September 15, 2014

  • Soccer Fall 2014

    Soccer Season is in full swing, practice twice a week and multiple games on Saturday.
    Ethan is joining band and I am excited to see what instrument he pursues.
    School is going well. Brooklyn has the same teacher Ethan had for both 2nd and 4th Grade.
    She reads to the kids ALOT and I love that about her!

    Ethan has been officially unplugged from his D.S for a looong while and he is not too happy about it.
    In fact he has gone on a talking strike.
    We hold hands and say family prayers before the kids leave for school each day.
    Typically Ethan is the one to say the prayers but being that he is on a talking strike,
    he decided to write out his prayer on a sticky, which made them both late for the bus.
    Life is sooo hard when you are 11 going on 16. Hormones change Everything!
    The one good thing about his talking strike is the multiple kisses I got to give him with no objections :)

    Brooklyn has been playing goalie a lot and loves it!

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    Ice-skating with her good friend Lily! Cutest friends!

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September 8, 2014

  • Sunriver Fun Summer 2014

    It had been years since we had been to Sunriver and we rediscovered what a great family vacation place it is!
    We loved Sunriver resort! We had such a great time together as a family!
    Swimming, biking, watching the deer and eating good food. They have the best bike trails there, peaceful
    (well peaceful unless you have two competitive kids racing their bikes to see who can lead
    and two parents yelling at them to come back, slow down and mind their manners).

    We are definitely ready to go back next Summer and stay for longer.

    View from our room, Mt. Bachelor

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September 5, 2014

  • Crater Lake Summer 2014

    Beautiful Crater Lake
    The Deepest Lake in the US
    Depending upon the cloud cover the colors of the lake and surrounding Caldera would change
    It was a bit chilly and overcast the day we were there so we are definitely planning another trip back

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September 2, 2014

  • 3rd and 6th Grade

    My babies are back to school and I am sure going to miss them!
    We have had a wonderful summer together, Beach trips, long hikes, trip to San Diego,
    Summer Camps, Crater Lake and Sun River.
    Ethan did an acting camp and discovered a love for acting.
    Brooklyn was busy adding to her beanie boo collection :)
    I love having my kids around, seeing life through their eyes, listening to them talk,
    teachable moments and just being their mom! I learn so much from them!
    And the Era of letting me pick out their back to school clothes is long over.
    So moms who get to pick out the style of your kids clothes, enjoy it while you can.

    Lots of prayers and hoping for a wonderful school year for them both!

    “Intelligence Plus character-that is the goal of true education” – Martin Luther King Jr.

    3rd Grade- A much loved Justice Back Pack full of sparkles

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    Brooklyn and her good friend Jules!

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August 4, 2014

  • San Diego Fun

    Love Sunny Southern California and love spending time with my family even more!
    The cousins always pick up right where they left off.
    Sam and Ethan giggling into the wee hours of the night, talking more than I have ever heard two 11 year old boys talk :)
    Going fishing, beautiful sunsets.
    The little girls,giggling, playing and imagining. Little cousins running about, growing cuter by the year.
    My siblings…just love them each so much and spending time with them!
    We had fun swimming, visiting and riding around Coronado Island, Old Town San Diego, seeing the U.S.S. Midway, eating authentic Mexican food, jumping like kids once again at the Trampoline park and getting back to our flipping, running/competitive roots.
    As always I get home and begin my mad house searching down in So Cal.
    I may live in Oregon but I have never felt at home here.
    One day we will move back, closer to family, and where my heart is.

    These two cousins are just the cutest together and love each other so much! Little dreamers!

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    Beautiful Sunsets over the Lake. Most of the pictures were taken with my good old cell phone

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July 15, 2014

  • Silver Falls State Park Fun

    We love to hike..well I should clarify..Michael, Ethan and I love to hike.
    Brooklyn well she prefers to hitch a ride on her daddy or brothers back :)

    I’m absolutely loving my month off work and all the fun family activities we have done.
    Hiking, many a Pool days, parks, beach trips etc and just being with my kiddos.

