I was in the middle of a task, but was wondering what day of the week a day in July was, so I “asked Siri” to show me a calendar of July.
Siri showed me my calendar & offered her opinion as well! Um, thanks, I think!
Both our kids participated in Upwards Basketball this year! Practice began in December & games started in January (As a kindergartener, Audrey stopped having practices once her games started). Audrey had games every Saturday at 9 AM!! Ezra’s games were usually at 2, which made for a very full day! It was fun to see how much progress our kids made! And as a side note, we’re happy to have our Saturdays back!
The teams gather at center court for prayer before the games begin!
Audrey dribbling the ball!
After the game was the “star ceremony” where the coaches focused on one area in which each player had done well (offense, defense, coach-ability, etc.)
Ezra played with 3rd & 4th graders
It was fun because Daddy & a teacher-friend from school coached Ezra’s team! He really enjoyed that!
Two cute basketball players!
Tough guys! Don’t mess with them!!
The past couple months have been ‘business as usual’, so not a lot of major events to post about. Here are just some fun photos of life:
Learning how to sew!
And then Audrey & I got Influenza…so miserable! My sweet Ezra boy made me this breakfast!
And the best dad award goes to…Micah! Helping Ezra build a robot with “Chinglish” (Chinese English) directions!
Audrey was a super scientist (I brought a simple science experiment into her class & she got to be the one to pour the ingredients)
We had a birthday party for Uncle Jon!
I was in charge of dessert, so we did a ‘make your own cupcake’ bar!
We got another Gilbert House membership!
We really like playing at Gilbert House!
We went to Oregon’s 159th Birthday celebration at the capitol! Audrey got her pictures taken with the “Gold Man”
For Christmas, Ezra got a fish tank! And after we got back from the coast, we went to the pet store & picked out all the accessories for the tank, got the tank set up, & then went & picked up his fish! He was very excited!
He picked out 2 neon tetra & 1 black tetra. Their names are Neon, Nettle, & Blackie!
My family has a long-standing tradition of spending New Years at the Coast in the same funny little motel apartment with the most amazing view out of the windows! (The only exception to this tradition is if the Oregon State Beavers go to a bowl game, in which case, my parents will be at said bowl game.) The itinerary is pretty much the same: Guys watch football, my mom does a puzzle, & I read; Everyone eats junk food! We had to find some things to occupy the kids, but overall still a relaxing time!
Enjoying the beach with the cousins
Digging in sand is always so much fun!
Running near the surf with Daddy
A beautiful sunset!
“Our beach” has done a strange thing since last year: this little “river” has always run from the embankment straight out to the ocean, but at some point it changed direction & now runs parallel to the water for a ways before heading out to sea!
On the 31st, we joined our friends at their lake house nearby for a fun ‘Christmas’ Party – the sunset over the lake was incredible!
Ezra’s first 300-piece puzzle! (He had some help!)
The very important junk food corner!!
I went for a walk on our last evening & saw this cool ‘squiggle’ drawn in the sand. Then I noticed that the shell at the end of it was still moving!
We had a wonderful time & all too soon it was time to leave & head back to normal life. It’s always sad to go, but we’re already looking forward to next year (unless, of course, the Beavers make it to the Rose Bowl!)
When I was growing up my Grandma always had a fabric chicken that went on her bread basket! Half the fun of eating Grandma’s delicious rolls was reaching under the wing of the chicken to pull out a roll! I was reminiscing about this memory earlier this year & decided to see if I could find something similar for my own table. I found them on Etsy, but they were much more than I was willing to pay. Thanks to my mother-in-law, who is a genius at sewing, we were able to make these together this past summer! The gray one is mine & the other two are my brothers who also got to experience Grandma’s Chicken bread basket!