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!

Christmas 2015

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Jason got a new coffee maker and even Isaac and Xander joined in on the fancy coffees. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

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Lotus got a train set, I know we’ve had before. We seem to purge and repurch a lot of things because I can’t stand the clutter of saving things.

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Simon always asks for interesting things: a Squishable Anubis, “spitball” things that expand in water (pretty sure it’s the stuff in disposable diapers) and ferrofluid.

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Xander only asked for a yeti Squishable, so I added in a game gift card and a handknit hat.

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Isaac wanted an old Gamecube, an xbox controller for the computer and a game gift card. My gamer guy.

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The next few days we got a little dusting of snow…

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The day after that, sunshine and blue skies.

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The flooded out trail looks so pretty I want to take the whole family back for photos…

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Knitting again

My knitting took a major slump and I didn’t finish anything for a long time, but the mojo returned and things are getting done!

This is called My Favorite Things infinity scarf. A choose your own adventure by scouring the internet for different patterns to add my own favorite things to the scarf. One scarf, but three photos to show all of the different sections…

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It’s pretty cozy!

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Hat and cowl project I made from gifted yarn.

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Jason tries on a secret Christmas knitting project for Xander. It’s called Ode to Joy and the music notes can be played.

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That’s it for now but I’ve already started in on a light weight poncho so the knitting energy is still here. yay!

Lotus is Five

Lotus turned five today and we had a great time checking off her wishlist.

The day started early with a trip to Portland’s Northwest Children’s Theater to see their production of Shrek. It was fantastic! Voodoo donuts were had and then home to play with some new toys.

Finally, I put together the dirt/worm cake she requested. Easy peasy. Five little candles were poked in and she was not having anything quite so boring. She wanted a large number 5 instead, but, seeing how we only had a one, a three and a zero, she declared the zero was the one.

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She wished for a new dog.

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Almost a widow, second chances are nice.

Jason had a seizure while driving the car and rolled it. The car was totalled but amazingly, he is okay and no other cars, pedestrians or buildings were involved!

It was rush hour on a busy street and he managed to pull right and miss everything, including a light pole.

It has shattered our hopes that his seizures only happen in his sleep, or that he would recognise the signs early enough to get to a safe place. No more driving for him and he is dealing with the loss.

We just bought our Odyssey minivan a little over a year ago and now had to buy another. We managed to find a nice Sienna on Craigslist and are enjoying a lot of fancy upgrades! Fingers crossed this one lasts a long time.

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Shopping and knitting

The kids and I ventured into Portland to take Lotus to the American Girl doll store and see the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.

Unfortunately, the tree was inaccessible; blocked off with gates and a sea of tents for an upcoming ale festival, but riding the max, feeling the city vibe and checking out the shops is always fun.

Isaac finds a “free” book that comes with a heavy dose of religious ideology. Good ol’ E.G. White.

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New hand knit sweater for “Cupcakes.” Lotus and I were thrilled to find some old Raggedy Ann buttons in the button tin.

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15th Anniversary

The hubs and I celebrated our 15th anniversary and took the family to our favorite spot at the beach: the Surfsand Resort. It has the best pool!

We went out for a nice dinner and the kids got their own table, practicing their independent restaurant skills. Jason and I pretended we were there alone. haha! The kids did great.

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