Portland Through the Eye of My Lensbaby

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

John Ruskin

Reading this quote validates my happiness while we are here in Portland! It has rained every day since we arrived almost 2 weeks ago. I am trying to blend in with all of the complaints around the theater, but to be honest, I LOVE IT! It IS refreshing to me, besides my hair does this really fun curl thing, that only happens when it rains!

To add to my fun here, there is no sales tax, so I decided to take full advantage and buy myself a new camera lens I had been wanting for awhile. It is a creative lens that bends the focus, leaving only a small portion of your image in focus. It’s called a LensBaby- check out their website here! Kind of hard to explain, so I will just post a few pictures of what I have taken so far in and around the theater, Downtown Portland.Cherry Blossoms!Portland started the Food Trucks culture!I love the movement you can get from this lens! Mitch and Jetson walking the line of Food trucks!Jetson begging for…SPAM! From the Hawaiian Food Truck!Mossy Staircase!Portland Trees!Super Nanny and Mace having fun at the Theater!

The Bjorn Days

The Baby Bjorn has by far been the most useful product we received at our baby shower. Thank you, Kevin, Doug and Seamus! We have used it since day one and is an absolute must for active parents! When I was still on Maternity leave in Washington DC, I loved to walk around the city, Mace snuggled into my chest as close as possible in his Baby Bjorn. A stranger approached me one afternoon and said “Ah, how I miss The Bjorn Days. Cherish them always.” Not until recently have I really grown to understand what he meant. Mace is pushing 25lb now and getting a bit too heavy for me to carry him that way and I miss that closeness already. However,  Mitch is still strong enough to carry him in the Bjorn, and Mace loves every second of it!  You can tell by the following picture Mace will have his Daddy’s adventurous spirit! Mitch takes off up a mountain, and I am always left to catch up!  One this particular day, we were hiking up Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ. one of the most beautiful places in the west. I have been there twice since I have been on tour, once while with The Lion King and then again with Wicked, the first time the show came through Tempe. I love it, and was excited to bring Mace, so we could show him pictures later! If you have never been, you must go and take a Pink Jeep Tour, they are loads of fun and a great way to experience Sedona’s landscape.Pretty!Gorgeous! All of my boys climbing up, up, up….it was a really short, but intense 600 ft. climb up to the top. Here we all are, once I finally caught up!Joining us that day was our Tempe roommate Renee, or rather Nay Nay, which can be documented as Mace’s third word. “MaMa, DaDa, NayNay”! and of course Super Nanny, Bri who is still waiting for Mace to say “Be Be”xoxoxoChristina

524 Miles…From El Paso, TX to Tempe, AZ

This is how it works! We always close the show on a Sunday after a few weeks in one city, then raise the curtain the following Wednesday night in the next city. It all happens very fast. To me, it is like magic, because I am never there on Tuesday to see how, in one day, the crew unloads the 17 Semi’s then reloads our entire show back into a new theater. But, it happens without fail, and by Wednesday morning when I arrive along with Wardrobe, Hair and the Cast, everything looks and works as well as it did in the last city! Magic!

My Husband, Mitch is one of the magicians at the theater on Tuesday morning. Because of that he is never able to ride with us and always flies to the next location. Bri the Super Nanny, Mace, Jetson and I are on our own between cities. We love driving most of the time, but on occasion, we have had to drive many miles in only 2 or 3 days.  2300 miles to be exact from Cincinnati to LA, has been the hardest drive to date, but we did it thanks to a happy baby, caffeine and Tom Petty.

This trip, El Paso to Tempe was a piece of cake, only 424 miles in 2 days. EasyPeasy! So we decided to add 80 miles, a few hours and drive up to White Sands National Park in New Mexico! Joining us in caravan was Janet, a dear friend from the show, her dog, Rocco and cat, Maverick.

Here are a few pictures of our incredible day at Beautiful White Sands

Quite possibly Jetson’s idea of Doggie Bliss! All sand and NO water!

And No leash! (Since it was the off season the ranger allowed us to let the dogs off leash, we were the only people there and we promised to pick up poopies! Read this book to find out why we think SAFE off leash time is important to a dog)

Janet took these amazing pictures of her babies! They are so good she even entered a few in a contest. Vote for them here!I took pictures of my baby (and Super Nanny flipping around in the background)Mace sat for a while, fascinated with the sand flowing through his fingers. I hope in his lifetime he will always take the time to love and appreciate this wonder. Bri and Jetson did a little sand sledding.

Mace got some nuzzles and kisses from his Super NannyA little Mommy Love tooJanet got Kissy with Rocco waiting for sunsetAs we said goodbye to the sun we had to say goodbye to White Sands. Tired and happy we made our way to Tempe. It was such a great day!-Stina, Mace, Bri and Jetson xoxox