Friday, August 31, 2012

Big brother, little sister.

Just want to remember the difference in their size at this age (almost 5 1/2 and 1!) and the way he and Amelia tote her around like this. That's all.:) Jen

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Went to the Aviary with Sam and Amelia and friends today. I've really missed getting to spend concentrated time with them, so I've been thankful that Jim and Shari can stay with Jubilee, letting her nap and then playing while the big kids and I go on some adventures together. When we came home today Sam and grandma were off to the park to color and Amelia was helping grandpa Jim with basement construction( she has on her "safety goggles"). Ahhh, I just love it. Everyone here seems ready for Fall, but I feel like I'm just soaking up the sun before the cold moves in. Let's not go there yet:)
Happy summers end, Jen

Monday, August 27, 2012

We love when my big brother passes through town with the band he works with. It's just always so sweet to have him with us in our home, in our everyday. Yesterday was extra fun because some other dear friends, the Huebners, were passing through town too and so we had a full house for the afternoon.
Anyway, need to go get the day started. I'm actually up before baby, which is a very rare occurrence:) Jen

P.S. After I wrote this Amelia and I were talking about how much we love her Uncle Bub and she said, " I think I'll marry him because I just love him so much!" I said, " I know, isn't he the sweetest? The thing is, he's part of your family and so you can't marry him." In her most forlorn voice she replied, " Every time I love someone, it turns out they're in my family and so I can't marry them!!" Hahaha

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

To celebrate our little harvest...

We picked the last of the corn from the garden today. I'm so glad when Jim and Shari are here during our little "harvest" time because they motivate us to get out there and get it and use it!! So, to celebrate our first time growing corn and the success we had ( it and the zucchini were the big winners this year), I made this yummy dish from (big shocker) Simply in Season to go with our tacos tonight. It was delish, so maybe you can make some and enjoy it too! Here's to the joy of using backyard produce in our meals!! Jen

Fresh Corn Saute

3 TBLS butter
1 cup green pepper (chopped)
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
Melt butter in frypan. Saute green pepper and onion 2 minutes.

4 cups corn
1/4 cup water
1 TBLS honey
1 tsp salt
2 TBLS red sweet pepper
Add and stir well. Cover and cook over medium heat 10-12 min

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
Sprinkle over corn and serve.
So far we have used zucchini in pasta sauce, zucchini bread, and a summer squash bake. Looking forward to trying a few more new recipes before it is used up. Any favorites?

All for now,

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Story time can be a bit complicated with baby boo and the kids are not at all amused! Thankfully, she's cute enough that all is quickly forgiven.:) However, I think our homeschool hours will fall between 9-11am while Jubilee takes her morning nap! More on our kindergarten plans soon. Hope you all are enjoying this time of summer winding down and fall planning gearing up! All for now, Jen

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tales from the " coast": Day 8

Though we aren't at the coast anymore, our adventure continued today as we started the trek home. We stopped in the Oregon countryside to see our friends Jason and Elizabeth and their sweet little ones. Elizabeth and I met in Hawaii at a women's Bible study and pretty much immediately recognized each other as kindred spirits. Our friendship is one that time and distance really can't touch, and I'm so thankful for that. After both leaving Hawaii, we have spent time together in Texas multiple times, Utah, and now twice in Oregon! Amazing to think that we now have 8 children between us! They had such fun together today, as did all of the grown ups! Though the visit flew by too quickly, I'll treasure it, as I always do our time together. Love you, Lewis family!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tales from the coast: Day 7

Our last day at the coast. Boo. I have really, really enjoyed this trip. It really has felt like a dream to experience such a different and magical part of the country, to watch our children explore and enjoy the tidepools and the forest and their family, to have that time of solitude yesterday, to have another family adventure and to see dear friends along the way ( more tomorrow!), it has just been good and I'm so very thankful. Oh how I hope we come back here year after year, but if we don't I hope that documenting this time will help me remember. The green, green goodness all around. The bizarre and amazing tidepools. Both the calm and the wild of the ocean. The cousins playing and playing in the yard and in their upstairs room with the secret closet. Family soccer games and walks in the evenings. All of it. Except for the teething issues. We can forget those!:)
Anyway, I'll end by showing some pictures that Joel took this morning when he and his dad took the kids outdoors. He described their time as "magical". Yeah, we've been throwing that word around a lot here. It can't be helped:)
Thanks for reading along! Jen

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tales from the coast: Day 6

Once upon a time there was mama and a baby. The sweetest baby in all the land, in fact. Unfortunately, there was a nasty teething monster that pursued her relentlessly, stealing her sleep and her generally content disposition. This all made her mama very sleepy and, truth be told, a little grumpy as well.
So, one morning after a long night with the nasty teething monster visiting every couple of hours, the mama had a choice to make. She could choose to stay home and be sleepy and grumpy and try to get the tired baby to take a nap, or she could take baby and flee to the enchanted forest.
She chose wisely. She knew that choosing fresh air was usually always the right choice when it came to fussy babies, and fussy mamas for that matter. And so they walked into the mossy, ferny forest with trees towering over them and the ocean and rocky coast beside them, the ocean proving to be the best lullaby of all. The baby slept. The mama walked. She walked and and hummed and prayed and thought and was very happy indeed. They walked and walked with the baby snuggled close to the mamas heart and saw only one other person until they came out of the
forest's canopy and into the light, where a woman commented on how darling the sweetest baby in all the land was, which promptly woke her up. That was okay though, because by then, at least for that moment, all was right in the world again.
The end. :)

