October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Patchin' 2014

We took last weekend to go to the pumpkin patch.  It was supposed to be the last of the sunny days before a week long stretch of rain came.  Said rain is here along with flood warnings, but enough of the rain, and on to the pumpkin patch!

Upon arrival, I was thankful for the suggestion to wear my rainboots because it was quite muddy.  But the tractor was no worse for wear.
Auntie shared some James love as we took turns carting him through the field...making stops to pick up rocks, and other treasures at his request.
We were given a wagon and told to pick out whatever we'd like, so we tromped through the field searching for the perfect pumpkins.  
The guys had matching romeos on and I couldn't resist a picture.
Grandad and Grandma showed up to pick out some for their front porch, and for snuggles with their favorite (only) grandson. 
We were able to snag a family photo too!  And I think this one deserves a frame.
There is no hope for any of our kiddos to have their eyes show when smiling.

Have you gone to the pumpkin patch yet?  Any fall traditions you especially look forward to?

October 16, 2014

39 & 41/52

"Pictures of the everyday once a week in 2014."

Week 39:
1.  This face is already fading into a past phase.
2.  My basil crop made some tasty pesto, with several cubes in the freezer for later.

 Week 41:
1.  Walks across the bridge with leaves to throw into the water below.
 2.  Playing in the rocks, and seeing them get gorgeous once they're all wet.

October 2, 2014

Summer Roadtrip: Yosemite & the Central CA Valley

Because I'm sure you'd love to see pictures from someone else's vacation, here is part II of this summer's roadtrip!  A major reason or driving force behind this trip was Yosemite...John Muir's wilderness.  Here we have the view coming from the Southern entrance of Half Dome, and El Capitan.  
 The California oaks were absolutely gorgeous!
This girl was another reason to visit Central California.  We wandered through the very dry grass looking for acorn caps, and it was wonderful.
 Around the park, with Brad and baby, El Capitan was peeking through the trees.
 We ended up doing a majority of the day in the car because the heat was pretty unbearable.
James wasn't too thrilled to be out in the heat either, but the car wasn't his favorite that day either...So we'll see if he turns out to be a roadtripper or not.  This is one of the top 25 things Brad and I wanted to do when we first met.  Check that one off!

September 29, 2014

Boat Launch at Ike Kinswa

There is a hidden gem in Lewis County.  It's the Ike Kinswa Boat Launch, and the day was wet, brisk.

The road was covered in leaves and the grey sky parted.

We meandered down the beach.
 My flannel and raincoat kept me dry while the stroller was his shield.
 The leaves were rather crunchy...
 And the moss was speckled with needles...
 The picnic area was aching for a basket and some free time.
 And the water, drained a bit for the winter season offered some lovely shades of brown.

I knew that we needed to come back, on a different day with a friend and a lunch basket. Who knew this gorgeous little place was here!?  

Have you found any hidden gems lately?


September 25, 2014

Summer Roadtrip: Washington, Oregon & California Day 1

Hmm...this is the third summer in a row that boasts a roadtrip.  This might be the start of a family tradition.  Brad and I planned to take his entire 8 vacation days all in one big chunk and go on a roadtrip to Yosemite!!!  We both love traveling, and always have so much to chat about, and adding a little baby to the mix couldn't make it that different right?  Are you laughing?  Well you definitely should be.  We (self proclaimed) wisely, decided to cut the 13 hour drive into two separate days traveling down, figuring that two 6.5 hour days would actually stretch into 8.5 hour days with stops for the baby.

Day one started with none other than caffeine.
We left at 6:57 am with out little fella tucked into his carseat fast asleep.  Sleeping James made for some excellent mileage because we were south of Portland before he awoke.   McCurry family tradition is to stop at K&R Drive In in Rice Hill for the huge portions of Umpqua Ice Cream as well as delish burgers. 
 Sourthern Oregon has rolling hills, and green trees.
 Coming down the Siskiyous...entering California.
We crossed Shasta Lake just as the sun was setting...  It was a beautiful first day.