Saturday, May 20, 2017

Family Camping Trip - Cape Disappointment

It's been forever since I last blogged!  And since then we have two new family members: Baby Vale and Ava the Van.  

Since my maternity leave is almost over (queue the tears) we decided to take a sporadic camping trip to Cape Disappointment up near Astoria.  The weather is finally starting to warm up a bit so we wanted to take full advantage while we could. 

Cape Disappointment (and site 168!) was ah-mazing.  We left the pups at home so we were forced to go back home, but hubs and I could have stayed much longer.   While we were preparing for dinner two small deer walked by our site and to the beach.  My entire heart was exploding!  I had a sleeping baby in the van, a hubs who was building the fire, while two deer who walked off into the sunset toward the ocean.  

While Ava provides more of a "glamping" experience, I've found a couple of tips that help a ton when camping/traveling with a baby:

1. Portable sound machine - I have a friend who gave me the bright idea to use an old iPhone and download a sound machine app.  This is our "portable sound machine" and works like a charm.  It's small, doesn't require batteries, and perfect for camping or spending nights away from home.

2. DockATot - I bought our DockATot used and questioned if $130 was worth it.  Guys - it's worth every penny!  I knew we would be doing a lot of traveling during my maternity leave since my cousin was getting married and we'd be traveling for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and THE WEDDING!  I wanted Vale to have something familiar to sleep in wherever we went.  This Dock-a-tot has been so amazing.  I can put it anywhere (in bed with me, on the ground, on a table since he's not mobile, etc) and it's always the same for him.  

Sunday, January 08, 2017


I recently deactivated my Facebook and I'm feeling extremely naked without it, so back to my bloggy I go as a means of putting way too much information online about myself!

I haven't blogged since my trip to Spain - life gets in the way sometimes and moves far too quickly.  Before you know it, it has been months between posts!  However I thoroughly enjoy looking back on memories - whether good or not so good - so I felt it was time to post a little update.

Life since Spain...

In October I went to Oktoberfest in Leavenworth with some friends.  If you live in the PNW and haven't been to Leavenworth you NEED to make this a top priority.  It's a tiny Bavarian town surrounded by mountains.  You can spend your day hiking then re-fuel down in the town with sausages and beer.  Heaven?  Why yes - yes it is. 

Another reason I love Leavenworth is its close proximity to COLCHUCK LAKE!  My most favorite hike of all times.  I've done this hike every year for the past three years and it never gets old the moment you spot the lake.  Everything about Colchuck Lake is beautiful - the water, the surrounding mountains, everything.

In November I flew to California for Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family.  After I returned home I felt like I needed a vacation from my vacation - I was pooped!  We were busy every day, but it reminded me of how fortunate I am to have such an amazing family who goes out of their way to accommodate me.  

In December I flew to Reno for Christmas with my mom's side of the family.  It is always so good and relaxing being home.  So little has changed since I moved out yeaaarrrss ago so it still makes it feel like just yesterday I was in middle school sitting in my room on my Clueless phone chatting with friends.  Did anyone else have a Clueless phone?  It was dreamy in my adolescent eyes.

It was a family-filled weekend.  I saw my 97-year old grandma twice, got a pre-natal massage from my sister-in-law, met my brand new 7-day old baby newphew, and indulged in some homecooked meals (THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO COOK!).  Again - so relaxing.

My brother, his baby Luna, and his main squeeze Sabrina

I feel like the holidays flew by entirely too quickly, but looking back I spent some quality time with some wonderful people.  I think my dad is the only person who still reads this bloggy - but for anyone else out there I hope you have a happy new year!