Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy 20th Anniversary!

Today me and my wonderful hubby Gary are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! :) A few years back I wrote a blog post about our wedding story which you can read here, today I was going through our wedding album and reminiscing and thought I would share some more photos.

Our wedding was simple and perfect for us, we passed out cameras to guests and ended up with lots of fun pictures. I love this picture of us, both happy and excited for our big day.

Our honeymoon was so fun, we were both quite adventurous and chose to camp all around the state, what wonderful memories, we had so much fun exploring and spending time in nature. Oregon is just an amazing place to live! One of our stops was at Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon, the deer were so tame they mingled among the campers, it was amazing getting so close to these beautiful deer!

I look forward to many more years exploring and enjoying time with Gary and the family we have made.

Later this week we will be heading back to our reception location for a picnic and a day at the river. We had our reception with friends and family after we returned from our honeymoon, we rented a covered area at one of our favorite parks, Oxbow Park, and had cake and a simple picnic type buffet. We decorated very simply ourselves with my sister and her hubby, and set up the food ourselves as well.

Here we are serving cake to everyone. I love the down home simplicity of it all, it was the perfect setting, out in the woods along a beautiful river, we hired a Celtic folk band to play beautiful music, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer day.

I am really looking forward to heading back to this park, we haven't been in years, I was an Outdoor school camp counselor at a camp near Oxbow Park back in both high school and junior college, and I used to know the trails like the back of my hand, it will be interesting to see what has changed.

It amazes me that it has been 20 years already, time sure flies!! Yesterday we celebrated our anniversary with a nice day out and a wonderful meal. On Sunday we took the kids to see the movie The Giver, which was amazing and a very thought provoking movie, I look forward to watching it again when it comes out on DVD. Then last night Gary and I went to see The Hundred-Foot Journey, amazing movie, both Gary and I really enjoyed it, what a treat!

Happy 20th Anniversary Gary, I love you, and look forward to all of our future adventures!!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer 2014 Garden Update

August is just flying by for our family, we have been busy with fun summer outings as well as preparing for back to school, and it is hard to believe the month is half over and school is just around the corner! The weather around here the last few days has been cloudy and a bit stormy, as much as I love the summer, this weather is making me eager for the cool crisp sunny fall days just around the corner!

Since I have been distracted by various projects around the house I haven't spent as much time doting over my garden this year, however, despite my neglect, the garden has been providing us with a nice supply of veggies. This week we have begun harvesting the peppers and zucchini. Time for Jalapeno poppers, stuffed green peppers, and zucchini bread! :)

The sedum have been pretty all month with their pink blossoms, it really livens up the rock garden!

Our garden is host to many critters, and as a certified backyard habitat, we welcome and encourage these interesting visitors. We always have lots of praying mantis and little green frogs. :)

The birdseed has once again been growing around the base of the feeders, and the grains always look so pretty I let a few grow into the fall, the day lilies are still flowering daily, and I had a nice surprise of finding snapdragon volunteers in multiple spots around the garden, some I left right where they were, and others I used to fill some empty flower pots.

The super moon was stunning this past week, I love the rich harvesty colors that start showing up this time of year, the blanket flowers I planted this summer have put on a show all summer long with their bright orange and yellow flowers, definitely a new favorite plant for me!

The weather was clear yesterday and the whole family spent time out in the garden, weeding, tidying, and harvesting veggies, I am looking forward to harvesting a few more green beans, lots more zucchini and peppers, and hopefully we will get a few pumpkins. We are looking forward to a couple more weeks of summer fun, then the start of a new school year. :)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Sunday Outing on the Historic Columbia River Highway

Last Sunday we took a beautiful drive up the Historic Columbia River Highway, and made stops along the way to take in the beautiful views, visit some of the falls, and play in the water. 

Our first stop was the Vista House, this wonderful round, stone building is fun to look through, and has a great spot to view up and down the gorge. I love taking drives up to this part of Oregon, not only are there great views along the way, there are plenty of fun places to stop.

There were a ton of people all along the highway at all of the different falls and stops, definitely a popular destination for tourists as well as locals, especially during the summer! I had fun trying out my new camera along the way and got lots of great pictures of the kids.

This plane looked like it was on a fun scenic flight!

After The Vista House we made our way to some of the different falls along the way, I love this little waterfall at Shepperd's Dell, it is just a tiny little trail along a mossy stone wall, and leads to such a beautiful little spot. You can walk right up to the falls and feel the water mist.

Here I was practicing the macro setting on this little fern, but realized I had it in another setting, and I wish I could figure out which setting it was because I loved the way it turned out, when I tried again, in the actual macro setting, it didn't turn out like this, definitely a learning curve with all the new settings and a touch screen that I keep forgetting is there, definitely need to play with my camera more out in the garden! :)

Everyone loved Shepperd's Dell.

Perfect spot for a cute couple photo of Joseph and his girlfriend Lorene. :)

After we were done taking in the beauty of our first water fall of the day it was on to number two, Wahkeena Falls. I have been wanting to visit this waterfall for quite some time now, Courtney at Barefoot in Blue Jeans Blog and daughter of my best childhood friend, has blogged many times about how it is one of her favorite spots, here is one of her Wahkeena Falls posts, so I really wanted to be sure and stop by on our drive and check it out.

We all really enjoyed this stop, we had fun playing in the water near the picnic area, which was perfect in all this heat!

The water was nice and cool and the whole area is just beautiful.

Then we went across the street to see Wahkeena Falls, it was beautiful! We were starting to run out of time, so we couldn't take the hike to get up closer to the falls, but we all want to go back with a picnic and explore some more. Wonderful place!!

We saw more Falls along the way that we all agree we need to go back and check out, but we wanted to have time to stop by Multnomah Falls before it was time to head home.

Of course Multnomah Falls is always so amazing to see, the place was so busy with tourists from all over, we even saw a school group from Texas! I actually don't mind big crowds, at least when they are as friendly as everyone here was, and it is interesting to people watch in such a diverse group of people, lots of families, along with some very cute dogs, it was fun!

I wanted to get a picture of the family up on the bridge so they walked up first and I stayed below to get a picture, then I headed on up.

It is a short and easy hike to the bridge, and the view is one of my favorites, beautiful lush green everywhere, it just looks magical!

We enjoyed the view from the bridge, and then made our way back down. We all decided to cool down in the water one last time before making the trip back home.

Definitely a beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

In other news, the garden is doing great, and I am hoping to do a garden update post here very soon, we had a nice harvest of blueberries, as well as a wonderful bunch of garlic, and now the peppers and zucchini and green beans are getting ready, looking forward to all the garden fresh dinners! I hope everyone is having a nice summer!

You may also enjoy reading about our trip to Multnomah Falls back in 2012.

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