Yurt camping in Newport, Oregon

We joined some unschoolers in our community for camping at the coast and, unbelievably, it was our first camping trip of 2012.

We tried out a yurt for the first time and it was nice, we’ll definitely use them again.

Xander was up in a tree a lot of the time.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Doesn’t Xander look nice with his hair back? He is still growing it long but doesn’t like the wind whipping it into his face.
One of my favorite moments was watching the kids play tag…

Walking to the beach…
Jason and Lotus back there at the water line…
A small neighborhood park, we happened to drive by, has the most incredible slide! Jason and I went down too and it was grown-up worthy;)

Me and my snuggle monkey


A Day in the Gorge

Cascade Locks…
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Ice cream cones for lunch…
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Hiking to the top of Multnomah Falls…
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We made it to the top of the waterfall…
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Chalk art in nature…
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Milk break…
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Not a bad view…
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Sunday in the City

We took a short hike in Forest Park…

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Then we played on this sweet playground…

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Finished project

The chain link side gate/corner fence, held together with a bungee cord is no more! We don’t have the RV pictured so the utility trailer is tucked behind he gate now. Jason does good work once again.

A very old “before” pic…
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Jason’s current home improvement project

Jason ripped out a section of chain link gate and fencing we had on one side of the house and is replacing it with wood.

He wants to install an eight foot gate and a four foot gate that will open barn door style to allow for RV parking. We’ll be sticking our utility trailer back there for now, since we sold the RV, but it’s good to have the option;)

An eight foot, wood gate is going to require a BIG post. A big post will require a BIG hole. Jason had to dig through a layer of roots and then a layer of clay but he did it! Simon jumped in the hole a couple times to show the progress of a four foot deep hole.

I was outside with him and the entire time he was digging we discussed the pros and cons of renting some kind of digger. We chatted and chatted about it and then the hole was finished. Ha! He has two more holes to dig but they will be small.

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Simon’s crazy face, “help me!” He and Xander are both standing up straight. It’s deep!
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funny Lotus

Lotus runs off fast but this one started with a scoot and a plotting grin. I love looking at photos again later and finding a few more gems I overlooked the first time.

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fencing and play

My Isaac is taking a full week of fencing classes, aka “Fencing camp.” I hope he enjoys it enough for three hours a day;)

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Jason is such a rock star. On a whim I decided to see how cheap we could acquire a swing set on craigslist. IN THE SAME DAY Jason bought a play structure, transported it home and reassembled it in our backyard. The kids are going nuts on it and having fun.

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Tether Ball

A tether ball pole is in the yard!

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