JAMES TURNS 3 & Other June Photos

This past weekend James turned THREE! We celebrated with tacos, grilled corn, homemade strawberry coconut milk paletas and a bonfire. The kids brought bathing suits and we had a pool party. We even bought a slip and slide! It was so fun. Pam and Jimmy were here, so it made the weekend extra special. I wish I took more photos , but, Jon was SOOO clingy at the party!

The besties roasting marshmallows.

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Instead of a cake, I made paletas and we sang him Happy Birthday.

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We had 40 people (half of them children! 😂) in our teeny house. I was worried how it would all play out. But, everything turned out great. And there was plenty of food left over too!

Birthday morning. We made pancakes with homemade whipped cream and strawberries and then opened gifts and hung out at home most of the morning.

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Grandma and grandpa stayed for a week. Love this sweet morning breakfast scene.

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Other shots from the month. Preschool at home. More learning about garden stuff. We also made “chocolate mud” (avocado, cocoa, and a tiny bit of honey) and talked about the difference between soil and dirt in regards to gardening.

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Celebrated the first day of Summer with painting suns, going on a walk, and baked shortbread cookies topped with edible flowers.

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Made a gift for some neighbors.

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Enjoying that “chocolate mud”.

 

We’ve been eating most dinners outside because SUMMER! I made some strawberry shrub cocktails with strawberries we picked. Mmmmm.

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June 2018 Part 1

June has been really busy already. And before bombarding you guys with SO MANY PHOTOS, I am going to do two posts.

Here are a few crappy phone photos. For my birthday I went to brunch with a couple dear friends at Tusk. Then it was followed by a local plant nursery where I picked out lovely plants! Birthday weekend was going to include a family trip to Vashon Island, but, my dad unexpectedly had surgery, so we stayed put. It was a very emotional weekend for me. It’s hard being far from family in these situations. Praise God my dad is doing great now.

Another weekend, we also explored some new trails with some friends. Curtis and I had to stop by drive through coffee at like 3pm, because life with young children…..WE ARE SO SO TIRED. This is Ev’s bestie. We love this family a ton.

On my actual birthday Curtis took me out and we listened to music, had yummy sangrias, and talked the whole time. The little things.

I love this sweet little friendship that is forming. I am still hanging out with this family for our weekly English lessons.

We had our last preschool Co-op Day. We celebrated with a waffle bar!

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I was standing in the kitchen and saw my kids. I had to take a photo. Love seeing all THREE at the table together. So unreal.

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The state of my house usually. IMG_0048IMG_0053IMG_0056

Meal times are my favorite. IMG_0072

Loved this little scene. Bread rising, strawberry shrubs in the making, and dehydrated kale for snacks. I love the kitchen.IMG_0045

Made some shrubs for canning club. IMG_0046IMG_0047

His first summer popsicle. Almond butter banana pops!IMG_0042

And we went strawberry picking. I took all three kids by myself and we picked 6ish pounds! That weekend I canned lots of jam (strawberry rhubarb, strawberry honey thyme, and strawberry lemon preserves). Look at this baby! IMG_0085IMG_0090IMG_0091IMG_0095IMG_0098IMG_0102IMG_0105IMG_0109

We’ve been going to our garden every day. We harvested our first things…RADISHES! I may have screamed. Growing something is amazing! IMG_0134IMG_0135IMG_0136IMG_0140IMG_0141IMG_0142IMG_0145

While I am weeding or watering, the kids are usually running around the property. Running up and down the hill picking raspberries! IMG_0146IMG_0153

I told Curtis to take a picture of the kids and I in front of our first garden. I’m such a sappy mom.

I have no idea what I am doing, but hopefully things will continue to grow!IMG_0164

This picture give me all the feels. My babies! Garden and humans. 🙂IMG_0170

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Ok, so I may have waited too long to pick the radishes. They were spicy! So I pickled them and it mellowed the flavor. I’ve added the pickled radishes into everything…salads, sandwiches, and yesterday it was a great addition to my soba noodle cold salad.IMG_0266IMG_0194

Saturday morning breakfast is an event. Sourdough pancakes. YESSS. IMG_0185

I found Ev climbing our fence. of course.IMG_0188

 

Father’s day weekend. Breakfast on the patio, hike, donuts, and then we had friends over for scotch and pie. That evening we had a thunderstorm. It was so cool! It rained off and on all evening. All the kids just ran around barefoot in the rain. It was so great. Thankful for Curtis. The best dad and partner. IMG_0199IMG_0245IMG_0257IMG_0258IMG_0259IMG_0262

My heart.

My friend Lydia takes wonderful photos. I love the photos she’s taken of us during the last couple of holes we’ve been on.

Look at those babies. I can’t believe I get to be their mom. I fail almost every day, but I’m trying. This motherhood gig is hard. But, I wouldn’t trade it.

