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The ugly side of Fall 

It was such a promising start..two trails completed..ballet, soccer, gymnastics.

Then she caught one cold that turned into croup..that’s one ER visit 

Then I got what she had..instead of croup I developed laryngitis and could hardly talk so sniffly week at home it was..

Then just as she was feeling better she got sick again 😦


It feels like a she has had a runny nose for the entire month. 

Here is a list of what we have tried so far:

warm baths, orange juice, all fruits, soup, warm room, Tylenol, vaporub, gummy bears (why not right), homeopathic syrup, blanket fort, crafts, indoor racing…

Nose still runny 😦 

Hopefully tomorrow 

We have many outdoor and fun things to do Sophia we need all the energy 


But seriously how do we get rid of this cold/flu?

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Nothing says welcome Fall like a festival of Apples

I have never been the biggest fan of apples..that is until this Saturday when we joined some friends at the Apple festival held at the Portland Nursery. All apples 99c/lb and a bunch of fun activities.

We started off painting a tiny free pumpkin while sitting on a bale of hay and some face painting. I mean I don’t think I’m dreaming up this stuff. 



Then we tried to hula hoop but realized posing as sunflowers was much easier 


We watched the band play a little..made friends with a sweet dog. And being cute helped Sophia score a candy Apple slice from her neighbor on that bale of hay. #haygirlhay


Finally we skipped the Apple tasting line and went for picking one of each to buy. 


I wish I could have gotten a picture of me holding her by the waist upside down in a big Apple bon so she could pick a ‘big giant apple’. 

What a fun sunny almost surreal Fall day. 

Excuse me while I look up Apple pie recipes 

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Trails with toddler #1

Mini-me and I got almost matching hiking shoes and were all ready for the fall adventures ahead 


Lots of snacks, rain jackets, Water bottles, and lots of patience we visited Mount Tabor. 


Their easiest most kid-friendly trail is only 1 mile and not steep. So off we went..2 minutes into the trail she got hungry and ate all her pretzel bread


Off to a promising start..ok now off we go 


By now we needed some help from the jelly bean packet..it was 45min in so she got jelly beans in a guess-the-color game


Did I mention this was a 1 mile trail..1hour later we have made it halfway through..water fountains were a good 15min added distraction..good thing I came with a butt-load of patience 


We played the leaves-as-wings flying forward game and made some progress..then we saw a dog and played the catch up with him game 

Longest mile I have ever walked


She got carried some parts but my little trooper walked most of it..we made a friend along the way too..Eleanor was a sweet pup companion and helped us finish the trail..trail #1 done till next adventure 

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And this time we travelled by train

We took a trip vancouver to visit my parents but this time we took Amtrak (train and bus combo). I wasn’t worried about Sophia during the 8 hour ride and sure enough it went perfectly. 

It totally helped that we took  business class for the 8 hour trip 🙂 


Fun fact: Portland station has a business lounge and they give crayons, a coloring book, and a conductor hat.

We travelled with loads of games and crafts #momwin


The only negative on this trip was me forgetting the iPad and plugged into the wall at the Seattle station while waiting to catch the connecting bus to Vancouver. Not sure how, but I actually retrieved it from lost-and-found at the Seattle train station on the way back to Portland one week later. Thank you kind travelers/station workers.


There are trains that go directly to Vancouver but the timing was better for us with the train bus combo. The one downside is that when we take the bus we have to step down with all our stuff at the border, cross border patrol then go back on the bus with our stuff. In the day it was fine but it was a little tougher at night for Sophia as she woke up during our 11pm stop. 


At least our destination stop was only 10min away from the borer and it was teta Jeddo time 


The trip back was slight rougher because baby girl caught the flu. But business class, oodles of games and crafts, and a fellow tiny passenger to share games with..oh and a box of Kleenex..made the trip pass by. 


8 hours trip..she didn’t sleep a wink till she saw her baba and got into her car seat 

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Multnomah Falls for family explore day 

The first of many Oregon nature adventures. Some new friends met us at the Multnomah Falls just a 30min trip from Portland center. Boy was it a fun day 

There are several waterfalls along the way but this had a well paced hike 


Sophia got carried part of the way then decided she is a strong independent toddler and does what she wants 


So she hiked like a good little northwesterner. Till she got tired and then baba to the rescue 


We made it halfway through the hike and came back down out of caution. We made good decisions that day (no meltdowns…pat on the back). Someone was completely asleep 5min after getting in the car. Thankfully it wasn’t the adults ha! 

Chalking this up as a successful nature exploration attempt..I think we are ready to do more. I mean just the views here

View from Vista House at Crown Point at Corbett

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My new boss/coworker is pretty awesome 

My boss waits till 830 to wake me up in the morning and she gives me hugs and doesn’t sit on my head like so


She is pretty easy going about late morning work 


She eats pretty funny too..is there something in your teeth?


She is a leader in team-building activities


And most importantly she pays me so well 


Sophia…you are the best boss/coworker I could ask for..now let’s talk about that Christmas bonus…

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When sister sister came to town

Oh what fun we had

Just outside pine street biscuits..which I so highly recommend 

Delicious ice cream 

Biking around downtown waterfront park..uphill in a 4-seater cycle carriage because we are crazy 

Tried so many food trucks 

Did I mention silliness..it drizzled for a second then out came the sun


See you soon again sister sister..We are waiting