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“The Best 3rd Of July Ever!” (2015)

Since our 4th of July really started on the 3rd, we must be making a habit of early celebrations.  The 4th of July was always a big family day growing up and one of the few holidays we make a point of celebrating with my family on the right day (ish) not a week later or early as is the case with Thanksgiving or Christmas.  So, we headed not quite directly from the Kite Festival last weekend to Hermiston then Pendleton area this weekend to be all together for Independence Day.  The 2nd after Caleb’s fifth grade state testing we headed to Irrigon, just out side of Hermiston on the Columbia River.  Getting in around dinner time, plenty early enough to enjoy mom and dad’s 106 degree heat.  It really wasn’t that bad on the back porch with the sprinklers going to water the yard, and by 10:30 it had cooled down enough to alow for sleep given a fan and light sheet were available.  The third started early for the kids and grandma and grandpa.  I’m not even sure how early they woke up, but they were already elbow deep in a brick cutting project for the front yard when Chad and I woke up at 8:00AM.  Showers, oatmeal, and packing up the car came next followed by the last leg of the drive into Pendleton.  We had popcorn and blackberry smoothie drinks for lunch at Suzanne’s and then headed to the Pendleton Reservation.  For the free first Fridays at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.  They had a traveling exhibit on Alcatraz (I didn’t know of the connection between Alcatraz and the Native American people until now) as well and many more exhibits on the local tribes.
 We were not allowed to take pictures in the museum.

   I love this new magnet we got for the fridge.  It is hard to battle the attitude of entitlement that is so pervasive in our society right now, so it sets our children up for unhappy, unsatisfied lives.
Next we stopped off at the Pendleton Woolen Mill, they were having a sale for the holidays and had a ton of really beautiful blankets.  Hard to resist the temptation until you think, seriously, we don’t have room for stuff.  The bare minimum, and nothing else….there is something freeing about that.

  
 After the woolen mill we decided DQ for dinner would have to work, it was kind of hot for cooking anything and the BBQ food was for Saturday besides that Grandpa Sherman had been given a gift card for DQ and was eager to treat all the little ones to ice cream.  As it was we ended up eating our dinner and getting two boxes of dilly bars, gifted by grandpa, to go and eat while testing our Aunt Suzanne’s ginormous slip and slide!!!

  
  
  
  
 We closed down the slip and slide and got dressed in our PJs in time for the Pendleton Fire Works.  I love love love fireworks and for me the closer the better.  You should feel the vibration and hear the crackles.  I was kind of disappointed when we found ourselves up on the side of the hill not all that close to the action.  Especially since I worked the last Fourth of July and completely missed the fireworks.  But all that was alleviated when the fireworks started. Pendleton is shaped like a bowl with the fire works being let off at the bottom.  We could still hear them just fine.

  
  
As Chris, Uncle Jeremy’s brother said to the kids as we were watching the fireworks, “This is the best 3rd of July ever!”

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Newport Housing

I have no idea why housing on the Oregon beach has been such a bear!  Using Craigslist for our main resource we have put out emails,  texts and phone  calls with very few responses. Those that have responded have said, ”We don’t want to consider anything less than a six month lease.”  It is hard not to get frustrated…  We maybe thinking outside the box a bit on this one.   Maybe tent it for a while and a hotel when we can’t get site, I’m not sure I’m ready for that unsettled of a lifestyle.  I think I’m doing a fairly good job not stressing out since our next assignment starts in < two weeks we would love this all to resolve soon. We know the right thing will come along, and would love your prayers on this matter.

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Feeling the Pressure

It is so good to be home in our own house and in the last couple of days we have visited with couples from our Sunday school class and family’s from our homeschool group.  My agency has been sending me things that have to be done for the next assignment and I feel the pressure of all that mounting.  As glad as we are to take a few weeks off it doesn’t feel like it will be enough.

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Lincoln City Kite Festival

I  don’t know if we have been going to the kite festival for 11 years or 7 years but, every year since Hannah’s first birthday and maybe a few before she was born we have spent the last weekend of June at the kite festival.  (Last year I was in New Mexico but the rest of the family still went with out me.)  It just so happens to be always Hannah’s birthday weekend, Suzanne’s too with only two days between them, so we have made it a family tradition to celebrate at the kite festival.  Most of this post will be pictures.  We had great weather and a beautiful fun weekend.

    There was too much of a breeze to get the candles to stay lit so eventually we just had Hannah pretend to blow out the candles.

   

  There was not enough wind to get the kites up until around 2:00pm but it was so beautiful ,and the temperature and sun were just right!

                Myra is having her Starbucks (water).   

        We headed back to camp around 4:15-4:30 just in time to enjoy roasting up some hot dogs for dinner.  Eve took a pre-dinner nap.  The guys played a board game, and the rest of the kids ran and ran and ran until nearly dark playing in the central field in our campground loop.

          My mommy must love me…we have some good chocolate to go with our marshmallows.      Elijah was showing off his muscles playing with this ball that was bigger than him.

                   We shared a fun camping dessert we learned with Michael and Kristen Sherman last fall when we visited Indiana, cresant roll wrapped around your marshmallow then roasted.  We even added some chocolate to the inside and it was a hit.  We are thinking it needs just the tiniest pinch of kosher salt and it would be perfect.

