With all the snow we had at our house I invited Tuesday over to build a Snowman! First we had to go to Ribbon Jar and pack orders... She's very helpful putting on stickers and writing Thank You's! After that it was back to Grandma's house to play in the snow. By the time we got outside it was raining, but she didn't care...
Her new buddy Brendon helped build the snowman...
As you can see it used up most of the snow in our yard!
The best part of playing in the snow was watching them throw snowballs... Brendon would throw and actually make contact. She would throw and toss it maybe two feet, then laugh hystarically! Sorry Tuesday... You must have gotten your Grandma's throwing arm : )!
We woke to a bit of snow yesterday morning; the seasons first! I'm glad my honey picked up the camera to catch the beauty of it all as it was gone by early afternoon. This was shot from the sunroom. I know it was a pitiful amount, but still very beautiful!
And the winter wonderland from the kitchen window...
Hopefully we will have a bit more before the season ends!
We took off Friday evening and headed 35 miles North to Champoeg State Park with Bambi in tow. A quick little getaway, to relax for the weekend.
While a portion of the park was:
The fog created a mystical atmosphere in which to explore...
There are markers, where there used to be streets; and also paths and beautiful grounds to wander...
We drove around the nearby Butte and noticed all the cars at the Visitors Center, a place we would visit if we were out of towners! We are so fortunate to have such a lovely place so close to home and we sometimes just take it for granted.
We were also a short drive to Portland so drove up there to check on Mom's place. She had the misfortune to soak her beans on a hot stovetop (she didn't realize it was on). Coming home several hours later her place was filled with smoke! The beans had burnt themselves to the pan instead of just soaking them! So fortunate she didn't burn the place down, but unfortunately her place smells of smoke. The insurance adjuster comes tomorrow so we are hoping she can get everything cleaned and back to normal.... I think it's going to take a while!
If you have any suggestions on ridding a home of smoke we'd love to hear!
And while we take a weekend to relax, we also reflect on the hardships others must endure.
Life doesn't get much better than camping with Tuesday! We parked Bambi in our favorite spot at the beach and enjoyed every minute we had with her. She loved the snowflake that Grandpa hung outside the window. And walking where the waves wouldn't reach her!
Determined to take Bambi out in the colder weather, we headed to the beach. Since the snow hadn't fallen to the 750' level we would be fine going over the pass.
Brent and Kat had told us about the Sea and Surf RV Park and it's every bit as fabulous as they said it was. Three tiers of fully equipped spaces line the beach. We tucked into the corner on the second tier for a bit of privacy and let's be honest for a bit of a buffer from the giant waves. Our view was amazing and the weather freezing! We are thankful for an extra little heater that kept us warm inside.
We worked on a little project; attaching a laminated counter to our existing space. We've been using this incredible little bit of counter but unfinished.
Discovering a place to enjoy the outdoors while enjoying the pleasures of home was my goal this past weekend. When I talk about amenities I'm not necessarily talking about good food, warm bed and the internet, but the pleasure one finds when being close to town; cute little shops, places to eat and riding bikes on quiet paved streets. All the while having access to a gorgeous wilderness area.
I probably shouldn't be sharing this hidden gem as we hope to come back here often, but Bambi was parked in the city limits of Sister's. A quiet little spot with sun streaming through the tall pine trees and a grassy spot to throw a frisbee. Although someone caught me simply relaxing in the sun.
The views from our morning walk were spectacular.
Our bike ride later that day was fun...
Dinner that evening included Pizza topped with eggplant and a fresh spinch and pear salad.
and the following morning we heading up Little Belknap trail...
Enjoying fabulous views from the top...
While our weekend was full of activity, I also had time to do a bit of work. Remember I'm a bit type A and this was fun for me!