The kids are back in school and summer weather is no more. But there’s no need to fret. Soon enough apple cider, hayrides, bonfires, and the copious use of cinnamon will signal the glorious arrival of fall. As the air...
Though Juneteenth precedes the other mid-June holidays of Fathers' Day and the Summer Solstice (and school ending for some), explaining the meaning of Juneteenth can be more complex than these other celebrations. Juneteenth observes the end of slavery in...
For our family, last year's Mother's Day manifested in the strangest way: a short, outdoor, socially-distant "brunch" of mimosas and donuts with the extended family, each in its own chalked-off portion of the driveway. Definitely not an experience I...
In 2020, the team at PMC was in the midst of organizing an indoor egg hunt event for Portland families when the pandemic cut our plans short. Like so many other things that year, the egg hunt was cancelled...
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A Love Letter to Portland

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Roses are red, violets are blue, They say life is weird, and Portland is too. But Stumptown, I love you, and need you to know Why each year that passes, my love seems to grow. I’d like to tell you from deep in...
Hosting a “date night in” is nothing new for most parents… but on a casual night, that usually means a simple Netflix and popcorn night on the couch. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon and everyone feeling more cooped...
It’s no secret that I love Valentine’s Day. No, not the romance and flowers part; I am a fool for the heart crafts and the cheesy puns. I even love the occasional odd poem. Most of all, I enjoy...
Ah, a new year. The Earth has completed another full revolution around that burning star that is the Sun. If there’s one thing that I can count on in these uncertain times, it’s the numerous #newyearnewme posts that fill...
For many of us, this Christmas is going to look dramatically different than Christmases past. Not only are we not traveling to see family, but many places for our holiday traditions are completely closed. There’s a good chance your...
Haven’t gotten around to professional Christmas photos this year? Me neither! I swear it’s been on my list, but with the pandemic and local restrictions, we haven’t visited santa and probably won’t. That got me thinking… let’s take some...

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