This and that

The puppy is getting bigger and loves to dig up cat poop in the backyard.

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I called it a cat poop cigar and my friend worked some photo magic…
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Let’s see, what else…

My mama and I flew to Reno for my cousin Heather’s wedding. A good time was had with good food, family and gorgeous mountain views.

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Simon started and now planted a 4×4′ bed of corn. So far, so good and Xander’s zucchini is doing well too.
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Lots more but that’ll do for this post.

Spring!

Oregon is giving us the teaser week of sunshine and it has flooded me with energy and happy! I know it will come crashing down when the rain, cold and grey returns next week, but in the meantime…check out my gorgeous backyard!

We’ve done some weeding, mowing, cleaned off the deck and patio set, and Xander planted some zucchini seeds. I’m planning on four little square gardens this year, so each of the kids will get a chance to start some seeds. Fingers crossed I can do better than past attempt!

  
Our trampoline is even getting a makeover. The spring cover pad is so worn it is coming apart in big flakes of plastic sheets. Ick!

Puppy training is going about as expected: terrible. Ha! So many poops and pees in the house. 

My sister has us trying this play pen method, using sod, to teach him grass is the only appropriate potty surface. We were supposed to place a little turd on the grass to get him started. He immediately stepped in the turd and spread poop everywhere and all over his bed. 

He always goes on the floor, between the sod and the bed. Jason and I grabbed the Windex to clean it up…then read the ammonia cleaner is basically adding to the marking scent. We are such noobs. 

  The photo is after we first set it up and have since opened it up into a little bigger size. Sad little Kevin in his doggy jail. 
 

A Couple Family Outings

We ventured out as a family, two days in a row! The big guys want to stay home most of the time, so it’s a treat for me!

The Ten Grands concert in Portland was a lot of fun! Ten grand pianos and the youngest pianist was ten. There was a lot of humor and songs the kids know, in addition to introductions to famous composers and their works.

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The next day, we met up with friends and hung out in the Gorge. It was a beautiful day and our new puppy got a taste of adventure.

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Kevin

We were appreciating the lack of pet responsibility after our dog Luke passed away last summer, but the longing for a fur buddy started to creep back in. The kids have been asking for a pug(!!?). Pugs are difficult to come by, but we managed to find a little guy.

Meet Kevin…

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He’s quite a character! Loud snoring and little piggy noises all the time. He was sleeping with me and Jason and a rare period of silence caused me to panic and think he had stopped breathing! The kids are loving him so much!

Simon is 9

Simon turned 9 today! We’ve been doing low key family parties for a couple years now and keeping it simple.

Breakfast out with Grandma, a movie at the theater and cupcakes at home.

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He chose chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. Yummo!

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Happy birthday, Simmy!

February Happenings

I’m not keeping up with this blog as much as I used to!

Jason and I did a 20 mile ride on our new bikes and the unexpected rain and wind was tough! We are looking forward to sunny days.

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Speaking of new bikes, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet. After my bike tour, I fell in love with the Terry road bike I rented and wanted one of my own. It is custom fit to me and rides like a dream!

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Jason got the official notice that his driving licence has been suspended indefinitely. We knew he could not drive anymore but the reality of it stings. Retail therapy was in order and he bought himself a nicer road bike too.

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Valentine’s day fun…

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Lotus and I did a little hike together…

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I joined the Rose City Yarn Crawl mystery knit-a-long. A bunch of participants knit an item, this year a cowl, with only 1/4 of the pattern revealed at a time, over four weeks. It was a lot of fun!

Next month, people will wear the cowl while participating in the yarn shop crawl.

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Xander is 12

Xander Day was a good day! Breakfast out, a movie at the theater and then homemade dinner and apple pie at home.

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Watch “Three Littlest Pet Shops” on YouTube

Lotus made her first Littlest Petshop video. Well, her first that made it to completion without technical difficulties.

More Snow

It’s so exciting for us to wake up to snow! A cozy fire in the woodstove, pancake breakfast and window gazing.

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Happy New Year!

It was a fantastic year, aside from Jason’s three seizures, totaling the car, my dog dying and my dad dying…it was a fantastic year!

We went to Japan, we celebrated my 40th birthday at Great Wolf lodge, we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at the beach and I took an amazing bike tour vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

We snapped a photo yesterday of Jason and I securing our margarita fixin’s to ring in the new year. It was Isaac’s first time in a liquor store and he was feeling his kidness in a grown up world.

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It is official, I have forgotten how to operate a camera. We took the nicer point and shoot camera to the park and all kinds of blown highlights (white areas with no pixels) turned up in auto mode, even zoomed in on faces.

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Yummy cinnamon rolls for breakfast today. The kids asked if we could have these every week, like we used to have donut day. These puppies are way too tedious to make on the regular…though, I have felt that way about many tasks that later become routine, so never say never.

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Happy new year, everyone!