Painting

A work in progress scene in the morning sun. Xander and I have been discussing art styles and history, and he’s been inspired to start a new painting. What he really needs is a good set of pens!

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Winter blues hit again, unwarranted

I think I might be affected by seasonal affective disorder more than I realized. The Spring sun made me so happy and the realization that this is only the teaser we get every year, that will be crushed with many more days of rain and cold, got me depressed again. It’s still sunny out and I am sad just knowing it won’t last.

Actually, I’m realizing I’ve been in hermit mode ever since I gave Facebook the boot last summer. Now, instead of the limited social interactions online, I’ve reduced myself to interacting only with my family. I don’t reach out to friends and, in turn, they don’t reach out to me.

Maybe unschooling, co-sleeping, cooking from scratch, trying to be super-attentive-awesome-mom is zapping it all out of me. I do know, getting off of Facebook made the other things more do-able. Are we not allowed to be supermom *and* have a social life?? I apparently don’t have the energy for it. Ha!

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Spring is Springing!

The sunshine is making me so happy! The backyard is getting some play every day with swinging competitions, trampoline games, tricycle rides on the deck and hot-tubbing. I am looking forward to getting the deck cleaned off and having my morning coffee out there again.

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Learning to read at three?

Lotus surprised me with reading her first word in public today. I couldn’t believe it! In her THREE YEAR OLD(!!!) way, she saw the word ZOO on a business sign and said “S, zero, zero…that spells zoo.” I asked her to repeat what she said and she said, “S, zero, zero…that spells zoo. You know, the place with all the animals?”

She brings me and Jason books to read many times a day and recently started focussing in on specific letters and words, instead of just asking what entire word groups are. She is soaking it all in and connecting the dots!

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Simon turns 7

Our sweet little Simon turned 7 and is excited to have reached the age requirement for parkour class. He starts the next round of classes with his brothers in a couple weeks.

He’s growing up but still our little guy!

Here he is on a most excellent art piece at the Winningstad theater in Portland. We recently saw Zombie in Love, put on by the Oregon Children’s Theatre.

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His celebration with all the cousins and a few friends. His cake looks a little boring but it was the applesauce cake with a dollop of freshly made cinnamon whipped cream. They all ate it up and approved. Whew!

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Next up for birthdays is Isaac, turning the big 13!

Silver Falls in the Rain

I saw a clip of Silver Falls on the Oregon Field Guide special on OPB and HAD to go…NOW. The kids were onboard and we all headed out to stay a night in one of the campground cabins and check out the trails and falls.

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It was fantastic weather when we got there but we weren’t sure which section of trail to take. We hiked a small bike path and played close to the campground, planning to hike the bigger trail in the morning.
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We had the entire campground to ourselves. Pick of the cabins!
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It started raining in the night and never stopped. We checked out the North Falls trail (tiny) and never did find the trailhead for the South Falls. It was raining so we didn’t want to investigate too much more.
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This little waterfall was NOT the reason I wanted to come. However, we did have a great time and plan to come back again with better weather.
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DIY finger braces and spending diet

We are pinching pennies even more than usual because of owing taxes this year. I was planning to replace the plastic finger braces I’ve been wearing with silver because the plastic ones aren’t rigid enough, but the price for them is crazy! $592 for the six I need.

Jason stopped at the craft store and bought some metal rings and made me some! We need to pick up some more sizes to figure out the thumb but so far, so good.

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These financial goals inspire creativity! The food budget is getting a squeeze the next two weeks, so I am not allowed to go crazy at New Seasons (our favorite snobby store). In fact, I’m staying away from it altogether. We get a weekly organic vegetable box delivered and we can make do. It’s tough to feed a family of six cheaply and healthy, and our food expense has gotten bigger and bigger.

Maybe it’s not tough and I’ve just lost sight of what’s important. The next two weeks will be a good challenge.

Scones

Aren’t these scones pretty!?

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Geocaching

Today would have been an ideal hike day but the kids really protest hiking lately. Boo!

Geocaching was kid approved and still includes fresh air and outside activity, so that’s what we did.

Geocaching involves finding hidden treasures all over town, using GPS coordinates. Some caches are so tiny there is only room for a signature log but others contain small toys you can take if you leave something else in its place.
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This one was just a “micro cache”, but close to my parents house. We got to stop over and see Grandma and Grandpa.
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Lotus looking for the cache…
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A second cache was found at Rood Bridge Park…
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Xander gets a piggy back ride back to the car. Still my baby! I need to check if Isaac is still my baby but let me get a few more reps in at the gym.
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recent knits

Isaac and Xander are taking Parkour classes and the gym is freezing! I realized I don’t have a warm, long-sleeved sweater. I’ve made myself a couple short-sleeved sweaters and given a couple to my mom and was left with one awful Christmas sweater I dared not leave the house with.

So I made myself the Wrapped Pullover out of a cozy wool. It has a decent sized pocket hiding behind the cable. Today is Parkour class day so we’ll see how much warmer I am.
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I also knit up a couple more hats, one in purple and one in brown. I’m wearing the purple one here and also finally got a photo of the matching shawls I made for Lotus and I. These were finished last February! It took me almost a year to block them but once I did I’ve been using it quite a bit. The shawl is very warm for going out and acts as a nice lap blanket on the couch.
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