We are taking advantage of as many Portland area parks as we can this summer and we just crossed our first one off our list yesterday! Here are some photos from our adventure. If you would like to read more (or see more photos) about Holly Farm Park and our experience you can do so here.
Read my full post about our hike over on Running With Tongs.
While this isn’t Edith’s first snow it is the first snow that she has really experienced. I took her out on Thursday when it started snowing and she was in love and was pretty upset when I said that it was time to head back inside. Yesterday we woke up to even more snow and Neil and I took her outside to play around in the snow. To top off the snow day we took a snowy walk to dinner (we have no food in the house) and she had a blast. It also took us three times as long to get there because Edith wanted to scoop snow and put it on us or just lay down on the side walk and roll around in it. Unfortunately we didn’t catch our dinner walk in photos but I would say Edith had the time of her life.
> My little snow angels
> Snow fight!
Q: Has your little one experienced snow? What was there reaction?
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit the Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo and while it was freezing out we had a wonderful time.
>We started off with dinner at the Cascade Grill.
> My mom’s omnivore meal.
> Our soup and salad; although simple it was tasty!
> Neil and I took advantage of the grandparents and went on the most un-thrilling “thrill ride” ever.
> Edith walked the entire zoo and was in love with all of the lights. Side note she was probably the most well dressed–> SO COLD!
We hadn’t planned to be around for Thanksgiving, we had hotel reservations to go to Seattle, a Thanksgiving dinner invite by Seattle friends and a weekend full of exploring to do but that all changed when Neil spent two weeks working 10-12 hour days and weekends. Instead of traveling for the holiday we decided to stay local and have a mini stay-cation. While planning our weekend at home I entered a giveaway to win VIP seating tickets for the Portland Macy’s Day Parade and lucky us we won!
This morning after a particularly early wake-up we headed downtown to take our seats and watch the parade. Neil and I were both curious and anxious to see how Edith would react to the parade- would it be too loud? Would she be overwhelmed? Would she have any reaction at all? While we would have liked to stay until the end E’s early wake-up meant she was ready for a nap by 9:30am and by 9:45am we were packing up and making our way out. Although we didn’t make it to the end this year hopefully next year we will!
Well the parade started and Edith climbed into my lap and stood up so she could get a good look. She loved the bands, the floats and the horses. She would point and get so excited as each float/band/ect. passed by. Neither of us could have wished for a better response.
This past weekend we ended up having an impromtu staycation. After weeks of moving, conferences and other commitments it was nice to actually spend the entire weekend as a family. On Saturday visited one of the many museums we have a membership to, did a little window shopping, went out to lunch and spent the night relaxing. Sunday we started our day just like we always do with a nice walk to our favorite local coffee shop.
> Americanos for the adults and a special hemp milk hot chocolate (light on the chocolate) for the little one.
> Then we walked home which took forever because two little legs wanted to walk ALL the way home as well. We also had to make a few “coffee” break stops and of course had to pick up ever leaf on the ground.
> After our morning coffee date we headed to the farmers market to pick up some goodies for the week. Edith was in heaven because she could sample just about every item of produce that was being sold all while riding in the wagon.
> After the market we stopped over to Sasquatch Brewery for a beer tasting and light lunch.
> Our busy morning out and about left E exhausted so of course she fell asleep in the car on the ride home so while Neil put away our groceries I sat in the car and played Pet Rescue Saga while E slept. *side note I am unfortunately addicted to this game and all out of lives- who wants to send me some? 😉
> The remainder of our day was spent drawing, reading books and eventually putting E to bed so that Neil and I could catch up on a show and cuddle on the couch.
What did you do this weekend?
Summer is officially here and we are soaking up every second of it. We even started a new weekly routine of heading out to Sauvie Island to Kruger’s Farm for their weekly music night. I wasn’t able to attend last week with Edith and Neil but this week I was all about it and we brought my parents along too.
Now instead of having boring Thursday, or in this case Wednesday nights we are now enjoying food, music and people watching. Edith loves the music and dances and claps her hands. She also loves to watch all of the other littles that are running around enjoying the music as well.
I hope that this new tradition carries on for years to come!
We started Saturday off with a morning run to get the blood pumping and some physical activity in before we really started our day. Lindsay and I have both been making an effort to get back to our more active selves and are working to encourage each other to stay active. So, we woke up and started our morning with a very light breakfast before getting our running gear on and strapping Edith into the stroller and hitting the roads.
Despite the light rain, we had great runs. Lindsay pushed the stroller as she did her speed work and I did a slightly hilly (and surprisingly fast!) 3 miler through a local park and some local condo developments. We decided to meet at Whole Foods and really timed it well as we met up on the sidewalk right in front of Whole Foods and finished our run together before getting a little snack to carry us through the morning.
We then headed home, showered and got ready to head out to the last Portland Winter Farmers Market at Shemanski Park. We picked up some great mushrooms, fruit and veggies. After that we were off to a vegan brunch potluck hosted by a twitter/blogging friend of Lindsay’s. We had a great time talking with the other adults and enjoyed all of the food. I particularly enjoyed watching Edith interact with the other two girls as it’s not something I get to see very often since I’m at work during the play groups and meetups Lindsay and Edith attend. It was nice to socialize and meet other people who share the same interests as us as well.
