Daddy writes:

Once again, we are giving our blog another shot. If we don’t get caught up on this thing soon, we never will. Time waits for no one. In that spirit, I will keep this brief.

Below are our favorite pictures from our Portland “staycation”. In between the end of Eileen’s fellowship at OHSU and the start of her long awaited career, we decided to do a lot of travel. Make some memories. Our first plan was to go to California and visit our friends and family. You can read all about that in a previous post. After California we had planned to go to the Oregon coast and possibly the Bend area, but once that first trip was over, we felt like staying put, and we’re glad we did.

We tried to do a few new things every week here in Portland. It was wonderful for the most part. We rented bikes and rode along the river. We discovered new kid friendly cafes and parks. We went contra dancing at a farm. We took the kids to the local amusement park (which they still talk about and take pretend trips to). We went to the beach, on guided nature walks, to the local play fountains, etc, etc…

We had so much fun exploring just about every corner of the city we now live in. Summer is wonderful in Portland. Everything is green and the temperature is almost always perfect. last summer Penny was still a bit too young to really get much out of it. This year the kids were both having a great time (in between the usual tantrums of course).

That’s it for now. Enjoy the pics and stay tuned as we continue to try to catch up on this damn blog.

















Contra dancing!






Daddy writes:

It’s about time we start this darn blog up again.

About a week ago, we were all sitting at the dinner table when I accidently spilled something. “Darnit!” I said.

Immediately we all hear the word “F**K!”. Eileen and I look over. It’s our foul mouthed two year old.

After Eileen and I exchange shocked expressions, she says “Sweetheart, Daddy said darnit”.

Penny comes back with “I said f**k.”

Daddy writes:

Well Eileen finally made it. She’s officially out of fellowship and into the working class. She has worked so hard to get to where she is. We couldn’t be more proud of her! Before starting her new job and taking on greater responsibilities, she had the entire month of July off to prepare for the transition. What better way to prepare than to have as much fun as you can jam into a month?

Our original intent was to travel a bit. We did go to California for a week. That trip alone put us off traveling for a while. It was wonderful to see our friends and family but difficulties in dealing with the girls on this trip made us long for a vacation, the kind in which you can escape from your everyday troubles and recharge your batteries. Don’t we all need that once or twice a year? It’s hard to imagine our recent CA trip being more taxing or stressful than it was. In short, Evie had a terrible time with transitions. Using any potty outside our own house (in Portland) or using a strange bathtub would cause enormous tantrums. Penny wouldn’t sleep any more than a half hour in the car (a far cry from her usual three hour nap). It was rough. We tried to pack in as many visits with friends and family as time would allow, which was great, but that gets complicated and stressful.

We really felt a great relief upon coming home to Portland. We had planned on taking another trip to the Southern Oregon coast but decided instead (due to lack of money and a great need to decompress) we decided to create the ultimate staycation.





Daddy writes:

Penny, is that a good idea or a bad idea?

Weddings are fun!

Flower girl and flower dog

Chase!

Mom & Doug, happy as can be

Just married!

Two beauties

Two cuties

Clap, clap, clap

Mommy writes:

I think Facebook is contributing to the infrequency of our blogging. It’s so easy to put up your toddler’s best lines (Penny, with half a popsicle melting down her chest: “I have a chocolate tummy!”; Evie, cradling Denali’s head: “I am cuddling Denali’s chin so she can feel love in her heart!”) and move on. Easier to upload pics to FB than to the blog, too. And yet, this exists primarily as a record of our children’s lives for them to read someday. So we must re-dedicate ourselves to the blog!

Sean’s lovely stepsister Jenn married her true love Chris last weekend, in a beautiful wedding up at Cooper Spur Lodge on Mount Hood. Gorgeous area–I’d never seen it. Our littles were flower girls!

Princess Evie

Nana putting the finishing touches on the lavender crowns

Jenn walking down the aisle with her stepfather (left) and father Doug (right)

Married! Mr. & Mrs.!


Evie, dropping more petals on her way back up the aisle

Penny and Nana

Evie and Nana

my sweeties!

Jenn and her toddler flower girl tutu harem

Penny surrounded by tulle

Hooray for Joy!

Very excited for a post-wedding cookie!

*Very* excited. Cookies are a Big Deal.

At the reception: Penny the Pensive...

