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The faces of Simon!

He is getting so big…and such a funny guy. wants to do *everything* his older brothers do.

He’s my snuggle baby.

He has to have a foot or something touching me while we sleep. If I get up before him in the morning that lack of contact lets him know it’s time to wake up.

He will often think food is inedible when presented on his own plate…but in my bowl it suddenly looks delicious and *must* be split 50/50. ha!

He loves chocolate milk and cheese.

He loves watching Caillou.

His older brothers each had a passion…or obsession by this age. Isaac loved Hot Wheels and Transformers and Xander loved bats and balls…

…I don’t know if it’s a third child thing but he doesn’t really have a specific focus like that.

He’s happy and open to everything fun that comes his way.

I love that:)

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name this plant…

Got this in the weekly farm share and looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me with little return. do you know what it is? I’m such a produce ignoramous…thank goodness we get an emailed list of what everything is.

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This is their super excited faces!

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Produce answer: garbonzo beans! think I’ll get a full cup?

Maiden voyage in the motorhome

We escaped the heat by camping at Gales Creek Campground for four nights. It is a short drive from home and fabulous! Our friend Sheri told us about it and I’m so glad she did because it is perfect! It was nice and cool in the woods and the creek is endless entertainment for the kids.

I was impressed we were able to appreciate all the conveniences of the motorhome without electrical hook-up. The bathroom, the lights, the water…everything but the air conditioner.

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The boys with Sher’s son RJ. Good buds.

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Throwing rocks…and more rocks.

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Xander’s pet “Slimy.”

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We watched this raccoon sleeping in the tree by our campsite all day Saturday.

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There is a very cool hiking trail. We passed a lot of bicycles on this path. They must have some serious leg strength because it was steep and narrow in some places.

Xander was thrilled to have spotted a brown snake in the middle of the trail. We all got a good look before watching it slither away.

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finally a bike buddy

Isaac has finally learned how to ride a bike and we can cruise around the ‘hood together.

I’ve been anxious for this day because three kids do not fit in the bike trailer. A five year old and a two year old give me quite a work out as it is. Xander is not interested in learning yet…but the bike is ready when he is;)

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no idea…must have caught him at an odd moment because he wasn’t upset. lol

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it’s kinda freaky to see the two year old climb up here but he seems to know what he can handle on his own. After attempting the top rung he asked to be helped down instead.

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motorhome sweetness

We really do have the best luck! This motorhome came on the market just when we started looking and I was excited about the perfect size and perfect price. Not *too*old and everything works! Woot!

Jason drove it the bulk of the way home from Gresham and then I took the wheel from Cornelius Pass. Driving it is a blast. You sit up high and feel like the captain. haha!

Its going to be great for adventures. Perfect size for our little family.

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It takes up our entire driveway right now. We need to make some adjustments with the basketball hoop to get it moved over a bit.

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guess who?

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the middle-ist

He does not like me to take his picture.

He is second born, just like me.

He looks like me, he acts like me. he is shy like me.

He is funny

He is smart

He is funny and smart together when he says stuff like, “That sounds complicated and I don’t even know what complicated means!”

He laughs loudly at his own jokes.

He has awesome freckles (not like me).

He loves pancakes and quesadillas and popsicles.

He hates my pea soup.

He loves online flash games and playing his DS games with Isaac.

He adores Isaac.

He takes a long time to decide.

He will change his mind after he decides…

…often at inconvenient times like after food is ordered or we are already at the check stand with items.

He draws me a picture and we are all wearing capes.

He is awesome.

He wants me to add: when he wants food he wants it NOW.

This is true, he asks for food frequently throughout the day. He takes the frequent, small meal approach so it seems like he is hungry ALL THE TIME.

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the outtake with his happy smile… he moves constantly.

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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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