Sunday, May 26, 2013

Yellow Belt

 So, this week in Wushu, Mom and I both got our yellow belts!  We had to test for this one and then we got not only a new beautiful belt, the pride of accomplishment but also a broadsword!!  Seriously, a big metal sword.
 It was also book week at school!  For our class parade, I dressed up as my long-time favorite Worm!
 Speaking of parades... Grace finally finally got some flip-flops that she has had her heart set on for ages.  She has been wearing Dad's outside for months now, and talks about how much, now that it is summer, she would love some.
 She and Mom went out to find us some summer jammies and also came home with these beauties.  She has hardly taken them off since.
 Ahhh the farmer's market is back, We had a nice leisurely morning there picking up lichens, noshing on the beautiful fresh strawberries that are coming into season.
 Picked up some morels... I LOVE mushrooms, eating them, drawing them...
 While waiting for Dad to check on some stuff at work, we got to play around the new lupin field behind the office.

 It was turning from grey into a beautiful day!  We decided to take advantage of it and head on over to zoo.
 Grace's favorite remains the zookeepers, followed closely by watching baby Lilly.
 I spent a lot of extra time taking pictures of animals (and with a few as well) so that I could use them to draw when I got home!
 Poor lorikeets were actually pretty full today, but I did manage to have a few of them get some licks in.  Because we decided kinda late in the morning to visit, we had to park in the overflow lot, which meant SCHOOL BUS SHUTTLE!  And... to top it off, we all got our own seats in the very back.  So cool.
 We got home it was actually turning out to be a really lovely afternoon, so we spent much of it outside painting and playing.
 And making Orchette!  Though a little confusing at first, we all got the hand of it pretty quickly and everyone lent a hand to make some yummy little ear pastas!

 We enjoyed them with the clams, asparagus and morels we got at the farmer's market.... oh my this was such a tasty dinner!
 Plus we were extra lucky to get a nice evening (first in the past week or so) outside to enjoy it.
 My hula hooping has improved greatly!
Even Grace has some moves, her timing though needs some work.
 Mom is afraid of backsliding, more mornings, she is waking up to this snoozing gal, with Dad in her bed.
 Today... today we got to see Frog and Toad courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa Steves!  It was pretty hilarious, loads of great songs, a really funny snail and everyone had a really lovely time!
 What a treat, and a special way to spend the afternoon together.  We had stellar seats, everyone was so helpful and nice, the musical was a crack-up.
This evening, we finally got to do a craft project that Mom has been promising for a while... felt mushrooms, I cut and sewed mine pretty much all myself!  My sewing is getting much better, though I still need to take breaks when trying a project of this magnitude.

It is with gratitude that we get to honor those who have given themselves to protect us this memorial day, and relief that we have one more day to relax at home.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bull-hozers!

 Fridays are special days with Mom (usually cleaning house and running errands) so I did my own hair for the occasion!

 It was science night at Owen's school and the reptile guy from OMSI came out with, well, loads of venomous reptiles that were brought out, you know, set on the gym floor, us with front-row seats.  I think that Mom was a little stressed and Dad even was worried when the king cobra was draped on the heads of a bunch of the kids.
 This weekend we also got to celebrate T's 6th birthday in the park!  It was hobbit themed, complete with shoot the arrow under Smaug's scale, dragon pinata, and classic park fun.



 Owen got his first mad-libs and has been writing funny stories all week.
 next to mud-pies, it has been a favorite way to enjoy the backyard this weekend.  He also had a much overdue playdate with Joaquin, with the business of spring and some illnesses that invade the weekends, it had been a long time.  We were so happy to see them.
 It is that time of year... Dozer days!  It was pretty awesome, I mean yes, it is indeed a sea of humanity, but really it is a ton of really thoughtful hands-on activities... not the least of which, is of course driving construction trucks!  Owen got right into the back-hoe, but I got nervous at the last moment and waved them off.

I preferred digging in the sand (we dug in a lot of sand-piles that were riddled with treasures and who doesn't love digging in sand!!??)  and crawling all over the tire stacks.  
 We stayed ALL-DAY, and right at the end of the afternoon, we got in one more line and patiently waited and voila... I got in the bull-dozer.  Actually after an emotionally uncertain afternoon, I really perked-up and got so excited to drive the "bull-hozer" and did a great job!
  I looked very serious for most of it, but was pretty excited when we were done.



Owen also had a go at-it and did some fancy driving around and shovel tricks.
 In spite of a long day in a quarry waiting in lines, we left in very good spirits so risked an early dinner out at Sen Yai which just opened.  Great cocktails, yummy noodles and a beautiful afternoon for dining outside!

  We followed up with some ice-cream (of course), and a bit of running about at home, bike riding, feeding the chickens Dad's grains from his beer brewing, and finally headed in for bed.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Weekend

We had a fun weekend celebrating Mother's Day with the world's best mom...our Mom.   On Saturday we started the morning with crepes that I mostly made myself.  Dad watched and helped a little, but I did all the measuring, mixing and most of the cooking.


After breakfast Dad took us all to a new beach that we haven't been to before.  It's a beach really close to where Dad and I went clamming a couple weeks ago.   We even stopped at a restaurant that Dad heard about while we were clamming to grab lunch for the beach.


The weather at the beach on Saturday was really nice for May in Oregon.  It was really sunny and in the 70's.

Grace and I spent some time in digging in the sand.  I even managed to make a bed of sorts next to a drift wood log.


The tide was coming in, but I managed to still find some exposed rocks to investigate and jump off of.

Meanwhile Grace played in the really wet sand near a trickle of a stream that crossed the beach.


At the end of the beach was a cliff and at the base of the cliff was a cave.  Mom and I explored the cave and found out that it went all the way through the cliff to the other side.


On the other side was a nice little beach with lots of driftwood.   I think the only way you could get to that beach was through the tunnel cave.


On the way back home we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for some ice cream.   Grace and I checked out the cheese bus.


We did some gardening on Sunday.  It's been unusually sunny and warm here the past two weeks and the strawberry plant I planted in my garden box already has a strawberry that is almost ready to eat.

Mom and Dad tried to get Grace and to pose with Mom for a mother's day photo.  We don't really like to sit for pictures so this is the best Dad could get of us.  It was more fun to pretend Mom was a rabbit.   Happy Mother's Day Mom!!