Real life things people have said to or about my kids. 

"Is he some kind of oriental?"  "His eyes look funny."  Barista: "did you adopt him from China?" Me: "No, he's half Korean." Barista: "oh, so you adopted him from Korea." Me: "no, his dad, my husband is Korean." Barista: "oh.  I'm going to adopt from China, because I've always heard they're great students."  Interrupting Manager: "this one is on me."  "What are they?" "Does he speak his first language?" "Yes, he speaks English."  "He's really tall for an Asian. Aren't…

Toddler Birthday Must Have: Milestone cards!

So, when these Milestone Cards first became popular on the internet, I was so bummed.  My boys were just out of the stage where they were useful to my family.  I loved this concept, celebrating the little things instead of a generic months post.  Well, they've done it again!  They have created two adorable new sets of cards geared towards your kiddos one-four years old, and they're so adorable! I think these would make an amazing first birthday gift.  My…

Having fun with your kiddos in Astoria, Oregon

So, continuing our Astoria recap and tips, I thought I would share some of the best places we went and some other fun things you might do with your family while you're there. The views in Astoria are incredible.  You could pretty much just walk around and be happy.  My kids enjoyed looking at the boats and watching our for geese.  Here are some other ideas!  Comment if you have more: The trolley:  This was one thing I was most…

The Riverwalk Inn in Astoria, Oregon

We had a completely blissful week in Astoria, Oregon.  It's the highest point in Oregon, and it's separated from Washington by only a bridge.  (We did cross the bridge so I could say I've been to Washington)  I have to tell you guys if you're planning a vacation, I think a tour of the coast cities in Oregon would be an amazing vacation for parents, kids, childless couples, girlfriends, bros, whatever. So far we've experienced Cannon Beach and Astoria, and I…

Why I’m a little jealous of my kids.

My dad passed away when I was two years old.  He had Leukemia, and for most on my life I never felt the affects on his absence.  I have written in the past about how his death triggers a lot of anxiety within me about having my own life end abruptly, and leaving my children without a mother.  The truth is, however, that for much of my childhood I didn't feel his loss.  He never occupied many of my memories,…

Around Portland

[caption id="attachment_972" align="aligncenter" width="4928"] crowd pleaser[/caption] [caption id="attachment_973" align="aligncenter" width="4928"] free cherries![/caption] [caption id="attachment_974" align="aligncenter" width="4928"] delicious appetizers[/caption] [caption id="attachment_975" align="aligncenter" width="4928"] dancing to the band![/caption] We've been having so much exploring Portland and Beaverton.  We went to the Piped Piper Play Café for lunch and a concert by Micah and Me.  They were so adorable!  I loved the performance, and the two play area for kids.  Including a fenced in play area outside.  I enjoyed a peaceful smoothie and…

Monday: Setting yourself up for a successful week.

I will never hate Mondays.  I love them. I love the feeling of freshness, a fresh start, shiny, new opportunity. I like to spend time on Monday morning, getting organized, and attempting to set myself up for a successful, productive week of intentional parenting and homemaking. What I'm reading: The Wednesday Daughters.  This is the sequel to The Wednesday Sisters, which I loved so much. What I'm doing with my family: making sun s'mores, painting with trash, reading mouse paint,…

20 days of fun!

I've created a list of 20 days of fun activities.  Things to inspire you to have more fun! Be sure to watch out for discount days at your favorite places like the zoo, children's museum, and take advantage of kids being able to bowl for free all summer.  

Portland Diaries: Our first fishing trip!

Each Saturday we've been here, we've got to spend wonderful family days together.  We try to explore new places, expose our boys to something new, and experience something new.  Yesterday, we visited Horning's Hideout and it was so wonderful.  You pay 4.00 per person over six, and this includes your fishing gear and a license for the day.  There's no catch and release, you pay 7.00 per pound of fish you catch!  The boys loved fishing for the first time, they…

Summer Schedule

A little something to get you thinking creatively on how to spend your days this summer! Moving Monday- we head to the gym for a mama work out and do the boy's marital arts this day! Tourist Tuesday- We visit an area here that Tourists enjoy.  Try this in your hometown! Water Wednesday- Play in the water!! Library Thursday- Go to the library, maybe they have some programs on Thursdays! Field Trip Friday- get outdoors and explore.