Monthly Archives: October 2013

Baby Portland


After our week in Bend, we were headed to Seattle. But how to get there when you have a baby who’s not a big fan of car rides? Well, you plan your trip around the baby’s naptime, of course.

We left Bend as Talvi was ready for her late morning nap and had a peaceful 3.5-hour trip to our midway point: Portland. We dropped in on the Putnams–Lexi and Jesse and the kiddos, Miette, Sebastian, and the newest addition, Soren.

We made a quick stop at the nearby park, had dinner all together, and then, just as Talvi was getting sleepy, piled back in the car for a sleepy 3-hour drive to Seattle. So, all in all, a very successful strategy. Here are some pics of our afternoon with the Putnams.

Baby Bend Family Travel


After a slightly disastrous flight home from Vermont (entirely Delta’s fault–Talvi was a total peach), we were home for a couple of days before we got right back on a plane and headed to Bend, Oregon to visit Kesa’s parents.

Bend in summer is quite spectacular. It’s warm and sunny during the day and cool at night. And most importantly, it’s dry! No humidity at all.

In Bend we discovered that grandparents’ interests (more baby!) and parents’ interest (more sleep!) align perfectly. So every morning, when Talvi would wake up at 7, we’d go dump her with the grandparents and get some much-needed rest. (Actually, I should note that we had discovered this when we took a mini-vacation to a lake in NJ with my parents earlier in August, only to rediscover it in Bend.)

Not only did we get to sleep in, we also went out three nights in a row! Neither of us could remember the last time that’d happened, but it almost certainly was before Kesa got pregnant.

Other highlights of the trip included a visit to Fields Farm (Kesa’s cousin’s organic farm), where Talvi ate raspberries and tiny cauliflower and god knows what else; a visit “backstage” to two of the twenty(!) craft breweries in Bend, thanks to Cousin James; floating down the Deschutes River in tubes; taking a hike with the cousins; and having the whole crew of cousins over for lunch.

All in all, it was a great start to our west coast swing. Here are some pictures.

Baby Travel Vermont Weddings

Weekend in Vermont

Alright, we’re terribly terribly behind, I know. Sorry :-/

So to back all the way up to late August, Talvi took her first flight–a very short one–up to Burlington, VT to attend the wedding of our good friends Chris and Laura. She was great on the plane and we arrived with no problems.

When we showed up at Hertz, they sent us into the garage to find our car, which turned out to be….a pickup truck! The bed smelled like manure and the radio was tuned to NPR, so we thought it was quite the Vermont experience.

The wedding itself was at an absolutely stunning location looking out over Lake Champlain. Talvi borrowed a dress from her Tia Lo (Dalen), who we think wore it to her 1st birthday. Talvi wasn’t quite 8 months and it just fit over her chubby arms. But she looked great and it was a beautiful day. Here are some pictures: