August 27, 2014 Uncategorized

Birthday Carrot Cake

Toban’s birthday is today! So Vada and I spent yesterday morning baking a cake. Carrot cake. We made the Martha Stewart recipe from scratch and it turned out amazing. Vada did great helping with all the steps. And hopefully she will help with a lot of the eating because the cake is insanely rich.



August 25, 2014 Uncategorized

The Last Dancing Princess

At the final class of the season all of the parents were able to join in the dance room to watch the┬áDancing Princesses. Unfortunately this freaked out several of the kids and they just clung to their parents. Vada is probably towards the older of the bunch so she danced the whole time. It wasn’t a special program just the normal songs and dances that they had been doing over the previous weeks. Vada chose to wear her Dora dress that Zoey handed down to her.DSC07190 DSC07199 DSC07181 DSC07169 DSC07157 DSC07138 DSC07120

August 24, 2014 Uncategorized



Many days at preschool I find Vada outside on the monkey bars. And this is why she needs to always wear shorts under her dresses.

August 21, 2014 Uncategorized


The orchard

Our new house came with an amazing little orchard of apple, fig, plum, and pear trees. Last weekend Vada and I made fig newtons with fresh figs and this weekend we dehydrated as many apples as we could.

August 18, 2014 Uncategorized


Eye spy

Toban has been running on the Portland trails and I wanted to go along to hike. In order to convince Vada that it was something she wanted to do as well we offered to get her a magnifying glass. She was in! And even told me that she had fun on the hike!


August 17, 2014 Uncategorized


Hair flips

Vada loves to flip her hair… It kind of seems to be her comfort habit or happy expression. We got her hair trimmed yesterday. (Lots of swimming has caused for some greenish dry hair!) She specified the length she wanted and was so pleased she could still flip her hair in the usual spot!






August 14, 2014 Uncategorized


Mini Me

Vada wore my old ballet costume to her Dancing Princesses class this weekend. It is quite big on her but she is so happy wearing it.

July 27, 2014 Uncategorized


String Summit

We spent the past several days at the Northwest String Summit – a bluegrass musical festival just west of Portland. We camped with several families with kids around Vada’s age. Vada had a blast running around like crazy with the kids. And we were able to listen to some music as well!






July 20, 2014 Uncategorized


Firework Day

Vada was totally into the 4th of July this year. She loved the fireworks and wasn’t afraid at all. We alternated shooting small things in our driveway with watching off our back deck for bigger fireworks.

July 5, 2014 Uncategorized