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iPhone addictions



Have I mentioned my 2 year old is addicted to my iPhone?  “Sara play angry birds on Mama’s iPhone?”  (sounds like “angry burds”)





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Cabin progress


Oh – we are making quite a bit of progress on the cabin.   Slowly but surely, little tiny bits of progress. It went up so quickly with the big parts, the walls, the roof, the floor going up in only ~ 2 months.  But now, things seem to be dragging and dragging and dragging.  It feels like every other weekend we are down at the cabin working and making small amounts of progress.  It actually feels like we are always working.  But, finally, finally, finally – we have some progress to show for it.


It is by no means anywhere close to done.  No.Where.  But, it’s getting closer and we are able to stay there now the weather is warmer, which is nice. 


The upstairs loft is getting the most attention lately.  It’s about 2/3 of a floor, so I can’t quite stand up in it.  But, that’s OK since we really should be outside at such a beautiful location. 


The upstairs have gotten a new coat of porch paint for the floors and most of the ceiling is done.  There are some tricky angles, as you can see.  But, Lance is diligently working away to get it all together and the insulation all hidden away from the kids level. 


The walls are up, and still need some caulking and some paint, but the hardest part of all the cutting and measuring is done. 


We have some twin beds for us and some smaller-than-twins for the kids.  We tested them out on Saturday night and it was very comfortable! 

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The loft stairs have been installed and we can now get up and down very easily.  The downstairs, as you can see is still studs.  We are planning on leaving it like that for the summer to be able to have some fun and not just keep working, working, working on it.  We will paint the downstairs floor too to make it easier to keep clean.  Other than buying a very small fold-out couch and maybe a small table/chairs, we are done with the downstairs for the foreseeable future (or until Lance gets an itch to work on it again, which ever comes first).




The outside is looking really fabulous.  It looks almost done, until you realize that the yellow color is just primer.  Bummer!  Although, I really do like the light yellow color so we plan to paint it roughly that same buttery yellow color, so it is nice to see what it looks like before taking the big plunge and buying the paint. The shingles will stay the same color and we painted the door last Fall, but it came out all blotchy, probably because we were pushing it in terms of temperature when it was drying.  It will have to be re-painted. But, not anytime soon. 





Here’s where a long day will be spent this upcoming week or two – all that wood that is laying on the ground needs to be split and stacked in that nice shed/covered-area that Lance built.  There is a lot of wood, so Lance is planning on getting a log splitter.  It will be so nice to get this off the ground and stacked and ready for s’mores time!  We have a picnic table that is perfect for this site and just love sitting around the campfire. 




Here is Lance and Sara celebrating the end of a nice long (fun) work day at the cabin.  Whew!  It sure is a lot of work to build this thing, but we sure love it and have been having fun learning about all sorts of things and Lance enjoys doing something completely different from his day (desk/computer) job.  We enjoy seeing Grandma Judy a lot and the kids are really loving that so much!



We hope that now that we’ve got a nice area, we can have lots of people come down and enjoy it with us.  If you are interested in enjoying the beach, playing in the sand, playing on the boat (if the tides are right for putting in and taking out the boat), getting clams, oysters, even geo-duck – let us know. 


We would love to have you join us!

Wiggle Worms



Sara used to be fairly reserved and some would call slightly shy.  Well, no more!  She is out of her shell!  We have been going to Wiggle Worms (tumbling for toddlers) all Fall/Winter and Spring long, we just have one more session.  I just had to share this since she loves it so much.  We wait on the steps and she looks down at where it will be and waits patiently on the steps with her card in hand.  When it’s time for Wiggle Worms, the teachers calls for them and there she goes ready to turn in her card to the teacher. 




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The first thing we do is the trampolines.  She runs up and down them and falls down (but doesn’t get hurt, don’t worry) and just giggles and giggles.  She is very aware of the other kids and has been really careful about slowing down or going around other kids, thankfully.  Some kids are oblivious and there have been a few head on crashes that totally are not fun. 

