Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where did my little girl go???

This is a true story that I am not exaggerating about that happened last week. I am a little embarrassed to admit it but it just shows how much my kids are growing up!

We had been at the pool all day and came home to take showers and get ready for the evening plans. I was sitting on the couch downstairs when a strange girl walked through the room right in front of me towards the kitchen. I literally thought "what random neighborhood kid is in my house?!" She looked about 10 years old. And then I quickly realized it was just Olivia. But she was tan, and taller, and looked older, and I'd never seen the outfit she had on and when she walked back in and out I had to sneak a pic to prove that I'm not crazy! She looks grown up!
Since then I've been trying to hold her like a baby in my lap more often and not convince her that she'll change her mind one day when she tells me she's going to live with me forever.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oregon Adventures: Portland Getaway

Ryan and I got to getaway on our own while in Oregon. We twisted Grandma's arm until she said she'd keep the kids...just kidding...she happily did it. Or at least she made us think she was happily doing it. Grandmas are great like that. Anyway thanks Rick and Mona!!
We did all the touristy things we hadn't done yet in all our years of going to Oregon. This included the Pittock Mansion, Japanese Gardens, International Rose test garden, and Oregon History Museum. Of course we threw in the obvious trip to Powell's. And we dined at some amazing places. The kind where I was like moaning and saying I wanted to marry my food after each bite amazing. So do yourself a favor and eat at Tasty and Alder if you're in Portland and get the apple brined pork chop if it's on the menu that day. And then at some point check out Salt n Straw for ice cream. The obvious choice for donuts is Voodoo but I'd been there and the better choice is Donut Byte Labs food truck bc you can sample more flavors because the donuts are tiny...and DELCIOUS!
Anywhere here are the pics of our adventures! First stop the Pittock Mansion. The house is pretty amazing even though most of the furniture isn't original. There was a field trip going on so even though we escaped OUR kids we didn't escape ALL kids. Ha! The views from outside of the city below are pretty gorgeous.

This may not be the current minimalist trend but you can still appreciate that detailed craftsmanship!
Pretty genius sink with drain you could lower or raise to prevent overflowing.
Kinda want to steal that puppet stage toy! 
We spent a little bit of time at the International Rose Test Garden. Apparently there was a headset tour of sorts because there would be number stops by certain roses. We laughed trying to think about what they could possibly be saying. Stop number 5....you're looking at a rose. Stop number 6...here's another rose. Stop number 7...you guessed it, it's a rose!
Yes we did literally stop to smell the roses.
Ryan said it was silly to take pics of just the flowers so I posed with one.
I think there are over 500 varieties here. It smelled nice.
Then we went across the street to the Portland Japanese Garden. It was very tranquil and serene and I'm really glad we didn't have kids with us or they would've been jumping the subtle fences and messing up the zen rock garden patterns!
It was a truly gorgeous place and would be so nice if all landscape could be as thoughtfully incorporated as this place!
We stayed in a newly renovated Hilton downtown and had a pretty nice view from the top floor. 
Here's the foodie pics. 
I forget what flavors we got but I know the words ganache, honey, strawberry, balsamic vinaigrette were in the titles and they were delish!
The Oregon Historical Society had some good exhibits about the state and a traveling exhibit about JFK. We could check out a museum pass from the Newberg library which is a pretty cool thing.
My favorite thing was in the kids area where they asked questions and posted different answers from the field trip kids. The one asked why your family lived in Oregon and the answer "to escape the perils of Sacramento" hahahaha! Funny kid
I think that concludes our 12 day adventure in Portland...it took me so long to post this that now it's time for our next big adventure to Michigan next week!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oregon Adventures: Beverly Beach

We took a little side trip for two nights with Grandma and Grandpa to Beverly Beach State Park which I've decided is the best of both worlds....luscious forest and trees to hike in AND a beach to play in the sand (and water in if you're brave enough)! You camp on one side of the bridge and beach on the other. It's quite amazing. In our case the camping was glamping in the RV. 
It really is the best way to travel! 
 If you're not the driver that is. Ha!
Our RV spot was right by the stream.
Nature's playground was fun but plastic playgrounds are fun too!
Here are the Beach shots from the trip
While my girls were more daring and brave in the water (Liv even wore her swimsuit one day without complaining!) the rest of us stuck to mostly winter gear while we played in the sand.  
A homemade seesaw from driftwood
I have a hard time of narrowing these photos down. The sandy beach is my happy place and my kids are the most beautiful people to me....so favorite place + favorite people = too many pics. I get it, but it's MY blog so there!
 
This is what Grandpa likes to do on the beach....
  
How many pics of Haven running in the sand is enough. 100? 1000? 
 The forest pics.  
 My girl hasn't met a tree yet that she hasn't tried to climb. And these ginormous trees with their big gnarly exposed roots were calling her name. We did a lot of offroading from the path so she could explore. She's a "road less traveled" type of person!
Confession: This is a series of photos that ultimately led me to pee in my pants on our hike. Like an embarrassing amount of pee in my pants. Like I had to hand wash them in the sink and they never dried because it's not exactly sunny in Oregon. (luckily I had other pairs) Ryan was doing a real good job of velocirapting or wild boar chasing Olivia in the woods and it made me laugh entirely too much.
 You had to be there.
A game of thrones stump. (no she doesn't watch the show, and neither do we but I did read a few of the books)
 
Haven even got in on the hiking one day...but it wasn't without a lot of tears at first begging to be carried. Once she saw big sis go adventuring though she wanted a taste.
Lil Explorer.
This is a very Lorax type pose.
They found some good walking sticks.
And hidey holes
We discovered some huuuuge banana slugs that I couldn't bring myself to take a photo of because I got creeped out just looking at them.
Ok you just THOUGHT the beach pics were done but here's a few more.... 
 
Livin that motor home life....
Liv loved sleeping in the bunk. Ryan and Haven slept on the fold out sofa (she woke up too many times on the floor) and I slept on the table bed. The grandparents got the bed of course. Thanks to a sound machine and maybe a little medication I slept great! Thanks to lots of outdoor activity the kids slept great too.
COFFEE CAAAAKE!
On the way home Haven crashed after an EPIC tantrum because she didn't want to leave the beach, and I got to walk like a half mile carrying a flailing screaming toddler back to the RV...it's how I stay so physcially fit! I opted to stay in the motorhome so she could nap instead of dining in a restaurant with the fam. I enjoyed the quiet and the Dr. Pepper through a redvine even more.
The key to family vacations is finding that balance of together time and alone time. It was a pretty perfect trip to Beverly Beach! (....except for that tantrum, I'm looking at you Havey poo)

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