Archive for Autumn

A Place We’ve Never Been To

There is this little creek that we always pass by and never stop by. Well, we were determined to check it out today! It was actually far more beautiful and expected.



I see that autumn is definitely here — make me a little sad. Which makes me wonder it is is no longer my favorite season…


Hilltop Meadow

A little open field on top of a hill overlooking dense forest. Enjoying the warm-enough sunny weekend since more rainy days are sure to follow.




Droplets and Sunshine



Autumn Rain

With what felt like an endless summer, I forgot that autumn has been here for a while now. And rain — I kinda missed it.



Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch at Sauvie Island Farms because well, kids are obsessed with pumpkins.


Nature in autumn — Life and death visibly co-existing is beautiful, isn’t it?




There were pumpkins too of course.


Lucian found some ginormous ones!






Autumn Colors

Much welcomed unseasonably warm beautiful autumn day.



Lots of treasures found on the ground.



Autumn is Here!

It seems autumn has snuck up on us! Though I listened to the breeze about a week ago and thought how it “sounded” autumnal…like the leaves were drier or something.

It hadn’t occurred to me that summer has ended. But it’s suddenly cooler. And leaves are turning color already!

I’m sure there’s scientific explanation for this but the sun lights up the forest differently too.

We happened by a pretty waterfall along the Columbia River Gorge, this isn’t the big famous one, but I kinda like it better.

The summer here has been very mild and comfortable for which I’m grateful for. But I’m happy for autumn, I have missed the grey sky and drizzles.


I found a piece autumn at the park:

Some of the misc. things going on around here:

I. Immi, Ashland and I caught a cold. Ashland had to take baby [not] tylenol (apparently this brand got recalled, but not it’s generic versions) for fever for the first time EVER. We sat around and watched movies all day immi absolutely adored Ponyo.

2. We are battling health insurance company, again. I suppose that’s quite normal thing for people living in US. Agh. Grrrrr. Blegh.

3. I’ve organized my work-in-progress projects, putting away some I’m not in the mood for now, and terminating ones I have no interest in continuing on. I decided that I’m too preoccupied for anything that takes a lot of fussing over, so I lined up a few mindless projects for when I want to keep my hands busy.

4. We haven’t bought anything for the baby No.3 yet. The shopping list is really really short this time around but we do need to look for a new infant car seat. And some onsies (Ashland destroyed his). I have to eventually go shopping for some fabric for making extra large receiving blankets (standard sized ones are too small for swaddling. Besides, cotton flannel makes good baby bath towels too — Ashland still uses them for this purpose).

5. The iron supplements I’ve started taking and vitamins which I’m now taking religiously are definitely helping with excessive tiredness and dizziness, but these things make me queasy on empty stomach. …Which makes me eat all day when I’m not even hungry. I think that this is definitely making me fatter than necessary!

6. I’ve been consuming copious amounts of Altoids because minty things make me feel better. Immi has picked up this habit it seems, and she’ll demand one every time she hears me open the tin. You’d think it’s to minty for a three year old. I found recently that Ashland eats leafy greens with balsamic vinaigrette. What they eat and what they don’t has been continuous source of amusement to me.

7. Immi and Ashland has both been good siblings to their new little brother-to-be. Immi points at my belly and says “baby!” and then gives it kisses. Ashland loves to hang out leaning on my belly and pets it often. He also puts his ear on it like he’s listening into what’s inside —  I often wonder what he hears.

8. Todd and I both forgot about our wedding anniversary in August. And then when we eventually remembered, we thought we should do something fun, but we still haven’t managed to make time for this. Neither of us are all that into doing much for holidays or anniversaries anyways. But what we do celebrate is Saturdays, which we have decided is *our* day for all of us to do something fun. We take celebrating Saturdays very seriously.

9. I had a prenatal check-up today. When my doctor and I were talking about labor/delivery etc. pertaining to this one being the 3rd, I told her that the only thing I’m really worried about is having the baby fall out of me while getting logistics settled (since it’s really not all about *me* at this  point, I have Immi and Ashland to consider). The doctor told me that if this does happen, I can just hop over to the hospital with the new baby. She totally made that sound really easy. Anyhow, I’m glad that the hospital is only 10 minutes away.