Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Ride

Summer! Great time for a bike ride. IMG_0865

I know. I told him to wear a helmet.

Big S was at an industry show last week and was able to finally get a bike seat for Little S. We took it’s out on it’s inaugural ride today. IMG_0876

Big S did the work of pedaling our little Cleopatra. Which is great because he has a bell on his bike that entertained Little S. Necessary to distract her from trying to tear off her helmet, which happened a few times. By the end of our jaunt, she decided it wasn’t bad. IMG_0872

Of course what’s a bike ride without a fun destination, like a park. Little S is all about climbing up anything she can find, so we went to a playground with a few kiddie climbing structures. Mostly, they were too hot, so she went to climb things in the shade IMG_0868


Where we rested up before our bike ride home.

The next three days are forecast to be 100+, so I envision lots of staying inside for a while. Probably not much blogging so you aren’t subjected to “Hot, blah, blah, blah, hot, blah, awful, miserable, hot, blah, blah, blah.”

Hopefully this will hold you for the next few days.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Life’s a beach

In anticipation of what was supposed to be a hot day, a couple of friends, the dogs, Little S and myself planned an outing to the beach at Sauvie Island.

As luck would have it, the heat wave they are calling for got pushed back to a few days from now (oh joy of joys), and the morning started cloudy and cool. The clouds burned off about the time Little S got up from her nap, and away we went!

Last week at Sunday Parkways, Little S discovered sand. She seemed to think it was pretty neat stuff. However, hours later upon removing her diaper, there was half a sandbox in there with her. (I know, experienced Moms know this. It was a new one for me). So this week, I figured the best way to avoid sand in the diaper was IMG_0858

no diaper.

Technically the “clothing optional” beach is about a mile up the road, but I felt pretty safe we weren’t going to get a ticket for this little naturist. (they aren’t called nudists anymore, they’re called naturists)

A good time was spent by Little S watching the doggies play in the water IMG_0862

and getting some cross training in with her push-ups IMG_0859

and lots of climbing onto driftwood logs. Driftwood is pretty smooth, so don’t worry about splinters, people.

After a few hours, the girls were all tired, but declared it a great day at the beach!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

General awesomeness

It’s been a heck of a weekend, and it’s not even over yet.

Friday had us visiting our friend Sunny at her friends pool, attempting to donate blood (me, not Little S) and some delicious food and child entertainment at Laurelwood. Delicious cold microbrews and cheap food along with a children’s play area was a great way to spend a HOT Happy Hour in A/C. 

Saturday morning started with a long run along the waterfront with my friend Jacki and cuteness in the form of Little S entertaining us the entire way. After a dip in the pool that afternoon and some errands, it was a great night to go to bed early!

Sunday started with our normal trek to the park, this time without Furry S who was with Big S at training. So we had time to play at the playground. After naptime, we met up with our friend Deb and her daughter E for a trek through Sunday Parkways. Another awesome Portland event. They close down the roads for 7 miles and loop everyone through three different parks. You can ride (almost everyone did) walk, run, skateboard, rollerblade, scooter, you name it, as long as it’s human powered. It started off with a few obstacles; Little S having her morning all out of whack so we started later than we had wanted, my friend Deb left her bike at work, got all the way there and forgot her keys, the camera didn’t end up taking any pictures… All was not lost. We met up at Wilshire park with our jogging strollers, the girls played in the sand and then we headed out.

It was so great to see hundreds  of people out, enjoying the perfect summer Sunday. Mostly biking and it seemed like at least 33% of them had kid/kids in tow. Trailer, bike seat, trail-a-bike, clever cycle, their own pedal power, you name it!! It felt like everyone in Portland who has a kid was out! Vendors and activities at all of the parks. In the end, we only went to two of the three because I’m a wuss and it was too hot to keep running. And, my legs were done! The whole time, I kept thinking that I can’t wait for Little S to be old enough to REALLY enjoy the absolute fun and joy that everyone was experiencing on their bikes today.

