Avery’s 5th Birthday

January 23, 2021 Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but Avery is now 5 years old! There were times in his first year of life, I didn’t even know if we’d make it to this point, or if we did, what that would look like. Avery has taken us on an incredible journey that has opened […]

Christmas in Irrigon/Hermiston

December 22-27, 2020 2020 has been quite the strange year. Weirdly enough, I’ve adapted to the new normal where we don’t think more than a week or two ahead and definitely don’t make any concrete travel plans. This Christmas unlike most of our past ones, there wouldn’t be any travel plans. We decided that it […]

Silver Falls, Silverton & Mt. Angel

December 29-30, 2020 For the second week of winter vacation we booked a last-minute reservation at The Oregon Gardens in Silverton, just a little over an hour away. Every year they do a huge display of Christmas lights and a German-style market. This year, with Covid, things are different of course. If you stayed at […]

Florence, Oregon

November 24-29 Thanksgiving break! Woohoo! Vicki drove to our house on Tuesday afternoon and we loaded up her car with all of our stuff and headed to Florence. We had a house rented for the 5 nights we would be there. After arriving around 7pm, we settled in for the night. On our first full […]

Salishan Resort, Oregon Coast

November 10-14, 2020 Brian and I have been itching to get away. With Veteran’s Day as his first holiday of the school year, we wanted to do something. I came across a great Travelzoo deal for Salishan resort, so I jumped on the opportunity and booked us for 4 nights. Wednesday was the best weather […]

Moving to PDX

August 24, 2020 Moving during a pandemic is not the most ideal situation. There were many times in the past 5 months that we questioned ourselves if we were doing the right thing by moving across the state at such an uncertain time. Brian was on the job hunt and it dragged out much longer […]

North Cascades National Park

July 1-6, 2020 This was our first overnight trip we’ve taken since the coronavirus pandemic shut down Oregon. In both Oregon and Washington, the economy has opened up most places but masks are required and social distancing is standard. Brian and I have talked about visiting the North Cascades as a place we’d love to […]

The Painted Hills - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

June 3, 2020 COVID has kept us in Irrigon way more than usual, especially for summertime. As soon as Oregon began opening its state parks, we were planning a trip to the Painted Hills. It’s a place that’s been on our travel list for a while and it’s an easy day trip. Now was a […]

Twin Falls - Covid Begins...

March 21-26, 2020 This trip was one of the strangest we’ve taken. Just 1 week before we left for this planned Spring Break road trip, Oregon closed all schools due to the coronavirus. Brian and I debated about whether we should still go. We weighed the pros and cons and assessed the risk and determined […]

Sandpoint, Idaho

January 17-20, 2020 This trip was a little weekend getaway with Vicki and us. None of us had ever really been to Sandpoint. Brian stopped there on his bike trip to Montana back in 2003, but didn’t remember a whole lot. We drove up there after my work let out on Friday afternoon and settled […]