Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn Oakley and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Friday, May 22, 2015

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by Soulemama.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny at Small Thing's for this week's Yarn Along .

I finished up Phoebe's sun romper several weeks ago, but the weather has not been appropriate and so I haven't had a chance to have her model it. Pictures to come soon though....

I have not been knitting much lately. I have had big intentions, like bringing my knitting with on my camping trip last weekend, and then never touching it. I guess I have just had too much other stuff in the way. I did cast on for a new slouchy hat for me a couple of days ago... I am only a few rows in, but I plan to get some knitting in this weekend. And I am in love with the colorway...

And as for reading.....I am actually reading about 5 books right now... I have slumped back into my habit of starting new books in the middle of other books. Sometimes, it just can't be helped. The one I am mostly focused on right now is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. So far it is a good, intriguing, mostly-mindless thriller, which is exactly what my brain wants to be reading right now.

What are you reading? What are you knitting?
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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Sou'Wester: A Weekend Extraordinaire

I spent the weekend on the coast of Washington camping with some ladies.. a couple old friends, and a few new friends and it was just a lovely time.
We stayed at the Sou'Wester, which is a funky resort unlike any other I have seen. The main draw to the resort are the refurbished streamlines that dot the property-- you can stay in one of those, which are very hip on the inside (complete with record players), inside the lodge, or like us, you can bring your own tent and camp. The property has live music, a sauna, bikes you can borrow to ride to the beach, and even a thrift store where I scored a mighty-fine bright yellow dress. The folks who run the place are low-key and it was just great, happy times. I will be back, for sure!
We made a quick detour on the way home through Cape Disappointment State Park and it was gorgeous. I plan to go back that way soon... and maybe bring the kids along next time.
How was your weekend?

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope your day is full of love and joy!
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Painted Ladies

Things around here have been hectic. There's just been a ton going on and I haven't much time to just sit and organize my thoughts. And I haven't nearly had the time I would like to blog. So, I am a bit behind, and in my head there is a whole list of things I want to share with you. But, for now, I will just focus on butterflies.
For Christmas, my mom got the kids a butterfly kit, and over the past few weeks the kids and I have raised caterpillars and watched them turn into Painted Lady butterflies. This is something that I had never done before, and I have to admit, I was just as excited as the kids. Well, more excited than Finn actually (he HAS done this before, at school). Anyways, we loved watching the caterpillars grow at an amazing rate, and then form a chrysalis and hang, suspended by a silken thread, until they suddenly (and I mean suddenly) emerge as a butterfly. We only kept them as butterflies for a day, because we all wanted them to be free. And I must say that watching them fly away was the very best part.

I was astounded at how fragile the chrysalises are once the butterflies emerge: paper thin. I don't know how that meager shell can support such an amazing metamorphosis. Pretty cool stuff.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Over the past couple of weeks, I have felt so thankful for :

My friends, near and far, old and new. Friends who are there to lend a hand, or sometimes an ear. Friends who you know that you can count on no matter the distance between you. Friends who become family, maybe not by blood, but sometimes by ties even stronger.  I know that I am fortunate to have such wonderful people in my life.

Spring. A new beginning for nature. Life springing up in unexpected places, every color of the rainbow represented. The sounds of birds, busy building nests. The drizzle of rain landing on leaves. Spider webs and snail trails. Butterflies and bees.

The quiet moments I have found for myself. Moments for yoga, for reading, for meditating, or sometimes for just simply being, without an agenda, for just a little while. Those moments often seem few and far between, but I have noticed that when I really need them, I will make the time.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Dog Mountain

On Sunday, I hiked Dog Mountain, in Washington, with two of my mama friends. Dog Mountain is a steep uphill climb with amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge. We went at peak wildflower time, and it was breathtaking. Flowers, flowers everywhere. My photos don't come close to capturing the beauty (especially since they were taken with my phone)!
It was a hard hike...... the kind I don't get to do very often because it's not so kid friendly. As the children get older, and less dependent on me, it's nice to find times to do the things I loved so much in my pre-kids life. I love being a mama, more than anything, but I also miss some of the parts of me that have gotten pushed to the back along this journey. As my children grow, I find that I am reclaiming those parts of myself, and making more room for them at the foreground of my life. And one day, I hope that my children will be able to join me on these adventures!
And for now, I am just feeling lucky that I live in such a beautiful place!

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