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Awwww! The next phase.

It was such a subtle transition I almost neglected to notice! Simon is sleeping through the night!!!!

Two years and three months into our journey of parenting three and I am starting to remember what life can be like with a decent night’s sleep. It rocks!

He wakes up with a smile and finds all kinds of adventures around the house.

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Here he is in our above-ground pool this evening.

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Now that I feel like he’s sleeping more at night, I’m itching to get out for some more adventures! A motor-home may be in our near future (fingers crossed!).

I’d like to pour over a road atlas with the kids and see what kind of places we’d like to see. After our trip to Gold Beach, I’m reminded there are so many adventures right in our own state. So many places I’ve never been.

So many fun things packed into three days

Jason had the week off from work, in addition to his long holiday weekend. We lazed about for most of it but decided to get out for a short adventure for a couple nights.

I booked a condo in Gold Beach, a small beach town in Oregon, (way) south on the 101, and reserved some seats on the 65 mile hydro-jet boat tour on the Rogue river.

We also made several stops along the way!

Not even an hour from home, we made our first stop at the Enchanted Forest. It’s filled with nursery rhymes and related activities. Isaac was very pleased to be able to read us the rhymes along the way.

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Just before they disappeared down the rabbit hole…

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We finally made it to the hotel. It was a very nice two level condo with a huge bedroom upstairs…

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The view was definitely beach…unfortunately a little far away.

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…and this carnival was directly to the right of our view, churning out a constant motor/generator sound that drowned out any possible ocean sounds:( Luckily we didn’t hear anything with the slider doors shut.

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On to the boat ride!

We managed to get front row seats of this FIVE HOUR TOUR. I knew it was going to be a bit too long for the kids but it was worth it. We saw a lot of critters, especially birds. Lots of different kinds of birds. deer, an otter…

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They dropped us off at a resort for dinner and we ate outside on a deck overlooking the Rogue.

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Back down by the docks, waiting for the boat to pick us up again…

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The ride back was quicker, thank goodness!

Isaac finding reasons to read all over the place…

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Xander, “I am so seasick!”

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Simon slept on the ride in but on the way back he gave Jason a work out keeping him in the boat. He loved sticking his head in the wind…

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We stopped at the beach on our way back to the hotel…

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Jason gives his boys a rock skipping demonstration…

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After a LONG day we finally get back to the hotel and saw the sunset outside our window.

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Simon is OUT!

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Day three! We checked out of the hotel and started our journey home up the 101, along the coast.

There are so many damn things to stop and see I think we could spend a month on the Oregon coast alone!

There is a life-sized dinosaur park, Xander decided was his favorite stop of the entire trip.

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Next we stopped at a “Big Game wildlife park”

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and finally, our last stop before we cruised home was the sea lion caves. I thought this was awesome!!!! So many sea lions! I used my big camera so you can click these to see detail.

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The barking noise out here was incredible! I asked Xander if he could hear it and he said “No, all I hear is a bunch of planes.” haha! the noise did sound a bit like plane engines.

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My mom is hosting dinner for the fam a couple Sundays a month and its been reeeeeaaaly nice! Get to hang out with our bigger family and don’t have to worry about dinner that night.

We, of course, paraded in with our tie-dye awesomeness and Aundi was there to take a pic for me.

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I shot a few of Aundi, Casey and baby Noa. (you guys can just click for full version download).

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And we had an extra guest…Julius. His mom is crazy and never uses computers so I’ll have to print these out for her. Hopefully my parents WILL NOT print off crappy copies from their home computer and give them to her. Do you hear that? I forbid you!!!

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Tie-dye complete!

And I am thrilled with the results!

I learned you cannot go overboard with the dye. The shirts I worried would come out muddy because of the kids sloshing on the dye like crazy actually came out the best.

These are the three basic ties: mirror image, stripes and spiral.

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And this little outfit makes me sad I waited so long to do the project. It doesn’t really fit now.

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tie dye fun part II

The kids had fun! Jason and I had to restrain ourselves from jumping in and directing. The less-is-more philosophy was not in play here at all and we may end up with a bunch of brown shirts. (ha!)

Honestly, I have had the tie dye supplies in a drawer waiting to be used for a long time, maybe a year. I was nervous about the whole process and kept putting it off, because these dyes have to be carefully mixed with a chemical and the shirts get presoaked in another chemical. I also had no idea how to tie the shirts.

The craft store has a tie dye kit for sale I bought for the plastic bottles inside. I threw out the cheap dye but there is a very good CD demonstrating how to create several different patterns. We all watched it together and it helped a lot!

No more tie dye fears! We can do this!

They are sealed up in ziplock bags now. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

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Fourth of July project in the works!

But first, two small snips to get the hair out of his face and the hairstyle turned into this…we are thinking the big haircut is coming soon.

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A bit of chemistry…

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A little creative swirling, pleating and rubber banding…

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Isaac’s perfect spiral…

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Jason demonstrates the “stripes” tie…

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Everything is soaking in a bucket for the next step. Yup, you guessed it: Tie Dye! Woohoo!

rhubarb schmubarb

EDIT…OH MY HOLY MOTHER OF RHUBARB!!!! This is so delicious!

Here are the recipes I used and they are the bomb!

Strawberry-rhubarb pie

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I’ve been getting my farm share box for a few weeks now and rhubarb has been included each time. I’ve never bought rhubarb…or even eaten rhubarb that I know of, and its been intimidating me.

The first week I bit off a sour bite off the end of one stalk and then they all went bad, left out on the table. The second week I snuck them all into my friends Dan and Kristin’s fridge.

And now the third week…here they are again. More rhubarb.

I decided to go ahead and give in to everyone’s fantastic support for strawberry-rhubarb pie.

I’ve made plenty of cakes and muffins during married/family life but I have not made a pie since I was a teenager. This is the best I could make out of the recipe’s call for a lattice pie crust top. They are in the oven. Let’s hope for success!

Another first for me is the coleslaw I made with the cabbage (and purple carrots). coleslaw!!!??? This farm share is definitely making me try new things as I scramble to use everything up.

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Worked out pretty well!

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I have made the very short pilgrimage from tiring work weekend to “let’s turn these diapers into hats” craziness.

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college friends…

Jason had a fun day reconnecting with his best buds from college today. Unfortunately I had to work this weekend so I missed it but was so glad to see a pic of everyone. It was another park with a water feature and the kids had a blast getting soaked again. The park is in Wilsonville and the fountains look amazing!

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And just the week before, I got to hang out with one of my absolute best buds from college, Shawnette! She was my most adored roommate in all of my college experience. If any of my other roommates happen upon this blog…sorry! but it’s true and I have to play favorites in this case.

Thanks for reminding me about the times you blotted the puke off my face and tucked me in on those late drunken nights…turd! hahaha!

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Fun at the park…

Just a few shots of the kids at the park…had a good time with friends. We brought our cameras and it was like a paparazzi shoot out:)

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Check this out…

Sister and brother…

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Sister <not sister in the middle> and brother…

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Sister and brothers…

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Then our guys…

Brothers….and more brothers! hahahaha! Gotta use this one again because it’s all I have (and I love it!).

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