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Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.


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Thankful Thursday – New Beginnings

I love Mondays and January 1sts and September school starts. I love new beginnings. I know that a lot of people don’t like or believe in New Year’s Resolutions, but I like the idea of looking back on the year that has gone by and making plans and setting goals for the year ahead.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to look back, to look forward and to help direct my own life. To be able to think about the things that I am passionate about, to look at areas that can be improved, to celebrate victories.

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Bright Starts and New Beginnings

I made a list of goals at the beginning of 2016 and it’s cool to be able to look back and see that I achieved some of those goals. I didn’t complete them all, but I made progress and that’s what is important.

Not everyone has the chance to plan and dream, many people have to simply survive. I am thankful for the opportunity and don’t take it lightly as the New Year begins.


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2016 Photo a Day – Days 31-37

Day 31 – Working on low light photos. And Family. It’s the best.

Day 31 2016

Day 31 2016

Day 32 – A self portrait. I am fascinated with eye colors. They are hard to capture. I’ll be working on getting the rest of my family’s eyes too.

Day 32 2016

Day 32 2016

Day 33 – The beautiful mountains of Central Oregon on a sunny morning.

Day 33 2016

Day 33 2016

Day 34 – Bubble bath time.

Day 34 2016

Day 34 2016

Day 35 – The dojo ladies are going to go on a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies outing so I figured I better get the book finished!

Day 35 2016

Day 35 2016

Day 36 – Watching a movie with the family and Checkers wants to make sure that he gets some attention too.

Day 36 2016

Day 36 2016

Day 37 – Power Grid. We own over 200 games. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to go through and play them all as a family – rating them as we go to decide which ones we love and want to keep and which ones it’s time to let go of. Zane won this game. Jude second. Mom and Dad not so much…

Day 37 2016

Day 37 2016


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2016 Photo a Day – Days 10-17

Day 10 – Sitting at home and I looked over and saw a beautiful beam of light coming through the window.

Day 10 2016

Day 10 2016

Day 11 – Colin reading to Zane.

Day 11 2016

Day 11 2016

Day 12 – Terrible parent moment. We gave the boys gi bags for Christmas to hold their gis and karate supplies. We included water bottles from the dojo – part way through January and Jude asks why there is paper in his water bottle.

Day 12 2016

Day 12 2016

Day 13 – I made Turkey Pot Shepherd’s Pies – my own recipe. Yummo!

Day 13 2016

Day 13 2016

Day 14 – We had a lovely snowy afternoon. Giant, beautiful, fluffy snowflakes. I loved the bud on this tree surrounded by snow. I am so thankful for seasons.

Day 14 2016

Day 14 2016

Day 15 – Just a shot of my Jude. He needs a haircut.

Day 15 2016

Day 15 2016

Day 16 – Beautiful Ivy. I love this girl and her family. It’s a joy to see her grow.

Day 16 2016

Day 16 2016

Day 17 – We have some favorite building sets in our home. Trio Blocks are one of them. It amazes me to see the things that the boys create. When it’s time to pack it all up they always beg to keep their creations for a while so they end up on top of the box.

Day 17 2016

Day 17 2016


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2016 Photo a Day – Days 1-9

Day 1 – It’s time to take down the decorations. Each year I add a photo ornament, a chronicle of the boys as they grow. I usually buy one new ornament for the tree each year as well. This year it was a Tardis!

Day 01 2016

Day 1 2016

Day 2 – There are a lot of Lego Mini Figures in my life. The boys each received a mini figure a day as part of one of their Christmas advents. They’ve been watching over me.

Day 02 2016

Day 2 2016

Day 3 – I love this quote by Joss Whedon. Make…

Day 03 2016

Day 3 2016

Day 4 – It’s often hard to get good photos of our cat Checkers because of his dark fur. I was taking a bunch of photos of him sleeping and they just weren’t looking great. Then he yawned and I managed to catch it.

Day 04 2016

Day 4 2016

Day 5 – This was one of my crazy days. Take the boys to school, go to work, stop at the store, run home to get the boy’s gis that I forgot earlier, pick the boys up, go to karate, home, make some dinner (sort of) for the boys, Colin gets home, go to PTA meeting, home, change into my gi, go to karate class, home, realize I haven’t taken a photo of the day so snap one on the way to get the mail. Flip flops, gi and snow by street light.

