Dozer Day

One of Jack’s birthday presents was tickets to go to an event that we’ve been trying to for the last couple of years, but just haven’t quite made it.

It’s called Dozer Day, and it’s where kids get to sit in full-sized heavy machinery and operate them. Jack had a lot of fun playing with the equipment, and Ellie did too since she was along for the ride.

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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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Jack at his first basketball game [VIDEO]

Jack has expressed an interest in basketball for a couple of years now, ever since he started peering out of our windows and saw the boys across the street playing in their driveway.

Since we now live in Rip City, we decided that a trip to go and see the Blazers would make for a great Christmas present, so I took him on a father-and-son trip to see them play the Mavericks.

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July – September 2018

This year, I vowed to make plans for summer and make the most of it. Well, I pretty much failed at that and didn’t do nearly the things that I had hoped for, but we still got out and enjoyed ourselves.

We continued on with our regular activities, like our Home Depot workshops, but we also had a trip to the coast with some friends, which included a hike on Cascade Head. On a separate trip to the coast, we took a ride on the OregonĀ Coast Scenic Railroad, which the kids enjoyed.

At the end of September, we attended the Oregon Air Show. Funnily enough, Jack’s favourite thing there was not an airplane, but rather a jet-powered big rig, which could accelerate to 300mph in about 11 seconds and overtake planes flying overhead. Continue reading “July – September 2018”