Archive for 2012

Hanging out at home

I don’t document the kids home activities enough, so I thought I’d just run around a snap a pic of what they are all doing *right now*.

“mommy…MOMMY, see! Red marker!”
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Working together to make a mask for each of themselves.
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Isaac tells me he is playing a game called Borderlands.
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Horning’s Hideout

We spent the day at Horning’s Hideout and had a great time! I love that it’s so close to home. There are peacocks roaming around everywhere and lots to do.

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Simon surprised me by casting his line out really well his first time fishing.
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Between untangling lines I got a few casts in myself…
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I just missed Isaac’s biggest smile I have ever seen when he thought he had a fish on the line. We didn’t catch any this time but plan on bringing better bait and trying again soon.
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Caterpillar find…
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A face covered in dirt is a sign of a good day outside for Lotus…
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Rock Creek Trail

We had planned to take the bikes with our newest bike rider: Xander!!!! but he was a little sore from all the practice yesterday, so we walked instead.

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When all the leaves start to change it is going to be beautiful!
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Yurt camping in Newport, Oregon

We joined some unschoolers in our community for camping at the coast and, unbelievably, it was our first camping trip of 2012.

We tried out a yurt for the first time and it was nice, we’ll definitely use them again.
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Xander was up in a tree a lot of the time.
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Oregon Coast Aquarium
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Doesn’t Xander look nice with his hair back? He is still growing it long but doesn’t like the wind whipping it into his face.
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One of my favorite moments was watching the kids play tag…
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Walking to the beach…
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Jason and Lotus back there at the water line…
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A small neighborhood park, we happened to drive by, has the most incredible slide! Jason and I went down too and it was grown-up worthy;)
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Me and my snuggle monkey

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A Day in the Gorge

Cascade Locks…
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Ice cream cones for lunch…
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Hiking to the top of Multnomah Falls…
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We made it to the top of the waterfall…
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Chalk art in nature…
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Milk break…
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Not a bad view…
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Sunday in the City

We took a short hike in Forest Park…

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Then we played on this sweet playground…

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Finished project

The chain link side gate/corner fence, held together with a bungee cord is no more! We don’t have the RV pictured so the utility trailer is tucked behind he gate now. Jason does good work once again.

A very old “before” pic…
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Now…
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Jason’s current home improvement project

Jason ripped out a section of chain link gate and fencing we had on one side of the house and is replacing it with wood.

He wants to install an eight foot gate and a four foot gate that will open barn door style to allow for RV parking. We’ll be sticking our utility trailer back there for now, since we sold the RV, but it’s good to have the option;)

An eight foot, wood gate is going to require a BIG post. A big post will require a BIG hole. Jason had to dig through a layer of roots and then a layer of clay but he did it! Simon jumped in the hole a couple times to show the progress of a four foot deep hole.

I was outside with him and the entire time he was digging we discussed the pros and cons of renting some kind of digger. We chatted and chatted about it and then the hole was finished. Ha! He has two more holes to dig but they will be small.

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Simon’s crazy face, “help me!” He and Xander are both standing up straight. It’s deep!
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funny Lotus

Lotus runs off fast but this one started with a scoot and a plotting grin. I love looking at photos again later and finding a few more gems I overlooked the first time.

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