100 posts later...

Ahem... hello.  AC here. This is my 100th post on the blog! Yes, we are still alive and well! Just slacking off the blog again recently. A lot has happened since I last posted!

- Turner turned ONE!

We celebrated this guy's birthday with Jesse's family while visiting Edisto Island, SC the weekend before his birthday, again with just our family of 3 on his birthday, with friends later that week, and again with my parents a few weeks after his birthday when they came here to visit.  4 birthday parties means 4 cakes and lots of fun! I can't believe he is one year old.

- We found out that we are expecting Baby English #2!

BIG surprise here.  I was having some suspicions that I might be pregnant so Jesse convinced me to go ahead and take a test.  I was reluctant to take one, because I was scared of what it was going to say.  Is that bad to admit?  We were hoping to start trying for #2 in the coming months, but I wasn't sure I was ready for it yet.  The two kiddos will be about 19 months apart and as time has gone on, we have gotten really excited about adding another person to our family.  It really is such a huge blessing and I keep daydreaming about this new little one. Another boy?  Little girl? I am 14 weeks along, so we've made it to the wonderful 2nd trimester! Baby English #2 is due on October 2.

- We are moving to Portland, OR this summer!
So, in Jesse becoming a Presidential Management Fellow, part of the requirements of this position is to do a 4 month detail (think 'rotation') in another part of the Forest Service to gain diversified experience.  So this summer we will be living in Portland, OR while Jesse works in the Regional Office in Portland as well as the Gifford Pinchot National Forest office in Vancouver, WA.

Check out this video of the Pacific Northwest National Forest:

Very cool. We are really excited about this experience!  We have a place to live in Portland and have found some pretty great tenants to sublease our place here in Del Ray. Very thankful for that! Jesse and Maggie head out on Monday, April 8 (Jesse's birthday) to begin their trek across to US and Turner and I will fly out to meet them in Portland on Saturday, April 13.  We will be back in the DC area mid-August.

- Kelley and Trae are engaged!
A few weeks ago, Trae proposed to Kelley one day after school and they are getting married on July 20!  We are so excited for them to begin their life together as husband and wife.  I am extremely honored to stand beside Kelley that day as her matron of honor and Jesse is excited be one of Trae's groomsmen!  Wedding planning is in full swing! We will be flying back to MS mid July for the wedding and Turner and I will most likely be staying in MS until it's time to come back to DC.  We are so excited for Trae to be joining the family!

- Turner is walking!
T man started walking a little over a week ago and it is SO MUCH FUN! He is so much happier now that he can walk around.  He looks like a little frankenstein. Maggie is his best friend and he loves to now chase her around the house.

-Turner got his first big boy haircut!
Last Saturday we took Turner to Westover Barber Shop for his first haircut.  This place is known for little kid haircuts and I'm so glad we went! Annie did a fabulous job and Turner had his first sucker afterward. They take each kid's picture after their haircut and later add it to the wall.  The place is covered in pictures of adorable little kids. Jesse even got his haircut too. (Not just for kids!)

I guess that is all that we have been up to recently. Ha. Hopefully I won't have SO MUCH to post next time.  I'll try to do better to keep all of you updated on our life in Portland!


  1. Oh, AC... You are going to LOVE Portland!! the pacific northwest is one of my favorite parts of this country and I know y'all will fall in love with it too. And CONGRATS on baby #2!! Having them so close together will be so much fun... they will be little playmates!

  2. Two babies!!! I'm so excited for you! Is it a huge difference to go from the East Coast to the West Coast? We would love to live in Portland at some point. I'll have to get your impression of the city after you've been there a while! Have such a fun summer!

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