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hectic summer days

Wow, this summer has been so hectic. I guess the last few summers have been a little slower because our kid was just a baby/toddler and we didn’t overload ourselves with activities. Now that Jr. is 3 year old, we are doing a lot more fun stuff, but it’s exhausting! Last year, he took afternoon naps so at least we’d have that little break in the middle of the day. Now, he gets up at 7 am and can’t fall asleep until about 9 pm. He’d say, “But it’s not dark yet” and refuse to go to bed…

Hectic month

July, in particular, has been really crazy for us. First we had Independence Day and the Blues Festival which was a lot of fun. Then we went yurt camping for 3 nights. We went to the aquarium, explored the beaches, hiked, made campfires, and cooked camp food. It was really nice to get out of town for a bit, but the trip was full of activities. It wasn’t quite the relaxing camping trip that I was looking forward to.

yurt camping

Camp Pistol

When we got back to Portland, it was in the middle of the hottest (so far) stretch of the year. We went to various splashing fountains in the morning and then to the pool in the afternoon every day last week. Now we’re sun burnt and have a little sniffles. We put on plenty of sunblock, but it was just too much sun. I guess we played too hard lately. Mrs. RB40 was even busier because she went to the World Domination Summit last weekend. She had a great time and even got to ride her first hot air balloon.

Next weekend, we’re heading out to Boise for a few days. Mrs. RB40 is heading over for training and I thought we’d take the opportunity to visit since we haven’t been there before. Boise sounds like a nice up and coming city and the cost of living is a bit lower than Portland. Maybe it would be a good retirement destination…

After Boise, we’ll take it easy in town for a while. Portland is really great in July and August. There are tons of free performances and we plan to attend as many as we can. All in all life is great and I’m close to living the life I want. Full time work is really a drag; I don’t know why anyone does it. 😉

Enjoy your summer

As you can tell, I’m taking it a bit easy today. I’ve been blogging in the middle of the night and I’m worn out from all the activities. Summer is a bit slow on the blog anyway. Everyone is out and about enjoying the great weather. It’s also our 15th anniversary this week and I’m taking Mrs. RB40 out. She deserves a date night once in a while.

What kind of fun stuff have you been doing this summer? Any more plans for the next few months?

Free Fun Activities in Portland

If you’re visiting Portland, here are some fun free events that you can check out.

Whew! How can anyone spend money when there are so many free fun things to do?

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  • Kat July 16, 2014, 7:39 am

    You make me miss Portland so much!! I love all the free art, dance, music, theater and general fun, all in that gorgeous mid to late summer sunshine.

    • retirebyforty July 16, 2014, 11:38 pm

      Portland really shine around this time of the year. I love it!

  • Lisa E. July 16, 2014, 2:25 pm

    Sounds like a busy summer for you and the family! When I went to Portland a few years ago, my favorite thing I did was go to Powell’s Book Store. I didn’t even buy anything – just wandering around the largest bookstore I’ve ever been to was enough entertainment for me!

    • retirebyforty July 16, 2014, 11:39 pm

      I like Powell’s too, but it’s just too nice to spend a lot of time inside now. 🙂

  • Mike July 16, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Enjoy your time in Boise! I’ve lived there a little over 6 years now and there’s no way I would ever go back to Sacramento. The summer is my least favorite time here and many locals escape to the Oregon coast for a vacation. Here are some things to consider spending time doing while in town:

    – Walking/biking/floating the greenbelt
    – Saturday morning farmers market
    – First Thursday art/music events
    – Alive after 5 summer concert series
    – Hiking in the Boise national forest
    – Gold panning up in Idaho City

    • retirebyforty July 16, 2014, 11:40 pm

      I’m looking forward to it. Wow, that’s a long drive to Oregon coast, though. Hopefully, it’s not too hot next week.
      Thanks for the tips.

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