Tag Archives: Summertime

Jet Boat Excursion

Yesterday we went on a two-hour scenic jet boat excursion down the Willamette River in Portland.We had wanted to do the full two-hour jet boat experience since we had a half hour tour last year at Mister Mister’s work. With the season quickly coming to a close we made reservations for the three of us on the afternoon tour.We boarded the boat at OMSI. Remember our visit there on Memorial Day?The first half of the tour was around the harbor where our tour guide, who was very knowledgeable and personable, gave us a brief history of Portland’s bridges and industries.A submerine.The paper mill.This boat was used in the filming of the movie Maveric. It now resides at the Water Front Park as a historical landmark.

Further down the river we came across this Sea Lion soaking up his Vitamin C on a dock. He woke up long enough to raise his head at us then he returned to his sunshine nap.The tour took us all the way down to the Portland falls.

So beautiful. I’m a sucker for waterfalls.Waterfalls and my boys all in one, that’s a double love for me!The last fifteen minutes of the tour is the wettest. We ended up completely soaked though it was all in good fun. Getting sprayed by the water as the boat hydroplaned across the river was Lovey’s Favorite part of the “water boat,” as he calls it. He giggled and kept asking for more splashing. He set tucked safely between Mister Mister and I. As the boat would gain speed he we bury his head into my side to shield himself from the wind. Then as the water would splash he would pop up every time and excitedly tell us how the water boat “got him all wet!”  He was so cute and I loved seeing him enjoying the tour.

 On top of it he was such a good boy as it was two hours long which usually equals an eternity to a three-year old.

The ninety degree weather paired with nothing but sunshine from sun up to sun down made for a perfect afternoon on the river with my boys.

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Gone Fishin’!

Back in July we went on a fishing trip

The boys made a great team; Mister Mister kept the line baited and Lovey kept reelin’ em’ in!My sweet, little fisherman. ♥Mister Mister ended up catching a 21 & 1/2 inch rainbow trout!The weather was cool and it was so beautiful and serene up in the mountains where we were. We were surrounded by trees and green grass as far as the eye could see. Lovey ran til his heart’s content.As we set on the dock, Lovey dipped his feet into the water, leaving wet footprints behind as he walked which he said were “Blue’s Clues.” 🙂 It was both mine and Lovey’s very first fishing experience.I even caught a fish, with Mister Mister’s line baiting assistance that is. 😉I love this photo…

I love the Father and Son bond they share.

I love their friendship, their unconditional love for each other.

I love that for me, this photo captures all that and more.

A timeless and precious moment between a Father and a son.

I love this photo because I love my boys with all my heart and all my soul.

It turned out to be a Lovey approved day.

 Months later he still talks about the day we caught all the “fishies!

Summer Beach Trip

Lovey was more than ready for some time away as he posted himself up by our front door, Elmo luggage in tow, waiting to leave.So we set out on our sunshine drive to the beach.Stand still traffic told the story of the first 100 degree day of the year.

 Everyone collectively seemed to have the idea of leaving the city in search of cooler weather.

Since we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon, I gave myself a road pedi.As tempting {and very random!} as the elephant and garlic festival that we passed was, we resisted the urge to stop. 😉 Though we did end up taking a detour along the way to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We stopped at this always beautiful view-point to get our first glimpse of the ocean during our trip. Do you remember when Mister Mister and I stopped there on

our seventh anniversary trip?! 

We checked into our hotel and took our luggage up to our room. Lovey made himself right at home.

We had dinner at our hotel’s restaurant which overlooked the ocean.

That slice of chocolate raspberry cheesecake was all mine!

After dinner we made it to the beach as the sun began to set.

Just in time for me to take this photo…

My boys.

The ocean.

The sunset.

God’s beauty abounding in every possible way.

This moment…

It all takes my breath away. Before calling it a day we spent some time in the pool.

Showing off his muscles, oh and his floaties too. 😉Lovey had so much fun swimming and splashing with his Daddy.

Back in our room Lovey liked to pretend to call his cousins on the phone.

Then he fell right to sleep on the bed watching Toy Story 3 on our lap top.

The next day we spent a lot of time exploring the sleepy, little, sea town of Newport.

The Newport Bridge.

We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium and The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.

We fed Sea Lions off of the pier.And had lunch at Abby’s Legendary pizza.

The boys played video games while we were there and Mister Mister won Lovey a prize out of the crane machine.There was a sweets shop that reminded me a lot of the first place I ever worked.

With so much to choose from, I ended up getting an amaretto and a Kahlua truffle. They were pretty much amazing!We spent the remainder of our trip doing the main things we set out to do; soaking up the warm sunshine, breathing in the salty air, feeling the sand between our toes and above all else, doing it together. View of our hotel from the beach. We stayed in the third room from the left, on the top story. Lovey was in charge of pushing the elevator buttons.

 He took his job very seriously.

Going up the stairs on the hillside.Lovey had been talking about wanting to build sand castles for quite some time.

It was rewarding to make that a reality for him.Maybe we will become architects as our side jobs. 😉We enjoyed a snack together on our blanket.I loved watching Lovey run wild and free along the shore line. He was so animated and full of energy, he called this his “crazy beach dance.”My handsome little beach bum!He was surprisingly fearless, wondering further and further out into the ocean with ever coming and going of the tide.Father and son snuggles.Unfortunately every so often Mister Mister ends up missing the top of his head in photos that I take at arms length because he is so tall and well, I am not!

This is one of those photos. 😉 I am so very thankful that we were able to get in this time together this summer. The beach is truly one of my favorite places. It never ceases to feel me with a sense of amazement and awe as it is truly one of God’s greatest masterpieces. My favorite place and my favorite people.

Perfection! ♥

Instagram Round-Up!

* * * Favorite August Instagram photos! * * *

Summer. Beach. Swimming.  Zebra Cake. Road Pedi. Tillamook Cheese Factory. Cheesy Mouse Obsession. Back Seat Cutie. Ripley’s Belive It Or Not. Crazy Sleepers. Celebrarting. Oregon Coast Aquarium. Water Front. Victoria’s Secret. Sun Hat. Quad Rides. Train Rides. Snow Cones. Family. Memories.

Counting My Blessings On A Sunday Afternoon

Counting My blessings On A Sunday Afternoon 

is where I reflect on a few of the many blessing and special moments in my life at the end of every week♥   

This week I am especially thankful for!…

~Optomatrist appointments for Mister Mister and I.

~Lovey shut his finger up in a door and for a spit second Mister MIster and I thought that it was actually broken {one of the most frightening moments we have had as parents} but THANKFULLY it was NOT {one of the biggest reliefs as well!} Once his tears dried up and the shock wore off he said “my finger’s all better!” and it was. In the end we were so happy it was only a close call.

~I bought Lovey a stool for his bathroom that sings a song when you are washing your hands and another one when you are brushing your teeth. He likes it so much that he stands on it pretending to do those things even when it is not actually time to all because he enjoys the fun little tunes. 🙂

~An Amazing family weekend away to the coast. We were able to do so much together during our time there. It was beyond lovely being with my two favorite people.

~A breath taking sunset over the ocean Saturday night that set the back drop for my all time favorite photo to date of my boys. The moment was truly a blessing and I am so thankful to have it captured forever in a photo.

Thank You Lord,

for Your many gracious blessings in my life!