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First Pet

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!

IMG_5310 The tank itself is actually fairly nice looking & Ezra did a great job picking out the things that go inside the tank


He picked out 2 neon tetra & 1 black tetra. Their names are Neon, Nettle, & Blackie!


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New Years at the Coast

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!

 IMG_1585 Watching a movie


Enjoying the beach with the cousins


Digging in sand is always so much fun!


Running near the surf with Daddy

IMG_5302 Our “Home away from home”!


A beautiful sunset!


IMG_1586 Headed down to the beach the next day – wanting to keep the pants somewhat dry!



Strong Girl!!


IMG_1589 “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!



Pretty rock!


IMG_1592 My kids can’t avoid the water – it’s like a magnet!



On the 31st, we joined our friends at their lake house nearby for a fun ‘Christmas’ Party – the sunset over the lake was incredible!


IMG_1600 The kids celebrated the new year at about 7:30!



Ezra’s first 300-piece puzzle! (He had some help!)


IMG_1604 The view from our apartment



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!)

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Ezra at the Capitol

One of the teachers/parents had a really good camera at the capitol & got some really cute photos of Ezra. I had to share them, because they make me smile!

 DSC_3894 Waiting to sing


Singing his solo


Love that smile!!

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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!

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2018 Word of the Year


This year my word is Peace, which is a rare thing in our world, in our communites, & in our homes. I have chosen John 14:27 as my verse for the year:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”


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Merry Christmas!


I FINALLY finished Audrey’s stocking & have all four stockings to hang!! I originally started this project when Ezra was just a little guy! Of course, then there were just three of us! I made Audrey’s stocking a couple years back, but sewed the snowflakes on without comparing it to the rest of the stockings & inadvertently sewed them on the backside of her stocking!! So last year, our stockings did not hang from the mantle. Finally this year,  I got the snowflakes off the wrong side & sewn onto the correct side! Seeing all four stockings hanging off the mantle made me very happy!

 IMG_5272 Christmas morning in their new pajamas that they got for Christmas Eve!


Checking out the goodies in their stockings!


IMG_5276 The World’s most PERFECT shirt for my daughter courtesy of my cousin!!!

(It says Dirt Princess in case it is hard to read)


Opening gifts

IMG_5284 Excited about his “Learn to Draw” books from his Aunt & Uncle

We skyped with Micah’s parents mid-morning & opened our gifts from them. Then we headed to my parents house for a delicious meal & more gifts!


My boys checking out their new books!


Cousins playing with their new Barbies!

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Blazer Game

Both our kids won tickets through our library’s summer reading program. With the kids free ticket you can purchase reduced price tickets for everyone else. Micah decided that he & Ezra would go twice, so using Ezra’s free ticket they went to a game back in October. Then right before Christmas we had Audrey use her ticket & got tickets for the rest of us. Our seats were quite high up, but it was still a really fun evening!

 IMG_1537 They have free airbrush tattoos! 


Both kids HAD to get one!


IMG_1542 Ezra with his tattoo


Audrey with her tattoo

IMG_1543 Checking out his wingspan!


Now it’s Audrey’s turn!


Go Blazers!

(Unfortunately, their star player was injured & their defense wasn’t playing very well, so they lost, but it was still a fun night!)


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