Aquarium Day and Fall Yurt Camping

Friday was an in-service day for school, which meant Piglet had the day off. Match and I planned ahead and took the day off too, and we took a trip to Newport to go yurt camping. We’re members of the Oregon Zoo, and this month we get free reciprocal admission to the aquarium. It’s one of favorite places to visit, and going on a Friday did not disappoint. Because it was a weekday, and colder weather, the place was practically empty. I also planned a surprise for Piglet-we met up with one of his best friends from school. He was so excited!

 

I could watch the jelly fish for hours. They’re so calming.

The absolute best part of the aquarium is the tunnels. Again, we could have stayed here for hours. Last time we were at the aquarium, there were huge crowds in the tunnels, and it was hard to get a good picture. This time, we had the tunnels to ourselves at a few points! It was amazing. I loved watching the schools of fish, and especially the sting rays. I also loved watching the kids looking at the floor observation windows. Cute little booties in the air! Oh to be a kiddo. At one point I laid down with them, and I can definitely see the appeal. It was crazy to watch the sharks swim right underneath.

 

After the aquarium we headed to dinner at our favorite restaurant in Newport. It’s called the Taphouse, and it has a great little kids play area. The servers are always really friendly, and they have tons of beers on tap.

We headed back to the yurt after our long day of adventuring. Yurt camping in November was a different experience than in March. It was soooo cold out! But we loved that we had space heaters and cozy beds. Falling asleep looking up through the skylight was so relaxing. Beverly Beach is one of our favorite campgrounds, mostly because of the beach. It’s fairly sheltered, so there is little to no wind. We spent time just walking along the beach, and watching Piglet play in the sand. He ran around getting as sandy as he possibly could. We lucked out with a dry weekend and plenty of sun, even though we needed to wear two sets of pants to stay warm!

Match on the other hand is part polar bear. I swear, I do not know how he can stand the cold! He decided to go for a swim in the ocean, because he’s basically a crazy person.

Saturday we went into town to explore after our day on the beach. We had dinner at Georgi’s, this great spot with a gorgeous view out of our window. On the way back to camp, we had time to catch the sunset over the ocean, and then curled up in our matching jammies. You know bedtime is always better when you’re wearing matching jammies!

Sunday we spent the morning at the beach again. There is nothing better than drinking morning coffee on the beach.

Ducks, Hockey and Roller Blades

Gorday Bombay: Fulton, is it true what they say, about the scholarships and how they don’t want you to play hockey?

Fulton Reed: People talk, told me nothing.

Gordon Bombay: Why don’t you play for us?

Fulton Reed: I can’t.

Gordon Bombay: What do you mean, you can’t?

Fulton Reed: I mean I can’t!

Gordon Bombay: What, are you afraid?

Fulton Reed: No, I mean I really can’t, you moron! I don’t know how to skate!

[Hits a puck with a slapshot in anger. The shot hits the valise so hard, it closes itself]

Gordon Bombay: Woah… Is that all that’s stopping you?

The Mighty Ducks

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with hockey. I watched the Mighty Ducks until I could recite every line. I had roller blades, my own hockey stick, and I wore an ill fitting New York Rangers Jersey for years. I ice skated as often as I could get to a rink (the closest one was hours away from my home town) and I day dreamed of joining a co-ed hockey team.

Fast forward to this weekend, when on a whim Match and I decided to let Piglet watch the Mighty Ducks for the first time.

He LOVED it! And that sparked one of the best weekends we’ve ever had as a family. We spent Saturday at the ice rink in a nearby town. Piglet has never skated, but he was so brave!

Then today we spent the morning playing street hockey

and in the afternoon we went to a used sporting goods store, where we scored roller blades for the whole family. We spent the afternoon skating and teaching Piglet the joys of roller blading. He took a lot of spills, but he didn’t give up. He’s a natural, and I’m so excited to get out there again. My obsession is back with a vengeance, and I can’t believe Match and I didn’t do this sooner.

I remember the time we went ice skating and had the rink to ourselves. I wish we had done more skating, because getting back out on blades felt like the most natural thing in the world for both of us. I told him I want our next date night to be a date on the ice, or roller blading at the park. So what about you, readers? Has a movie ever sparked a passion for you? What do you think of skating? Oh, and PS for those of you that read the blog often-did you notice I have red hair now? I took a risk and went drastic and I love it!