Day 05 2016

Day 5 2016

Day 6 – Jude has been working hard to teach himself how to do a hand stand.

Day 06 2016

Day 6 2016

Day 7 – Thankful for the boy’s piano teacher and my friend. A lovely cup of tea while they have their lessons.

Day 07 2016

Day 7 2016

Day 8 – Some quiet time by myself at home. I drank a whole pot of tea by myself.

Day 08 2016

Day 8 2016

Day 9 – I had a bit of an angry day, my journal (and my sweet family) bore the brunt of it.

Day 09 2016

Day 9 2016


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Thankful Thursday – School

I am so thankful for education. I was looking after a wee baby in the nursery on Sunday and I was, once again, blown away by what strange creatures we humans are. We are so helpless as babies and even as children. Simple, basic things and we can’t handle them on our own – eating, clothing, moving around, sitting up! And yet, there is so much potential there. Who knows what that baby I held while he slept will become, what changes he will make in the world, in his world.

To get there, to unlock that potential it takes education. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual education. Parents and families are the first teachers – teaching the basics of survival and mobility and communication. Then there are friends and the wider community. Eventually after the basics are mostly mastered, it’s time for something more – reading, writing and arithmetic (and science, and history, and social studies, and art, and music…)

There are so many ways to educate children – homeschooling, public school, private school, unschooling. What works for one child or one family won’t necessarily be what works for another family. I don’t claim that any one method is better than another. I believe in the one year at a time, one child at a time method. In my own educational experience as a child and teenager, I experienced them all. Private Christian school, public school, homeschooling/unschooling, all-girls Catholic school. At each stage of my development, they were the right choices – whether by choice or necessity. It’s important to remember that sometimes, you may want one option for your child, but it simply may not be practical or possible. There will always be positive things about where your child is at, build on that.

Anyway, my children are in public school. This is our choice. I wasn’t too sure about it at first, but I am so thankful for our school. I love the teachers and the staff, I love the facility, I love the kids and families. Our school doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, we don’t have a lot of money or fancy programs, but we have a great community that’s getting better all the time. My kids are learning everyday – not only their school subjects, but they are learning about other cultures, other ways of doing things, how to get along, how to care, how to be respectful.

At the same time, we can’t expect our schools to do it all. Families are where it all comes together. If there are things that your kids still need to learn, teach them at home. If there are areas of interest that aren’t being addressed at school, explore them as a family.

Most of all, support other families in their choices. If you choose homeschooling, that doesn’t mean that public school is wrong or deficient. If you choose public school, that doesn’t mean that people who homeschool are weird.

For me, I am so thankful for our school and I’m thankful for the opportunities that we have as a family to learn and grow together at home.

We don't have a lot of bells and whistles, but apparently we teach levitation!

We don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but apparently we teach levitation!


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January Challenge – No Eating Out

This year, instead of making a bunch of resolutions (I have a few, but they are simple), I decided to take on a different challenge each month. Some are just me and some will involve my family. For January we decided to tackle not eating out at all.

We don’t eat out a lot, but it’s definitely an option when things get hectic and we pretty much always eat out for lunch on Sundays after church. It hasn’t been an overwhelming challenge, but the Sunday lunch thing has taken some planning and is more effort for me.

I wanted to do this for a month to save some money, to make sure that we could do it and just to challenge ourselves.

This is NOT why we decided to not eat out for a month.

This is NOT why we decided to not eat out for a month.

January Challenge = almost done!

February will be the no groceries challenge. I will allow myself $20 per week to buy produce and dairy if necessary. Again, this is a challenge to save money. I also like to clear out the freezer and pantry. I did this in 2011 as well and enjoyed it. Had to get creative sometimes, but it was good. I was joking with Colin that if we run out of food, we can just eat out!

I have challenges planned for most months, but I’ve left a couple open in case I get inspired. Every month will have a challenge though. I like the idea of being able to take on a challenge – focus on it, do it and be done with it. It’s challenging, but doable.

Looking forward to what this year brings.