Saturday, September 29, 2012

100 Day, Garbage, Ava, Meal Plans


For Family Home Evening last Monday we had a 100 Day party to celebrate having read to page 100 in the Book of Mormon together as a family. Only 431 pages left to go :)
(slow and steady wins the race)
 
 





Okay ladies - this is my garbage can.
 No, no - not the green on the right - that's right, the little green one on the left.
 

Here's my seven year old standing next to it, to give a perspective on it's size.  Oh yeah, and it's only picked up once every TWO weeks.  Thank you, Portland! 
 
Actually, for real - thank you, Portland. I am glad to live in a place where recycling and composting are being taken seriously. Like, way seriously.  We got a mailer saying that Portland has cut it's garbage output by 40% in the last 12 months. 
Go Green!
I hang my head in shame when I think of my humongous black can in Utah that was overflowing every week!  And we even had a recycling bin.
 
I also hang my head in shame when I think of all the gallons and gallons of water we would put on our grass every day or every other day there, too.  We learned quickly that people in Portland, for the most part, don't water their lawns in summer (as you can see by the yellow grass in the pics below).  It was a shock to move to yellow grass in this rainy land area, but it doesn't rain hardly at all in the summer here, and people know it will just start raining soon again,
and want to conserve water, so = dead grass. 
 
Or, only mostly dead.
 
 

 Ava performing in the backyard for anyone who will watch her. She often sings and dances until a neighbor will come out to talk to her.  Good thing we are surrounded by good people!
 
 







My little project this week.  I got a cheap magnet dry erase board and drew on it with permanent marker so I wouldn't be so wasteful with my throw away paper weekly planner sheets for meals. 
 
I like how it turned out. 




One funny last note:
 
At the 100 Day party mentioned above, it was Isaac's turn to say the FHE closing prayer, which also means blessing the treat (Grandma Harmon's Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Icing - yum).
 
In his prayer he said,
"Please bless the food so that....it won't have any...like, bacteria in it or anything."
 
We all couldn't help but laugh in the middle of the prayer at that one. 
Then give him a big hug afterwards.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

{more of what we've been up to}


{Cannon Beach} - today!

Cannon Beach is about 1 hr 40 min from our house, so I decided to take the kids for a last chance beach visit before it gets too cold to enjoy it this year. And it was still pretty cold! There was a 20 degree difference from our house (82) to the coast (62).
This is the very first thing Kayla did as we hit the sand, lay down and make a sand angel. She was so enamoured with how soft it was.


haystack rock

The first thing Ava did was hit the sand in true beauty pose fashion and started looking around to see if anyone else was noticing her. She bawled and bawled when I told her it would be too cold for her swimming suit, so the compromise was that she could wear a tank top with shorts (I usually always make her wear a little white shirt under her tank tops). This offer dried up the tears immediately, and she chose her favorite orange top. I could tell it made her feel a little wierd because she kept pointing out other girls and saying "Mama, that girl is even more not modest than I am."

Jacob, our tactile child
I just love those stubby little legs.
two girls ready to take on the cold water....
...and the fall soon thereafter. this pic is golden.
all wet! complete with precious crooked sunglasses


brrr...this kid is fearless. and determined.






love this
superstar
those misty rocks are mesmerizing
Isaac claiming he can see the pirate ship from the end of the Goonies
positively excited
Jacob's heart went out to this little struggling fish on the beach. It was extra sad because a seagull swooped down and snatched it up!
Once Ava was done playing in the water and realized how cold and dirty she was, this was her general disposition (imagine lots of dramatic whining). She didn't want to let her legs touch when she walked.
I love that I caught this moment. Isaac is jumping over a message he wrote for Daddy.
admiring Isaac's sweet message
We miss you Dad!!!!!!
so cold
Me and the girls
sandy toes

he couldn't resist
unearthing.....and then a ride home in the van. So fun to be close enough to do this for a day trip on a last minute whim. And the drive itself - beautiful! Love to be a part of this area.
{earlier this month}
harvesting tomatoes with two cuties
first day of school
Ava getting jealous over the pics of first day of school, thus needing her own

sprinkler fun

I love that when they noticed I was taking a picture they stopped and held still
My little lego creator
love the perspective on this one
{Sauvie Island Farms}
My little sunflowers. Kayla was throwing a fit at this point because she was hot and tired.
Ava felt like a princess in this field of U-Cut flowers.
I *love* this pic. Exactly what a fruit snack should be.







I gave him a ball cap but the bowl was more interesting, I guess.
The lady working at the farmstand showed our kids this sweet little frog that always seems to make his way back to their tables. Precious! Look at that dirty Kayla face.


Am I surprised? Nathan is inspired by our visit to the farm and immediately recruits the kids to plant some more seeds in the backyard as soon as we get home.

{Portland Saturday Market}
It was fun to go to the market with Cory and Rachelle and the kids!
This guy was a great salesman and could have kept talking to the kids all day, teaching them about his genious handcarved tops
The lanterns were so cool.
Feel bad that I caught the designer at such a bad moment in the background. She was just talking to us as I snapped the pic. Imagine a pergola in the backyard with these hanging beneath. Awesome! I want.
All our ducks in a row
from the front. The older kids are mad because we told them they couldn't go get soaked in the fountain. Notice what I didn't notice until we got to the market - Jacob's fashionable pair of different sized tan dress socks. Adorable!
Jacob and his chocolate ice cream goatee.
Once done with ice cream, they were so sticky we let them wash off in the fountain.
suddenly happy again
*cousins*
This robot looking guy used those crystal ball things like David Bowie in Labrynth. Except that was a hand double and not really David Bowie. Cory said he saw Nathan studying his moves, just in case this whole pharmacy thing doesn't work out.
Ava dancing to the music. What a day!