Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Park Adventure...

There was this blinding, yellow orb in the sky earlier this week that seemed to draw everyone to the park...  Including us.  We visit our neighborhood park pretty frequently during warm, or at least clear,  weather but Rose was too little last summer and fall to enjoy it on her own...

She was uncharacteristically tentative to start...




And then she started climbing...


She grew tired of the "baby playground" quickly though and was soon on top of the big kid area...
(Don't worry...I was right there the whole time.  A few moms marvelled at my tiny, walking and climbing baby.  They probably thought she was closer to 9 months old than 14 due to her size.)

I went down the big kid slide a few times with her but had a difficult time getting her to actually sit down and go down the little kid slide on her own...

Simon is the one that convinced her to do it...

I'm not sure what she was doing here though...
Tony called it the cannonball move.  
She does it every time I put her in the swing.

I foresee lots of trips to the park in the coming months.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Beach!

Last week we took some time away and had a week at on of our favorite beaches.  Boy, was the vacation awesome!

We started off with the traditional Seaside picture...

Rose took her first steps on the beach...
...while Simon and Tony chased Seagulls.

We spent some time in the pool -- no pics of that though! Rose was NOT so sure about it on day one but warmed up to it pretty quickly on day too.

We enjoyed our view...

We rode the carousel...

We visited The CandyMan...

We had ice cream...
(And holy crap was the Maple Nut ice cream amazing!)
We ate at Fultanos -- also amazing -- and played in the arcade.
 He was going to tell me how he won each and every ticket. 
Silly goose!

Rose wanted to do just about anything her brother did but wasn't amused when I turned the ride on. 

We played on the beach.

We walked on the beach...

 Simon freaked out when Tony walked toward the ocean...

Rose wanted to run after him...

I actually got into a picture that wasn't taken by me!

We did some puzzles...

We enjoyed some quiet time and relaxing.

And it was absolutely what we needed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rosie-Girl Turns 1!

How is it possible that this adorable little girl is already one?

We celebrated Rose's first birthday last Saturday with family and friends in a simple, indoor "garden party."  I had so much fun decorating and preparing.  Bonus? Nearly all the decorations were from things I already had on hand or the dollar store.

I was perusing the paper plates/cups/napkins at our local store and happened across a birthday banner that had butterflies on it.  I'd originally thought I'd just do flowers and flowerpots and call it good.   But the butterflies seemed like such a perfect compliment... So I bought the banner.  It fit perfectly around our fireplace.  And the tissue paper flowers made for a great embellishment.

I very much remember making tissue paper and pipe cleaner butterflies as a kid.  A quick pinterest search showed me a number of different ways to do them.  I stuck with the simplest method I could think of...Cut the paper into squares, use two, scrunch the center up, wrap/twist the pipe cleaner around. 

 Then I turned them into garland using some white yarn.  Absolutely perfect to string over the table and across the front window.  (Pretty sure I'm just going to move the garland into Rose's room when I get around to taking it down.)

The tablecloth was used for my sister's wedding last October.  My mom gave me one and it totally worked. I used flowerpots as serving bowls for nuts and girly colored M&Ms.  I bought the green baskets to serve homemade cajun chex mix and Birthday Cake Kettlecorn.  (Hopefully I can post the recipes soon...We'll see.)

Instead of cupcakes I made banana muffins for my banana loving little girl.  The topping is a delicious and fluffy whipped cream frosting.  (Thought I admit to adding about 3x as much sugar as the linked recipe calls for.  I didn't want it overwhelmingly sweet but it wasn't sweet enough as written.)  As much as I wanted to pipe some gorgeous flower decorations or make cute butterflies on all the muffins...I knew that was more ambitious than I'd be able to accomplish and settled for flower sprinkles and a butterfly ring.

I even got to use my gorgeous vases and glass pitchers.

I honestly didn't take a ton of pictures during the actually party.  Just a few with her opening presents.

And everyone's favorite "cake" pictures...
Poking at it and tasting it...
Covered in it and afraid I'm gonna take it away...
And shoving the whole thing in her mouth!

A big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our sweet little girl's birthday with us!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Our Polar Express Adventure


Simon is in love with The Polar Express.  He has watched the movie at my mom's house off and on all year long.  I'm certain there are days that he's watched more than once.  The Mt Hood Railroad does a Polar Express throughout the holiday season but it would cost us way more than I'm willing to spend to go on it.  Way more.  So a few months back, as I was initially contemplating our 25 Days of Christmas, I came up with my own Polar Express outing.  We went on Sunday evening and had a great time.

About a month ago, I purchased this on Amazon.  I paid pennies for it too. 

Simon was quite confused when he pulled his chain link off the tree.  He thought we were going to watch the movie until I explained that we were going to ride a train.  Then he got extremely excited!

As we pulled into the MAX station about a mile from home I heard a voice from the backseat say, "This is the MAX tracks."  Simon is quite familiar with the local public transit train and loves driving by the tracks so he can count how many we see.  As we got out I explained that tonight, just for us, it was going to be The Polar Express. 

So we got our ticket and waited for our train

 I got to enjoy some delicious candycane hot cocoa a la Dutch Bros* as we looked at the city lights and the Christmas lights as our train chugged along to the "North Pole."
*

As we rolled along, I pulled the book out of my purse and we read the story.
 The North Pole turned out to the Gateway Transit station -- about a 25 minute ride west of where we started.  We got out and walked around as we waited for our return ride.  And we talked.

"That was really fun, Mama."  Simon told me.  "I didn't know we had our own Polar Express."   With a little bit of imagination we created just a small amount of magic.
And a sweet memory.

*This post is in no way sponsored by Dutch Bros.  They just make a darn good cup of coffee -- or hot chocolate! -- and I'm more than willing to give them just a small shout out.