...and her alter ego, Chuckles

More from the reception later!

Mommy writes:

We think about opening a restaurant all the time. I spent so many years in the restaurant business, working with amazing chefs (Michael Chiarello and Cat Cora) and learning so much about food and wine. I miss waiting tables sometimes: for 10 years I never used an ATM, because I always had cash. I loved the rush of multitasking in a pressured environment. It’s a big reason why I was first attracted to emergency medicine (though in retrospect, I definitely prefer the steady hours of psychiatry!).

Anyway. We’d love to create some kind of parenting village with a great restaurant, a play area (indoor & outdoor) for kids, classes on parenting, breastfeeding support groups, attachment-focused, with a little psychotherapy & psychopharmacology on the side. Partly because we’ve longed for such a place as parents. And I love the idea of being able to create a business we could leave to our children (without either one having to go to medical school–I’m the anti-Jewish-mother on this: go to medical school over my dead body!).

If we ever create this place (and we may!), this is going on the menu. Got the idea from a memorable bagel sandwich from the farmer’s market last summer. Incredibly easy, and quite tasty with some glorious summer tomatoes!

Heirloom Tomato Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Cilantro Pesto

Wish I had a better camera. Flash sucks!

1 recipe pizza dough (I was lazy and used Trader Joe’s Garlic-Herb pizza dough, and it was great)

Roll out dough, dock it and let it rise for 10 minutes. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 475 (or higher if your oven will do it) for 5-7 minutes, until just starting to brown. Remove from oven.

Meanwhile, make the Goat Cheese Cream by whirring the following in a food processor:

8 oz goat cheese
8 oz cream cheese
2 tsp Penzey’s Fox Point Seasoning (if you don’t have this, you should!! It’s great on e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.)

When flatbread cools a bit, spread the Goat Cheese mixture on the flatbread generously (there might be some leftover. You’ll find something to do with it. Trust me.) Top with big, fat, beefsteak slices of

3 (or more) delicious heirloom tomatoes. I used about 2 lbs of tomatoes on our flatbread (Purple Cherokee, Vintage Wine, and Brandywine)

Salt the tomatoes and put the flatbread back in the oven for another 3-4 minutes, until the tomatoes are heated through. Remove from oven and let sit a couple of minutes.

Meanwhile, make the Cilantro Pesto (also in your food processor, unless you have a mortar and pestle and are feeling badassy):

1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts (or nut of your choice)
1/3 cup grated Parmiggiano or Romano
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled
juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt to taste

Top pizza with drips and dots of the Cilantro Pesto (you’ll have extra of this, too, which is a Good Thing). Serve immediately. It’s delicious!!

Mommy writes:

We did a quick trip home the day after my last day as a fellow. It was brief, but parts of it felt e.n.d.l.e.s.s., as anyone who has traveled with toddlers will understand.

Reading with Grandpa K:

Smooch!

Dinner with cousins, aunt, uncle, Gpa M and Patti:

Evie, Kyra and Penny (Penny worships Kyra)

Penny and Auntie Katie

big family pic

Spaghetti... why order anything else?

Sean, Katie and Grandpa John

Sean and his nephews

In the Russian River

girlies with Grandpa John

our sweet girls!

Awwww!

girls cuddling in our very sketchy VRBO rental--a mobile home with no a/c! Never again...

Evie as windbreaker at mama's favorite place on the Sonoma Coast, Goat Rock Beach

serious wind

Dinner in Monte Rio

A highlight for me was lunch with old friends Sandro and Heather from UCSC. Sandro and I were housemates in Bonny Doon for a year; he and Heather were together then, and have 2 children now! Crazy to watch our girls playing together. As usual, Sandro made a fantastic meal with great wine. Sandro was the first foodie I ever knew, and was always trying to get me and our other housemates to appreciate wine (back in the day when I would have preferred a Bartyles & James wine cooler. Do they still make those things?).

The girls idolized Sophia, and still talk about her! We must figure out a way to lure them to the PNW.

Road Warriors--on to lunch with Sandro, Heather, Sophia and Rocco!


Evie and Sophia on the mini-trampoline.


Evie and Sophia on the steps--Evie talks about Sophia all.the.time!


Oh, we're gonna have to get that book: Richard Scarry's Biggest Pop-up Book Ever!


Busytown. Duuuuude.


Sophia picking up another fan...