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Monday, June 17, 2013














Welcome summer vacation! Of course I mean this by the fact that school is out for us. We aren't actually on vacation (cha, I wish!). But we started it off right this weekend by spending father's day out in the beauty of nature. City vs Country is one of my lifelong dilemas, in fact I have written about it before here. In the summer there's no place I'd rather be, especially having little ones and seeing them joyfully fascinated and occupied for hours by their surroundings - it just feels right. But in Portland it's a little weird. Oregon is a big state but we've got one major city folks. You get outside of the city limits, and well, it just doesn't have that liberal recycling vibe I am used. Let's just say Portland alone makes us a blue state. And I already end up having to go to the store every. day. I could never, ever shop for a whole weeks worth of groceries at a time. I am sure my version of country living would in reality would be what I saw from my car window when I was driving back and forth into Portland. As I was daydreaming aloud about it all on our drive it was suggested to me that "I could just can everything - grow a garden and can the food for the winter." Um, no, that's not a part of my daydream at all. My actually dream is that I own 5 acres with a river and a field of daisies and a big old farm house and right outside of my property is all of my favorite places in Portland. In walking distance. But condensed in a sort of urban metropolis meets Mayberry kind of way. We may as well throw in a california beach near by too. Or I could just keep to my plan of moving to France someday.

But our weekend was lovely with our little day trip. We had a picnic and hiked a few trails, threw lots of rocks into the creek, got our toes wet, found fish and tadpoles and slugs and berries. And as you can see I took a lot of photos. Hopefully this was a jump start to getting out into nature many more times while the weather prevails. How was your weekend?

7 comments:

  1. I could just eat those twins of yours up, they are too cute for words! They look like they're so much fun to hang out with, too. I'm glad you guys got out of the city for a bit to recharge the ol' batteries. And I'm totally with you about your city being the reason your state is blue. There's a reason they call everything west of Philly "Pennsyl-tucky." Oy.

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  2. I spent the weekend outside the city and I usually do this in summer. Summer is to enjoy it in open spaces and surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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  3. Oh Christine, it cracks me up how alike we are sometimes. If I'm not dreaming of a high rise urban condo with sweeping views and a terrace (of course), I'm hoping for a plot of land on a bit of water with no neighbors around. Right now I'm leaning land/water but that could change in a heartbeat.

    This looked like the perfect day. XO

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  4. What a fun looking day (picnic) trip. GREAT photos!!! I'm def making this season the one that I connect with nature more (listen to birds sing watch clouds pass by), keep away from mosquitos <- my downfall when hiking/picnicking/BBQ'g.

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  5. Egads the boys are so adorable. How are their cheeks not red from all the pinching that goes on! I'm glad you had a wonderful nature-y weekend

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  6. Look at those little happy faces! Adorable! City vs country is a debate we have often in our house. I'm all for country but then I think of the shops closing and me running out of milk and I'm all for the city again. We are compromising by heading to the city on a beach!

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  7. These photos of all of the boys are so cute!!! A picnic with tons of photos sounds really lovely. I used to want to move to Paris and live there for a year - and then we stayed there in an apartment for 3 weeks and it satisfied me just enough to last a little while. Now, years later, I'm back on my kick of, "Paris? I could live there.." Maybe I'll see you there someday? :)

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