Archive for the ‘Portland’ Category

It’s still cold

February 11, 2014
It's still cold.  Colder than usual for Houston.  Brrr.

It’s still colder than usual for Houston and we’re getting a bit fed up of the brrrr.

But not as cold as it is back in Portland!  Our neighbour sent us this picture of our old house (and yep, the road in front of the house).  It has been unseasonally cold there too.

But not as cold as it is back in Portland! Our old neighbour sent us this picture of our old house. It has been unseasonally cold there too and puts the Houston winter into perspective.  Although they do get the bonus of being able to make snowmen.

Aussie dinner in Portland

December 19, 2013
Tonight the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland got together to celebrate Christmas at the Pacific Pie Co.

Tonight the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland got together at the Pacific Pie Co. to celebrate Christmas with a taste from home.

Pre-dinner we coloured in a kangaroo!

Pre-dinner we coloured in a kangaroo!

We pulled Christmas crackers and put on our Christmas hats.

We pulled Christmas crackers and put on our Christmas hats.

We feasted on real meat pies, sausage rolls and Anzac bickies (you don't see any of those around here).

We feasted on real meat pies, sausage rolls and Anzac bickies (you don’t see any of those normally around here).

Papi had a Fosters.

Papi had a Fosters (you can get that at Fred Meyer, he’s just pretending he hasn’t had one in a while).

And I'm not sure which one was the White Elephant but he gave me some coloured creatures to stick onto drinking glasses!

And I’m not sure which one was the White Elephant but he gave me some coloured creatures to stick onto bottles and cups.

By Ana, Aussie in Portland.

(The Pacific Pie Co. now has two locations, check out the details here)

 

 

 

 

 

Zoo lights

December 15, 2013
After hot soup at a friend's house we all went out to Zoo lights.

After hot soup at a friend’s house we all put on our warmest gear to visit the Zoo lights.

Every Christmas the Oregon Zoo sparkles.

Every Christmas the Oregon Zoo sparkles.

Most of the animals are asleep at this time of night - but we did catch a few that were up late.

Most of the animals were asleep, but we did catch a few that were up late.

And the animals made of lights were just as cool.

And the animals made of lights were just as cool.

There were big Oregon scenes too.

There were big Oregon scenes too.

and ones we could touch.

and displays we could touch.

It's a super fun way to see Christmas lights.

It’s a super fun way to see Christmas lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree time

December 7, 2013
YAY!  Today we get our Christmas tree!

Yipee! Today we get our Christmas tree!

There are so many to choose from.

There are so many to choose from.

And so many distractions like meeting Rudolph and Frosty (I have it on good authority that Rudolph's nose only glows when he's pulling Santa in his sleigh.  I asked all about that!)

And so many distractions like meeting Rudolph and Frosty (I have it on good authority that Rudolph’s nose only glows when he’s pulling Santa in his sleigh. I asked all about that.)

And then told Santa that his reindeer were being well cared for.  Then asked for an aeroplane and a car for Christmas.  He gave me a candy cane instead.

I was then able to tell Santa that his reindeer were being well cared for whilst he was busy. I asked for an aeroplane and a car for Christmas. He gave me a candy cane instead.

We took advantage of the free hot chocolate by the fire pit as we had been at Loch Lolly for over an hour by now and STILL didn't have a tree!

After visiting Santa we took advantage of the free hot chocolate by the fire pit as we had been enjoying ourselves at Loch Lolly for well over an hour by that stage and still didn’t have a tree!

But we did enjoy warming up and watching the lake's residents doing a bit of ice skating.

But we did enjoy warming up and watching the lake’s residents doing a bit of ice skating.

Eventually we did choose a very nice Douglas Fir.  Got it home and decorated.  It's the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen.

Eventually we did choose a bushy Noble. Got it home and decorated. I got to put the gold star on the top.  It’s the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen.

We were at Loch Lolly Christmas Forest.

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both busy

November 13, 2013
Whilst Ana was busy doing this

Whilst Ana was busy doing this

this

this

this

this

and this.

and this.

