Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cannon Beach

The weather forecast was iffy, but Monday was a holiday and we wanted an adventure, so the kids and I headed to the coast. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, partly sunny, mid-50s, and no wind, and I'm so happy we took the chance and drove out to Cannon Beach. Jasper was delighted to see the ocean and romp with the kids and other dogs; Sebastian and Liesl splashed in the waves, dug in the sand, ran down the dunes, flew the kite, threw the frisbee, and chased Jasper around the beach. We had fish and chips and fish tacos at Tom's and got two bags of saltwater taffy - as always - it was a wonderful day together.

Monday, January 15, 2018

snow hike up Tom, Dick, and Harry mountain

I went for a winter hike on Sunday with my mama friends - Adrienne, Casady, Paula, Joanna, Allison, and a friend of a friend. We went up to the top of Tom, Dick, and Harry mountain near Mt. Hood -- there was some snow, but it was mostly packed down and not very deep. It's been a warm and dry winter thus far and on Sunday we had bright blue skies. So we took along the snowshoes but only used them for brief parts of the 6 mile roundtrip.
The top was extremely windy - gusting and constant - making it really hard to stay for long or enjoy it much. But we got to see Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Jefferson.
Celebrating 42nd birthdays for these two lovely ladies!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

annual smashing of gingerbread houses

We went into Forest Park today for a lovely long walk, enjoying the unseasonably warm and sunny weather. Jasper enjoyed romping with Seb; Steve ran a few miles; Liesl told stories of fairies who left us treasure clues in the forest (in rhyming couplets, no less)... it was sweet.

But before the hiking began, we enjoyed the annual smashing of the gingerbread houses.
 Sebastian added a new twist this year: batting practice.
We came home and had lunch, made pecan pie truffles, painted a winter scene to decorate the dining room, did some chores and laundry, and went grocery shopping - and then Liesl had her first basketball practice of the year. She did great - sprinted, dribbled, passed, shot - all in good spirits. I think she's going to have a great season playing with her friends. Happy Saturday, all!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

sad puppy (ies)

Our puppy got neutered* last week, and had to wear a cone on his head, and everyone was very very sad. Jasper cried the first night home and kept running into things with this enormous cone and looking miserable. He can't run or romp for 10 days, which is really hard. The kids (especially Sebastian) were crushed to see their puppy so sad. But his stitches are healing, and we got a donut roll for his head instead of this plastic cone, and he's been pretty normal the last few days. We hope and expect he'll be running around and jumping and sans cone by Monday.

*Many fun conversations have ensued about neutering, spaying, male and female parts, baby/puppy-making...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy new year!

We said goodbye to 2017 with a fun weekend of activity - trampoline jumping at Sky High, a special exhibit on Laika Films at the Portland Art Museum, brunch at Proud Mary - and welcomed 2018 with cinnamon rolls and dinner with the Hoangs. Happy 2018!