Monday, October 26, 2009

Portland, Oregon

We spent a few days in Portland last week, while B was at a conference. It was a great trip for us--the first chance B and I have had to relax and just have fun in a really long time. Western Oregon and Washington are beautiful--we had never been there before, although we'd heard a lot about the Northwest from many people. This time of year is especially impressive, too--in addition to the lush green moss, ferns, and pine trees, there are the gorgeous yellows and reds and oranges of fall.

I had so much fun driving around Portland and visiting parks and museums with the kids while B was busy with his conference.

S at the International Rose Test Garden

One afternoon B joined us for a drive to the coast. It had been over 2 years since we'd seen the ocean--unbelievable. (Excluding B and his field trips to Iceland and Hawaii, that is... the rest of us had been totally landlocked. )

This was also baby N's first ocean experience--something of a rite of passage in our family (all the others have been at the ocean within the first few months (if not weeks) of their lives, so she was long overdue).

We were extremely lucky with clear sunny skies both at the beach and the next day when we drove up into Washington to see Mount St. Helens.

It was all wonderful. I would be happy to live in Portland. And I've realized I need to make sure we visit the ocean more often, and travel to new places more often. It does all of us so much good.

Farmers Market

This year our town had an official Farmers Market on Friday afternoons, from the end of June through the beginning of October. It was small, but still fun. I took the kids to the last one of the year, even though it was freezing that day and even snowing a little. (They loved it.)

Pumpkin drawing for the little kids.

Hot cocoa for the big kids.

This little one just loved looking at all the pumpkins.