Those first few weeks already seem like a long time ago, a bit of a blur, actually, but here's some of what we did in the midst of getting settled in our new place (which I will eventually share with my friends, I promise.):
A couple days before my half-marathon, we hiked at Multnomah Falls. This is a fairly easy hike; most of the path is paved. Unfortunately the top of the water fall was closed due to a landslide sometime earlier. We had some great views though along the way.
|Back near the bottom of the falls - just the girls|
A couple days after my half-marathon we hiked part of Mount St Helens. We made it to the snow before treeline. It was a great hike, but the mosquitos were terrible! I would do it again as long as I had bug spray!
|No, I didn't carry both children, just one.|
|Mama conquered the butte! The peak of Mount St Helens is in the background.|
|Yes, snow on the trail|
Thomas and I took Isaiah to Shriner's on a Monday, and then Nadia and Gran got to go with Isaiah and me a couple days later as we got him started in their spina bifida clinic.
|Nadia enjoyed playing in the waiting area while brother and I were in the room.|
A few days before Gran's departure we all headed out to Mt. Hood. The drive up was beautiful!
We picnicked at Trillium Lake before hiking around the lake.
|Their first self-posed picture!|
|Almost all the way around Trillium Lake with Mt. Hood in the back left|
|Nadia wasn't too sure about the water...|
|...until she could be with Papa.|
|For my UNC friends|
As soon as Nadia and JJ (as Nadia insists on calling my mom) were off the snow, Nadia would immediately turn around and say "Up it!". Do we have a future climber on our hands?
We were in safe hands for driving back down the mountain.
Having my mom with us for a few weeks was a big help in getting settled into our new home. Unpacking and arranging was a lot of work, but without her it would have taken me months! She was also able to help with the kids so that I could start the process of getting Isaiah in the Oregon system for healthcare. I think the worst of that process is over, praise the Lord!