Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ingredients: A Documentary

Just finished watching a documentary on Amazon Instant Video that I am super excited about.
(If you have a Prime Membership, you can stream it for free)
 
 
If anyone wants to know why we wanted to move here,
this beautiful place called Portland
watch the film.
 
 
It is beautifully done and embodies everything Nathan and I hope to do on our small farm.
We're living the dream, one compost heap at a time....
 
 
....we just need to buy our farm first.
 
 
We hope this blog is filled with pictures and tales of Harmon Farms sometime {very} soon.
 
 
The film's official website is here.
 
 
The link to the Amazon Instant Video page is here.
 
 
The film shows in great detail a number of farms right here in the Portland area and the amazing work they are doing building a local, sustainable network of food sources.
 
We live in the best place on earth!!!
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibit at OMSI

We had a great time this last week taking our kids to OMSI
(Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
to see the Mythbusters exhibit.
 
Here are some photos of the fun we had!
 









.watching intro video.


Nathan taking a stab at the pull-out-the-tablecloth challenge. Only one vase fell.



My turn. I think I am a little too excited to try this.


Clean sweep!

 
 
Ava didn't want to try but preferred to hang out under the table by the creepy mannequin's feet.


Do you get less wet by running through the rain?
 
 
Jacob writing his idea to submit to the Mythbusters team.
It included something about a four-way crash and semis and lots of blowing up.


Ava's idea was a smiley faced girl and a caption that read FM AVa HARMON.
 
 
See that Jack of Diamonds?  Facing out center left?
Yeah - Nathan threw that. 
Take that killer playing cards challenge!
 
 
I tried to get a serious "I am the coolest" photo of him next to it,
but the wide eyed silly stare is all I could get out of my funny man.
He's so cute.



Ava was scared most of the time because of all the loud noises going on. She covered her ears a lot.
 
 
 Kayla's creation.
Not what you were meant to do with it, but totally brilliant!
 
Another loud noise. Oh no! It's okay Ava!
 
 
A fun live show they did with paintballs, testing reaction speed. I watched it with Jacob.
Ava was watching it with us...until the paintballs started flying, then she ran back out to Daddy.


Jacob is still my little plug your ears buddy.
He used to have to plug his ears and squueze his eyes so tight at the THX sound system demos
at the beginning of movies.



 

 Phonebooth change your clothes in under 30 seconds challenge.
Perfectly cute, with upside-down goggles and all.

 
Got 'em right side up this time.
Super Isaac!



Done with Mythbusters exhibit...and that was only 1/10th of the photos.
Lots of cool things.
Even the Flatus Ingnition Chair.
They have a live "Explosion of the Hour" in various spots around the museum.
Super Cool! We love Mythbusters!




Kayla checking out the Saber-Tooth Cat.


 
 
She spotted me taking her picture.
 

 
 
Look at that adorable nose pressed to the glass.



Helping Daddy build a three-way arch.
 
 
We did it!


Isaac loves all things science, so he was pretty much in heaven at every turn.
 
 
Picture over - back to business.


Another of Kayla's creations.


Hallway of brain-teasers overlooking the Willamette River. Such a pretty day!


Here is where Nathan got a hold of the camera and started to show off his portraiture skills.
He had pretty good material to work with!







Oh, my heavens Ava Marie, look at those eyes. You are an angel.
Except for when you are screaming.

 
Oh, Daddy.....




These family portraits are awesome.
 
Can't tell what I love more - Isaac's face, or Kayla's.


Think I might frame this one.
It's the real moments we will treasure in our photos, right?!!!!
 
Ha ha love these silly kids.


Taking a little break outside. What a view!  Awesome location.
Other than my kids nearly being killed about a dozen times
 by people going faster on bikes
then cars on the freeway.
 
Portlanders love their bikes!


Back inside for some robotics.  I played Connect 4 with Isaac. So cool!


Even Kayla wanted to try her hand at it.
My cute little engineer!


If there is anything that has to do with water, Jacob will find it.
He is drawn to water like a moth to a flame.
He spent a long time launching this water bottle rocket.


Time to go home.
You can only step on the bricks, Daddy.
The grey is lava.


I can now officially say I have parked underneath the freeway. 
Bizarre!
 
 
What a fun day.  We are now OMSI members, we will be back for many a time this year.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Catching Up to Do

On January 2, my dear Grandma Barbara Yurth passed away. 
We made the trip to Utah for her funeral and it was wonderful to see everybody there.
 
Grandma will be missed!
But what a legacy of family she leaves behind. 
 
Love my family!

I am sad that I had left my camera behind in Portland, and because of that didn't get any pics of our time with Grandpa Harmon and Grammy and Vinny!
Nathan brought it with him on the plane the morning of the funeral.
 
From the luncheon following the funeral:
 






















 
 
 
 
 
 
After the luncheon, we were able to go stay with Nathan's mom.
Jacob got to play with a snake Nathan had caught for him.
 

 
 
 Even Kayla was brave enough to hold it.
 
After that we had a family party with the cousins.  My kids were so excited to see everybody, and I was too.
 


 
 
This was apparently the fun thing to do.

 Nathan couldn't help but give it a try. 
 Oh, dear.



 
It is Nathan's favorite thing to catch photos of me with ridiculous expressions on my face.





 
 
By the end of the night, we all felt pretty much like this.
 



The next night we had a party for the many January birthdays on my side of the family.

A slide in the house?  So fun.


 
I love my funny sister.


Okay, so I don't remember exactly how my sister accrued this evil-too-real-looking baby doll,
but it was the center of attention for much of the evening. 
 
My mom was terrified of it.
 
Look at that head of hair!  Too real. 
 
 
Opening presents!

 
Oh, yeah - did I forget to mention she owns TWO creepy baby dolls?
This one was about ready to keel over.
 
My ever-humorous brother-in-law, ready to get mom with a tuft of evil baby hair.
 
When she saw it perched on her shoulder she swatted it away and recoiled in terror.
We all laughed our heads off, of course.
 


 
Looks like it finally gave up the ghost. 






 
They couldn't resist one more prank. She has no idea.


Frosting face!

 
 
Okay, so one more. 
 
My mom thought my dad put it on her purse but alas. It was us hooligan children.
 
My sister told me later that it was smuggled home to my mom and dad's house, where it was hidden in my mom's bed for yet another prank on my poor mom's nerves.
 
I have a feeling this baby will become a family tradition.
A wierd, creepy, joke of a tradition.
Where will evil baby strike next?
 
 
 
Thought I would end the January update with this particularly awesome fashion choice of Kayla's.
 
 
More on Feb in the next post!