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Thursday, June 12, 2014

















It seems I was wrong about our wishy-washy cold, not the fact that it is wishy-washy, that is not in question, but I was wrong in my assumption that it was over. Ugh, it is one of those ones that seems to have 14 different stages, and in between each new symptom you are tricked into feeling good for a day and believing it's over. So now after over a week of this I am hopeful that it really is the end of it, or at least very close.

These photos are from a couple weekends ago when we went to the Vancouver Farmer's Market, which is just across the river from us on the Washington side. There are several Farmer Market's in and around the Portland area, each one with different offerings and it's own uniqueness to it. The Vancouver one is great because, well, for one everything seems to be half the prices as it would be in Portland - those giant bouquets of flowers, were five and ten dollars! It is also right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, adjacent with a big park with a public fountain the kids can splash around in, and a huge play structure, right along the Columbia river. It's a great one to go to for families. I also just really like downtown Vancouver, which is ever growing more and more charming - if I wasn't such a diehard Oregonian I think it's the one place (around here) outside of Portland I'd consider moving. It has always had the feeling of being locked somewhere in the past, with a mid-century feel to it. Though it didn't always feel as lovely, as it did stagnant, but as more people have moved there and new businesses have moved in, it has really just brought to life the quiet charm of its mid-century-every-town-downtown vibe. Not to mention the river front isn't nearly as developed as the Portland side (Portland is what you see across the river in the photos), so there are tons of great views, walking and biking paths, the trains run along that side of the river, and it's great for watching the airplanes take off too. I live much closer to the airport (like 2 miles from it) but we're not in the flight path so we don't often get to see airplanes as much as those that live right along the river. We spent about an hour down there sitting on the bank eating ice cream, watching the sail boats and airplanes go by. It was a lovely day.

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  1. One of my favourite past-times, watching the airplanes take off. :) Going to the farmers' market is one of my favourite weekend activities (bringing home fresh flowers is a must, too). Your outing to the market sounds lovely, Christine, and to such beautiful surroundings.

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    1. there is something about watching the airplanes that i really love as well. fresh flowers from the market are my favorite thing to bring home.

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  2. Ooh Vancouver! I love that town. And as I was scrolling through your photos it sounded like I was playing free association or something, haha. "Beets! Leeks! Ooh cotton candy! I hope they bought---THEY DID eat cotton candy!!" And then of course, macarons! I love your nail polish color too, in that photo! Beautiful photos twinsy. And yuck to a never-ending cold. Do you think it might be spring allergies? xo

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    1. i don't really get spring allergies anymore, though i used to as a kid. i'll take a random long cold any day over chronic hay-fever. that is the worst. and it's not the sneezy kind of cold, it's like ear ache/headache/swollen glands sort of thing. xo

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  3. Such pretty photos! Makes me really want to get out to the Vancouver farmer's market. Love the bridge photos, we got to sit front row to a bridge lift on that bridge just recently. The kiddos thought it was pretty neat. : )

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    1. it's really so cute down there now, especially with the buzz of the market. we should meet down there one of these days!! xo

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  4. Ugh. Hope that cold finally has had it's butt kicked. I also love Vancouver. I haven't actually been there in several years, but I went there on this press trip in 2006. It was all about the "new" Vancouver, or reinventing the city or something. It was amazing. Of course we were on a press trip, so they pulled out all the stops and I'm sure took us to the best restaurants, but nevertheless I was very impressed. Such a pretty city.

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    1. interesting about your trip, sounds fun. i don't go there very often, it's been pretty sleepy place most of my life, and i think it was also a bit dingy for many years too. but they are reinventing it and it is really nice now and very cute. i need to hang out there more often.

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  5. Wow didn't realize Vancouver was growing like this. This one of the cities I didn't get to, when I lived in the PNW. But I remember how much Seattle and Portland grew. Love the pix of the statute with the flowers in his hand : )

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. well, if you are ever in portland it's just a trip over the bridge. it's definitely worth a visit to walk along the river paths.

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  6. Christine, that looks so relaxing and beautiful. I have never been to Vancouver but only ever heard great things about it. Hopefully some day I will get a chance to visit.

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    1. my mom lives in vancouver, but the new part, with lots of suburbs and such. so that's the part i visit most. but downtown vancouver is one of those places when i do make it that way i always think - i should hang out here more often. it's just so quaint. it has a bit of a "pleasantville" feeling to it.

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  7. I love Vancouver too. haven't been there in too long.

    ps: I hope you guys feel better soon xoxo

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    1. well, it's only a few minutes from me so if you ever visit again . . . xoxo

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  8. I love your boys hair. So cute. I have always wanted to visit Vancouver. Your photos look great.

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  9. It seems like the weather has been cooperating with you this summer as well. I think my trip there is going to be in July!

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