Drapes

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I went out to JC Penney this evening while Landon rode his bike w/ Samuel in the Burley up to Council Crest to look at their drapes. I wasn't impressed. The search continues... why do these projects have to be so complicated?

Last Sellwood Concert

Monday, July 30, 2007
It's that time already...summer activites are coming to an end. It's hard to believe that the Sellwood concert series is over. We really enjoy the concerts in Sellwood, as the park is mostly flat (easy to spot your wandering tot), on the water (stays relatively cool on hot summer days), and lacks a playground (less distractions for your wandering tot), and less than 3 minutes from our house. We've found that playgrounds at most of the concerts in the parks are far away from the stage, so if your toddler is like ours, you spend the majority of the time watching them endlessly go down the slide instead of enjoying the music & relaxing. I'd much rather see Samuel dance & play with the other kids at these concerts than play on the slide, which he does often during the week already. So, we love Sellwood, because we don't have to fight that particular distraction. Until next year...

Berry Picking

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Today we headed out to Moon Ridge Farm, which I highly recommend. Their farm is organic, and no where near any nearby farms that use pesticides. We picked about 5 pounds of blueberries. It was a cool, crisp July morning (wait a second, cool & crisp in July?), and rather pleasant for berry picking. I have to admit that I've appreciated the cooler summer this year, being pregnant and all. I'm pretty much a baby about heat more than 90 degrees, and when I'm pregnant, it really zaps my energy flow. Anyway, we loved this farm, the pugs, the kittens, the fresh local honey, and the beautiful location. Samuel loved helping us pick berries. Of course, all of his went into his mouth. I called him my little Sal. Luckily for us, however, there were no grizzly bears in this particular blueberry patch.

Barn Party

Saturday, July 28, 2007
A co-worker of Landon's threw his annual barn party today out in Scapoose, during which his band played, and on one song, Landon sat in and played his fiddle. He sounded great! It was fun to hear him play something other than traditional Irish music, and I thought he was a natural.

Samuel spent the three hours we were there playing with his digger in a patch of freshly tilled sod and literally swimming through the dirt. At one point, he ran to me covered in dirt, and I could barely make out my son's eyes through the brown mask he was wearing. I went through a whole pack of wet wipes getting him ready for the ride home, only to have him dive right back into the dirt on the way to the car. Boys! I'll be interested to see if this little girl I'm carrying will love dirt as much as her older brother.

I wish I had had a camera today! Pics of Samuel in the dirt would have been priceless. We really need to get a new one soon! Cross your fingers that Qcom stock goes back up!

Camera and Shades

Friday, July 27, 2007
Just a quick note to let everyone know that our camera is just about unusable due to some damage that happened on our trip last month to CA when it was dropped. We're looking into getting a new one very soon, and hope to resume posting pictures in the near future.

Also, the Pottery Barn Roman shades have been returned. They were really ugly, and looked like burlap bags hanging from the trim. I'm now looking into drapes, and have decided against Roman shades for our bedroom. So, I get to start over on this particular project. It's okay, though--sometimes you have to get different styles mounted before you know for sure what will work.

Karli

22 Weeks Pregnant

Thursday, July 26, 2007
5 1/2 months already! Still feeling great. Baby is moving all the time. Aside from a more difficult first trimester, this pregnancy is turning out to be much easier so far than my pregnancy with Samuel. I'm generally more comfortable & have fewer symptoms. I'm still tired a lot, but I've adjusted to that by now. I think I'm just going to be tired for a few years.

Karli

Willamette Park Summer Concerts

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This year, someone from the neighborhood put in a lot of work to bring the summer concerts to Willamette Park. Ross Island Grocery catered the food. I actually ran to New Seasons for our picnic dinner, but if I wasn't pregnant, would have loved to have sampled the wines that Ross Island Grocery served. It was a great turn-out for the first night. There will be concerts every Wed. night for the next 4 weeks. We had a great time. Ran into an old friend that we hadn't seen since Samuel's birth and spent some time catching up. If you're looking for a fun summer outing that is family-friendly, check out the Willamette Park concerts on Wed. nights! There's also many other summer concerts going on just about every night of the week throughout the summer at various Portland parks. Check the schedule by clicking here.