Mother’s Day and Piglet’s Birthday

This year, I got to share Mother’s Day with my favorite little guy. We had a party at his Kempo dojo yesterday, and it was such a good time with his friends and family. Today, even though we’d had a birthday party, we wanted to keep the birthday weekend going, so we let him make most of the decisions on what we would do. We ended up going to two playgrounds, one park, building Legos, watching a little bit of a movie, getting books at the library, and playing in the kiddy pool, topped off with both our favorites, sushi. He was exhausted and fell asleep giggling. It was a pretty wonderful day, and it was one of those days where he had a great attitude, even though he was exhausted. My favorite part was playing walkie talkies with him at the park.

Match got me flowers and a super sweet card. I love the drawing he made for the envelope. So sweet!

I was super excited to get the gift Piglet made at Daycare. Match has one from Father’s Day a few years ago, and now I have my own to take with me wherever I go!

 

Thank you for making my day so special, and for all the joy and laughter you’ve brought to our lives. I cannot believe how fast the last 5 years have flown by. You are our amazing, silly, funny, loving, stubborn, happy little man. Every day I’m so grateful we get to raise you. I’m honored that you call me your best friend. You are my heart, buddy. We love you so. Way, way more than you know!

Back to Back Date Nights

Last weekend Match and I had not one, but two date nights in a row! It’s not common for us to get a date night once a month, so two back to back was nothing short of amazing.

The first night we went to a beer tasting party. We went last year too, and this guy puts together a great party. He has all different kinds of beers, and you have to guess which one is which. It’s not easy! I’m so proud of myself, because to my surprise, I actually won the contest! Woot, woot! Match and I had a great time chatting with other couples. Can’t wait to go again next year!

 

 

 

 

Saturday was our big date night in Portland. We’ve been planning this trip since the last time we went to the comedy club. This time we got to see my favorite, Nate Bargatze. If you haven’t heard his comedy, you need to check him out. He’s hilarious! We went with my lifelong friend and her hubby. We started out with dinner at the food truck pavilion, and then on to the big show.

 

Match’s sister watched Piglet for us, and we were so grateful for it! They live in Portland, and we were able to stay with them and not stress about the big drive home. It also meant we got baby snuggles with our little niece! We had a great time and I can’t wait to go back for another date night!

March Madness

How is already March, guys? Wasn’t I just writing up New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t mind that February is gone, because even though I usually love winter, this year I’m ready for sunshine and warmer days. Every chance we’ve had, we’ve gone outside. Last weekend we finally got together with my brother, niece and nephew. I love how sweetly those three play together. They’re so good with Piglet, and he loves them so much. I can’t get over how big they’re getting. They used to be babies, and now they’re both in the DOUBLE digits. Sniff!

This month Finnegan is back, Piglet’s precocious little leprechaun. We treat it kind of like Elf on the Shelf, but not as intricate. Usually he just moves around, and sometimes he is set up playing with Piglet’s toys, or propped next to a treat. I love watching Piglet’s face light up when he moves. My favorite is how he thinks Finnegan controls our Echo dot. I have an app on my phone that can control the app, so every time he asks Finnegan to play music, the Echo dot “magically” turns on. Sometimes technology is really fun! I found Piglet reading a leprechaun book to Finnegan. How sweet is he?

Last weekend we had a really fun kid’s party at our local pool. Piglet was so funny when he insisted on showing up with his swim trunks on his head. I love his sense of humor!

I’ve gotten closer to my Zumba crew. A few weeks ago we celebrated H’s birthday. I am so grateful for these gals, and guy! They motivate me to keep up with the routine, and I wouldn’t be on the right path with my fitness and weight loss without them. We’re going out to dinner tomorrow night, and I’m so excited to hang with them again.

This coming weekend we are going on our yurt camping adventure! I am so crazy excited to get out of town. Match has been super busy with school, and I feel like we haven’t seen each other all week. Piglet and I have had some great quality time together though. I’ve been making him earn his keep.

How’s your month? What has everyone been up to? Are you as excited about the change in seasons as I am?