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Learning Spanish

Jason and I have started learning Spanish! A communication snaffoo at work inspired me and it has quickly developed into a full fledged obsession.

After only two weeks, my mind is already fumbling through spanish conversations in my half sleep state every morning. Changes in the brain are starting to take place, which is incredible since I took many years of French with nothing to show for it. 

The difference seems to be the multifaceted approach we are taking this time around. Two language applications on my phone are used daily, we started a beginning Spanish class, we’ve joined conversation meet-ups in the community and I’ve been flooding my mind with Spanish speaking exposure through TV, movies and now children’s books. 

This is us having a beer at our first conversation meet-up. We mostly listened and attempted a few words…

The next week, I attended another conversation meet-up and was able to fully introduce myself and participate in a game/exercise. Woot!

Great Wolf Lodge 

We spent a couple days at Great Wolf Lodge, this time with some of my siblings/inlaws and most of the cousins. A great time was had! 

So much alcohol! And, it looks like my phone is filled with photos of the booze. Ha!

We get a kick out of this rollercoaster simulator in the arcade. My ride partner started out as Xander but he ended up not liking it and bailed. In fact, both big guys didn’t do any of the slides and declined the zipline obstacle coarse. Maybe they are losing their GWL love. 

The beach

Something we never do, but should, is jump in the car and drive to the beach spontaneously. We tend to make beach plans that involve a couple nights at a hotel, but today, we went for just a few hours and it was nice. 

It was Kevin’s first time to the beach. He approves!

Summer Happenings part two. 

At a friend’s birthday celebration: playing in the trough pool and kicking back around the fire. 

About three days before the Cycle Oregon Joy ride, which is a women’s only organized and supported bike ride in wine country, I discovered I had won a free registration based on this photo contest submission:

The photo contest happened months prior and I had forgotten all about it, until the win notice was discovered buried in the hidden message folders on Facebook. 

I hadn’t ridden my bike much at all but damned if I was going to let a free registration go unused! 38 miles with hills and a touch of rain. My body was pretty much done by mile 25, but I got ‘er done. 

Later that same day was the Prince Vs Bowie ride in Portland. It was tough getting back on the bike seat, but a lot of fun!

Jason and I joined friends Barbra and Chris and we all dressed for team Prince.

Barbra’s cool flask made me realize just how flaskless I live. The ride was filled with music, costumes, drinking and a lot of cannabis in the air. Ha! A party on wheels. 

This and that

The puppy is getting bigger and loves to dig up cat poop in the backyard.

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I called it a cat poop cigar and my friend worked some photo magic…
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Let’s see, what else…

My mama and I flew to Reno for my cousin Heather’s wedding. A good time was had with good food, family and gorgeous mountain views.

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Simon started and now planted a 4×4′ bed of corn. So far, so good and Xander’s zucchini is doing well too.
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Lots more but that’ll do for this post.

A Couple Family Outings

We ventured out as a family, two days in a row! The big guys want to stay home most of the time, so it’s a treat for me!

The Ten Grands concert in Portland was a lot of fun! Ten grand pianos and the youngest pianist was ten. There was a lot of humor and songs the kids know, in addition to introductions to famous composers and their works.

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The next day, we met up with friends and hung out in the Gorge. It was a beautiful day and our new puppy got a taste of adventure.

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Kevin

We were appreciating the lack of pet responsibility after our dog Luke passed away last summer, but the longing for a fur buddy started to creep back in. The kids have been asking for a pug(!!?). Pugs are difficult to come by, but we managed to find a little guy.

Meet Kevin…

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He’s quite a character! Loud snoring and little piggy noises all the time. He was sleeping with me and Jason and a rare period of silence caused me to panic and think he had stopped breathing! The kids are loving him so much!

Simon is 9

Simon turned 9 today! We’ve been doing low key family parties for a couple years now and keeping it simple.

Breakfast out with Grandma, a movie at the theater and cupcakes at home.

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He chose chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. Yummo!

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Happy birthday, Simmy!

February Happenings

I’m not keeping up with this blog as much as I used to!

Jason and I did a 20 mile ride on our new bikes and the unexpected rain and wind was tough! We are looking forward to sunny days.

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Speaking of new bikes, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet. After my bike tour, I fell in love with the Terry road bike I rented and wanted one of my own. It is custom fit to me and rides like a dream!

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Jason got the official notice that his driving licence has been suspended indefinitely. We knew he could not drive anymore but the reality of it stings. Retail therapy was in order and he bought himself a nicer road bike too.

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Valentine’s day fun…

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Lotus and I did a little hike together…

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I joined the Rose City Yarn Crawl mystery knit-a-long. A bunch of participants knit an item, this year a cowl, with only 1/4 of the pattern revealed at a time, over four weeks. It was a lot of fun!

Next month, people will wear the cowl while participating in the yarn shop crawl.

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Xander is 12

Xander Day was a good day! Breakfast out, a movie at the theater and then homemade dinner and apple pie at home.

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