Karli

Great Summer Soup Recipe

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This is a great recipe to incorporate some fresh summer corn. I made it the other night, and Landon said it was the best soup he's ever had:

Bacon-Corn Chowder Recipe
4 slices bacon, diced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium leek, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup diced potatoes
4 ears corn, kernels sliced from cobs
1 1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper
pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
6 tablespoons whipping cream
chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
Saute bacon in saucepan over medium heat for 3 minutes or until browned. Stir in onion, leek, celery and carrots; cook 4 minutes. Add stock; bring to boil. Add potatoes; return to boil. Cover pan; simmerr 25 minutes.

Add corn and milk; heat to simmering point. Simmer 5 minutes; season with salt, black pepper and red pepper. Stir in cream; heat until hot. Garnish w/ chopped parsley.

Serves 4

Book-Club

Monday, July 23, 2007
I worked hard to get through Wild Swans by Jung Chang for book-club tonight, but several people did not show, so the discussion was minimal. This is a 700-page book, and reads like a history book. It was very interesting, as I know little of Chinese history, but extremely detailed, which a couple people disliked about it. I'm really glad I read it, but feel a little gypped on the discussion tonight. I always look forward to starting a new book, however, and next month's selection is Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz.

Other than book-club, I was able to sort through the newborn bins from when Samuel was a baby, and have lots and lots of clothes for the new baby. We didn't know Samuel was a boy, so I have lots of gender neutral sleepers, t-shirts, and onesies. Since we're wrapping up the project in our bedroom, and we now have a dresser, Landon's old childhood dresser is now Samuel's, and the new baby will have the antique bureau that I used for Samuel, as it's the right height for a changing table as well. Anyway, I finally feel like everything is coming together for the new baby. The crib is set up as well. I still have some things to do to prepare, but the biggest projects are now done, which included buying a new dresser for us and the painting projects (hallway, our bedroom). I'm giving birth in our bedroom in November, so wanted to re-do the room, which I've been wanting to do for awhile anyway. Now it's nearly done! --Karli

Dresser Assembly

Sunday, July 22, 2007
After Landon spent the morning finishing the painting of our bedroom, we embarked on assembling the dresser we bought at IKEA yesterday. It came with a huge bag of hardware and many, many parts. The assembly went by smoothly, and the dresser looks great in our room. The paint looks fantastic as well. It's exactly what I wanted--warm, restful, and inviting. Can't wait to put all the finishing touches on our room. --Karli

IKEA

Saturday, July 21, 2007
We were able to get passes to IKEA for their family/friends of employees day (the new Portland store opens on Wed. the 25th). We got a play table and easel for Samuel, 2 child-bed frames (one for Samuel, and one for our new baby when she is older) and an 8-drawer dresser for our room. I was really exhausted after getting home. We were there for about four hours shopping, and by the time I got home, I wanted to drop into bed. As it was, it was only 3 in the afternoon, but by the time I did go to bed, I slept for twelve hours without getting up once. IKEA is going to be really crowded for awhile, but I definitely recommend checking out a store near you if you can!

Karli

Roman Shades

Friday, July 20, 2007
I ordered two Peyton Roman Shades from Pottery Barn in ivory today for our bedroom. Once they arrive, and if they work out & look nice, I'll order more for the other windows. Deciding on these shades, taking measurements, and putting in calls about them to Pottery Barn took up a lot of my afternoon. Other than that, I taped up the walk-in closet off our bedroom & moved everything out so Landon can paint in there tonight. I'm off for my massage this evening!

Karli

Low Energy

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Today was a low-energy day for me. I didn't have much of an appetite, and didn't feel all that great. Other than running to New Seasons for a few things we were running low on, I didn't get much accomplished during the day. In the evening, I met with a friend from PCC and her pregnant roomate who had a lot of questions about pregnancy, childbirth, midwives, and OB/GYN's. It was nice to get out and talk!

I'm 21 weeks pregnant today!

