Sunday, September 29, 2013

It's raining, it's pouring....

So, fall, yep definitely rainy grey fall, except the leaves have hardly turned yet, just a twinge here and there, but there has (and will) been several days of pretty solid rain.  It kinda keeps us cosying up around the house.  Mom did make it out for a few excursions Fri and Sat.  While we were having a movie night, Mom went to welcome baby girl boyd to the world for us!  
 Baby and Mom were looking great and we understand that the guys are all pretty thrilled to have a little girl joining their family.
 I did do some painting this week too.  Mom finally replaced her old (sticky, mixed-up set of) watercolors with some new ones for just me.  I made some lovely postcards!
On Saturday, there was a dedication of a public art project that mom and some of her students were involved in (along with hundreds of others).  Here's Mom's western flycatcher that she made from clay,
 the wall is stunning, and such an asset to the park and a testament to how powerful community and art can be.  Marquam Nature Park is a special natural area that is within walking distance to the PSU and OHSU campuses, it is so valuable to the community that seeing the huge turnout on a really rainy day for the dedication was very moving.
 To celebrate their 11th anniversary Mom and Dad took us all out to a really yummy dinner at Yataimuro Maru where they sampled all manner of japanese cuisine... ramen, sushi, grilled skewers, calamari, something for everyone!
 It was a really nice dinner all together.  We even obliged by being pretty great about trying everything and keeping our manners together.
 So, as I mentioned it was pouring pretty much all day, luckily my new ORANGE rain boots just arrived so I could put them to the test.
 Today was relatively quiet, a nice morning at church.  We lucked out and managed to get Esme to come over in the afternoon for a much needed play-date... Grace really was happy to have someone to horse around with other than me.
 While the gals were out adventuring, I helped Daddy make a new batch of beer.  I even wrote up a recipe and made a mini beer of my own, we'll see how they turn out.
 Esme and Grace had a blast, snacked,
 and snacked.....
 and finally they found the beads and got busy making beautiful necklaces, it took a lot of focus and concentration for some four-year olds.  I took a turn and made a really great one for Daddy.

(As typed by me, usually I let Mom go at it, but she is really hoping to turn the reins over one day... today I gave it my first shot )  " this is grace  she is 4 years old. This is grace  she  just made a necklace with owen.She thought it was perfect."

Sunday, September 22, 2013


It's my birthday!!! Yep, four... big kid style!
 There have been lots of super wonderful presents from family and friends!
 and a last shoulder ride from Daddy.  We agreed that when I turn four, no more shoulder rides, so on my last day as a three-year-old, Daddy asked me after dinner if I wanted one last one around the block.
 It was the best one ever!
 This morning I woke up and opened my awesome presents!  There was all sorts of fun toys from my wonderful tulare family for both me and Owen!  Play food from G-auntie geralyne and uncle mark!  A really amazing personalized craft box from G'folk Steves.
 along with a really cool singing princess card!
 A beautiful dress from Grandma Terri, Grandpa Tom, a stuffed campfire from Mom n Dad, and an incredible fort kit from Uncle Ry!  Thank you sweet family!
 After a celebratory crepe breakfast (I now eat pancakes and crepes and love them!), we went to church then came home to get ready for my birthday party!  Even though it was raining, we managed to entertain a big group of my friends inside our wee home.

 We LOVE celebrating with our friends and are very grateful for our new wood floors that made it possible to enjoy cake, picnic style on a rainy day!

We did get a little break which allowed us to go outside for a pinata.
 We did pretty well, all of the little kids loosened it up

 for Alice to give it it's coup de grace.

 I was most excited about the chocolate cake.... man I love birthday cake!

Loved celebrating with everyone:  Sophia, Aubrey, Alice, Henry, Liam T, Liam M, Zaeda, Lucy, Truman, Andy, Alex, Joaquin, Esme, Eli, Theo,

Thanks for helping me celebrate my crazy friends!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Okay... first full week of school... success!  I was moved from my primo space in front of the teacher's desk in her effort to arrange everyone into fantastic groups, but I am having a great time being back with my friends and back in wushu and the Y.  Homework didn't quite start this week, but next week we are getting going full steam.
 Mom thought that she had been dragging Grace on a lot of errands during their days together, so she took Friday afternoon for some fun.
 First, Grace had to do her own hair and use most of her clips.
 then they went for a date out to OMSI!  They had a blast playing with all of the cool chemistry and physics experiments!

 and with matching pink safety goggles.
 Saturday we partied hard.  Grace went to a birthday party at the Children's museum, in which she was relatively sedate.  Then came home to Dad's 3rd annual hop picking party (or his huck-finn party as Mom thinks of it).
 Where friends in beer sit around and enjoy beer
 before getting their gloves on and

Pulling Hops!  It was a great afternoon, the weather was perfect and we got to play with our friends all afternoon!  Loved-it and Dad sure appreciates the many hands that make light work of the Hops.

 Today we headed to Maker fair near OMSI and had a cool time with a ton of fun activities, WE were there for almost five hours and still had a ton of things to do.  We tried to start fires, spun some cool yarn,
 It was beautiful!
 There was an awesome samuari hat station, where they interviewed you to help design your helmet to fit your personality.
 They were pretty fun and awesome!
 Grace marbled some papers
 We raced lego cars
 Tested out the future world record holding near-space glider
 Hung out with some robots (that's R2 in the back, without his head so you could see all of the cool robotics inside.
 I made a tin-can octopus which now scares the squirils away from Mom's garden.
 while Dad worked on his can tap jewlery.
All in all an awesome day.