Just hanging at home

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happy day

In a digital world, it warms my heart when the kids go outside to play all on their own, especially in winter. Xander and Simon were making a Spiderman video and Lotus was stepping in dog poop. Oops! A little yard clean-up is in order.

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I spy with my little eye: a Simon, thrilled with some fairy wings passed on by my good friend Kristin…

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We also received this awesome hand-crafted soap dispenser from Kristin! Isn’t it gorgeous? She creates beautiful things on her potter’s wheel.

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We are still planning on doing the 16 mile “Worst Day of the Year” bike ride in Portland this weekend.

In an effort to keep Lotus’ hands warmer on the bike, I made her some itty bitty fingerless mitts. The smallest store-bought mitts we could find were still too big. These fit perfect! The pattern is here.

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We could walk to our neighborhood park, but why?

Have I mentioned how much I love my bike?? Every time we hop on, we all unanimously squeal how much fun it is.

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Jason gets a turn…
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Action shot!
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Fresh air!

We spent an entire week housebound with the Norovirus, or whatever the nasty stomach thing is going around, and then I thought Xander had the chicken pox but it turned out to be hives. Thank goodness it resolved itself because that would have been another month stuck at home while it worked its way through all the kids.

Xander is like our canary in the mines. He will break out in the sniffles, itchy red eyes and rash if we step onto a public bus or other random times. I have not figured out exactly what the allergy is.

Today we were all feeling good and got outside for some fresh air.

My finished knitting project: “Shannon’s Fingerless Gloves”
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It turns out the weather was not cold enough for mitts. Hurray!
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We stopped at Bagley Park. I have never seen so many people at the park on a week day.
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I wanted to take the kids to lunch downtown Main street but it is so frustrating cycling there: No bikes allowed on the sidewalks, no bike paths and side streets crammed with parked cars. We got off our bikes and walked them down the sidewalk only to discover the one tiny bike rack was full.

So we continued our journey to the grocery store…
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I’ve used this deli for years, mostly for a sandwich. We decided to go crazy and actually look at the menu on display and order the gyro, grilled cheese, etc. I guess we are not the only ones to never look at the menu because they acted like no one had ever ordered that stuff. They had to send someone out to find gyro bread and fries. Xander ordered an “egg sandwich” and I thought it was funny they didn’t ask him how he wanted his egg. We waited for the surprise and…

…egg salad sandwich came. Surprise! The funniest part was how flustered they got. The entire deli came to a halt because of the “huge order they just got” ($26 worth of food). I guess we do live in a small town?
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I learned it’s better to have both saddle bags on the bike when grocery shopping. All the weight on one side makes it hard to get going and I felt it pulling to that side. Never rely on “I’m just going to grab a few things.” Next thing you know-fruit, milk, cereal, toy handcuffs, cookies…

Friday night! Woot!

I’m flirting with the idea of new countertops this year. Maybe?

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I wanted a photo of us in my knits: shawl, new hat and Jason’s new sweater vest. Jason and Isaac have something in common when it comes to photos-they get stiff and forget how to smile. Ha!
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Hey! We got a smile but now we’re out of focus. Oh well.
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See what I mean about Isaac and Jason? Two peas in a pod. Yes, we got all dolled up to go to an indoor children’s play place. This is our life right now.
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My new knitting project is a multicolored shawl and I LOVE how it is turning out. It is going to be one gorgeous hippie wrap.
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My new hat!

Uh oh! I downloaded an app for posting to my blog from the iPad. This could mean more crappy iPad photos in my blog’s future. Hopefully not.

After spending more than a month on Jason’s sweater vest, it was wonderful to be able to make myself a sweet little slouchy hat in a day. Knit with the same luxurious yarn used for Jason’s project, it is so soft and cozy…

I still have almost two skeins of this yarn left. Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes, if anyone wants to pamper themselves.

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wood pile 2013

Xander-cam once again…

We got a pile of GREEN wood today. What does it take to find seasoned wood close by?? It’s Oregon, you’d think it would be easy. Maybe it’s because we are wood stove noobs still. At least it will be good for next year.

PS-As a knitter, I should have a better hat. It may be my next project: a new hat and a pair of fingerless mitts. for moi.
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This guy is building us some better wood racks to store it all.
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bacon and hand knits

Snapped these pics of the kids having breakfast today because it made me laugh seeing tiny Lotus eating up at the bar with the big kids. She’s growing!

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I finished a second sweater vest for Jason and it is COZY! I might be stealing it often. It’s a merino/alpaca hand dyed wool and it is so soft and warm.

This pic I tried to take of myself because Xander kept getting it out of focus. Not so great but I love the evil grinned, Simon photo bomb. I love that guy’s sense of humor.
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Xander tries again with better results. Hours and hours of knitting…
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Neighborhood park

We finally took the bikes out for a short cruise to our neighborhood park. The sun was shining and it didn’t feel as bitter as it has been.

Ready to launch…
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Duel effort: I held the camera and Isaac pushed the button. Buddies!
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Xander took some video of our ride home, including the near fall as we pulled into the garage when I almost dumped them all off the bike. Have I mentioned the one downside to the Yuba Mundo? I am short and the bar is high, making it difficult for me to get on and off. I’ll have to see if I can upload the video.
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Ready, set, go!
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Winterized

Since we’ve turned off the heater and started using the wood stove, the downstairs family room is too darn cold. All of the computers were brought upstairs and are taking over the dining room table. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal since we have the three barstools but I miss having a clean table!

They may just have to start bundling up to play on the computer soon:D
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It gets super warm by the fire…
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