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Brainy Sunday

We weren’t being especially smart today, but we were being adventurous and took a trip to Field Springs to look for those brainy mushrooms called morels.


We packed snacks and lunch and beverages and after a quick hunt we sat and waited for our friends to arrive.


When they arrived we headed up the trail and looked for about 20 minutes but were quickly discouraged and went with plan B


Here’s something you should know: Dan and I are very serious about morel hunting. We don’t mess around and we certainly don’t waste time.

We drove down to the entrance road and hiked.



We found so many mushrooms and the kids took turns picking them after they’d been found which was very sweet but also very time consuming (you may need to reference my seriousness about morel-ing) because I had to wait for them to hike to the discovery which sometimes took 5 minutes.

Chef Danny made morel gnocchi which rivaled both Mystic Cafe AND Lodgepole which happen to be our favorites for the dish. I wish we had a secret garden full of these brainy beauties.

Happy Sunday!


Easter and Birthdays and Hot Springs

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but a bit of time has passed since my last post. It’s not my fault.

No, it definitely is, 100%. My camera cord decided not to work and then I get cranky when I don’t have pictures and then the kids were on Spring Break and I worked a lot and then I had surgery (no, that’s a lie, but it usually gets me some sympathy) and then I finally went to Staples and got a card reader.

Let’s start with Easter. The kids got roller blades and roller skates and candy. Easter egg hunting was dangerous.

But they managed.

Naturally, Franci Pants’ basket was my favorite.


Those books. HEART EYES (I need an emoji keyboard).

But Franci Pants the baby? She was as quiet and sneaky as a fox…

While we were busy finding all the eggs (because finding all the real dyed eggs is extremely important) she didn’t make a peep and devoured approximately 5 mini reese’s cups, 1/2 a full size Hershey’s, 15 mini M&Ms and 1/3 giant bunny ears. It was a mess and a disaster. But I quickly forgot about it when I got this shot of the kittens:


Just look at all of them. *sigh*

The rest of our Easter was lovely. We went to church (all of us…a miracle), went to hunt eggs at Grandma and Grandpa’s, ate breakfast, came home, hunted some more, then went to some of our very favorites — the Sanchirico’s. The kids ran wild with their best friends, we ate some really delicious food, we laughed and we drank and we just had a really solid time.

Then it was spring break.

I survived.

And yesterday it was my birthday. HOLLLLAAAAAAA 31. We didn’t do anything crazy, no huge parties. We had breakfast with my parents and then we drove up to Weir hot springs. It was pretty incredible. The hike wasn’t too bad – flat in some parts, really steep in others, but doable. The weather was perfect: 69 degrees. The kids were stoked and so were we. We thrive off of adventures like this.

We were there all afternoon and Danny and I were in heaven — watching the kids have such a blast and not having them glued to a screen was perfect. The Lochsa river is one of the most beautiful and little creeks and waterfalls along the way make it even better.

This week I’m awfully busy, too. I have Willow Center and I’m teaching a blogging class and co-hosting a baby shower and work and school volunteering and my besties Cleo and Stella are on vacation so I don’t even get to hang with them. But I’m lucky to be so busy.


I want a million things for my kids. I want them to be successful and not worry about finances when they’re older. I want them to be happy and have a job they love. I want them to be comfortable and find someone who loves them for exactly who they are. I want them to be curious and I want them to travel and I want them to do well in school and I want them to have a zillion reasons to eat cake and celebrate.

And I want them to have adventures.

This last trip we took opened my eyes a little bit. I sat on the beach and watched as the kids ran from the waves, their smiles as big as they could possibly be. I truly don’t think I’ve ever seen Jamie so happy for so long as he was when we were at the ocean. He ran around from the waves to the sand to the rocks to the tide pools back to the waves, smiling and laughing the whole time. Alice had a hundred things to tell me about the big rock and jelly fish and people who save swimmers. Maria was in awe of the tiny crabs and sea creatures in the tidal pools. Charlotte couldn’t have been more thrilled to be a big kid with her older sisters and Olive was content to watch it all. My kids, on this huge adventure, were in heaven. They were doing something out of the ordinary and different. We weren’t on a schedule, we didn’t have any place to be and they were free to explore. I want to change things. I want to spend free time and extra money on adventures, not things (let’s be honest…i love things). I want to watch the kids’ eyes light up and I want to hear stories about the things they see for years and years and years. And while we try to do that as much as we can, I find myself getting sucked into things. The coolest new baby gadget or the cutest new trend in baby footwear (oops, I’m a victim of the moccasin craze). It’s easy to say we’ll do this or that but it’s extremely difficult to follow through. You always hear that spending time and money on experiences are so much better than on ‘stuff’ — and I always have good intentions. So cross your fingers for me, eh? <—I’m also trying to be more Canadian.

So enough with the words. Here’s our latest Oregon adventure (all phone photos…i was nervous about sand in my ‘good’ camera):

We went to the Oregon Zoo where Maria learned she will never have a wingspan like a vulture.coasty-1

Francesca was happy and smiling the whole day in her stroller. That’s why I keep her around. Because she’s basically a perfect little thing.coasty-2

We saw the most adorable baby elephant and its mama.coasty-3

And Jamie took lots of book breaks.coasty-4

I ended up hauling Charlotte around like this most of the time:coasty-6

The kids pretended to be penguins.coasty-7

Charlotte got her feet wet.coasty-8

Ollie laughed and laughed. And laughed some more.coasty-9

I got stuck carrying her when I wasn’t holding Charlotte on my shoulders. I had all 6 kids at the zoo alone, so I basically gave in to anything they wanted to make life happier.coasty-11

At the Children’s Museum, Ollie helped as a checker. She just might have a future as a grocer.coasty-12

We stayed with Uncle Josh on Thursday where Francesca had quite a time.coasty-13

So did Ollie and Alice and Jamie and Charlotte and Maria.coasty-14 coasty-15

Brandi the Incredible gave us passes to shop the Nike Employee Store — holy thankful. Several pair of shoes, shorts, tanks, and sweatshirts later and we are decked out. Thanks, Brandi!!coasty-17

Danny had breakfast at Pine State Biscuits (we opted for Blue Star Donuts)coasty-18

At the coast, the kids were happy as clams with coffee shop breakfast.coasty-20 coasty-21

Nothing beats ocean views, that’s a fact.coasty-22

Maria and I went horseback riding.coasty-23  coasty-26

If you could hear them belly laugh after looking at this picture, you’d be happy for days.coasty-27

Franci was a trooper. Sand in the eyes, mouth, and ears didn’t bother her a bit.coasty-28

Charlotte enjoyed evening s’mores. Sometimes she’s a bit serious.coasty-29 coasty-30 coasty-31 coasty-32

And our proudest accomplishment this trip? Ikea on a weekend with ALL SIX KIDS. We left with all 6 of them. This, my friends, is something.


Happy Adventures.