Sunday, June 25, 2017


This week, Owen and I went to Trackers camp!  I got to hang out with Esme and Margot in with the farm animals and we had a great time together and I met lots of new friends as well! We did all sorts of fun field trips, to farms and to the woods to see animals, build fires, bake biscuits and cobbler in the coals, card and spin wool.... all sorts of cool activities!   Owen did a woodworking camp and it was awesome.  They did mostly bush skills, building wooden knives, stick traps, bow drills, a spoon and a bamboo flute.  He did really well and the instructor was really impressed how focused he was and how well he caught on to things.  
I got to "do science" (or make slime... same thing right!?) after camp a few days, and on Friday we got to take Esme home to play farmer in the garden, and share Nacho night and movies with us!
We watched Beauty and the beast and then drew some great pictures afterwards
This weekend was relatively quiet, and HOT for us!  It was in the upper 90s which meant.... Lemonade stand!!!! I actually think it was a little too hot and cut down on foot traffic, we did pretty well on Sat, but Sunday was just too hot for anyone to be out, except Owen who hung in there for two hours before calling it a day.  I did manage a great play date with a friend who I was having problems with and worried about playing with but we ended up working it out really well and had a great afternoon on Saturday together.  Happy Summer folks!  It's official now and come and check out the lemonade... it's fresh squeezed!

Sunday, June 18, 2017


What a great end of the school year! And Happy Father's Day Daddy!  You are amazing
The last day of school, Dad was able to come and have lunch with Grace
 Watch one of my last four-square games at Woodstock... I ruled grade-school four-square!

 The school had a cool ceremony where we got to shake Mr. Steinke and Principal Johnson's hand, and we got a certificate and a carnation that we could give someone who meant a lot to us at Woodstock... I ran over and gave it to Mrs. Delwisch, my most wonderful second grade teacher!
 Then we got to walk around the school and all of the classes came out in the halls and clapped us out of school!  It was really neat and great way to move on to middle-school, with the support of our whole school behind us!

Friday, we had our first day of summer, which was exciting for us because we got to go into work with Mom and Dad for a few hours.  Then Mom took us to work at the food pantry in the afternoon before I had to head out to Wushu.  

This weekend has kept us busy, first Grace had a sleepover at her friend Roxy's house, and they had a total blast!  Of course, we had to deal with the fall-out of a sleepless (but super fun) night with a tired Grace Saturday Morning.  Once she finally chilled out, Dad headed out to fish for some Shad, and we headed over to Benjamin's birthday...

Happy birthday Bud!

Today is Father's Day!!! We have the best Dad in the world!  He spent his special day taking both Grace and I fishing at the North Fork Reservoir.  Grace caught the first and the biggest trout!
 I got to paddle my own boat... and caught the record smallest trout!

We had a great time!  We had a few art projects for Father's day that we gave Daddy and a new fishing buddies for life!

 I took charge of dinner and after Dad talked me out of trying to cook the trout over a "flint and steel" fire in my metal bowl... I filleted the fish, and panfried them and then harvested salad from our garden, made a great vinaigrette and had a wonderful dinner for everyone!  Mom had the opportunity to meet up with some long lost family, theVandervaals.. and got to meet Art, Paul, Brian, Brian and so many others who were in town for Dina's PSU graduation.
It was a treat to meet family from Brookings... Art is Grandma Jean's nephew.  

Happy Father's day to Grandpa Tom, Grandpa Steves, Dad, and all of the other amazing Dads in our lives.  We send you all loads of love!

Sunday, June 11, 2017


 So, the rain and the sixty degree weather didn't deter us from having a blast at the school carnival!

Last year it was baking hot, this year we had a lot of it inside, because of the rain, but we still got to dunk our teachers in the dunk tank, eat an uncommon amount of sweets (thank you bake sale super stars) and play lots of games!  Me and Quinten were trying on some funky glasses!
 We also spent this weekend at the Scandinavian Midsummer fest, where I got to make a fantastic crown of branches and flowers ... it was extra huge because it kept sliding bigger, so we would add more branches in a vain attempt to shrink it back down.
 Scan fair was at Oaks Park so in addition to erecting the midsummer pole and all sorts of fun crafts, we also to to ride the go-carts (above).

 Really, it was my friend Katie's birthday so we met up with her crew to help her celebrate.

Speaking of celebrating birthdays, we got to spend a great afternoon today celebrating our friend Matt's 50th(!!) birthday!  It was pretty serious.... an awesome balloon and juggling guy, 

 A pinata
 a cute cake with their vanogon
 Did I mention the juggler... with fire!!

 And Pip's doughnut truck with some Chai that Mom couldn't get enough of and doughnuts for days.

There was also a cool photo van that we got some fun photobooth pictures in.  It was super fun, and we were exhausted by the time we left!  Happy Birthday Matt!

Sunday, June 04, 2017


It's the end of the school year, which means there are all sorts of activities. I have started a series of school trips to Star Labs, 

where we get to do all sorts of cool experiments and are having a great time!  
 We kicked off the week with a Memorial day BBQ with friends.  Dad smoked up some awesome ribs and pulled pork and we had a perfect afternoon.
 Plus Grandma Terri's Peony bloomed, in keeping with tradition, a week after she visits us!
 There may have been a bit of ice-cream this week.
While Grace had a playdate with a new friend!
 and Dad took me out Kayaking for a big bass tournament.  We didn't win this year but did have a really nice day on the water.  Dad's favorite was when I was looking for lunch spots, and told the phone "Hey Siri remind me that fishing with Dad is Awesome!"  We caught a good handful of bass though (released).
 Mom and Grace had Saturday to themselves, which meant a morning at a fabric/craft event, some time on the playground showing off Grace's impressive monkeybar skills, and an afternoon sewing together.  Grace is getting really good at the barbie clothes.

 Portland is still pretty shaken with the horrible stabbing of some heroes who stood up against an attack against two girls on the max.  We decided to join our friends and Portland Timbers Stand Together, Hands-on Greater Portland to work on a garden for a school and a food pantry!
 We had a great time pulling weeds, leveling some ground for new garden beds

 Hanging with a Timbers player Gbenga Arokoyo!! (he signed my cup and J's shirt!)
 Although I don't have a picture of the end result, there was a bunch of weeds and topography here (they called it the snake) and now there are four raised garden beds that will be used to provide fresh veg for the food pantry!

 We worked hard all afternoon and did a great job (you can kind of see the shade put in by our team in the back corner.

 Plus we got to hang out with a lot of really great people!
 Although the weather was just right for this type of work, we still wanted to snack on some dip cones after a dusty afternoon working hard!

We finished the day with a great play-date and pizza dinner at E and J's house.  It was great to get working for a great cause, and even better to be able to share it with our friends!