Category Archives: Fun

Garden Railway Tour

Garden Railway Tour

Garden-Railway-Engine-TunnelThe annual Rose City Garden Railway Show (Driving Tour) in Portland, Oregon is this Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 5pm.  What a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day! Continue Reading

A Little Snowflake Day

A Little Snowflake Day

This winter I designed a little snowflake and created some very simple Scandinavian style winter and Christmas signs.  It was super fun to learn how to make a snowflake using graphic design software.  I started out using scissors to create a design, but my paper snowflakes just didn’t cut it….. get it?  ….cut it? 🙂  OK – I’m sorry.  Continue Reading

Winnie the Pooh Photo Shoot at Disneyland

Winnie the Pooh Photo Shoot at Disneyland

In trying to cull together all my most favorite photos from the past two years I ran across the photos from my spontaneous Winnie the Pooh photo shoot from our trip to Disneyland exactly two years ago today.

Silly ol’ bear.Continue Reading

Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation

Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation

Retro Camping at the Lakedale Resort

While trying to plan an entirely different trip, I stumbled across a glamping and camp ground off the coast of Washington State on San Juan Island that has an Airstream Trailer (camper) that is parked lakeside and restored and can be rented out by the night.  I was so enchanted by the possibility of getting to stay in an Airstream without having to own one that I abandoned my original plans and worked out all the details that would put us on this Pacific Northwest island in the sunny summertime in a glorious restored Airstream.

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Western Riding Lessons

Western Riding Lessons

My girl loves, loves, loves horses!!! She researches anything and everything she can about them. Almost all her free time is spent doing research or watching YouTube videos of western riding.

Last fall I filmed her riding, but I would have to say that I am surprised at how much she has already improved since then. I love this little video though. I love capturing moments in time, so that you can really see the improvements, and remember the event.Continue Reading

Apple Power Mac G5 Hack – New Life for Dead Tech

Apple Power Mac G5 Hack – New Life for Dead Tech

Part of our basement is a technology graveyard.  It’s where old computers and the like go to collect dust until a new fate is assigned.  Last week I was restless and decided that I would never use my retired Apple Power Mac G5 Tower…at least not as a computer.  My inspiration started out simple…”I’m gonna gut this thing.”Continue Reading

Pips and Bounce

Pips and Bounce

Portland’s Ping Pong Social Club

Summertime church camp was an annual event in my junior high and high school life back in the ’80s.  The camp I went to every year had a ping pong table.  I fell in love.  I also fell in love with ping pong which was a good thing because the boys I fell in love with at camp didn’t end up panning out.Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas

Disneyland Christmas

A Disneyland Christmas is an extra magical Disneyland experience.  We were there for an extended weekend in late November so we avoided the busiest time, but were still able to see all the beautiful decorations.  It was the perfect time to start getting in the mood for the holidays and I’m still savoring the memories.Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas – California Adventure Christmas Lights

Disneyland Christmas – California Adventure Christmas Lights

California Adventure Christmas Lights are such an amazing addition to an already beautiful Disneyland Christmas.  Boyd and I managed to be among the last people to get in line for the Radiator Springs Racers ride in Cars Land which put us in the perfect place to shut down the park and take photos of all the beautiful lights with nearly no one else around.  Both those factors made it really magical for us. Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas – CA Adventure ¡Viva Navidad!

Disneyland Christmas – CA Adventure ¡Viva Navidad!

Fantastic ¡Viva Navidad Street Performance & More Christmas Decor at Disney California Adventure

I’m going to kick this post off right with Boyd’s video of the ¡Viva Navidad Latin-Themed Street Party at Paradise Gardens in CA Adventure.Continue Reading

Disneyland Christmas Decorations

Disneyland Christmas Decorations

California Adventure – Buena Vista Street & Hollywood Land at Christmastime

featuring the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

Disneyland at Christmastime is really cool.  We went before Thanksgiving since that is when our anniversary was.  Holidays at the Disneyland Resort runs from November 13, 2014 – January 6, 2015 according to our Entertainment Times Guide. Continue Reading

Bag & Baggage Christmas Play – Our Yearly Tradition

Bag & Baggage Christmas Play – Our Yearly Tradition

Trish and I had a yearly tradition of seeing the Bag & Baggage Christmas play. This tradition was a necessary part of our friendship, for without it we would have never seen each other, because we both worked way too much.Continue Reading

Line Rider – Let’s Go Sledding!

