Bend Thanksgiving 2019

Our Bend trip was awesome! Last year there was just the tiniest dusting of snow. This year was a winter wonderland! I love the snow so much!

We had a great time with Match’s family. It was the perfect balance of family time and having our own space at the resort. We loved getting quality time with our sweet niece. She’s 2, and it is such a fun age! I love her sweet little voice, and how enamored she is with Piglet.

My favorite part of the trip was the hike Match, Piglet and I went on at the resort on the last day. Just look at that amazing view!

I could definitely see myself living somewhere where it snows more often. It’s so beautiful, and I love the stillness and quiet that comes with the snow. I’m sure I’d hate the daily grind of it, but it sure it gorgeous to come visit. Until next time, Bend!

Feeling Thankful

We are currently in route to Bend for Thanksgiving. We are meeting Match’s parents and his sister and her little family. I am so, so excited!

We once again got a condo at our favorite resort, where we get to hot tub and swim in the snow.

Match and I were reminiscing about our first Thanksgiving together. It was 11 years ago! We had been together 5 months, and we were in the full blown honeymoon stage. I blogged about feeling like a part of the family, and daydreaming about marrying Match. Now here we are, a family.

There is so much to be thankful for. This year we started the tradition of writing what we are grateful for on a pumpkin. We had fun coming up with all sorts of things, both silly and serious.

I’m also grateful for this blog, which allows me to look back at my relationship with Match and remind me of how lucky I am to have found him. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Mama Son Date Days

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get a couple Mama and son date days with my boy. We spent Sunday playing legos, then went to a paint your own pottery place to make Christmas gifts for the grandparents.

Monday I had the day off, so we spent it at the zoo, one of our favorite places to go. We had a really special moment where we settled down for snacks and “special drinks” (his hot cocoa, my latte) at the seal exhibit. The crowd cleared out, and for a little while, it was just me, Piglet and the seals. It was pretty magical.

It was a great end to the day, which started off a little rocky, with mama forgetting her license so we almost didn’t get in with just our member card (lucky for me the ticket taker was cool with a photo of my license I had in my email, whew!) and we almost couldn’t board the public transportation train because the ticket machine wouldn’t take my card, and then poor Piglet even spilled his hot cocoa seconds after getting it. The nice cashier let us have another one for free.

After the zoo, he somehow wasn’t tired, so we loaded up Loki and headed to the park. We have decided the only way to exercise this pup is by rollerblading with him. So mama got a big workout in too!

It was a great time with my sweet boy, and I need more weekends like that. Love him so, and I’m still so amazed at how fast he’s growing up. I will cherish these sweet moments with him. I hope he always wants to go on mama son date days.

Match’s New Blog

You guys! Match has a new blog he has been working on: PNW Outdoorsman. He also has an online store with a lot of pretty cool stuff in it. I would love for you all to stop by and take a look. He just posted about a beautiful fall hike we took on Saturday. It was a beautiful fall day, and one of my favorite days of this year.

Halloween Decor 2019

Last week I posted about the Halloween Kid’s party at our new home. I didn’t get a chance to post some of the decorations we’ve put up. This is one of my favorite holidays, and I wasn’t going to let a little unpacking unstop me.

Next year I plan to do more, but since we’re just getting settled, for now this will do.

The built-ins we had for our bedroom are a perfect fit in the new living room.

The monster cut out looks so cool against the view of trees outside.
The front porch. I love having a big porch to decorate!
I love adding the little details. I’m not sure what the fish thinks of it though.
We can’t forget the pirate ship. We also did a backdrop, but I hate how small it was. I think next year we’ll do something different.

Have you decorated for Halloween? We’re having a great Halloween season, and I can’t wait to dress up again on Halloween with Piglet and Match.