Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Eating Our Way Through Oregon

I am finally getting around to posting more from our Oregon trip to visit my sister in March (and there is still more)!  

One fine and drizzly day, we headed to test out some food trucks.  We quite enjoyed our gourmet Grilled PB&J's.  My sister got the Spicy Thai – challah bread, crispy coconut shrimp,  peanut butter, sriracha, curry, basil, orange marmalade and I got the Smokin Goat  kalamata olive bread, almond butter, bacon, goat cheese, apricot jam.  I LOVED hers the most...seriously the weirdest combo of ingredients, but so delightful together.  I liked mine as well but that Spicy Thai was astounding for the taste buds...I would like to recreate it here some day.  We also got a Brie, Pear, Gorgonzola and Honey crepe that was exceptional.








Next up we tried the Salt & Straw for some strange and delicious ice cream flavors.  I got Cinnamon Snickerdoodle (with cookie pieces in it), Miss B and my sister got Honey Lavender, and my niece got Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper.  So so fun and yummy!  Plus they have thee cutest tiny metal spoons for taste tastes, which is just fun obviously.


Then we crossed off another bucket list item of mine and visited a beautiful tulip festival.  Upon arrival, we got the babes out of the car, bundled up in various strollers and carriers (it was quite chilly) and headed out only to have it start pouring!  The babies were crying and hungry and so we decided to try and wait out the majority of the rain since it was a bit of a hike to the actual tulip fields.  Welllllllll.  It just got rainier.  And so we waited and waited and Miss B and my niece ran around outside and at the gift shop and bought us pretty daffodils in the rain...they didn't mind a little wet.  Then, just about closing time, my sweet sis offered to wait in the van with the kiddies (since she had already been), whilst Miss B and I ran in the rain to see the fields.  So the two of us got soaked and enjoyed the vista and took cold, wet photos.  And then....as we were finishing up, we realized we could have driven directly to the fields!!  We could have enjoyed the view from the van and jumped out quickly for some photo ops. Oh well. C'est la vie.  :)







We also got to see the sea one day...Cannon Beach to be exact.  It was again cold and blustery, but the sea is always so beautiful, even if you're just sitting on a log with a sweet baby.  And it's a great reason to get clam chowder and fish and chips after.  I also forgot how hard it is to tote babes around with bottles and diaper changes and nap times...but we did it all, visited what we wanted and had the best time.







Gosh.  Oregon is my favorite.

Monday, May 11, 2015

In Honor of Mother's Day

This Mother's Day was extra special as it was the first time I got to celebrate it as the mother of five! I never thought that was a possibility.  Needless to say, I got very sentimental and looked back through all the photographs and picked out a few to share of me and all my babes. :)  

Yesterday, the kiddos made me many cards and coupons and a special and fabulous lunch.  Hubby cooked dinner and gave me a lovely new sun hat, roses, some mason jar salt and pepper shakers I've had my eye on and a new steam mop (I really wanted one).  However, it wasn't all unicorns and fairy dust...it was still a normal day where the kids didn't quite clean the house as well or as fast as I do, they argued and complained and I got a little bugged about the disarray in our house.  But even if life is not always perfection, I am very thankful to be a mother.  My kids are crazy, disobedient at times, messy and they tend to complain and fight here and there...but I guess I do all those things too and I am grown!  And they are also funny, creative, smart, thoughtful and helpful...and I do love them with all my heart and I am proud of the people they are becoming.  Motherhood is definitely not for the faint of heart...it is a constant re-evaluation, organization, lots of change, and a bunch and bunch of work...but I wouldn't' have it any other way.  For one thing, holidays would be very boring!
























Saturday, May 2, 2015

Spring Family Photos

I had a great time with this cute family the other evening.  I loved the pretty spring colors and the beautiful weather.










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