 For two nights in a row I got to snuggle this little bug.  It did this aunties heart good since I have missed so much of his life so far, experiencing it through FaceBook and facetime isn’t quite the same.

 A thunderstorm and sprinkles ushered in the day.  It was transient and light for the most part allowing us to get everything packed up with out getting too soaked.

                    Elijah playing kickball with Caleb.   We headed out south toward Newport to take a first glimps of our new hospital…its tiny.

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The Hannah Banana Turned 8!!!

I don’t know that I truly realize how fast this faze of having small children is going to pass, but on birthdays the realization is front and center.  Hannah is growing up, eight years old is pretty much half grown in my book.  Our primary reason for coming home when we did from Hawaii was because the girls asked if they could be home for their birthdays (Eve has since changed her mind back to Hawaii but has been told she is out of luck).  We slept our first night at home on the 25th then woke up to this birthday girl.

 Aunt Stephanie, Grandpa and Jayson went to pick blue berries early, so to make the day special and because we just can’t do a lot of stuff, we headed to creative nails for Mani/pedis because neither one of us had ever done that before and it was a fun girly thing to do.  If you know Hannah she loves all things girly.   We headed out of the house at 0900 and found out it didn’t open until the 1000 so we tried Learning Palace and Hancock Fabrocs which were not yet open as well.  We decided Oregonians are sleepy heads….everything is open so much earlier in Hawaii.

I didn’t get very many pictures because my hands were in use.  Hannah was so serious the whole time, watching not saying a word.  There was another little girl there for her seventh birthday too.   It was hard to understand the Vietnamese accent of the ladies there, though you would think we would be used to that.  We got out of there a little later than we expected for our 11:00am lunch date at Red Robin.

        Hannah was so looking forward to being sung to. She had never done that before.  After lunch Hannah, Caleb and Eve headed out to camping with Grandma and Grandpa Owens and the rest of us headed to Rest Lawn for another baby funeral…seriously there has been too many of these in the last five years.  I don’t know if any of you can imagine the hole the loss of 5 babies and a miscarriage would leave in a mother and fathers heart.

We then went home and packed up for camping at the kite festival.

Galuchies for dinner!


  

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Great Wolf Lodge

Yesterday, we came home from spending the night up at Great Wolf Lodge.  It was awesome.  we had so much fun. We went up there with Sarah’s family (Paul, Debbie, Jeremy, Suzanne, Jayson, and Stephanie) along with our whole family.  We went up Thursday night and were able to stay and play at the park till late Friday night.  It was our last time to really get together and spend time as a family before we take off on our trip.  Thank you to everyone for the great time.

~ChadIMG_5655

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Preparations

Getting us all in one room and our house ready for roommates.

Phase

  1. Take down Caleb’s big loft bed
  2. Triple bunks in Caleb’s room in closet
  3. Empty Girls room/sort all kids stuff
  4. Move our bed in/sort our stuff
  5. Sort the garage/purge/ get down to 1 shelf

Still working on phase 4&5 but almost done.

Next: Big Hoorah at Great Wolf Lodge

~Sarah

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State Licenses and a Quick Trip to Cali

Chad has always been a good husband and father, but now he is proving to me a good manager of my craziness. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without him!  It turns out that getting licensed in other states can be quite an involved and at times overwhelming process.  The two states we are currently trying to get licenses in are Washington and California.  It appears that a large percentage of L&D travel nurse jobs are in CA so it is more for insurance purposes that we are getting it rather than a  desire to go there first. The kids and Grandma and Grandpa as well as a scheduled mission trip to Honduras for Chad in June have led us to look for assignments that are within a 4 hour drive from Salem to start us off.  We do not know what doors will open and so we could end up anywhere. In an attempt to get our CA licenses as promptly as possible we made a quick trip to CA and in the nature of our big trip we took the kids and mixed in some fun too.

We went all the way to Sacramento so we could see family as well.

The kids love their Aunt Liz & Uncle Al, Thanks for hosting us.

~Sarah

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Home Alone

Today Sarah is leaving for Honduras.  She will be gone for 10 days on a medical work and witness trip. I will be home alone with the kids continuing my job as the homeschool dad.  We will greatly miss mom (Sarah) while she is gone and our prayers will be with her.

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Weekend With Grandparents.

This last weekend grandma and grandpa Owens called us up and invited us to go the beach with them.  The kids were very excited, but unfortunately Sarah had to work and was unable to join us (she was greatly missed).  So I loaded up the kids and the dog, and meet them in Lincoln City.  We spent a little bit of time at the outlet mall, where the girls got some new  shoes.  (Thank you very much grandma, they were greatly needed.)  We ended up going on south to Newport.  The next day we spent the morning down on the bay-front.  Caleb was most excited when he say Ripley’s believe it or not museum and grandma told him that we were going to go through it.  It was exciting to see all of the oddities that were there.  The last day we spent some time at a nearby park.  It was a fun and relaxing weekend. Thank you very much for everything Grandma and Grandpa. We Love You.

~Chad

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