Archive for October, 2014

Halloween 2014

The rain started to pour outside right after they got their costumes on so the best I could do was a photo in the garage. Ack!

It was a thrift store costume kind of year. Isaac pulled out his pirate costume from last year. We should have given that boy a beard too! Xander is a “killer lumberjack,” Lotus is Raggedy Ann and Simon is a “Dark Lord.” That’s what the label read on the costume: Dark Lord. No clue what that means but he liked it.
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With their trick-or-treating buddies, ready to head out .
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Learning Japanese

Lotus is enjoying the Japanese language apps on my iPad and I had to capture the adorableness. It’s kinda long and one of those made-for-mom-and-dad videos but I thought I’d put it in the blog because that’s pretty much what my entire blog is. Ha!

We are planning a trip to Japan next spring and Lotus will be our translator.

Voodoo Doughnut

The kids and I ventured out into the deluge to Portland for a play at the NW Children’s Theater. We saw Sherlock and then stopped by Voodoo Doughnut. The donut shop has become a popular place but we’ve never managed to go before now.

The kids all agree it is above and beyond our usual place, so I guess they are popular for a reason!

Oh, and the play was good too. Although, with no singing and dancing this time, Lotus had a tough time staying focused. Mary Poppins is next and I doubt there will be any trouble paying attention to that one!

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Feeding a Family is Hard Work

Never mind the recycling mess but look at all this chopping Jason did for me! Usually once a week I have a list of food stuffs that need to get prepped: bread, a soup, roasted vegetables and maybe some type of snack/dessert.

The roasted veggies get mixed up into a serving bowl and kept in the fridge for lunches, sides and yumminess to throw into the breakfast eggs.

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This week was a buffalo chicken soup recipe. It gets divided up into canning jars so we can grab individual portions out of the fridge throughout the week.
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Breakfast bars” aka granola bars to eat whenever…
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Lately I’ve been making eight loaves of bread instead of four and stocking the freezer. Can you believe this only gives me a two week window? My family of six goes through four loaves per week. I use the amish white bread recipe but only 2 TBS of sugar and varying ratios of whole wheat to white flour…sometimes 100% whole wheat. It seems to work out alright.
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This is from a couple weeks ago. The littles were rolling spring rolls for us. They like to help knead the bread dough too, my little helpers.
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Xander Paints

We bought this giant canvas for over the fireplace in the family/game room. Xander is having fun with it and learning a lot!

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Isaac is all about the gaming and chatting with gaming friends online. He just finished Batman Arkham City and is now moving on to “I don’t know.”
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Banks-Vernonia trail

Today I rode the last two sections of the Banks-Vernonia trail from Top Hill to Vernonia Lake. Now that I have finally ridden all sections of the trail (non-consecutively), I can say that the two sections into Vernonia are my fav!

It was a great, nearly flat ride and a gorgeous view at the end for lunch. Just me and the ducks…

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I’d love to do the entire length in one go next, but no way I’m ready for the entire length AND BACK. Not with that 8 miles of incline from Manning to Top Hill.