AUG
30
2014

On Ice

Ice skating again. Ouest has really taken off. She’s into trying to do tricks now—spins and such. Lowe is getting better too. He’s running on his skates now, but still doesn’t quite have the balance down. He’s up for about thirty minutes on the ice before
AUG
27
2014

Brake Break

From Rockaway it was just a short hop back to Portland. Another Grammy visit. The bus brakes have gotten steadily worse the past month, so it was finally time to address them and get a full brake job done. Through some contacts we ended up at a shop just down the street where
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21
2014

Rockaway Beach

After leaving the kite festival we made a quick overnight stop in Astoria, hung out with friends there, and then zipped down the Oregon coast a little way to Rockaway Beach. We hung out there for a few days with friends at their family cabin, with a small lake out the back door
AUG
18
2014

Kite Festival

Looking at the map one day I spotted in little red letters, Kite Museum. That sounded good enough to make it a destination for the kids. We happened to have internet that night so I looked it up and the website said that they hosted a big international kite festival every year. I
AUG
16
2014

Grays Harbor

Down along the coast we moved slowly through small towns, getting groceries in markets with one aisle. In Quinalt we stopped in at the lodge—a gorgeous building built with grounds that immediately had Ali and I both thinking of the movie Dirty Dancing. We camped down around the
AUG
13
2014

Lowe’s Third

Lowe’s third birthday began with wet gray skies, and ended the same. None of which affected the party itself. The morning started off with balloon mayhem, as usual, moved on to Play-Doh for a while, and then the cupcakes came out. That’s when we discovered that Lowe