January 23, 2015

  • This Girl

    This Girl

    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 has something called Sever's Disease
    and so has been learning to take it easier
    Though she just started cheer leading again and is loving it

    I've learned one thing about myself lately
    I hate listening to my kids talk and complain about the negatives in life
    Yet mentally I'm not much different
    Together we 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

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    And Apparently this is how little girls transport cats up-into tree houses ^^^

    Together forever and never apart, Maybe in distance, but never in heart!

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.

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

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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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December 11, 2014

  • From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor

    Alter Wiener Holocaust Survivor 88 years old and still courageously telling his story.
    What an amazing man and hero!
    The message of Alter Weiner is that prejudice of any kind is absurd;
    thinking in a way that denigrates another person to place your worth above theirs,
    is the root that created the most sadistic evil behavior mankind has ever seen.

    So incredibly thankful the kids and I could go hear him speak in person.
    What a privilege that we will never forget.
    He signed a copy of his book,
    From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography by Alter Wiener
    Amazing book! A must read!

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    and speaking of history

    I recently saw this newspaper clipping
    that one of my siblings had copied after my Safta (Grandma) passed away
    So much history about my Safta in this little newspaper clipping.
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November 12, 2014

  • Things Kids Say and lots of phone pictures

    love those little moments when I over hear my kids say something that absolutely cracks me up.
    Brooklyn was mad at Ethan the other day and I overheard her say to him
    “Ethan, you shattered my heart into a hundred pieces”
    Ethan’s response without thinking was
    “Well Brooklyn, No, I couldn’t have because that’s not even on my bucket list for today.”

    As I was grocery shopping this past weekend I got the usual 3 calls from Brooklyn
    The 1st call was “Mom, when are you going to be home?”
    The 2nd call was ““Mom, when are you going to be home?”
    The 3rd Call was “Mom, I have a red bite on my bum and it itches, I will ask dad if I can take a picture of it to send it to you.”
    And yes these 3 calls were after I had already asked to only be called in an emergency :)
    As soon as I got home Brooklyn say’s to me
    “Mom, I watched the funniest episode of Saturday Night Live and you have to watch it”.
    Oh my…. to hear my 8 year old tell me to watch Saturday Night live
    It’s not a show they would typically ever watch or be allowed to watch but I guess their dad showed them an episode that was making fun of The Shark Tank, which is a show we watch together.
    It was pretty funny but even funnier was Brooklyn telling me “to watch a certain episode of Saturday Night live”.

    Brooklyn had been listening to kids bop every evening on her iPod.
    We did not think it was quite appropriate for bed time music so took the Ipod out of her room and put some nice classical music on for her.
    She was less than pleased. The next day after protesting this change in music policy She said
    "Dad, you say my music is not appropriate but c'mon...... how can " I need your love" not be appropriate?" 8 going on 16 I think :)

    we carve pumpkins around here simply for the pumpkin seeds...so good roasted in coconut oil with salt sprinkled over them

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    And I love the fact my kids have a dad who takes the time to invest in them.
    He takes interests in what interests them.
    He plays with them and reads to them!
    Michael has been reading this book with Ethan every night. Its so great to overhear them reading and talking.♥
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    and now for some more phone pictures
    I took a day off work to be a chaperon on Brooklyn's field trip to the Tillamook Forestry Center
    Imagine a rainy/cold/windy day and a bus packed to the rim..with 70+ students/teachers and Chaperons.
    Then getting off the bus and walking through a wet forest. It was beyond worth it because I got to be with my girl and her class!
    Her class is learning all about Salmon and their life cycle. Her classroom has a incubator of Salmon eggs that the kids love to check on.
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    Brooklyn's end of the season soccer party. She played awesome all season and loved being goalie.

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    Ethan always amazes me at just how good he is with little ones
    During Brooklyn's soccer games Ethan would take care of one of the other players little Brothers
    This little guy fell in love with Ethan and vica versa...so cute to see their little bond.
    Proud of my boy for caring so nicely for little ones
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    and this cutie doing her home work so nicely
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    Ethan cooking a healthy dinner of crust less veggie quiche and a Paleo Apple crisp with almond flour and maple syrup
    He is a wonderful sou chef and is officially hired!
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    and Brooklyn wrote her daddy a note at school the other day
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October 30, 2014

  • Fall Randomness

    Random pictures from my phone collected over the week

    Brooklyn joined the Garden Club at school and has brought home a bunch of goodies
    We volunteered One Saturday in the garden and worked hard alongside one of the 3rd Grade Teachers.
    Brooklyn and I both love learning all about horticulture.

