2014

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Welcome to LaceyVigor 2014. Where I will continue to have no general theme to this site and just write whatever the heck I feel like.

Tyrel and I had a good discussion recently on one of our ‘State of the Union’ chats (“union” = our marriage). We talked about all sorts of goals. Any and all goals pertaining to the subcategories of our life you could think of. I had pretty much given up on this blog because I thought it had to look a certain way if I were going to publish stuff consistently. Our conversation went something like this:

T: Why don’t you blog anymore?

L: Because I feel stupid doing it. I feel like by blogging I’m pridefully assuming people care about our lives and what I have to say. As if any of it is super important.

T: Oh, is that why you have [X] number of readers on a regular basis?

L: [insert eye roll or something]

T: I’m just saying, I think you’re happier when you have a creative outlet and I really love it when you write. Because I think you’re good at it. I wish you’d reconsider your decision to stop.

L: Well, I’m not going to do it anymore.

[Confession: I’m most stubborn in refusing to do something when I feel like I’m being pushed against my will.]

Here’s the conclusion. Because Tyrel is one of the best humans, what he says/suggests/encourages holds significant worth that I’d be a fool not to consider. So, now that Consideration Phase is complete, I want you to know Lacey Vigor will continue after it’s long vacation. And I’m excited for 2014!

Here’s some honesty:

The largest contributing hindrance to writing this blog was fear. I have a very diverse group of friends and not-so-diverse family. So I found myself writing to please one audience or the other. “If I write about [x] will that offend my friends? And if I write about [x] will that offend my family?” So, in moving forward, please know this:

I may “offend” you but that’s not my intent.

  • In a culture where we have become grossly obsessed with “intolerance”, I think our dinner parties have gotten a lot more boring because we fear we’ll come across as intolerant if we openly discuss our differing viewpoints. But I love hearing people talk about their education/life experiences/upbringing that lead them to their spiritual beliefs and political viewpoints and opinions on controversial issues. And that’s because I love people and those “forbidden” topics are often the ones that provide the most insight into a person’s personhood. So I don’t want fear to prevent me from showing you my true colors, because I don’t desire that for you, either.

I don’t maintain this blog to…

  1. Show you how awesome my life is #humblebrag
  2. Make money and get free stuff
  3. Convince you that my opinions and thoughts are of highest importance <– definitely not that.

I do maintain this blog because…

  1. My husband thinks I should and he tells me I’m good at it and that makes me feel good
  2. I enjoy setting an example of authenticity even if that means showing you photos of my gnarly feet
  3. I love reading your comments and emails you send. Please continue to do so! I read every single email.

Thanks for reading LaceyVigor you crazy weirdo. Now get off your rump and go do something.

Seabrook Celebration

I got to spend an whole weekend surrounded by some of the most amazing women I have ever met. 20 of them in total, to be specific.

My good friend Amy invited us all out to Seabrook which is located in Pacific Beach, Washington, to celebrate her birthday!

Meet Amy! Isn’t she beautiful?

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We all rented a house on the coast and one of the first things we did when we got there was sprint out to the ocean in typical Amy/Lana fashion. Pacific waters are cold.

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And of course we took the obligatory “jump in place” photo.

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Bet you could never guess which feet are mine. Hint: look for the black rotting toenails and the bunions. Sexy.

We spent a lot of time hanging out, talking, and laughing!

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A lot of time was spent walking along the beach. Here are several photos to serve as a visual explanation as to why the majority of our time was spent outside…

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Sunset from the deck of the house…

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I’m not much of a chit-chat kind of gal, and knowing that there would be 20 women (most of whom I did not know) staying in one house, sort of made me want to shrink inside myself. It is challenging when you encounter women who just want to talk about throw pillows and bargains and make up and celebrity gossip and their husbands’ flaws. Those topics aren’t my forte. BUT this was not the case this weekend! When everyone under one roof knows and loves the Lord, you skip the “getting to know you” phase and get right to the heart of the matter and talk about real life stuff with vulnerability and authenticity because even if you’re not perfect, you know it’s all covered by grace. With that said, I had some great conversations that I will undoubtedly remember for a lifetime because of the wisdom and perspective I gleaned from them.

