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Homeschool Art Classes in Southern Oregon

Homeschool Art Classes in Southern Oregon

One thing I love about living in Southern Oregon is that this area is extremely homeschool friendly. We were happy to find an art studio nearby that offers homeschool art classes to kids!  The girls love their teacher, and enjoy one lesson per week at the studio. Most of the time, they are the only kids in their class–so they get a lot of attention. Their teacher decided to have...

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Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

If you’re driving East on I-84 from Portland (about 30 minutes away along the Columbia River), you can’t help but notice the towering Multnomah Falls cascading down the the cliffs next to the freeway. I first saw these falls twelve years ago when Jared whisked me away to the Oregon Coast for our honeymoon. We didn’t stop then…and, in fact, I’ve never been able to get him to...

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My first time golfing – Crescent Bar, WA

My first time golfing – Crescent Bar, WA

I’ve never been golfing before. I’ve been hesitant to try–as I’m not always the most coordinated with my hands. I grew up as a soccer player–and feet–I can handle–but hands? Clubs? Ack! My husband’s family is from Central Washington, and nearby to his hometown is the tourist destination of Crescent Bar–a little island on the Columbia River, just off of...

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Visiting the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

Visiting the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

We’re suckers for “Discovery” or “Children’s” museums. Quite frankly—they feed our kid’s appetites for both activities and knowledge (while keeping us adults fairly entertained, as well). So, as we drove along the Columbia River on the Northern border of Oregon (with Washington just on the other side) in August 2014, we decided to make a stop at the Columbia...

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Snorkeling in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Snorkeling in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Prepare yourself…I’m going to be flip-flopping all over the place with our blogging. Quite frankly, I’m afraid of losing memories that are already a distant speck in my mind. We had a LOT of adventures in 2012 and 2013, and my blog is missing literally a year and a half worth of adventures. Whole countries are missing!! My blog-writing isn’t just for our readers, it is first and...

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A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

Finding affordable accommodations in Switzerland is not the easiest task in the world. When we were headed there in October 2012, we searched and searched for a place that wasn’t too far South from the majority of things we wanted to see, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. We fortunately found an airbnb.com rental in Eggiwil, which is a municipality in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Eggiwil is about 45...

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Camping in Brookings Oregon

Camping in Brookings Oregon

Now that the weather is turning cold in Southern Oregon, I can more-happily reflect on record-setting summer temperatures that recently exceeded 100 degrees. Temperatures that high tend to drive us either indoors or out of town! As mentioned in our previous post, Brookings, Oregon is a favorite escape where we can quickly be at the beach and Redwoods or simply enjoy some hiking for the day. This summer we...

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Indian Sands Trail in Brookings, Oregon

Indian Sands Trail in Brookings, Oregon

There are so many little nooks and crannies we have yet to discover in Southern Oregon. One of our favorite day trips is to Brookings, the southernmost coastal city in Oregon. We like to go there for a quick visit to the beach, hiking, and even camping. The time we happened across a turnoff just north of Brookings labeled “Indian Sands”. As we pulled into the large circular parking area, we saw some...

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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Free

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Free

I confess, whenever I hear someone say, “The best things in life are free”…it kind of gets under my skin. I understand why they’re saying it, of course, but I think it undermines a whole lot of other philosophies on life and money. My perspective on money has changed greatly over the years. I’ve always been naturally inclined to be thrifty…spending my high school years...

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Have you made a new friend, lately?

Have you made a new friend, lately?

The speed in which you form friendships while traveling is unlike any other friendship-making we’ve experienced. In contrast, we’ve found that friendships made in “normal life” develop painfully slow. It seems they follow these unwritten rules of mandatory stages. First, you meet under the pretenses of casual conversation which must take place repeatedly for quite some time. After it was been...

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"Real Life" vs the Travel Lifestyle

"Real Life" vs the Travel Lifestyle

People ask us what it is like to live a “normal” life now, assuming that we’re just itching to escape and go on the run again. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that we haven’t returned to “real life”…we’re experiencing “real life” for the first time! Jared and I met in Alaska back in 2002, and we have lived anything but a normal life since. We married in Spring...

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An American Embassy Goof and Indoor Pool in Frankfurt, Germany

An American Embassy Goof and Indoor Pool in Frankfurt, Germany

We had to make a trip to the American Embassy in Frankfurt in order to update the girls’ passports, which were getting too close to expiration to use for our upcoming travel plans. We had made an effort to update their passports several months earlier when we visited the states, but were disappointed to learn that we had to re-furnish the girls’ original birth certificates. Long story short—the...

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