Category Archives: Travels

Jensey Loves Snoqualmie

18th June 2016

If you’ve ever seen photos from our best friends getting married in Africa, you know Lorie and Jon. Lorie and I have known each other since kindergarten, been best friends since college, moved to Orlando to do the Walt Disney World College Program together, met our husbands, married our husbands, and all 4 of us moved to Nashville 5 years ago. Then Nate and I broke our parallel lives by moving back to Orlando, leaving our other-couple-half in Nashville!

Anyway, that’s our friendship in a nutshell with Lorie and Jon. Shortly after our move back to Orlando, they moved to Seattle! They’ll only be there a couple years, but I’m so glad that we were able to make the trip to see them in their new home. They’re living in downtown Seattle in a crazy fancy and cozy apartment, and while I’m longing for them to move back to Tennessee so we can be close(r) again, it was so fun seeing them in this new life!!

Now for photos from the next leg of our January snow trip! <3

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Of course, we got a cabin for the weekend with them because that’s what we do with Lorie and Jon! We visited the town of Snoqualmie, which was only ~45 minutes from Seattle. But what a difference that 45 minutes made! What was a mild, rainy day quickly turned into 30 degrees and feet of snow!

I loved our snowy cabin. <3

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She’s just being Lorie. <3

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I mean, we were living in a postcard!!

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It’s not Lorie and Jon time until the boys are doing puzzles. <3

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Down the street from our cabin was this GIIIIIIIIANT sledding hill! It was so scary but fun, and that hike back up the hill was NO joke!

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Don’t let the smiles fool you- We’re both completely out of breath here!

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Lorie had a quest all weekend to make the perfect snowball. :)

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Oh right! So we were leaving Snoqualmie around noon when we get to the freeway on-ramp in town and find this. UMMMMM. We were supposed to be flying out the next morning for a session in Canada and this had me and Nate mildly freaking out, but as always, I can’t imagine any better friends to have in this situation than Lorie and Jon.

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We learned there was only going to be one more convoy out that day and the only way to know when it was going to happen was the closed neighborhood Facebook page! They would post on there and give the residents 10 minutes. When we went back out to see if the convoy was going to go or not, they were about to leave, but we needed to run back to the cabin to grab our stuff and Mary-Kate, Lorie’s dog! We RACED back to the cabin, all of us having a specific plan of what to do and grab, came back, and the convoy had LEFT! We were told again that the cop was going to come back for one more run, so we loaded up on junk food at the gas station and prepared to wait in this line of cars for hours. Sure enough, our line of cars started moving and we were on our way!

Lorie and Jon, we love adventuring with y’all. Come visit soon! <3

Jensey Loves Quinn, Kinley, and Mari! (Part II)

11th June 2016

Make sure you’ve read part I of our Oregon trip here!

My brother and Nate went for a before sunrise snowshoe hike to grab some gorgeous photos. I don’t know what they hiked up exactly… More than a hill but not quite a mountain so whatever that’s called? :) Either way, here are some pretty phooooootos! <3

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Nate shadow camera magic!

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I love this one so much- Look at all the ski swigglies! Yes, that’s the technical term, fyi.

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Then it was back for more aunting and uncling!

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Y’all… Heart = melted.

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I’m pretty sure this is the moment he figured out parenting. <3

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Going through my DisneyRoots Instagram with Kinley and learning who everyone is. All photos of Rapunzel were “Mommy,” and every time she saw Wendy she thought it was me. I won’t say Kinley is my favorite, but I won’t deny it, either. ;)

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Loved this local restaurant they go to with a play room attached to the main dining area. We were able to eat right there and watch them- More restaurants need this!

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So, right before our trip, my best friend Jessie told me that she found a photographer Little People that looks just like me! This thing even dresses like me, wears sunglasses on her head, and holds her camera like me! It’s hilarious!! Jessie was so sweet and sent one for Quinn and Kinley. They love taking “Auntie Jensey” everywhere and yelling things like “Don’t flush Auntie Jensey down the toilet!” and “Stop biting Auntie Jensey!”

This is Auntie Jensey monitoring dinner time. :)

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Fact we learned while babysitting: Frozen veggies and first-time ever viewings of Aladdin make all boo boos better!

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I try to hand sew something special for every niece and nephew when they’re born, and this is what I made for Miss Emma. I loved seeing her play on it! :)

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The second best thing in all of Oregon to my family is Dutch Bros Coffee, mainly the location next to my brother and sister-in-law’s place. These three make every day better! And they’ve even named a coffee after my brother. :)

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Kinley, please never, ever change the way you eat. <3

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Goodbyes are never fun, but especially not on a rainy day. :( We love you, family!!

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Jensey Loves Quinn, Kinley, and Mari! (Part I)

4th June 2016

Now that we’re Florida residents again, we require one “cold” trip a year. I need to see some snow. Yearly. <3 This year’s trip happened because we needed to come see our newest beautiful niece, Mari Emma. (Or #CalimariEmma if you follow me on Instagram!)

She was born around Thanksgiving and the rest of my family was able to make trips sooner, but I’m just glad we got to see her while she was still teeeeeeny tiny. Like, pull-at-my-ovaries tiny if you know what I mean. Mari is the youngest of my brother’s 3-under-3, so she’s sure to be the strongest of all of ’em. It was so cute seeing Quinn and Kinley take to big sibling-hood and see how much they absolutely adore her. Sometimes a little too much (I’m looking at you, Kinley!)

Our trip to Oregon kicked off our three city “snow trip,” as we dubbed it. Here’s part one of this very special week! <3

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I can’t believe they’re a family of FIVE now!! :)

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The night we met Mari. Not pictured: My right hand holding my wine glass. <3

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My husband, the kid magnet. <3

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My Kinley Poppins. <3

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Favorite favorite favorite favorite. <3

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Dinner time drama. <3

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Kristin, the most supermom of them all. I’m so glad my nephew and nieces are hers!!!

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Who needs a bed when you have a perfectly good doorway? Don’t forget to click here for part Two!!!! <3

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