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Tales from the coast: Day 5

Today was a chill out day...which was a good thing after another hard night with Jubilee. We had a nice week long break from teething woes, but they are back in full force with fever, fussiness, sleeplessness, etc. I know it's just a short season in the big picture, but man it has really been a defining factor of her 8th, 9th, and 10th months of life:/ Poor babe. Poor mama. Ok, whine fest over!
I got up and started the prep work for chicken enchiladas I was making the crew for lunch. Everyone went down to the beach and while Jubilee napped, I had a nice time alone in the kitchen, listening to Fernando Ortega, feeling the breeze whip through the open windows while I worked, cutting some hydrangea for the was lovely. The crew came home, lunch was eaten, the girls went to the little town for some window shopping and the guys and kids went back to the beach.
Now the day is winding down, the baby is finally asleep and Joel and I are settling into the living room to eat brownies and read...ahhhh. Tomorrow most everyone is going on a whale watching trip, but gpa Jim, myself and Jubilee will be having another chill out day at home. I get super sea sick and the thought of trying to care for a teething babe while simultaneously trying not to throw up for 2 hours, just doesn't sound appealing:)
I can't believe our time here is Although, life is full at home and the Hunts will be with us through mid September, so there is a lot to look forward to! Still, this has been such a rich time and I'd love to just stay here in this cool, fresh ( but not cold!) air and keep exploring. Ah well, so thankful for this time we have had- my goodness!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Tales from the coast: Day 4

Today we went for a hike in the green, green goodness of the forest that surrounds us here. Well, we started the day with Joel's delicious French toast...mmmm. Then it was off to the Great Spruce trail to see a 450 year old Spruce tree. The whole fam went, which includes our five, Joel's parents, and Joel's sister Shanyn, her husband Tim and Isaac. It was a gorgeous walk, and perfect weather. There were mosquito along the way, and especially at the end, so we didn't hang around long to admire the old spruce tree, but it was amazing! We mostly took pictures with the real camera and so I'll have to wait until we get home to upload them.
Anyway, after the trail we went and ate (more) fish and chips and then Jubilee and I came home and fell into a deep sleep while the others went to some sea lion caves and saw sea lions and whales ( though both were off in the distance)!
Joel and Shari walked on the beach with the kids to see the sunset and then it was a quick dinner, bath and bed for all.
What fun, full days. I still can't believe it's all really happening. I better head to bed as I was pretty blurry today from being up with Jubilee a lot in the night.
Lots of love, Jen

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Tales from the coast: Day 3

Ahhh, today was another good one. After a bit of a sluggish morning ( Jubilee broke her great sleeping spell last night) and yummy homemade waffles from gpa Jim, we headed out to meet my dear friend Abbe Jo and her family! We met at an aquarium about 45 minutes away and then went to a nearby beach park for a picnic lunch. Jubilee LOVED the beach, running her hands through the wet, squishy sand and splashing in little puddles. Amelia was her wild (wonderful) self- just off on her own running into the surf, throwing mud, dragging seaweed all over the beach. Sam was searching the shore for treasures, though sadly, these beaches don't have many shells!
Best of all, though, was getting to stand there and chat with Abbe dear, friends since we were babes, now standing there watching our babies play. What a gift!
Then it was a trip to the grocery store and home. I was super duper sleepy by this time, but Jubilee was refusing a nap so we ate a snack and headed outside. Oh my gosh, this air is so fresh and cool and in a matter of minutes my sleepiness had vanished and the kids and I finished the afternoon in the yard playing, reading, kicking the soccer ball with gpa Jim, watching the neighbor's chickens, etc.
After a yummy vegetable soup and cornbread dinner made by Tim, the girls headed out on an evening walk. After a little Olympics watching, I am heading to bed. Hiking and seal watching is on the agenda tomorrow! A few favorite phone pics and I'll "see" ya tomorrow,

Monday, August 06, 2012

Tales from the coast: day 2

This morning was spent at more tide pools, where we saw many, many starfish, barnacles, some sea cucumbers, and a sea lion! Amazing! I mean, just pure joy to see the kids explore this beautiful shore. Jubilee was a little trooper and napped in the Beco carrier as I walked along the rocks and sand. So thankful for baby carriers!!
We ate lunch at a little seafood place in town- so good- then came back for rest. Well, half the crew rested and Shari and the big kids and I had such a fun time lounging in the sunshine in the back yard. We read books about the sea, kicked the soccer ball around, and (inspired by a Sparkle story we listened to on the way up), we made an obstacle course and had our own little Olympics. Fun times:)
Now, I am super duper sleepy and heading to bed. Excited for a trip to the aquarium tomorrow and, best of all, to catch up with some dear friends who will meet us there!:) Here are some of my favorite phone pics from the day.