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Our dog friend, Luke

Our little guy, Luke, has had a rough few days and we are hoping he can pull through it but preparing just in case. He’s been our little shadow and part of the family through most of my 20s and all of my 30s. It will be a huge loss.

I grabbed one of his puppy photos and paired it with one from today. He sure was a cute little ewok!

Fairy Gardens

My mama came over to help the kids make fairy gardens. What a cool grandma project! The kids had so much fun making them and they are super cute.

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Simon’s…
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Xander’s…
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Lotus’…who already brought hers inside to embellish with Polly Pocket activity. Let’s hope I can keep the little plants alive and happy.
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Awesome Tree

Simon joined us for another Forest Park hike so he and Xander could both climb the awesome tree…

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Hike

Xander and I did an 8 mile hike in Forest Park. One of my kids actually wanted to do a longer hike with me and did great! Woohoo! Hiking buddy!

I have always been interested in backpacking, since my guided backpacking trip in college, and I’m hoping to start collecting gear and do a trip soon. Xander is definitely interested, and maybe Simon too!

This tree garland had notes from children, thanking someone for teaching them about the forest and also hoping that that someone doesn’t die. We wondered if that someone was the tree itself??
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I love seeing Xander get overwhelmed by the beauty of it all and break out his iPod for a photo…
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“Better than the Octopus Tree (on the coast) and it doesn’t have a ‘no climbing’ sign.”
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Xander’s new prescription sunglasses are working out nicely.
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Super crowded at the Rose Garden…
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Selfie with the roses…
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Isaac’s Birthday!

My guy, Isaac, is 14 today! 

He enjoyed a nice day out for dinner and a movie, with one of his friends, on Saturday. Today we went out for breakfast with Grandma at the Blue Moon Cafe. No tiny amounts of food at that place! The kids got a kick out of the giant plates. 

 

 

   

 

Our Dog Buddy, Luke

Our little buddy, Luke has already been deaf and with impaired vision from cataracts, but lately he has also started losing weight and his hips are not good. He has trouble doing stairs and sometimes his back legs want to give out.

Lotus and I took him to the vet today and we learned he has some kidney failure and heart issues. He now has a heart pill and some pain medication for the joints. He still eats great, gets excited to be with us and doesn’t have any trouble going outside to potty so we’ll do what we can for him. I forgot to ask if she thought there was a timeline we should expect with all of these things going on. We will sure be sad. He’s been part of the family since before kids and helped keep our dining room floor clean through all of the kid’s toddler years. Couldn’t have gotten through it without him!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I had to work the whole weekend and was busy, busy, busy…but, the kids made me lovely cards and we went out to a Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. I ran some homemade bread over to my mama but she wasn’t home for the hug. That must be remedied soon!

Look at these four! Isaac passed me in height recently by a tiny bit. BEST LIFE EVER!!!!!

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Jason started up softball again. We’ve been coming to Jason’s games for 12 years and I can finally watch the game and not chase after a toddler. Can you tell I am really loving having big kids? It’s like another honeymoon period, appreciating this new lifestyle.

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Music Lessons

I never thought it would happen, but TWO kids have asked for music lessons! Xander asked for guitar lessons and was thrilled after his first lesson. Lesson two has him trying three finger chords and it has been a stumbling block already. Hopefully the teacher can help him work through it.

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Simon wants to learn piano. We bought a digital piano with the standard 88 keys. It does feel like a regular piano, sounds great and he can use headphones, record and play with sound effects. He hasn’t started lessons just yet but hopefully he enjoys them.

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Gardening

Lately I’ve been feeling the pull to do a little gardening, which is a new and foreign feeling. We started a couple 4×4 raised beds many years ago but didn’t continue it, aside from the no maintenance strawberries that keep coming every year.

Simon is a fantastic weeder! He and I have been clearing sections of the yard a little at a time. Next, we are trialling some ground cover plants and will fill in with bark.

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We started an herb box and two tomato plants on the deck. Next we’ll spruce up our old 4×4 raised beds with some greens and add to the dwindling strawberry plants. Hopefully things will go much better this time without the tree that shaded the entire yard or a new baby sucking my energy. The kids are getting bigger and I am loving this new phase of parenting! Gardening energy? Who knew!?

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Nesting and Cooking

Not wanting to go anywhere after our big trip and inspired by our recent food experiences, we’ve been getting creative in the kitchen.

Xander wanted to make donuts…
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I’ve been craving sushi! My first try and it tasted good but I didn’t roll it tight enough and it got smashed up with slicing…
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Jason tried a couple rolls with a couple improvements and they turned out great! I’ve bought some salmon roe and cucumbers for Gunkan Ikura, one of my favs while sampling during our trip.
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Today I took my first crack at the dutch baby and they turned out great! The kids loved it and the initial reaction out of the oven is fun.
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Sliced up and eaten right out of the pan. We’ll have to add strawberries and whipped cream next time.
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The weather is great and our bikes have already rolled out of the garage a couple times so I think we are fully recovered! Yay!