Thursday, December 6, 2012

Weekend Christmas Fun

Things to enjoy all weekend

Christmas Ship Parade: Enjoy boats all decked out with Christmas lights!  They set sail on the Willamette and Columbia almost every evening till December 21.

“Princess and the Pea” Performance (reserve tickets): Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 23, at Theater!Theatre! in SE Portland.

Friday, December 7

Portland Children’s Museum: It’s the first Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Fremont Festival of Lights: Santa will be arriving via fire engine at 5:00 pm. 5pm-9pm.

Beaverton Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: Activities at Beaverton City Library start at  5:00 pm.  The tree lighting is at 7:00 pm.

Tualatin Starry Nights and Holiday Lights:They will light a floating tree!  There will lots of other fun things too.  Tualatin Commons at 5:30 pm to 8:15 pm.

Multnomah Village Holiday Gala: Who knows why they chose this time, but at 6:42 pm, Santa Claus will light the Christmas tree in front of Village Beads. Also there will be horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. 

Saturday, December 8

West Linn Holiday Parade: The parade begins at 10:00 am.  After the parade, go visit Santa.

Tuba Christmas Concert: More than 200 tuba players will be there! Pioneer Courthouse Square, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Check out the websites for all these events to get directions and event times.  Merry Christmas!
Christmas 2011 - Lucy LOVED Santa

Monday, November 26, 2012


Listening to Bollywood, popping confetti balloons, and eating with our hands are a few fun things we did at Jenny's India theme party!  In a past blog I mentioned that every year my girlfriends and I pick a theme for our birthday parties.  This year the b-day girl got to pick a country and that was the theme for the night.  Jenny chose India...good choice Jenny!

Lots of bright colors and eating on the floor...what's not to love?

Indian food potluck...yum!

Happy birthday Jenny!
Carrie hosted the party.  She did and amazing job decorating her house!  When decorating for an India theme party, don't shy away from bright colors.  We ate around her coffee table and sat on pillows.  I don't have a picture of the ceiling, but Carrie had a bright colored streamers, twinkle lights, and a big star hanging from the ceiling.

Carrie also found out that confetti balloons are a tradition in India.  She filled the balloons with confetti and we popped the balloons over the birthday girl.  It was a mess, but a whole lot of fun!  I'm thinking it will be a new birthday tradition for long as I don't have to clean it up.  : )

It was a fun night and now onto next years birthday theme...movies!  Carrie's birthday is first up and I have a feeling we may be having a Star Wars party!  I will let you know.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What a dish! Moving tips for dishes.

I haven't been blogging too much lately.  Part of the reason is that this past summer/fall we were busy moving TWICE!  And we will hopefully be moving again to a more permanent location next spring or summer. 

With all the moving I found a couple of things that made packing and moving my dishes easier.  Dishes, in my opinion, are the MOST dreaded thing to pack! 

Tip #1 - Use your towels, cloth dinner napkins, and wash clothes to wrap around your breakables.  This means not having to wash your dishes again when unpacking.  Yea!

Dishes wrapped in cloth napkins

Tip #2 - Use foam disposable plates between your plates...I found this tip somewhere on Pinterest and it saved me a ton of time!  I heart Pinterest!
Foam plates between each dish

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sick Day Sanity Saver

What to do...what to do?  This is what I often ask myself when I'm stuck at home with a sick baby. I start to go a little crazy after being home several days.  I have noticed that if I can keep Lucy distracted she is much happier...and a happy Lucy means a happy mommy!

List of things to do when you are home with a sick toddler:

1) Cuddle and read books.

2) Build a teepee or fort.  This a a great place to cuddle and read books.  : )

3) Blow bubbles.

4) Play in a warm bath.  Find some special "sick day" bath toys.

5) If it is warm outside, get some fresh air and take a walk.

6) Give your baby a massage.

7) Look at family pictures.

8) Play some silly games...the sillier the better!  "A joyful heart is good medicine..." -Proverbs 17:22

9) If you have a tile floor, draw with chalk.  You can mop it up later.

10) Make frozen pops out of Gatorade or juice.

11) Have a picnic in the park or your backyard.

