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January 20th, 2014 by seans

Silver Falls State Park hike

Today we went up to Silver Falls State Park, just east of Salem, Oregon. We did a relatively short 3 mile hike, but went down and up about 700 feet altogether. Nora and Jonah did a great job hiking, even though it was very cold the whole time. Afterwards we did our obligatory stop for post-hike ice cream. Fun was certainly had by all. Here are some photos of our day:


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December 25th, 2013 by seans

Christmas 2013

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December 10th, 2013 by sara


LOTS of it!!

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On Friday, we got SEVEN inches of snow.  Jonah even went out with a ruler and measured.
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After breakfast, we bundled up and went for a walk in the snow, right down the middle of the street and through the park.
Nora was excited to catch “TEN snowflakes” on her tongue, and was a fan of licking handfuls off her gloves.
She was even tough enough to try a snow angel while it was still snowing heavily down onto her face.
Jonah enjoyed the scene, too, as we headed off to the hill where we could hear faraway sledders already having fun.
We watched people go down for a little bit and then a family who wasn’t using their plastic saucers kindly let us borrow theirs for some trips down the hill.
Nora was eager to give it a try right away.  We had a few fast rides, and ended up backwards a few times.  After watching us go down, Jonah decided to take two trips with me, too.  (He also took this picture.)
Unfortunately, it was a very dry snow and wasn’t good for building things or packing snowballs, but Jonah did his best to pitch a few anyway.  :)
My little snowgirl.
Sean was sent home from work early, so he went out with the kids for some afternoon playtime – showed them how to make snow angels.
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And headed off to explore the snowy meadow.
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Then…  No school on Monday.  Or Tuesday.  And already called off for Wednesday…  Not sure if they’ll make it back this week.  But by Tuesday, it seemed like it might be a good idea to at least get the car cleared off.
The snow has been fun overall, but the painfully cold temperatures have not.  We’ll all be glad when things get back to the usual gray and rainy winter.


August 13th, 2013 by seans

Mt. Rainier!

This past weekend we went up to Mt. Rainier to hike around and see a volcano. We ended up hiking about 10 miles total, with both kids doing most of the walking. Nora enjoyed a ride on my shoulders occasionally. Fortunately the bugs weren’t too bad and the views were excellent. Here are a few photos of our trip (more to come, too!).

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July 20th, 2013 by sara

Sweet Creek Falls, Part 2

Sean did one quick post from our Sweet Creek Falls hike, but I had some good pictures that I wanted to add, too.

Feeling the cold, cold creek

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We found a great little spot on a big flat rock to eat our lunches.  Since there was a little waterfall right there, the kids named it ‘Waterfall Cafe.’  By the time the hike was over, Jonah had mentally designed a logo and menu plan for the restaurant.
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The boys
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Silly siblings
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So tall on a log!
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Yes, Nora tries to get her fingers stepped on.  Sneaky Nora.
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And some fun with the self photos.  Jonah especially enjoys making lots of faces for these.  :)
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About three minutes after we finished our two mile hike, Nora totally crashed.  Time for a power nap.
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Then we headed to the freezing windy beach.
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Nora’s about ready to go by this point.
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So the kids chased Sean back to the car, pretending to be waves crashing on his back.
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