What’s up, Weekend 11.16

I love the theme for this linkup with the Peaceful Posse: happy/gratitude/favs of the week/happy weekend

That’s exactly how I felt this weekend. It started with Piglet having a new school friend over for a playdate. The two boys played and I got a chance to get to know his mom, whom I’ve only briefly chatted with during school pick-up. She’s great, and I felt like we clicked. She also brought over a Harry Potter lego gift for Piglet, and is as obsessed with all things HP as I am, so I was immediately a fan! The boys are both only children, so I feel like they really “get” each other. Here they are being “pieces of coal”.

Saturday we played host to Match’s sister and her little not so little baby, who is now 1! I can’t even believe how fast that happened. It was nice having just the girls to ourselves. I loved watching Piglet interacting with his cousin. He was so good about keeping her entertained and playing with her. She just lit up around him, and especially for Uncle Match.

We ordered sushi takeout and loved watching Little Niece chomp down on some avocado rolls. She’s going to be sushi obsessed like her cousin Piglet!

Today we took a stroll downtown and did a little Christmas shopping. We stopped at one of our favorites for lunch and coffee. It was a great visit!

After the girls left we took Piglet to the park. It’s been the driest November in Oregon’s history, so we took full advantage. Match and I strapped on our rollerblades while Piglet took to his bike. We raced each other around the park and soaked up the sunshine.

I am grateful for time with new friends, family, and my husband who has been gone all week working out of town. I’m happy we only have a 3 day work week next week, and then it’s off to Bend for some more R&R!

What made you happy this weekend?

10 Year Anniversary Ideas

Match and I were chatting the other night about how our 10 year anniversary is essentially just a year and a half away. Can you believe that? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was planning our wedding on this blog? And now here we are, practically a decade later. Still blogging, still very much in love.

We’ve been saying we’d like to do something big for the 10 year, since we never had the chance to do the real honeymoon thing. Piglet will be old enough by then that we’ll feel okay leaving him with grandparents for a stretch of time. Now it’s just a question of where to go? I think it would be fun to go here to https://www.gadventures.com/destinations/south-america/machu-picchu/ Machu Picchu, where Match’s sister met her husband. They were both renting a house in Peru, and fell in love. There are so many amazing ruins to visit, so I can see the appeal for them. Match’s parents are always talking about how much they love things here in Santa Fe, a place they visit every year, sometimes multiple trips in a year.

But really, for Match and I both, places near the ocean are near and dear to our hearts. We both chuckled that we didn’t have a beach wedding, since we’re both huge fans of the ocean and all things aquatic. I was practically obsessed with all things sea related all growing up. Match recently finished his epic octopus tattoo, which is pretty much the coolest tattoo in the world, in my humble opinion.

We both want to go somewhere coastal that we’ve never been. Alaska is pretty high on the list, as is Ireland. Hawaii is also way up there, but I could see going there with Piglet too. Ireland would be a better place just to go for us, and I don’t think it would hold quite the same appeal as Hawaii for a young child. We could go to pubs, listen to our favorite irish music, and soak in all the history that there is in that part of the world. We’re both very into irish culture and celtic histories. Every photo and video I’ve seen of Ireland is breathtakingly beautiful to me. So for me, that would be the number one.

Alaska also holds so much appeal. To see the glaciers up close and in person is something high on my bucket list. I’d also love to see the Northern Lights, though I’ve heard that’s a trickier thing to try to plan on. I would be happy to do a cruise near the glaciers, and definitely a train trip through the wild Alaskan wilderness.

How about you, dear readers? Where would you go if you could go on a trip? Would you go to white sand beaches to relax, or go adventuring as Match and I are inclined to do? Or maybe a mixture of both? Hopefully we can save up and do something big for that big 10 year tin anniversary. You can be sure I’ll be writing about it, whatever we decide.

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!

Halloween Party, the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Days

We hosted our annual Halloween Costume Party a couple of Saturdays ago. I love that this has become a tradition for us! As usual, Piglet picked out the theme of our costumes. This year we were an ocean family. Match’s costume is my favorite! Also I love that Piglet announces proudly that he’s not just a killer whale, but an ORCA! 🙂 That boy loves his sea animals! Oh, and in case you can’t tell, I’m Mommy Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo!

We had some new faces this year, and the families from the neighborhood. I’m so grateful for our “hood” and having this little tribe to help raise our boy.

 

The kids went a little feral!

We took Piglet to a different Pumpkin Patch this year. I loved getting lost in the corn maze, drinking apple cider, and just being together as a family.

It has been unseasonably warm here, and we’re soaking up the sun for now. Call me crazy, but I am looking forward to colder days. Still, the sun is beautiful, and since it’s been dry, Piglet has been enjoying making “leaf angels”.

Match has been working out of town on a long distance job. He’s been gone 4 days a week, leaving early Monday and coming home late evening Thursdays. It’s been hard having him gone, and it makes these sweet family weekends even more special. I’m grateful for video chat and the ability to stay connected even when he’s away from home. I can’t wait for this job to be done so we can have him back home with us every night!

How’s your October, readers? Are you soaking up this time of year? It’s my absolute favorite.