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    Ethan has been enjoying acting/drama classes. The boy is a good actor
    and half the time I don't know if what he is doing is real or acting.

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    He has also been practicing his Trombone more often.
    Around 5:50 am this morning I heard him hop in the shower, get dressed and then set to work
    taking apart his Trombone and cleaning it. After he was done cleaning it I heard him start his practicing.
    At 6:20 I finally got out of bed and he was busy teaching Brooklyn how play the Trombone.
    Nothing quite like Trombone lessons at 6:20 am in the morning or parents having to lay in bed listening to it all :)

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    They are also both really into reading and the other morning
    I came down to feed them breakfast to find them both busy reading their books at the table.
    So into their books they couldn’t even look up for a moment.
    Love that they both have become such book worms.

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    and Coco melts our hearts...she has snuggle time with Ethan every night and just recently got a new bed

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October 28, 2014

  • Fall Zoo trip

    I took the kids to the Portland Zoo earlier this month because it had been too long since we had last been.

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    And Portland I might just be starting to really like you. Vote in the Yes on labeling GMO products and I might just like you even more :)

    I've been teaching my kids a lot about all the chemicals in our foods/household products that we need to just say No to.
    I often over hear Ethan telling Brooklyn "No, Brooklyn we can't get that or eat that, it has chemicals in it" Cracks me up!
    I finally got rid of their chemical filled hot chocolate tub from Costco and bought some expensive organic kind from New Seasons.
    Ethan was not too fond of the taste and let me know that it would have been a better idea to never have given him the chemical kind from the beginning because now he knows what he is missing..it was a good point :)
    I'm not quite at the point of sprouting my own beans and lentils.... but just maybe soon.
    We are an anti fluoride, organic, free range eggs.... kind of family now... feeling like a Portlander after all.

October 12, 2014

  • My Little Greek Goddess

    At first she wanted to be a Cat and then thankfully changed her mind!

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    This girl comes home from school and starts to quiz me on all the workings of our brain.
    She knows all the parts and how it functions better than I do!
    At any given time throughout the day she will let me know what part of her brain she is using!
    Love my brain studying girl!
    Her Saba Raba would be proud!

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October 9, 2014

  • Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch Fun

    As we were headed into the corn maze this poor Oregonian dad with his kids was heading out and says to us
    with a look of desperation in his face, "Don't go in there unless you have a water bottle."

    We have had such a warm fall and I love it!
    It was 85 degrees the day we were at the Pumpkin Farm and Oregonians were melting :)

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    We came home with 70 pounds of pumpkins that poor Michael had to lug all the way back to the car :) thanks honey!
    And clearly my kids pick out their own clothes/outfits/style and I have learned to bite my tongue every...single...time :)

October 7, 2014

  • The Brain and Soccer

    Soccer Season is in full swing and Brooklyn is loving it! She has grown up so much this past year!
    Her reading, academics, and soccer skills have really taken off.
    Every child is so different and truly develops at their own pace.
    I've been helping out every Friday afternoon in her classroom and am so thankful I can be involved.
    SO important that kids have an attached parent... no matter their age.

    I am applying to Portland State Masters in Social Work Program and on my application have to write
    about a social problem...there are obviously soooo many but one I am particularity passionate about is, Attachments.
    Kids need those attachments sooo desperately with either a parent or other mature adult involved in their life.
    Loved this book about the issue especially
    "Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers" by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., and Gabor Maté, M.D.

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    Before I forget, since I don't ever want to forget :)

    In class these past 2 weeks Brooklyn has been learning all about the brain
    Like her brother she loves Science and has been soaking up everything being taught.
    She comes home and Tells me everything she has been learning…I love it!
    The other day after soccer practice, I asked her to remind me of what we needed from the store.
    She replies “ No problem mom, I have complete access to my short term memory right now, it’s right in my frontal cortex.”

    She also likes to bombard me with question’s all about the brain
    “ So mom, when I use my left hand, what part of my brain am I using?”
    She is not asking the questions because she does not know the answer.
    She is asking the question to Teach ME the answer.
    Love her and her enthusiasm for learning.

