Archive for August, 2014

Simon Woodworking

Simon first tried to make a stool with scrap wood and nails on his own. It was fun but the results were not very sturdy and, sadly, I think I thought it was a hazard and put it in the kindling box. oops! (It looked like three sticks swinging on some nails)

Jason helped him put together a sweet little step stool in the garage. It turned out great and looks nice in the bathroom…

Simon choosing the sides he wants to be seen…
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staining…
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Look at how proud he is! Lotus will appreciate the new hand washing stool. I think she’s the only one who needs it now and then we’ll probably move it to the kitchen.
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As a side note, see the pile of cloth wipes on the counter behind him? We haven’t bought toilet paper since February and the family cloth is a complete success! Without going into details, let me just say using cloth instead of toilet paper is a luxury and I WOULD NEVER GO BACK! The homemade laundry soap kicks ass too, and gets all the wipes super clean.

camping

Long time, no blog. We had a string of stressful events and hibernation went into effect. Life still goes on, right?

We took the kids for an impromptu camping trip…

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Tillamook Cheese Factory…
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Cape Meares lighthouse…
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“Octopus tree” at Cape Meares State Park. Lotus is mad at me:(…
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Oceanside beach near Tillamook…
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Lotus and “Cat-bear”
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Luke keeps warm in all the bedding…
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Gales Creek…
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PDX SW Walking Trails

Look at how full of hope we are, ready to tackle a trail in SW Portland that should end with a nice picnic at Council Crest Park…
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Less hopeful, and we never found the trail after walking around many neighborhoods…
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We had our picnic in the car and played at the awesome playground in Washington Park. Isaac was sorry he had to go and the kids are now even more suspicious over my insistence that hiking is fun.
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