‘Family’ Posts(47)

The quick brown fox jumped over the good, but lazy Parker family.

Travel: Rose Garden, Portland

Saturday, 1 July 2006

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Just outside of the Japanese Garden is a HUGE Rose Garden, which serves as a kind of public square for Portland families. The garden has hundreds of different kinds of roses, each layed out in 8 foot by 2 foot plots, side-by-side and end-to-end across acres of land. It’s simply overwhelming.

Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
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Travel: Japanese Garden, Portland

Saturday, 1 July 2006

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Summer vacation, finally, and I am hanging with the hippies of Portland, Oregon.

Part of the Oregon Zoo complex on the outskirts of Portland is a Japanese Garden, which is maticulously maintained. It’s rare that I feel like something was worth the cost of admission, but here not only was it a steal, I felt that my $8 was actually being folded back into the park itself. I can’t imagine how much they spend to keep this place up, but it is certainly more the cost of admission.

Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
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Wedding: Full Steam Ahead

Monday, 29 May 2006

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Success. My parents just left after a really nice six day visit. We’re still engaged. During their time here we managed to tackle quite a few wedding details in addition to sight seeing, touring museums, and eating lots of crab cakes at Eastern Market.

Last weekend we took them to see the leading contender for the reception, The Heritage Inn and also look at the Primitive Baptist Church and Presbyterian Church in Clifton. Everyone was in agreement that Clifton, VA is a beautiful town and perfect spot for our wedding.

Right now we’re leaning toward using the Presbyterian Church. They are in the middle of expanding the church facilities but we were able to see the sanctuary. We loved it — the wood pews with carvings, the huge windows, and a bell with a real bell pull in the back of the sanctuary.

The biggest challenge will be picking out bridesmaid dresses that work well with the deep, vibrant red front curtain, pew cushions, and carpet. Oh, and there’s no center isle, so we’ll need to research if there are rules or superstitions that determine if it’s better to walk down the left or right aisle.

This past week I also finally managed to ask my bridal party to be part of our wedding: Christy is my m.o.h. (maid of honor). My bridesmaids are Melissa and sisters, Joanna and Nadine. Thankfully everyone said yes! Photos will follow soon … maybe.

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Wedding: The Attendants, Part I — A New Hope

Monday, 1 May 2006

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With The Lady Sparkler out of town reprising her role as big muckety-muck at a “conference” in some posh resort in the hills of Virginia, I took the opportunity make a couple of “Hey, I’m throwing a wedding, do you want to be an attendant?” phone calls.

Actually, my brother Collin came on board as best man when we talked the night after the proposal, but the rest signed on yesterday and today.

Chrissy, my best friend from William & Mary, happily agreed to join the very selective society of groomsmaid. (Does my use of the gender-ambiguous word “attendants” seem less awkward, now?) John (remember that “h”, it will become more confusing in a moment) also seemed very happy and willing, though this probably makes him eligible for some kind of veteran / valor / danger pay as he’s been putting up with me since sixth grade. Finally, I asked Jon (without the “h” and very territorial about it) today at work, and he agreed as well … tho he IS my Siamese twin, so it would have been pretty awkward if he had said “no.”

Pictures of the group below, with me showing off my stunning range of haircuts and complete inability to smile on film …

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Collin (at my W&M graduation, 1997); John (camping on the Shenandoah, 2001); Chrissy (at her wedding, 2002)’ Jonathon (at a 2005 Nationals’ game).

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Travel: Virginia Zoo, Norfolk

Saturday, 11 March 2006

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I was suprised how nice Norfolk’s zoo is … it’s pretty big, the animal displays are reasonably updated and humane looking, and the range of wildlife is pretty startling considering the location. Besides, there’s nothing like watching turtles making whoopie with your family.

Norfolk’s Virginia Zoo
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Photos: Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg

Monday, 26 December 2005

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IMG_2110.CR2, Originally uploaded by evancparker.

The family walked around Colonial Williamsburg this afternoon. Collin and I traded shots on my camera and got some great shots between the two of us. It’s something we hadn’t done together since I was in high school. I had forgotten how much fun it it.

Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
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Photos: Christmas off Hampton’s Todd’s Lane

Friday, 23 December 2005

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IMG_2035.CR2, Originally uploaded by evancparker.

Each year a neighborhood off Todd’s Lane in Hampton, Virginia, goes crazy with the Christmas lights and decoration. The houses that were decorated were just as elaborate as usual, though there did seem to be a couple fewer houses decorated this time around. Still well worth the trip.

Christmas off Hampton’s Todd’s Lane
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christmas in williamsburg

Friday, 23 December 2005

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[Jackson at his Grandparents House, Williamsburg, Virginia]
See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
christmas in williamsburg, virginia

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Travel: Burlington, Vermont

Saturday, 26 November 2005

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The rest of the family went shopping, so I slipped out and got some shots of Burlington in the snow.

Burlington, Vermont
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Travel: Essex Junction, Vermont

Thursday, 24 November 2005

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Up in Vermont at my brother’s house for Thanksgiving. For a New Englander trapped in the deep south, it’s nice to see snow when you go back home.

Essex Junction, Vermont
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