Karli

Bedroom Project

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I've begun prepping our bedroom for paint. With the wet weather this week, it seems like a good time to get the painting complete. I've been taping all the trim & moving furniture out of the bedroom. I'm excited to get this project underway. Over the next week, I'll be looking into drapes for the bedroom. After that, I need to get a dresser for both of us, and Samuel will use Landon's childhood dresser that he currently uses, and the baby will get Samuel's dresser, which is just the right height for a changing table. I use one of those changing pads w/ the terry-cloth covers that tacks onto the back of the dresser, so I don't have to buy a changing table that won't come in useful later on. For now, I'm focusing on getting these things done, and the last thing I do will be to buy new bedding for our bed. I may also throw in a new bedroom rug as well. --Karli

Restoration Hardware Meltdown

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Recently, we bought a set of blue towels from RH for our bathroom, but after washing them, they had spots where the color completely washed out. No one had explained to me when I purchased them that RH does not use formaldehyde on their towels to set the color, so you have to set the color yourself by soaking them in vinegar & also be extremely careful not to use certain bathroom products like anti-bacterial soap which might fade the color as well. Anyway, these towels all had to be returned, and this time I opted for white ones so I don't have to mess with the color setting.

As soon as I walked into the store, Samuel tried to unzip his rain jacket (yes, it was raining today in Portland IN JULY!), and it got caught, so in frustration, he threw himself on the floor and started screaming and kicking his feet. Meanwhile, the RH employee couldn't figure out how to do the return, so the poor customers in line had to listen to my two year old throw his two year old tantrum while I stood at the counter probably looking to everyone around me like an incompetent mother. As the time went on and his tantrum only increased, I could see another employee plugging one of her ears so she could hear on the phone, and the employee that was assisting me was getting stressed out. I finally tried for a third time to rationalize with an irrational two year old. Finally, I was able to bribe him with a promise to go to Starbucks after if he could show me how he could be a good boy. He immediately dried his tears and sat on a nearby couch until it was time to go.

Soon, I was headed out the door with a bag full of fresh white towels and we headed for Starbucks. I have to admit that I feel a little guilty treating him to a chocolate milk after the way he behaved, but a promise is a promise, and from his perspective, I'm sure it was completely rational to let out that much emotion over a zipper. From my perspective, it's errands like these that zap all my energy that leave me wondering what my life will be like with two babies instead of one! I try not to picture what the scene this morning in RH might have looked like had I been also holding a newborn in my arms! Now those are some scary thoughts!

Karli

Brief Illness

Monday, July 16, 2007
When Samuel woke up this morning, he was shaking. Even though he looked sick to me, he didn't have a fever, and when he insisted on soy milk, I gave it to him against my better judgement. I suspected he would throw up, and he did--all over the futon, futon pillows, his blanket, and stuffed animal. I've never been able to get him to throw up on a flat, non-carpeted surface. Good news, his illness was over by noon. Bad news, I have 2 more loads of laundry on my hands. We stayed home almost all day, but I went over to SE and hung out w/ Samuel at Sunnyside School's playground while Landon practiced w/ Chris & his band for Rock the Barn in August. At least we made it out once today! I even made a trip to Starbucks beforehand--their decaf raspberry mocha fraps are soo good!

Oaks Bottom

Sunday, July 15, 2007
We hadn't been walking in Oaks Bottom for awhile, and right now it's looking beautiful with purple loosestrife in bloom. We came across a honeybee hive, and Samuel happened to fall down right in front of it...close call. He nearly disturbed the hive, but we all escaped unscathed. It was a nice walk, but after yesterday, I wasn't up for much else. Landon took Samuel swimming later in the afternoon, then made a delicious pad thai from scratch.

We started "Vera Drake." It's a film about a woman in 1950 Britain who does abortions for women until getting caught & arrested. After some reading, I found the film is actually dangerously inaccurate about the method of abortion that Vera Drake uses:
"The chief concern is the method of abortion used by Vera Drake in the film. This involves using a Higginson bulb syringe filled with a solution of warm soapy water and disinfectant, which was then expelled into the woman's uterus. This method is extremely dangerous and is usually fatal. The film itself has been called 'dangerous' as it could be shown in countries where abortion is illegal and the method depicted copied by desperate women (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Drake)." We only watched half of it, so I'll be interested to see what happens in the second half of the movie. Either way, I have to wish that the writers of films like these did their research before presenting a usually fatal method of abortion as "easy" and "successful" that women in desperate circumstances might attempt to copy. Vera Drake actually says at one point in the film that she's used this method successfully for twenty years. I read somewhere online where a midwife that practiced in Britain during the 1950's wrote that she'd never met a woman who survived this method of abortion.

