backyard beauties

i wanted to share some pacific northwest goodness with you all:

first, the bicycle that brian and the kids surprised me with one friday afternoon...
i am so happy to have this! i can't tell you how many times i've said,
"if i only had a bike, we could just ride there."
now we can.
there is beer in portland.
lots and lots.
we don't grow this on trees in our yard
and this isn't even a portland brew,
but i thought you would enjoy the short stout bottle nonetheless.
i'm random like that.


berries in our yard.
love them.
i love picking a handful and gobbling them up with the kids.
and i think they happen to be beautiful.
(i also made raspberry lime jam for the first time ever with some local friends... thanks ladies!)


tiny little flowers...


that you almost walk right past...


grapes growing by our back porch... not sure what type yet.
but they are fun to watch grow...


i think i'm supposed to dislike the moss in the northwest
because it grows everywhere,
but i just find it to be beautiful!!


one more little berry.


and my favorite:
not necessarily special to the nw, but i love, LOVE hydrangeas!!
and i'm so happy there are a few bushes in the yard.
(i will probably plant more...)