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Visiting Oregon With Kids & Why You Absolutely Have To.

One year ago, we set out from the Midwest to move our family to Portland, Oregon.  My husband was in the military for several years before he went to graduate school and took the rest of us with him.  So, moving isn't something that is new to us.  Leaving the Midwest was the most challenging move we have ever made, our boys were born there and we tackled life's biggest changes there.  Above all, the community of support and great friends…

What We’ve Learned In Our First Year Across The Country!

It is mystifying to me that we have been here for nearly a year already! Ten months ago, I was filled with excitement and eager for a new adventure.  I was positive and cheerful and rearing to cheer my husband on during his new career adventure.  Of course, we were thrilled to settle down and plant roots and bloom where we were being planted.   We were blessed after a whole lot of searching to find a rental in a great…

LEGO Birthday Party in Portland, Oregon

Disclosure: I want to just share that I've had some amazing sponsors for this birthday party. Bricks and Minifigs provided the venue, decorations provided by Oriental Trading, and cake toppers by Fancy Top Cupcake. All opinions expressed are my own, and I only work with brands I love on this blog. As most of you know, my son turned five on August 31st. We had an awesome birthday party for him September 2nd, and I'm just now getting a chance…

Moving Progress

How is it possible we are moving across the country in five weeks?! It honestly has a lot to do with how little sleep we've been getting around here, but since we got from our first trip to Oregon in August everything has just flown by.  We have tried to strike a healthy balance between memory making time, purging, packing, and life responsibilities. In this season of life, that is overwhelmingly tricky!  Some days, just getting three meals on the…

Tillamook, Oregon

So, last week while my in laws were in town, we went on an exciting day trip to another Coast City: Tillamook, Oregon. This was the last lengthy day trip, we will be doing while we are here.  We will be driving forty hours (in two cars) in a few weeks, so time to start mentally preparing for that. We had a wonderful day in Tillamook.  Here's the easy breakdown of our day. The Tillamook Cheese Factory- This place was…

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…

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Road trip entertainment for our kids!

It is hard to believe we are only three days from departure for our big summer adventure to Portland, Oregon!  We will be stopping every 7-10 hours of driving to stay in a hotel, we will have the boys swim at each stop to get their joints moving again.  We will shower, eat a healthy breakfast, and get back on the road for the day.  These chunks of time are so long for young children, so I've spent the last…