Sunday, September 25, 2016


Guess who turned 7 this week!  It has been a really amazing week... lots of celebrating, lots of new exciting things... like pierced ears!
 I woke on my birthday to all sorts of awesome gifts from dear family who remembered me (and even Owen) on my birthday!

 After an exciting morning and a great day at school where I got a crown and special birthday wishes from my class... Mom took me out to get my ears pierced, which I had been looking forward to for years (since she told me when I was 5 that 7 sounded like a good time).  Mom checked out the piercing parlors around town and we decided on the black hole and they were great... I was great, totally chill the whole time, politely answered questions, picked out pretty blue crystals and then a few minutes later came home with a big grin accented by some sparkly earlobes!

this week was filled with beautiful weather, lots of pictionary on my new easel from Uncle Ry
Owen has also spent some time programming his new catapult robot and it now drives around the kitchen regularly.  
 We celebrated with my birthday party this weekend and had a handful of dear friends come over for a great day of fairy garden making and general fun playing like crazy!

 It was a perfect day and a fun party filled with flower crowns, chocolate mint birthday cake,
and lots of garden making.  
 Owen organized a lot of the garden planting and was great at helping everyone out.  The gardens all turned out so amazing!  We are all blown away by how sweet, fun and creative they all were.
 I had several wardrobe changes
 and lots of smiles.  Thank you Esme, Gretta, Katie, Will, Grace, Tommy, and Roxanne for helping me celebrate!

Thank you to everyone who helped make turning seven so special!   We finished up today with some quality time in woodstock, at the new fish and chip window(delicious and generous), and Owen and Dad went to the new seasons hot-sauce tasting and came home with some for us all to try!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lighting up the weekend!

 So, it's been fun introducing Grace to practicing wushu (she has watched a lot of classes!).  I'm working on 9-sectional whip (and really like it... it's challenging though!), and G is learning long-fist.  She has some of the moves down easily (splits, push-ups) but others are tough (v-ups, some of the sequences for the kicks).
 This weekend has definitely had the breath of fall with some rainy days mixed in with the sunshine and a few leaves just starting to turn.
I spent an uncommon amount of time in arcades this weekend.  Dad took me and Aidan to laser tag for Aidan's birthday present.  WE had a blast (ha!) and managed to get in the top-3 for every game that we played!  We also got a bit of time in the arcade afterwards.
as well as a stop at burger king on the way home.

Sat afternoon we got to have a fun play-date with Liam; we played checkers, made pizzas and had a fun game of twister!
 Our pizzas were wonderful!
 Today we got to celebrate this wonderful woman's birthday!  Linda had a birthday bash at John's Incredible Pizza, which is sort of a souped-up chuckie cheese (with much more awesome rides!)
 Grace got mom thoroughly motion sick on the tilt-a-whirl ride and eveyrone loved the bumper cars!

 and we all had fun on the arcade games.
Happy Birthday Linda!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mini Maker Fair and Woodstock Gives Back

My giant pad of paper came this week.  It's so much fun to draw things big like our teacher does at school.

 On Saturday, we headed to the Portland Mini Maker Fair at OMSI which is a local science museum.

It's always a good time.   There are booths everywhere with fun activities for us kids to do.   I made bubbles and a little wooden frog with LED lights for eyes.

Owen made a giant cowboy hat out of cardboard paper.  He got a lot of compliments for it as he walked around the fair.

Owen's favorite activity is making paper rockets you get to fire into the air using compressed air.

If you look close at the second picture you can see the rocket flying up.

We also had fun watching and then riding the giant vehicles.  They're all people powered so you have to pedal like a bike to keep it moving.

They even had a few art cars like this big car that was covered in yarn.

Owen and Dad spent some time at the Tracker's booth trying to make fire with things like a wooden drill and an old fashion flint and steel.

This morning, bright and early, Mom and Owen did a 5k run in our local neighbor hood (Woodstock).  It was part of a large neighbor hood event today called "Woodstock Gives Back".  Various stores along Woodstock Blvd have activities (crafts, raffles, runs, etc..) and they do it to raise money for a variety of charities.

Owen says he did really well in the run until the last big hill.   

The local furniture shop, The Joinery, had a build a bird house project.  It was pretty popular, but Owen and I both managed to get their in time to build bird houses before they ran out of kits.

One of our favorite activites was at the very far end of all the activities.   The local french restaurant, Bergerac, was raising money for The Portland Kitchen which serves disadvantaged youth by teaching them to cook.  

Well, this activity was that the french chef thought us how to make quiche and a salad that we got to eat.  Here we are rolling out the pastry crust.

We learned to make a proper vinegrette.

Our salad was a nice combination of tomatoes and watermelon.

The local natural medicine store had a hula hoop contest, and I won.   Owen and Mom also did a great job, but I think I could have kept going for days.  Turns out that this is the same shop that Owen won the guess how many beans contest a couple weeks ago.

Dad and I got hungry so we went to Otto's for a hot dog while Mom and Owen visited a few more stores and did a few more activities.

We finished the night by bringing back family game night.  We haven't done this since before the beginning of summer.  We played Settlers of Catan and Owen and I tied because we had to quit in time to go to bed.