Saturday, July 19, 2014

Catching up: Birthdays, Beers, Beaches and Berries!

It's been a very busy summer! Thought I would catch up by way of a photo dump. Enjoy!

Eric celebrated his 40th birthday on June 30. As luck would have it, the Annual Organic Beer Festival happens in Overlook park on the last weekend of June every year. So we managed to make it both Saturday and Sunday, as  did a handful of our friends and family. Eric was very explicit about not wanting a party, so I exercised (nearly) all my restraint. (I did orchestrate an epic text bomb in which he received 100+ "happy birthday" text messages from strangers over the course of the day.)

Gus was waaaasted.

Matt came down from Seattle to raise a glass. Selfies were taken.

Family portrait.

His actual birthday was on Monday, so we both took the day off work. I dropped him off about 20 miles east of Hood River, and he got to kayak down the Columbia, meeting me in Hood River at about 3pm. I got to go shopping and running in Hood River. Win win win win. 

We went to Yachats for the 4th of July. It was the twins' first trip to the beach and we all had so much fun! Greta needed to warm up a little - she was scared of the ocean, scared of the sand, etc. As you can see, she eventually came around. Meanwhile, Gus would have run right into the ocean within the first 5 minutes if we weren't there to stop him. The kid is absolutely fearless!

When the tide was low, there were these little pools left behind which were perfect for the twins to play in. The water was waist-deep (for them), so it was like having our own private wading pool.

 Gris ensuring that Greta's feet were far away from the scary sand.

 We stayed at the Yachats Inn - still our favorite place on the coast. The big lawn and the unobstructed views of the ocean are pretty incredible.  

 Dancing in the ocean

 Greta modeling a hat from her Great Aunt Bonnie - finally it fits! 

 Gus has so many amazing talents - here he is jumping while eating a Dorito. 

My favorite place to eat food is the Green Salmon Cafe in Yachats. I can't even begin to describe the deliciousness of the food here. It makes you stand in line for 45 minutes with 2 hungry toddlers, and eat all the food immediately without photographing it. That's how good it is.

It's so difficult to photograph them together. This is one failed attempt.

Post-beach ice cream.

 Did I mention the view?

For the first time in many years, I was awake for the fireworks. We had a great view from our balcony. The twins had been in bed for a couple of hours when the show began, and we thought they were sleeping until we heard Gus yelling "BOOM BOOM BOOM" after the explosions. It was adorable - luckily they didn't seem scared at all and so we let them enjoy the show from their darkened room and we all got a good night's sleep afterwards.

Greta got her first haircut - I can't believe how different she looked afterwards. I am trying to avoid cutting her bangs because they comprise about 2/3 of her hair, but they insist on going right into her eyes so we'll likely be keeping her in ponytails for the foreseeable future. We're moving away from mullet toward more of a bowl cut. I think it's an improvement!

 Last weekend, we went to Sauvie Island to pick berries. It was perfect timing as raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, marionberries and currants were all peaking. The twins didn't really understand the concept of picking berries and not eating them immediately, but we did the best we could to bring some home.

 Greta was eating the raspberries faster than we could pick them.

 Gus found a pile of dirt and was happy. 

Stephen and Laura joined us for the morning, and we all had a little picnic lunch afterwards. 

I thought we might have to freeze some of the berries but we managed to eat them all in less than a week. Guess we'll have to make another trip!

Back at the home front, we've got some seriously tall sunflowers growing on the side of our house. Eric planted them as seeds in April. They are nearly twice as tall as him now!

 Today we went to Jamison Square Fountain to cool off.

Surrounded by signs saying DON'T DRINK THE WATER. Too bad Gus doesn't know how to read.

Hooray for summer!!