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a list of places you could find us on any given day. plus, happy fall!

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Happy first day of fall!  Slash happy official opening day of all things pumpkin popping up in your Instagram feed.  Is what the day should really be called.

I think I’m probably the only person on Planet Portland that isn’t ecstatic about fall being here.  I love fall, I really do.  I love the changing colors and the flannels(!) and the pumpkin patches and I freaking adore Halloween. But. I also have a really hard time saying goodbye to summer.  I reeeeally love summer.  Even this past one, which for the most part resembled the surface of the mf-ing sun.  Good gaw, it was hot.  Even so, I loved it and didn’t want it to end.  I think more so this year because I have a kid and being able to outside most of the day is the stuff mom dreams are made of.  But whatever, we’ll have another summer next year, right?  And so.  I will embrace fall with the rest of the Basic B’s and unpack my sweaters and haul my sweet ass down to Starbucks for a PSL to officially ring in the season.  Or a Toasted Graham Latte?  Which is apparently the new drink of the season?  Oh Starbucks, you naughty little siren.

Well so anyways.  Now that it’s getting cooler and there is rain in our forecasts, I’ve been looking into indoor activities for the Cros and I to do during the days.  We like to have at least 1 extracurricular activity per day, besides errands, to get us out of the house, talkin’ to the people (hallelujah!), gettin’ some of our wiggles out.  I’m always really interested to hear about other families’ schedules and activities, so I thought I’d share what’s on our agendas these days, if you care to read/are really super bored.

I’ve talked about this over and over again, but we almost always start our day with a long walk with the pups.  This helps to wear the dogs out as much as possible for the rest of the day so that they’re only moderately annoying instead of severely annoying.  Also, the fresh air that early in the morning really kickstarts our day.  Well, that and a vat of coffee.

We’ve signed up for music class again, which starts next week.  We took an infant music class in the spring and other than the very first day when Crosby wailed the entire time, he loved it!  Fun fact: Crosby actually crawled for the first time at music class.  Onto another baby girl’s blanket.  And then plopped down on his tush and reached out and rubbed her cheek.  I have a feeling we’re in for some fun times with this baby man.

Our friend introduced us to an indoor park near our house that offers toddler open gym as well as “art parks” (TBD WTF that actually means) a couple of times a week.  So we will most definitely be heading there more often than not.

We’ve just moved up from baby to toddler storytime at the library.  Toddler storytime at a library is kind of an oxymoron, because it’s pretty much the loudest situation ever.

I typically take a barre class once a week that has a little childcare situation included, which is lovely for both of us.  Speaking of which, I took a class on Monday morning and my legs are still slowly being murdered from the inside out.  Halp.

We have a membership to the zoo so when it’s nice out we love to wander around there.  It gets a little more fun each time we go because Crosby can actually SEE the animals these days.  As opposed to the first few times I took him when he could barely see as far as his own hands.  #noob

We usually try to head to the burbs to meet Casey for lunch once a week.  And almost every time we get stuck in stupid traffic on the way back into Portland.  Traffic with a baby is why Jesus invented happy hour.  We all deserve a cocktail after surviving that shiz.

Every so often when we’re feeling lavi$h or if we can tag-along with our friends who have a guest pass, we like to go to the science museum (OMSI).  They have an amazing space for littles to play.  Just watch out for a little tyrant named Ziggy, he likes to dump sand on unsuspecting baby’s heads.

I have been wanting to try Hike it Baby, which is hikes… with your baby.  Doi!  Any fellow Portlanders done it?  Or recommend an easy hike to get us started?

On top of that, we’re still in the phase where Crosby loves to be in carts… so trips to the grocery store or Costco or Target are great fun.  I’m fully planning for this phase to pass once he starts to walk.  So… maybe a couple more days?  Gah!

So there you have it!  I realize that to anyone who isn’t a mom, a nanny, a grandma or really sensitive father figure, this all probably sounds incredibly… unsubstantial?  But!  It’s my everyday and I love it heaps.  So thanks for indulging.  And hey!  Maybe next time I’ll come up with a list of things I do at night, that will better serve the non-baby folks interests?  Orrrr…. I could just tell you right now.  Netflix and wine.  The end.

These pictures have nothing to do with fall or daily activities but what’s a blog post without pictures?  … A really… uhh.. plain-looking page with words on it?….  Is what.

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Go get yo fall!


nato and fam visit portland. and eat fake meat.

Visitors #15, 16, 17 and 18 of the summer/fall visitor brigade came and went this weekend and again we’re left with a couple extra pounds, a messy kitchen and some giant smiles on our faces.  This is becoming a consistent post-visitor status for us: chubby messy smiley syndrome.  But hey, I’m not complaining one little bit because this past weekend brought us Brother Nate, sister-in-law Cindy and nephews Nolan + Harmon.  And it was good.

Between jobs and kids and new homes and you know, life in general, it’s hard for anyone to get away on a vacation.  So it was especially stellar to us that they decided to spend their time (and cash money) to come visit us hippies in Stumptown.  Seeing our city through other people’s eyes is always amusing and these guys were no exception.  Squash beer and vegan stop signs and shirts made out of hemp… this is normal, no?  But they were troopers and were up for trying new things and they even tried fake meat in my lasagna, can you believe?!

Also, did I mention nephews!  Those two little ones have my heart every day of the week.  They are the sweetest, funniest, cutest boys that ever were.  But holy balls, all the LOUD.  Is this a thing?  With kids?  The loudness?  I’m kidding obviously, I know kids are known to be noise-makers but my eardrums are still wincing at any moderate-level sounds today.  Not really but kind of.

There was a trip to the zoo, which resulted in the cutest (fake) bald eagle wings that Nolan then wore strapped to his arms for the remainder of the trip.  There was the Farmer’s Market where we tried cheese and saw where brussel sprouts are born.  There were numerous attempts to parallel parking a minivan in order to hit up 3 (THREE!) ice cream shops.  There was a brewery tasting and a stop at a local bar where a children’s band played bluesy kid’s songs while us big kids drank beer.  There was also a trip to Blue Star donuts where we talked about how overrated Voodoo was and then Nolan inhaled a blueberry bourbon donut.  That kid is cool.  There was a trip to a Thai restaurant where the boys colored and the adults feasted on delicious noodles and we talked about how alcohol doesn’t cure hot pepper-mouth, as I once thought it did.  There was also a bonfire and s’mores and some good chats about life and kids and of course there was the occasional Christmas Vacation reference.

What I’m trying to say is it was a really good weekend.  And I miss them.  You will too once you see these monkeys… pic1budsmybuddyIMG_0537IMG_0530IMG_0534IMG_0523munchkinsfly[ these wings were a hit.  i’m thinking of asking N. to borrow them for halloween.  although somehow I think a grown lady wearing a bald eagle on her arms won’t have the same effect… ]cutefam[ i mean seriously… ] loves[ 20 years ago his dad was giving me those exact same bunny ears. ] IMG_0491[ gus on cleanup duty ]baconIMG_0613IMG_0598IMG_0592 familydonutsIMG_0628[ And on the 8th day, God created nephews for me to kiss. ]

You guys!  We loved having you and miss you so much already.  Especially Gus, he’s going through ankle-biting withdrawals.  Promise you’ll come back soon?  I have a recipe for field mouse hotdish that has your names all over it.