Hood River

Saturday, July 14, 2007
We spent all day in Hood River. This little community has improved greatly since I was last there about ten years ago. The downtown historical part of the city is beautiful. Every building is early 19th century or a replication, and the homes surrounding the downtown area are all old foursquares, bungalows, cape cods, cottages, and farmhouses--all from early 19th century architecture.

After exploring the downtown area, we headed down to the beach, where it was much cooler. The breeze felt like air conditioning. It felt wonderful as it was over 90 degrees out. We watched the windsurfters and kiteboarders. It looked like so much fun that we entertained the idea of taking up one of these sports.

We ate lunch at a brew house high up on the hill overlooking the water & the downtown district, then headed for the Mt. Hood Railroad, where we took a two hour train ride through the Hood River Valley. Samuel loved riding on the train, although I felt it was a bit pricey, and the Willamette train that runs to Lake Oswego is just as good. The scenery was pretty, but it was incredibly hot, so I think that put a damper on how much I was able to relax and enjoy the ride. It also seemed like the three stops during the 2 hour ride took awhile. We might try the Polar Express or Thomas Train sometime for Samuel, but other than that, I don't think I'd take an excursion ride again. What made it fun was seeing how much Samuel loved inspecting the train & the questions he asked along the way.

Fun day with the family! . . . and, I might take up kiteboarding at some point. We'll see.

Comparisons

Friday, July 13, 2007


Here is Samuel's 20 week 3D ultrasound photo with our new baby's photo right below. They look quite similar, don't they?

Finally got the last of the coreopsis in the ground today. I bought five coreopsis plants over the weekend. It's not too hot today, thank-goodness! Tonight, we're heading to a concert (and dinner) in the park.

Karli

Halfway There

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I'm 20 weeks pregnant today! Very excited about our baby girl. Yesterday, she measured right on for 20 weeks, so looks like November 29th is still the official due date. Her heartbeat was 150 yesterday, which is definitely higher than Samuel's was, and falls in line with the old tale of heartbeats above 140 = girls, below 140 = boys. Samuel's was always between 130 and 145.

Also, the Chinese calendar shows girls in the month of November this year for women who were 30 at conception. Of course, the Chinese calendar showed that Samuel should have been a girl, too, so don't get me wrong--I don't place any weight on these things.

What a healthy baby girl we have on the way! The placenta is posterior and high, so no worries about placenta previa for the home birth, and the MD that came in at the end of the scan said that ultrasounds don't get any healthier-looking than ours.

Anyway, I've been feeling great lately, although the heat has zapped most of my energy! I'm glad today has remained in the 80's! With my first pregnancy, I experienced gallbladder disease, surgery, then recovery during weeks 18-28 of my pregnancy. So, there went my 2nd trimester! This time around, I'm enjoying a relatively symptom-free 2nd trimester. I have been making sure I drink plenty of water, which has helped to keep headaches at bay, and haven't experienced insomnia in weeks. The baby is pretty active these days. I now know when she is awake or asleep. She seems sensitive to sound, so will start an active phase during the night if she hears Samuel wake up or if I get up to get some water or food. Like my pregnancy with Samuel, I have been waking up around 4am from the baby moving and usually drift back off around 4:30 or 5am. Interestingly enough, Samuel routinely woke at 4am after birth, and that was always his active time in the 3rd trimester. This baby seems to be following the same sleep cycle.

Had a fun little visit this morning with Andrea and Ian. Samuel and Ian are only 4 days apart, and it was so interesting to see how similar they are in behavior. After they got to know each other, they had lots of fun playing like little boys do. It was great chatting with Andrea, who had a birth experience similar to what I'm hoping for in November. Thanks for a great morning, Andrea!

It's a GIRL!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I really thought I'd wait until the birth to find out the gender, but during a brief conversation between Landon and I before the sonographer took us back, Landon and I decided to find out. I told the sonographer to wait for awhile before telling us so that I was really sure I wanted to know, and at some point thirty minutes later, I told her to go ahead and tell us. Landon at that point said he thought he had seen it was a girl, and the sonographer replied, "Well, Daddy's right about that." I started crying...I was so happy! We're going to have a little girl!

Karli

Baby Girl

Ultrasound Pictures


3D--Baby girl resting between uterine wall & placenta.

Profile

Crossed Legs

5 Fingers

Five Toes

Too Hot

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It hit 102 degrees in Portland today. Thank goodness we have a window a/c in Samuel's bedroom at least! I can't very well spend all day in there, but do go in there for relief from time to time. Our house got pretty hot! At one point this evening, it was hotter in our house than it was outside as it began to cool off a bit. Supposed to hit 97 tomorrow, so doubt that it will cool off too much tonight.

