Monday, August 31, 2015

"Drivin' Around."

Hello World!

    The excitement has been 'rolling' for me around here of late.
Mainly because I got my Driving Permit!

Waiting at the DOL office.

Though I don't have any pictures of me driving (yet) I have started!

My Papa is teaching me on his stick-shift Toyota truck.

Its hard and yet rather simple at the same time.

Mostly one just needs to have their wits about them

It feels so crazy to me that I am driving. To be sitting in the driver's seat with my Dad sitting in the passenger is just weird! Even though every driving lesson has been fun, there is so much to learn and remember too. 

It's funny. I have been feeling like a baby in such a big world of late. New responsibilities make me hold onto as much as I can that allows me to be a little kid.

I have always been able to relate to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, when he said "Growing up is an awfully big adventure."

It is so true. I am so thrilled by this new section in my life, and yet quite ... melancholy almost. Knowing that I can't go back in time, and that life is so short, makes me want to savor as much as every moment as I can. Knowing that I am becoming a responsible adult is so terrifying as I don't feel any different and definitely not ready for it. Yet time marches on and me with it. I had the chance to sleep out under the stars before school started, and I am so happy that I did! It was so humbling to look up into a huge brilliantly lit up sky, and be dazzled by the beautiful creation that God has made. It made me remember the verse from Matthew 6:26 that says "Look at the birds of the air; they do now sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? " To know that God is always there watching and taking care of me, is so wondrously comforting in more ways than one. Especially when I feel like I am so young for the many responsibilities that life holds. Knowing that God ( and my parents) are ready though is such a weight off of me. It makes me feel excited for the adventure. :) 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Portland Adventures Part 4

Hello World!
 Today is the last day telling of our Portland Adventures. It was such a wonderful time that ended far too soon. I have so enjoyed posting on it!
   With all of the Longboard competing and Family visiting done, the last day in Portland was spent in the city exploring. ( I took SO MANY pictures of the BEAUTIFUL brick buildings, and the lovely scenery! Bear with me. :) )
Driving into the city.

No we didn't go in. Though I wanted to. ;)
Yah Buddy!
Coffee First!
Loved this place!
The Outside ...

And the Inside.

Their brew has a more nutty taste.
Gah! Their brick wall!!!
I tried their specialty Cold Brew.
Walking ...
We did lots.
Gah! I was in love. :)
Yes, we went into Ross...
And I bought Aviators.

Of course!

This lil guy was just contentedly parked on the street.


They have statues instead of foliage in the middle of their round-a-bouts...

and lamp-posts all along their streets!!


Oh look we're walking!
This brother is leaving pretty soon to go here...

I'll admit it was nice to see where he is going to school.

The sky was just drop-dead gorgeous!
Dan the Man
Aqua Brick

Can't decide if I like this picture better in Black and White...
or with color...
I know it sounds silly, but they had awesome fire-escapes!

After we saw Portland University, we walked back to get some Voodoo Donuts!!

There it is!!
The LONG line!
 I ADORE donuts by the way, so this was a definite high-light of our trip. :)
( You see the brick wall? Well, it had sparkles on it!!!! I was SO IN LOVE! AND on top of that, people would take their gum, stick it on a penny, and stick it to the wall.
 I had dead gum and a penny. To the disgust of some siblings, I joined the fad. ;) )

 After Voo-Doo Donuts, ( Sadly I didn't get a picture of them. :P ) We drove to Hawthorne place to walk around a bit, and take pictures at the Aqua Wall across the street from the Waffle Window.

Most of the gang. Photo credit:

(Sadly we really didn't get like any pictures at the Aqua wall,
and the ones that were taken didn't turn out. :p)
And that dear people, was my first ever Portland Trip! It was fantastic, and amazing. Dazzling, and Eye-opening. Adventurous, and quiet. But most of all, many beautiful memories were made.