12) Sing songs together.  Some fun song with hand motions are:
               -Where is Thumbkin
               -Itsy Bitsy Spider
               -Deep and Wide
               -Wheels on the Bus
               -I'm a little Teapot
               -If you're happy and you know it
               -Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
               -Row, Row, Row your Boat

13) Write a blog.  I started writing a blog when Lucy was a few months old and I realized that with all the nap-times I needed more "home" hobbies.

Lucy with the teepee we built when she was sick a few months ago.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cheese themed parties

My friends and I love our theme parties.  Last year for all our birthdays we had a color theme.  The birthday girl would pick a color and all the food for the party had to be that color.  Carrie chose orange, Kaela chose blue, Alyssa chose yellow, Jenny chose red, I chose white.  (I only chose white because I wanted something cheesy.)  They made me white sauce cheesy enchiladas, white bean salad, white corn tortilla chips, and coconut cake.

This year my friend Jenny came up with the idea of picking a country for our birthday theme.  Carrie's birthday came first, she chose Vietnam.  We have never had or made Vietnamese food before, so we decided to get take out (Carrie has a sophisticated palate and would know if we made it wrong).

Kaela's birthday is next.  She chose Greece and I do know how to make some "greasy" food.  Kidding...we made spanakopita, lots of veggies, baklava, and we had an olive tasting.

 Alyssa had her birthday last month, she chose France.  We ate French bread and croissant sandwiches, fruit, and had an Eiffel tower cookie cake.


We are celebrating my birthday next week.  I'm thinking that I'll choose Germany...mostly because I am hoping for cheese fondue.

So the next time you through a party, think about choosing a theme.  It's a fun way to branch out and try something new.

We already have some theme ideas for next year.  We have talked about doing a children's birthday rollerskating or slumber party.  The only problem for me is wondering how I can incorporate cheese into that theme.  I will let you know what we choose.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy leap year

Here are a few freebies around town for the upcoming weekend.  Happy weekend and happy leap year!

All weekend
Nano Beer Fest: Live music all 3 days.  Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub (12562 SW Main St, Tigard). Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Portland Jazz Festival: Free concerts!  Check out the website...there is a lot of good stuff happening.

Friday, February 24
String Quartet No. 2 by Morton Feldman: Third Angle Ensemble will perform this four-hour piece. Come and go as you please, or stay for the whole thing. Ellyn Bye Studio Theater at Portland Center Stage (128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland) 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Portland Art Museum Free Day: It's the forth Friday so admission is free from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

“Portlandia” + “Actioke”: Doors open at 5:30 pm. Actioke begins 6:00 pm. The latest episode of “Portlandia” begins at 7:00 pm. Mission Theater.

Cascade Festival of African Films runs through March 3.

Saturday, February 25
William O. Crane’s Seven Concerts: Crane along with other local musicians, dancers, and others — will perform seven free concerts over seven days. 

Sunday, February 26
Firstenburg’s Bridal Show: Vendors, drawings, bridal gown discount sale, and a man cave with movies and video games. Firstenburg Community Center (700 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver), 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band will perform at Lakeridge High School Auditorium, 7:30 pm

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fun + Free

Here are a few free things to do this weekend in Portland...
All weekend

Friday, January 27

Portland Art Museum Free Day: It’s the fourth Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 5:00-8:00 pm.

“Portlandia”: See the latest episode at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan, Portland). 5:30 pm doors; 7:00 pm show. Minors admitted with parent or guardian. Encore showing at 10:00 pm for ages 21+.

Saturday, January 28

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek Park: The theme will be “Magnificent Moss and Lovely Lichen.” 10:00 am.

Crystal Hotel & Ballroom History Presentations and Tour: Presentation by Joe Bianco at 1:00 pm. Tour starts at 2:30 pm. Presentation by Patrick Rosenkranz at 4:00 pm. 1332 W. Burnside, Portland.

Sunday, January 29

Portland Opera to go: “Hansel & Gretel”: The production is just right to introduce the kids in your life (or yourself?) to the world of opera. Edgefield, Blackberry Hall (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale), 12:00 pm.

Portland Opera Preview of “Madame Butterfly”: Musical selections, historical background, and composer information. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm.