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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

REAL soccer

October 5, 2013
FINALLY!  Ana and I are playing REAL soccer.

FINALLY! Ana and I are playing REAL soccer.

Waiting the few minutes before my class felt like forever.

Waiting the few minutes before my class felt like forever.

But in no time I found a piece of wood to bang against the goal posts.

But I found a piece of wood to bang against the goal posts to pass the time.

The horn sounded and then we were up.

Ana is really good at scoring goals and she can outrun most of the boys (she had the flag the longest in flag tag) but her main interest in soccer is a) which shorts to wear; b) ensuring she has the pink ball to coordinate with her outfit; and c) chatting with the coach.

As for me.  The coach was impressed with my dribbling but not so much with my lack of following instructions.  (Everyone else was warming up when this video was taken)

We were at Indoor Goals in Beaverton.

By Rafa.

 

 

35 year old birthday parties are the coolest

September 28, 2013
My gym celebrated its 35th birthday today and it hosted the coolest party.  The gym doesn't normally have bounce houses in it!

My gym celebrated its 35th birthday today and it hosted the coolest party. The gym doesn’t normally have bounce houses in it!

I don't usually get my face painted or a balloon sword at gym class either.

I don’t usually get my face painted or a balloon sword at gym class either.

Rafa got to try out some of the equipment that he watches me practice on each week.  He made the fat beam look really easy.

Rafa got to try out some of the equipment that he watches me practice on each week. He made the fat beam look really easy.

And I got to try out apparatus that I've never been on before either.

And I got to try out apparatus that I’ve never been on before either.

To make it even more fun, some of our friends were there too.  After all, what's a good party without friends?

To make it even more fun, some of our friends were there too. After all, what’s a good party without friends?

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

Indoor climbing

September 21, 2013

It’s raining.  Papi is away for the weekend.  So what do we do?

Became pirates at Munchkin Play Land of course.  I climbed the mast.

A spot of indoor climbing of course.

Up.

Rafa is getting the hang of it.

On top of the duck was even higher.

I’m the Queen of the Duckie!

Rafa couldn't resist.

Rafa’s just a copy cat.

By Ana.

 

 

 

The mall

September 2, 2013

Apparently some people go to the mall for shopping, but we go to…

Ride the fire truck

Ride the fire truck.

Have a spin on the train

Have a spin on the steam train.

and the boat

and do donuts in the speed boat.

We left by foot.

After all that, we left by foot.