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Newport Aquarium

One of our best coast memories growing up, or the only one that doesn’t involve food for me, is going to the aquarium in Newport. So naturally, when my dad found out we were coasting it up for the week we had to hit it up! Here are some pics.

Nettles. Ouch but pretty under glass. Safety glass.

Something seems off. I can’t place it.



So one of my favorite things about taking pics while we were on the coast was Sam. You almost have to just sneak up on him to get a normal photo because every time he sees you he makes the cutest uber smile at the camera. I think it is kind of his consent for you to shoot him. If you see another photo of him on here without this face, I got lucky. He squeezes his eyes into little slits and his face just glows. Right after the shutter clicks, and I kid you not, every time, he says, “cuuuuuuuuuuuuute” and walks away. Love it!


My first 4 layer cake.

I was quite excited and inspired to work on the birthday cake for my dad’s 60th a couple of weeks back. I dreamed about it for a month, sketched and googled. I had it all figured out. It was going to be a 4 layer chocolate cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese icing. Kind of “Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee” style because I used a cake mix and premade filling (shhhhhhh) but I did make my own frosting. Our house was so hot that the frosting kept melting. That was the first hiccup. I studied hard how to package the cake for our 8 hour voyage to Eugene. I got it in there perfectly. My dad’s 4 layer tennis ball birthday cake. We took it out upon arrival for the big celebration and……