Saturday, January 6, 2018

Community Service with LYS

There are MANY reasons why I am so thrilled Henry is with LYS this season, but today was a big one. As a team they volunteered at the Food Bank. I love that they are learning that giving back to the community is part of being in a community.


As my family and friends know, I am not a baker and not a dessert person. Last year Frances and I made a cake, so we decided to go for it again. While the ugliest cake I have ever seen and a lot of trial and tribulations, our double chocolate cake was FANTASTIC. We had a great time celebrating 2017 and getting super excited about 2018.

New Years Eve on Neahkanie

We did our 2nd annual hike up Neahkanie for New Years. The best. This year was particularly triumphant as Maggie walked the whole thing by herself....and did not complain once....PROGRESS!!!  Henry and I did our annual selfie with Mac...and cracked ourselves up.

I know I say it every time.....but Manzanita is Magical

We then headed to the coast....and didnt disappoint. We got to hike, run, and enjoy the sunsets. The kids brought their new toys of soccer tennis and spike ball and they were perfect along the Manzanita shore.


Frances and Maggie wanted to ski.....Henry....not so much. So, we decided to got to Timberline as we knew Henry could have a wonderful day in the lodge. He had done a report on it for school and was excited to see everything first hand. Although the snow was bare and it was really icy and VERY crowded, it was still wonderful. Mark skied first...and then took off his boots and jackets...and I put them on and went out with Frances. We have promised both girls a couple more Sundays on a non-basketball Saturday or Sunday

. So excited!

Holla Hood River!

Last year, right after the new year, we booked our trip to Hood River given we had so much fun Christmas Break 2016. It didnt disappoint again. There was a lot less snow, but the town and the setting was magical as ever, the beer as phenomenal as usual, and the time as a family as precious as solid gold.