Colonial Times

Ezra’s class has been learning about Colonial times and last Friday they had a Colonial Day. They each had to pick an occupation to research, write a report, make a sign, dress in a costume, & then give an oral report with props. (Thankfully, we knew about this a long time in advance!)

Ezra chose Engraver and as he & Micah researched this occupation, they discovered that engravers were also usually silversmith.


We lucked out & found a costume to borrow from a family that had gone through Colonial Days before! 

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Here’s his sign (his didn’t have the big smudge on it – I took his last name off)! 

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Report Time! He did a great job!


In the afternoon, they did all sorts of different centers, including making luminaries! 


Because I was helping corral kids from one station to the next, Audrey got to come along & got to make her own butter! I think we may have found her calling! It takes lots of energy & results in something eat!


Today was a field trip to Champoeg Park!


They did a great job of explaining life in the 1800’s! 


Trying out what it would have been like to haul water! 

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Just Cuteness!

Just a few pictures of my kiddos being themselves (& being cute in the process!)


Audrey working on her Valentine’s for her classmates!


Ezra built a model of the tabernacle for Sunday School! 


That’s my daughter! She’s all about the dress-ups these days!


Ezra’s class did a superhero chapel at school. Ezra got to talk about animal facts!


This was a common sight during Ezra’s basketball season! 

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Gilbert House

For Christmas we were given a membership to the Gilbert House children’s museum and we LOVE it!!! We got it at the end of January & have probably already gone 3 or 4 times. The kids enjoy it & we all get out of the house.


There is a super fun park outside that is great for the non-rainy days!


It helps get the wiggles out!


This is a fun “build your own” structure! The kids always enjoy coming up with a new design!


Even when they are leaving, they are still trying to play (here they are climbing on some sort of artwork!)

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I don’t know where the time has gone, but Audrey’s passport was due for renewal! (Kids under 16 only get their passport for 5 years)

 IMG_4652Such a huge difference!!!

I’m a little sad that the Baby passport is having to be retired, but at least we have an adorable smile to carry us through these next 5 years! I don’t even want to think about the fact that the next time we renew she’ll be into double digits!

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Dr. Seuss Day

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss Day for the kids! They were to dress up as either their favorite Dr. Seuss character OR a favorite character from any book by any author!


Audrey was Sam, I am!

Would you like some green eggs & ham?? Would you like them here? or there?


Ezra was Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes! An uncanny resemblance!

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Out with the old…

After 12 years of sleeping on a frame of which we were the second owners & the cheapest mattresses we could find when we were first married, we decided it was time to upgrade to something else.


Goodbye, old bed!


Hello, New bed!

It’s fun to have a bed that is just ours! No one else has owned it, no one else has slept in it! It’s just ours! It is from Ikea, which I feel like we should be moving past that stage of our life, but it was the right price AND I got the bed frame I’ve had my eye on for years! The only downside is that an American ‘king’ is slightly bigger than a European ‘king’, which means that our old duvet cover doesn’t quite fit! I guess that means we’ll have to get a new one (actually we do need to replace this one as it is starting to show its’ age as well)!

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Upwards Basketball

Last fall, Ezra heard about Upwards Basketball at church and decided that he wanted to play on a team. The great thing about this program is that everyone makes a team and everyone gets the same amount of playing time. So even though Ezra had never played a minute in his life before joining the team, he made the team, & learned a LOT!


We often had different kinds of dinosaurs on the court!

IMG_4599 See the blue thing on his shoulder?? Each of the five guys had a different color & it matched up with the five guys on the other team, so Ezra just had to find the guy with the blue thing on his shoulder to remember who to guard!


The best part – snack!!!


Warming up, this time playing at our church’s gym!

IMG_4614 Practicing with his coach!


Um, Yes, that’s Ezra!


He posed himself like this!!!


Time to warm up for his last game!


He made a ton of progress, had a good time, learned what it meant to be on a team, AND wants to play again next year! I’d call that a win!!


His team picture – seems completely accurate!


Celebrating the end of the season with personalized chocolate donuts!!

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