Archive for July, 2011

Snapped some family photos for the Lake family

Such a loving family! 😀

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Painting by Xander

His first painting on canvas: A classic fruit bowl.

He got a three pack of 16×20 canvas boards for his birthday back in January and finally got brave enough to lay some color down. Two more blanks, ready for when inspiration hits again.

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Baby Ayla

What a difference three months makes in the first year….

Back in May

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Now…

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Hard to believe my own baby is SEVEN months already. dang!

Mega fort

The kids worked together to create this “fort-plex” with two separate forts side by side.

I love the creative play!

…eh, hem…a tiny part of me, still in psycho purge mode, asks myself, “How the hell can they find so many things to bomb the living room with when I have purged so much this year??” hahahaha!

It does clean up fast though: blanket folding, pillows replaced, books back in the basket, card table put away and done:)

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Purging has gotten radical

I think I’m addicted to getting rid of stuff!

My urge to purge used to come up once a year, which was good for sorting the current from the unused kids clothes and clearing out junk toys and books.

This year, I am getting the itch to get rid of stuff every other month and I’m sure it has to do with sorting through my husband’s Grandmas stuff after she died.

We sorted stacks and stacks of papers, cards, old letters, receipts and it made me wonder what the value was in saving these things; packing and relocating these things every time they moved?? What % of our own stuff is exactly like this: very little value but burdening us with the chore of storage, cleaning and maintenance?

Room by room purging is my goal. I look at a room and everything in it and imagine what it would take to pack it all up for a move. Every object in the room gets inspected and if it doesn’t get used, it’s out!

The blinders are sneaky though! It takes a lot of effort and repeat inspection to see the stuff that needs purging.

The house is coming along nicely but I say the “purging has gotten radical” because I flipped out over too many cups in the dishwasher in a single day and purged almost all the dishes. It wasn’t as hard as it seems because we don’t have “grown up” dishes. We still have the mish-mash of crap achieved when two people marry and combine their survival stash from college.

I decided to try an experiment of limiting the dishes (and silverware!) to one set per person in our family and place a dish rack on the counter for quick rinsing.

It’s only been a couple days and so far, so good! I’m sure this will change a bit but we have been using even fewer dishes than expected, rinsing and re-using from the dish rack. We haven’t run the dishwasher at all!

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A big hurdle is going to be photographs, paper *and* digital. I’m not so excited about that one. Scared, actually.

Sun hats

After Lotus got a sunburned cheek at the beach, I knit up a cotton sun hat.

Jason had to swoop in a whip out a ridiculously adorable sun hat on the sewing machine in about a quarter of my knitting time.

So now we have two hats!

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Brim can flip up or hang down for more shade.

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She is good at yanking both hats off….

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Jason’s creation: full of color and feminine flair and lined with one of his old t-shirts for a soft texture against her head….

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Little button from a button collection we got from our neighbor.

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Ready for the beach!

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Couchsurfing at the beach

We have a “couch surfer” from Pennsylvania staying with us. Her tour of Portland is almost over so we thought it would be good to see the Oregon coast before she leaves.

It was the perfect day for it!

Big rock, little Sirene:)

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Can you spot the starfish? (purple and red, center stage)

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Her future’s so bright…

A gift from grandma.

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I hope she likes them out in the sun! For now, she looks like a crazy person trying to grab at something in front of her that’s not there. She hasn’t figured out they are directly on her face. We’ll test them out at the park next time.