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Unlike her brother, she DOES NOT like the foam blocks.  Alex would love to be thrown in from un-godly heights.  Over and over and over again.  It was so fun to him.  She HATES the foam blocks, unless of course she is stacking them or knocking them into the pit.  But, NO-SIR-EE-BOB is she to be even gently tossed in.  “No, like it Mommy”.

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Next, we move to an obstacle course area that is different every time we go.  She loves the hula hoops when they are out and loves the colors.  There are balance beams, things to crawl on, under, over, through, all sorts of fun things. 


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And then to the last space during Wiggle Worms class – upstairs where there is the plastic ball pit.  Oh the love of the plastic balls!  She gets right in and buries herself and just lays there.  LOVES them!!! 


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There are also the rings which she loves, too.  She swings and kicks up her legs, kids abs are so strong! 



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One of the best parts is getting stamps at the end.  The teacher usually only gives one stamp, unless you come back and get more.  So, she does and usually ends up getting one on each hand and one on her tummy.  She loves this part!  She comes home and shows everyone what her stamp is and all the locations her stamps are at.  She’ll often look at them that whole weekend, or until they get washed off.

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Wiggle worms is a parent/child class – but next Fall she’ll be ready for Mighty Mites where it’s lead by a teacher.  Snif Snif. 

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And for a fun look back at past years….



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Last day of preschool

Today we celebrated (sniff sniff) the last day of Montessori preschool for Alex.  He is going to kindergarten in the Fall! 

He will be going to various camps offered at Evergreen Montessori over the summer, space camp, soccer camp, circus camp, cooking camp, and all of them will be so much fun.  It took me a while today to figure out the momentous step we are taking right now.  I knew that I wanted to take their pictures on the last day of school, just like on the first day of school, but it didn’t hit me that my boy is now a kindergartener until this evening.  Alex is totally ready and we are so excited for him.

When you look back at the first day of school (well, second day, but who’s counting) from last August, Sara has changed SO much!  She’s talking up a storm, independent, sassy and totally fun!  Her hair is so long and she’s probably grown at least 4 inches in height since then.  Wow!

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I was reading some poems that reminded me of how fast time goes by when you have kids.  How fast indeed. 

Rocking My Baby
Cleaning and scrubbing
can wait ‘til tomorrow

For babies grow up
we learn to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs
and dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby
and babies don't keep

~ Author Unknown ~

A Touch of Love
He was six months old and full of fun,
With a blink of an eye, he was suddenly one.
There were so many things we were going to do,
But I turned my head and he was two.
At two he was very dependent on me,
But independence took over when he turned three.
His third birthday, another year I tried to ignore,
But when I lit the candles, there weren't three, but four.
Four was the year that he really strived,
Why, look at him now, he's already five.
Now he's ready for books and for rules,
This is the year that he goes to school.
The big day came, he was anxious to go,
We rode to school, going so, so slow.
As he climbed the steps and waived goodbye,
I felt a lump in my throat and tears stung in my eyes.
Time goes so fast, its hard to believe,
That just yesterday he was here at home with me.
And tomorrow when he drives home,
And I hear his music pound,
He'll be wearing his cap and graduation gown.
So I'm holding to the moments as hard as I can,
Because the next time I look, I'll be seeing a man.
~ Author Unknown ~

My Daughter Grows Up
Life is fleeting, years rush past . . .
and little girls grow up so fast!
Let me take time out to be
glad that mine's still here with me.
And though I'm busy through the day,
let me take time out to play . . .
Let me take time out to smile,
to linger with her for a while . . .
To invite her under the table for tea
and dress up silly as can be.
Let me take time out to sing
and dance and skip
and twirl and swing . . .
To splash in puddles when it rains
and make her fancy daisy chains.
Let me take time out to hear
about the things that she holds dear.
Let me tuck her in at night,
hear her prayers, turn off the light.
And for one more moment let me pray
and thank God that we shared this day!

What do 5 year olds do?


When I asked this question to Alex recently, this is what he did.


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They, read Mommy, like this…

Happy Father’s Day

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