August 2018

August flew by. We in CA for almost two weeks in August, went camping for a few days, and then we were sick for another week. I can’t believe it’s September already! I don’t want summer to end yet.

Last week my friend Annie and I decided to take the kids to one last summer concert at Sauvie Island. Pure summer magic! We both took 5 kids during bedtime (without our spouses!!) and boy were our hands full. It was crazy, but so worth it! Here we are with our crew.  Jon is on my back! 

 

 

This month we also completed the summer reading program at the local library. The kids got some cool prizes like tickets to go the fair, a trail blazers game, and chiptole!

I have been living off of this: maple cardamom iced cofffee.

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More garden harvest.

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We made lunch using only garden ingredients. Zucchini noodles for lunch!

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Ev’s bestie turned 5 and we celebrated with her at the splash pad! They had fun with the face painting. Rainbow Unicorn besties!

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Kids have been playing with mud pretty much everyday. That means I am constantly giving baths! So exhausting! But, they just have so much fun. And it’s keeping them busy and content. It’s all I want!

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When friends come over and hold your fussy baby and make you a bourbon lacroix drink….YES.

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Ev is doing so well reading. She is pushing through her bob books.  IMG_0931

Again, these kids are living in the mud kitchen this month. Living their best life hahaha

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August has been AMAZING at the garden. So many tomatoes!

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After our visit to CA, we went on our first camping trip as a family of five. We survived! It was hard! Both kids ended up a sick and nights were terrible because of the fevers. Since James wasn’t feeling great meltdowns were all over the place. SO MUCH WHINING.

BUT, we did have some awesome moments too.

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Curtis making dinner our first night. BBQ chicken. MmmmmmIMG_0952

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The kids went fishing for the first time! Lost Lake is beautiful.

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I love love love camping. Sitting drinking coffee while we watch bacon cook slowly?! So nice to be away from technology and distractions.

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James had terrible first night (itchy feet…he ended up with Hand Foot Mouth!!), so he slept in until like 11am…He was so happy when he woke up.

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We went camping with friends and Curtis took the kids out on the boat we rented. They loved being on the boat!

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And then we went on a family ride around the lake. Later, the kids and I hung out by the water with our buddies while Curtis went out fishing ALONE.

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We stayed in a yurt!

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Ev having dinner while Curtis deals with a melting down toddler. Hahaha

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Our last day the kids got ice cream and then Curtis and James went on the boat again and did more fishing.

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What to do with all the garden tomatoes?! Honey Goat Cheese Gallette’s!

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Back to home life. The best life.

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Making more garden cucumbers. Love this recipe. IMG_1087

Preserving summer…because YUMMM

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SO MUCH MUD PLAY.

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I started organizing our school closet for this next school year.

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Ev making letters to dad. She’s been writing “poems”. SO sweet.IMG_1111

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I’m getting ready for fall. Fire Cider and bone broth.IMG_1119

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Oh more shots from the summer concert at a farm in Sauvie Island. Picnic dinner, climbing trees, and dancing and chasing friends. These are really kids are living their best life.

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IMG_1149The sunset was amazing.

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Impromptu hiking with friends. This hike leads to a children’s garden. It’s really sweet.

 

More picnics. Sellwood Park was really pretty. After the picnic we walked to the water and the kids played by the river. 

More garden fun! Love seeing the kids grab the food and snack in the garden while I water and weed.

More blackberry picking at the garden.

 

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My friend hooked me up with figs from her fig tree. I made a batch of honey fig jam. YUM! The next day I made some cream scones and homemade whipped cream. Best treat. IMG_1170

Fridays are pizza night at our house. We are obsessed with our sourdough pizza dough. This week’s pizza: Delicata squash, kale, with caramelized onions and fig and blue cheese pizza.IMG_1167

We went peach picking with some of our favorite people. After some peach picking we headed over the local cider house.

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We love Hood River. It’s the best day trip. Summer is all about the picnics.IMG_1195IMG_1193IMG_1189

Also, on the right is our new housemate! She is the sweetest and we are hosting her at our house until April. She is from China and it’s been really fun.IMG_1185

At the peach farm in Hood River. Look at that mountain. Mt Hood you are a beauty! We had such a hard day with the kids on this day. Ev was challenging with so much disobedience and James was fussy and needy…That night he ended up with a fever, so poor guy was just feeling sick. Ah, such is life with little people. Curtis and I are pretty much always tired, but I love making these memories with my crew.