happy 4th of july, everyone! we are having a wonderful day hanging out at home. it’s been lazy and just what we needed as a family. i got to sleep in and the boys have spent all day outside playing with their magic sand. i got some tie dye kits from target on clearance and we just finished an epic tie dye session! we are all so colorful (we don’t need no stinkin’ gloves!) it looks like a bunch of hippies live here!
anyway, i hope you and your families have a fantastic weekend! stay cool and Happy Birthday, America!
you may have been wondering what the hell happened at the house of mayhem and chaos because i’ve been quiet for so long.
well, a lot, to put it simply.
i took a very last-minute trip to phoenix to see my family after some “family stuff” was happening (everyone is ok, so not to worry), the boys got glasses, finished preschool and we got them all registered for homeschool kindergarten. and, well, it’s just summer and that means our calendar is super full.
i’m trying to not overdo our schedule, but there are so many people to see and things to do! i’m also trying to not spend as much time online (it’s a working goal, anyway) and focus on just “being” with the boys. we have lots of fun things planned for the summer: t-ball, swimming, playdates, tending our garden, working on reading and math, camping trips and some museum visits. ok, i’m already tired just writing out this list!
but, things are going really well. the boys are getting so big and will be five next month (FIVE!!!!) and they have requested an epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party, so i have that to
work on look forward to. so, that’s what we’ve been up to. please stick with me, i’m trying to get better at creating writing goals for myself with this blog and i have a lot of fun posts i want to share with you. like i said, working goals.
last night we got back home from a three-day family vacation at wallowa lake in oregon. it was more of a mini-break, really, but we all had a wonderful time. we spent our time hiking, fishing and playing in the lake.
the eagle cap wilderness is just lovely and we couldn’t have hoped for better weather. the boys loved sleeping in the tent and each morning harry would exclaim, “mommy! i woke up in my tent!”
the campground had a little play area nearby and the boys loved the climbing wall.
we went into the little town of joseph to do some sightseeing and eat some ice cream. and, we wound up bringing home some treasures. i found the world’s best mug and the boys chose jars filled with marbles. you would have thought they had found nuggets of gold! apparently, marbles make for the best treasures. i’m kind of wishing i’d gotten some marbles!
there are deer in the area of the campground and apparently, they are very friendly and used to humans. a young buck wandered into our campsite looking for a treat. there are signs posted everywhere saying not to feed the deer and we were strict with putting away our food each night. however, since we were packing up, the little guy thought we’d be an easy mark for some nibbles! we grabbed the food off the table just in the nick of time. the boys were mesmerized by a deer so close up! jack wanted to ride him (which we explained would absolutely NOT happen) but he actually got close enough to touch it before it wandered off to the neighboring campsite. wow! nature up close and personal!
on our way home yesterday, we stopped at terminal gravity brewing. it is one of the brands christopher represents and we had a fantastic lunch. ed, the owner, and kevin, their marketing manager made time to talk to us and thank christopher for his work on selling their beer. the beers are outstanding and you should try to pick some up at your grocer! their outdoor seating area is spectacular and we had lunch in a little aspen grove next to a stream.
this was a refreshing and relaxing trip that our little family really needed. i loved not being on my phone or the computer for a few days, although there was so much to attend to when we got back. i’m already going to be reserving a campsite for next year.
we have been living outside lately. it’s so warm and sunny! we can’t get enough. the boys are taking swim lessons and practicing every day in the backyard inflatable pool. i’m reading a lot (mostly jason bourne and jack reacher books) and loving watching the boys enjoy the summer.
we had a 4th of july bbq at my dear friend’s house and the boys had a blast. the local fireworks display was visible from our neighborhood park and we all laid out on our picnic blankets and “oooohh-d” and “aaahhhh-d”!
on sunday, we took a day trip to hood river oregon to meet up with our best friends who live in california, but happened to be in portland! we hadn’t seen them in nearly three years! the boys are all the same age and they had so much fun playing in the river and hanging out. we miss you guys so much!
i hope you had a lovely weekend!
we took a road trip last week. 1200 miles each way to arizona and back. in the car. with the boys. it seemed like a good idea because i have really fond memories of taking road trips on vacation, and because we haven’t had a proper vacation in over two years, and because i have horrible memories of flying with the boys when they were 9 months old.
so, i did a lot of pinterest research on road trips with littles and prepared as best as we could. things that worked: cookie sheet trays covered in chalkboard paint with velcro straps to fix onto their carseats; movies on the iPad; snack bucket between their seats and hotels with swimming pools. Things that didn’t work: magnets for their trays–jack started eating them; toy bucket between the seats–everything wound up on the floor of the car; window jellies–also tossed on the floor after being torn to shreds; coloring books and stickers–jack ate those too; headphones for the iPad–the ones we got didn’t work at all (apparently, “noise reducing” means you can’t hear any movie dialogue. but we got new ones in phoenix.)
but, we got there safely and the boys were troopers. i mean, real superstars! they didn’t have any real meltdowns and chris and i didn’t fight either! we saw some beautiful scenery as we traveled through 6 states.
our visit was relaxing and full of time with family that we haven’t seen in several years. my grandma just turned 90 and it was wonderful to see her with the boys. i also was able to reconnect with some friends i hadn’t seen since jr. high and high school! it was really wonderful. the boys played in the sun outside every day, got to see my dad and uncle’s motorcycle shop and we all went to the zoo. harry said his favorite part was petting the sting rays and jack said his favorite part was the car ride! they crack me up.
we got home a little earlier than expected on sunday, so we unloaded quickly and sat down with a nice pint on the front porch.
so, i’ve been out of the loop for a couple weeks and i have really been horrible at posting. like, not posting at all. i absolutely love blogging, but my family is my first priority and blogging takes a back seat–even the cake of the mondays.
we are currently on a 1200 mile road trip with the boys to see my family in arizona and are getting ready to return home tomorrow. two days in the car each way has been
crazy interesting. they were little troopers for the first half of the trip and i’m sure they’re going to do great on the way home. i will post lots of pictures and my sanity-saving tips as soon as we get back into our home routine.
before we left on vacation, we all got the plague. super horrible flu/colds. that kept the cake of the mondays on the back burner for a couple weeks. that too will make it’s return to the blogosphere when we get home.
the best part of our family road trip vacation has been seeing my family and friends that we don’t see except every few years. visiting with grandma, who just turned 90, was a special treat. the boys got to ride on papa’s motorcycles and we all went to the zoo. the weather in arizona is glorious! harry has been a little blue since it’s been so cold and dreary at home, so he has been especially excited to bask in the warm sunshine. we needed this decompression time since we haven’t taken a real vacation in two years.
anyhoo, i will be back at it in full in about a week or so.