Archive for September, 2012


Just a week ago we were still riding a heat wave. Today misty and cold. Yep fall has arrived.

Car Wash: 2 weeks ago

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Her New Boots

Since the day my mom gave Ava this dress I envisioned, cowboy boots, wild flowers and train tracks. Well here they are. Oh and Ava LOOOOVES her new cowboy boots, but then again what girl doesn’t appreciate a new pair of boots!?

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Larry likes metal.  Not the material the music.  Yes, really!

Following a recent Iron Maiden concert he walked into the dining room unrolling the above poster and taping it to the door in order to flatten it out.  For what purpose you ask?  Well, to hang in a poster frame in our t.v./ his guitar room.
To which I replied, NO!  To which he replied, you said I could decorate that room.  To which I replied, ya with album covers that are appropriate. Last time I checked Led Zeppelin did not have scary skeleton men with bloody weapons.

Well, this banter went on for a while.  With lengthy explanations from me discussing how such images will scar our children for life.  How they will have nightmares forever!

With that, in walked Ava…

“Oh, wow daddy that is a nice new picture you have.”


Larry: “Do you like it Ava, do you think it is scary?”

Ava: “Ya, I like it.  It is a good guy he has to fight all the bad guys and save everyone.”

Larry: GIANT smile

Yep, the poster is now hanging.




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I have often heard it said that traveling with children is a trip it is only traveling without children that is a vacation.

Ava was born approximately 1600 days ago. In that 1600 days I have left for one 36 hour period for a girls night, one birthday night away with Larry and 4 days for an anniversary trip with Larry before Ella came.  Other than that I have been away an hour or few here and there.  Constant.  Motherhood has been constant.

And with that consistency comes the cycle.  I love my life, I am so lucky, I am so tired,  If I have one more of the same day I am going to loose it,  I am really tired, Lost it, head-wall, head-wall, I can do this, I am still tired, OK today was not so bad, now REPEAT!  And REPEAT!  And REPEAT!  OK so you get it!

At last a VACATION….  I joined Larry at a conference in San Diego.  Three full days waking up with no kids, eating with no kids, putting no kids to sleep.  I got to eat good food, drink good wine, sleep and SHOP by myself!!! Yes try clothes on, find good deals, find things that actually made a complete wardrobe so I will actually wear them.  It was heaven.

Sidenote: 4 weeks of sickness and in turn exhaustion followed but it was totally worth it!


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The Gorge: A Day for Adventure

There are many things I miss about the Portland area; butternut curry soup at Elephant’s Deli, Pate and wine at Papa Hayden’s, Walks through the rose garden, shopping in the Pearl, my hair dresser on Hawthorne, and of course my friends.

Of course all of these things are before a life with kids.  When I get a trip south it simply does not include such personal luxuries.  All except the friends!  And since most of them also have entered the motherhood stage of life it means friends and lots of kids!  This summer I got to spend a weekend with my girls and two of my other favorite girls; Hope and Kristin.  In a rare bout of motivation I decided a Portland excursion was necessary.

In my single days I would take day trips weekly.  Head out to Canon Beach just to watch the sunset, up to the Mt. Hood’s Timberline lodge for a snack and some snow or out to Columbia Gorge for a beer at Full Sail and some wind surfing watching.  There is something so therapeutic about just driving away, being away.

So we packed all the girls in the car and drove out 84.  We first stopped at Multnomah Falls which is beautiful.  It was hot the girls wanted to play in a small stream, shoes off, clothes wet, Ella soaked, kids whining.  In pipes the motherhood mantra, “we are having fun damnit!, this is so fun, we are having so much fun!”  Say it until it is so right!?  Well we did not have to wait long. It was truly a wonderful, perfect day!

After the Falls and a little nap in the car we hit Hood River.  We got food for a picnic and played at a park before heading down to the water.  The water.  Peace!  The river was filled with color, wind surfers and kite boarders scattered the landscape.  The girls ran, played, splashed. The weather was perfect.  AW amazing day!!!!  And a reminder that indeed it is therapeutic to just drive away, even with the kids.

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