Even as a 35-year-old (mother of a 1-year-old), I still get mild anxiety when I see all the "Back to School!" ads. The "Back to School! Back to Cool!" ones just make me eyeroll. (Note: neither my 1-year-old nor myself are going back to school.) How is it already August? How is it already back-to-school… Continue reading Can’t keep up with summer
"I'm not doing a hike with the word 'misery' in the trail name!" I said to Bryce as I carried our 20-pound baby on my back. We had just crossed the footbridge over the river at Smith Rock State Park and the trail sign in front of us was for Misery Ridge Trail. There were… Continue reading Baby’s first canyon hike
"What was that?" he shouted. "Something just brushed up against my elbow!" "Ohhh, I think that was my hair!" I shouted back to our friend amongst the loud crowd. "Just like we haven't been to a game in more than two years, I also haven't gotten a hair cut in more than two years!" Despite… Continue reading Our first 90 minutes out
Salty air. Sunday sun. Waves crashing. Dogs barking. Kids laughing. Small dead crabs strewn about. Deep green seaweed scattered about. Barnacle-covered rocks. White sea foam. Her first beach walk at low tide. Well, "walk." She's not walking on her own quite yet.
It was 5:30 pm so naturally it was pitch dark since it was December in the Pacific Northwest. We were driving back home to Seattle from our week-long getaway to the Oregon Coast. We were somewhere just outside of Portland and got off the highway while I searched for the closest city park on my… Continue reading This looks like a good place to stop, right?