Newport, Summer 2019

This was our second trip to Newport, but the boys didn't remember the first one. 🙂 As always, we stopped in Tillamook. Our first stop was the beach! It was a gorgeous, perfect evening! We spent our second morning at the Newport Aquarium. On our last day, we went to Yaquina Head. We clambered about... Continue Reading →

Best Toys for Five Year Olds

      I should have done a better job keeping track during 2018, because I always like thinking about ideas to share for gift ideas. Overall though I think this is a pretty good list! By far, the most "played with" thing in our house is plain old copy paper! Our boys love drawing, coloring, writing notes,... Continue Reading →

Six Years Old!!

These boys are now SIX! Here's what they've been up to as five year olds. Lots of big milestones this year.   First huge milestone--they both learned to read! M began first, in the spring--just all of a sudden; and E was a little bit later. Obviously the next biggest thing is that E and M... Continue Reading →

First Broken Bone!

At the end of September, M broke his arm. It happened during after-school. He fell off the monkey bars (which is sad because he LOVES monkey bars) and I guess he landed on his right arm. I was not there when it happened; I was finishing up teaching my photo class when I got the... Continue Reading →

Lincoln City, Summer 2018

Every summer we've taken a family overnight trip to the Oregon Coast. (In addition to occasional daytrips through the year.) This year we semi-reluctantly chose Lincoln City. There's no big attraction there really, so we weren't sure if there would be enough to do. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our two days! First, we... Continue Reading →

Starting School! A ramble

Our boys will begin kindergarten this week. I think I need to say that again because even though I've said it a lot in the last few months, the gravity of the idea still hasn't quite sunk in. (Hence the wandering mess that I'm sharing with you here.) E and M are starting school this... Continue Reading →

Anecdotes of Five and a Half

We took the boys to get donuts on a Sunday morning. But we waited too long and forgot to give them a snack and it got too close to lunchtime, which of course is a recipe for disaster. So they wanted to eat the donuts at the shop, but there wasn’t a place to sit... Continue Reading →

A Week in Maui!

My little brother got married in Maui this November. I got to spend six nights there with my family, and Andy stayed home with the boys. Not too shabby!! It was gorgeous and peaceful and wonderful. Obviously! It was a pretty quiet week, with a lot of quality family time and relaxed hanging out. This... Continue Reading →

FIVE!

  Here's all the stuff M and E have been up to in 2017 as four year olds and the first month of five. I read over the Four post and a lot of their behaviors and stuff is still the same. These boys are kids now. Not toddlers or little preschoolers anymore. They have lost... Continue Reading →

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