Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pacific City

My two favorite things about Oregon are the mountains and the coast, and I love how close we are to both! We recently took a weekend trip to Pacific City where we stayed at Thousand Trails RV park with Daniel's parents and Moss's cousin, Isaac. The park had warm showers, an indoor pool, a trail leading to the beach, and lots of wildlife to look at (including some very tame rabbits who we fed by hand.) We had so much fun hiking up the dunes, playing in the sand, and just being together in nature. Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back again soon.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bring on the color!

We when bought our airstream we knew we would need to make a lot of changes to make it more our style, so we've slowly been doing renovations as we have time/space/money to make it feel more like our home and less like grandma's. Our first big change was taking out the dinette to give Moss more floor space to play. We replaced our table with a small fold-out table from Ikea...(man I love the Swedes and their space-saving ingenuity). We also added a rug, some toy storage, and a media cabinet, which hides the Xbox, along with games, movies and books. I also found some bright and cheery material that I intend to make new curtains with. This weekend Daniel and his dad will be replacing our floor (currently carpet and vinyl) with some new eco cork flooring. I can't wait to see how it looks. I'll also be posting some more before/after pics of changes we've made, but for now here are some of my favorite colorful things from our home on wheels! 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book love

My new favorite parenting book: Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves: Transforming parent-child relationships from reaction and struggle to freedom, power and joy.  This is one of those books that you wish you had found long ago, like before all the struggles of raising a baby or toddler came about.  
I haven't even finished this book, and it's already changed the way my husband and I relate to and interact with our son, as well as with each other. I admit I've been reluctant to read a lot about discipline, mainly because the little that I did read seemed too controlling and didn't fit my parenting philosophy, but this book instantly clicked for me. A quote from Mary Haskell included in the book: "Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I'd like to see you be or do. I have no desire to foresee you, only to discover you. You cannot disappoint me." What a wonderful view to have towards our children and each other. I just wanted to share this wonderful find in case it can help someone else in a similar way. And please share other good reads if you've found something you love as well. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Moss turns 2!

After a breakfast of tofurky, blueberries, and green smoothies we loaded up the car with cake making ingredients, presents, and food for the day to head up the road to Stayton (15 min from Silverton) where Moss's party would be. (I opted to have it at his cousins house so he could play while I prepped in my sister-in-law's wonderfully equipped kitchen and so we would have plenty of space for everyone as seating in our trailer is limited). So we spent the morning picking strawberries from the garden, watching ladybugs, jumping on the trampoline, playing the piano, and playing chase with his cousins. I think all of this alone would have made for a wonderful birthday for him. Add in some balloons, blueberries (minus the cake), and presents, and you have one very happy boy. I hope this and every birthday can represent how loved he is by all of his family and friends (with or without the presents).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Silver Falls, Oregon

This was our second time to hike at Silver Falls, and it was just as beautiful as we remembered it. Last year we took turns holding Moss because he was just learning to walk and our stroller wouldn't fit down the trail, but this year we were able to let him walk some and then use our hiking backpack for the steep and narrow parts of the trail. I think we all had a better hike this time! He explored the wide paths, picked flowers, watched bugs, and sat on benches (since he's now big enough to climb into them by himself). His fascination with every new encounter makes me look at things with a new appreciation. I cherish these times being outdoors with him and getting to observe his connections with nature forming right before my eyes. Sharing these moments with him makes the challenges of parenting somehow melt away. At least for a little while...