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Spring

We’ve had a busy spring, so here is just a smattering of the things we’ve done!

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We had a women’s craft night at church where we made pennant banners! I love the way mine turned out! It looks great in my living room!

 IMG_2065Early in April we had Black Tie (aka Prom) at the Oregon Garden! The students had a great time!

IMG_2068For five weeks this Spring, Micah was involved in a fitness competition with groups from the area. They had access to the gym & were given meal plans for each week. They ate the same thing for breakfast each day, which meant prepping a huge quantity of whatever breakfast was for the week. And then the same for each of the other meals. This was a really yummy cashew chicken meal that was dinner that week! It was a lot of extra shopping & prepping, but it was certainly interesting to see what new recipes we’d get each week! I think the one that scared Micah the most was a Quinoa Bacon Kale Bowl for breakfast, that ended up being not that bad, surprisingly!

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Micah has our yard looking pretty good this year!

20170429_115747Audrey & I went to a Spring Tea hosted by her cousin’s church. She loved the excuse to wear her Easter bonnet again!

20170429_103202Audrey was happy to sit with her cousin for the tea!

IMG_2110My mom & her kids together for her birthday!

20170506_123524Playing in the Discovery Room at the library!

IMG_4779We got to visit a one-day old baby horse!!! So sweet!

IMG_4778Giving some pets to the big horses too!

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The family had a tooth from a Mammoth that they had been wanting Ezra to see!

Lots of fun times! We’ve been thankful for the few sunny days we’ve had in the midst of LOTS of rain!!! Here’s hoping the sunshine is here to stay!

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Serving

Around Easter, I signed Ezra & I up to help out at a soup kitchen. It’s one that our Sunday School class works at on a rotation, so the bulk of the ‘servers’ were from our class. Ezra did a great job with the set-up & preparations that needed to be done.

20170402_124821Setting the table

 

20170402_125905Setting out cups

Once all the patrons began to arrive, it was a little too uncomfortable for Ezra, but I still think it was a good experience for him to be exposed to & we can try again another time and hope that since it isn’t a new thing, he’ll be able to be involved even more.

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Easter

Right before Easter Audrey had a little concert in her classroom!

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20170413_104817Then we went out to the playground to hunt for Easter eggs!

20170413_105006Showing off her treasures!!!

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I can’t get over how cute this little girl of mine is!!! She was so proud of the Easter bonnet that she made!!

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My handsome boy & pretty little princess all dressed up for Easter service!!

IMG_4765Time to check out what they got in their Easter baskets!

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The rest of Spring Break!

On Monday of Spring Break, I had to work, so Dad kept everyone entertained!

 IMG_2047It’s been such a wet spring that it had been a while since they had gotten to ride their bikes!

IMG_2050Everyone had a good time!

On Tuesday morning we took off on a little adventure to Southern Oregon! With our Gilbert House Museum memberships we can get into a number of other museums around Oregon (actually all over the U.S. & a few international ones as well) for free! We decided to hit up the ones south of us during Spring Break!

IMG_2048The first one, The Science Factory, is located right next to the University of Oregon’s campus in Eugene. As you can see my kids are not shy about their feelings for the Ducks!

20170328_103020It wasn’t a huge museum, but they packed a lot of fun things into it!

IMG_2053The kids had a blast!!! Actually it kept mom & dad entertained too!

IMG_4742After the museum we were all ready for our picnic lunch in the park, followed by a little walk around the pond looking at all the ducks & geese!

The next museum on our list was the Museum of Natural & Cultural History. I thought it would be over my kids’ heads & that we’d breeze through it in 10 minutes! I was wrong! It ended up being super fun for my kids & quite hands-on!

IMG_2054Ezra, of course, was fascinated by the skeleton of a giant ground sloth

IMG_2056Audrey had fun playing scientist & examining “bones”

After that we headed to our hotel for some swimming & tv-watching for the kids & reading for mom & dad!

IMG_2057Can you tell that Audrey enjoyed her dinner???

The next morning we went swimming again & then stopped for lunch at the logical place to stop on our way to Ashland:

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In-N-Out has come to Oregon!!! (This picture was taken from online – it was a gray, cloudy, rainy day when we were there!)

IMG_2060Learning about pulleys at ScienceWorks! This museum was HUGE!!! And SO much fun!!!

20170329_145658Playing with big bubbles!

20170329_145919Really BIG bubbles!

20170329_152430Seriously, this girl!!! I guess this is her Pirate Pose!!!

Friday was an at home day! But Saturday we had another little adventure! This time to Silver Creek Falls! It was a rainy day, but we’re Oregonians, so it was still a fun time!

IMG_2061Beautiful view of the falls!!!

It’s always sad when Spring Break ends, but we had a lot of fun adventures & got some much-needed rest in as well!

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Spring Break at the Beach

We started our Spring Break with a fun weekend at the beach thanks to our friends, Uncle Jon & Aunt Vicki who invited us to come stay at their cabin on D Lake! It was such a great way to start our break!

IMG_4669A beautiful view from the windows!!!

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The next morning we decided to head out to do some whale watching as the “Whale Spoken Here” volunteers were out to help with spotting spouts! At the first location, Ezra put all the toy whales in order by size (even though a few of them were not to scale so looked smaller in the line).

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The volunteer immediately put his vest on Ezra & declared him their newest volunteer! He isn’t quite old enough to do it on his own, but if one of us were to come along to the training he could be a helper!

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Looking for whales!

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Coloring a whale picture!

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Showing Uncle Jon where to look! (Actually I’m not sure that Ezra can find the spouts very easily – it’s really tricky & take a lot of patience)

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A beautiful day at the coast!

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That afternoon we went to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area! There were some seals hanging out down on the rocks!

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And an eagle hanging out in one of the trees!

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The tide pools were incredible! You could touch everything except the sea stars!

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The cousins joined in the fun for our afternoon outing!

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So many fun things to explore!

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Ezra, of course, was in his element!

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Nothing beats a day at the Coast!

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Too cute!!!

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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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