Otter Crest Beach

The Sunset // November, 2018
Newport, Oregon

We were swept over by beauty while exploring Devils Punchbowl on the Oregon Coast this afternoon. With whale spouts on the horizon, geological wonders right in front of us, and a kitsch sunset it was all too much. An afternoon filled with warmth, color, and opulent beauty.

Cannon Beach Family Adventures

Reunion // September, 2018
Arch Cape, Oregon

Every couple of years three of my closest girlfriends and I plan a trip. We find a location near one of us and the rest pack up the families and make the trek. Over the course of a long weekend, we reconnect over food, adventure, games, sport and laughter. This time around, we chose the beautiful Oregon Coast as our destination. We made hot dogs on the beach, explored tide pools, flew Opie the octopus kite with the kiddos, read and played games. It was a perfect reunion set against the backdrop of the magnificent Oregon Coast.

Summer Camping

Family Camping Trip // August, 2018
Carson, Washington

This summer we escaped our respective cities and met up at Beaver Campground near Carson, WA in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. A first camping trip for the two little ones in our family led to much excitement. Tucked away near the Wind River we had everything we needed… some fresh air, lots of greenery, and a fire pit at our lovely little campsite. We were easily entertained by backyard badminton, banana boat and s’more roasting, card playing and stories around the fire. The weekend was topped off by a night in a field filled with lots of laughter and shooting stars.

Paros Life

Family Adventures // July, 2018
Paros, Greece

This last summer I had the pleasure of taking long floats in the Aegean Sea, waking up to a balcony view of bright flowers and ocean, and devouring fried feta, Greek olives, prosciutto, fresh herbed eggplant, loads of Greek salad, Moussaka, and marinated octopus. Together with my husband, parents, and in-laws we explored the island of Paros visiting secluded villages, remote beaches, and a mountaintop monastery. Over the course of a week, we were able to meet some lovely locals, read on a private beach, try delicious new flavors and just slow down and enjoy life. This trip was a perfect mix of calm and curiosity.

Japan, Singapore, Brunei

Overseas // May-June, 2017
Japan, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam

This trip made my heart so happy! From picking green tea leaves in Sayama, to visiting the remote island of Borneo and exploring the lush city of Singapore - this was quite the adventure. It was filled with interesting cityscapes, delicious food, gracious hosts, and most importantly time with dear family. Here are a few shots from this special time.  

Last Summer

Grandpa // July-August, 2016
Newport & Corvallis, Oregon

Last summer is one I will never forget. It's the one where my grandfather passed away. The one where we all came together as a family - to grieve, eat, sleep, laugh, and cry.

My grandfather was 91 years old. He was a Boy Scout, musician, navy veteran, plane crash survivor, engineer, community leader, adventurer and advocate. He was a committed husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Grandpa was a man of few words who led by example. He devoted his life to serving his community and caring for the people around him. I always admired the dance in his step, twinkle in his eye and subtle joke under his tongue.

Below are a few photos from his spectacular life and from last summer.
Here's to you, Grandpa. We will always love you so.