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Scarlet leaf 2015October sunsetOctober sunset to the NW



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lilac path

There are days I hate the commute, the 40-60 minute drive each way to daycare/work, then home again in the evening when I’m tired and other drivers are tired, and we’re all a little grumpy.  I remember the days of living closer in, having a shorter drive even though the same grumpy drivers shared the road…

Plum done

Then I think about how much I love my home, love living in a place where the loudest sound on a Friday night is the frogs croaking, the very distant barking of a neighbor’s dog (or yip and howl of coyotes), and maybe a plane flying waaay overhead.  Where the lizards sun themselves on the rock wall and our driveway; where tiny snails leave trails on the sidewalk, chipmunks taunt the dog from the rocks, hawks and eagles fly overhead, too many birds to count visit on a daily basis, and the owls hoot in the trees at night; where a small herd of deer cross our lawn and stop to stare at us through the windows.

Tiny snail

Sure, we have a lot of bugs but we get to have lots of trees and native wildflowers and all sorts of wildlife too.

Wild iris 2015

The convenience of a shorter drive is so deeply eclipsed by living closer to Mother Nature.

Sunset 4.9.15

Happy Earth Day, friends.  Let’s take care of our planet and each other today, shall we?  xoxo



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2.21.15 Tolovana Park

Last Saturday we enjoyed a jewel of a day at the Oregon Coast, crowned by the magic of a beautiful sunset.  We were heading for Cannon Beach and Forrest was so excited to see the ocean.  As soon as we hit the beach he said “Let’s go in there!” but changed his tune when the cold, wet sand touched his bare feet.  He did let his feet get a little wet and also had fun running from the waves with me, walking in the “snow” (the dry sand), and playing with Piper’s toys when he spotted her playing with here mommy and daddy up the beach.  2.5-year-olds have no problem zeroing in on a stranger’s toys but they really don’t know how to share yet.  : )

2.21.15 Forrest at the beach

I love the ocean air, the sound of the waves, collecting shells while enjoying the wet sand on my bare feet, and the sun especially this time of year; wow was that a treat.  I was fighting a new cold and a sore throat but still – bliss.  After a nap we came back out at sunset so Matt could do some razor-clamming in Seaside.

2.21.15 running for Daddy

Again, Forrest loved running around on the beach, chasing waves and tracking down Daddy in the dark.  It was all fun and games until snack time, when our hungry dog knocked him down in the wet sand, trying to get the teddy grahams…poor Forrest cried the entire way back to our warm car.  We snuggled in with crackers and baby videos on my phone while Matt caught his limit.

Matt clamming

The razor clams were darn tasty, too.



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Sky High

Excuse me while I kiss the sky.

~ Jimi Hendrix

10.31.14 Sunset10.9.14 Sunrise 11.5.14 Sunset 11.6.14 Morning sky

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Sunset 10.31.14Goodnight moon too



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Sunset 10.20.14



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Sunrise 10.7.14Sunset 10.7.14Sunrise 10.8.14Sunrise too 10.8.14Moonset 10.8.14



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Sunset 7.29.14 with moonI missed the perfect sunset-picture spot on the way home, and there aren’t any lights on this stretch of (very dark) gravel road (up on a hillside with a steep dropoff this direction), so I wasn’t comfortable backing up to that spot, but I found this tiny little window instead.  The lights of Newberg below, the thin sliver of moon above, gorgeous sunset and silhouettes all around – perfect.

Happy Tuesday!



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Friends, I’ve been off the blog wagon for a couple of weeks now.  Hawaii threw me off my game.  I still need to post about our trip with an almost-2-year-old, but for now, Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  Here’s what ours looked like:

We started the weekend with an amazing sunset Thursday night.

Sunset 7.3.14 firstBut wait, it got better! (no filters or editing for either of these)

Sunset 7.3.14Friday morning we were up and out early, heading to St. Paul for the parade and fair.  This was Forrest’s first parade and he seemed to love it – horses!  tractors!  cars! “Another car!” he says.

Parade horsesWe had no idea St. Paul also packed a full fair w/rides and games into the streets around the rodeo arena, but we decided to take a stroll around there after the parade.  Had a darn good corn dog there, too.

Forrest had his first pony ride and it was a rousing success.  He was calm, smiling, and said several times after, “Ride nucera!” while patting his chest (nucera is his word for horse, which I believe comes from unicorn but who knows? He doggedly calls his blankets “kehbie” too).

He wasn’t so sure about the bulls, though.

Saturday we all packed into “Dada truck!” and delivered a futon to one house, then picked up a bed and antique furniture at another.  We came home to a visitor in the back yard, enjoying the shade and the cool dirt.

backyard deerSunday morning the does were out with their little spotted fawns – first time we’ve seen them in daylight and they never stop being too cute for words), my parents visited for a while, then Forrest got to dine alfresco before getting his truck on in the driveway, then being forced by me to go to bed at a decent hour.  This kid will stay up as long as you let him, and wants to sleep in forever too.

Dining alfresco 23 monthsImportant workBasically our weekend rocked.  Forrest is open to try about anything, easy-going, and happy to travel as long as we have crackers and his water.  At 23-months he’s talking up a storm, goes boldly into the wilderness outside (there’s been more than once we’ve said to each other “have you seen Forrest?” while outside), will still eat about anything as long as we’re eating it too, loves to be tickled, is in a phase of crashing cars and yelling “boom!” each time, LOVED the little poppers he could throw on the ground and was okay with the fireworks as long as they weren’t too loud (“Loud!” he says)… he runs everywhere, has shown a new appreciation for music and will dance any chance he gets.  I could go on and on with the love-fest because we feel soooo blessed to have him in our life.  He’s the best.  And he’ll be 2 at the end of the month – where has the time gone?  Really, where?



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Sunset 6.22.14Sunset 6.23.14Sunset 6.25.14

(Sunset over Molokai.  Pure beauty on a nightly basis = bliss.)



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