    We were in Church on Sunday and the pastor was talking about forgiveness and letting it go (Like in the movie Frozen)
    and had us all stand up, hold our palms out and then flip them over as to symbolize “letting it go”.
    Brooklyn who was busy coloring/drawing but listening closely, stands up, puts her palms out and then flips them over and then whispered in my ear
    “mom, I let it go. I let it go how mad I was at daddy for popping my balloon, Jiggles. I forgive him”.
    You see the week before she had a water balloon she named “Jiggles” that she carried around with her.
    She treated Jiggles like her most prized possession.
    Her daddy happened to see a water balloon sitting outside and threw it at the back fence (not knowing it was Brooklyn’s beloved Jiggles).
    This of course led to many a tears, heartbreak, all because Jiggles popped.
    So it was so cute to see how in her little mind, she tied this to the pastors sermon and how she needed to “Let it go”.
    Proud of my baby girl!

    pictures from our hike and all 7 of the beautiful water falls we hiked past

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June 30, 2014

  • Summer Berry Picking Fun

    Can’t believe I now have an 8 year old and an 11 year old…my babies are growing up!
    So looking forward to spending as much time as I can with them this summer and unplugging them (electronic junkies they are)
    they go back and forth between the smart phones, tablet, computers, T.V. NetFlix, D.S game systems,its all too much!
    We just got a new trampoline for their birthdays and I declared every afternoon to be reading time together on the trampoline.
    I get some time off from work this July, which I could not be more grateful for.
    Can’t wait to take them swimming each day, the park, just all the things I have not been able to do on a regular basis.
    I always laugh when I read about how hard stay at home moms have it…yes it is Hard… extremely Hard
    but try working from home full time, while being a full time stay at home mom… takes hard to a new level :)
    It makes one appreciate just being a stay at home mom without the full time job to go along with it much more :) just saying

    Berry Picking Season has got to be one of my favorite times of years to be living in Oregon
    We love fresh berries and seem to eat them faster than we can pick them

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    And tween boys…where do I start..the one above is an Alpha Male..which is wonderful trait to have when it is refined and not directed towards his parents.
    The Good Lord knows I could use a lot of His help this summer.
    “endure irritations with Grace” is my new motto

    Happy Summer

June 25, 2014

  • Happy 8th Birthday Brooklyn

    Happy 8th Birthday to my beautiful, free spirited, kind, funny and sweet girl! So so blessed to be her mom!
    She is such a joy, always so positive, thoughtful, caring and generous. Love her and her sweet heart!
    This year she home schooled for 2nd grade and I loved having her so close by each day. She is the best type of company!
    The schooling part…….well….I tried :) as much as you can possible try to home-school a free spirited, artist kind of girl.
    She got a big trampoline for her birthday, which she is loving and is going to go ice skating with her best friend Jules and see the movie Maleficent.
    I took her on a mother/daughter horsemanship camp for a few days and she had a blast! For as much as I am not a horsey person..she is :)
    While doing some clothes shopping recently, she looked at me, patted my arm and said …”Mom, you and I have very different styles, you should try to learn my style”.

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    Pictures from horse camp
    She is such a hard worker and soaked up every minute cleaning, learning, and riding the horses.

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    Happy 8th Birthday Beautiful Girl! We love you soooo much!

May 25, 2014

  • 11 years old

    11 years old and growing taller, smarter and kinder
    love this boy and who he is!
    He invited a bunch of friends over to celebrate and I think realized the hard way
    that the quality of friends one invites far outweighs the quantity. Quality over Quantity!
    He is finishing up 5th grade, still a TAG student, and doing awesome at school.
    He sets his own alarm, Mr. Independent and reading so much more these days.
    Besides working hard at things, What I really want him to realize is that being KIND is what matters most.
    So thankful I get to be his mom!
    As the boys were running around like wild animals in the field, I said to Brooklyn ” wow these boys are crazy”
    She looked at me and said ” Mom, I’m the crazy one, I am running around howling like a wolf” which she certainly was :)

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May 12, 2014

  • Wild and Free

    The sun felt amazing this evening! Brooklyn and the neighborhood girls were over in the field
    playing, running and just being wild and free.
    There only rule was, no boys allowed. Smart girls :)

    This girl is so kind, so brave, so sweet, and so free spirited!

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    Ethan being sent away “No boys allowed” the girls all told him
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    Brooklyn came running over to me to nicely let me know that her friends also like her hair down :)

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    all weekend long her dad and I kept asking her if she wanted to tie her hair back :) with us thinking it looked a bit
    wild and long overdue for a hair cut. My little confident girl just kept reassuring us that she did indeed want it down
    and we could tell felt so very beautiful with it that way. Love her just the way she is!

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