Sunday, October 19, 2014

'Bout that time

Time for pumpkins...


finding your favorite…

and new friends.

Fall is upon us here in Oregon, and we're doing fine.*

*Truth be told, I am bracing myself for this week of rain that's forecast to start tonight.  We're all stocked up on carrots for juice, Vitamin D, and I'm just beginning my research for a SAD light - I welcome any advice or comments.  As much as I love the idea of rain, sometimes it's hard for me to believe that there's blue sky right above those clouds.

Here's a list of ideas I've had so far to combat the seasonal blues

- lay on the ground and ponder the sky at least once a day no matter the weather
- drink fresh juice
- get above the clouds (Mary's Peak, airplanes)
- weekly studio time with artist/mama friends
- Vitamin D
- get/make a SAD lamp
- exercise (Circuit Weights, a lot more Yoga with Adriene, try rock climbing with Calder)
- travel to someplace warm and sunny (!)

What else!?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

One more thing before summer's over!

Calder and I joined our friends for a repeat of last year's Willamette River float.  3 days/2 nights on the river floating leisurely through geography that is very familiar to us as it's right outside our door.

The float began with a little rain, but quickly drifted into sunny skies and we dried out and were never cold or uncomfortable.

Our sweet umbrellas were perfect for the sun and sent smiles to all who passed us by.

River island camping was so peaceful.  The kids were free to roam and made their own fun.  The big kids were masters of the campfire, sweet with the little ones, and great together.  I love this trip as a transition from summer to school.

The perspective shift of seeing your world from the water, looking up at the night sky from your island just a few miles from home, is so refreshing.  I really love the different view.  Calder does this trip so easily, it must feel really good to him too.  I'm already looking forward to next year.

Waldo, for the record books

The 2014 Southtown Campout at Waldo Lake was another success.

Beautiful weather, and loads of love amongst the kids… so good to see.  Being there is just wonderful, relocating our neighborhood to a gorgeous 5000 ft. elevation mountain lake… one of the clearest in the world, playing in the water and at camp, cooking for each other, eating together, spending full days.

We are so fortunate to have these families and these traditions.  It means so much to me as a parent and a friend, and I know it must mean the world to our kids… in fact, I believe it IS their world, and for that they are so lucky.

Goodness, it's been a while!

Summertime summertime.

For the records… catching up on some summer biggies.

Finally in early August, after Theater Camp and LEGO camp, and lots of long days at work for Jeff, our family was together for full days of travel and exploration visiting friends and places in our beloved Santa Cruz.

The boys, ready and raring for rides, got their first taste of the Boardwalk.  We thought Calder was going to be able to ride the Giant Dipper, but he's got an inch or two to grow.  We made up for it with a splash ride on Logger's Revenge, and he and I took flight on the Cliff Hanger hang gliding ride which was pretty great.  He's outgoing on those rides, for sure!

Got to see our friends, bring the kids together again, and get our boys connected to the people we love but don't get to see as often as we'd like.

Santa Cruz is a busy busy place in the summertime.  I can't say I loved the crowds.  But getting to see and connect with the important people and hit up the best spots was something we needed to do.  Thank goodness we knew the in's and out's of the town so we could dodge traffic and find peaceful spots here and there to touch a bit of our former life as residents of Santa Cruz.

God, that kid's got some hair!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Today our boy Wilder Lake completes his 4th trip around the sun!

Happy Birthday to you, you silly, wonderful, loving, sweet, imaginative little one!

I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year.  I'm looking forward to celebrating with your friends and family around a backyard campfire with s'mores and a fresh blueberry tart.

I think the wish Lake had of decorating for his birthday with a Christmas tree and the electric train is pretty great, and might be the start of a new tradition.  It's strange, but in a good way, to see those things displayed in the Summertime.  It's manipulating my relationship with the winter holiday automatics, assumptions, and traditions and making room for more of a sense of celebration, pleasure, and happiness.  Horray!

You are a bright star, little Lakey!  We love you!

Saturday, May 17, 2014


I drew a labyrinth in the street last night.  It took 4 full sticks of chalk.  We walked it many times yesterday and today.

It rained this evening, and you can just barely see the path.

Another lesson in impermanence.

I will surely draw it again.  And even wonder about painting it.  My neighbors would LOVE that.

I highly recommend you draw one too.

#regram from here.

Step by step pattern instructions here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flower power

This year seems such a promising one for our poppies.  Two blooms today, many more yet to pop.

Big, ruffly poppies, with center pods Calder affectionately calls "cupcakes."

I love love love these large-hearted flowers.

#regram from here.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

For the love of Oregon

More photos from our week roadtripping Oregon.  Surely there are a few choice pics still trapped in the lazy space between the laptop and the iPad, the camera and Instagram.  Ah well.

I can't get the Zumwalt Prairie out of my mind.  It felt really good to stand there and I can't wait to return.

Crooked River Ranch 

Smith Rock State Park (below and above)


Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument


Blue Basin, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument 

Oregon Trail National Interpretive Center, Baker City 

Life in a yurt, Wallowa Lake State Park

Lilacs in Imnaha Canyon 

Imnaha Canyon 

Looking south to the Wallowa Mountains from the edge of Zumwalt Prairie

Our route:  2 nights Tumalo SP, 1 night Prairie City, 1 night Baker City, 2 nights Wallowa Lake SP, 1 night Edgefield.