Archive for February, 2013

Out and about

Xander and Simon went with me to pick up a library book and were hoping the new park would be finished. Not yet!

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We rode our bikes over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house today. Cousin Icen was there too. Grandma pile!
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Cousin friends.
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One of the reasons for the bike trip was to give Xander some ride time on his own bike. The three kids loaded on the cargo bike is getting really heavy for me and I’ve been encouraging Xander out of the “cargo nest.” Learning to ride a bike has been hard for him and he needs to build his confidence. He’s excited and motivated to do that but his endurance is low at this point.

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Stopped at the school playground by my parent’s house.
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Almost home and Xander can go no further. His hands and arms are sore from playing on the monkey bars and we weren’t making any progress, so…
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Three kids and an extra bike in tow, and it was getting dark, but we made it!
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Yo Gabba Gabba

Lotus is amongst her Yo Gabba Gabba stuffies, which is from one of the handful of shows on Netflix she likes. The girl loves her TV shows.

Isaac loved watching TV when he was little and then the next two weren’t that interested…and now we’re back to TV love.

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Worst Day of the Year bike ride in PDX

We managed to get all three bikes, including the Yuba Mundo, on the bike rack for the 16 mile, Worst Day of the Year Ride in Portland. It was foggy and chilly but luckily no rain. yay!

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Our costume was “Our Family Garden” or as many people shouted at us, “Flower Power!”
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Jason caught me with a weird expression but Lotus required some nursing stops on the curb a couple times, this one was even before we started…
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Lined up at the start. There was very loud, awesome drum music playing-a real pep rally.
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Too many stops and starts for me to manage the cargo bike, so I took Jason’s bike and he did the big job.
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The camera battery died early on. Does that always happen? Luckily Jason had his iPod so we were able to get a few more lower quality pics.

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One of the course pit stops and another mama-Lotus curb snuggle. There were three stops and each one had treats. The kids loved it!
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We made it! Lotus fell asleep during the last mile.
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Isaac says, “Why are they celebrating? They didn’t do anything.” That’s right, Isaac, you did an amazing job keeping up with us! His legs were sore by the end.
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Victory beer.
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Just hanging at home

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happy day

In a digital world, it warms my heart when the kids go outside to play all on their own, especially in winter. Xander and Simon were making a Spiderman video and Lotus was stepping in dog poop. Oops! A little yard clean-up is in order.

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I spy with my little eye: a Simon, thrilled with some fairy wings passed on by my good friend Kristin…

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We also received this awesome hand-crafted soap dispenser from Kristin! Isn’t it gorgeous? She creates beautiful things on her potter’s wheel.

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We are still planning on doing the 16 mile “Worst Day of the Year” bike ride in Portland this weekend.

In an effort to keep Lotus’ hands warmer on the bike, I made her some itty bitty fingerless mitts. The smallest store-bought mitts we could find were still too big. These fit perfect! The pattern is here.

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We could walk to our neighborhood park, but why?

Have I mentioned how much I love my bike?? Every time we hop on, we all unanimously squeal how much fun it is.

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Jason gets a turn…
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Action shot!
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Fresh air!

We spent an entire week housebound with the Norovirus, or whatever the nasty stomach thing is going around, and then I thought Xander had the chicken pox but it turned out to be hives. Thank goodness it resolved itself because that would have been another month stuck at home while it worked its way through all the kids.

Xander is like our canary in the mines. He will break out in the sniffles, itchy red eyes and rash if we step onto a public bus or other random times. I have not figured out exactly what the allergy is.

Today we were all feeling good and got outside for some fresh air.

My finished knitting project: “Shannon’s Fingerless Gloves”
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It turns out the weather was not cold enough for mitts. Hurray!
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We stopped at Bagley Park. I have never seen so many people at the park on a week day.
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I wanted to take the kids to lunch downtown Main street but it is so frustrating cycling there: No bikes allowed on the sidewalks, no bike paths and side streets crammed with parked cars. We got off our bikes and walked them down the sidewalk only to discover the one tiny bike rack was full.

So we continued our journey to the grocery store…
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I’ve used this deli for years, mostly for a sandwich. We decided to go crazy and actually look at the menu on display and order the gyro, grilled cheese, etc. I guess we are not the only ones to never look at the menu because they acted like no one had ever ordered that stuff. They had to send someone out to find gyro bread and fries. Xander ordered an “egg sandwich” and I thought it was funny they didn’t ask him how he wanted his egg. We waited for the surprise and…

…egg salad sandwich came. Surprise! The funniest part was how flustered they got. The entire deli came to a halt because of the “huge order they just got” ($26 worth of food). I guess we do live in a small town?
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I learned it’s better to have both saddle bags on the bike when grocery shopping. All the weight on one side makes it hard to get going and I felt it pulling to that side. Never rely on “I’m just going to grab a few things.” Next thing you know-fruit, milk, cereal, toy handcuffs, cookies…