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Monday Mosaic: Beacon Rock

Hello there! Miss me much? I have been busy and sadly neglected my blog again…well I hope to be back here more often and get some posts written on Sundays and out during the week!

The kiddos are finally back in school and this year, I get two full days with no kiddos (my son won’t be in kindergarten until next fall). So I am hoping to get a lot done, lol!

On to my Monday Mosaic…I got motivated (by checking out Little Canoe‘s instagram feed of all the awesome hikes she has done) to start hiking with my son every Friday.  {psst she has a cute Etsy shop as well}

Our first Friday hike was Friday the 13th no less! I decided to go up Beacon Rock which I have never done considering I have lived in the Gorge now 12 years!  I don’t care much for heights so this was a bit nerve wrecking for me. It was only 1.8 miles round trip…not bad for my four year olds first “official” hike (we have hiked or walked along trails before). What got me were the wood bridges that crisscrossed up the side…you could see down below! It was pretty freaky being that high up and my son’s head was in the middle of the two rails…totally worth it though for the views! I took them mostly with my Samsung Galaxy S4 which I am very happy about by the way 😀

Happy Monday ya’ll…have a great week 😀


Missing Louisiana

It has been way too long since I have been home. Here is a visual of some things I miss most about my home state:

cool birds, music, smiling kiddos, and lizards!

cool birds, music, smiling kiddos, and lizards!

Happy Monday ya’ll!








Soccer Camp week!

I am so excited for this year’s soccer camp…so much so, that that is all I can talk about!  Why you ask?  Well three years ago my little guy was only 1 when his sister got to go to soccer camp for the first time.  She cried and cried and cried until the head coach came over and said mama had to go the grocery store.  It totally worked and she had a great first day (and rest of the week).

BUT this year, my little man turned 4 and so he FINALLY gets to participate!!  And he couldn’t be happier…he went in like a champ 😀

This is a wonderful program put on by the local high school soccer team.  All the money from the camp goes to them.  I love it…last year they put on a wonderful world cup.  They separated the kids into smaller groups and they each had a country they represented.  They made banners and chants and at the end of the week, they had a parade of countries and then matches!  So awesome I tell ya!!


Happy Monday and start of Summer ya’ll 😀

My son at 15mths...waiting to play soccer!

My son at 15mths…waiting to play soccer!

kids lining up for the start of the parade of the countries, soccer camp 2012

kids lining up for the start of the parade of the countries, soccer camp 2012

Mother’s Day weekend

It has been awhile since I posted anything…what a shame, since I have so many fun photos and new favorite shops to showcase!  I was hoping to post something last night and have the week ready to go with posts.  Hmmm, did not happen at all!

Anyway, I had a fun Mother’s Day weekend and hope you all did as well.  I raced in the Hippie Chick Half Marathon Saturday morning and then took my family to eat at a sweet little pub I discovered last weekend while in Portland, the Huckleberry Pub.  THEN we just had to get some ice cream over at Salt + Straw…awesome, awesome, awesome ice cream (well worth the wait in line).  In fact, the kids and I waited in line while the hubby ran down the road to buy me a Cuisinart 😀  So excited to finally own one of those bad boys!!

The weekend concluded with us heading to my favorite birding spot, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  We saw sandhill cranes, western bluebirds, tons of common yellowthroats, an eastern tailed blue (butterfly), anise swallowtail (butterfly), redwinged blackbirds, mallards…you get the picture, it was brimming with nature!

So here’s to Nature, a fun weekend and to hoping I blog the rest of the week 😉


Project redecorate is complete!

So we finally completed my daughter’s room this weekend.  Yeah!

We pretty much had everything ready but were waiting on the mattress.  I got a call Friday saying it was in though it was supposed to be delivered today.

The husband picked it up Saturday and I was so excited to get it all complete…but lo and behold, the foundation was way too high! My daughter would have to get a step stool to get on to her bed.

I was so frustrated to be so close to done that I was going to freak out, lol!  But luckily my husband is a carpenter and just went ahead (with all the scrap wood around) and made slats for the metal bed.

As for the decor, I decided to only buy from one shop because my daughter just loved this print and it matched one that I bought almost 2 years ago.  My daughter is an artist herself so I put a lot of her artwork on display.  I did get her a canvas set of my hummingbirds that I thought added to the room.

I really, really love the paint color and how it brightens her room up now!  So without further ado, check out the new room…

looking into her room, her great grandmother's embroidered art hangs on wall into her room

looking into her room, her great grandmother’s embroidered art hangs on wall into her room

loving all the new storage space and bedding from Land of Nod

loving all the new storage space and bedding from Land of Nod

kept this wall the same

kept this wall the same

BleuOiseau Photography hummingbird 16x16 canvas set...and my son :D

BleuOiseau Photography hummingbird 16×16 canvas set…and my son 😀

Project Redecorate My Daughter’s room

My project to redecorate my daughter’s room commences tomorrow and I am totally unprepared.

