Monday, May 24, 2010

The Alien Festival

Really, can you hear the name "Alien Festival" and not want to go?

Me neither.

I told Soren about it and that there would be people dressed up as aliens, so he immediately said he wanted to dress up like Spiderman. Um, of course?

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Well, he was definitely the only Spiderman at the Alien Festival.

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And he was most certainly the only Spiderman wearing a floppy hat at the Alien Festival.

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For 2010, about 80% of the aliens appeared to have just walked off the set of Avatar. Or at least walked near it.

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Or maybe they were from a galaxy that was kind of like Avatar, but mostly not.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Random Photo

Just a random photo of my underwear-wearing youngin' playing a bit of backyard baseball. :-)

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Our First Family Canoe Outing

Last weekend came with a fabulous weather forcast, no prior engagements, and all of us (ok, me!) just itching to get outside for some family fun.

As you've probably noticed, we're pretty good about regularly taking family vacations. But I don't feel quite as successful at just taking small family daytrips. On weekends it seems that we all kind of get into our habits and busy things. Soren and I stop off along the way for some fun adventures, but I want more family time! So my new resolution was to try to find more 3-4 hour adventures rather than just feeling like I needed to plan a whole trip.

I decided that canoeing would be a good option. Ever since Soren and I visited Willamette Mission State Park last month, I've been hoping to head back there with the canoe. But still, with the slow driving required with the canoe mounted on the truck, it would still take us nearly an hour to get there. Not exactly a quick outing.

So, I pulled up some satellite maps online and searched for a nearby body of water. Enter: Aumsville Ponds County Park! Never heard of it before, and it is only 8 miles from our house!

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I packed some snacks. We tossed up the canoe. And off we went!

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It wasn't the most exotic setting ever, but it was perfect for our purposes. Lots of resident (hungry!) geese and ducks.

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I do have to admit that geese and ducks kind of freak me out when they get near Soren. He's pretty brave, but I've seen them chase people for food, and those beaks are hard! But as long as one of us was hovering not too far away, I guess it was ok.

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But, mostly, there was the fun and relaxing canoeing.

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I made the mistake of only bringing my 50mm lens. Sigh. Which means that I usually have to back waaaaay up to get a non-close-up shot. Well, really, there is a fairly serious limitation in how far you can back up in a canoe!

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Peter said he kept hearing the sounds of pirates on the shore. Soren did a good job keeping an eye out for them.

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And also watching for goslings, turtles and fish...

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It was a great mini outing. Look for more of those from us in the future. A lot of fun.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Has Anyone Seen Soren?

Hey - Has anyone around here seen Soren?

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You know, that blonde-haired boy that I hang out with every now-and-then?

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He's oh, about three and half feet tall. Pretty wiggly. You know who I mean?

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What? You haven't seen him either?

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Ok, if you do find him will you please tell him I've been looking for him?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mystery Solved

We had BBQ ribs last night. Yum. I properly outfitted the whole family in paper towels because while they are tasty, they can be just the tiniest bit messy.

Soren ended up with bbq sauce from ear to ear. But he didn't get one single drop on his paper towel bib. That seemed fairly miraculous.

But when he stepped away from the table I discovered his dirty secret.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Eyes Have It

Unfortunately, what they have is pink eye.

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(and maybe a smidge of chocolate brownie around the mouth...that's gotta help, right?)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Soren's Birthday Party

Yesterday was Soren's birthday party. This is the first year we've done a kid's party and he was really, really (really) excited about it. He shares a birthday with Sheila, a girl in his class, so we did a joint party and invited the whole class.

I made a cake that I've been dying to try for awhile. I was a little (ok, a lot!) nervous about transporting it to the party...what if all the layers slid off?!

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But I needn't have worried, it arrived safely and still in a stack.

We had the party at the Humane Society. They did a great job and gave the kids a tour of the place. They listened closely to the instructions...

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...and then got to go out and visit with the animals.

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Including letting them pretend to be dogs...17 children make the NOISIEST group of dogs you'll ever find anywhere!

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But mostly it was just fun to celebrate with special friends.

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And of course blow out candles for your birthday!

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The cake stayed in one piece until we were down to the very last slice...then it toppled over.

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Happy 5th Birthday Soren!!