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!IMG_5967.JPG



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


Dancing Princesses

For anyone who knows Vada I don’t think I even need to explain how excited she is to start dancing princesses today. It is a class at a local rec center that is a little bit ballet and dance but mostly princess dresses, wands, and crowns.


June 28, 2014 Uncategorized



The pool hit 90 degrees this weekend!

June 3, 2014 Uncategorized


Little Lady

Apparently even on a van camping trip to the desert jewelry is a must.

May 24, 2014 Uncategorized

May 14, 2014 Uncategorized