It was a sad evening...Samuel got stung by a bumblebee for the first time. He has been fascinated by bees for awhile, and although we've told him many times to only look, tonight he reached out and tried to pick one up from a flower on my ice plant. He was stung on his thumb. I was surprised, but there was minimal swelling, and although he screamed for about 15 minutes, he soon stated, "Samuel happy, finger not hurt anymore." I dread these events as a mother, but some of them have been pretty uneventful. Like weaning, for instance...one day, I just stopped nursing Samuel, and he never asked to nurse again. The day I weaned him came and went, and I had spent months worrying about the transition. Now we made it through his first bee-sting.

Tomorrow is our anatomy ultrasound! It was originally scheduled for Thursday morning, but my sister, who is a nurse @ the hospital at which I've scheduled the ultrasound got me hooked up w/ a sonographer that will use their 4-D machine and make a CD of the ultrasound for us. I'm looking forward to seeing the baby again, and just hope everything has been developing normally! All I can hope for is another healthy baby! Look for pictures of the ultrasound by tomorrow evening. I'll also try to post a clip from the CD if I can.

Karli

Concert in the Park

Monday, July 09, 2007
We went to our first concert in the park, and it was a beautiful evening for it. I don't even remember who played, but it was a blues band. Took us about an hour and a half to bike down to the Steel Bridge, then south on the east side down to the Sellwood Park. Samuel had a lot of fun running in the grass w/ his bare feet with the other kids. Just about everyone there had kids--these concerts are family-friendly and a lot of fun! We hope to attend many more during the summer.

Sunday

Sunday, July 08, 2007
Landon got back from his trip this afternoon. We took a nap w/ Samuel, then went to New Seasons for dinner & groceries. Pretty laid-back day.
Karli

Saturday

Saturday, July 07, 2007

I'm not sure what Samuel and I will be up to all day, but I plan to go pick up the paint for our room, prune the Spanish lavender, work on my pregnancy scrapbook, and entertain Samuel somewhere in there. About this picture--Landon went to Google's Developer Day while in San Jose for a conference and brought me back an x-small Google Gears t-shirt. I don't know if he's checked lately, but I've never been an x-small girl, and I'm heading towards x-large these days. So, the t-shirt became Samuel's nightgown. Also, just because I'm married to a man in the technical industry, doesn't mean I have to wear geeky t-shirts! It sure looks cute on Samuel, though. --Karli

Pleasant Evening

Friday, July 06, 2007
The weather today was just about perfect. By evening, a cool breeze was blowing, and after getting some dinner at the grocery store and spending an hour at the park, Samuel and I went outside to water (Landon's at a music festival in WA). Well, watering led to weeding, which led to pruning, and before I knew it, we'd been outside for nearly three hours. The yard looks so much better, though! I still have some more pruning to do on my Spanish lavender bushes tomorrow. It takes a long time to dead-head all the old blossoms, but they look beautiful once it is done.
Karli

Finally!

Thursday, July 05, 2007
I was able to get to Ben-Moore today to pick up the Prescott Green sample that I've heard so much about and put it on the wall. Although I love this color and agree it is beautiful, it isn't quite right for our room. It's just a little too dark, and we need something that will work for the walls, sloped ceilings, and ceiling. Something too dark draws the walls in, and I'm looking for a color that will recede the walls. I'm happy to say that I've FINALLY narrowed the search down. After trying samples from every retailer in Portland, I've decided to go with Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage Collection
I'm using the Pale Silver for the whole room, except for the accent wall, which will be Silver Sage.
Once we get the room painted, I'll select drapes, bedding, and a rug. I also need to get a dresser for our room so we can use Landon's childhood dresser for Samuel, and Samuel's dresser for the new baby. So, lots for me to work on in my spare time over the next few months. It should be easy to select the bedding & drapes, though, because RH's paint line matches their linens. I've heard RH is one of the best places to buy linens, and that's what we plan to do. I will feel so much better once we start making headway on this project! One of the main reasons I wanted to redo our bedroom now is that I'll be giving birth @ home, and wanted a restful place to do so. Also, our room has been in dire need of a makeover since forever!
Karli

