Spring Break: Early Travel with a Late Start

A 6:05 a.m. flight always seems like a good idea when you’re booking flights - “We’ll get there early and not waste a whole day of travel.” However, it’s not until the few days before, or in our case, the night before, when you realize it also means you have to physically be in the car by 4 a.m. to make said flight on time.

March 27th, 2013 0 comments on the road

Spring Break!

Gavin’s start of Kindergarten this year brought with it a phenomenon Kenny and I haven’t seen since our college hey-days: Spring Break. Woo hoo!

We decided at the start of the school year that we’d book a trip (i.e. there was no way I was taking off and sitting in my house for a full week. Since I work from home, I really don’t like

March 26th, 2013 0 comments Disneyland, on the road

Fun Fact Involving French Fries

Did you know this?

That Oregon + Idaho = Ore-Ida?

I am sure everyone knows this but me.

I rarely buy Ore-Ida products, but I grabbed a bag at the store today to keep on hand for when I need a quick side. I guess if I ever stopped to think about it for more than two seconds before dumping the bag contents on a tray,

March 22nd, 2013 0 comments live

Got to Use my Oregon’s Drivers License

I got to test out my freshly minted Oregon driver's license when I was back home a few weeks ago.

I stopped at the liquor store on the way to my parents' house one night.

I got carded. Since I am closer to 40 than 30, this was very exciting. Until it wasn't.

I handed the gal my license.

She goes: "OMG! Where are you

March 18th, 2013 0 comments live

Look, Dad!

I found the family car from my childhood - a little beat up, but alive and well right here in Portland!


Bad shot, but we were driving and the camera wasn't cooperating. No worries, though. You can still tell it's a rad, two-toned pale blue station wagon with rear-facing seats in the way back. :)


March 15th, 2013 0 comments portlandish

Wall in the Master Bedroom

Ta da! Master bedroom. Another wall done...for now. Haha. I only say that because of my fickle design preferences - I am sure I will tire of the color scheme / layout at some point. :)

I made the art above the bed. Black / white / gray / yellow scrapbook paper in different designs. Frames from IKEA.  In my head, it was a grid layout, but

March 11th, 2013 0 comments our house

Oregon’s Got Huge Worms

On a recent family outing, Grace shouted, "OH MY GOODNESS - LOOK AT THAT HUGE WORM."

See worm:













(It's in the grass between the lease sign and the yellow power line in case you missed it. Oh, and obviously, it's not a worm. It's a pipe.)


March 7th, 2013 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Rocked Dinner: Steak and Potatoes

Oh, but it was so much fancier than just steak and potatoes.

It was a marinated London Broil broiled to perfection.

Twice baked potatoes topped with a broccoli spear.

Carmelized onions.

Garlicky roasted mushrooms.


I love London Broil. I know I may be causing steak / beef lovers across America to grimace with this statement, but when it's done right, it's really quite good.

March 6th, 2013 0 comments dinner that was rocked

Grandmoms and Angels

Before we left for Philadelphia and when we got there, a few folks asked about how I'd handle telling Grace why we were going home and what I'd be doing with her for the funeral. We typically try to be as honest as we can with our kids - based on what we think they can handle, what they actually need to know and making sure

March 5th, 2013 0 comments live

“Girls’ Trip!”

My grandmother passed away last weekend. And while she finally found peace at the end of a long road in a nursing home with a quality of life that decreased with each passing year, her deterioration over the week prior and final passing was sad and unexpected. I wanted to be with my family during this time. It was really weird to be so far

March 3rd, 2013 0 comments live

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