Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ester Short Park

 To add to my summer bucket list, I met a friend at Ester Short Park in Downtown Vancouver. I'm not sure how we only managed to go here once this summer, it was really fun! Not only does the park have a nice playground, there is a very cool fountain that kids can climb and splash in. I love how it is encouraged for kids to splash in fountains up here. In a lot of places you aren't allowed to "wade" in a fountain, which is a silly rule! (Izzie)

 Izzie and Maddie

 A fountain with climbing rocks? Sign my girls up!

 Caitlin, Izzie and Maddie

 Also at the park is a pretty rose garden. The roses were HUGE and smelled so good.

 The funny thing is we passed the roses on the way back to our car, which was at a parking meter. I was hurrying along trying to make it back to the care before the meter expired. The girls though, really wanted to literally, stop and smell the roses. How could I resist??? Izzie sniffing a pretty pink rose.

 Maddie smelling a white rose.

 Randomly, for fun one night we decided to get out the paints before bath and do some body art, we haven't done that in a couple of years! Oh boy did they have fun. At first they had me draw a few things and then they finally got into and covered themselves with paint.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I-5 Bridge goes UP!

 Melanie at Who Song and Larry's Mexican. We got to sit out on the porch and the view and weather was amazing.

 The I-5 Bridge between Portland and Vancouver.

 While we were sitting there they lifted the bridge. I had always assumed it lifted up in two pieces, but really they middle just slides up. They have to stop traffic to do this obviously and we were really surprised that it got lifted for a teeny tiny sail boa that had a HUGE mast. There was only two people on that boat. But I was glad to see the bridge raise up AND not be stopped in traffic to have to see it!

All in all, it was a super fun trip with my friend. Of course it went by way too quickly, but we packed in a lot of adventure and it really meant a lot that she came to stay with us. Hopefully next time she can bring Madison and Sydney!

Papa Haydn and the Portland Japanese Gardens

 The day after we went to tea, Melanie and I decided to spend an afternoon in Portland shopping and finding a place to eat. Portland has a ton of restaurants and it was difficult to choose. A few friends recommended Papa Haydn for their dessert menu, which is Melanie's favorite course. We split a light lunch so we could devour dessert. And oh, boy did we.

 I ordered: Marjolaine   
Guittard chocolate mousse and hazelnut praline cream piped between layers of almond-hazelnut meringue, topped with whipped crème fraiche and French vanilla chocolate 
And it was delicious. It was creamy and crunchy and so very decadent. 

 Melanie got a seasonal berry tart. It was just as good as my dish.

 We spent the rest of the afternoon walking it off and window shopping up and down some quaint streets in Portland.

 The next day we went to the Portland Japanese Gardens. These gardens have been certified as authentic in the Japanese style and it was a very serene and tranquil place to visit. Every where you looked was beauty, texture and style. Izzie, Daddy and Maddie

 A peek of Portland between some trees at the Garden.

 John and I.


 Maddie and Izzie watching a waterfall.

 Stone pathway, I just loved the mix of stone and wood that was the building materials.

 Melanie, John and the girls.

 Izzie and Maddie

 Daddy and Maddie

 Daddy and Izzie

 Momma, Izzie, Daddy and Maddie

 Momma and Izzie.

 Me taking a moment to just enjoy.


Maddie on the way home.