Jason’s Birthday

My beau is 44 today, so of course we played with silly string and drank booze from a bucket…did a jello shot. Ya know, grown up stuff.

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Serious discussions with crayons are always happening over kids menus when we go out to eat…
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More Camping 2014

The kids playing in the creek while Jason and I make breakfast…
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Isaac spent most of the time in the tent, thinking his thinks…
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Telling ghost stories: The best part was when Lotus declared she would go first and belted out “It was a dark and stormy night….” with dramatic hand gestures. Ha!
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Lotus spent a lot of time “painting” with water on rocks.
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A hike: Simon is way ahead…
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trolls under the bridge… :)
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Xander and Simon doing creek “construction.”
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More rock painting…
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Dirty faces are a sign of a good time!
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Simon Woodworking

Simon first tried to make a stool with scrap wood and nails on his own. It was fun but the results were not very sturdy and, sadly, I think I thought it was a hazard and put it in the kindling box. oops! (It looked like three sticks swinging on some nails)

Jason helped him put together a sweet little step stool in the garage. It turned out great and looks nice in the bathroom…

Simon choosing the sides he wants to be seen…
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staining…
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Look at how proud he is! Lotus will appreciate the new hand washing stool. I think she’s the only one who needs it now and then we’ll probably move it to the kitchen.
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As a side note, see the pile of cloth wipes on the counter behind him? We haven’t bought toilet paper since February and the family cloth is a complete success! Without going into details, let me just say using cloth instead of toilet paper is a luxury and I WOULD NEVER GO BACK! The homemade laundry soap kicks ass too, and gets all the wipes super clean.

camping

Long time, no blog. We had a string of stressful events and hibernation went into effect. Life still goes on, right?

We took the kids for an impromptu camping trip…

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Tillamook Cheese Factory…
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Cape Meares lighthouse…
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“Octopus tree” at Cape Meares State Park. Lotus is mad at me:(…
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Oceanside beach near Tillamook…
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Lotus and “Cat-bear”
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Luke keeps warm in all the bedding…
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Gales Creek…
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PDX SW Walking Trails

Look at how full of hope we are, ready to tackle a trail in SW Portland that should end with a nice picnic at Council Crest Park…
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Less hopeful, and we never found the trail after walking around many neighborhoods…
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We had our picnic in the car and played at the awesome playground in Washington Park. Isaac was sorry he had to go and the kids are now even more suspicious over my insistence that hiking is fun.
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knitting and gaming

We watched a documentary on arcades in Tokyo: 100 Yen, in preparation for a family trip to Japan next spring. This, of course, inspired a trip to a local arcade…always a disappointment, but this game Panic Park was a blast. Hopefully we can find similar fun in Tokyo.

*Xander decided to get a haircut and I think this was the first pic after his big braid chop.
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I finished my first sweater using a lighter weight yarn. It took me nearly three months and I love it! I already have the yarn to start another lighter weight sweater.
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Great Wolf Lodge

We joined the homeschooling Great Wolf Lodge trip and the kids had a good time…

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Lotus gave me a serious nod of approval for this manicure experience, especially during the arm and hand massage!
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Knitting progress

Oh my goodness what a stressful week! I ended up with some post-accident anxiety and many sleepless nights but things are starting to calm down. The stiff neck and back is loosening up too! A couple of quiet days at home and knitting is in order.

I lost steam on the “my favorite things” scarf a while ago but took a progress photo. The glorious orange, longtail cargo bike is represented but now that we’re down to one child needing a ride I’ve listed it for sale on Craigs List. If you are looking for a sweet family ride, let me know!

The other photo is my start of a pullover sweater in a light fingering weight yarn. It will have three colors, a few stripes and a boatneck collar. Should be a nice layering sweater.

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Wrecked up week

Another driver fell asleep and crashed into my car. Luckily no kids were in the car at the time and I only got banged up enough to be scraped, bruised and sore but not broken. But dang! The stress of needing to replace the car with something reliable enough for work, the boss needing to do a drive-along to assess MY driving and everything that goes along with it must be getting to me.

Day four of very little sleep makes one feel crazy! Don’t worry, Jason is driving the rental. We don’t need a repeat.

Here’s a pic I snapped from the tow lot. All the quarters that had flown onto the passenger seat were cleared out by the towing company(??) tacky! and just another ping to my already anxious state, wondering what else might have been taken.

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Mom mobile and in-line skates

Now I have my fast bike and my slow bike. This is my sloooooow mom mobile. I’m getting used to the kid seat on the back and I can go slow enough to ride while Xander skates. The even weight distribution between Lotus and the front basket must keep it well balanced.

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Xander and Simon have pretty much lived in their skates from the time they wake up until bed time, and getting quite good! Simon is still nervous on uneven ground but looks like a pro on flat surfaces. They zip around the house, zoom up and down the deck and ride around the block. I’d say it was a good investment!
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