Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Just a few random shots from the park the other day.

Like a boss.

Walking a dog while riding your bike.
Hmmmm what could ever go wrong?!


This girl LOVES to swing. 
We have swings at home, but its still one of the first things she goes to when we are at a park.

She is trying to act casual, but really she is over me taking pictures.

And not related to the park photos what-so-ever...
I was excited to see this photo featured on I Heart Faces this week!

You can read the full post here.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

And so it begins..

Today is the first day of school!
Self high five!

And whats the first day without the annual first day photo.

A close up.

 Not sure what happened here, but its a blurry mess.

And I would like to point out, 
while most seven year old girls would choose princess, flowers, or a girlie color back pack our middle child went with full on fierce this year.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Hot Lava Disappointment

Since I was little my family has taken the same I-84 freeway route (sometimes multiple times a year) along the Columbia River Gorge to visit family in Oregon.
And every time we passed Maryhill Museum, perched way up high on the bluffs overlooking the river, I marvled at it.
 To me it symbolized what every little girl dreams about. 
A castle.
In fact, that's what I have been telling my girls for years every time we drive by.
Me: "See girls! Look up there!! That's a castle!!"
Girls: "ohhhhhhhh ahhhhhhh"
So we finally decided to visit said castle.
And the first thing our middle daughter said as we pulled up,
"Where is the hot lava that is supposed to go around it?!"
errrrr ummmmm sorry kid! 
No hot lava.
Utter disappointment. 
But we went in anyways.

Even though there wasn't hot lava, or a moat of any kind, they still thought it was awesome.
In fact, I had to try and keep up with them as they ran around gawking at everything.

And I mean everything.
"Dad! Why aren't these people wearing clothes?!"
"Ummmm, its hot? I dunno."
Moving along.

 Things have changed a lot from how I remember on my last visit ten plus years ago.
They have built out a new modern wing, added a cafe and a kids hands on art room that included drawing, sculpting, and chess stations.

There was one thing though that is just like I remembered,
the view.

 Total we spent a good two hours enjoying all the exhibits.
One of those hours was solely spent redirecting little eyes from statues, portraits, and photo's of naked people.
What can ya say?
 It's art.

that friday blog hop
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Maryhill. Take one.

For the last day or two I  have been trying to get a post written about the last leg of our quick trip last weekend, but things have been busy. 
Same tune, different day anyone?
I have to say, getting back in a routine is going to be awesome!! I always miss my girls when they are at school, but I think it's something we certainly need. The oldest has been getting bored and I have been told I am the 'worse mom ever' and I have 'ruined their lives' a few times these last few days.
I'm really on a roll.
Go me!
So while I find time to write more about our trip, I wanted to include just a few of my favorites from the museum we visited.

If you follow me on instagram you would of seen this one too:

And because I can't stop myself, here is another:

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last Hurrah

One last mini vacation before school starts.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


Belly buttons beep.

Just in case you were wondering.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Like a moth to a flame

We had a big thunderstorm move through our area today.
It dropped buckets of rain and had some amazing lightning and thunder.
And like a moth to a flame, my girls were drawn outside and risked being stuck by lightening, and/or drowning for a chance to play in the puddles. 

I may be over playing the danger element here, but that's just what I do.

 For something different I made my first gif.
Her facial expressions are always extremely animated.
I have full confidence she could excel in some sort of theatrical aspect if she wasn't so shy. 
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