Feast Portland is one of the best food festivals in the Pacific Northwest and it is right around the corner. Portland has such a great foodie scene and maybe I am slightly partial since I was born and raised here. It is a four-day festival that highlights fresh local ingredients while showcasing Pacific Northwest and internationally acclaimed chefs. The best thing about the event is that you can pick and choose what you want to attend, there is everything from a delicious dinner series to hands-on classes, so you can pick exactly what you want to go to. Sounds pretty great, doesn't it? Most of the tickets are already sold out but there are still a few left. Will I see you there?
I have the nesting fever and have been organizing and cleaning like a crazy person. Over the last few weeks, I have been going through all of the boxes of Nora's old baby's clothes. Being the hoarder that I am, I saved nearly everything. I'm pretty grateful that I did because now I don't really need a whole lot of baby gear, but just a few fun things.
Going through Nora's old cloths has been pretty tough because it makes me think about when Nora was a baby. So if course being 7 months pregnant, I was sitting folding onsies and crying, and just thinking about how my big girl is not so little anymore. Nora then gives me a big hug and hands me her favorite teddy bear. Even though a teddy bear fixes most things, it made me cry harder and think about how lucky I am. It's amazing how something so simple such as clothes, can hold so many special moments. Now since I got a good cry out, I can focus on shopping and getting the baby's room ready.
I have found that there are so many cute little boy or gender neutral options that I just love. Since my new baby is being born in the winter, I do have to make sure he has enough hats, gloves and shoes, right?
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One of my favorite things to do, is to make art based on my dreams, especially while pregnant. Dreams when you're pregnant tend to be a little on the strange side and more vivid. I think it might have something to do with the extra boost of hormones from the baby, but they sure are unusual. When I was pregnant with Nora, I had nothing but vampire and zombie dreams.
I had this dream I was swimming under water and I was surrounded by gold fish. I remember the goldfish were swimming around me and I would try to swat them away. When I was able to hit one, they would keep swimming but turn sparkly and blinding. The water was cool and I can still feel how it felt on my skin.
Making art based on dreams, it reminds me that I can make whatever type of art I want. It can be good, it can be bad but it's more about the stream of consciousness. Sometimes I think I get so wrapped up in an idea or a project, that I forget about letting in room for the unexpected and letting accidents happen. Dreams are probably one of the most unexpected, since there is no control and it's letting go to your subconscious. Letting accidents happen in your work is one of the best things about being a creative, don't you think?
The weather has been been so hot here, and to beat the heat, we decided to take a day trip to Cannon Beach. It's only about an hour or so from our house, and the drive is just over a mountain. Cannon Beach is home to Hay Stack Rock. It's that big rock in the ocean, it was even in the opening scene for the 80's cult classic The Goonies, which basically means it's famous. I think what I love most about visiting the Oregon Coast is that it's like walking out of the woods and you emerge right next to the ocean.
Nora loves the beach, specifically she the sand. She loves to roll around in it, scoop it, pat it, throw it, and of course eat it. This has been one of my favorite memories of the summer, just watching Tim and Nora play in the sand and water together. Nora would sit in the sand and would say, "Daddy, Sit!" and pat the sand right next to her. I know pretty soon there will be 4 of us, and we will be making new special memories together but I am enjoying the moments of just us 3.
Leaving the beach was tough, many tears were shed. I still chuckle when Nora gets in a full tantrum because she is so emotionally involved and throws herself on the ground and refuses to budge. Well she did budge when I promised her an ice cream cone, but we did have some seafood first. yummy!
I have been thinking a lot about traveling. It's really odd because when I was pregnant with Nora, all I wanted to do, was stay with in a 5 mile radius of my house. (no joke) With this pregnancy, all I can think about is hopping on a plane or a car and just going some where.
Having a 2nd kiddo is more than likely make me even more home bound, at least for a little while. So for now, I can fantasize about taking a road trip. Hitting the highway next to the ocean and tasting the ocean spray. Oh and the best part of any road trip is pulling over for snow cones and look out points, sounds amazing doesn't it?
This print is in my in my etsy shop. Happy Monday!