Halloween is getting to be a really fun time for us. It’s actually cool at Halloween (as opposed to sweating and swatting away mosquitoes, like we did in Florida) and we live in a great neighbourhood with lots of kids and families that are happy to take part. Continue reading “Halloween”
Last August, we were lucky enough to have the solar eclipse pass right by Portland. Because of the promise of absolute bedlam on the roads, we decided not to drive 30 minutes south into the path of totality and instead settled for 99.64% totality.
Last August, my sister (Ellie’s aunty) and my nephew (Ellie’s cousin) came to Oregon to visit us all.
During that time, we fit a lot in. We went to the Chinese Gardens, visited Powell’s, went to the coast, went up Mount Hood, enjoyed a jet boat ride on the Willamette and visited some wineries (naturally). Continue reading “Nicola & Max came to visit”
When Marti and I went out of town this past weekend, we got a sweet video from Ellie on the second night telling us goodnight. She is so sweet, tender and well-spoken; she amazes me daily. Continue reading “Adorable videos from Ellie [VIDEO]”
A couple of weekends ago, in the hopes that we could stop Jack from playing with all the light switches in the house, I made a simple box with four switches, each controlling a different colored LED. Pretty simple, but it did the trick.
Then one of Ellie’s friends wanted one and she also wanted to make one for herself, so I took the opportunity to teach her the basics of electricity and circuits and we made it together.
Now that she made one for her friend, she’s excited to make her own! Continue reading “Ellie making her first electrical project [VIDEO]”
During dinner, I’ve previously used fruit and the lamp above the table to try and explain the basics of the solar system to Ellie (particularly as the solar eclipse was approaching a few months ago).
A couple of nights ago, out of the blue, Ellie grabbed a few pieces of fruit and started to explain the solar system to me, completely unprompted. That was amazing in and of itself, but she also came up with a few new theories as to why certain things happen. They weren’t all true, but seeing the cogs turn in her head is amazing to me. She is one exceptional child.
Continue reading “Ellie explains the solar system [VIDEO]”
We all spent the summer (and the autumn) making the most of the weather and exploring our new home. We’ve done so much and seen so many new places.
It’s also becoming clear just how much Ellie loves the outdoors, including hiking. She’s also looking forward to camping next year. Continue reading “August – November 2017”
Our sweet baby girl is not so little anymore. As she continues to grow, she amazes us more and more with how intelligent, funny, creative and curious she is.
For her birthday, we went to the Evergreen Air & Space Museum and Ellie had a blast looking at all of the planes and rockets.
Then, her main birthday present from us was a big girl (double) bed which she was ecstatic about. Continue reading “Ellie’s 4th birthday”
Ellie has always been pretty fascinated with planes and loves going to the airport, so she gets even more excited when she gets to go on a plane.
Almost every flight that she’s been on now, she’s been invited into the cockpit and on this latest flight, we got the best pictures yet of her. I think the pilot’s hat suits her quite well! Continue reading “A pilot in the making”
I know. It’s been a long time. Because moving, life, busyness etc. But I’m here now.
We’ve been up to a lot since we got to Oregon back in March. We absolutely love it here and have done our fair share of exploring, getting out and about, and enjoying the outdoors. Continue reading “The last many months”