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Elisa – July 18, 2018

JUL 18 (2018)

During our July trip to visit my family in Bend, OR this summer, we dined at Pacific Pizza & Brew. This is a favorite place to eat pizza and sip on a cocktail (or beer).

I usually order an Oregon Mule to drink (still my favorite!), but this time I tried the Pacific Margarita. The grapefruit juice added a distinct bitter/tart flavor. It took me a while to realize what I was tasting that seemed different! This is a good margarita for those who don’t like sweet mixed drinks.

Pacific Margarita and Kale Salad – July 18, 2018

To go along with my pizza, I ordered a small kale salad (Ingredients: kale, cabbage, carrot, mint, green onions, peanuts, shaved Brussels sprouts and spicy peanut-sesame dressing). It was spicy, but good!

Cousins at Pacific Pizza & Brew – July 18, 2018

We ordered a veggie pizza to share, and substituted pineapple for the cheese. As usual, we gave all the crust to Todd (it’s the only part he’ll eat). He ate a record amount. He only left 2 small scraps out of 8 pieces!

Veggie pizza – July 18, 2018

Todd’s leftover crust

Todd’s shirt shows evidence of a great meal…

Todd – July 2018

Eli & Todd play fighting outside – July 18, 2018

November 24, 2017

NOV 22 – NOV 26

For Thanksgiving this year, we went to Bend, OR to visit my parents & my sister’s family. I had a short work day, so we left right after I got off work.


Eric wanted to stop for lunch at the Sea Galley in Union Gap, WA. This was like going back in time! Vegan options? We ate from the salad bar and opted for the French dressing (a decent on-the-road meal). We ordered french fries (primarily for Todd), but they clearly had a fishy taste due to frying in shared oil (no need to order those again). Todd liked the fried breadsticks that came with the salad bar.

We met family at the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center, where cousin Eli was finishing his swim practice. Cousin Ashley made Todd’s hair look cute! Then we all went out for dinner at Pacific Pizza & Brew.

Cousin Ashley did his hair – November 22, 2017

Todd with Grandma at Pacific Pizza & Brew – November 22, 2017


It was unusually warm for this time of year. We all got outside for a ‘hike’ at Shevlin Park. There was a rainbow. Eric’s umbrella actually did get some use. Todd enjoyed stopping along the way to throw rocks and pine cones in the river.

Eric, Todd, Grandpa & Eli at Shevlin Park – November 23, 2017

Todd & Eric at Shevlin Park – November 23, 2017

November 23, 2017

Todd loves running and jumping into the playroom…


Before Todd’s nap, we walked along the river by Old Mill. In the evening, we went to the pool at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.

Todd at Old Mill – November 24, 2017

Todd & Elisa at Old Mill – November 24, 2017

Eli & Todd – November 24, 2017


Unlike last year, Todd agreed to sit on Santa’s lap on his own volition and without tears. He was eager to tell Santa all about the Lego Master Falls set that he wanted. Just to make sure Santa knew what that was, he brought a catalog.

Todd & Santa looking at the Lego catalog – November 25, 2017

All smiles with Santa! – November 25, 2017

Todd was so gentle with Kaiser the cat. They became good buddies!

Kaiser & Todd – November 25, 2017

Kaiser & Todd – November 25, 2017


On our way home, we stopped at the El Porton in Union Gap, which is a favorite Mexican restaurant (they have multiple locations in eastern Washington).

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