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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Mountaintops & Spring Flowers

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For my birthday (kind of), my sister Katie and her boyfriend Matt came out to visit! They got in on a Thursday and after Nat picked them up from the airport, we went to McMenamins Rock Creek and had a nice meal outside. Nathaniel and I both worked the next day, so I met Katie and Matt for lunch, and after work we all met up at the Tigard Taphouse. We happened upon the opportunity to purchase a very fun bottle of vodka, and had pizza at home while watching The Shining. Matt had never seen it! And it was a necessity since we would be spending the following night near the Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge).

Saturday morning, Nat worked and the three of us went to Pine State in Alberta and took a walk on Sauvie Island. We swung by home to pick up our stuff and Nat and then headed to our cabin for the night. We went to a place Nat and I had stayed in before, in Zigzag, near Rhododendron. We didn’t get to experience much of the river this time, but we did go back to Skyway, where I yet again had the best meal of my entire life. I love that place forever and ever. We spent the night all squished on the little couch watching It Follows and eating my birthday cake.

In the morning, my sister made me the sweetest birthday breakfast of mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs (an absolute favorite in my family)! We left the cabin and drove up Mt Hood, where we played in the snow a bit (Cody predictably had the time of his life) and had drinks at Timberline Lodge. On the way home, we stopped at the tulip farm in Woodburn, and this time the weather was perfect! And there was a LAMB BORN THAT MORNING! We had planned on making dinner at home that night, but we ended up getting Mexican takeout and watching… I can’t remember, but there’s a very good chance it was a John Mulaney special. I’ve made my sister a fan, for sure.

Newport

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Just a day we spent down in Newport recently. For some reason I woke up wanting to check out the Ripley’s Believe It or Not there, and our tickets got us admission to Wax Works and the Undersea Gardens. We’ll probably never do it again, but it was fun! Afterward we ran around on the beach.

I have lots of pictures to catch up on from my sister’s visit and my house (!). Nat has to work all weekend so I’m sure I’ll spend the whole time processing photos.

A Very Wet Tulip Farm

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We had had such nice weather the first two years we went to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, so even though we knew it was likely going to be raining and very wet, we put on our wellies and raincoats and went down to Woodburn the Sunday before last. I didn’t even dare bring my Canon due to the rain, so these are all taken with the little Fuji we have just for occasions like this. It does an okay job!

Afterward, we went to The Blackbird Granary near St Benedict and then Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, which led us to a bunch of antique stores in Aurora that we had somehow never been to before. It was such a good day. I got the most amazing taxidermy pigeon specimen (see here) and a little black duckling from this person’s booth. My office space in our new house is seriously starting to fill up!