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Family Time

Rylee’s Summer Fun Vlog

Rylee made this vlog at Crater Lake.  It’s funny that the cover photo she used is from our January (Winter) beach time in Miami.  It’s been a year of flipping the seasons for us.  

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Crater Lake

Well, this was another one of those once in a life-time kind of road trips.  I didn’t realize that a successful trip to Crater Lake is a big challenge and a major victory at every milestone. I called to book a room at the 99 year old Crater Lake Lodge for Monday night, with the … Continue reading »

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The Cherry Tree

Rylee and I took a walk to the grocery store last night at 9:30.  The same walk we take several times a week that brings us by the cherry tree next to the sidewalk.  We really enjoyed picking a couple of cherries every time we passed.  They were sweet, ripe, cool and fresh.  But this … Continue reading »

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Rylee’s Fishing Vlog

  Here’s Rylee’s vlog.  

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Fishing at the Trout Farm

A Great Tuesday. Kelly and I left the house at around noon to get some groceries for breakfast and to walk the dog.  After our late breakfast, we headed out to the Rainbow Trout Farm in Sandy, OR right near the base of Mount Hood.  It was grey and misting all day long, not quite … Continue reading »

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Bike Locks

I have U Locks on our remaining bikes now.  U Locks are better than cables and it looks like they are about equal to good quality hardened steel chains with big locks.  I still think the best deterrent is to just have a crappy looking bike and lock it up better than the rest of … Continue reading »

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Washington Park, Rose Test Garden and Japanese Garden

We woke up this morning and had a great breakfast.  It was the food that Kelly brought home from her job last night.  Some strawberry/rhubarb scones, quinoa salad and some sort of a Moroccan dish.  I probably have the details on the names wrong, but the food was great. Kelly plotted out a bus route … Continue reading »

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Rylee’s Birthday – Sunday

A great birthday Sunday with all day fun. Rylee had a grocery list for us on Saturday so we could have her birthday breakfast when we woke up on Sunday.  Fruit, yogurt and nuts.  By the time we all woke up on Sunday, Rylee had cut all the fruit, mixed it in a bowl, set … Continue reading »

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Mt Hood

We made it to Mt Hood and Multnomah Falls today. The whole family came along and had a great time, the sky was clear, the weather was mild, we ate well and I talked to my parents and to a long time friend on the phone. A perfect Wednesday. Oh, and Kelly got car sick. … Continue reading »

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Typical day – Good question

After that question yesterday, I spent a good part of the day enjoying myself by watching and observing, more so than I would on a typical day. These days I’m staying up until 2 or 3 am most nights and sleeping until 10 or 11.  No schedule, no alarms and it looks like I’m hitting … Continue reading »

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End of May

It’s been a great month of May and, once again, we have gotten in a lot of living this month.  It’s hard to believe that we’ve packed this much into just this month.  All the change is fun.  The contrasts are everywhere with all the new situations we’re experiencing. I like the beer here.  Not … Continue reading »

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Unschool Family Conference

  Kelly’s vlog     Rylee’s vlog      

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Sunday Fun

It rained all day on Sunday, and it was great.  Kelly was out all day preparing food at her barter job and the kids and I stayed in all day.  Rylee taught me how to edit movies, Luke and I made a new gasket for the steam engine and Tate and I tried to get … Continue reading »

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First full week in PDX

Today is Friday, the end of our first full Friday to Friday week here.  We arrived last Wednesday and spent the next two days lugging our remaining housewares up to the apartment.  After that final push into the apartment, we’ve been pretty settled.  Kelly is always so good at making our new places feel like … Continue reading »

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Joe’s 40th bday sunset ride

Yesterday was my wonderful hubby’s bday – his 40th!!!! For his birthday, I gave him a spectacular view of the sunset along a bike path skirting the banks of the Willamette River. Joe’s bday last year was the weekend we put our house on the market to get ready for this crazy adventure heading West. … Continue reading »

