Polar Express – December 22, 2012

December 26th, 2012 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (2 Comments)

The weekend before Christmas we took Gavin for a ride on The Polar Express, and to visit Santa at the North Pole!  Gavin had a blast playing in the snow and riding on a train (his first time).  We’re definitely going to head back to the Polar Express in the years to come!

The Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, AZ.


A really neat old train.


Gavin having fun playing in the snow.


Sipping on some hot chocolate (Gavin calls it hot coffee).

A special present from Santa!


Mommy and Gavin snuggling.


Our silly little guy.


A view of the train depot.


Easter – 2012

April 15th, 2012 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (1 Comments)

We’ve been in Seattle for about a year now, and last Sunday marked our 2nd Easter away from home. We would’ve loved to spend time with the rest of our family, but the flights to So Cal were so darn expensive. We still had a great Easter on our own and Gavin had a blast.

We started things off on Saturday by decorating hard boiled eggs. Gavin started with a nice multicolored egg, but with his second egg moved into the dunking phase. He kept dunking his egg, and hand, into each color for a good 30 minutes until they we’re both a nice dark green/purple color.

On Sunday morning Gavin woke up and found a surprise from the Easter bunny!

After he loaded up on candy he was ready to go on an egg hunt! The Easter bunny hid eggs all around and Gavin ran around searching and gathering them up. This year was his first real Easter egg hunt, and he loved it!

Chanin worked her usual magic in the kitchen and whipped up deviled eggs, potato cheese casserole, green beans with bacon, honey glazed ham, green salad with homemade dressing and rolls. Later, we finished it off with strawberry shortcake. Mmmmm…

We had a nice Easter and our little guy had a lot of fun!

Click the button below to view a full screen slideshow!

For Father’s Day 2011 Chanin and Gavin took me to Rainin’ Ribs (menu) for some finger lickin’ good BBQ.

I ordered the 1/2 rack of baby backs with fried pickles, hush puppies, and a Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale to wash it all down.  Chanin ordered the “Who’s Your Mama” with a side of Brunswick Stew.  The “Who’s your mama” is a humongous pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw piled on top.  Both the ribs and pulled pork were smoked perfectly and very tasty (all smoking is done on site with fruit woods).   All of the sides were very good as well, with the hush puppies being the unexpected favorite.  They were fried up just right and had a hint of jalapeno in the batter.  Little Gavin munched on home-made french fries and sweet corn bread.  YUM!

Eatin’ ribs with my two favorite people while overlooking Lake Washington on a Sunday afternoon.  You can’t ask for a better Father’s Day than that!


This year we were really excited to celebrate Gavin’s 1st Halloween!  A couple months ago we started looking for a costume and thought about dressing Gavin as an Ewok, Yoda, or Chewbacca.  But, once we saw the Darth Vader costume we knew it was the one.  The first one we purchased was too small so we ended up getting a size 1-2T for our tall boy.  Isn’t he just the cutest Darth Vader ever?!

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After getting Gavin all dressed up, and after taking a few pictures, we headed out to go trick-or-treating with our neighbors and their little guy.

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Of course, Mommy and Daddy had to dress up as well.

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As a part of the Halloween festivities we also carved a few pumpkins.  We wanted to do the Yo Gabba Gabba theme since it’s Gavin’s favorite show!

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And, Chanin made some roasted pumpkin seeds.  Yuuummmmm…

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Grandma was in town (from Idaho) to celebrate Halloween with us this year.  We’ll post some more pictures later of Gavin with Grandma!

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1st Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

October 26th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in baby | Family | holiday - (4 Comments)

Our little dude was born shortly after Halloween last year so this year will be his first time celebrating the spooktacular day.  We already have the costume ready and the trick-or-treat plans have been made (and will include Grandma from Idaho!).  So, of course, we took Gavin to the pumpkin patch for the 1st Annual Carr Family Pumpkin Picking Parade (yeah, I just made that up, so what?!).

After some Internet research we decided to head to Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, AZ.

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When we first arrived we picked mommy and daddy pumpkins.

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Gavin had a lot of fun playing in the pumpkin patch and really loved the hay!  So much that he started to eat it.

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At the farm Gavin got to pick a little pumpkin and decorate it.  We turned into competitive parents and tried to find all of the best stickers for our little pumpkin head.

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After elbowing all of the other parents out of the way we strolled around to look at the animals and took a little hayride.

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We had loads of fun at the pumpking patch and are looking forward to carving them up and roasting some pumpkin seeds.  YUUUMMM…..

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Here’s the slideshow with many more pics of the little guy.

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Baby’s 1st Christmas

December 27th, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in baby | holiday - (5 Comments)

This year baby Gavin celebrated his first Christmas!  He pretty much slept through the festivities but we think he was excited when he saw all of his presents.  So excited he peed his diaper (or maybe that was just from the formula)!


We had a lot of fun with the little guy and we’re looking forward to when he’s a little older and gets excited about a visit from Santa.  


Santa Baby


Gavin Opening a Gift


Best Gift of All


Family Photo




Meeting Santa…

December 22nd, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in baby | holiday - (2 Comments)

This past Saturday was a big day for little Gavin.  It was his first time meeting Santa!  


We braved the frigid Arizona weather (OK, it was probably in the 40’s) and went to a local Santa location.  Luckily, there is a very kind and generous family in Maricopa that allows Santa to set up shop for the local kids to visit.  They don’t charge for photos and only ask for donations which benefit other Maricopa citizens.  


Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…..the pictures!




Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1st, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in holiday - (1 Comments)

OK, so we’re a little late but better late than never!

***  Happy Thanksgiving!  ***

Chanin’s parents were in town and her Mom cooked up a mean turkey dinner.  If they hadn’t come to visit we probably would’ve had Thanksgiving dinner at McDonalds.  So anyway we had:

  • Roasted Turkey
  • Yams with Marshmallows on Top.
  • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
  • Green bean Casserole
  • Cornbread Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie


Chanin and I helped out with the green bean casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce but Chanin’s mom did the rest.  It was a lot of work and we’re very thankful we were able to have a nice Thanksgiving with our new addition and some of our family members.  I wanted to give Gavin a turkey leg to suck on but decided against it.

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