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The camping equipment got a good test run before our big road trip next month.

Look! The kids aren’t buried in camping gear now that we have the roof rack storage container! Yay!

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We hung out with the Beech bunch and it was a great park for kids to run around in: Play structure, pool, arcade and a full size fire truck they were allowed to climb on, in and around. I saw Simon standing on the TOP of the cab to get a basketball into the basket.

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Lotus’ first time tent camping since we re-homed the RV and she had fun. She woke up in the sea of family with a big grin on her face:D

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We are developing two sets of look-a-likes

Set #1 of look-a-likes

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Set #2 (and guess who is growing out his hair for now? ha!)

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All together now!

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knitting recents

After finishing a sweater I sulked a bit because it didn’t turn out exactly like I hoped.

In fact, I put my needles away, finished books, read new books and watched TV series’ on Netflix. It was a nice break…that lasted, oh…about three days. ha!

I had the itch to knit again but my mojo wasn’t 100%. The cure? Dishcloths!

Kitchen cotton is cheap and squares are easy.

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…and it turns out they work amazingly well at scrubbing dishes, pots and baby faces. I made five total and chucked the scrub brush into the garbage.

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Using the same cotton yarn, I moved up to this “Girlfriend Market Bag” pattern (with a few modifications). I love it! It would be wonderful to have enough for grocery shopping. All of the bags would store nicely inside a single bag in the car.

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The bag holds so much. It swallows stuff up and stretches out. Barely stretched to capacity…

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…and it’s holding 10 skeins of bulky yarn.

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The skeins are the velvety soft wool for my next project: The Babywearer. It’s a cozy poncho I can wear over myself and Lotus while she’s in the carrier. It’s going to be wonderful when the chilly weather returns. I can’t wait!

baby schtuff and painting

Good thing we put the gate up early. Lotus is on the move *and* pulling up!

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We bought a big, ugly, grey roof-rack storage container off Craigslist for for a road trip coming up. My sister in law Holly painted the top and my mom came today to work on the sides a bit. It should be the splash of color I was looking for!

We are so excited to be taking the family on an epic cross-country road trip from Oregon to Florida and back in September/October. There will be funky road side attractions, couch surfing, camping and diners along the way. We’ll hang out on the beach, catch lizards, go to Busch Gardens and RELAX for three weeks in Florida. We’ll enjoy more road side attractions, couch surfing, camping and diners on the way home via a completely different route.

I anticipate it being both wonderful and terrible at the same time with four young children. Ha! But we’ll still do it. Yes we will.

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I babysat the neph today so, while she painted, baby Icen and I hung out and kept her company. Icen was out like a light. I wooed him with my baby whispering skills;)

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Lotus is on the move!

…and all my pics of her will be blurry from now until she’s about 3.5 years old. 😉

I think she looks so darn cute in her diaper and T-shirt today.

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Tasting a leaf…

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See ya!!!!!!

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So much to look at now that she knows she can get to it. haha!

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Snapped some family photos for the Lake family

Such a loving family! 😀

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Painting by Xander

His first painting on canvas: A classic fruit bowl.

He got a three pack of 16×20 canvas boards for his birthday back in January and finally got brave enough to lay some color down. Two more blanks, ready for when inspiration hits again.

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Baby Ayla

What a difference three months makes in the first year….

Back in May

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Hard to believe my own baby is SEVEN months already. dang!

Mega fort

The kids worked together to create this “fort-plex” with two separate forts side by side.

I love the creative play!

…eh, hem…a tiny part of me, still in psycho purge mode, asks myself, “How the hell can they find so many things to bomb the living room with when I have purged so much this year??” hahahaha!

It does clean up fast though: blanket folding, pillows replaced, books back in the basket, card table put away and done:)

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Purging has gotten radical

I think I’m addicted to getting rid of stuff!

My urge to purge used to come up once a year, which was good for sorting the current from the unused kids clothes and clearing out junk toys and books.

This year, I am getting the itch to get rid of stuff every other month and I’m sure it has to do with sorting through my husband’s Grandmas stuff after she died.

We sorted stacks and stacks of papers, cards, old letters, receipts and it made me wonder what the value was in saving these things; packing and relocating these things every time they moved?? What % of our own stuff is exactly like this: very little value but burdening us with the chore of storage, cleaning and maintenance?

Room by room purging is my goal. I look at a room and everything in it and imagine what it would take to pack it all up for a move. Every object in the room gets inspected and if it doesn’t get used, it’s out!

The blinders are sneaky though! It takes a lot of effort and repeat inspection to see the stuff that needs purging.

The house is coming along nicely but I say the “purging has gotten radical” because I flipped out over too many cups in the dishwasher in a single day and purged almost all the dishes. It wasn’t as hard as it seems because we don’t have “grown up” dishes. We still have the mish-mash of crap achieved when two people marry and combine their survival stash from college.

I decided to try an experiment of limiting the dishes (and silverware!) to one set per person in our family and place a dish rack on the counter for quick rinsing.

It’s only been a couple days and so far, so good! I’m sure this will change a bit but we have been using even fewer dishes than expected, rinsing and re-using from the dish rack. We haven’t run the dishwasher at all!

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A big hurdle is going to be photographs, paper *and* digital. I’m not so excited about that one. Scared, actually.