Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Last week we bought an air conditioner. The weather went from 60's and 70's to 100 degrees for a couple days! We don't run it every day because it's usually in the 70's but it does get hot and later in the summer it definitely will. I'm so glad we bought it and Lily is too! She is always a super great helper with whatever we are doing especially if there are big boxes involved.

Blaine and I went to Mt. St. Helen's on Sunday. It was a spontaneous, last minute trip but the observatory that is closest to the mountain (5 miles from the center) is only two hours away. There is only two highways from our house to Mt. Helen's and the second one is very hilly and whindey as you would expect and on this road is an A-frame house that was half buried in the 1980 eruption. It has now been made into a semi-shady tourist attraction and gift shop with a large statue of Big Foot. We stopped here in 2005 and the little store was closed and it was even more run down, this trip it was a little classier.

It was really cloudy when we were driving and we weren't going to be happy if we got there and couldn't see the mountain very well. As we got closer all the clouds burned off and it turned out to be a beautiful day!

A nice man offered to take our picture and Blaine told him my camera was super easy just point and shoot but it ended up taking four tries and he turned off the camera twice :/

After we went through the visitors center we walked up a short trail and clouds had rolled in and settled on the mountain.

Tonight we are going to the Parade of Homes and this weekend we are going to look at a couch and love seat set in Portland. Yay no sales tax! We do a lot of shopping in Oregon when we don't want to pay sales tax. Mostly on big items/shopping trips that make saving on sales tax more than the price of gas to get there ie AC, furniture, new fish tank for Dorothy and Nugget. And all the great stores are in the Oregon and like 5 minutes from our house! Crate and Barrel, IKEA, YoCream :)

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