Friday, September 22, 2017

study break at the Apple Barn

Yesterday we took a break from school (and work!) to take an impromptu trip to Oregon Heritage Farms!

This is a wonderful family farm operated by my Book Club friend Kim.  It is known county-wide as THE place to go for apples and harvest fun.  :o)  Each year Kim adds something new: this year there is a covered picnic area and an apple-hole game, and our NEW FAVORITE: cider slushies!!  Along with the slushies and some donuts as a treat, we bought a gallon of cider, a frozen pie, and some Jupiter grapes to take home.  Oh, and each kid got to choose a honey stick, too.  ;o)

Goats are always a hit.
huge apples

The littles went straight to the bounce house;
the bigs, to the shop.
Our new obsession: cider slushies

This was such a fun way to celebrate the last day of summer. :o)  And what a great summer it was!!  We are looking forward to fall and all our traditional autumn activities in the coming months.....

Monday, September 4, 2017

some July happenings

July was a full-blown "summer" month for us!

This year we stayed close to home all summer (after our big May trip to Scotland--oops--didn't post any stories about that yet!!).  We had mostly "typical" adventures, with a few new ones thrown in.  Here are some photos from about half of July:

4th of July parade on Main Street, with
friends and cousins
We brought cinnamon rolls to share.
Light-saber duel as a "half-time" display between fireworks
Seaside weekend with cousins...8 kids but only 2 adults... :o) :o)
more fun at Migrant Ministry
5 kids in VBS this year!!!  Bunny was a leader, James was in
music, and Mariposa, Gemma, and Sedric were participants
Anniversary date night at Little Bird in Portland
Anniversary get-away at the Allison Inn
spa time at the Allison :o) :o)
Papa did lots of excavator work for us--
Sedric, too!!
3 kids went off to Camp Howard (Bunny, James, and Gemma)
and came home with lots of memories
(in this pic, James is with friend William)
All 3 of my Camp Howard kids won the coveted "Cougar Award" for setting an excellent example for all campers.  We had fun listening to Bunny and James' stories about Gemma's first year at camp--apparently, she was a BIG hit.  :o)  Everyone knew her name by the week's end, which isn't really surprising if you know Gemma.  :o)

Mariposa was a BIG helper with Bunny gone, so I rewarded
her with a shopping trip and a visit to Mod Pizza

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ballet Recital

Here are some pictures from the end-of-year dance recital.

I have mentioned it before but we are SO lucky to have a fantastic dance studio just a few miles from our house--living in the country, this is amazing!  "Teacher Jill" runs the studio and teaches ballet and lyrical classes.  We all love her because of her kind, patient teaching style and also because she is an accomplished ballerina herself, so she can teach up through the highest levels.  We're not there (yet) so we appreciate that she can also teach the lowest levels :o) and does so with grace and love.

This year's theme was "Cinderella."
James was a jester, and the girls were ladies at the ball.
I was surprised to see that the Jester had a very prominent role!
James is the only older boy, so he gets a LOT of responsibility
placed on him.  :o)
Additional boys (for the recital only) were other dancers' brothers.
Bunny and Mariposa are both in Ballet III.
Bunny will go on pointe this coming year!
Gemma is in Ballet I and will move on to Ballet II in the fall.

The stepsisters were so funny!!
Jill choreographed the whole 40-minute-long ballet, and
once again she included ALL the ballet classes in one performance.
Mariposa accidentally had a solo when her dance partner
forgot to go onstage.  :o)   She performed like a pro!
We were lucky to have a REAL male ballet dancer help us
with the role of the Prince.
My dancers!!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

summer is here!

Summertime is always full of adventures in our home.

Wait...EVERY season is full of adventures for us!  I guess we just like having fun!

Here are some pics from early summer 2017:

Our Sprinkler Guy (aka Marcus) working hard
Waiting for Sedric's bus on his last class day
of the year (he was taking a once-a-week speech
class through the local school district)
Field trip to the zoo
(We like to go before group-school gets out for the summer!)

a load of compost for the garden
Saturday Market!
We try to go every week, if we can.
Marcus and I continue to enjoy our date nights.
This pic is from Yellow Llama in Forest Grove.
(Peruvian food)
I love going to Walmart on date nights!  :o)
We had some HOT days.
Hooray!  Decadent Creations opened in Hillsboro!
D.C. has become a weekly after-Mass treat.
Some adventures are unplanned.
Migrant Ministry...year #15? for us

Sunday, July 2, 2017

ok, so we were REALLY active this spring....

Yikes!  Even MORE springtime fun!!  Each one of these has a story behind it, but if I tried to chronicle off of it, I'd be here forever!!  So let's play the "Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" game....

date nights--this one at Decarli's in Beaverton
Outdoor play
We have a chicken who lays a daily egg in our planter box.
horse lessons continue--now I get to ride, too!
Bunny and friend Tess ~tried~ to go to a church dance...
but it was really lame so they texted me to come get them,
and we spent the evening at Insomnia instead.  :o)
annual trip to Astoria--this time, with some cousins!
Easter fun
my 3 altar-servers
field trip to Portland French Bakery
finding--and playing with--critters all the time
St. Matthew Track Attack!
all packed and ready to go to...