Second day of dance nationals. On the way home we stopped to have a Sonic burger and milkshake. Karli thought it was so delicious and said we need a Sonic by our house. We actually have one about 15 minutes away, but have never eaten there. So was pretty excited to hear that!
I’m loving this season of the Bachelorette. It’s crazy to think how many years I have watched this show…from the beginning. I can’t imagine anyone is confused about who she is going to choose. Pretty easy to see!
Our most requested video thus far has been the Chubby Bunny Challenge. At the beginning you will also get a taste as to what it’s like to film a video with Chase and Karli. They are a riot, but they also drive me batty at times. But hey, that’s their job I suppose. I hope you all are having a good summer!
On a sidenote… we are really starting to make some decent money off of our videos. So sorry if this blog has turned into just video after video, but right now that is really what I have been enjoying and with the limited time that I do have that is what I have been focusing on. I’ve also found that the older our kids get there is less and less that I really feel I can write about. Our blog is public and is shared with family and friends and I can’t just write about whatever is on my mind. If I did I would probably tick a lot of people off. Haha!! If you do watch our videos, please feel free to comment on YouTube or at least give it a thumbs up. Both of those things help our channel immensely. Thanks!!
Highlights of the week or so we split between coastal town Cannon Beach and hipster hangout Portland include:
- Tidal pools: When I think of starfish, I used to think of dried-up, sand-colored creatures. No longer. Since we had the opportunity to wade through the tidal pools that form around the 220-foot high Haystack Rock during low tide periods, I now know that starfish come in colors including orange and purple. We marveled at the number of shellfish attached to the rocks and the brilliant colors of the anemones. And, we got to look through telescopes and see nesting puffins high up in the rocks.
- Hiking: Buying Elliot his very first pair of hiking boots before our trip was a flash of inspiration. One day, he hiked three miles! Up and down hills, through mud, over tree roots and rocks went out nimble-footed almost five-year-old. Whenever there was an opportunity to further explore, Elliot took it...whether is was using a downed tree as a pathway or seeing how many tree trunk hole "animal shelters" he could squeeze into.
- Portland Blues Festival: Tim, Elliot and I love live music, and when we're on vacation, we really enjoy attending local events. The waterfront Portland Blues Festival was a great chance to blend in with the Portlanders and listen to some tunes on a beautiful night. And, we just happened to catch Los Lonely Boys, a band we actually know!
- Ice cream: No vacation would be complete without ice cream, and the ice cream we enjoyed in Portland was especially memorable. We went to two artisan ice cream shops where we sampled homemade flavors like bourbon coffee (not Elliot), strawberry balsamic and ooey-gooey brownie. One advertised flavor none of us was brave enough to try was habanero goat cheese marionberry!
It's just as well - the continuing little issues of having nursing have reached a point of overload, and I need to have my house back, where things don't disappear or get used up without notice.
Leaf has been going to daycare 2 days a week for the last month or so, and enjoys it. They're nervous about her g-tube, but they don't have to use it, so it's all good.
Acorn is in summer school 3 mornings a week, and at daycare the rest of the time, in preparation for Kindergarten, Take 2. He's made so much progress with speaking lately, that I wonder how much he'll need the new communication device we're waiting on - it'll be needed, but he can make himself clear now with some prompting.
And everyone got new bikes this spring - Leaf got an adaptive tricycle, and Acorn got a 2-wheeler with training wheels. Acorn is not so sure about riding his bike out and about, but Leaf is very serious about riding hers. We're hoping to plan some outings with some of Acorn's school friends to encourage him to ride.
So....yeah. There's a lot of re-organizing to do, and re-arranging in Leaf's room, and supplies to be given away, but we are officially a trach free house again! Time for a celebration I think!