The beach

Something we never do, but should, is jump in the car and drive to the beach spontaneously. We tend to make beach plans that involve a couple nights at a hotel, but today, we went for just a few hours and it was nice. 

It was Kevin’s first time to the beach. He approves!

August 2016

August was consumed by Isaac’s driver’s ed class. The only one available, over the summer, is an hour away….1.5 hours in rush hour: three days per week, 6 hours out of each day. 

Isaac has had a lot of driving experience, aced the class and I had a lot of reading time. Win!

While Isaac was in class there was much reading, hanging with Xander or Simon, walking the dog, visiting my friend Barbra and hiking at Elk Rock Island…

In other news, the kids have been wanting the htc Vive virtual reality game system. Christmas and next birthdays came early and they got one! 

Helping Jason build the computer for it…

They put on the mask and become immersed in space or travel through the the body at the cellular level, tasked with clearing out invading viruses. 

Isaac’s driver’s ed class kept us from attending any of the “Showtime at Shute” park concerts this summer, but one concert got moved to a Saturday due to rain. Bonus! We rode bikes over and enjoyed at least one picnic and concert in the park. 

It’s that time of year again, when kids are heading back to school. We are still doing the homeschooling thing and recently honing up handwriting. 

I think cursive is going by the wayside in public schools these days but we’re whizzing through a couple workbooks in no time. 

The #blacklivesmatter movement has been a wonderful resource for books and conversation on US history, racism and inequality in our country. It’s been very frustruating to see the white response to the movement but I am doing everything I can to recognize my own racism and try and do better. Love is our religion!

Some recommended books are:

Between the World and Me, by Ta-nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. 

Summer Happenings part four. 

Jason’s softball team got second place this season. Not too shabby!

We took Kevin to the Hillsboro Tuesday Market for some socializing and discovered a dog parade and costume contest. Kevin wore a dolphin costume and got a lot of attention. “Look at the shark pug!” ha!

Simon loves his Kevin snuggles and Kevin loves his Simon snuggles. 

Xander and Grandma are matchy matchy…

We rode the max to see a zoo concert: English Beat and the B-52s. 

Ranking Roger from English Beat snuck in behind me to watch B-52s sing Love Shack. I noticed and he let me snap a photo. What a groupie I am!

Summer Happenings part three

Although way out of practice for the old club scene, I managed to pull myself together for dancing with DJ Kier from Deee Lite. 

Jason bought a 3D printer kit and put it all together. Now we have a little robot printer that builds toys and tools for us. 

Xander started and planted a zucchini garden. We have been getting a nice bounty!

Simon started and planted a corn garden (4×4 raised bed). We’ve had to be patient for the corn but it is almost harvest time. 

Independence day (freedom from Britain, while we enslave and murder natives on a stolen land. Hotdog, anyone?)

Local parade…

BBQ at a friend’s house. 

Summer Happenings part two. 

At a friend’s birthday celebration: playing in the trough pool and kicking back around the fire. 

About three days before the Cycle Oregon Joy ride, which is a women’s only organized and supported bike ride in wine country, I discovered I had won a free registration based on this photo contest submission:

The photo contest happened months prior and I had forgotten all about it, until the win notice was discovered buried in the hidden message folders on Facebook. 

I hadn’t ridden my bike much at all but damned if I was going to let a free registration go unused! 38 miles with hills and a touch of rain. My body was pretty much done by mile 25, but I got ‘er done. 

Later that same day was the Prince Vs Bowie ride in Portland. It was tough getting back on the bike seat, but a lot of fun!

Jason and I joined friends Barbra and Chris and we all dressed for team Prince.

Barbra’s cool flask made me realize just how flaskless I live. The ride was filled with music, costumes, drinking and a lot of cannabis in the air. Ha! A party on wheels. 

New Nephew Lux

I’m late to posting! My sister and her husband welcomed their third son, baby Lux, about 8 weeks ago. He’s super adorable, no surprise. 

Bringing you up to date…8 weeks, smiling and ridiculously cute. 

Isaac turns 15

Isaac celebrated his 15th birthday and got his driving permit!

Birthday breakfast with friends. 

I felt so nervous watching him take his test! He rocked it out and now will spend three days a week in driver’s ed. 

Summer happenings part one

When my kids start telling me I need to update my blog, I guess it’s time! Haha! 

The three littles got the painting bug and Simon used his Squishables plushies as models. 

Lotus had her first visit to Enchanted Forest and LOVED IT, as we all do. They’ve added some nice additions. 

Lotus and I killed some time at the Grotto and felt like a couple of imposters. 

The boys tried out a Vive virtual reality game at a friend’s house and have been wishing we had one of our own. 

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.