Saturday, May 31, 2014

inspiration from Sebastian

Sebastian decided to redecorate our home with inspirational messages of love. He can be so sweet and lovely sometimes. I got all choked up when I saw his project. They're still up, hanging everywhere in our dining room, kitchen, stairways, and living room.

Friday, May 30, 2014

May? What happened?

Ack! I've never failed to post a blog entry for an entire month before, and here it is May 30th and there's nothing up yet. We've been busy, of course, but not more than usual, so I'm not sure what happened. We're still here! And so, and so, what have we been up to?

We've been enjoying the warmer, drier spring weather, and the kids have been outside every possible moment. Sebastian in particular loves to play outside - kicking soccer balls, riding his bike, and playing with all the other kids in the neighborhood. There are four other kindergarteners living in our development, and he's out there for hours every afternoon running around with them. They make "potions', pour water into streams, and chase each other around. It's fantastic, very old-fashioned play.
fort on the back patio

jumping around the rock circle at Jackie Park

Sebastian is getting toward the end of kindergarten - just two weeks left in the school year! I can't believe he's almost done; he's made such amazing progress, especially in his reading ability.  But we're both glad that the semester is coming to an end - he's tired of going to school every day and wants a break, and I'm looking forward to hanging out with him more of the time.  We have lots of summer adventures planned. Seb's list includes going to the ocean beaches, running through a sprinkler, and visiting a farm to pet the animals.

Mrs. Huntley's class did a final art project in which they made ceramic tiles featuring animal themes. The tiles were placed on three posts that were installed outside the library windows:

He's playing T-ball on a community team and has definitely improved in his ability to hit, throw, and catch. We are getting used to weekly Saturday morning games - definitely a taste of things to come in terms of children's sports and weekend commitments interfering with our family adventures. :)  But he's enjoying it so far. 

Yesterday was the kindergarten classes' final field trip of the year, to the Tillamook State Forest.  One of our friends generously offered to look after Liesl, so I was able to go along as a chaperone. The forest center was great - beautiful new building filled with informative and fun displays about the series of forest fires in the 1930s and 40s and the eventual replanting of the whole area.

Liesl is in a particularly delightful period at the moment, full of pretending and make-believe. She likes to pretend that she's Marta and baby Foofoo is Gretel, and I am Liesl, looking after my two younger sisters (this makes more sense if you've recently seen The Sound of Music).  She likes to pretend that she's lost on the side of the street and I come along and take her home with me (this one makes me nervous).  She has recently fallen in love with the movie Frozen, and pretends that she's Elsa, baby Foofoo is Anna, and that she has magic powers to make everything ice. She's been climbing everything and hanging upside on monkey bars and jumping off high walls, and generally getting stronger and faster.

We have had a lot of adventures with our friend Rowan lately - riding bikes, playing outside, visiting the children's museum, baking macaroons...  it's been great.  Mary and I have been trading babysitting/watching over each other's kid, which has been a nice way to get some personal time.

The Children's Museum, pictured above, has a new permanent outdoor exhibit which is fantastic and fun. There are waterfalls and creeks, a tree meant to be climbed, a sand pit for digging, tree stumps and branches to drag around and build forts - we just love it and have already been there four or five times.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mother's Day

We spent the Mother's Day weekend staying in a cabin at Silver Falls State Park - our friends were also there, camping in their little RV Scamp, and so we got to eat and hike and explore together. Silver Falls is known for its loop hike, the trail of Ten Waterfalls, and we tried to see most of them in two separate hikes.

Sebastian made some fun things for me at school: