Archive for June, 2008


The city is trying to mess with my plans for a fabulous hot tubbing life. Our deck permit went through without the hot tub. We have to hire an engineer to make the plans official for the weight of the hot tub in our “seismic zone D” neighborhood. Geesh.

Its all cleaned out and ready for post holes! Our dog keeps running for the stairs that are no longer there. Hilarious!

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My little hen mama is sitting on the eggs still with 11 days to go. I know a lot of them are no good but hopefully one or two babies will hatch.

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demolition continues

Jason took the entire week off to get some work done on the new deck project. Unfortunately it’s taking forever to get the permit but the demolition, mapping out the post holes and digging them should keep him busy enough for now.

The kids are having fun using some tools on the discarded wood.

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Eeeeek! Scary!

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Bye ladies!

Remember when I got the new ladies?

They were getting so aggressive and mean with the other ladies. When the motherly Buff Orpington decided she wanted to be a mom and sit on some eggs…the aggressive hens wanted to kick her off the nest. I found a new, wonderful home for them in Oregon city. They’ll have a lot more room to roam and a rooster to beat up on.

Since she’s so hard to wrangle up, I put her in the empty yard debris bin before she was to be picked up. A great opportunity to win a bet with Isaac…

Hey Isaac, the chicken is in the garbage!

No she isn’t!

Yes she is…wanna bet?

And now he has to buckle Xander’s seat belt for him the next two outings. I’m rich!!!!

That was mean wasn’t it?

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another viewpoint of the day

What a sweet capture! My boys really are the sweetest, most loving kids a mom could ask for:)

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Mr Moody Pants this week.

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My lens is “hung!” hehe!

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“Don’t fall in kids. I don’t want you to die today.”

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Shortly after, we had a flood of grade schoolers and two teachers take over the park and tell my kids they were not allowed to climb up the slide or on the outside of the tube slide. I had to agree with not climbing up when there is a flood of kids trying to slide down…but the other climbing rule? (cough cough..piss off…cough cough)

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A little M&M action

Another fun day with Megan and Morgan! and they let me take some pics…and took some great pic themselves:)

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(My fav!!!!!!)

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A couple of guest unschoolers today!

I am so proud of these girls and their parents for pulling out of a bad schooling situation when it was recognized as such. They could have suffered through the last two weeks, feeling the pressure to finish what they started but they decided to stand up for themselves and walk away.

Coincidently I was just saying how I wished we had more opportunities for the kids to spend some time with kids older then they are. Isn’t it amazing how things work out!

Two fun nine year old’s Morgan and Megan…

Our curriculum today involved:

Making pancakes

Movie: Iron Giant

Alien making 101

vintage Little people

sandwich making

Chicken chasing

Park play (twice)


dog grooming


Whew! School is hard!

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Isaac and Xander were right up close for a garbage pick up and the shrieks of excitement! As of now, we have two aspiring garbage men:)

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What I learned about 9 year olds:

They are so self sufficient with serving and cutting their own food.

I don’t have a clue about their bathroom needs throughout the day (nice!)

They are still kids who need to play…

….but society expects them to act grown up.*

*I learned this when the gleam of pure joy came over Megan’s face when she saw the huge spread of Little People loot. It was quickly followed with composure and an explanation that they don’t normally “play” like this, in an apologetic tone. Sort of asking permission to sprawl out and play with toys like a little kid.

It got me thinking how unfair it is that kids are expected to be so grown up, polite and sensitive to adults needs but adults are allowed to be goofy and have fun when they choose it for themselves.

It was such a relief to see them playing with toys and talking to themselves loudly in imagination play. This means my little Isaac will still be sweet and innocent in two years!

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You better let me take your pictures on Friday!!!

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can you count all 5 in this pic?

All five chickens? I snapped this while jason was working on the balcony demolition. Five chickens starting with the black one by the fence.

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The sixth chicken has gone “broody” and longs to be a mom. She has been sitting on an eggless nest for an entire week, night and day.

We decided to make her happy and I purchased eight fertile eggs today to slide under her. She’s keeping them all nice and toasty.