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.

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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!

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

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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!

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Today was a field trip to Champoeg Park!

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

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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!)

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Audrey working on her Valentine’s for her classmates!

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Ezra built a model of the tabernacle for Sunday School! 

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

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

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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.

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

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It helps get the wiggles out!

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

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

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Passport

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)

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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!

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Audrey was Sam, I am!

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

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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.

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Goodbye, old bed!

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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!

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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!

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The best part – snack!!!

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

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Um, Yes, that’s Ezra!

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He posed himself like this!!!

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Time to warm up for his last game!

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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!!

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His team picture – seems completely accurate!

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

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