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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Jack’s 4th birthday party

As Jack’s grown up and he understands himself and the world around him more, he’s become a lot of fun to be around.

For people that meet Jack, they have the same general impression of him, that he’s goofy, silly, funny and fun to be around. He’s the life of the party and we’re glad to have him in our lives.

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Face painting at the Tulip Festival

One of our favourite activities each year is to go to the Tulip Festival. It’s a nice way to get in the mood for spring and see off winter.

When we went this year, they were offering face painting and Marti wanted to take them. They each chose their own design and I think they came out looking fantastic!

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A hike to find flowers in the Columbia River Gorge

We have certainly loved our move to Portland, OR and in that process, we have sought to get outside and explore as often as we can. So when a nice spring day came along, we jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house and try and see the early fruits of spring.

We took a little hike at Tom McCall Nature Preserve to see the wildflowers that were starting to bloom and the kids loved it. They love getting outside and exploring, and they do modest hikes and enjoy it. I don’t push them and we just go as far as we can before they start getting bored or crabby and then we turn back.

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Visiting Ellie in her bed

Most mornings, the kids do their own thing, or they fight, or if we’re lucky, they’re on the same page and they’re doing something sweet together.

This morning, that’s exactly what happened. Jack had come to Ellie’s room and they were cuddled up in bed together, and Ellie was reading a book to him. We live for these sweet moments.

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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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