Here are a few of the members of “the league of extraordinary women” as I like to call them collectively…as I fondly reminisce. 🙂

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I was seriously so humbled to be included in this group of amazing women! I have now forcefully clawed my way into new friendships and will henceforth force every single one of them to hang out with me as often as possible.

Very thankful for this friend right here!
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What relationships are you thankful for today? 

Have you ever been in the Pacific Ocean?

The Caldwells in Seattle

Tyrel’s older sister, Autum, and her husband, David, came to Seattle to visit us! It was so much fun having them here. I earnestly try to convince them to move here. In very subtle ways, of course. Can’t be obvious about it. Doesn’t work as well that way.

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I feel like you should meet them. You’d benefit from knowing these two. Autum and David are the types that bring you fresh herbs from their garden at home as a kind gesture “just because” – that’s awesome.

Reasons why you should be friends with Autum: she’s the type of girl that you can have an intelligent conversation with and then five minutes later be doing something ridiculously silly with – she has a very dynamic personality in that way. She’s also the type of person that will order the strangest looking item on the menu for the sheer adventure of it. Being very well-cultured, I always learn something new when I spend time with her.

Reasons why you should be friends with David: he’s one of the most even-tempered individuals I’ve ever met. Sometimes, I secretly hope someone will say or do something that will set him off just so I can see how he reacts. (Is that weird of me? Probably.) But, alas, he’s been a part of the family for a year now and it hasn’t happened and I honestly wonder if it ever will. He’s effortlessly able to form a connection with literally anyone of any age, background, or nationality.

So, now that you really want to be friends with them (as you should), you are now obligated to help me convince them to move here. 🙂
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We celebrated David’s birthday by going to Umi for Sushi. Best sushi I’ve had so far in Seattle.

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And we did a trapeze class at Emerald City Trapeze Arts which was LOADS of fun! I think I’m going to encourage Ty to try out for Cirque du Soleil because he is a 6 foot 4 inch mass of sheer gracefulness, that one. Maybe he can join these two in their next act?

This is where the magic happened. I would definitely go back.

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The trapeze class was in an area we hadn’t spent much time in – Georgetown. We were going to tour a brewery but when that fell through, we decided we’d wander around and have a beer somewhere anyway. We felt like we stepped out of the car and into another era. (Have you ever experienced that?) Everything looked and felt like it was a thriving metropolis decades ago (which, turns out it was) but now it felt like a ghost town. It was kind of seedy…kind of antiquated…and a whole lotta awesome. Naturally.

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From inside the bar “9 LB Hammer” where we sat for a little while eating cupcakes we brought with us (for David’s birthday) and having a beer.

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We visited the Ballard Locks as the mature salmon were making their way up the salmon ladder from the Puget Sound to spawn in the creeks they were born in. (Maybe one day I’ll devote a whole post to salmon. Very interesting lives they lead!)

Hi Mr. Salmon. I want to eat you.

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Autum’s one thing she wanted to make sure we squeezed in while they were here, was to grub on some fresh oysters. So of course we took them to Taylor Shellfish.

Tyrel is a kid in a candy store. Can you tell?

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We tried geoduck sashimi because none of us had had it before and, let me tell you, it was delicious. It’s a cross between the texture of calamari and an oyster (I think).

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OYSTERS. Sad to think they were alive 5 minutes before this photo was taken. But not as sad once they were in our bellies. For the record, Virginica oysters are the yummiest oyster I’ve eaten. “A sharp brine gives way to a delightful buttery finish” – said the Taylor Shellfish employee when asked which oyster he’d recommend. Spot on, shellfish man. Spot. On.

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I love them. I’m pretty convinced they’ll move here eventually.

[Ever tried oysters or flying trapeze? What did you think?]

[For you Washingtonians, where are some of your favorite places you take visitors when they’re in town?]