Sunday, June 24, 2012

a berry nice week

re-entry... after having a great vacation in NY, we are getting settled back in, enjoying what Portland summer has to offer.... 'cause it's  mostly not sunshine, yet.  We are getting berries though, plenty of them... raspberries from our own bushes (So many, so yummy... did you guys not find them Joaquin and Esme?), blueberries from Pete's down the street, Strawberries that we bought from school... oh my, we looove the berries.

To mix things up a bit (from the strait-up berry extravaganza we have been enjoying) we had Mom's favorite of raspberries with hand whipped cream, amaretto cookies and shaved chocolate... oh my, and the Strawberries occasionally with a drop of some really fantastic balsamic that we got from the Moch's from Christmas, I am so glad we still have some for the berries... that or strawberries as Auntie Becky taught Mom to enjoy with sour cream and brown sugar... really though, these are like gilding the lily... the berries are candy sweet and delicious themselves.

  I don't start summer camp until next week, so I got to spend two days in the office with Mom and Dad.  It was pretty exciting, I wrote some books about fishy and his undersea friends, I got to hang with lando (dog) and Fabian (Jalene's new baby!), Mostly it went pretty well, I really thought it was exciting, in spite of having to sit still for so long.  Friday though, Mom finally felt she had a handle on her summer class, so we went ton a special date to the Portland Art Museum.  It was pretty great, I did really well for about an hour or so.  There was a fantastic California impressionist exhibit, and I saw a boat picture and a lot of flower pictures I liked a lot.

Mom was impressed by my comments on the modern art, and for speaking pretty astutely about how the artists paint light differently using different colors in particular places, I did some drawing with my oil pastels when we got back, as well as made a paint by number game for Dad to follow.

 Saturday, I had a birthday party to attend...

Maddy turned 6 so we got to celebrate with her!

 It was so fun to see some of my school friends again, I have missed them.

 We had a blast playing in the park, and her folks had all sorts of fun games,

including a tough Pinata and bobbing for apples.

It was my first time at the apple bucket and it was not easy... it took me quite a while and I ended up as the wettest of the bunch.  

Otherwise, it has been a busy/low-key kind of weekend, sort of lazy summer of errand running, housekeeping and a healthy mix of taking advantage of sun breaks in the afternoon to sit on the deck,

 nibble berries, read books, practice the uke., poking around at the garlic, wondering if it is ready to harvest yet, 

  yummy salad dinners, farmer's markets, chicken wrangling, biking, jammin'

... you know fun stuff.

Friday, June 22, 2012

A NY state of mind

Well, the fellas took off for NY after Owen's last day of Kindergarten.  There was lots of relaxing, fishing, playing, singing and fun!  Mom and I met them three days into their trip (Mom had to finish giving exams), just in time for Father's Day.  We also ... relaxed, fished (my first major fishing excursion... 3 fish each day!!), played, snuggled, sang and had fun.

Since he headed out earlier, Owen had a few more days to explore Wolcott Falls
work on his bocce game
and had a few extra days of fishing in!

They also hit the strawberry festival, where Owen won so many games that he earned enough tickets to exchange for a much beloved bug net.
He also got to spend some time with Uncle Eddie
and watch him and Daddy work on their unicycling skills... It seems they have a lot of work to do.

 We had a blast.

We landed after a long flight and headed strait for lunch.  Do these guys know the way to my heart or what... first-stop... Hot dogs (not just any hot dogs, but Zweigles) and Abbots frozen custard.  mmm.  we arrived on Father's Day!  How lucky were we to be able to celebrate with two amazing Dads?  Happy Father's day Daddy!  You are a most wonderful Dad.
Thank you for taking wonderful care of us, getting us to school, cleaning us up at night, feeding us, playing with us, teaching us, taking us fishing... we are so very lucky to have you!

I was beat after her red-eye flight out.  I stayed up the whole next day out of sheer excitement, then crashed hard after bath.
Fishing!  Owen got to fish for a few days with Dad and Grandpa before I showed up... but I got to go out for two days!

I loved being on the water, in my PFD, with my hat and princess glasses (Thank you Grandma, I love them)

Some Bocce ball.  I wasn't too bad.
Dad had to take a good look to see who was closest.
I think I won.
Grandma and Grandpa have a fantastic huge grassy yard that is perfect for running around, practicing somersaults

catching bugs, rolling around.  It was a lovely place to hang out.
Walkin' to the ice-cream shop with Grandpa Steves
NY had some pretty great frozen custard.  This wasn't abbotts (which we had my first day), but it was fantastic!
Catchin' a ball-game walking back from the ice-cream shop
Catchin' some snuggles with Grandma Steves on the Porch
She makes me smile!
Well, being a princess and all, I only take baths, so the big guys figured out how to get "my bowl" into the shower so I could still have my bath,
I thought it was so very cool.
Went on an adventure one day to the finger lakes.  stopped for some bird viewing.
Not so many birds, but a pretty awesome view.
Enjoying the lake.

which also had a great play-ground and another little girl named Grace that was the same age.

And a stop at a waterfall (with a long name we can't remember right now)
One last day of fishing to get in before heading home.
We did okay... caught a cooler full of fish.  In the end Owen probably caught 10 or so, and I caught six.  Not bad for a kid and a first-timer.

We're borrowing from Grandma Steve's facebook post... hope you don't mind that we snagged this Grandma, but thought it was sweet (and accurate)

"10 things I learned from my grandkids 1) You never get enough hugs and kisses 2) You miss them as soon as you leave the airport. 3) The best music is a song sung by your grandkids. 4) The words to Old MacDonald had a farm in "cow cow here, cow cow there, "underwear" cow cow. 5) There is mosqu
ito larve everywhere 6) Corn on the cob is not a has a bone 7) My granddaughter is a princess..for real 8) how to draw bugs and fish 9) It is not easy to listen when you are having fun 10) and asking "Are we there yet does not make the ride shorter. We had a ball. I miss them sooooooooo much —"