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Zombie Jesus Day

The kids do love their holidays.

My little Valentines

The kids woke up to their yearly Valentine’s spread. Jason and I haven’t really done anything special for a couple years, since our two nights away at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, and thinking it might be time for something soon.

Chocolate pancakes with a strawberry compote, ooh la la!

Lotus is 8

Lotus had a fun birthday! She wanted breakfast out, Topgolf, and then home for cake and family gaming. It was a cozy family day.

Lotus and I head to the beach

Lotus has been eager to go on our special trip, to make up for missing out on Europe. Well, it won’t make up for EUROPE but her current stamina is great for short trips.

After listening to her consider trip ideas for the umpteenth day in a row, I asked her if she wanted to pack up right then and there and head to the beach for a couple nights. We did just that and had a great girls-only trip.

I also got to try out my crazy sweater I recently finished knitting. It has lumpy, bumpy sleeves and got quite a few looks. Good or bad, I am not sure.

My mom trying on the sweater…

Feeding the seals…

Next, Lotus and I want to take an overnight train trip together.

Isaac turns 17

Donuts, hanging at home and then movies with his friends, Isaac had a nice birthday!

My Isaac sure was a sweet baby, and always a great son. I don’t know how I got so lucky!

Afternoon Tea in London

For our last day in London, we did a posh afternoon tea at a place called the 108 Brasserie.

The path to the restaurant is a narrow pedestrian path cut through tall buildings and lined with shops. Very nice!

Found Jason a fancy cap in this little hat shop.

Halloween 2016

Pets and Pet Shop Boys

We are still completely in love with our little Lucy and enjoying two-dog living!

Jason, Isaac and I went to the Pet Shop Boys concert and it was a fantastic show!

Isaac driving us to a Halloween party in his “taco solo” costume…

These gamer/D&D guys talk daily online but only get together, in person, a few times per year…

August 2016

August was consumed by Isaac’s driver’s ed class. The only one available, over the summer, is an hour away….1.5 hours in rush hour: three days per week, 6 hours out of each day. 

Isaac has had a lot of driving experience, aced the class and I had a lot of reading time. Win!

While Isaac was in class there was much reading, hanging with Xander or Simon, walking the dog, visiting my friend Barbra and hiking at Elk Rock Island…

In other news, the kids have been wanting the htc Vive virtual reality game system. Christmas and next birthdays came early and they got one! 

Helping Jason build the computer for it…

They put on the mask and become immersed in space or travel through the the body at the cellular level, tasked with clearing out invading viruses. 

Isaac’s driver’s ed class kept us from attending any of the “Showtime at Shute” park concerts this summer, but one concert got moved to a Saturday due to rain. Bonus! We rode bikes over and enjoyed at least one picnic and concert in the park. 

It’s that time of year again, when kids are heading back to school. We are still doing the homeschooling thing and recently honing up handwriting. 

I think cursive is going by the wayside in public schools these days but we’re whizzing through a couple workbooks in no time. 

The #blacklivesmatter movement has been a wonderful resource for books and conversation on US history, racism and inequality in our country. It’s been very frustruating to see the white response to the movement but I am doing everything I can to recognize my own racism and try and do better. Love is our religion!

Some recommended books are:

Between the World and Me, by Ta-nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. 

Summer Happenings part four. 

Jason’s softball team got second place this season. Not too shabby!

We took Kevin to the Hillsboro Tuesday Market for some socializing and discovered a dog parade and costume contest. Kevin wore a dolphin costume and got a lot of attention. “Look at the shark pug!” ha!

Simon loves his Kevin snuggles and Kevin loves his Simon snuggles. 

Xander and Grandma are matchy matchy…

We rode the max to see a zoo concert: English Beat and the B-52s. 

Ranking Roger from English Beat snuck in behind me to watch B-52s sing Love Shack. I noticed and he let me snap a photo. What a groupie I am!