Budding Portland Personalities

One of the best parts of momming is watching the personalities of your children unfurl before your eyes - even when you are shocked by things they pick up outside the home.  Recently, I have been particularly taken by how much friends influence them - even at the young ages of 5 and 4. (Not sure what I expected here. To send them to school

July 26th, 2012 0 comments live

Stop Barking!

Our neighbor behind us likes to put his dog out back. No big deal. Except that the dog is sad out there. So he barks. And barks. Barks. Barks. Barks. Aaaaaand barks. This seems to happen mostly on Friday evenings. You know -  after a long week, after we put the kids in bed and just want to sit on the couch, veg, watch t.v.

July 23rd, 2012 0 comments live

This is a Blog about Broccoli

So, it turns out I should have researched "vegetable plant size" before I willy-nilly shoved a bunch o' veggies in the beds next to my house. But had I done that this blog about broccoli might have been rather boring. Really though, it's still a blog about growing broccoli in Portland, so chances are it's going to be sort of boring - but I hope

July 14th, 2012 0 comments city girl with a garden, live

Low Tide Finds at Indian Beach

My favorite part of our trip to Indian Beach in Ecola State Park was walking around the areas of the beach that were exposed during low tide. I especially loved watching Gavin peeking around and under the rocks, seeing what he could dig up and scream with delight every time he found something. He loves to explore and I love that he loves that.


July 13th, 2012 1 comment live

Scenes from Indian Beach at Ecola State Park

One of my favorite parts of driving out to the coast is the scenery along the way. There are a number of farms and small businesses along the way before you hit the mountains. Oh, and I love that I have to drive through the mountains to get to the beach. In Philadelphia, the beach and the mountains were two very separate (but fun!) experiences,

July 12th, 2012 1 comment live

Escaping the Summer Heat at Ecola State Park

I know I really can't complain much about the West Coast heat considering my friends and family back East have been melting in a muggy heat wave - some even doing so without power due to some crazy summer storms. The mugginess is one thing I do not miss. AT ALL. There really is nothing worse than showering, feeling fresh and clean, and then walking

July 10th, 2012 1 comment live, things we do in portland

Happy 4th of July!

We're going to celebrate with a block party. Ahhhhh. This brings back old school memories of growing up in Philadelphia! (Except my best friends aren't coming over to sit on my fronts steps like we're too cool to live while we secretly check out the guys up the street and hope more of their friends show up. I also will not be wearing a dog

July 4th, 2012 0 comments live

Beavers? Duckers? Say What Now?

Grace recently asked me this with enough earnest to make you think she's counting the minutes until college football returns: "Mom - are you a Beaver? or a Ducker?"

Uhhhhhhhhh... (I stalled while trying to figure out what was happening.) "What?"

Grace was losing patience and threw her arms out and said - "Do you like the Beavers? or the Ducks? Who is your favorite?"

July 3rd, 2012 0 comments live

Road Trip: Maui – Nature Shots

One of the best parts of moving to the West Coast is that you are much, much closer to Hawaii. This is a big bonus for me this year, since I've had to go two times in six months for work.

During my trip in January, I got to explore Maui ... you know, to test it out and make sure it was a suitable

July 1st, 2012 0 comments live

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