The 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Busy day! Bike ride in the morning, swimming in the afternoon, naps, then we had a BBQ at our house. Landon's parents and Gay came over. We had fruit, hamburgers, salad, and ice cream. Our neighborhood is a big party scene on the 4th. Everyone has 4th of July parties, then watches the fireworks from our neighborhood. Mike & Susan left early, since they had to get up for work the next morning, but Gay came with us to watch the fireworks, and we actually all got invited onto a deck overlooking the Willamette, and got a panoramic view of the entire city & all the fireworks going off all over NE & SE Portland. Samuel was pretty scared, and clutched Landon's neck during most of the show, but as time went on, and the noisemakers being set off in the streets gave way to actual fireworks in the distance, he relaxed much more. His neighborhood friend Maddy helped with that, too! Samuel called the fireworks "fireworms," because they looked like worms to him in the sky. He makes worms in various colors w/ his play-dough set, so the fireworks must have looked similar to him. Happy 4th of July, everyone!
Karli
P.S. Happy 31st Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

The Joys of Motherhood

Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Was on my way to Benjamin-Moore this morning to get some paint samples when Samuel threw up over and over in the car. My guess is that he drank too much juice at once, and it made him throw up. Trip to Ben-Moore was then aborted, and I ran home, got him out of the car, and started disassembling his Britax seat to get the cover off and into the wash. Seemed like there was throw up everwhere I looked in the car. Eventually, Samuel was in the tub, and the cover was in the wash, so I worked on getting Samuel clean. No sooner had he been out of the tub & dried, but he wanted to go pee in his Bjorn seat, so I let him, then in my clumsiness, I accidently spilled all the pee behind the toilet. I told Samuel to go upstairs, but once I got up there, I found him peeing all over his bed! So, not only do I have a TON of laundry to do, but my day is now officially over. By the time I get his cover washed & dried, it will be time for his nap. Also, I totally overdid it yesterday, and I'm exhausted today! It seems like it took all the energy I had this morning just to get out the door, only to have to deal with throw-up and pee. It's days like this that I wonder what I've gotten myself into here. The Britax is still out in the driveway & needs to be hosed off. Ugghh! --Karli

Prenatal Appointment

Monday, July 02, 2007
Now that the busy time of June has passed, our summer has finally arrived. Yesterday was a lot of fun. Today, I caught up on many chores that had been neglected due to being away so much last month. Weeding, mulching, grocery shopping, dishes, cleaning...

This morning I had a prenatal appointment, and everything looks great. The midwives were able to feel and hear the baby moving. The baby's heartbeat was 144 today. My uterus is just below my belly-button, and, in pregnancy, hits your belly-button by 20 weeks, so I'm right on track. I gained 4 pounds this past month, and have so far gained 6 pounds this pregnancy. I went back and looked at my weight gain w/ my first pregnancy, and I gained about 30 pounds between weeks 20 and 30. I'll be curious to see if I gain as much with this pregnancy. I gained 55 pounds w/ Samuel. Lost 40 of those 55 by 10 days post-partum. Those last 15 pounds hung on, though, for about 8 months. Honestly, I'm not really worried about it. My body will gain what it needs to gain. I'm looking forward to the ultrasound a week from Thursday. Even though we are going to wait to find out the gender, it will be reassuring to me to see that everything is developing normally, and to see the baby again!

Family Day

Sunday, July 01, 2007
Today was a lot of fun. We started out the morning with a family ride along the Willamette Greenway Trail down to the pedestrian crossover at the Morrison Bridge. We then rode along the east bank along the Esplanade until we hit the Springwater Corridor. Landon was telling me about a new bridge to be completed in 2013 called the Carruthers Bridge that will carry a new yellow MAX line and be used for pedestrians and bicyclists. Carruthers Street is near the Opera House by OMSI. The yellow MAX line would then go along McLaughlin and connect to Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, and possibly even Canby should Canby decide they want light rail. Pretty exciting! Perhaps real estate will start to pick up in some of those areas.

After our bike ride, we took naps, then headed to Wilson Pool for some family fun. Love their water slide! Their wading pool is great as well. There were many floating devices for kids to use. We had lots of fun, and hope to make this a recurring summer outing. Sellwood's pool looks like a lot of fun as well. We rode by on our bikes today, and hope to frequent that one as well.

--Karli
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