After a couple of hours, all of the babies were starting to wind down and Edith was clearly ready for a nap. We drove home with the intentions of settling in and getting a couple of things done around the house. However, Edith was deep in sleep when we were almost home, so we decided to extend the drive a bit and explore the area. We followed a back road into Portland that we had been told about. It was a great drive out past some beautiful farm land and through some windy, hilly roads that cut through Forest Park in Portland. I definitely took a mental note on all of trail heads along the road in hopes of finally getting to do some “urban hiking”.
After our drive brought us in to Portland, we realized we were getting hungry and decided to try Pok Pok Noi. The Pok Pok restaurants are a group of restaurants in Portland and NYC run by Andy Ricker with the main Pok Pok being named the #8 most important restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. Pok Pok has been on my list of Portland restaurants to eat at since well before we moved out here. And I will say, that it certainly delivered. We had a delicious soup, mushroom salad and a Rhubarb Blush.
Sunday was a much more relaxed day for us. We took a trip (my first) to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry where Edith played in the babies’ play area, spending time crawling in the mini ball pit and being mesmerized by the fishes in the aquarium. After Edith was done playing, it was my turn to play. Museums are one of my favourite things and I had a great time looking at the various exhibits and thinking about how fun it will be to take Edith as she gets older. OMSI seems to do a great job of having a wide array of exhibits that will appeal to kids of all ages and still keep parents entertained. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits on natural energy and can’t wait to check out the Myth Busters exhibit!
After playtime at OMSI we headed back downtown to get lunch and a sampler of beer to share at Deschutes. We then got our groceries for the week including our first trip to the Asian supermarket in Beaverton. It was fun to wander around the store and see all of the different things we could only get on trips to Boston or New York when we lived in Burlington.
We ended Sunday night with a big bowl of sweet potato mac and cheeze and the Oscar’s. Unfortunately becoming parents hasn’t allowed us a trip to see any of the nominated films but we still enjoyed watching the awards show.
Unfortunately, we only took camera phone shots this weekend and our new android phones take horrible photos compared to out iPhone’s so we didn’t get many good photos.
The first Friday of every month The Portland Children’s Museum has a free evening for families to enjoy what the museum has to offer. We decided to get out of the house and take advantage of the free evening, even though Edith is a little young to appreciate the museum. We arrived and were greeted chaos. To say we were a little overwhelmed by the mass of families with busy little children running all around is an understatement. We took a stroll around the museum, trying to orient ourselves, eventually searching out the baby room and making a beeline to it as soon as we found it.
Although there are many fun activities at the museum such as the water room, the play cafe/market and forest, among other things they were all a little too old and too packed for us. The baby room on the other hand only had a few families in it and was much calmer. We played there for a bit with Edith and talked with a few other families. Overall we had a wonderful time there as a family, however I’m not sure I would go to another free Friday night until Edith is a bit more mobile.
There were plenty of great groups and resources for Lindsay as a mom and her and Edith as a mother-daughter pair back in Vermont. Between the bi-weekly moms meet up group at the yoga studio, post partum yoga, and other mom’s groups there was plenty of avenues for her to get together with other moms outside of her own social circle (which proved quite handy since our social circle didn’t exactly contain a lot of other parents!). One thing that you didn’t see so much (if at all) in Burlington were similar groups for dads and their children. I mean obviously as she gets older, there would be plenty of opportunities to participate in her activities whether they be active, artistic or otherwise. But, there wasn’t really any venue to meet and interact with other new dads.
I was pretty excited to find that there were a number of dad’s meet up groups in the area on meetup.com. I found one group that seemed like a good fit. It was a group for new dads to get together and discuss how they were doing as new fathers. The meetup was at a cafe that also serves as a childrens’ play area (it even has Play in the name). As we prepared for the meetup, I started to worry that the group was more of a support group than a dad and children’s meet up group. Lindsay and I both came to the conclusion that if the meet up was at a cafe that was meant to be a cafe for parents to take their children that it would at least be fun to introduce Edith to other children. So, we got Edith ready and packed up and headed to the east side to grab something to eat and explore the area some before the meetup.
When I got there, Edith and I headed inside while Lindsay went off to try to get some work done. I ordered an Americano and panned the room while I waited, looking for the other members of the meet up group. When I noticed them, I saw it was at this point, a couple of fathers quite a bit older than me, neither of which actually had their children with them. I had also overheard them discussing postpartum depression, something I hadn’t experienced and couldn’t relate to. I started to get a little anxious and texted Lindsay asking for advice on what I should do. I can get pretty anxious enough as it is when meeting new people, but realizing I’d be the only person at the dad’s meetup at the children’s cafe with a child and that, at least initially, I would struggle to find something to relate to these other dads with, I quickly changed my order from for here to “to go” and hurried out the door, back to the car with Edith in tow, hopefully without being noticed (I think the barista actually picked up on the situation as she asked me if I wanted to change my order to “to go” before I had a chance to ask her). While I think that it’s a great thing to have a support group like this for dads who are experiencing issues like postpartum depression and who generally are having a hard time with parenting, that just isn’t something I can relate to.
For now, I’ll continue trying to find a group of parents that I can relate to and make friends with for both myself and our family.