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Now that I’m grown, I have these very vivid memories of my childhood … snow days where I’d build forts with my neighbor … hot summer days when we’d spend the entire day outside, and stay outside until well after the sun had set … dance numbers I’d create with my friends, and performing for our parents who probably thought we were insane. It’s these little memories that are currently making me long for a simpler life.

Is it possible to have these beautiful memories as an adult? Or, is it only possible to have these seasonal specific memories as a child without priorities?

There are often days when I just long for life to be more simple. There are times when I feel like all J and I are doing is working to pay our bills. Looking at it from a childhood perspective, I always saw my parents working 9-5, but then living on the weekends. There aren’t very many moments in my life where I’m not thinking about the work-life balance, and I just wonder when that will equalize.

Or, is the whole point to ensure your baby has this perspective of your life. She’ll have those vivid childhood memories, and it’s our job to work hard, and often.

Until we’re living in a little home on a little bit of land, I am sure I will have this angst. I will be striving towards a life free of clutter. A life that’s a bit calmer and less connected. Right now, life is a bit busy … a bit crazy, but I am savoring every moment along the way.

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Our sweet Alba is one … Here’s a little bit of her first trip around the sun. My mama heart is so full of joy. We did it! Here’s to another incredible year of growth and love. Thank you to everyone who helped us through our journey into parenthood. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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  • Dale McCarter - The tears of joy are flowing. Love you all so much and still could not be more proud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Erica Fox Irvin - Very cool!!ReplyCancel

  • nonsequiturchica - Happy birthday Alba!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Murray - We love you Al!!! So many good memories. It almost makes me want to have a baby ;)ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie Terrell - what a beautiful, beautiful video! so many great memories to hold onto!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Chow - Congratulations to you all!!! One year…..WHEW! We’ll be there in two short months. Sending lots of love from Texas. :)ReplyCancel


We are totally suckers for tradition. This year, we kept our usual New Years Day tradition, and headed out to the Columbia River Gorge. Last year, I had no idea I was only 3 days away from meeting our sweet baby. We hiked around (likely scaring the fellow hikers (“Is she going to birth on the trail?!”)). This year, it was about bringing Alba into our tradition. Like 2012 & 2013, it was freaking cold. And windy. Al was not the biggest fan. We opted out of a lot of hiking, and instead, made a few small spots and did lots of driving. Our ride home was right into the beautiful sunset. Last year was so special, as it was our last trip before Al. This year was so special, because it seemed like the perfect cap to our first year of parenting.


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  • nonsequiturchica - Beautiful pictures! I love Alba’s bear coat- that’s so adorable! She looks like a happy and cute hiker.ReplyCancel

    • The Oregon Tale - Thanks so much!! I should have purchased another one of these coats for next winter. It’s my favorite!! It’s Carters brand in case you’re interested! :)ReplyCancel


“A portrait of our daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″ – A photo project …

On New Year’s Eve, I wanted to snap a few photos of Al as the New Year’s Baby … Ruca had other plans. Happy New Year, everyone!!

This project has been so much fun. While I only planned on doing this for 1 year, I’ve decided to go for it again in 2015. Here’s to 52 more photos, and watching my babe grow.

See the other photos in this series.

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  • Alisha - Yea! I’m glad you’re going to keep doing it. She is such a doll. Happy 2015!ReplyCancel


“A portrait of our daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″ – A photo project …

Who’s excited about Christmas morning? THIS ELF! Alba had a wonderful first Christmas. We celebrated with friends and loved ones … I only got close to tears once (when I realized that Christmas means she’s nearly a year old). Counting our blessings this holiday season. We are so loved.

See the other photos in this series.

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