Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bagels and Gingerbread

I spent $30 on bagels.  And that is why if you have lots of kids you shouldn't take them out for bagels. 

It was the Gingerbread exhibit at OMSI.  I wanted to go because I thought that they had taken down the space exhibit and somehow filled those rooms with all things gingerbread. I couldn't imagine how you'd fill so much area with gingerbread!  Which is probably why it wasn't so.

There is a seal on this mural I really like.  Next time I'll zoom in on him.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Nels' Game

Nels is making a video game.  These are the two characters in the game.  And you can make them do any of the actions listed on the side.  I hope he makes it one day because I want to play it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

October is Alright


October is when newts migrate through our yard.  It's also when our house starts getting giant beetles thumping against the windows.  This is a sign that it's almost time to start hiding indoors.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Musuem Day

This is what happens when I let the little miss dress herself.  I told her she would be cold so her solution is to put on giant socks.
She loves going to the planetarium.  We pretty much see the same show every time but she's still enthralled with it.  She is still convinced she is going to Mars someday.

 Most of the games are too old for her but she doesn't care.  She played a computer game for the longest time about how much money you save when you turn off the lights.  She couldn't believe the savings!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Paper Falcon

When Guy was little, like 4ish, he would make all sorts of things out of paper.  My favorite was a paper chair.  It would not hold my weight but it looked totally functional.  Guy still makes some awesome things out of paper like this Angry Bird Millennium Falcon.

Guy Had a Birthday

Guy turned 9 last month. He got to watch cartoons with lil' bro in the morning.  I'm not sure where this rule came from but he says on your birthday you are allowed to watch as much TV as you want.  Sounds okay to me since most people would rather be celebrating than watching TV.

We took cupcakes to school for him to celebrate there and we just had a little family party after school.  As usual the siblings were super excited to give him the things they picked out for him.  Daisy picked out a Gumby and Pokey.  Nels went a sticky hand and whoopy cushion.  Classic Nels.

Guy loved his presents.  He's an excitable guy.

Daisy and me decorated an ice cream cake for him.  We need practice but the Minecraft keychains we put on top won Guy over.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Relaxing Hobbies

I won above puzzle at the library during summer reading.  It's a very nice puzzle and I'd put the specs in right here if I knew them.  Not because I care but because I would like to think there are standard puzzle specs.  Not just the amount of pieces but the cardboard thickness and the photo printing technique.  Anyway, the best thing about doing puzzles at home with pets and kids ruckusing about is getting the chance to yell "STOP running through my puzzle/throwing puzzle pieces/chewing on puzzle pieces/attaching My Little Pony puzzle pieces to this puzzle BECAUSE I'M RELAXING WITH A PUZZLE NOW!"  It's best to say this in your angriest of voices.  The good thing about this is I have one child trained to yell these things for me.  Eventually all three will be trained and I can be the one messing up the puzzles.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Scary Hikes

 With the boys in school I decided to take Daisy on a wee hike.  She said it was scary AND there was something in her sock that was bothering her AND she didn't want to hold my hand because last time she did that something fell into her sock that was quite a bother
We managed.  The hike was 1.1 miles but it took us over an hour and I was started to think we were on a never ending trail.  Turns out scared 3 year olds with foot discomforts just walk really slow.
We shall see how enthusiastic she is about a hike next week.

Friday, September 9, 2016

School Begins!

First Day!
Nels is in Kinder (Age 5)
Guy is in 3rd Grade (Age 8)
 The first week of school has come to an end.  I've already had close calls with being late.  But I think I'd rate the week a success.  Everyone seems happy about going to school except Daisy who is very upset about being excluded.  She has some hope with starting at Dance School next week.  She practices daily.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Space Kids

Space Exhibit @ OMSI

Daisy puts her astronaut baby in the Kitchen of the ISS.  Her baby is looking for a hot sauce packet to eat.

 Kids are ready.  Daisy said she wants to go to Mars.  I'm not going to sign her up yet because I don't think she understands the time commitment.




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Time

Daisy chose an interesting book.  The best part about it is the computer has no spell check so she has to ask me how to spell certain words.  Some words like "sfbajkhfbv adghjk" she already knows how to spell.

Scandinavian Dancing

The kids danced in a Scandinavian Festival.  Nels has a Swedish name so it seems fitting.
If we do it again next year I'll be more motivated with costumes and such.  This year was confusing for me.

 Kids require lots of ice cream and snacks so their costumes got kind of messy.

Daisy and her dance partner compare dresses.

I let the kids each pick out something at the festival.  Nels went into a toy store and picked out Minecraft toys.  Guy said it wasn't fair because Nels didn't get it from a vendor.  Why wasn't there a Minecraft vendor?! It fits the theme.  Someone should put in a Minecraft booth.

Mailbox

South of House
You are standing in a driveway south of a blue house, with a red front door.
There is a large mailbox.
You are holding a stack of letters and bills, yet to be mailed.

>get in car
A nagging voice from inside your head speaks "Aren't you going to mail that?"

>mail it later
The voice becomes annoyed.  "You have said that for the the past 2 months."

>throw mail angrily into car
The mail does not fit.

>make room
Sticky Capri Suns and smashed up goldfish crackers have been moved to mailbox.  Mail is now sitting comfortably on the floor of the car.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Princess Daisy

We had a long day yesterday so I tried to get Daisy to wear some super unstylish sweatpants.  Nope.  So she wore her Princess dress to the pharmacy, library, science museum, and movie theater.  She got lots of compliments, especially from the people that frequent the pharmacy.  All I wanted to tell someone was "Do you know how hard it is for her to get on the toilet in that thing?" So, there, I did it.  I'm sure her ego can take it after yesterday.