I bought a few new storage items from Land of Nod and that was going to be it really.  Then my mom said she would buy her a new bed, what?!  Time for some serious redecorating instead.

I honestly do not know what I was thinking when I decided to paint her room this lime green color (my son unfortunately has the same color) as well as two giant pink circles :/

Well it has been four years and I am so over it!  She also has a full sized IKEA bed which unfortunately has fallen apart too many times…hence the new bed from grandma (which will be a twin).

So my dilemma is, new storage and bed will be here by Tuesday and I haven’t painted the walls yet…or gotten a mattress…or gotten rid of the old bed 😦

Some photos to help visually with my dilemma…

aud-room1 aud-room2






















For an idea of what it will look like finished, I made a pinterest board. Check it out here,

Happy Monday ya’ll 😀

Best freakin’ cookie ever

I keep coming back to this same cookie recipe.  It is the bomb I tell ya, the bomb!

Why?  Well there are several reasons…

1. Super easy to make.

2. It is dairy free!

3.  It contains peanut butter

4.  and chocolate!

5.  did I mention it is super easy to make?

6.  Gluten and flour free 🙂

Here is a shot of them and the recipe to follow.  I have adapted it from Martha Stewart as I don’t think it needs peanuts nor the chocolate chips.


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Adams natural)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I actually skipped the salt)
  • Baker’s semi-sweet baking chocolate squares (I used two but one is fine…chop with a knife)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 large egg (lightly beaten), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well combined. Stir in semisweet chocolate shavings.
  2. With moistened hands, roll dough, about 1 heaping tablespoon at a time, into balls. Place 2 inches apart on two baking sheets.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden and puffed, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

Try them out and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday ya’ll 😀

Project 52: A Place in Time

I have joined some lovely ladies in recording the changes of one spot over the course of a year.  I know I failed miserably in documenting 52 weeks of self portraits.  I am hoping this will work out much better…

I chose a view from the corner of my garden.  It is a lovely little spot where the birds congregate and converse.  I imagine them having wonderful conversations…or rather they are moving in the hustle and bustle of bird life like city folk moving down a New York street and in and out of cafes.

I love this spot and what we have made it into over the last few years; a bird sanctuary.  There are quite a few species to see at any given time…chickadees, nuthatches, Oregon juncos, Stellar jays, Scrub jays, spotted towhees, finches, sparrows, hummingbirds, and more.  An occasional hawk will fly through.  I have even see the Northern Pygmy owl once!

I am excited to document the changes of this little area.  We planted high bush cranberries for the birds as well as currant and service berry…along with the elderberry tree.  So plenty of changing colors to come!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the changes to come in this little view:

Happy Monday ya’ll 😀

Inchworms and moths, oh my!

It has been a while since I posted on Monday…I do apologize but hey, it is summer after all!

What have I been doing…well, the hubs has got this bow and arrow that he wants to go elk hunting with.  This should be interesting for sure.

So, he needed to do some scoping out of areas and he took us camping out at Siouxon a couple of weekends ago.  Fun for us but not so much fun for him.

There weren’t any signs of elk in the area but we did see mountain bikers, inchworms, moths, kingfishers, and dippers.  We got to camp along the creek and have plan ‘ol camping fun!

the moth

she has moth, he has inchworm

ahh! it’s alive!!

pretty water

hey who’s that?!

beautiful Siouxon creek


what’s camping without the Captain??

my beautiful girl

I do apologize but these photos were all taken with my phone…HAPPY MONDAY YA’LL 😀

For the love of a river

I probably have posted numerous times why I love the Klickitat River.  I just cannot get enough of it.  Funny thing is that, I have been in the Gorge for 10 years now and I am just now discovering this beautiful river and the communities surrounding it.  I have recently joined the Klickitat Trail Consverancy (KTC) as their newsletter editor and board member.  The board members are some amazing people whom I am proud and happy to now know!

So, I now I try to spend as much time on the trail and if you would like to know more or join a hike, check out our website (link above) or our Facebook page.  I went out with some K-2 school kids and board members to take pics of them on their field trip.  It was fun and I especially loved the seed dispersal game!

The family and I have discovered an abandoned road along the Klickitat that is perfect for riding bikes and hanging out by the river.  Although it isn’t part of the actual Klickitat Trail, it does follow the Klickitat River.  It is very easy for the beginner rider in your family (we rode 5 miles yesterday!).

Be sure to check out Cafe Drift in the town of Klickitat for some coffee and snacks before you start your next adventure!