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A little peek into our 4th of July with friends. We ate yummy food, drank some drannnkkks, and  lit legal fireworks, which is really a nice way of saying, we lit “fireworks” that mostly made me think: “Is that thing actually working?”. Of course, holidays have added fun when we get to see Alba enjoying the festivities.

On the way home, we got “trapped” on top of the Marquam Bridge … In past years, when we’d watch the fireworks from the Hawthorne Bridge, I was always jealous of the cars that were able to stop right on top of the Marquam to watch the fireworks. Since other traffic was slowed, we decided we’d stop too. Al was snoozing in the back, and we to enjoy the show (the view of the city). It was a silly dream realized — just as great as I thought it would be.

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Last month, we spent a weekend at the coast with The Murrays. The weekend was lazy & lovely. I brought the “big” camera, but only used it for a bit of time this particular morning.

This beach house is so very special to us … we started visiting in 2012, and have made so many memories since then. It’s obviously seen so many changes over the years, but specifically with us, it’s seen us before kids, during pregnancy, and us with our little babies. Now, we visit and catch glimpses of our kiddos growing so quickly.

Our beach trip ended on a super warm & sunny day. We stripped Al down to her undies, and she played in the ocean. These are the moments I hope she’ll treasure … I know I do!!

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Our first real summer with Alba has been much different than I imagined. Last summer revolved around two hour increments of napping, bottles, nursing, and pumping. This summer, we were going to get outside … play … enjoy our rhythm that we’ve earned over the last 19 months. This was also the summer I was going to watch my friends with their little babies … Approximately 7,372 of my dear friends had babies this year, and it was going to be my time to spoil them rotten, and relieve their aching mama arms and backs. Maybe even wash some dishes for them.

In many ways, the summer has panned out in a really lovely way … We got to visit the coast with our best friends, we’ve had some pretty great adventures around Oregon, and have invested time in our garden. Our tomatoes are finally ripening (even though the rest of our yard is completely dead). We’re even planning a trip back to Indiana in a few short weeks.

Then, in other ways, this summer has been shit. Starting 4 months ago, I started getting terrible allergy attacks. I’ve spent the entire summer (like, since April/May) with cold symptoms, and eczema around my eyes. I cut out gluten for awhile (aka, my life blood), which seemed to help, but also made life a lot more complicated. Alba and I have been playing hot potato with different fevers, colds and viruses for months. Oh, and it’s the hottest summer on record for Portland, which makes outside time pretty miserable. I’ve had to cancel more plans than I can even remember, which isn’t in my character … hello anxiety & guilty feelings. I’m currently working my way through an upper respiratory flu, ear infection, and Lord knows what else that’s causing a general “I hate life” week. Of course, all of this is made worse just by knowing that I have work to do, Al is missing school that we’re paying for, and that J and I just don’t get to do the things we’ve planned.

I’m working on a post called, “Summer Skin” where I plan to share some of the beautiful moments from the summer … The day I realized Alba had a white ring in the roll between her arm & hand, my heart exploded. Baby girl was in it … in the summer sun, enjoying it! She even has her first three freckles. Be still my heart. And me? I seem to still have trouble reminding myself that being a mom & working full time is a lot of work. SO. MUCH. WORK. Even with these setbacks and bummer weeks, I am working hard, and doing my best at what matters most: raising Alba with love.

My mantra as of late is, this is just a season … Eventually, Al’s illnesses from school will decrease … I’ll be able to make plans, and keep them, without fear of catching (and sharing) the next random bug … The heat will give way to cooler air, and we’ll be able to really enjoy our time outside — I mean really, 101 is way too hot! … Soon, I’ll be able to support my friends with a healthy/happy heart, instead of avoiding them at the risk of being a total downer.

Okay, off to help Alba fix her dinosaur necklace. Remembering that these days really belong to her, and if a dinosaur necklace means our week is one more step in a positive direction, then that’s what we’ll work on.

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On Sunday, we spent our day playing on Mt. Hood. We came back home, after a perfect day, and the rain started to fall. It was heavy rain. Big, fat raindrops played the most beautiful summer soundtrack. After the hottest summer in Portland history, this was more than welcome.

Once it stopped, I looked out back to see the most wonderful light. And, we all know there’s nothing better than the smell of a summer rain.


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  • Ali - The smell of wet cement is one of my all time favorites. I miss your blogging. Xo.ReplyCancel

  • Mikayla Carpenter - Hello, just read your 2011 post about moving from Indiana to Portland! My Boyfriend & I are currently planning our drive out to Portland this weekend. We are packing our Prius full this weekend & leaving on August 15th! I’m going to grad school at PNCA!ReplyCancel

    • The Oregon Tale - That’s so awesome!! Best wishes!ReplyCancel

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  • Mom - Just lovely….ReplyCancel