Doing stuff

Doing stuff without kids…it’s a thing?

Jason and I joined friends for a Murder Mystery dinner theater. Going out without the kids looks good on us!
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The three founding members of the Slow Hike Club. Okay, it was our first hike together but it’s going to be a regular thing. Maybe we should have SHC T-shirts made?
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Isaac’s new ride

The guys on their “new” bikes…

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More not being sick

We are enjoying life without illness with more outside time. Xander, Simon and I took an 11 mile bike ride on the Banks-Vernonia trail. I wanted them to see the Vernonia Lake and enjoy the flat section of trail on their “new” bikes.

Xander moved up to Isaac’s bike and Simon moved up to Xander’s bike. Isaac will have to use one of mine until I can find a good one for him off Craigs List. Everyone loves the Electra Ratrod (that Xander passed down to Simon) so I might get him the adult version of that. So cool!

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coming out of hibernation

Remembering how to go outside…

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Zanzibar Pizza

I am addicted to travel shows! Netflix added the third season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and I’ve been excitedly watching the episodes. The kids noted that I seem to be able to find a new travel show as soon as I finish one. Yes, yes kids, you know me well.

Moving into the current season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, he travels to Tanzania and Zanzibar in East Africa and eats their version of pizza, grilled by a street-side food vendor. It looked yummy and easy, and uses ingredients we always have.

Can you tell I watched his Thailand and India episodes last week? It resulted in an immediate need for curry. Vietnam gave me a hankering for noodle soup.

Pics of the fried yummies. I don’t think I could make so many things from scratch if Jason didn’t help so much. I make the dough and ingredients and he rolled the dough and fried the pizzas.
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Simon approved!
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Xander turns 11

My Xander turned 11 today and had a nice little party with friends and family.

Birthday Xander, come take a photo with me….
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How dare I take a photo without Miss Lotus! Problem solved…the more the merrier, right? Now I can get a mom sandwich squish in.
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Singing happy birthday…
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Presents!
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Curry at home

Finally success with a homemade chicken curry. Coconut milk is the key, for sure. I’ve had a couple of past attempts that focused on the seasonings but did not use coconut milk. They were not keepers and now I know why!

This was a chicken curry and a yellow jasmine rice. I also have the ingredients to make a duck curry later in the week. Yum!

Want the recipe? Look on the can of coconut milk. Ha!

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Happy New Year!

2014′s year-end review shows an awesome snowstorm and a lot of local trips for camping, bike rides, Great Wold Lodge, the beach and Timberline. Isaac became our first teenager. Xander decided to cut his hair after four years of growing it. Simon learned to read and Lotus’ imaginative play has developed exponentially.

A couple of bumps in the road included a car accident that forced us into getting a new (old) car and Jason’s second seizure that resulted in a shiny new prescription and related adjustments. We’ve also been battling round after round of illness from November on. It’s still going! A little cold makes its rounds and then it turns into a nasty cold, then bronchitis, then a double ear infection, then another kid is throwing up in the middle of the night, then another round of headaches and sore throats. We rang in the new year with Lotus and Xander sick and hoping this will be the end of it. It’s the curse of a big family. The bug mutates and makes its way around again…and again. Blarg!

2015 should be a fantastic year! I’ve been scrimping and saving and planning for the whole family to take a trip to Japan in the spring and we are all looking forward to it. I’ve already secured the airline tickets so fingers crossed there are no issues or illnesses that get in our way.

Here we are saying “Happy New Year!!!!” Too bad I didn’t get our dog buddy Luke in the photo. His birthday is this month and he turns 15. Our first, FIRST teenager. We’ll need to do a re-do.
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5 Minutes of Christmas Morning

Grandpa Woody and Grandma Vickie visited and brought gifts, hand knits and baked goods. I came home from work to the sounds of RC cars racing around the house and kids squealing. Thanks Woody and Vickie!

Later the RC car boxes were turned into a two level home and puppet theater.

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Christmas prep involved these little stocking stuffers from Simon. He even made one for himself so his gift could be anonymous.
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Christmas morning!
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I guess he’s a teenager now. The hat was a team effort: I did the knitting and Jason sewed in a liner. Go team Bergeman!
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This vintage school house came 100% complete with flashcards and all the magnetic letters and numbers. WHO ARE THESE FAMILIES THAT DON’T LOSE STUFF?????Those parents probably see a Polly Pocket shoe on the floor and don’t continue vacuuming right over it.
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Christmas Family Gathering

My extended family had our Christmas party tonight and a good time was had!

All of the cousins on my side of the family.
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Lotus spreads out her birthday/Christmas loot. She loves it all!
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Isaac loves his Plasma Ball. Grandma has good shopping skills!
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Xander and Simon blew up these sumo boppers immediately. Of course I had to squeeze into one and bop some kids around. Xander got a case of the green eyed monster after seeing Isaac’s wizard ball but Simon declared the bopper “best gift ever!”
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My aunt Carol got me a neck soother and Omi hooked us up with a jar of homemade apple pie moonshine. You see what I’m doing five minutes after getting home from the party? Jammies and moonshine. It really does taste like apple pie!
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