Friday, June 27, 2008

We're Swingin'


We're finally in full summer mode around here! It took a while for the weather to cooperate, but now it's all good and the forecast is nothing but sunshine for the next seven days at least. Horray! It's just in time for my Favorite Week Of The Year, which begins with my birthday (July 1st) includes firework fun on the 4th and ends with our anniversary (11 years!) on July 6th. This year there are lots of extras sprinkled in there. One goodie is tonight's exclusive showing of WALL•E for friends and family, organized by my brother and his awesome company. We're counting the minutes!

So yeah, summer mode. It totally rocks. The kids are up and playing outside (sometimes still in their pj's) first thing in the morning. We're at the pool every day for the entire afternoon, and when we come home they play outside even more. The kids all have the sweetest freckles running across their noses. Max just learned how to ride his bike. The ice cream man jingles through the neighborhood frequently, and we always make him stop. We're playing tennis (a sport I'd forgotten how much I love) and soccer (a sport I've always loved) and wallball (a sport I'm not sure if I love). And when we're hot, tired and in need of a break we retreat to the basement and play Guitar Hero. Yes, I totally hog it. And yes, I am a Goddess of Rock. I'm also embarrassed to admit that my arms are, ahem, sore from playing. I recently finished the greatest series of books and I've just started another. And I've actually been doing a little sewing. Photo proof can be found here. My house, however, has seen cleaner days. But such is life, right? I keep telling myself that anyway...



And lastly, in celebration of my parents 40th Anniversary (I love you guys!), we recently spent an unforgettable day in a place I hadn't visited since my childhood. The Enchanted Forrest. It hasn't changed one single bit in the past 20 years. I can't even begin to describe it, or do it justice for that matter. It's part "theme park" (I'm using that term very loosely), park fairytale land, all unique. It is pure Oregon: quirky, fun, beautiful and strange. I highly recommend a visit to anyone living here, or passing through. It truly will enchant you, and if you have kidlits they won't want to leave. Mine would have stayed in the Indian Caves (yes Indian, I'm tellin' you this place is like no other...) all day.

That's all for now. Enjoy the sunshine folks! I'll try to pop in on a more regular basis. But you know how it goes...

4 comments:

rebecca medina said...

Good to "see" you again! We have a full-on wallball tournament every night in the neighborhood, with some very intense competition between fathers and children. They have yet to convince me to participate. It's no-holds-barred kind of blood sport out there, I tell you. I also just picked up Twilight and can't wait to dive in -- looks like some good steamy poolside reading. I'll have to check out the Libba Bray series. I've never heard of her, but I always love your book suggestions! We'd love to have you all come over and hang out at our neighborhood pool with us! Consider it an open invitation!

Laura said...

I can not believe it! You are back! Hooray!!! And perfect timing to suggest an outing in Oregon, as we may be visiting for a week next month. Any more suggestions on fun things to do with the kids, please let me know!! Also..any idea of a cheap, good place to stay??? We have outgrown my in laws place, and would love a comfy place that fits the 6 of us, and doesn't put as in more debt than we already are. And if we can sneak in a play date with the Fruits, that would be fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (defintion of play date...husbands play with kids, while moms go for iced lattes and shopping)

Amber said...

Happy Birthday, Meegan! Early July is good in our house too--Avery's birthday is on the 6th (along with Larry Lapensee's... I feel like we already talked about this) and our anniversary (10th this year) is on the 11th.

Summer has gotten off to such a great start here in Portland, I'm glad to hear you guys are enjoying yourselves! Hope to see you soon!

Joyce K. said...

I love that picture of Jack. How great to have a huge tree for a swinging.
We have a place called Storybook Forest. I thought it was magic when I was little. How special we can take our kid's to these places.
I hope we can talk soon!