns and grays. I think it is a good reflection of the beautiful colors of nature I saw on vacation.

Aslantrends yarn
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One of the great things about our vacation was that Tom and I got to stay in a rented cabin in Walla Walla. Not only did it have great views, but we were able to cook out every night. We don’t have a grill in our Boston apartment, so we took full advantage of the grill at our Walla Walla house, cooking out every night and eating dinner while watching the sun set.

table view

Pizza details

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Hood River

Walla Walla

Tom and Kara smile

Tom and Kara Laugh

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Tom and I are still on vacation but I wanted to post about my travel craft kit for the trip. I’m actually quite proud of it, because it’s very different than what I usually bring on vacations. Ever since I started knitting over 6 years ago, I never travel without a project. I’ve lost the capacity to sit still without doing something with my hands, so I need to pack a craft activity for the flight or car ride.

What excites me about this travel craft kit is that it’s not knitting. That’s really unusual for me. (Excuse the glare in this photo, it was taken at night)
Travel kit

What’s inside?

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