    Ethan is such an amazing student and learning comes so easily for him. He is a Math genius.
    He has started attending youth group and seems to really enjoy it!
    He comes with me to Brooklyn’s soccer practices and helps some of the other moms with their younger boys.
    These little boys follow him around like the fearless leader he is.
    Ethan loves it and is genuinely soo good with them. He is better than me, much better!

    The mom always thank him profusely and Ethan is so happy to help.

    The responsibility is so good for him!

September 30, 2014

  • Star of David

    In celebrating Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish Holidays as a family, I talk to my kids a lot about being Jewish.
    We were at the store the other day and Brooklyn was looking at the bracelet charms and saw a Star of David.
    Her eyes lit up and she asked if she could get it.
    She knows the significance of the Star of David!
    She knows about the Holocaust, The Resistance Fighters, Corrie Ten Boom and Anne Frank.
    She knows about her Safta Raba who was born in Israel before Israel became a nation.

    This morning as she was headed out the door to school, she asked me to put her new Star of David Necklace on her.
    She is proud of her Heritage and so proud to wear her new Star of David.
    The sweet innocents of her knowing who she is with no negativity attached.
    Pure joy that girl is!

    I don't want her to yet realize just how prevalent anti-semitism is still today :(

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September 28, 2014

  • Yoga Days

    Brooklyn and her neighbor friend Jules are pretty much inseparable.
    Most days with any spare times finds them hanging out over at our house together.
    These two girls have the best imaginations.
    Yesterday I had gone upstairs only to find they had turned the upstairs room into their yoga/meditation room
    They had brought music into the room and set it up just so.
    Not sure where or how they came up with the idea
    but love the way their minds work!

    They are such Smart girls to know at such a young age the importance of making time for Zen in ones life.

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    Ethan decided he did not want to be left out of the fun so sat on Brooklyn's bean bag
    while eating some vegi chips and declared he was doing "Foga" Food/Yoga combined :)
    Such a boy!

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    Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are- Chinese Proverb

    Simplicity is the Ultimate Form of Sophistication- Leonardo da Vinci

September 25, 2014

  • ראש השנה שמח

    ראש השנה שמח
    Happy Rosh Hashanah

    Cheers to apples and honey to celebrate a sweet New Year
    Yesterday evening after a long day of school, soccer practice and home work
    my kids got a thorough lesson on the Jewish Calender and why we celebrate Rosh Hashanah
    The lunar month on the Jewish calendar begins when the first sliver of moon becomes visible after the dark of the moon.

    Nissan - March-April
    Iyar - April-May
    Sivan- May-June
    Tammuz- June-July
    Av- July-August
    Elul- August-September
    Tishri- September-October
    Cheshvan- October-November
    Kislev- November-December
    Tevet- December-January
    Shevat- January-February
    Adar I (leap years only) - February-March

    I always want my kids to know they are Jewish and be Proud of it!

    Brooklyn always requests apples with Nutella
    She is my Nutella loving girl

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    not quite sure she needs Organic apples though

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    and some beautiful fall flowers from my hubby for Rosh Hashanah

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September 24, 2014

  • Cannon Beach Weekend Trip

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    We decided to head to the beach to escape the local air show.
    When you live in the flight zone of blue angels, stunt planes and helicopters
    Airshows take on a whole new LOUD meaning.
    I don't do loud noises, I do zen, calm and peace :)
    The beach was beautiful but so windy. It was not quite the calm/peaceful affect I was hoping for.
    Brooklyn got soaked playing in the water and then was chilled to the bone from the wind.
    I am not quite the organized momma I use to be and did not even pack a change of clothes :(
    We headed over to Insomnia for some yummy hot drinks which seem to make her feel all better.

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    Ethan just started junior high youth group this week,How can this be?
    And how can I be old enough to have a junior higher?
    Poor guy, after dropping him off and observing the youth pastor embarrass him in front of all the kids
    I was fearing the worst.
    Thankfully, my boy is pretty resilient and my insecurities/shyness are certainly not his!

    I am a thankful momma!

    Love some of these quotes I've seen online the last few days

    "We need to focus more on enjoying our children rather than on getting them to do what we want them to do!"

    "Children are NOT a distraction from more important work. They are THE MOST important work"- C.S Lewis

    "raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder" -rumi

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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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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.

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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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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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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!

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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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    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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