This month was my second visit to the Clackamas Oregon Lavender festival. My husband and I visited last year and decided to bring the kids along this time. We were a bit wary about going because of the hot weather. Oregon has been having abnormally hot temperatures throughout the day ranging in the upper 90s to 100s. But when we went the skies were overcast and there was a lovely breeze. We went early and left right around the time when the heat was starting to rise.
Family vacations can be difficult to plan for even a well-prepared individual. With a number of tastes in food, entertainment, and activities to balance, the planning experience can quickly become overwhelming. The simple fact is that traveling as a family can be expensive, and catering to three, four, or five different agendas can be exhausting. Selecting a destination with a number of different options keeps everyone happy, and ensures that nobody will need a vacation when they return from vacation. The right hotel and the right city can help travelers produce some memories that will be treasured for years to come, and even spur a series of return trips.
Something I love about living in the Pacific North West is the weather. It’s usually never too hot and we certainly don’t mind the overcast days. If there’s a breeze it’s even better. A little bit of rain doesn’t scare us! That’s what jackets are for! Any day is a good day for going to the park. Our trip to the pictured park over the weekend was impromptu. We had planned on visiting a science museum but it was incredibly busy. The next best thing was enjoying some family time at a new to us park.
We celebrated my daughter’s 7th birthday over the weekend. We kept it mostly low key but decided to go all out in decorating! Birthdays only come once a year so they are certainly worth the extra effort. There’s just something special about seeing the joy in the eyes of your child in knowing you put such much effort and time toward in celebrating them! I’d been very eager for months for her birthday!
My Mother’s Day was low key and I’m fine with that. The wind chime pictured above my son and daughter picked out for me as a gift! Isn’t it beautiful? They know I love Sunflowers and had been wanting a chime for the yard for a bit. What’s neat about this chime is that it’s also solar powered. At night, it emanates a soft glow in the center of the flower. It’s very pretty! There’s something calming about the chime sound it makes when a slight breeze comes our way. I love it’s not just a gift I can enjoy but everyone else too.
A few of these photos for taken when my family and I went for a day during Easter weekend to the beach. We hadn’t been to the beach in over two years so it was really nice to get back! The weather was perfect and better than we expected for on April day (usually it does nothing but rain here in Oregon during this month)! Enjoy the pictures! I plan on sharing more from our trip soon!