We are well in to summer, with vacations and BBQ's and general busy-ness, and I'm already missing the cooler, more slow-paced tone of this past spring. Most of it was filled with busy nothings, but we had fun nonetheless. Here are some of the things we did:
We played in the park with friends.
Henry got stronger and smilier than he already was (and thankfully gave up the face scratching - you can see the last remnants on his face here).
We went on lots of walks and discovered the world around us. These were some of our favorite things:
We found time to take some naps
(especially after church).
We tried some new food.
We enjoyed the simple fun of sidewalk chalk.
My bright eyes got even brighter!
Claire finally caught on to the fad of "planking".
We had a preschool "graduation" gathering at the zoo.
Despite having lived in the Portland area for 5 years now, there are still things to discover about this place. And sometimes, others discover them for us. Case in point: Glenda had heard about a "witch's house" somewhere in Forest Park. I had never heard of such a thing. But it is, in fact, there. It's actually a WPA bathroom that was built in the 30's that has since fallen into disrepair. There is a legend that it is haunted because of a pioneer who shot his son-in-law in the 1850's. He originally owned the land on which the "witch's house" stands. Though we saw no ghoulies or ghosties, we had a great hike despite the rain.
The immensity of the forests here still amaze me.
I was really worried about Henry being cold and wet, but he loved it. Isn't he so adorable in his little bear ears?
After a short hike, we made it to the "witch's house".
It wasn't too scary.
Maybe it's creepier in the dark. And without a group of people.
This fallen tree had really good aim...
As we headed back to our car, we came upon this startlingly beautiful creature.
We watched each other for a while.
It let us get surprisingly close. We were standing on a bridge watching it, and then after a while, it flew to a rock under the bridge.
It was a hike that offered a few pleasant surprises.
Adam and I recently became adults: we bought a house! While we are both very excited, I had been bemoaning the "loss" of the parks and walking trails that were so close to the apartments in which we've lived over the past 5 years. But then, lo and behold, we discover Jenkins Estate. Luckily, Glenda was able to explore it with us when she was here for her visit.
Did I mention it has a rhododendron garden?
This is the actual "estate". I hear there's a fun Halloween event here.
The wall 'o white flowers were amazing.
There are great wooded walking trails, some which have some really great views.
And isn't this girl just darling? She loved the puffballs that had fallen from a tree. And then of course a few rounds of "Popcorn Popping" ensued. But she just held that ball of flowers so carefully. Man, I love that girl.
It really is a beautiful park. Maybe the move won't be so scary after all.