She’s getting ready though. She knows the sign for and can almost say “bike” and she’s mastered climbing on and off of her bike. IMG_0840

We want her to be exposed to a variety of things in her life. Here, she shows off her mad climbing skills IMG_0845

(too early for sponsorship?)

She also is honing her bird watching skills IMG_0846

And, she helped Dad build furniture this week IMG_0842

While I’m not looking forward to what will be a long and hot week, I know it’s just a matter of days until I get to spend some more fun time with this girl


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Never a dull week

The big fourth of July holiday may be over, but we don’t let the fun end in the Lorpi house. Here’s our week in review.

I thought I was a pretty good cook, but evidently it’s not to Little S’ liking. She’s having to look elsewhere for sustenance. IMG_0806

Dad takes her to the Children’s Museum nearly every week. Endless adventures await them each week. Sometimes it’s peek-a-boo IMG_0807

sometimes it’s just lounging with a different book IMG_0815

Mom had a night out at the Night Ride. It’s a fun ride with thousands of Portlanders. All decked out in costumes, lights and glowsticks with several fun stops on the course with entertainment, snacks and doughnuts at the end! There were some fun costumes. Mine… well, at least it wasn’t spandex. (my garden in the background. Hooray for sunflowers)


Proper hydration is important on a long ride.


Hey, like mother, like daughter. Love of peebers runs in the family.

And, the most important development of the week. We finally got Little S to eat pizza! We had started to worry about her genetics and discussing the possibility of trading her in for a different baby that liked pizza. She's finally come around and saved us all the hassle of finding a new model. IMG_0823

This week, plain cheese. Next week supreme!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

4th of July # 2

The last one-well, Mom held Little S up to the TV to watch the fireworks, and then back to eating & bed.

This one, Little S and the Lorpi family went to our friend Emma’s. She had a BBQ, a big lawn to crawl around in with ample shade, a swimming pool with a hole in it so we didn’t have to get too wet, lots of Lorpi family friends and most importantly STAIRS.

Dad got to show off his manly Daddy skills by lighting fireworks for Little S’ amusement.


She’s amused. I promise. So is the rest of the crowd. IMG_0800

At least those that weren’t too busy eating delicious food, including my red, white and blue poke cake. Even if it was sort of pink, purple, blue and greenish.

We played a little ball


We learned you really got to keep an eye on her. or as Daddy calls this:








The kid’s got good taste AND is patriotic with her red, white and blue PBR.

Thanks to our hostest with mostest Emma for a great 4th of July!

Friday, July 03, 2009

A Long (Hot) holiday weekend

Our babysitter’s son has hand, foot and mouth disease (poor kid) and couldn’t be around Little S, so Mom took an extra day off on Thursday to have a four day weekend with her bestest daughter.

We are in the midst of the great Stand-athon. And Hold-my-hands-while-I-walk-up-and-down-and-up-and-down-stairs-athon. Here, we wistfully dream of life beyond the gate where there are practically hundreds of stairs just waiting!


In protest of her mean parents who won’t let her get to the stairs,  I think she tried to call the grandparents to see if they could get us to change our mind


No luck yet.

To try and beat the heat, we’ve been heading to the pool at lunch for parent-preschool swim. A time so the younger kids don’t get too sodden by the bigger kids and their bigger splashes. After swimming, we have a little picnic in the park and then head home VERY ready for our nap. Today, we felt rather flexible


Or maybe she was just showing off her cool shoes that Daddy got her IMG_0774


After afternoon nap, we went over to Jim and Lisa’s for a change of scenery for everyone (and some fruity adult beverages too!)

Lisa is great with Little S and plays with her the whole time. It’s a nice time for Mom to get to relax a little and enjoy Little S having fun with other grown-ups.


The warm weather has given some curl to Little S’ hair. I tried to get a picture of it, but that child does not consider holding still on her list of priorities


Still two more days left in the long weekend. These will be even better because DADDY has them off too! Hooray!