Sunday, August 30, 2015

so it begins

Oh my goodness, this is about it.  Summer vacation is coming to a close and we are diving into a new chapter... School!!!  I start Kindergarten this week, and am a little nervous, but I am also certain that as soon as I get used to it, I will have a great time.
Dad went on a long fishing trip last week and came home with three delicious salmon!  We will get him to post some pictures here soon, but they were big and beautiful... Go Dad!  Thanks for bringing home a load of wonderful meals!
We kicked off our salmon dining with the collars and heads for all of that yummy meat that we don't really want to freeze.  Owen and Mom were particularly excited and did a great job cleaning up their favorite parts!
Owen and I have been playing a lot of ninjas around the house.  O helped me get decked out for our stealth missions.
Mom, on the other hand made us bike into school almost every day this week for practice and exercise.  We did talk her into a hot-dog lunch at least the day before Owen went back to school.

On Thursday he headed off to 4th Grade!  Can you believe it?  He woke up super early and was dressed, made his bed, had packed his own lunch, and brushed his teeth by 6:30, when he woke the folks up, who informed him that he now had an hour and a half to chill a bit... so he dove back into work on IXL to warm up his math skills before heading to class.
He was super excited to be getting back into the swing of things, and his new teacher Mrs M seems really great... it's going to be a good year for him... it's kind of exciting to be an upper grader now.
When we picked him up, we celebrated his first day with Cloud City ice cream (along with about half of the school!).
After O's first week of school, we looked at the sky and said good bye to the summer blue and hello to a much needed rainstorm that has been going through all weekend.  Fall came all at once.

Mom and I were home for Owen's first few days of school, so we had our friends over for snacks and play-time.  I love seeing adorable baby Ellie, and Alex and I played super well together for the morning, while the Mom's snacked and chatted.
We did have to get ready though because Friday was also Dad's birthday!  Owen and I found some streamers and balloons and put them all up around the house ourselves so we could surprise Daddy when he came home!
We did a great job!  I helped Mom with his apple cake, and we took him out to dinner at the new Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood that he has been eye-ing... Rocios.  They had a great San Diego style burrito (just meat and guac please!).
and we all had a nice evening out.
After dinner, we pulled out his cake and sang Happy Birthday.
This weekend, even though it was a bit rainy, we headed over to the Oregon State Fair in Salem.
There were loads of animal exhibits.  We mostly spent our time checking out all of the farm animals.  My favorite was a crazy pigeon that puffed up in all sorts of weird ways.
Or this chicken with the super long legs that was called Stiltz.

Folks were doing all sorts of animal care getting them ready to show.  The bull above was getting the blow-dryer treatment, and these sheep were getting perfectly geometric and beautiful haircuts.

Although we didn't do most of the rides (something about rides that can be folded up and trucked away is unsettling to Mom and Dad), but they couldn't say no to the merry-go-round, which I absolutely loved!

Owen was pretty excited over the robotics exhibit, in part because they let volunteers race some of the robots through a sort of obstacle course.

Dad had never ever been to a fair like this, and Mom hadn't since she was a kid.  It was pretty fun, lots to see and we only got poured on once!  not too shabby.
Owen was pretty excited to start writing himself (in case you didn't guess, Mom typically actually writes for us, but that may change!) in the blog last week and will put together a post this week as well, he certainly loves comments and questions (we just have to figure out how to respond... bear with us).

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