Line Rider – Let’s Go Sledding!

In the spirit of winter fun, this is a gift I give to you. You’ve been working hard and you could use a short break. Line Rider is a game I un-apologetically wasted a lot of time on in 2006. It’s simple but addicting too…you draw a line and then let the little scarfed sledder ride your line!  Easy, right?Continue Reading

24th Anniversary Disneyland Getaway

24th Anniversary Disneyland Getaway

The Disneyland Hotel

Yep.  You heard me right.  The Disneyland Hotel.  I threw all care to the wind (and by all care I mean all my money) and just went for it.  Only the cheapest (ie standard view room) of the best would do for this trip as it was the first time we have actually done anything that required a plane ticket for our anniversary.Continue Reading

A Simple Thanksgiving Message

A Simple Thanksgiving Message

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Last Events of Halloween

Last Events of Halloween

The last week was packed full of excitement. Six days in a row we had friends come over and go through the haunted house. We had a night of pumpkin carving. There was trick or treating, and even a party at my parents house. Boy, am I exhausted!Continue Reading

Haunted House Sneak Peek

Haunted House Sneak Peek

Well, the haunted house is coming along! I asked my husband if we could have a sneak peek. He let me in to photograph it, and then he picked the pictures that would be sort of spooky, but not give anything away.Continue Reading

The Davis Graveyard is a Halloween Must Do

The Davis Graveyard is a Halloween Must Do

Last October Tammy was telling us about this amazing house that was totally decked out for Halloween.  She insisted that we just had to go and see the yard.  I was figuring it was somewhere in our neighborhood and was probably just filled with inflatables and misc spooky decor from Target.  I’m not a big fan of Halloween in general, and as it turned out this house was a good 40 minutes away.   I finally did agree to go so as to not be a total stick-in-the-mud.

It was amazing and TOTALLY WORTH THE DRIVE!Continue Reading

The Beginnings of the Haunted House

The Beginnings of the Haunted House

For the last 2 years my husband has been building a haunted house in our back yard! Every year it has grown slightly larger, and slightly scarier. This year the build began the end of August turning our normal back yard into a black visqueened tunnel system.Continue Reading

Fort Stevens Beach

Fort Stevens Beach

Church camp at Fort Stevens State Park was an exciting event I always looked forward to as a kid! The last couple of years, we as a family have gone there with some family friends.Continue Reading

The Gales Creek Store Reopens

The Gales Creek Store Reopens

When I was really young my grandpa owned a farm in Forest Grove. On the days that I helped out he would take me to get ice cream at the Gales Creek Store.Continue Reading

Net Fishing

Net Fishing

Forget the poles! Try net fishing it seems to be entertaining for hours.Continue Reading

Clear Lake

Clear Lake

In June my family went camping at Clear Lake. I had never been there before, and I really thought the lake was quite lovely.Continue Reading

Hiking the Beautiful Opal Creek Trail

Hiking the Beautiful Opal Creek Trail

This summer I took my daughter, my niece and her children hiking. We hiked the Opal Creek Trail. It is a lovely trail that is straight uphill!!! Then it is straight downhill on the way back.Continue Reading

My Niece’s Wedding at The Gorge White House

My Niece’s Wedding at The Gorge White House

The beautiful Gorge White House is located in Hood River, OR. It is a 1908 historical home with a working farm.Continue Reading

El Granada Surfing, Half Moon Bay and YouTube

El Granada Surfing, Half Moon Bay and YouTube

San Fran Day Five

Dudes, like checkout the totally chill surf video my most excellent husband did.

[OK – I’m callin’ him out.  Boyd wrote that sentence when he added his video to my post. I’m still laughing so I figured I better leave it there. The video is really fun to watch – but I’m still glad I was napping in the car while it was being filmed.  Trish]Continue Reading

Sweet Bridal Shower Brunch

Sweet Bridal Shower Brunch

My nieces gave my other niece a really sweet bridal shower brunch. They worked so hard to put together a beautiful spread full of finger food sized treats.Continue Reading

Half Moon Bay’s Sun Studios, The Computer History Museum and Pacifica Sea Bowl

Half Moon Bay’s Sun Studios, The Computer History Museum and Pacifica Sea Bowl

San Fran Day Four

After a great night’s sleep at the Half Moon Bay Inn, Boyd, Isak and I wandered up Main Street until we found a little restaurant with patio seating where we could have some breakfast. My father woke uncharacteristically early and found a Calvary Chapel just off Main Street to visit for their Sunday morning service.Continue Reading

