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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    Fun zipling..we both are so ready to go again

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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!

May 9, 2014

  • My little CheerLeader

    Brooklyn did gymnastics for awhile, has played soccer, takes piano lessons
    …wishes for more horse back riding lessons and in the meanwhile has continued to beg for cheer leading lessons.
    Several weeks ago we finally signed her up and she absolutely loves it! She loves the dance element combined with the tumbling.
    Its so fun watching her! She lights up! She even requested that Ethan come watch her :)

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    Brooklyn has also let me know she would love a baby wolf that she can imprint to :)
    She knows what imprinting is and has decided a baby wolf would be perfect for this

    and this is a picture of her bed this morning
    I can’t quite decide if she is a collector, hoarder or if there is even really a difference between the two :)
    I’m neither and rather dislike stuff. I crave simplicity!
    My motto is “Less is more” I can’t quite convince Brooklyn of that though.

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May 5, 2014

  • Wishes and Sunshine

    Brooklyn and her friend Lily had so much fun picking dandelions and making wishes together the other day.
    Hoping for these cute little girls that their wishes do indeed come true!
    The sun was shining for 2 days and now its back to rain, rain, rain..so Oregon.
    This week, rain or shine I am going to attempt to plant some flowers.
    I tend to kill anything I ever plant, so here is to wishing for some plants/flowers that actually last.

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May 2, 2014

  • Coco the Guinea Pig

    These two are so cute together and equally adore each other
    If a boy and a guinea pig can have a bond..these two sure have it
    They have a little routine every evening,
    Ethan grabs a book and Coco snuggles into him while he reads
    When she is ready to go back to her cage she nibbles on his shirt and he gets up and puts her back
    Peeking my head into Ethan’s room and seeing them together somehow makes it easier to be okay with having a rodent in my house :)

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April 29, 2014

  • Unicorn Poop

    Yuck you might say :) but to a little girl unicorn poop is magical because it means
    Unicorns do indeed exist

    Little girls are magical in and of themselves and then add in their dreams, thoughts and imaginations and it’s just soo precious!

    Brooklyn was just so proud of her Unicorn Poop cookie skills!

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    These two inseparable friends, enjoying a smoothie together in the sunshine

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    “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about”- Angela Schwindt

April 28, 2014

  • Challah Bread

    On Friday evening I spent some time teaching Brooklyn how to make Challah bread.
    She is such a good little Baker!
    I use to make Challah bread for my family growing up and wanted her to learn how.

    With the left over Challah bread we made french toast the next morning, Yum!

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