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More Snow

It’s so exciting for us to wake up to snow! A cozy fire in the woodstove, pancake breakfast and window gazing.

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Happy New Year!

It was a fantastic year, aside from Jason’s three seizures, totaling the car, my dog dying and my dad dying…it was a fantastic year!

We went to Japan, we celebrated my 40th birthday at Great Wolf lodge, we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at the beach and I took an amazing bike tour vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

We snapped a photo yesterday of Jason and I securing our margarita fixin’s to ring in the new year. It was Isaac’s first time in a liquor store and he was feeling his kidness in a grown up world.

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It is official, I have forgotten how to operate a camera. We took the nicer point and shoot camera to the park and all kinds of blown highlights (white areas with no pixels) turned up in auto mode, even zoomed in on faces.

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Yummy cinnamon rolls for breakfast today. The kids asked if we could have these every week, like we used to have donut day. These puppies are way too tedious to make on the regular…though, I have felt that way about many tasks that later become routine, so never say never.

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Happy new year, everyone!

Christmas 2015

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Jason got a new coffee maker and even Isaac and Xander joined in on the fancy coffees. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

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Lotus got a train set, I know we’ve had before. We seem to purge and repurch a lot of things because I can’t stand the clutter of saving things.

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Simon always asks for interesting things: a Squishable Anubis, “spitball” things that expand in water (pretty sure it’s the stuff in disposable diapers) and ferrofluid.

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Xander only asked for a yeti Squishable, so I added in a game gift card and a handknit hat.

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Isaac wanted an old Gamecube, an xbox controller for the computer and a game gift card. My gamer guy.

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The next few days we got a little dusting of snow…

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The day after that, sunshine and blue skies.

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The flooded out trail looks so pretty I want to take the whole family back for photos…

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Lotus is Five

Lotus turned five today and we had a great time checking off her wishlist.

The day started early with a trip to Portland’s Northwest Children’s Theater to see their production of Shrek. It was fantastic! Voodoo donuts were had and then home to play with some new toys.

Finally, I put together the dirt/worm cake she requested. Easy peasy. Five little candles were poked in and she was not having anything quite so boring. She wanted a large number 5 instead, but, seeing how we only had a one, a three and a zero, she declared the zero was the one.

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She wished for a new dog.

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Almost a widow, second chances are nice.

Jason had a seizure while driving the car and rolled it. The car was totalled but amazingly, he is okay and no other cars, pedestrians or buildings were involved!

It was rush hour on a busy street and he managed to pull right and miss everything, including a light pole.

It has shattered our hopes that his seizures only happen in his sleep, or that he would recognise the signs early enough to get to a safe place. No more driving for him and he is dealing with the loss.

We just bought our Odyssey minivan a little over a year ago and now had to buy another. We managed to find a nice Sienna on Craigslist and are enjoying a lot of fancy upgrades! Fingers crossed this one lasts a long time.

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Shopping and knitting

The kids and I ventured into Portland to take Lotus to the American Girl doll store and see the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.

Unfortunately, the tree was inaccessible; blocked off with gates and a sea of tents for an upcoming ale festival, but riding the max, feeling the city vibe and checking out the shops is always fun.

Isaac finds a “free” book that comes with a heavy dose of religious ideology. Good ol’ E.G. White.

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New hand knit sweater for “Cupcakes.” Lotus and I were thrilled to find some old Raggedy Ann buttons in the button tin.

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Journaling

We are still living and loving the homeschool life and I have been trying to think of a way for the kids to get more writing experience. It’s tough to find reasons to write in this computer driven time!

Last week, I stopped at the dollar store and picked up some silly, monster themed notebooks and told the kids I’d like to start journaling with each of them; not a private journal, but one in which they write notes to us parents and we write back. They were a little unsure of the idea at first, but it has quickly become so much fun for all of us!

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They have used it to write out their Christmas list, request a specific dinner, ask about upcoming activities, etc. We all get excited to see what everyone wrote and we are noticing an improvement in handwriting already!

Nicer journals and pens will be happening for 2016!

40 trips around the sun

We went to the Great Wolf Lodge waterpark for my 40th birthday and it was a lot of fun! My sister and her boys came too and it’s always a pleasure to see the kids having such a good time.

Highlights were riding in the virtual haunted rollercoaster with Simon, going down the “Howling Tornado” slide with Omi and Isaac, Xander winning the jackpot in the arcade, Lotus swaying to the music of the puppet show, and drinks and apps at the bar with my Jason. 40 is starting out nicely!

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Halloween 2015

Annual trick-or-treating buddies photo.

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Poor Xander could not tolerate the face paint and had to wash it off right away. No zombie for him! Luckily, Isaac only needed his costume for a party and wanted to skip trick-or-treating so Xander was able to use his.

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Isaac wanted to be Han Solo. Jason and I found nearly everything at the thrift store and Jason worked his magic. He repurposed a $4 leather portfolio into the holster and did some sewing to adjust the shirt and vest. Go, Dad, go!

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Sad Day

My dad. I’m at a loss for words.

His life has not been easy and he has been the root of a lot of heartache in my own childhood. I have distanced myself emotionally for most of my adult life for that reason.

He suffered with MS and in the last two months his health declined rapidly with strokes and cancer. The whole family has been close and supportive. My mom, older brother and I got to be there for his last breaths and it felt special. Dad and I had a few nice conversations beforehand and that felt nice.

Father’s Day, just a few months ago…

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Me and Dad. Rest in peace, Dad.

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