Friday, October 25, 2013

Fruit/Ninja Costumes

I have to be honest. With us starting up the whole homeschooling thing around here, I haven't had a lot of time for blogging. So I don't have photos with directions for costumes this year. Just costumes. So I present Fruit and Ninja.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oxbow Organic Farm

Well, we've been homeschooling for only about two weeks, but when I found out about a trip to Oxbow Organic Farm that was organized by one of the homeschool groups around here, I jumped at the opportunity. My son has expressed interest in organic farming after all.

There was a guide who led my son around the farm, teaching about what the farmers do there.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cannon Beach

Our kids' elementary school had an auction last winter and after a few drinks, my husband decided to bid on a week's stay in Cannon Beach, Oregon. We won, of course. At the time I thought he had spent a little too much on the trip, but now that we've been, I can't help but think that the money was very well spent! I especially enjoyed going to Cannon Beach in September: the weather was still warm, but there were far less people!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oregon Coast Highway 101

Just a little view from Highway 101 between Cannon Beach, OR and Manzanita, OR.

Such a beautiful drive!

Distance of Drive: 14.5 miles (20 minutes w/out stopping)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Short Sand Beach (Oswald West State Park)

We decided to check out Short Sand Beach on our way to Manzanita, and we're so glad we did!

Short Sand Beach is a secluded little beach a short half mile hike from Highway 101.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hug Point State Recreation Site

Since we're staying in Cannon Beach for an entire week, we decided to head South and check out some other sights nearby. Our first stop was Hug Point.

Hug Point packs a lot of interesting sights into a short hike. There's a waterfall pouring out onto the beach (although it was pretty small when we were there),

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pacific Beach State Park

Pacific Beach State Park was the first place we took our kids camping. We had such a good time that we decided to come back again in the future and to make our campsite reservation early enough that we could get a site next to the beach. This year we finally followed through!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Honolulu Roundup

We enjoyed our trip to Honolulu so much!

Seriously. If I didn't love the Seattle area so much, I think we'd move there!

Now that life has settled down a bit, I wanted to share a few other jewels we encountered during our adventures.

- We found a good selection of typical Hawaiian souvenirs at the International Market Place in Waikīkī. There are beautiful water features and trees here as well, so definitely check it out if you are nearby!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Waikīkī Beach

Most of our time in Honolulu was spent at Waikīkī Beach. I can't say that I was disappointed!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nuʻuanu Pali State Park

We saw a small sign for Nu'uanu Pali Lookout on the road to Kailua. And although we didn't know anything about it, we decided to drop by on our way back to Honolulu. I'm so glad we did!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Paradise Cove Luau

Before going to Hawaii, we decided that a fun way for us to share some of Hawaii's culture with our kids was to go to a luau. Based on its reviews and its proximity to Honolulu, we decided on the Paradise Cove Luau in Kapolei. We're so glad we did!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hanauma Bay State Park

In 1994, I went to Hanauma Bay for my first experience snorkeling. Nine years later, I found myself in the unique position of introducing my husband and kids to their first snorkeling in the exact same place. And Hanauma Bay State Park didn't disappoint!

We went early to avoid the crowds. Our purchased tickets gave us an assigned time to view the required introductory film. The film basically goes over safety rules, history, and information about the marine life in the park and ongoing conservation efforts. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Waikīkī Aquarium

Before our trip to Hanauma Bay State Park, we wanted to make sure we visited Waikīkī Aquarium. Waikīkī Aquarium is a wonderful place to allow kids the opportunity to learn about some of the marine life they might see while snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, and about the fragile ecosystem that lies beneath its waters.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Koko Crater Railway Trail

I love hiking, and when I found out we were vacationing on Oahu, one of the first things I did was search for hikes around Honolulu. Koko Head was the hike that intrigued me the most, so when we found we had a free morning, we decided to give it a go.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hawai’i Farmers’ Markets

On our way back from Diamond Head, we decided to stop by the Saturday Farmer's Market at Kapiolani Community College nearby. I highly recommend it!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cape Flattery

On our way home from our backpacking trip to Shi Shi Beach, we decided we should visit the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States, Cape Flattery.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Point of Arches (Olympic National Park)

Honestly, this wasn't a planned part of our backpacking trip to Shi Shi Beach. We saw all of the beautiful rocks jutting out of the water to the south of our camping spot and decided to take a closer look at low tide. Once we returned home, we realized that what we explored is a sight well-known to many: Point of Arches.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Shi Shi Beach (Olympic National Park)

We decided that this year was the year for our kids to have their first backpacking trip, so we settled on where my husband went on his first backpacking trip: Shi Shi Beach.

The hike gently rolls over boardwalks and well-maintained trails. The only difficult bit is toward the end where the trail turns dramatically downward to the beach.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nerf Gun Party

My son wanted a Nerf Gun Party, so I provided!

We had orange and green snacks and cupcakes because I separated the boys into two teams, 

orange team...

and green team. As you can tell, I removed fragile items and moved my furniture around to make certain rooms team bases. Those big pieces of plastic are just lengths of plastic tablecloth from inexpensive rolls. I hung them from the ceiling by putting small pieces of tape on the corners to strengthen them, punched a small hole in the tape, and hooked the holes onto tiny removable hooks.

Some rooms were off limits and I marked those with danger tape from a hardware store.

The boys had colored T-shirts to identify which team they were on. Then they played several games of Nerf Gun Capture the Flag. Basically, if someone got hit by a bullet, they had to run back and tag their base.

Eye protection from the hardware store was useful, too!

There were sweaty boys and smiles all around! My husband even joined the battle a few times.

Such a wild and fun time!