Waiting

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One day before we left for school, Ezra brought some of his friends out to the living room & arranged them in such a way that they could sit & watch out the window while they waited for him to come home! It’s good to have friends!

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Oktoberfest

Last weekend was the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest! Our school has a funnel cake booth, so we always go to support our school & eat a funnel cake! Someone has to do it!!! Plus, the food at the other booths is tasty AND the “kindergarten” area has lots of free activities for the kids!

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Ezra is starting to get too big for pony rides! He had to go on the biggest pony – I’m guessing he might have one more year left! 😦

 

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The slide was new this year, so the kids were excited to try it out!

 

IMG_1180 The hay maze isn’t quite as hard when you are five!

 

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Sweet baby cows!!!

 

IMG_1191 Jumping on the trampoline (the cords attach to rods that hold the jumper up so that they are suspended & just touch the trampoline at the bottom of their jump)

 

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Even Audrey got some good height to her jumps!

 

It was another fun year! Some time we’ll actually have to take the shuttle out & see the abbey!!

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Art

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This is the drawing that Audrey did in her first art class at school! Do you recognize the subject??

 

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That’s right! Mona Lisa herself!! Audrey told me she wanted to draw this one, because she was “so pretty”!

 

 

 

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It’s official!

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I now work in the same school as Micah! Officially, I’m an Instructional Assistant, but all that really means is that I ‘teach’ three periods of study hall each afternoon! It works out pretty well as I just show up at school a couple hours earlier than I would need to for picking up my kids. The Elementary school gets out 15 minutes before the High School, so we’ve set up a system where I send a particular responsible student from my study hall to run over & get them & bring them back to me! It’s pretty much a win-win!

 

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Oregon Home

It’s been almost two years since we moved into our current home, which is our (mine & Micah’s) fourth home in our nearly 13 years of marriage. I suppose that isn’t a lot by some people’s standards, but given how much I detest packing, it feels like more than enough to me! I like having a record of the homes we’ve lived in, so I figured this is as good a time as any! For the record most of these photos were taken last November when I had my house all cleaned up for company (& had my house all decorated for Fall – I’m not quite ready yet for Fall this year given our very long, rainy winter last year).

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Our cute little 1948 house!!

IMG_3900This is the view from the front door. You enter into the dining room, which I find a little odd, but I am thankful for the somewhat ‘open’ floor plan, which is not terribly common in homes this age! You can see the hallway between the dining room & the kitchen.

IMG_3906 The view back towards the front door & the living room at the front of the house

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The living room

IMG_3904 The other side of the living room

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The kitchen

IMG_3908 Standing in the kitchen looking towards the back door (on the left), the laundry room/bathroom (straight ahead), & the master bedroom (on the right)

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Master Bedroom (couldn’t show you much more of the room or you’d see the mess!)

IMG_3914 This is our laundry room/half-bath – it’s very strange, but I’m SO grateful for a second bathroom in our house as there are a number of times when we’ve needed both bathrooms! It also has a lot of storage, which is wonderful!

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Looking down the hallway at the bathroom (first door on the right), Ezra’s room (second door on the right), & Audrey’s room (on the left)

 

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Bathroom

 

 

IMG_3894 Audrey’s bedroom with her “princess bed” (which was mine when I was a girl & my mom’s when she was a girl, although the bedding is new thanks to Nene!)

 

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One of the fun things about Audrey’s room is the built-in cabinets/closet

 

IMG_1162 Ezra’s room (another room where I can’t show you more or you’d see the terrible mess!)

 

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We are SO blessed to have a fully fenced backyard! (Although right now it is a lovely shade of tan as we did not keep the grass watered this summer with all our travels!)

 

It’s not huge, but it fits us well! I wouldn’t want to clean too much more  space, so it’s just about right! The neighborhood isn’t super – our particular corner isn’t so bad, but a couple blocks away gets more rough, but unfortunately, that’s true about a lot of areas in our town. We don’t know how long God has called us here, but for now this is home!

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Reminiscing about the summer

We had lots of fun adventures during the summer, but because I was having fun, I didn’t take as many pictures as I could of, so here is a smattering of the past month!

 IMG_1032 Not all things are fun about the summer, like having to rake up the fuzzy things that fall off the Mimosa tree in our backyard!!!

 

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Our Wild Kratts fan!!!

IMG_1043 Audrey attended VBS at another church since we missed the one at our church while we were traveling

 

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Superhero Audrey!

 

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But the results are worth it!!! Blackberry jam is so yummy!!

 

IMG_1074 We walked across the Union Street Bridge & Ezra wanted me to take a picture of the ducks down on the river! Can you see them???

 

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Face painting at the “End of Summer Reading Contest” party at the public library!

 

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He wanted to see what his face painting looked like! I love the freckles & long eyelashes!!

 

 

IMG_1087 Two batches of peach jam!!!

 

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Audrey got her hair cut at a kids salon in town & got a fancy hairstyle complete with sparkles & cotton candy scent!! Needless to say, she loves going there!

 

 

IMG_1097 My dad ran the Hood to Coast & needed 3 volunteers, so I helped him out! I got to work at an exchange pretty close to Mt. Hood! It was kind of crazy, but the view was gorgeous!!

 

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Riding the Carousel in Salem

 

 

IMG_1135 Playing at the Splash pad at Riverfront Park

 

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Such a typical little girl!!

 

 

IMG_1139 We spent a few hours at the State Fair before I checked in for my volunteer hours (a gal from church works in the ‘food’ competition area, so I got to help with keeping the area around the cakes, pies, cookies, & preserves clean! I wish I had been there for the judging, because some of the cakes look heavenly!!)

 

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Go Beavs!!! (I went with my parents to the Portland State game while Micah watched the kids & he’ll go to another game while I watch the kids)

 

 

IMG_1142 Some people go to the beach for labor day, we went out to visit Grandpa & Uncle Noah at work!!!

 

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Grandpa drove them around! And according to the kids almost drove them into a ditch! Same thing he used to do when I was a kid!!!

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First Day of School

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He’s looking SO big!!!

 

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First day of going ALL day!! (She’s not so sure about it, but mom & dad are!!)

 

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And so begins another year of school!!!

 

This year mom is going “back to school” as I’m going to be ‘teaching’ High School study hall for the last 3 class periods of the day. It’s an ideal job because I’m on the same campus as my kids & have the same days off as them! Couldn’t ask for anything more!

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