Living in Oregon (Episode #5) – Cutting Down Our Own Christmas Tree

My husband has always wanted to have the Griswold family experience of hiking through the woods and cutting down his own Christmas tree, all while we are shivering with possible frostbite.  Well, this year, he got his wish. . . mostly.  While we didn’t encounter any snow or get frostbite, we did get to hike […]

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Living in Oregon (Episode #4) – Oregon Air and Space Museum

    A few weekends ago, we took a drive to Eugene, OR to visit the Oregon Air and Space Museum.  This is truly a little aviation gem.  We had never heard about it and came across it via Tripadvisor.  We were warmly greeted by two people and were offered a guided tour.  There was […]

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Learn the Language or Leave Our Country!!

First off, let’s be clear…I HATE politics! There are no truthful politicians.  The game is all a struggle for power and position and truth rarely plays a big part in the game.  I try to stay moderately informed, but on the whole I tend to avoid news in general. It either makes me depressed or […]

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Living in Oregon (Episode #3) – Wildlife Safari

We recently took a drive to the Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR.  This little adventure is a 600 acre drive-thru animal park that takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (give or take) depending on how long you take checking out each animal exhibit.  There is also the option at the beginning or end to […]

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Living in Oregon (Episode #2) – Shore Acres State Park

This last week we took a drive over to Shore Acres State Park.  We wanted to take family pictures and get everyone out of the house for the day.  We haven’t done family pictures in awhile , because frankly they’re expensive and our last experience was an all out nightmare.  We had the an arrogant […]

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Living in Oregon (Episode #1) – Susan Creek Falls

We recently took a day trip to Susan Creek Falls located near Glide, Oregon.  We were in the mood to get out of the house and have family time without digital entertainment.  The video is a compilation of clips of our hike up/down the trail.  Despite the rain and cooler temps we encountered, everyone had […]

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Shopping in Manta, Ecuador

When we first arrived in Manta, we went to the Supermaxi. This is a supermarket similar to a Walmart (although not near as big).  Going to the grocery store here was a ‘fun’ experience.  Our first trip was on a Friday night (Strike #1).  We were there with all 3 kids after they had been […]

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Shekinah Orphanage

Tuesday we made our first trip to the orphanage.  I literally had to fight back the tears as we first walked through for a tour, and honestly I can’t even tell you why.  There are 21 kids ranging from eight months all the way up to fifteen years of age.  There is a family of […]

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Beach Adventures

We have had a busy last couple weeks.  On the weekends, we have tried to get out of the house and go on mini adventures.  One Sunday we (or should I say Mike) decided that once low tide hit we would make the trek up the coast line from our condo to Murcielago Beach.  This […]

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September Saturday in Ecuador

After our Saturday afternoon of bocce ball, the kids played in the sand, while we sat and visited some more.  As evening settled in, we walked over to the area where the Supermaxi is.  There is a gentleman (Juan) who makes homemade ice cream.  It was so so good!  He has a ton of flavors […]

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