Winter break

We’ve had an adventurous winter break. We started off with a snow storm that ended up closing local highways. We’re lucky enough to only have to shovel ourselves out of our site. The roads are maintained really well and the highway is passable for us. We did see plenty of spin outs

The older boys got to take a trip to do night tubing at Ski Bowl. They went before the big storm. Ski Bowl, Meadows and Timberline all closed when the storm hit.

A laser light show and d.j. music played while they raced down groomed tubing chutes at Ski Bowl East. To find out more about tubing at Ski Bowl go HERE

Back at home we were able get bust out our sleds and use our very own hills for some fun sledding time.. I have a middle schooler who will wear shorts no matter what!

So, here we are getting buried in snow and breaks almost over. Wait, no it is over! It’s still a snowy mess and we decided to go to the beach..

The beginning of trip went smoothly with the only ‘difficult’ driving just the short trip to the highway. Even though the highway we live off of was still closed about 7 miles up the road you wouldn’t know it at our entrance. 

We made it to about 30-40 minutes out from Florence and we were looking forward to stopping at St. Vinnies (our favorite thift store). The road was flooded and closed. Traffic not moving at all. I began checking the tripcheck camera. The camera happened to be pointing right at the new pool on the road. We waited and waited and discussed driving back to I5 and around to Reedsport. We didn’t want to add hours of driving when we were so close and there wasn’t an alternative route

Finally the drain was cleared and the water flowed away. We made our stop in Florence and got back on the road to Reedsport. Only, we had to sit in traffic again. The only way south crossed a bridge where a wreck had just happened and closed all lanes. After that mess was cleaned up we made it to our destination. A long day traveling deserved pizza for dinner. We ordered from Bedrocks on the Bay in Winchester and it was amazing!

At the end of the day, the older boys were excited for the side by side rental coming up the next day and the youngest was worn out and went right to sleep.

Art Car World: Douglas, Arizona

This is the ‘look mom is crouched in the street to take our picture, quick look away’ shot

Honestly, we hadn’t heard of Douglas Arizona or even Art Car World. We have seen Art cars here and there. If it wasn’t for a wedding we were attending on Erie street in Bisbee Arizona we would have missed out on this cool museum in the making.

Having some time to use up while staying in Douglas we stumbled across this great place using Google maps. When we walked up it looked like it wasn’t open. However, a sign on the door had a phone number to call to make an appointment for a tour.

We didn’t end up calling and we were making our way to leave when the man behind the museum came out to greet us and take us on a tour. How cool is that?

There is a story behind every art car and a name for each car. Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared to take notes. I did take pictures of some of the cars onsite. There are more cars at the museum.. and even more on the way.

About twenty years ago on a Mexican bus in the city of Juarez ,I first saw the wrought iron beetle. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and was sad that I didn’t have my camera out. Like it would have mattered with how fast our bus was going. I didn’t even have time to get my sister’s attention so she could see it. I was surprised and happy to get to see it again and be able to tell my kids stories about that long ago trip.

I took a lot of pictures, but didn’t manage to get a picture of every car. Even if I had I wouldn’t want to spoil the museum completely for everyone else. Where would the fun be if I did that?

Monster cars, camera van, cathedral car, land yacht, jewelry, mad max-esq, and so much more. We really recommend going. You can add this stop to your trip- Make a reservation for a tour and even make a donation to the museum using the link at the bottom of this post.

For more information visit the Art Car World website

Our Favorite Top Rated Baby Carriers

Here we are in the middle of February in Milwaukie, Oregon and it is threatening to snow or freezing rain or at least ice up, but before we know it winter will be over and we can get out and explore everything from parks and hiking trails to camping and wilderness! I know that isn’t everyone’s’ cup of tea, some people actually like going shopping at the mall.. gasp!

If you haven’t already explored our about page to find out we have a little one – he is almost 18 months as of writing this and currently running around in just a diaper, because he refuses to get dressed. We are a really active family and like to go out in the middle of nowhere – you know off the trail. To take the little guy, he definitely needs a ride and strollers are not going to cut it out there for us. We have had two different carriers and have like each of them for specific reasons.