Friday, August 5, 2016

July Hodgepodge

Here's some stuff that happened in July I think is worth remembering.

#1.  Acing "Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon".  The kids have beat this game ten times already.  They want another Putt-Putt game.  We'll do that for we are working our way up to Monkey Island.  Then who knows?

#2. Library reading logs.  I love Nels pictures,  He drew his favorite book, Pigeon books by Mo Willems and he drew himself playing a sport, minigolf.  He was really concerned the librarians wouldn't be able to read where he wrote "pigeon" to the point where he was getting upset with his penmanship.  I think it looks totally legible,

#3.  Couldn't Find daisy.  I lost Daisy in a playroom.  I was even searching the outside of the building because she most certainly wasn't inside.  Or was she...?  She was wearing a Tinkerbell wig.  I guess I recognize my kids by the tops of their heads.

#4.  Daisy's signature smiley face.  She calls them all "Elsa".

#5.  Graham cracker house in July.  We usually only make these at Christmas but Daisy insisted on it.  This one is Guy's.  I already forgot what it is suppose to be.  I shall remember that I forgot!

#6.  Daisy rocking out to disco.
video

Thursday, August 4, 2016

August Goals

This year is over half over.  A lot has happened but can't say I had much control over any of it.  I'm going to start making goals again.

1.  Paint 31 minis.  Today is the 4th?  I'm already behind.  Fantastic.

2.  Help spouse with finishing the chicken coop.  I think aside from nagging, I'm just responsible for the painting (touch up and trim).  I'll sit around and be moral support.  Maybe the yard needs work too?  Bah, I'll just whine about that too.

3.  Fix indoor plumbing issues.  I think this includes a leaking faucet, two broken Pop-Up drain stoppers, a leaking toilet, and re-caulking a bathtub.  I'm proud to announce I fixed the toilet all by myself yesterday!  Well, I consulted a YouTube video and a hardware store employee.

4.  mTurk, etc enough to buy these super stools for my kitchen.  I think I need $64.

"Camping" Adventure

We went camping.  I can't tell this by any of my photos.  I should have taken a picture of the tent.

On the way to the campground we stopped at Krispy Kreme.  The kids got to watch the making the of the donuts and I think we experienced our first "photo bomb" with a funny donut maker. 

The kids demanded I take our picture in this mirror at a salvage store. Very cool store in Astoria but even cooler?  Bathrooms.  They had them.  If I had to pick a theme of this trip it would be: taking children to every bathroom imaginable and then some.

On the Columbia, looking at the Columbia?

I forced the kids to watch The Goonies in the car.  Guy kept telling me he didn't understand the movie.  So when we saw Haystack Rock he did not remember it from the movie.  That's okay.  They will just have to watch it again.  Daisy was super jazzed by her Barbie kite.  My favorite thing was when she took her kite over to a man flying an extravagant kite and just stood next to him.  I think she may have formed a kite enthusiast club. 

We went to Fort Stevens.  I have fond memories of this place as a kid and am happy to report my children liked it as well.


Nels took our picture.  Daisy volunteered first but couldn't figure out the camera despite taking 500 pictures of her stuffed animals the week before.

Cathedral Tree in Astoria.  I found out about this tree from a book at the library about hiking with kids.  It was a good little hike and they liked the tree very much.

We went to Fort Clatsop so Daisy could hug Sacagawea.

The kids painted with quills.  Daisy liked it so much she was just painting her paper black.  It was a house she says.  

 So those were our adventures!  I didn't have my camera much at the campground but I did get this picture.  The mini golf course at the campground.  We were really roughing it.

On the way home we stopped by the cheese factory.  Because cheese is very, very good.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Missing Daisy


Daisy went missing.  She was located outside, in the rain, above a booster chair, and under an umbrella.  Her shoes were missing too.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ready for Kinder

Nels is in Kindergarten readiness classes this summer.  He claimed he was happy and excited to go.  He looked nervous to me.  He only had good things to say about the class and he was definitely proud of himself.  I am too!  Next time he wants to bring a backpack.  Kids these days and their fancy things.

Now Daisy was not happy about this school thing at all.  She sat next to Nels and refused to leave him.  Then she was screaming that we couldn't just leave him there.  We need to take him home!  Never thought about how attached she is to him.  They do share a room by choice and are rarely apart.  Hmm.  She's not going to like just hanging out with boring mom next year.

We went to the library while Nels was in "school".  Guy found a friend to play Battleship with while Daisy and I played some dream mystery date game.  It cheered Daisy up fast when she found her dream dress.  I found a pretty necklace card but I wasn't allowed to keep it. Playing board games with rules made up by a 3 year old is kind of sad. 

Better Builders

We haven't gone to any of the Home Depot/Lowes workshops in over a year.  Decided to try it again. Wow.  Guy didn't need any help at all.  Nels just needed his nails started.  Daisy needed a little guidance but she never took off running.  Best workshop yet. 

Beach Day

We went on a little hike.  I read about the "Hobbit Trail" in a hiking with kids book and thought that sounded great.  But I parked at the wrong spot and the most Hobbit-like family member wouldn't have made it.

As usual, it was a windy day so we weighed down some things with rocks.  Most notably, the picnic blanket.  Followed by the treasure map.  Lastly, a leaf that was blowing by.  It had to be stopped.

Kids at Play.
The boys built rivers.  Daisy built a pond.  Unfortunately her pond grew too big and right into Nels' river.  She didn't have water rights.  A rock wall was constructed.

On our way home we stopped at the carnivorous plant sanctuary for lunch.  Daisy spent the entire visit in a panic.  I didn't said anything.  She asked "Do the plants eat small children?"  I replied "Dunno."  Lunch was had, by whom I can't say.