Things To Love At Home


This silly kitty who somehow thinks she runs the place.


A few solitary cucumbers lurking out in the garden among the pumpkins…and weeds. gak.


More glorious crochet to keep my hands busy.


A big brave three-legged kitty with lots of black fur growing back in, who actually does run the place.


Fresh bananas for my favorite bowl of cereal.


A great bit of mending that needs to be done.


A busload of plums that ought to be eaten very soon…I’ll get right on that.


A sparkly new magnet for my file cabinet…


to go with all the rest.


What are you loving at home today?

The Polar Plunge


This might look to you like a lovely summer evening by the beach…nice and warm and cozy. Ahhh, but you, my friends would be sadly mistaken. It was nice in town and in the house, but sincerely, down there by the water it was positively freezing. This is NOT SanDiego, or Florida or Hawaii.

This is Oregon and it’s a bit nippy out today.


And apparently, somebody let the crazy guys out.


A Teeny Tiny Football Day

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Our house was waaaay up from the beach so when I watched these guys doing that which they always do–throwing a football–they were so far away that I could barely see who was who. After zooming in and cropping, this is what we get…that is until the Bald Kid went behind the cliff and I couldn’t see him anymore.

Maybe if you scroll through fast, it will look like a flip book or something.

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No matter where we go,

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or how long they’ve been apart…

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some things…

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between these boys…

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Oh, how I love them.



Oregon~ Beach House


I promised to show you the insides of the wonderful beach house that was our home for nearly a week.

Are you ready?


This is the kitchen/great room. It was positively perfect!


The stairs leading to the loft/playroom. That’s the front door on the bottom right.


The first place that Miss Lily went was out on to the deck to check out the view.




looking in.


The beach was actually quite a ways below our back deck.


We had to go down about a thousand stairs at the end of the block to get all the way to the water.  These stairs went to the lower patio where the hot tub was.


The loft had just enough space for the Bald Kid to stake it out as “his room.”


Josh, scoping out the kitchen.


Dane thinking deep thoughts about…I don’t know what.


Jacob and Magoo…


Kortney and Lyndi.


The little guy staying up way past his bedtime. But heck, it’s vacation…


and there’s a ping pong tournament going on.


Don’t wait up.



Oregon Road Trip~ 1


Well, it has been such a long, LONG time since we’ve taken a vacation that we made a break for it this last week. We booked a beautiful beach house on the Oregon coast for nearly a week! EEEEeeeeeee! All my kids and their families took a different route–depending on when they were leaving and where they wanted to stop by the end of the day. The only common goal was to meet at the beach house by Tuesday. The Bald Kid and I jumped in with April and Jacob and the Littles and off we went.


Now you need to know that whenever you take a trip like this, it is mandatory that you pack a ton of good, healthy snacks. I know what you’re thinking, but I solemnly swear the there are apples and mandarins and bananas in that box. They just sunk down to the bottom because all that goody-goodness is much, you know, heavier. Oh, and there are carrots in the cooler too. I swear.


It’s also highly recommended that you bring lots and lots of word games and puzzles…


and bingo cards so that you can keep the short people occupied. And our sweet little Beckham, did very well with his card, by the way, despite the fact that there are absolutely no tole bridges from Utah to Oregon. He got positively everything else so we let him slide on the tole bridge. It was either that or redirect out trip through Pennsylvania.

You see my point.


We watched a movie…


stopped and readjusted the seating arrangements…


and found a few unexpected creatures along the way.  Can anybody say, “RANDOM?”


We drove and drove through the mountains and hills of beautiful Idaho…


and watched another movie. The kids had the headphones of this one so we go to watch the no sound version of our dear Harry Potter. Our made up dialogue was better than theirs’ anyway. Heh, heh.


More mountains, more valleys and then…


who should drive right up next to us but…

Lyle Lovett!!

Ok, we didn’t actually ask him his name, but that’s pretty much because we didn’t need to. This guy was totally Lyle Lovett.

Trust me.


And just when we thought me just might perish from all the beautiful mountains and valleys…


we found a park for the wee folk to play in for a while. April and Jacob rested on the grass. Lily climbed the jungle gym.


Beckham slid on the zip line.

The Bald Kid–who is a bit of an over achiever–ran around the whole park twice to stretch his muscles. I sat on a bench and wiggled my foot around to stretch mine. Hey, we each do what works.


Then on we drove through the prairie…


with one more movie in the background.


Our first stop– The Dalles, Oregon and a wonderfully soft, cool, fluffy bed.

Perfect start, I’d say.