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New Shute Park

The new Shute Park is open for play. As soon as we heard, we zoomed over on our bikes. It’s so nice to not have to worry about parking. We pull right up, front and center.

*AND* happy, happy news: Xander is doing so much better with his new bike. He’s comfortable, happy and speedy too. So, if you have a kid who is having trouble, even if you bought him a fancy, expensive bike, you might want to try a different style. Now I can cruise with just the two kids and it feels great.
We lucked out and some friends happened to be there at the same time.

Isaac was there too but he prefers not to have his picture taken these days. I has the sads-hopefully it won’t last long.

New Niece, Macie

My brother Casey and his wife Aundi have a new baby! Her name is Macie and she’s 7 pounds of cuteness. Congratulations guys!



Creative freedom

Since the kids do a self directed type of homeschooling we’ve always made sure everything is accessible-craft supplies in bins at their level, books available, their own computer to use, games in the closet.

I’ve always been amazed by the spontaneous crafting. This is what’s happening at 9pm on a Tuesday night.


While they were working at the table I was busy in the kitchen making bread and a deliciously moist applesauce cake. Yum! What a fun, productive evening.


before and after

Not a lot of time needs to pass between the before and after…and then again to the before. Waaah!

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All better…
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Even Luke is cleaned up with a fresh hair-do.
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Xander’s New Cruiser

We picked up an Electra cruiser style single speed for Xander off Craig’s List today-wide saddle, wide tires and an easy upright position. Hopefully this will help him feel more secure and able to relax on a bike. We just need to get him a basket to haul his stuff in.

Both he and Isaac agree it is a fun ride!

family bike trip

A concert at the library is a perfect excuse to head out on a family bike ride, play at Dawson Creek park and listen to some great music. The band was called The Toy Trains.

Thank goodness for the bike tow set up on the Mundo because Xander, once again, couldn’t go very far on his own. I suspect he is shouldering a lot of worry and tensing every muscle until he can’t take it anymore. Hopefully he can learn to relax and enjoy the freedom of the ride soon.
Great music! the kids dancing up front is always fun to watch.

Cool Moon Ice Cream Shop Tour

We joined other homeschoolers for an ice cream shop tour today. It’s the Cool Moon shop in NW Portland.

We all crammed into the kitchen and watched them make a “birthday cake” flavor, got to know a little bit about their process and then tasted the final product.

Back around to the front of the shop we, of course, ordered a cone.

UJ Hamby Park

We rode the bikes to UJ Hamby park (I finally learned its name!). It’s close and fun-I don’t know why we don’t go there more often?

Isaac and Xander cruised their bikes around the path, they played by the water.
Lotus played very close to the water…
Next time we need to explore the woods at the end of the path.

Simon is SIX

A little family celebration at Grandma and Grandpa’s for Simon’s sixth birthday (that is actually tomorrow).

Then we drove over to my sister Omi’s new property. What a great place! An orchard to play in…
Finally we got back home and surprised Simon with his birthday gift. They were trying to guess what it was with three clues: Green, sparkly and one pedal. Of course they were stumped and the suspense was killing them. It was exactly what he asked for!

A DIY bike tow on the Yuba Mundo

Jason attached a piece of wood to the right foot rest/platform for easy tow support for Xander’s bike.

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We just pop the front wheel in and use a strap or bungee to secure it. Jason took it for a test spin and it works great!
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We had to make sure it works with the panniers on and it does-we just have to flip up the support at the bottom of the bag and flatten it out a little.
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