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Cable Cars & City Center

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Cable Cars & City Center

San Fran Day One

We had considered driving to San Francisco back in March for spring vacation, but since we are self employed there is no such thing as “paid vacation” time which means that we really pay for every day we are away.Continue Reading

Silverwood Theme Park

Silverwood Theme Park

Idaho Road Trip Day 8

Who knew there was a theme park a mere 7 hours from Portland, Oregon?!!!Continue Reading

Boulder Beach Water Park at Silverwood Theme Park in Northern Idaho

Boulder Beach Water Park at Silverwood Theme Park in Northern Idaho

Idaho Road Trip Day 7

The crazy thing about this road trip is that it has taken us until day 7 to get to the destination that created the trip in the first place.Continue Reading

Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast

Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast

Idaho Road Trip Days 3, 4 & 5

So where farmstayus.com really got me off track was when I found this awesome-looking place in Northern Idaho where we could go camping as a family without any camping gear.  Continue Reading

The Roosters of Winlock

The Roosters of Winlock

Boyd, Trish and I went to Winlock, Washington to check out the small town and the rooster statues they have there. I just adore small towns and the beautiful architecture of the old buildings in them. I dream of living in a small town some day, where the people all know me by name.Continue Reading

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Idaho Road Trip Days 2 & 3

One of my favorite parts of our road trip ended up being the Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho.  I like being a bit pampered when I’m on vacation so this was right up my alley.Continue Reading

Portland to Spokane, WA Road Trip

Portland to Spokane, WA Road Trip

Idaho Road Trip Days 1 & 2

Last summer I was trying to figure out somewhere fun (and amusing) we could go together to make some memories with our son without having to fly (before he grows up and moves out) Continue Reading

A Steller’s Jay Makes a Stellar Splash

A Steller’s Jay Makes a Stellar Splash

A few weeks ago I happened to be walking by our front window and noticed this guy in our bird bath. I thought for sure by the time I was able to get my camera and tripod out that for sure he would be gone.Continue Reading

Now where did I leave that nut?

Now where did I leave that nut?

aka – Trees I did not plant

I have absentminded squirrels hiding things in my yard.   Continue Reading

Easter Family Fun

Easter Family Fun

Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a fun day!Continue Reading

Whatever You Do, Don’t Joke Around with Border Patrol

Whatever You Do, Don’t Joke Around with Border Patrol

Boyd’s family heralds from Washington state right where the northwest tip of Washington meets Canada.  Next to the small town of Blaine is Birch Bay, a quiet bay side community with views across to another little bay side town, White Rock, Canada. We visit family there fairly often. Back in November my son and I finally got our passports, so we decidedContinue Reading

My Husband Got to be God Today

My Husband Got to be God Today

While I was making dinner my husband came in with a huge smile on his face. I looked at him weird and asked him what he was up to. He went on to inform me that he just got to play God.Continue Reading

Fun Surprise Pictures on My Camera

Fun Surprise Pictures on My Camera

I love to take pictures, I love to look at pictures, and I especially love to find surprise pictures on my camera. Every once in a while my daughter will ask if she can use my camera to take some pictures. I love it when she brings it back and it is full of fun shots that I would have missed. Continue Reading

Bright and Fun Cake Balls

Bright and Fun Cake Balls

You can find recipes all over the internet for cake balls or cake pops. I just love making these with my daughter and her friends. Ours are not sculpted and perfect, but theyContinue Reading

Work’n the Cuteness by Oreo the SpringerPoo

Work’n the Cuteness by Oreo the SpringerPoo

Oreo is a pretty fantastic dog. He is 11 years old now, but is still very much puppy most of the time. He very effectively uses his cuteness to get meContinue Reading

I Want a T. Rex

I Want a T. Rex

Well leave it to Texas to have a totally awesome dinosaur exhibit. And tell me, who doesn’t love dinos?Continue Reading

Mt. Hood Cosmic Snow Tubing

Mt. Hood Cosmic Snow Tubing

Right in our own back yard (if you include anything within a two-hour drive as part of our backyard) is the beautiful Mt. Hood skiing and winter sports paradise.   I’m embarrassed to say that we have now taken our son to the mountain a total of 3 times.Continue Reading