The first carrier we had was the LÍLLÉbaby Complete Original 6-in-1 Ergonomic Baby and Child Carrier. I loved that I had him close to me, how easy it was to use, and the 6 different features. However, this was just for the time while he was small. Remember, we go off trail/wilderness hiking,-we are not strolling the neighborhood, dog park or local mall. While this is an excellent carrier for those tasks, we needed something a bit more tough with storage and would work better long term for our purposes.

That brings us to the Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier!!

We continue to use and enjoy this carrier. It works well for both my husband and I to use and the straps adjust so easily when we switch who is doing the carrying. Other important features include the weight limit, height adjustments, sun/rain shade/cover, and most of all passenger enjoyment. The view from this carrier is much more interesting than the Lillebaby, which has his head resting below or at shoulder level. Besides the view, our toddlers just outgrow the cloth type carriers so fast. The Osprey carrier can do it all. The biggest drawback is the size and it doesn’t fold down much.

If you have questions or anything to add about either of the carriers don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Of course, we would love to hear about your favorite carriers too. Before you go – don’t forget to subscribe to our blog emails and follow us on your favorite social media platform!

Cute Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Kids!

It’s not too late to get something special for the young ones in your life! Just today, I was shopping for my 3 boys and I found some cute ideas on Amazon. My boys are 1, 9, and 12 and I was able to find the perfect gifts for each of them. Take a look at some of the gifts I found!

Did you find what you were looking for? Need more ideas to help with your Valentine’s day shopping? All of these great ideas and more can be found on this list. What did you find? Tell us which of these ideas you love. Did you find another idea that’s too good to not to share? Leave a comment below to let us know!

Oh! The Shutterfly Photo Book Deal!

I almost forgot! I was able to get a 20 page 8×8 hard cover photo book for my son for FREE all I had to pay was $7.99 shipping. I put a few of his favorite things he did leading up to his birthday this year.

It is a great idea to keep an eye on the Shutterfly site for deals and to check those emails they send out regularly for amazing coupon offers.

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The Stinky Cheese Man!

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Our trip to see The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales at the Oregon Children’s Theater Winningstad Theatre with the tickets I won from PDX Kids Calendar!

We left our house an hour before the show was to start. Normally, finding parking in downtown Portland is a chore and we had never been to this theatre before. We actually found street parking about a block away from the door. We were inside with plenty of time to pick up our tickets at will call and poke around. We ending up buying a couple of snacks, something I would suggest against. It was very pricey and it would have made sense to bring some snacks from home. I will admit it, I forgot!

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Our seats were on the second level stage left and the view from there was amazing. My husband commented that he felt like we were Statler and Waldorf. I couldn’t help it I had to laugh! Our son hasn’t had enough exposure to the Muppets to know what we were talking about, but he was extremely thrilled with our seats.

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The play is narrated by Jack, you know from Jack in the Bean Stalk, who immediately dives right into involving the audience in this parody play.

If my son had to choose his favorite part of this play he wouldn’t be able to decide. He spent most of the play sitting on the edge of his seat, giggling and dancing to the musical numbers. He did tell me he really liked when the Table of Contents fell down from the sky and when the Giant threw the Cow Patty down from his cloud.

But, he will go on and on about the rest of the play. Like when the prince switched the pea for a bowling ball under the mattresses and the frog who tricked the princess into kissing him by letting her believe he was a handsome prince. Or when the prince called his princess, forgive me I might not remember correctly, honey boo and a loud questioning reply came back from a fellow audience member “Honey BOO??” and everyone laughed.

For my favorite part, and probably most parents there would agree, it was the DJ Ugly (Duckling) in the House! I liked it so much I did my best to dig out my cell phone too try to take a picture. Sadly the picture turned out too blurry. I was afraid that my real camera would cause to much of a distraction even with the flash off (it has an annoying orange light).

There is still time for you to take your family! I would recommend this play for ages 3 and up. The play runs 1 hour almost precisely, which I think is perfect for the younger ones. Remember to take your own snacks and drinks.

To find tickets Click Here

VeggieTales Easter Giveaway (ends 3/17/13) | She Scribes

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VeggieTales Easter Giveaway (ends 3/17/13) | She Scribes.

In honor of the DVD’s release I have a special VeggieTales prize package that would make the perfect Easter Basket stuffer. The prize package includes;

  • The Little House that Stood DVD
  • 25 Favorite Silly Songs CD
  • Super Coloring Activity book
  • Walmart gift card!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.