We were blessed to take a wee homeschool field trip with some visiting Montana friends recently, zipping north to rendezvous in bustling Portland where we discovered a hidden oasis amid the skyscrapers and food trucks. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is an echo of the lushly appointed parks tucked away within seemingly every city in China. Read More →

Surest Signals of Springtime– Crocus cups and croaking frogs; daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms. Babbling brooks, bunnies, and a bevy of birds; creeping caterpillars and clumsy calves. Conflict of compulsions to copiously clean or marinate amid moss and mud.

As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve just returned from a little trek down the freeway to sunny California. Good golly, five persons in a Jeep for two thousand stinkin’ miles is no laughing matter. Despite the sass, stench, and squabbles on the road, we were grateful for an uproariously good time, connecting with Read More →

This week’s WTRW is a day late, because we’ve just returned from an extended literary field trip of sorts. Namely, a road trip to California wherein we once again visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. We were also thrilled by their immersive Jurassic Park ride, having also read those books just Read More →

In my What To Read Wednesday post all about tigers, I mentioned my family pet a baby tiger cub recently… but then it dawned on me I never shared the photos! The West Coast Game Park is a true Oregon treasure, though many locals have never even heard of the wildlife sanctuary that boasts an Read More →

I’ve been waiting all year for this installment of WTRW… We’re a bi-racial, adoptive, globally-minded family aiming to instill pride in our varied heritage. We incorporate traditions, customs, and celebrations from all corners of the earth into our family framework — Chinese culture certainly not the least of them. As proud mom to a handsome Read More →

One year ago today we were still hibernating from the cold Montana winter, still reeling from the loss of my grandmother, and bracing ourselves for the impending loss of Husband’s grandfather. We’d made a total of six trips west to Oregon in 2016 and my sister had three times come east. I was homesick and Read More →