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Indian Beach Day

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It’s been over a month since this lovely day at the more secluded beach at Indian Beach during the low tide. I’ve always found it really hard to just sit on the beach and relax when there’s so much I could be exploring and looking at, but these days I’m getting better at having some chill. We packed a little picnic and laid on our blanket and it was a perfect day. We’ll probably do a repeat of it this weekend – with Megan!

My Dad’s Visit: iPhone Photos

My dad got in to town on a Wednesday night, and on Thursday he got right to work. He and Nathaniel worked with our neighbor and his dad to remove a bunch of gnarly vegetation between our two backyards and tear down the fence that was in bad shape. We went to the movies that night (saw Hereditary – holy cow, the most disturbing movie I have seen in a long time – I loved it!) and on Friday afternoon we went to pick up the RV. While we were gone Saturday-Friday, Nathaniel and our neighbor did a ton of work! I came home to a nearly completed backyard fence. I had a day alone with my dad while Nat went to work – photos from my phone of the Japanese Garden and the rose garden and the balloon festival. When I went back to work the next week, Nat and my dad finished the fence and the gate. We went to the Mexican place in our neighborhood with Elsie and hung out in the backyard. My dad is a hit with all my animals. On his last night in town, he and I went to the garden center to pick out roses and other plants. And then the morning of his flight, we went back to buy everything and he helped us put it in the ground! So helpful. He’s welcome back any time :)

My Dad’s Visit: Tigard Festival of Balloons

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I grew up going to the balloon fest in my hometown of Colorado Springs every Labor Day weekend (I guess it’s called the Labor Day Lift Off?) so I was super excited to learn that my new “hometown” has a balloon festival of its own! It was the weekend my dad and I got back from our trip, so we went that Saturday night for the balloon glow. Somehow we just barely missed it, so we went to the fair that accompanied it instead (we may have seen the fair and walked toward that and missed the glow simply by walking in the wrong direction). Anyway, it was a great time! We paid way too much to ride the very bad Haunted Mansion ride and we ate some greasy carnival food and deep-fried ice cream. In the morning, Nat and I woke up at 5 to see the balloons take off. On our way out we walked over to the carnival lot and somehow ended up in the front of the line to go up in a balloon! For free! I might have been too tired to fully appreciate the fact that I was up in a hot air balloon for about three minutes, but it was a very cool thing we got to do. I have a few more iPhone photos I want to save here and then I am completely caught up from this time my dad was visiting almost six weeks ago!