it was supposed to be fun damnit!

Drove out to the city to play in the fountains and found out my little Xander is sick:(

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Can you spot them all?

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Snapped a pic of Lisa and her Akasha, and meant to get one of Jessica but I thought we had lots of time! Xander went from happy to miserable in an instant and we had to pack up and head home.

My new nephew is about to arrive and I’m thinking I won’t be able to see him if I have the sickies at my house. waaaaah!

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Look at this!

Gorgeous flowers in my farm share this week! I love it!

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The two year old mind at work

Four board games and a puzzle all taken from the game closet and place in a circle around himself, Simon removes the lids and contemplates his next move….

….meanwhile Mom cringes and wonders if she should protest, slam the lids back on and find a new (higher!) place to store them.

Then she remembers that the games are covered in dust and unused.

He actually wants to play with them.

Why do I care if he is not following the game rules or playing with so many at once?

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He had an idea!

He is happy. He is playing.

First two puzzle pieces are talking to each other and now the chess pieces are stuck on the tips of his fingers.

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The games are being used and bringing joy! yay!

Finally raided the school supply sale

…apparently too late.

The .20 box of crayons are surprisingly decent for off-brand so we grabbed a couple boxes of those but not a single box of markers to be had. A bottle of glue and a few notebooks of paper and that was that.

I’m trying to figure out all the settings on this new camera…

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happy birthday to my honey

Jason’s birthday is today and our friend’s son has his birthday today too…neither of us had plans so we got together at Out of This World for pizza and cake.

The kids were very excited to pick out this “hilarious” shirt for daddy. hahahaha!

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Our friend Sheri is quite the trend setter. He liked her point and shoot camera, the Olympus Stylus Tough (water proof too!) so he got one for his birthday.

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This big seven year old! The dinosaur cake was very cool.

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2010 graduating senior photo session

Took a long breather from the photography biz and honestly I am still not putting myself out there. But I got a call for a High School senior session and it was fun…hmm, maybe I’ll get the bug again.

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Hiking

We went back to our favorite hike from our adventures in “all trails Oregon” last year (when the kids and I were crossing off the trails listed in a book).

Wahclella Falls.

I highly recommend it for kids, or anyone. There is major eye candy in the form of waterfalls, bridges, caves and river all along the way. and of course slugs, spiders…and even a small frog this time.

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Isaac took this next photo and told me even before he snapped the pic that it shall be called “X marks the spot.”

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This spider was cruising through his web design!

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A bonus treat is the fish hatchery off the same exit. The entire campus is beautiful and very relaxing to stroll through. Now is the time of year they start processing the adult salmon…this might be only M-F 9-5 kinda thing though. Since it was a holiday we missed the salmon processing this round.

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The best big brothers

Isaac is really sweet to Simon and reads to him now. yay! I love it when I see Isaac reading and Simon and Xander are snuggled in on either side.

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First day of school pics…

This time of year I start seeing first day of school pics posted everywhere…it makes me want to post some too!

I couldn’t exactly get the kids lined up by the front door with their new outfits and lunch sacks, so I’ll just document a little bit of our morning.

About 10:45ish Simon wakes up and pulls me by the hand directly to the fridge and demands a popsicle.

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We peek on the big brothers…

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It’s okay, Isaac…just taking a picture. Go back to sleep:)

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Shall we make pancakes, Simon?

yes!

He insists he can pour the second cup of milk in.

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spill number 1/many for the day.

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Xander strolls out at 11:20 eager for pancakes.

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And then directly to the couch to make some more progress on Pokemon. They finally discovered the game yesterday. Simon imitates.

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Isaac finally wakes up and announces he is not hungry yet but will have some OJ.

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Xander is so glad Isaac is up because he needs Isaac to help with a tough part in his game.

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Big sticks in the back yard…

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And just because its so pretty, our farm share bounty…

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The melon barely makes it out of the bag…

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The kids play so well together…

They really crack me up! Xander is so gentle with Simon, even though he plays tough with the “Get off me ya little freak!” haha!