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egg nog and nephews

The kids have each been given a night of the week to make dinner (with help) and it has given them a lot more confidence in the kitchen. It has also made them realize the only thing standing between them and delicious treats is their ability to make it, if the parents aren’t interested in the job. The kids learned about “mug cakes” in the microwave and it was a flurry of activity in the kitchen and microwave beeps.

Xander had a craving for eggnog. Eight of our precious egg yolks later…

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I licked the spoon and it is yummy, and I don’t even like eggnog. Store bought is a thing of the past for this family!
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Also on the phone camera, some cousin time with Icen and Rune. Love!
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Rainy Day Games

We joined up with other homeschoolers for an afternoon at Rainy Day Games. It’s a game store that also provides tables and store samples of all the games to play. A fun time was had by all and they each ended up finding buddies to team up with.

Feed the Kitty…
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Penguin Pile Up. This was Lotus’ favorite!
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Luke is 15

10pm and I just realized today is Luke’s 15th birthday. Our first baby, who has been through the glorious days of extra food offerings from each kid through their toddler years.

He’s got some odd little lumps, cataracts and total hearing loss but still springs like a puppy when it’s time to go outside. We love you, Luke!

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Simon and Lotus play

This is another boring-to-others video of my kids playing. I like to capture them playing at different stages to save for my viewing pleasure later on. As you know, they grow up way too fast and all that.

Lotus has become a huge fan of Youtube videos made by “Cookie Swirl C“. She plays with Shopkins toys and creates stories around them. Lotus *had* to have some Shopkins of her own (great marketing!). We picked up a couple packages and, I have to admit, they are pretty cute. I am a fan of tiny toys that can be played with at the table. Simon is enjoying them too and they spend hours at the table together in imaginary play.

Doing stuff

Doing stuff without kids…it’s a thing?

Jason and I joined friends for a Murder Mystery dinner theater. Going out without the kids looks good on us!
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The three founding members of the Slow Hike Club. Okay, it was our first hike together but it’s going to be a regular thing. Maybe we should have SHC T-shirts made?

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Isaac’s new ride

The guys on their “new” bikes…


More not being sick

We are enjoying life without illness with more outside time. Xander, Simon and I took an 11 mile bike ride on the Banks-Vernonia trail. I wanted them to see the Vernonia Lake and enjoy the flat section of trail on their “new” bikes.

Xander moved up to Isaac’s bike and Simon moved up to Xander’s bike. Isaac will have to use one of mine until I can find a good one for him off Craigs List. Everyone loves the Electra Ratrod (that Xander passed down to Simon) so I might get him the adult version of that. So cool!







coming out of hibernation

Remembering how to go outside…

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Zanzibar Pizza

I am addicted to travel shows! Netflix added the third season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and I’ve been excitedly watching the episodes. The kids noted that I seem to be able to find a new travel show as soon as I finish one. Yes, yes kids, you know me well.

Moving into the current season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, he travels to Tanzania and Zanzibar in East Africa and eats their version of pizza, grilled by a street-side food vendor. It looked yummy and easy, and uses ingredients we always have.

Can you tell I watched his Thailand and India episodes last week? It resulted in an immediate need for curry. Vietnam gave me a hankering for noodle soup.

Pics of the fried yummies. I don’t think I could make so many things from scratch if Jason didn’t help so much. I make the dough and ingredients and he rolled the dough and fried the pizzas.
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Simon approved!
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Xander turns 11

My Xander turned 11 today and had a nice little party with friends and family.

Birthday Xander, come take a photo with me….
How dare I take a photo without Miss Lotus! Problem solved…the more the merrier, right? Now I can get a mom sandwich squish in.
Singing happy birthday…
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