Monday, July 17, 2017

Off to Fresno

Grace and I spent the beginning of this week enjoying our last few days at home with Mom and Dad before heading down to Clovis to visit Grandma and Grandpa for two weeks.  We walked down to Woodstock on Wednesday evening for ice cream at Cloud City.

Over the weekend, Grandma flew up to Portland.  She's flying us down for our visit.  

Meanwhile, Dad and I went to the kayak fishing tournament Dad was running in Depoe Bay, Oregon. I got to help Dad man the weigh in station where all the contestants weighed in their fish.

Here are the first and second place winners with their two biggest fish (lingcod).  Each fish weighed over 20 lbs.

Dad and I didn't get to fish in the tournament, but Dad did get to take me out fishing in the ocean for the first time.   I wasn't sure I liked the bumpy waves, but once I started catching fish, I really had a lot of fun.

We caught a bunch of different fish.

Here's my flounder.  

My biggest black rockfish.

My very slimy cabezon.

I'm also working on my various fish holding pose facial expressions.

On the way back to camp from fishing we stopped at a hamburger shop that makes burgers just like those at In-n-Out in California.  It was pretty good and the even wrote my name in the fry sauce.

After Dad and I got home from the fishing/camping trip on Sunday Grace and I flew off to Fresno with Grandma.  

Sunday was also Mom's birthday.  Happy Birthday

After we left, Dad and our friends Robyn and Val took Amy out to dinner at a new Thai restaurant.

Hopefully Grandma will help take some pictures this week, because Mom and Dad are still in Portland while Grace and I are in Fresno.  If not, the blog might be a bit shore next week.

Sunday, July 09, 2017


 We have managed to pack a lot in a work week!  Dad took us out for our first berry picking adventure of the season.  We have done pretty well in our yard, but when it comes to seriously putting away some of summer's bounty we have to explore a bit more far afield.
I helped get our blackberry jam started.. it is our favorite!  
For the fourth, we went to the local blues festival on the waterfront.  It was a prefect day for sitting in the grass and listening to music  and exploring the booths. 

 We lasted for the peak of the day before heading home.  Owen was set on carving his watermelon into the shape of an octopus.  Not a bad job!
 We had a perfect dinner of brats and elote (some yummy mexican-style corn with cheese and chili)

I had zoo camp with E. all week, we had a great time hanging out, and even worked in a few sweet play-dates this week
 J and O got one as well, they made a cool video involving army guys, blocks and a remote control car....
Had a fun afternoon at the noodle luge (and if you can try Umi noodles... Made in Portland...They are super yumy!
 Plus... a noodle luge!!! How could we pass it up?

 We got to show off our chop stick skills and then ate great noodles that the local miso maker dressed beautifully for us with all sorts of delish toppings.

 Saturday Dad went out on the ocean and brought home a beautiful king salmon!  It as so yummy!  We spent the morning back in the berry fields... blueberries are coming on and we managed to come home with about 13 lbs.
Owen had a sleep over last night with a friend and had a blast sleeping in the back-yard.  We had a good morning and headed out for a japanese tour of Beaverton with lunch at Oyatsumpan and shopping at Uwajamaya.  We headed home and tried (unsuccessfuly) to temper Owen's most recent chocolate batch.  Luckily the bark turned out okay but the bars and the bowls that Owen wanted to serve pudding in were super streaky.    Mom went out for Karaoke with her lab and friends, so that meant that I got 3 days in a row with movie nights!!  

Pshew, seems like for a mellow week we managed to fit alot in!  

Sunday, July 02, 2017

It's been a berry good week!

Our berry haul in the summer is getting really yummy!  We have gooseberries, raspberries, blueberries, and currents, oh and a few strawberries!  
 Camp for me this week was BIKE CAMP!  My favorite, we go all over town... and according to my friend's computer we did 80 miles this week, plus Dad and I biked to and from OMSI (plus dropping G. off at her camp) which brings me probably a bit over 100 miles!!! We had fun with different themes like ... bike through ALL the fountains! Let's go to the Columbia! or my favorite... FOOD CARTS!  I excel at stretching my lunch money insanely far.
 Mom finally pulled her garlic up, and Dad got t go fishing in the Ocean on Saturday.
 He brought home his limit in Lingcod, cabezon and rockfish, and a happy ocean fishing day under his belt.
 I got a sleep over at Zachs so the rest of the family headed out to the mercado for dinner.
 Today we hosted a massive indigo dying fest!
 Mom really wanted to dye a new set of napkins and this exceeded her expectations!
Of course there was also food, Alice worked hard making the tortillas and Dad made great fillings, of course including grilled fresh fish!  
 Although we spent a lot of time with the shibori, after dinner the waterguns came out
 and Alice and Henry brought over some awesome water-balloons that got the teams well stocked in a jiffy.
 It was a great afternoon filled with friends, crafts and yummy food!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


This week, Owen and I went to Trackers camp!  I got to hang out with Esme and Margot in with the farm animals and we had a great time together and I met lots of new friends as well! We did all sorts of fun field trips, to farms and to the woods to see animals, build fires, bake biscuits and cobbler in the coals, card and spin wool.... all sorts of cool activities!   Owen did a woodworking camp and it was awesome.  They did mostly bush skills, building wooden knives, stick traps, bow drills, a spoon and a bamboo flute.  He did really well and the instructor was really impressed how focused he was and how well he caught on to things.  
I got to "do science" (or make slime... same thing right!?) after camp a few days, and on Friday we got to take Esme home to play farmer in the garden, and share Nacho night and movies with us!
We watched Beauty and the beast and then drew some great pictures afterwards
This weekend was relatively quiet, and HOT for us!  It was in the upper 90s which meant.... Lemonade stand!!!! I actually think it was a little too hot and cut down on foot traffic, we did pretty well on Sat, but Sunday was just too hot for anyone to be out, except Owen who hung in there for two hours before calling it a day.  I did manage a great play date with a friend who I was having problems with and worried about playing with but we ended up working it out really well and had a great afternoon on Saturday together.  Happy Summer folks!  It's official now and come and check out the lemonade... it's fresh squeezed!