Saturday, September 17, 2016

Field trips and Funnies

Dude: So mom, is it right that whoever has the most points when the game is over, wins? 
Me: yep! Now you understand football!
Dude: well that's not quite ALL of it.

Annie the caterpillar, who I'm pretty sure they scared to death: 

Me: G, no more talking. Just eating. 
G: but mooooom! Talking is my favorite thing to do!

Potty training going well:
No seriously. How did they potty train when they only had outhouses? Or what did they do in the middle of the night in winter??? Ha. Also got to play school, hand-dip candles and learn lots at the End of the Oregon Trail Museum:

G: Fine! Then I'm getting off the tramp! 
L: Me too! 
G: Fine! Then I'm getting back on! 
L: Me too! 
G: Aaargh! 😤

So I'm sitting here in the driveway while G climbs the tree. A guy just drove by slowly, hung out his window pointing at G and hollered, should she be in that tree? And kept driving. Thank you random citizen. She's a kid. Yea, she should be in that tree.

Am trying to take a nap to get rid of my headache while a huge fly buzzes around my room, J practices her violin and the others watch Dora the explorer. What are the chances I sleep?

J is currently pacing while memorizing a Robert Frost poem by chanting it at the top of her lungs. I might've shown them Anne of Green Gables doing her recitation all dramatically.

When L wouldn't stop screaming at G to give her her book, G finally threw it at her and yelled, "I hate your attention!"

G came running up to me, said with relief, "Just in time mom," and handed me a little rock. And ran off. Never to explain or to check on her precous rock that she saved from a horrible fate?

Recent homeschool day trip with Grammy and Papa to Astoria to Fort Clatsop to learn about Lewis and Clark and get sworn in yet again as Jr Park Rangers:
And to the Astoria Column for the early history of Astoria and an incredible view, across the six mile bridge, to the famous deteriorating shipwreck and the Lewis and Clark salt works in Seaside:
And the coolest thing? Getting to go on the ship Columbia:
where their Papa was stationed when he was in the coast guard in 1960. It's been made into a National Historic Landmark but the bunk he slept on is still there: 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

4th of July fun!

Mountain biking to start off the celebrations's so American? Or maybe just because we're in Bend!
Crashing the pet parade with our pink, red, and blue homemade Pinterest-fail t-shirts! Oh well, they did stand out in a crowd and helped us keep track of each other!
3-legged race with pretty awesome form, right?
Just cute. And always with that I'm-up-to-something look!
The kids mostly had fun doing weenie Oregon fireworks our front, other than when M gashed her head and came in bleeding profusely. But for better or worse, kids weren't shooting Roman candles at each other like last year in North Dakota! All right, not going to lie, I don't miss that part but otherwise the fireworks left me missing ND!
Born in the USA!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer fun

"We're the king of the world!"

All that playing makes us thirsty! 

Laziest horsie I've ever seen but they're still entertained!

Do you remember that old Burger King commercial where the guy didn't want to get a whopper because he had these "tiny hands?" That's totally what she makes me think of! 

Last game! Wahoo!!! Softball season is over!!!! I mean, uh, I'll really miss it... But here's her last at bat and she hit that high ball and just barely made it to base!

L always likes to be one with public sculpture:
Meri: MOM! Grace is drawing bums in a notepad.
Meri: MOM! She did it again but says it's a toy.
Me: "well, maybe some toys look like bums?"
Apparently the funniest thing anybody has EVER said.

L thinks the carrot is basically the stick in a Ranch dressing sucker that you get to refill again and again or at least until one of your older siblings realizes you're double dipping!
I heard Dude leave the playroom in a hurry and instantly G started yelling, "come back! I need you!" He either didn't hear her or didn't care but somebody did for then I heard the tiny, little high-pitched voice of L saying, "wha? You need me?" G wasn't as tickled as I was and thus began a shouting match of "no! I don't need you" and L: "uh huh, you DO need me!" Hahaha.

G: I want a thousand pony tails today mom!
G (after looking in the mirror): well, actually that's only five but I guess that's okay.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Camping Chaos

Having shared these photos on Facebook, I promptly forgot to here but since the whole reason I keep a blog is so I can swish it all magically into a blog book, which I count as a family journal, here I go with a flood of pictures after my incredible run-on sentence.
G had three of these the first night. She REALLY likes her hot dogs.
But everybody knows the real meal is s'mores!
Tree hugger. Her middle name might be Dakota but she appears to be Oregonian through and through.
So we didn't entirely know the plan here but our friends invited the kids on the raft and so we sent them on their way. And saw them nearly two hours later when they came back to us. But more than we'd expected but they had a blast and happily proved that girls are braver than boys by being two of only three kids brave enough to jump off some high rocks!
The views were incredible, which we appreciated even if Dude whined about how mom has to stop and take pictures alllllllll the time.
The top of a killer hike. But after the quick picture, mom's nerves couldn't handle them sitting on the edge of this major cliff and it was time to go back down!
Sunday afternoon hike. Of course you have to hold your breath when crossing bridges.
See? I'm not the only one that likes views!
There are too many kids in this tub, I mean tent.
Ice cream works as a perfect bribe for most anything. In this case, for getting them to help clean up camp. 
First hiking stop on our way home! The kids just love to climb.
I'm winning them over to my side! Look at that pretty view kids!
She's all smiles but that water is COLD!
So proud of herself for making it to the big rock halfway across the freezing cold creek at the bottom of the waterfall!
And then randomly this one turns to me and says, "I sleep here now." And pretends to do just that. She looks like a fairy or nymph. She might be one. 
And third hike of the trip home to the second highest falls in Oregon! Legs are BURNING!
I think everyone had fun! Even daddy. Now who's going to clean the car out?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

We're all mad here

The addiction is real: 

G (said with a perfectly pathetic sad face): mom, I miss Katie so much!
Me: Katie? Who is Katie?
G: She is my age and she is my best friend. She had to go home. I miss her so much.

Dude vacuums like this. It helps block out the noise. Hey, whatever works if he's going to vacuum!

I'm currently having an argument with L. She is insisting that the cow says baa and the sheep says moo. She's not backing down.

She's insane:
 And messy:
 But very sweetly won't let her sister suffer alone in time-out:

L is into that kissing stage that alternates between cute/tender and awkward/creepy:

G: "Two purples! Light purple and diet purple. I like diet purple best." Can we assume that's the name of the color she's wearing? Personally I would've called it lavender.

I took this picture of G:
She asked to see it and then nodded in a very self-satisfied manner and smirked, "yeah, I AM a real artist." As we worked on this Kandinsky circles project she also randomly said, "I like this hynotizer." Where did she get that from?

Cause butterfly nets are a normal thing to wear on one's head whilst eating:

And what have the bigs been up to? I feel like lately it's pretty much been the G & L show. So here goes. Softball. They've been up to softball. It's taken over our lives. It's grrreeeeeeeeaaaaaat. Although unfortunately, the task of watching a game while getting one to two other kids to a practice or another game, sometimes not in the same city, while entertaining and feeding the athletes and the stars of the G & L show make it so we haven't really taken any pictures. Other things on our mind. But here's one!
M got on base twice this game by getting nailed by pitches from two separate pitchers! Also, that pitcher was a giant compared to tiny M. Kinda scary.