These are the Days

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These are the days. Jonathan is 10.5 months! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year. I see his “babyhood” disappearing as each day goes by. And it hits me. He is our last baby! I can not imagine our lives without babies in our house. These are the days. The hard days. The most precious and fleeting of days. Today was a regular day. We met friends at a park. I was a hot mess (like always when we do outings) keeping an eye on all of them, nursing, getting out all the snacks, asking James if he needs to go potty for the 100th time,  dealing with tantrums when it was time leave, the older two fighting in the car (a new thing), and Jon crying because he hates to be contained these days. But, there was so much good today too. Sitting outside with all of them. Having the older two help me pack the carrots while we made fermented carrots. Watching them play outside while I made the pizza dough for dinner. I love my life. It is hard in so many ways. And parenting as introvert with basically no breaks ever is demanding and leaves me depleted and grumpy most of the time. But, I wouldn’t trade this life with my babies. They won’t be this little forever. When Curtis asks about my day, it’s always so hard to answer. Our days are long, exhausting, and mostly difficult, but there are always such good tiny moments sprinkled throughout. I asked Curtis to take a photo of me while I held Jon today. I really wanted to remember today. As simple and normal as today was.

May 2018

I found my camera! Although, I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would have liked, I did bring out the camera when I remembered. May was full and pretty great. We had friends over for tacos and margaritas for Cinco de Mayo. I made Carnitas and Curtis grilled up some Carne Asada. SO good! We ended the night with a bonfire. I just love filling up our home with people.

We had the Russell’s visit us! Definitely a highlight of the month! It was so great to catch up and stay up wayyyy to late and watch our babies play all weekend long. I mean, look at them?!

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Homeschool Preschool: We have been talking about plants, flowers, gardens, vegetables and fruits. We’ve spent quite a bit of time at our garden. On this day we focused on the Letter J and made JAM. The kids helped me wash the berries, hull and slice them, mash them and add the sugar and lemon juice. I canned a couple of the jars for future use!IMG_9969IMG_9962IMG_9947IMG_9946IMG_9943

 

We had friends over again for a memorial day BBQ. The kids played out in the back property most of the time. My kids are loving the mud kitchen we are building for them. I am still trying to convince Curtis to make a tree house where our old apple tree is at. But, I’m not sure I am very convincing. IMG_9939IMG_9937IMG_9936IMG_9934IMG_9931

 

My friend brought her guitar and we worshiped a little after dinner. I love the community my kids are building. Look at our babies! These two are just a few months apart. IMG_9928IMG_9924IMG_9923IMG_9918

 

Started making my Spring canning list too. IMG_9911

 

The weather has been awesome most of the month, so most of our meals are eaten out in the patio. This is Jon during lunch the other day. He melts me. IMG_9898

Our friends from Tacoma came to visit too. We played at a park most the morning, grabbed lunch at a brewery, took them to Alberta Arts District and walked around, and then we all ended up back our place for a BBQ and more hang time.

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Well,  I should really go to bed now. On days the kids don’t nap, I stay up wayyyyy to late (INTROVERT MAMA HERE!)  because the alone time is just so needed. But, man, do I pay for it in the morning. Kids get up way too early and the baby still wakes up a few times. Who needs sleep anyways?

April 2018: Camera phone edition

I couldn’t find my real camera all month. One of the cool things about not using IG/FB is that I am taking more photos with my real camera. But, since I lost it, I took crappy phone this month. I am taking less photos and enjoying the moments more. It’s kinda freeing. Here are snap shots of the month.

 

J fell asleep during the church service. yay! It’s hard to sit during service with this busy boy, but, this kid keeps getting sick and is kicked out of the nursery.

We have befriended a refugee family and every Friday I go teach the mama English while our kids play. There are SIX kids between both of us. It’s crazy and sweet.

Curtis and I went to a cheesemaking class. So fun.

E took this photo during our class with our refugee friends.

We invited our refugee friends over to our friends house and they cooked us afghan food and it was amazing. All of kids played till late. Here is James at our dinner. Totally exhausted.

Look at the food they made. Delicious.

Me and a couple friends went over to their house and tried to learn some Afghan cooking.

Lots of sunshine this month. YAY!

Playdates with some of my favorite people.

They all wanted to be on my lap. OK. Picture everyone!

We had E’s BFF over. These girls love each other so much. It’s sweet!

Homeschool Preschool: Birds and their nests. We made nests from clay and things we found out in the backyard.

This baby is climbing all over. So much laundry in the background.

Family selfies.

Starting seeds indoors and a sad looking fiddle leaf.

 

That’s if for now!

Spring Garden.

Last minute we decided get a plot at a community garden. We are pretty behind, but have been planning our spring garden! We’ve been going every week to work on the garden. Getting the soil ready, cleaning the garden, and pulling weeds. We are new to gardening, but I am pretty excited to learn. We are going to start small with kale, spinach, lettuces, some herbs, and beets. But, I’m hoping this summer we can add more!

I started our seeds. They sprouted! They grew! And then my children came and pulled them out. So so sad. So, now I start again. Hahaha