Getting into geocaching

Marti needed the three of us to be out of the house one weekend, so I took the kids and decided to take them geocaching. I had only done it once several years ago, but I thought it was a good opportunity to go exploring, give the kids a sense of accomplishment, and keep them occupied and having fun.

It was quite a successful morning. We went in search of 4 geocaches, and found two of them. The kids loved it when they found the geocaches and were really proud of themselves.

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Our second camping trip

Given that our first family camping trip ended in disaster, we needed a second trip to redeem the first.

A family that we’ve become friends with came along with us and they also have a daughter and a younger son. We went to Oxbow Regional Park, which is a really nice park, and we had a really great time together. The weather turned on the second day, so we decided to call it a day after the first night.

We’re well ready to take lots more adventures now that we’ve got our feet wet and feel confident in our abilities.

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Sledding on Mount Hood [VIDEO]

This winter, we’ve taken a few trips up to Mount Hood to go sledding, which has been a lot of fun. It’s been fun for the kids and their friends, and frankly, fun for us to play in the snow too!

I put together a quick video with some short clips and photos from our adventures.

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A visit from Granny and Aunty Shelly [VIDEO]

Perhaps the biggest event of this year so far has been a visit from Aunty Shelly and Granny. They came in the middle of September to see our new home in Oregon and spend some time Jack and Ellie, which they haven’t done since June 2016.

Well, we didn’t waste any time. Since Ellie had started school, Jack got to spend some special one-on-one time with Granny and Shelly. We did a fair amount of wine tasting, exploring Portland, activities like bowling and eating out.

We also did a hike up Beacon Rock, which Jack impressively managed all by himself.

Then there was a trip to the beach, where Jack was flying his Spidey kite and encouraging him to go higher and higher (see the video below).
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December 2017

Sadly, December was full of a lot of sickness in our house. Everyone caught the flu and spent a few weeks recovering from it. But nonetheless, we tried to make the most of our first Christmas in Oregon.

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A visit from Aunty Nicola and Max

In August, Aunty Nicola and cousin Max were kind enough to visit us from England.

It really felt like a long trip, because we did so much every day that we really made the most of our time.

There was a jetboat ride on the Willamette, wine tasting, waterfalls, beaches, mountains, lakes, roses, playing around, snuggling, barbecues, stories and more. Continue reading “A visit from Aunty Nicola and Max”