If any of you are looking to make a trip to Oregon... make sure you come later this month when the Tulip Festival is going on about 10 miles down the road from my house.
I try to get out there every year -- during the week to miss the monster crowds -- and it's always a lot of fun. This year will be great because I have Violet and seeing her get covered in mud from head to toe should be an adventure in itself!
Anyway, I wrote an article about the festival for Oregon.com, you can find it here.
Hope all is well.