Sunday, November 29, 2015

Filled with gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We are so grateful that we got to spend this weekend and several feasts with Grandma and Grandpa!  
 I am particularly thankful that they indulge my enthusiasm for games!  Here's evidence of one of the best Apples to Apples games ever witnessed!  Grandpa and Grandma can seriously sell a story!
 While we were playing, Dad was working on our Thanksgiving feast.  We had a wonderful meal

 including Dad's rotisserie turkey, and all of the trimmings!  Not to mention that we have had a steady stream of sweet treats the entire weekend!  I am pretty excited since I was introduced to Indiana Jones this weekend and Loved it!  After feasting and having a lovely and relaxing day together, Grace and I took turns staying over at the hotel, so that was a great treat!  Grandma, Grandpa and I woke and met Mom, Dad, and Grace down at the parade on Friday morning!  It was perfect!  By perfect, I mean people handed out treats along the route and we were in prime position!
 Everyone else was pleased because it was just the right amount of crowds, length, and fun!  Even Grace, who spent much of the parade hidden in the depths of the family,
 eventually found her way right up to the curb, to sit down with Grandma!


 Grandpa Tom even had a sparkle when he saw the Beat Goes On, a band of retirees that really put on a pretty great show!  I think he is setting his sights on taking his Flute practice on the road!
 and of course, moving the seasons on through to the Christmas season!
 after walking around in the crisp morning it was pretty wonderful to be able to spend the rest of the morning in the very warm pool at the hotel!
 followed by some awesome donuts back at the house!
 Grandpa and Grandma took us to a yummy dinner out at Cafe Castagna and we finished up a great weekend hanging out with Grandpa while Dad tried out a kettlebell class and Mom and Grandma went looking at fabric.  After they took off back home, We headed to the Mt Hood tree farm to pick out our tree!

 It was a beautiful, crystalline day, the frosty ground crunched underneath our feet to reveal some great mud!

Plus there was a gorgeous view of Mt Hood!

I got to do a lot of the cutting this time!  We picked a pretty sweet little tree 

It is perfect!  I had a sleep-over at my Friend Kale's house, and we had a blast... there were lots of nerf wars.  The folks picked me up this morning and we kicked off Advent at Church.

This afternoon we finished hooking up the new heat-pump (yay!!!)  and finally decorated our beautiful tree!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Into the arts

It has been a bit calm this week, gratefully so really.  Today I joined some other Kindergartner friends and my dear Esme to go see the Junie B. Jones play down town.  We were great at the theater,
 They had art projects so we could have glasses like Junie B. Jones
 and of course, time in the crazy chair
 This time we discovered the back side of the crazy chair and almost fell down laughing when we discovered the buns.  
 In addition to the great show, we got some pretty sweet views as well.
 We grabbed lunch down in the Pearl, then walked back up.  Our favorite stop is the sculpture garden at the museum... where we went on an adventure to conquer the sun... 
 and rode a "horse" all over town (north, south, backwards, forwards)
 We even had a map to guide us.  We took turns being the navigator!
 Owen didn't join us, but he got a fun afternoon with his friend Aiden.  They worked on their scratch games for a long time
 then finished up with a game or risk.
Happy holiday season all, hope you're getting ready for a great day with a turkey and family and friends!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


We have made it out and about a bit more this week.  Mostly local excursions.  Since we had Wednesday off to celebrate Veterans' Day we had a kid-swap slumber party.  J came over and we made more progress on the Star Wars series, just one more buddy before the new show comes out! 
 Grace and E. had a fantastic time together and it was hard to let go of her sweet friend.
 After swapping back, we did make it to Creston to play and see some really huge squirrels

 CERF was in town, which meant that we got to meet some of Mom and Dad's friends from their Stonybrook days!  Dad got to catch up with Motz and Nicole came over and joined us all for dinner and later they headed up to Multnomah Falls for a hike and lunch!
 It had been years since Mom made it to the top of the falls, so she was pretty happy to be able to share the view with a good friend!
 This weekend, a big storm system kept threatening, however we made it through with a few showers here and there... and plenty of time for a few nice walks.
 We wanted to see what mushrooms were out, but were nervous about heading too far afield with the rain, so just wandered Reed Canyon.  Luckily they have loads to see!  Mom thinks she saw a beaver (or muskrat), we all saw a beautiful blue heron,
 and, of course loads of mushrooms pushing their way through the duff.
 and a few beaver gnawed downed trees!

 and lots of big leaf maple leaves to race down the creek!

 all in all a very nice hike, and just what we needed to get out of the house for a bit.

 Plus quite a haul to try to identify when we got back!

We took some pictures, and organized them, then set up for some spore prints.  
Grace has been working on her new sight words and has been typing them on the typewriter, the computer and writing sentences every day!