Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hillsboro Hops

Last Thursday night, Avi, Ben, the boys and I went to see the local Single-A baseball team play. It was the boys' first baseball game and such a fun night!
Someone was excited! We saw the Hillsboro Hops play the Tri-City Dirt Devils. The Hops are a Single-A team for the Diamondbacks and the Dirt Devils answer to the Rockies.

We had great seats behind home plate, got to love small stadiums! Such a far cry from the size and scale of Fenway, but such a fun park with great atmosphere.
Oregon takes ballpark food up a notch: veggie corn tacos, kettle corn, and garlic fries with aioli! 
 Ronan LOVED all the music and clapping, so stinking adorable. 
We headed out towards the end of the 7th inning and a fun evening at the park. I grew up near a minor league team and it brought back fun memories from summer nights there.
Noam was getting punch drunk from stimulation/past bedtime/long day of fun and asked me to carry him on my shoulder as we went to the car. He was screaming "Let it Go" at the top of his legs, steeling my glasses, and using my hair like horse reins! A perfect ending to a great evening!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zoo, Trains, Sushi, oh my!

It's becoming a lovely and special tradition. Each time I come visit, Noam and I go to the zoo together. This time was no exception and we had a lovely trip together. 
We've never seen the bears so active. All three were playing, relaxing, and putting on a show.
For the first time, and a sign that someone is growing up, we went to the zoo without the stroller. I love watching Noam stroll through the zoo, and it's easier to not chase him down with the stroller!
They have two lion cubs and the lion family was out and active too. They came right up to the plexiglass and it was amazing! The bottom two pictures are not zoomed in.
I just loved this moment. We were working on leaving the zoo, Noam was starting to get hot, tired, and hungry. He was upset  and as we made our way towards the exit, we entered the underwater area. He ran to this window and just stood there with a look of wonder on his face. Love this kid!!
This time, after the zoo, we upped the anti and took a trip on the Max train to Beaverton and had a sushi lunch date! When the server asked what he wanted in his kiddie-bento he replied "food!" - he then inhaled 6 cucumber rolls, 4 avocado rolls, the salmon from my roll, and the salmon roe!!

I love these special days, can't wait to have more and start having them with Ronan!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 29

The Good:
Noam is so curious. We had a special day at the zoo on Thursday and he took it all in. I love his looks of wonder. Here he is watching a waterfall and looking at how it flows, he was enthralled. Love this kid!

The Random:
Just some random instants from the last week:
rainbows, bubbles, ergo cuddles, climbing, outside, cherries, couch cuddles, mt. hood, cherry picking

The Fun: 
It was hot while I was out in Oregon, near 100 some days. That means sprinkler and hose fun in the yard in the evenings. Noam may not like the ideas of baths, but he loves playing with the hose. Ronan, doesn't mind baths...he doesn't like when his brother hoses him down!
**no one year olds were harmed in the making of this summer fun, only made a bit wet...


   

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Oregon Edition

Full:
I gave a grilled cast iron crisp recipe a shot this week. A skillet full of berries and yummy crumble.

Donut:
Freshly picked donut peaches at a farm stand in Hood River.

Straw:
Ronan loves straws. His love led to an adorable photo bomb, complete with sun flare.

In the car:
Two for two on the sun flares. Two for two on forgetting the sunglasses too!

Bug:
My mom bought Noam a fun sprinkler, he thought the little worms were "so silly!"



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Scenes from here...



...chasing and savoring each little moment

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Zen: An Attempt

One of my favorite spots in Portland is the Japanese Gardens. They're so lush, serene, and just stunning. Noam loves being out in nature and "exploring" so it was a fun outing. 
Granted, a 3.5 year old up past his nap time, on a hot day, after a popsicle makes for an interesting attempt at being zen in such a place! 
And this little guy? When well, he's just too cute to handle!

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