Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thankful for Vegas

 Happy Thanksgiving!!  We are thankful for the week off school for Owen (so he got to join me at the Y), for family family family, for Uncle Ryan and Grandma and Grandpa for hosting Thanksgiving, for being able to spend time with Auntie Ann, Jay, Katie, Sam, Adam, for wonderful food, for bowling, for fantastic fun parks, for spa-days for the mamas, for sunshine, for football, for hugs and for all of our blessings.  We are thankful.

We have been traveling a lot, to Uncle Ry's house and back just tonight, so today's post is going to be largely photo driven.  We saw lots, ate even more, and had a fantastic time with everyone.

  • the awesome playground near Uncle Ry's house.
  • Fun climbing walls

  • my first big-kid swing.  I copied a dad that was swinging next to me and almost got the foot pump going pretty well.

  • much more climbing
  • lots of slides and sliding... thanks Uncle Ryan for going down the fast ones with me :)
  • mmm turkey
  • A feast. I love turkey and O got to eat a leg, made him pretty happy.
  • family eats.
  • Bowling + cool egyptian soccer shirt and nubian hat from Grandma.  Two games with Dad, Grandpa, Auntie Ann and Mom.  O. stayed up late but had a BLAST! Grandma and I read books, watched spongebob and cuddled.

  • black-lights
  • bowling shoes are so cool!
  • Visit to shark reef while the older gals got pampered. 
  • Lion fish

  • Jelly fish and I think that's a silly fish

  • Yummy Italian dinner to celebrate Auntie Ann's 60th birthday... 
  • Cruising the Bellagio with Uncle Ryan, Katie and Adam
  • Dancing Fountains
  • Chocolate fountain... seriously, two tons of circulating chocolate, white, light and dark.
  • Pillow forts (of course)

  • Owen and Sam watching football (and not wrestling, for a moment of peace)
  • Best coffee (says Mom) in Las Vegas.  I am pretty sure this is true.
  • Parks and more walks
  • With blue skies, sunshine and warm weather.  So nice.

One more bowling adventure (Owen is hooked) with Katie, Adam, Auntie Ann, Grandpa, Grandma, Mom and Dad. 

  • And one final park adventure before leaving.  
What a wonderful weekend, with deep gratitude for this family time and for all of our friends and family out there we reentered grey drizzly Portland where the weather is chilly but our hearts are warm.  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yellows and Oranges

 Fall seems particularly colorful this year, and it has lasted for a few weeks.  At my afterschool program, we had a big day on Thursday; we had a major jog-a-thon.  It was inside due to weather, so we ran laps around the gym for 20 minutes.  I totally booked the whole time and finished with 54 laps... Top speed,  every time I'd get my tag checked off (every lap), I would put on a burst of speed and pass as many other kids as I could.  Most impressive.  That day we also had a fun dance class and Mom scored some tickets to see the new Muppets movie.  Dad took me, but with all of the activity, I was sort-of done by half way through (it was late after all and I had been really busy).  However, it was a graceful exit and we had a great day.  We had a nice Pizza night on Friday with our pals.

We made some delish pies... my favorite was the pesto with broccoli, but Mom liked the addition of pumpkin and goat cheese... soooo good.

It was a great sudden dinner party (our favorite kind really).  Saturday was also friend filled.  We got to spend the morning with Uncle John who came into town for work.

Had a nice breakfast at Cafe Bijou

 and spent a little time wandering around the Farmer's Market before parting ways.

It was a perfect day at the market, there were tons of beautiful produce and beautiful leaves and the chilly morning kept the crowds down.

 We spent most of the rest of the day cleaning out overflowing dressers and making deliveries of hand-me-downs around town, visiting friends and enjoying the afternoon.  Today was an epic church day, a joint service with 11 local churches, it was cool but a little overwhelming.

 We grabbed a nice lunch at the noodle house on the way home and spent the afternoon running errands, then making weebles with Mom while Grace napped.

 I got so into it that I started looking like a weeble too!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

fun with friends and halloween recap

Well, somehow with all of the excitement of the lost tooth last week... we somehow totally overlooked Halloween.

We did have halloween though, it was pretty awesome... a great evening at Pearl and Liam's house.

 An awesome halloween party followed by trick-or-treating around their neighborhood then ours.  Not a bad way to spend a monday

!  Otherwise, this weekend was pretty nice.  Owen had a lot of time off of school, so Mom and Dad traded time on Thursday with him.  Mom and him had a great afternoon walking around town.

 Friday we spent the morning with Pearl and Liam again, it was pretty fun, we did lots of art projects

and had a great time.  Saturday was quiet, mostly running errands, making pumpkin muffins,

 taking care of stuff around the house and the garden.  Today has been pretty awesome, our friends who were at WSN spend some time with us in Portland!  We got to visit with Emily and Levi (we still have Levi tonight!).

  Owen and Mom took them to the Saturday market

 while I napped.

We had a great dinner at Laurelwood before taking E. to the airport.