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No more standing on my head to sort through baking pans under the stove. Jason built in this nifty storage rack and we love it!

Homemade crackers are something we’ve been experimenting with. We definitely have not found the perfect recipe yet but the kids chowed down the first two batches and it turns out Simon loves goat cheese. He’s my pickiest of picky eaters so that was a surprise.
Homemade bread is second nature to us now. I make four loaves every week and it hardly take any time at all. Next on my “real food agenda” is homemade broth. I keep thinking I’m doing good and then find another nasty in our foods.

I’ve been buying organic chicken and beef broth for soup recipes and I can’t believe I never looked at the ingredients before. I took a gander and lo and behold: “yeast extract,” aka MSG.
Lotus finally figured out pedaling. She had so much fun cruising around the block. This Kettler Kiddi-o trike is fantastic! We picked it up cheap off Craig’s list. It has two ways to adjust the size, making it a comfortable ride for both two year old Lotus and six year old Simon.

Day 11 of biking and Hillsboro Food Coop

Jason and I biked to the first community meeting for a possible food coop in our town. It won’t come together for another 2-5 years but we’re excited for when it does!

We dropped the kids off at my Parents house on the way and when we came back to pick them up my little nephew-bear Icen was there. I gave him a ride on the bike and he loved it! He said, “go on the motorcycle…gotta be careful!”


Day 10 of 30 days of biking

I am ten days into my 30 days of cycling pledge and it’s going great! A lot of the same photos but today we rode to the grocery store and packed home a full load.

The pledge has definitely motivated me to think more about taking the bike instead of the car for local errands.




Milk pick-up

I managed to talk myself into biking the eight mile round-trip to pick up our weekly farm-fresh milk. Lotus was, of course, eager and excited to go with.


The hill I don’t like-which is probably nothing to some but I am huffing and puffing. Last week I noticed a guy zipping up the hill without any effort at all…and then I noticed the battery pack attached to his rear rack. I wish!


Lotus trying to delay getting back on the bike. There is an awesome park along the way I wish we could have stopped at but we needed to get the milk home and into the fridge. Sorry, Lotes.



We’ve been meaning to check out a tiny geocache close to our home and today was the perfect drizzly day to do it. It’s so small it only has a log to sign, but they found it amazingly fast.

Day six of biking and deck clean-up

Day five of 30 days of biking was another token whirl down our street after taking the kids swimming but today, day 6, was another family ride. We packed a ball and rode to the school to play.

These pics of our deck clean-up were also on the camera. This has been a real pain in the buns because the birch tree in the backyard has at least four seasons of stuff dumping onto the deck. Even now, after scrubbing the gunk off, the tree has its catkins getting ready to fall and make the next big mess. We just want to get some sealant down!


My little buddy Lotus



Days three and four of 30 days of biking

Yesterday the kids and I took a long walk and watched a little bit of the track meet near-by. I ended up taking just a quick ride around our neighborhood loop, in the dark, to get my cycling in.

This evening we all cruised to the grocery store. I love biking as a family!

It does take some time to get all four bikes locked up properly.


Photos of our niece Macie

I was asked to take pics of the baby and unfortunately, I have not done anything in the form of professional or even wannabe professional photos in a long time. My computer is not calibrated, I have no grey card, etc, etc. Just a few pics were all I could muster. She sure is a sweetie, alert and relaxed the entire time.

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Bike shopping

Lotus and I rode over to the bike store and ordered yet another bike. It’s getting to be a sickness! I don’t really have a bike just for me, for when I take solo trips. I’ve been using Jason’s bike and it is way too big for me (hello, bar to the groin when I stopped too short. Ouch!). A craigslist purchase didn’t pan out so I opted for new <sigh>.

I want a comfort bike with a nice low step-through frame. Getting on and off the Yuba Mundo is tough but I manage it for the ease of transporting multiple kids and cargo. When I take off on my own, I want the bike to be just my size, comfortable and inviting. I can’t wait!

A stop at the park to climb and run around…
Lotus decided walking is more fun.
Back onboard for the rest of the way home…