Earlier this month, we spent time with friends in Central Oregon (Bend!). I was terrible at documenting this trip, which I blame on being 35/36 weeks pregnant at the time.. But it wasn’t for lack of being photogenic, Oregon is beautiful! And friendly! It’s about a nine hour drive from us with some really dramatic backdrops, from desert stretches to incredible views of Mount and Lake Shasta; there are some nothingness moments where we started to use our imaginations. We didn’t pull out any shows to watch on the way up and let Luke (Kate too) enjoy the views. We did on our way home, however, because we were feeling our limit of mindless questions 😉
Our friends were the BEST hosts and we loved every bit of what we got to see! Since our two families have kids similar in age, I’m pretty amazed/thankful we only had one Urgent care trip and one throw up moment (all things considered, yikes). It’s amazing how much there is to do for families in Bend—floating on the river, “chucking” rocks into the river as Luke so appropriately called it (no idea who introduced him to that, ha), so much nature, music, coffee, too many breweries to count(!), live music, museums, art and we barely tapped the surface (traveling with kids and pregnant people, cough me, will assist with that I suppose!). We fully intend on going back and seeing more!
A few places we loved!..
the High Desert Museum
Sunriver Resort (we saw an outdoor concert but it seems like there’s tons more to do!)
Tumalo Creek (such a sweet spot to splash and chuck things!)
Sparrow Bakery (I think we had their bread, but also a very large ocean roll on the way home mm!)
Holidays have taken on a whole new level having kids in the mix. I love seeing how the kids (okay well Luke so far, ha) interpret special occasions and it’s made us think a whole lot more about how we celebrate. Actually, it was still totally special before kids too, I probably was much more rested and possibly (certainly..) better dressed 😉 But as a child rearing, less rested and less well dressed person, this is our new world to explore. Continue reading →
I used to do “bits and pieces” when I first started blogging (in 2011, where’s my cane?! okay okay that’s not THAT long ago now that I think about it..), but I miss doing that so here’s my 2017 take on it. I should add, I physically—almost painfully—cringe when I read some of my blog entries from back then, but then also laugh hysterically because well, that’s all you can do! Continue reading →
After a handful of “storms of the century”, the weather in on the upswing and I can almost squeeze spring out of thin air! We’ve spent a whole lot more time outside–not like it’s such inclement weather, we couldn’t be outside (eyeroll to us Californians)–and it’s warmly welcomed! Continue reading →
Over the Thanksgiving break, we wandered our way up the salty, steep, winding coast with extra layers, blankets and plenty of fruit, yogurt and peanut butter and jellies to feed a small preschool. We have always loved the peace of a long picturesque drive to think or chat while children stare, chatter and hopefully sleep. Luke was discussing with James how he’d remembered listening to the Jack Johnson song before (“I remembered that one, daddy!”) while I tried to recollect the last time I’d been to the various farms, beaches and trails flying by on either side of the highway. Continue reading →
There are quite a few things I could be doing in this moment.. Once the child is down and things settle, it’s easy for me to dive into a spurt of work-related shenanigans (and let’s be honest, get a little lost and come back up for air at 10pm, yikes). But I’ve realized over the last few weeks, that I’m in desperate need of some open brain space and little silly outlets. For some reason, this little thing seemed to do the trick 🙂
Our first family vacation to… Palm Springs! We were in search of a super warm/dry climate for Luke (so he would actually enjoy the pool with us) and we ended up falling in love with that dry desert heat. Warm weather and pools just shout vacation in our family. Continue reading →
September is half-way through and I’m coming to terms that my little boy will be SIX months old soon (YES, a half of a YEAR!). He’s an absolute joy that little one. This picture is a good capture of who he is—full of joy, excitement, easy-going and content. LOVE him. He’s in such a playful phase right now, he just plays and plays, chewing on different toys, rolling and beginning to crawl around. He’s not too too mobile yet but man, we really have to watch him now because he will flip and inch towards the edge of the bed so fast. He’s keeping us on our toes. Continue reading →
This last week, we spent the day in Carmel with James mom (Luke’s grandma!) and godmother who were visiting from Southern California. We went out for lunch and then walked all over the quaint little Carmel (along with every tourist in town apparently!!). Even with the crowds, it was so special to catch up and for Luke to get some loving from his family.