Friday, November 16, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - November 17

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My daughter's Girl Scout troop has been trying to do an outdoor activity every month (although I don't think it is going to happen in November or December--it's just too busy!) and, in October, we took a hike in Portland's Forest Park on the Macleay Trail to the Witch's Castle.  

It was an easy hike, as well as very popular!  I think every dog in Portland was there that day.  The girls loved it--I think they ended up spending about 45 minutes just exploring the building.  




It isn't an Oregon hike until you spot a Banana Slug!



A lovely view of North Portland as we left the park.  The trailhead is below us.

As of 2019, I will have a new blogging home.  Instead of moving this blog, this one will remain as is and I will be setting up shop in a new location.  More details will come as we get closer to 2019!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - November 10

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Well, I'm having some technical difficulties with what I had hoped to post today (and I'm in the midst of Nanowrimo, so I don't have much time to figure it out at the moment), so her is a picture of Alice.  Hopefully the intended pictures will show up next week!




Friday, November 2, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - November 3

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Welcome to November!  As you might have guessed, this week's post is all about Halloween.

This year, for the first time ever, my kids actually coordinated their costumes.  They went as Ant-Man and the Wasp and spent most of Halloween Day, which they had off from school, getting into character by watching the movie...repeatedly.


As is our tradition, my brother-in-law came down for Halloween and was put in charge of pumpkin carving!




Friday, October 26, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - October 27

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One of the exceptionally fun things my daughter and I did this summer was the 4T with some of her Girl Scout troop.  The 4T is a loop in Portland that involves the 4 T's--trail, tram, trolley, and train.  You can do it in either direction, but here is how we did it:

TRAIL: We started at Washington Park and from there we hiked up to Council Crest, back down the Marquam Trail, and then up to OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University).  The total length was just over 4 miles and it was a great hike--definitely challenging, but not so bad that it would kill you!

TRAM: At OHSU we took the tram from the top of the hill down to the bottom (where play-doh happened, which is not really part of the 4T...)  This was the first time I had ever taken the trolley and the view was amazing.

TROLLEY: From the bottom of the hill below OHSU, we took the Trolley back into downtown Portland.

TRAIN: Technically, you take the train from downtown Portland back to Washington Park, but our cars were parked out in the 'burbs, so we just kept on going past Washington Park...

It was something I had wanted to do for years and the girls loved it.  We are already trying to do it again next year, but with the hubs and my son!

I normally don't post pictures of other children, but I do have permission to post pictures of my daughter's friend here (hint, she's the blonde girl you haven't seen on this blog before)...


The view from Council Crest.  It was a little smoky that day (but not nearly as bad as it had been), so you can't quite see it--but Portland is down there.

My daughter and her friend, waiting for the Tram (which was the girls' favorite part of the 4T) 
At the bottom of the tram, there was a family area set up and the girls had to take a little break to play with the play-doh.



The trolley was surprisingly exciting, probably because the girls got to stand as we rode along...



Friday, October 19, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - October 20

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I actually had selected some different pictures to share today, but I made a last minute change.  These two pictures, which I took today (Friday) are both timely and I felt they deserved to jump the queue.  Don't worry, the pictures I originally planned for this week will appear next week.

First off, I received my ballot today.  Please, if you are registered to vote in the United States--VOTE!  in the 2016 election, 40% of registered voters did not practice their constitutional right to vote...and look where we ended up!  We have a B-list reality TV star in the Oval Office, ballooning debt, fractured alliances, more scandals than I can count, civil rights under attack, and kids in cages.  If the voter turnout had only gotten up to 65% (from 60%), we could have avoided this rejected plot from House of Cards.



In sadder news, Todd Bol, who began the Little Free Library movement, died this week of pancreatic cancer.  I only found out about it today, but my son and I made a point to drop a book off at one of our local Little Free Libraries in his honor.  The choice, The Goldfinch, is also significant as it was a favorite book of a dear friend who also died from pancreatic cancer.

Please, vote and read a book.  That isn't too much to ask, is it?


Friday, October 12, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - October 13

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My kids love face painting.  Ever since they were toddlers, they've wanted it done and they still haven't outgrown it.  I was going through some summer pictures and found some of their more impressive face paint jobs.


This one was at my husband's friend's son's birthday party.  I'm not entirely sure what he's supposed to be...

A butterfly at the Garlic Festival

And The Flash!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - October 6

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One of the big summer events in my area is the Street of Dreams, which showcases the latest in home architecture and decor.  It moves around the metro area each year, but I had never been.  This year it was less than a 5 minute drive from my house and I finally checked it out.

There were 6 houses--3 traditional and 3 modern.  While I fancy myself a fan of the modern, I have to say that I much preferred the traditional houses.  They were all impressive and definitely something to "dream" about!


I wasn't able to get good pictures of the houses themselves, but here are some of the details that stuck out for me, for better or worse..


One house had a legit Harry Potter room!

The dangers of living on a golf course

This is not how to shelve books....

I loved this couch(?) but they are using it wrong!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - September 29

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Back to our heat-escaping day at the beach...

After checking out the tide pools at the Devil's Punchbowl, we decided to head south to Florence.  I hadn't been to Florence since I was a child and I barely remembered the sand dunes there, but my husband wanted to check them out.  People, if you are looking for a thigh workout, go to Florence!  Climbing up the Dunes was a killer--but totally worth it.  My daughter especially loved Lake Cleawox, and is hoping to attend the Girl Scout camp there next year.




It was a good thing she brought her swimsuit!

I think we had a good day...

Friday, September 21, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - September 22

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We had a number of uncomfortably warm days this past summer.  Because of my husband's job and all the kid activities, we were mostly stuck in town on these days.  However, we were able to escape to the coast now and then.  The next couple of weeks, I have some pictures from a really busy day we spent in search of cooler temps.

Several Saturday Snapshot posts, I shared pictures from our visit to Devil's Punchbowl.  On that particular day, we weren't there at the best time of day in regards to the tides.  This time, however, we actually planned ahead (what a radical concept!) and left early enough to make low tide.


This was taken inside the Devil's Punchbowl

Heading out to the tidepools

My husband wanted the epic "splash" picture, but I wasn't able to time it just right!

My two guys!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Saturday Snapshot - September 15

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I've been sharing a lot of "family fun" picture from this summer, but here is something different.  Every once in a while, I get to go out without the kids and be a kid myself.  Two of my closest friends and I share two (well, many...but we'll say two) interests: tea and Harry Potter.  So, when our new favorite tea house announced that they were having a Harry Potter tea, we knew we had to attend.

It was definitely worth the months wait!  The food was delicious and very, well, Harry Potter-y.  If they have this again, we will be sure to attend...again.





This was in one of the bathrooms...

And this was in the other...