February 24, 2015

  • Beautiful Sunny Day in Cannon Beach

    “The Cure for anything is salt water- sweat, tears or the sea” Isak Dinesen

    The kids and I drove up over the weekend to spend some time in Cannon Beach!
    And yes I hit up both Insomnia and   Bella Espresso  for both tea and coffee while we were there.
    Constantly a warm beverage in my hands from October-June.
    We had such a fun, peaceful day together! Love spending time with my babies!
    Brooklyn at one point got tired and snuggled up in my lap. I soaked it up!
    Love moments like those and wish I could freeze time!
    Brooklyn and I loved dog watching in Cannon Beach.
    Every breed you can imagine wanders through that town  and more often than not they resemble their owners in some way or another.
    We are hoping for a labradoodle come this Spring.  Brooklyn's wish will come true.
    I have given poor Coco permission to join her fellow guinea pig peeps in the great beyond.
    Thought she might be interested in what the after life is like for her and all her Guinea Friends :)
    Apparently she would rather stick around and keep Ethan's room smelling like a barn.

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    Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.Proverbs 3:3

     

January 23, 2015

  • This Girl

    This Girl
    "Though she be but little, she is fierce!” William Shakespeare

    She came downstairs the other day with her bow/arrow and skateboard
    She took aim at me, the couch, nothing was safe
    She makes me laugh
    She knows what she wants
    She is my girly girl, yet loves to rough house with her dad and be tough
    She is persistent, like so persistent
    She wants a dog something fierce

    She just started cheer leading again and is loving it

    Together the kids and I are learning to "Talk About Our Joys" and to stop talking about our complaints
    Finding Joy in the ordinary, Choosing Joy!

    Do not mess with her
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January 5, 2015

  • San Diego Fun

    While Ethan was catching up with an old friend from Portland who now lives in San Diego
    My sister, mom and I headed to the San Diego Children's Museum. These cuties had lots of fun together.
    Nothing better than spending time with my sister and mom while Brooklyn got to have fun with her cousins!

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    They had a "Rain Room" in this museum so all children who live in San Diego
    could hear and know what the sound of rain sounds like :) cracked me up

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January 4, 2015

  • San Diego Safari Park

    We had a blast at the San Diego Safari Park with my sister and cutest niece and nephew
    Lucky duckies get to live so close to such a great area
    The lions were especially majestic

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January 2, 2015

  • LegoLand Fun

    LegoLand

    We were going to take the kids to Disneyland
    but stayed away as we heard it was sooo crowded and thankful we did!
    Days later we heard about the measles outbreak that started there right when we would have gone :(
    Definitely glad we did not go
    Ethan was our tour guide at LegoLand and directed us all around the park
    My favorite was the tubing and building snowmen in the 65-70 degree weather :) that's my kind of snow day

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January 1, 2015

  • Rose Bowl Parade

    We had a blast watching the Rose Bowl Parade from an office building my brother use to work at
    "How we managed to get in is another story"
    My brother so kindly texted us to say
    "Help yourself to the food" which cracked me up to no end.
    There was an endless amounts of food, warmth and some amazing views of the parade.

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December 25, 2014

  • Christmas

    Thank you so much to my dear sister Rachel and brother in-law Ian for hosting us all for Christmas!
    They are the sweetest and wow can they cook some amazing food!
    It was so much fun to be together!
    We sure missed my brother Johnny who is over in Europe.
    Always a traveling citizen of the world amongst the Millers and Johnny is now carrying that torch
    or I should say has been for many years now .
    Congrats Johnny on your 3rd citizenship by the way :)
    Millers apparently have to have dual or triple citizenship- British, Israeli and American.

    Brooklyn fell in love with their dog Hawthorne and could not get enough of him
    She is concerned that he is not as treasured as he should be :)

    Thank you to Michael for snapping so many pictures
    Together forever and never apart, Maybe in distance, but never in heart!

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    Boxing Day
    These two cuties performed some music they had written. Amazing little artists with such kind hearts! Love them!
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    And Apparently this is how little girls transport cats up-into tree houses

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December 24, 2014

  • CA pictures

    As always, I adore hanging out with my family!
    Lively conversations, such distinct and different personalities
    but always unconditional acceptance and love for each other.

    Brooklyn got spoiled by my mom, Lola who pampered her with much love and attention.
    She also got to attend horse camp for the week and learned some horse vaulting which she loved.
    She was not too happy when she received 3rd place ribbons for different activities though.
    It was all about those blue first place ribbons.

    Winter apparently decided to show up for the first time in 10 years while we were down in the San Diego area.
    I guess it got the memo that some Oregonians were going to be down there so it was ok to rain and be cold.

    The kids played football with their cousins and Lola and we also got to celebrate Riley's 4th birthday all together.
    Matt was off to Winter Formal one of the evenings. Can't believe he is turning 15 this month!

    We of course celebrated Chanukah and decided there is definitely a difference
    in the quality of Chanukah gelt depending on where you buy it.
    Matza Ball Soup was made numerous times and enjoyed and of course Sufganiyot.
    Those were made multiple times in order to get them right.
    I think around the 4th try I finally made some good ones.

    Matt heading off to Winter Formal

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    These two adorable cousins sure melt my heart! Love them!

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    Celebrating Chanukah

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    laughter and tea

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    Riley's 4th Birthday Party Fun

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December 23, 2014

  • San Diego and Air Museum Fun

    San Diego and Air Museum Fun

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    Love hanging out with my brother Yoel and am just proud of the man he is becoming!
    His work ethic, kindness, care and focus is amazing!
    The sky is the limit!

    Cell phone picture of one beautiful Sunset we saw in Solana Beach

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December 22, 2014

  • Family pictures 2014

    Family pictures!
    The real reason we take family pictures is for my kids.
    Each year I print extra Holiday cards and put one in each of the their memory boxes.
    I want them to have those pictures/memories as they grow older.

    For Hanukkah this year I must have made Sufganiyot at least 4 times before finally succeeding in some tasty ones.
    We celebrated our 12 year anniversary in December and spent most of the month down in Southern California
    (Which of course included some house hunting).
    We were in search of such much needed family time and sunshine. Thankful for both of those!

    Poor Brooklyn had a high fever and pink eye as we were taking these family pictures in the 30 degree weather.
    The things we do for memories :) Then poor Ethan came down with the same bug and had a fever as we were flying down to San Diego.
    So sorry to all those seated around us. Thankfully it was just a "kid" virus and no adult caught it.

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