06.30.17

We had a CRAZY (long, cold, difficult) winter this year. It snowed and iced several times across several months. It seemed like it would never end. This was the beginning of it so, of course we hurried outside to enjoy the beautiful snow in our own backyard. Little did we know it would snow MUCH more not long after this. They said it doesn’t snow here. Psshhh.. yeah. It always seems to snow or dump weird weather storms when Brian is offshore for work. George is so funny in the snow – it makes him super frisky and he pounces everywhere. You can’t help but laugh! Brady thought it was a good idea to eat the snow off the TRASH CAN. ??? Here are some favorite shots from the backyard.

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2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
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2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,
2016,Boy,Brady,George,Home,Lauren Allen Photography,Portland,backyard,candid,childhood,kid,kids,natural light,playing,preschooler,snow,snow day,weather,winter,

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06.15.17

Since it’s now June, I thought it only appropriate to blog about our cutting down of the Christmas tree from last November. :) Finally playing catch up on more personal photos now that I’m officially on “maternity leave/baby watch” for the summer.

This Fall we ventured to a different Christmas tree farm than last year, because they were partnering with our church to give all proceeds to families in need within our area/church. Our adventure was had at Kraxberger Farms. They were very friendly and it was a beautiful place. It was hard to decide which tree to cut down, because honestly they were all so uniform and beautiful looking. I let Brian make the final decision and he and Brady sawed it down and hauled it to the truck. I think George had the most fun – he ran around and greeted everyone and had the biggest “smile” on his face the whole time.

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04.13.17

We went on our first family camping trip back in September 2016 to Clear Lake in Mt. Hood National Forest just East of Portland. It’s in a really beautiful area, but beware, there are TWO Clear Lakes in Oregon. Of course, the pictures I kept looking at of the super clear waters were from the one located more towards Central Oregon. The one we ended up at was basically dried up lol. Whoops. We started the trip with dinner at our favorite burger joint on the way, Calamity Jane’s, so we didn’t arrive at our campsite until after dark.  Despite that and the fact that it down poured on us the majority of our stay, it was fine. We made the best of it.

We stayed two nights. It was Brian, Brady (almost 4 at the time), George (our golden retriever) and me. We used one big tent for all of us and even fashioned a little tarp to cook under the second night in the pouring rain. I couldn’t seem to get warm pretty much the whole time. One of the most important goals of mine for this camping trip was A) a great view of a mountain lake B) To sit under (& photograph) the stars out in the wilderness (that’s one way that God woos me is the sky), but we arrived at our campsite jussst in time to get a glimpse of a beautiful starry night right as the clouds for the impending rain quickly moved in and blocked any/all stars/moon. I didn’t get my starry night picture. Sigh.

We mostly stuck close to our campsite, which was very nicely sized and equipped with a big fire pit, picnic table, and was located next to a community dumpster and a quick walk across the road to the pit toilet. We did take a little walk down to the (dried up) lake the first morning there.  It’d be nice to return when the weather isn’t so dreary.  Since I thought we were going to the OTHER Clear Lake, I’d planned a couple hikes and even got a stick/accessories for my new GoPro to take some neat under water video. Well, I took some video on our drive in and before the rain really hit (or when we got a short break).

Thanks to my hubby who’s acquired decent camping/wilderness gear over the years and a friend who let us borrow some additional sleeping pads, we had a comfortable stay!  Next time we’ll set up a better “keep mud out of the tent” system, but we did an ok job for the most part. Brady also did better sleeping in the tent than I imagined as a 3 year old on his first camping trip.  We look forward to our next family camping trip!

Here’s a short fusion video from our 1st camping experience: (also my first GoPro video (I have some improvements to make the next time I use it)…)

Here are some images:

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