Longer Weekend

In the last year it’s definitely been hard to get excited about weekends or long weekends. Pre-pandemic we’d impatiently countdown the holidays and weekends. Now? Every day is pretty much the same. Weekends are pretty much just like a Wednesday. The only difference is that on nice weekends (i.e. not pouring rain) we try and get outside for a hike as a family.

Saturday we went to Orenco Woods Nature Park. It’s out in Hillsboro, so quite a trek for us. But I’m glad we went.

There were lots of super cool things for kids! A sandbox, swings, climbing structure (Logan got to the top!), bridges, paths, lots of “art”.

It was chilly but not rainy. Logan got the wiggles out running around the paths. There were a bunch of them, little trails and some nature preserve areas (those areas were not for dogs).

The art was so cool! Logan had so much fun exploring. The climbing web was by far his favorite thing there. He didn’t want to leave the park. Often times when we go hiking he loses steam around the 1.5 mile mark and starts whining about going home. But this park was such a hit we practically had to drag him to the car. 😉

When we got home I baked a loaf of sourdough. I am so happy we have a new oven and I can get back to baking bread! My favorite recipe is great and the bread turns out fantastic.

Monday was a holiday, and one that is a little bittersweet with all of the awful racial things that have been happening in our country. And I took Tuesday off because it was my birthday. Another rather bittersweet day. Last year we were in Hawaii on an amazing trip for my birthday.

Monday I took Logan to Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard. It was super cool! We parked at the Garden Home Rec Center and picked up the trail there (behind the playground). I guess the whole thing is 4.5 miles long and it’s ADA accessible (paved) the whole way. A great trail for kids.

It was a really cool trail through neighborhoods. The trail was wide enough for people to be safe. There were bridges, we saw a bunny and a creek. I think the trail is pretty long but we did 1 mile or so and then turned around. Michael’s mom joined us (Michael was working). It was a nice outing!

And then we came home and I tried my hand at making ciabatta bread for the first time. It was a very slow, easy weekend, not much going on but it felt nice at the same time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We went to Wilsonville after breakfast to check out the Coyote Way and Tonquin Trail Loop

It was in a nature preserve and part of the park you could bring your dog, and there were some trails that there were no dogs. It was a little foggy and chilly so we bundled up.

It was a nice little walk. The place had a lot of families walking and some people running their “turkey trot”. Most people wore masks. The trails were wide enough, though, so that was nice.

Logan got some much needed energy out. Of course, his new thing is we get as far from the trailhead/car as possible and then he doesn’t want to walk anymore. Then it’s a battle with lots of coaxing…making it a game, trying to see if he can race daddy back to the car, etc etc. So anyways, we only did about 1.5 miles total then headed home.

We definitely want to come back. Next time we’ll leave Bella at home so we can check out the other trails.

We got home and Logan had a bath and I went for a short, 2 mile, run in the neighborhood before cleaning up, having a small lunch and taking a nap with Logan. It was pretty chill, which was nice!

Michael started cooking. He made his famous Mac n’ Cheese, started the chicken to smoke it. Logan and I made dinner rolls and I did the Brussels Sprouts.

The smoked chicken turned out great! And we have some leftovers for about two days worth of meals. Not a ton of leftovers, which is good since it’s just us. Of course the mac n’cheese was amazing.

Something Logan’s preschool does is the “no thank you bite”. I had no idea what he was talking about until he explained it. LOL So he had a no thank you bite (taking one bite and saying no thank you) of the chicken and the mac n’ cheese (sacrilegious) so he got some of his regular Annie’s Mac N’ Cheese instead (so many eye rolls kid!!!). Carrots, applesauce, roll. Basic toddler dinner lol.

Our dinner, however, was fantastic! We ate a little too much, but not so much we feel sick. 😉

Then pie. 😀

Friday Michael had to work. I worked out in our basement after breakfast and then Logan and I went to the “beach” near our house for exploring!

It was very cold, very foggy, but super fun! We were basically the only ones there. We did some exploring, some rock throwing, some walking and saw this:

Logan was very concerned about sharks in the river (lol) and asked if the shark ate the fish.

It was a fun little break from the monotony.