Weekend with TuTu

Ok, so we didn't spend the weekend with a ballerina's dress. Although it is on my "bucket list".

We DID spend our weekend with Kara's Mom/Caleb's grandma/My mother-in-law (you get the idea). As all grandparents know, they're supposed to be given names that a 2 year old will be able to say with ease. Since "my mom's mother" is hard to say and often would attract stares at the mall, Lani (Kara's mom) decided on "Tutu". It's the hawaiian name for grandma. Makes sense.

Last week, Kara and Caleb went with Jen Roth (our landlord and friend) and her kids to the public library for STORY TIME. Every Wednesday the library offers infants/toddlers a chance to hear a story and sing songs. Caleb had a blast.

Then on Friday, Kara & Caleb picked up Tutu at the Portland Airport. Caleb wanted to drive, but Kara said no. Daddy would have said yes. After a stop at Trader Joe's, lunch at Chicken Bar, they headed back home to pick Jeff up. The rest of the night was spent hanging out, watching a movie, and waiting for Joey & Krista (brother/sister-in-law of Jeff) to arrive. They were driving up for three reasons: (1) they enjoy being in pain, (2) they wanted to see us, well, actually Caleb, & (3) they were going to buy a Boxer puppy from a couple in Portland.

The next morning, Joey and Jeff got up to run 6 miles...for fun. No, actually it's part of our training regimen as we prepare for the half marathon in June. When Jeff had to run off to work, the whole crew headed up to Woodburn outlets for the afternoon. Joey split off from the crowd and met up with the dog owners for the switch. What a cute dog! They call him "Oskie". Don't ask. It's a football thing...you wouldn't understand.

Ally (our dog) was not sure about Oskie - given the fact that she is 4 years old and Oskie is 5 months old, and the fact that she's still in a cast. But she warmed up to him. Fun was had by all.

On Sunday, Joey & Krista went home to Redding with their new family member. Jeff led worship for the 9:30 Cedar Hall service and Kara/Tutu/Caleb attended. For the music, there was a mandolin, a violin, and my guitar. Amazing sound! IF you've never heard of or listened to Nickel Creek, go get their CD and listen to it over and over again. Then one more time. Then throw away all your other music cuz you'll never hear anything like that again.

After church we thought that Caleb might want a nap before we headed to the Gilbert House, (see earlier post) but he decided that a nap didn't sound fun. So we got him in the car and drove 5 minutes to our destination. By the time, we got there, he was (you guessed it) sawing logs in the back seat. But being the sensitive parents we are, we turned around and headed home so he could rest in peace. Ummm...NO! Daddy actually had a selfish moment and wanted him to be awake for this experience, so I woke him up from his beauty sleep and we proceeded to show Tutu what this place was all about. We were so excited because Tutu had just purchased a year long membership at the Gilbert House, which we knew we couldn't afford. Thanks Tutu. A good time was had by all. I'm not quite sure why Kara is making the face she is, but I think it had something to do with the dinosaur eggs underneath her!

Tutu and Kara had an opportunity later Sunday night to go out to a local restaurant named Bentley's for a nice grown-up dinner while Daddy did Papa Patrol. It was really good for both of them to be able to talk without being interrupted. Thanks for a great weekend Tutu...we love you.


  1. Yes! It was truly a great weekend. Delightful to play and cuddle with Caleb, fun to see the new home and neighborhood, good to be part of providing a break for Kara from the transition process. Growth can often be painful, especially so with a relocation.

    What a blessing to experience the immediate fruition of this move through seeing/hearing the spiritual joy spilling forth from Jeff as he led worship with his team. What an incredible sound was lifted up!

    All I can say is that your peace right now is seeing in action and knowing why the Lord brought you to Salem. The process of carving out your niche will fall into place piece by piece. Before you know it the picture will be complete!

    I love you Kara, Jeff, Caleb and Baby. Thanks for a wonderful time!

  2. Man, I wish I went to YOUR church for worship. I simply adore Nickel Creek. In fact, I would like to be them, ofcourse you actually have to be able to PLAY one of those 3 instruments to be them. But hey, it's my fantasy, so whatever.

    Point being, I wish I was at YOUR church listening to sweet worship instead of mine :(