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...

Friday, June 30, 2017

more springtime happenings

Here's a little more of what we've been up to since my last "real" post in February:

Apparently Marcus has time for a little fun on his work trips :oP
a family Trail Life event at an archery field
**LOVING Trail Life!!**
school auction, always a fun time
I made this cake for the dessert dash portion of the auction
fun with cousins #bigvanfun
trying a new restaurant with my kids for Portland Dining Month
annual Builder's Expo which I run for the homeschool group
school, school, and more school
cleaning out our antique new-to-us piano
(it is so beautiful!  And now that it's all tuned up,
it sounds just lovely!!!)
Fr. Juan's surprise birthday party at Helvatia
our annual Fish Fry-Day!!!
helping with the neighbor's ducks
some of my book club ladies (love love LOVE this group!!)
Chick-Fil-A after a field trip to the Portland Japanese Garden
(I run field trips for my homeschool group too)
OMG I can't believe I still didn't make it all the way through spring yet!!  Stay tuned....

Thursday, June 29, 2017

since my last post...

Here's a LITTLE of what we've been up to since my last post in February(!)...

daddy-daughter dance at St. Matthew in February
my CRAZY Little Flowers
**I teach Little Flowers Girls Club at St. Matthew School
once a month to a group of 2nd-4th graders**
a little coffee time for mama
**this winter I left the 2 littles' at a friend's day-care to try and
gain a little more time for myself, and it was great!**
running errands
field trips--this one to NW Children's Theaterto see Sleeping Beauty with Puppets (so good!)
mid-year dance recital at LVSDA
another coffee shop visit, this time with my kids
Joe and Steph came for a visit!!
(the baby has since been born, and she's a cutie!!!)
lots and lots of nature exploration as always
We all had fun at James' Trail Life pinewood
Well, I think that takes us through one month at least!!  School took up a lot of time, but we really enjoy all being together and learning great subjects.  Marcus traveled a lot during the first part of the year as well, but luckily that has slowed down considerably!!  Then there was that "little" trip to Scotland that we took....  Stay tuned!

Friday, February 17, 2017

school field trips--Mission talk and Sleeping Beauty (with puppets!)

We've taken a couple of great field trips this week!

We are on week #23 (out of 32) with our Mother of Divine Grace Curriculum.  That's AWESOME because the ~~shhh~~ big secret is that technically, once you get through week #24, you can be finished with the year.  Not that we will do that!!!!  But it is amazing to think that we are one week away from being in the "safe zone"...

On Tuesday morning I dropped the 2 youngest kids off with Mrs. Cole.  Mrs. Cole is a wonderful lady from church who has been doing childcare for years and years...and has agreed to a drop-in program for me!  The 4 older kids and I took advantage of this opportunity to hear a priest from Fathers of Mercy (based in Kentucky) give a talk for our week-long parish mission.  The talk focused on "Jesus: our Best Friend" and explained all the ways Jesus can be considered like our best friend.  :o)

At the Parish Mission

After the Mission, we went to my NEW favorite coffee shop,
Manaia!!  LOVE their "Snicker's Surf!"

Yesterday we headed to Portland for a Northwest Children's Theater production of "Sleeping Beauty...with Puppets!"  This time we left Bunny with her grandmother since Bunny is not feeling well, and I took the 5 youngest.  The kids were patient and awesome and really loved the morning!

Meeting with the STARlings before the show

I had organized this field trip for our homeschool group, so we were joined by 3 other families.  Gemma hit it off with a friend's daughter, so I see some playdates in our future. I loved that I could see some of my mom friends (and meet a set of grandparents, too!).

The performance was amazing!  NWCT always does awesome work (they've won a ton of awards).  All these puppets were hand-made by one guy, and all the script and music was original.  Really, I just can't say enough about the quality of this show, and of others I've seen at NWCT!!

Over the years, we've seen a good handful of fantastic shows at NWCT.  Some were traditional, like Annie.  Others were 100% unique, like "Go Dog Go, the Musical" and "Goodnight Moon."  I mean, really, how in the world can you make a WHOLE production out of those short books, without adding any additional story?  But they do, and it's awesome!  We really liked "Alice in Wonderland--Jazz Version" last year with all-original music.

After the show we stopped at Burger King for their nuggets
and fries, and a "custom" pop from their machine.
And a few PM pizzas for dinner, since Marcus was on
a trip.  Gotta make it easy for mama!!