Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Play Ball!!!

Little League Pledge

I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best

It’s definitely the cutest thing to watch the little kids swing their over-sized bats and run through the bases. I’m new to this wonderful world of tee ball, and so far, I've been loving the weekly (and often times twice weekly) games and practices.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Break (part 3)

The last few days in Oregon were spent touring the gorgeous campus of the University of Oregon, eating more, and spending time with Sarah.

Did I mention that our little boy is in love with this girl? They were literally attached at the hip. 

On Easter, we attended a service at the First Christian Church of Eugene. I was initially sad that I was going to miss our beautiful living cross that our church in Torrance creates every year. But, as I walked up the steps, I saw that the church in Eugene did the same thing! 

So, so beautiful! 

After we said our good-byes to Sarah, Jimmy drove for 2 hours in the hail back to Portland. We had a yummy dinner at Vita Cafe, a popular vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free restaurant. Then, we walked over to Salt and Straw

After much deliberation, we decided on getting the sampler:

Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache
Olive Oil
Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper
Chocolate Gooey Brownie.

This is his "OMG THIS IS SO TASTY!" face. 

...and our last breakfast in Oregon was at City State. I had the Louisiana Crab Hash, and Jimmy had the Banana Hazelnut French Toast.

That's it for now! Until next time, Oregon!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Break (part 2)

Our second full day in Oregon started off with another round of breakfast at Pine State Biscuits. Here, Jimmy got their famous artery clogging Reggie Deluxe, which consists of fried chicken, bacon, egg, and cheese topped with gravy. I opted out to live a little longer and ordered a plain biscuit with strawberry jam and some eggs.

About an hour from Portland is an aviation museum called the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. And since pictures are worth more than a thousand words, here are some images of one of the most amazing indoor water parks. EVER. (Really, we stayed for 4 hours, and could have stayed longer!)

Wave pool

Splash park for the little ones. See that huge green bucket at the top? Every several minutes, the water would fill up the bucket and splash the kids. SO.MUCH.FUN.

Needless to say that the big kid thoroughly enjoyed himself.

The pool also had a whirlpool, with basketball hoops. I think Tatsuki and Jimmy were in there for at least half and hour, going around and around…and around. And around.

Our day ended with Tatsuki reuniting with his favorite BFF, Sarah. We picked her and her roommate up at the University of Oregon, and had a delicious meal at…wait for it…Off the Waffle. Yes. More waffles.

And of course, Voodoo Donuts.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Break 2015 (part 1)

For Spring Break 2015, the Koontz family set our destination for Oregon. We stayed in Portland, the home of the “weird people,” and Eugene, home of the Ducks.

Our first day in Portland started off with breakfast, as with all of our trips. Jimmy absolutely LOVES breakfast food, so off we went to the Waffle Window for the ‘spicy bacon cheddar jalapeno’ (Thick cut pepper bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese and fresh jalapeno, topped with house made avocado salsa). I got the Alberta, which had the pepper bacon with organic Grade A maple syrup.

I think this was our first time with peppered bacon. It was amazingly delicious, and hopefully recreate-able.

After breakfast, we drove around and stumbled upon a cute neighborhood called Laurelhurst. I was amazed by all the GREEN everywhere! Oh, and tulips. Lots and lots of tulips.

Next on the agenda was the aerial tram in downtown Portland. For $4.35, the tram took us from the waterfront to OHSU, or Oregon Health and Science University, in a matter of minutes. I do believe that we were the ONLY tourists on the tram, since most of the people had legit hospital badges. Oh well…Tatsuki had a great time giggling and wow-ing as the tram shook back and forth.

After a quick stop at BUNK sandwiches for lunch, we met with our friends and visited their new home. The weather was gorgeous, so we drove down to a park nearby, and Tatsuki had fun throwing rocks, bothering the ducks, and finding random knickknacks in Lake Oswego.

Dinner was at McMenamins Kennedy School. We didn't take any pictures, but I highly recommend visiting there if you’re ever in Portland. The place used to be an old school house, but was turned into a hotel/movie theater/restaurant/soaking pool/brewery. As Tatsuki would say... cool 'tuff!