Sunday, August 26, 2018

Last Hurrah

I honestly cannot believe school starts TOMORROW! This is the first year ever we've started school before Labor Day... Doug and I included! We made the most of our last weekend before the big day tho, and made some great memories!

Saturday night we headed to Portland International Raceway for "Saturday Night Drags", the weekly drag racing event. Both Evelyn and Matthew are REALLY into cars... fast cars in particular...and so this event is right up their alley! Doug and Matthew have been a few times before, but it was a first for our entire family together.

So.. this summer Doug and the kids built a gravity car.. cuz my husband is super talented and does crazy fun projects with the kiddos. :)  They have enjoyed it this summer and we took it to the middle school (where there are lots of hills) tonight for one final run before the big day tomorrow. It was a little chilly and misty but we had fun.

I have video as well, but blogger isn't letting me post them. I'll try again soon.

The kids went to bed, nervous and excited for what tomorrow (and the year) will bring!

Thankful for a fun last hurrah!

Friday, August 24, 2018

A Day of Fun

The kids and I went to the Family Fun Center in Wilsonville today as a "last hurrah" before school starts on Monday. We won free passes in a school raffle and put those to use. We had the best time! We had never been before, and didn't realize how amazing this place it! From mini golf to lasertag to a ropes course to a go-kart track to an arcade... they have so much to do!!

Mini-golf was first up for us...

This girl got a hole in one on the third hole!
We see this castle from the freeway and the kids were so excited to see it up close. :) 

I think we spent most of our time riding in the go-karts. Oh my goodness the kids LOVED doing this! My back didn't like it as much so I watched them most of the time.. but the couple rides I did do were SO fun!

This kid can wheel his way around the track, that's for sure!! He loved this so much!
Zip line fun.. Matthew didn't want to do this one! 

We got soaked on the bumper boats.. Matthew LOVED it. Evelyn and I.. not so much..haha!

Love these two wet heads with all my heart!

My adventurous girl LOVED the ropes course!!

.....and Matthew took selfies instead of taking pics of me and his sister..haha!!

Arcade fun.

So thankful for this great day with my kiddos. We will go back to this place again for sure!!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

One on One

There was finally time in our schedule to have a "one on one" outing with both Evelyn and Matthew before school starts. It's been a tradition of mine since Evelyn started Kindergarten, and the kids look forward to it every year.

Evelyn and I dropped Matthew off at a friend's house and headed to Jim and Patty's to get some coffee and a GF pastry and to chat. About starting middle school, about starting youth group, about life.

After coffee and stop at Home Goods to look around (she's a fun shopping buddy and has a great sense of style), we did something she has wanted to do since she was FOUR!

There is a vintage dress store in downtown Beaverton that always has lovely things in their display windows. Evelyn spotted it when she was about four and started calling it the "pretty dress store".We have tried to get there multiple times over the years but it never worked out. Today... finally... we made it there when it was open. She was gitty with excitement.. and the store did not disappoint!!

This dress. It's been in the upper attic window for years.. and it is Evelyn's favorite. It is faded in front from the sun and has ripped lace in spots but oh, it is so lovely. It was only $50 too. We both agreed it wouldn't be the wisest purchase but she was thrilled to see it up close. We had so much fun looking around and I loved seeing my girl so in her element and happy. 

Evelyn went to a sleepover in the afternoon so Matthew and I headed off to the mall, per his request. He wanted to go to the Duck store, the Lego store, and get a pretzel from "the pretzel place". :)

He could play with legos all day if I let him. 

I love this tradition and thankful for one on one time with the kids!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Bodie James

At the end fofMay, our beloved and crazy Naomi Jane went missing and never came home. We miss her terribly and still wonder what happened to her. We have been grieving her as well as can be expected.

After Sam died, it took a couple of years for us to be ready for a new kitten. I wasn't sure how long it would be before the kids started asking for a new kitty. To my surprise at the beginning of the month, both kids started asking when we could get another one. I told them usually spring is when you can find kittens for free (we were NOT going to buy one.. even the shelter ones cost money) so we probably would have to wait until next year.

About 3 weeks ago I got a text from my sister asking if we wanted a free kitty. A friend of hers had one that needed a new home quickly due to unforeseen circumstances. It wasn't what we had planned but it just seemed right. He came home to us on the 6th and we love him already.

Of course, finding a name was top priority. His previous owner just called him kitty and baby. After lots of discussion we settle on Bodie James. It fits his cute face and personality.

He is just the cutest thing with the cutest face!

One of his favorite activites so far is to watch the kids play with hot wheels. He is fascinated with them!

He loves this little mouse too..
The kids and Doug made this amazing cat perch for Naomi soon before she went missing. Bodie thinks it's fantastic and spends lots of time up there. With hot wheels cars...haha!
Living his best life.... He loves this window sill, watching the world go by.
Cat Sequence.. his favorite game.. haha!
Doug is pretty smitten with him!

He sleeps like this sometimes.. hilarious and cute!
This is another of his favorite spots.. and I'm not sure why. Silly boy...

We love him already and are sure to have many fun memories made with our Bodie James.