I was busy driving here

I was busy driving here

here

here

here

here

and... whoops!  The first time was by accident.

and… whoops! The first time was by accident.

By Rafa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since Mum was out

November 10, 2013
I like Papi's choice for lunch today!

I like Papi’s choice for lunch today!

And this place even has a playground

And this place even has a playground

With a ferris wheel!  That's Ana and me in the green cart at the very top!

With a ferris wheel! That’s Ana and me in the green cart at the very top!

Soooooooo cool.  Well played Papi!

By Rafa.

 

 

A birthday bash at Playdate PDX

November 3, 2013
You all know how much I love a good birthday, especially when it's my best friend's party and there is princess cake.

You all know how much I love a good birthday bash, especially when it’s my best friend’s party and there is princess cake.

We were at Playdate PDX which is awesome.  Here Eva and I are in the dragon's mouth up at the top of the castle.

We were at Playdate PDX which is an awesome indoor playground. Here Eva and I are in the dragon’s mouth up at the top of the castle (It’s quite a maze to get up here but a quick trip on the big wave slide to get back down)

Rafa started of in the toddler room,

Rafa started off in the toddler room,

But once we all found the air ball gun room he wasn't going back in with the little kids.

But once we all found the air ball gun room he wasn’t going back in with the little kids.

He was having too much fun in the massive ball fight with the big kids.  He was giving as good as he was getting and the only tears were when it was time to go home.

He was having too much fun in a massive ball fight with the big kids. He was giving as good as he was getting and the only tears shed were when it was time to go home.

By Ana.

Gotta love family days

October 26, 2013

Family days are my favourite two days of the week.  Today: soccer, haircuts, shopping, lunch, nap, walk in the sunshine, dinner and now getting into my nightie with my brand new Hello Kitty dressing gown.  What’s not to love about that?

Ready for take off!  Oh, I mean my hair cut.

Ready for take off! Oh, I mean my hair cut.

Rafa liked the police car, but wasn't so sure about the water spray.

Rafa liked the police car, but wasn’t so sure about the water spray.

But we both looked very smart with our new hair cuts waiting for lunch.

Mum thought we both looked very smart with our new hair cuts waiting to be seated for lunch.

It's getting a bit cool now, but at least there was a bit of sunshine.

It’s getting a bit cool now, but at least there was a bit of sunshine for a late afternoon walk.

And my new robe keeps me snuggly in that time post bath, pre bed.

Now as I get ready for bed in my new Hello Kitty robe, I know the best bit about today, is that there is another family day tomorrow.

By Ana.

Picking pumpkins

October 13, 2013
We decided to do this year's pumpkin picking at Baggenstos Farms.

We decided to do this year’s pumpkin picking at Baggenstos Farms.

We took the hay ride out to the patch.

We took the hay ride out to the patch.

Just like giant soccer balls.  But kinda hard to move.

Just like giant soccer balls. But kinda hard to move.

Ah.  Just right.

I’ve found a good one!

A good family effort.

A great family effort.

Time to play.

Time to play.

Rafa went through the pipe at least a hundred times.

Rafa went through the pipe at least a hundred times.

I liked the hay maze.  Mum kept hiding so she could jump out at me from around the corner.

I liked the hay maze. Mum kept hiding so she could jump out at me from around the corner.

So much pumpkin fun!

So much pumpkin fun!

We were at Baggenstos Farms.

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun day

October 6, 2013
If there is sun around this time of year, we're going to be out in it.

If there is sun around this time of year, we’re going to be out in it.

We got a picnic lunch from Whole Food Markets.  Mum taking a photo is a perfect opportunity for me to get a hand in her salad.

We took a picnic lunch from Whole Food Markets to Orchard Park. Mum taking a photo was the perfect opportunity for me to get a hand in her salad.

The lady bug got a little crowded.

The lady bug got a little crowded.

Much better.

Much better.

Mr Sun, please stay around for a while!

We love you Mr Sun.

By Rafa