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Mount Tabor Ride

I think my hubby is trying to kill me!! He got a wild hair to ride to Mt. Tabor Park (one of only 2 volcanoes within city limits in the country, and a park since 1909) to get a good view of Mt. Hood. After I got a big pot of red beans cooking (bringing the … Continue reading »

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Saturday Market

We took the light rail train to two Saturday Markets today.  One was a huge arts market with bands and food and the other was the huge farmers market at Portland State University.  We walked a couple of blocks to the rail line that goes in all four directions from here.  Pretty convenient.  There’s an … Continue reading »

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Long Spring

The spring weather feels like it just keeps getting better.  One blue sky, mild temperature day after another.  I can’t remember the last time I spent this much time outside every day enjoying the weather and enjoying riding my bike.  Four times out on the bike yesterday with various combinations of family and friends. Today … Continue reading »

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Tate’s Birthday

Awesome day! We started off with an Easter basket hunt.  They always love Easter morning and this year,  Rylee talked about it quite a bit leading up to the morning. Next up, we went to a Chinese buffet for a late lunch to celebrate with Tate and we went by Gamestop for Pheonix Wright, Ace … Continue reading »

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March wrapup

A lot has gone on in the last two weeks.  Sometimes it feels like not much is happening, but we actually pack a lot of life into two weeks. I’m settling in to the schedule and pace of the family a little better now.  There is less urgency to get everything accomplished on a tight … Continue reading »

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Battle Panic

Last week was the week of no sleep.  I stayed up really late several nights and I can say now that I prefer getting to bed in time to get an early start the next morning, I like to be rested enough to enjoy the early morning time and have a lot of daylight left … Continue reading »

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A day in the life…

March update. A typical day is now sleeping until about 9am, then getting up, making breakfast with Kelly, making coffee, eating together in the dining room (Luke is the only one of the kids who likes breakfast), then cleaning the kitchen and deciding what to do next or at some point in the day.  It’s … Continue reading »

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Survived Fountainbleau

FOUNTAINBLEAU PICS Another COLD camping trip.  We put it off for one week since last Monday was 60% chance of rain, this week was just cold, so we gave it a shot.  Not as cold as Austin where it got down to 19F, but still into the low 30’s.  We were a little bit better … Continue reading »

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Chico State Park

  Chico Pictures We had a great time on our two night camping trip.  Cool State Park close to home with lots of Cypress trees, lots of raccoons around our campsite at night and a bunch of really steep hills for us to FLY down on our bikes. This was a very laid back trip … Continue reading »

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Work Break

My year off work has officially started now.  I left my 14 year job to spend the year with the family full time.  I took an unpaid leave with no guarantee of a job at the end of the year. It was a good job, good friends, but now I want to pause and reflect … Continue reading »

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Miami 2014

Here are some of our pictures We enjoyed our three weeks in Miami.  Staying longer then our typical week made a huge difference.  We got to settle in to a different pace than before, with no rush to visit our favorite places.  Every day was a loosely planned day, just like any other day at home.  … Continue reading »

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And we’re off…

Ok. We have finally started our trip to Miami.  We are one week late, but that’s not too bad considering four out of five of us got pretty sick. Bad cold or flu. It started feeling like groundhogs day. Like we were just going to wake up sick and weak every day forever. Kel kept … Continue reading »

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First day of my month long vacation

Today is Monday, December 30.  We were supposed to  be half way to Miami by now, but instead, we’re starting this vacation by staying home a few more days.  Kelly is sick and hasn’t gotten out of bed since Saturday evening.  She has a terrible cough and a bad fever.  Might have to get her … Continue reading »

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Woodcarving

I’ve been whittling a good bit this weekend.  I made several pipes (gave many away as gifts) and made a ball in a box, also carved out of a solid block.  It’s a fun way to pass the time in the living room while we’re all hanging out together while Kelly is sitting in here … Continue reading »

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Safe Crossing?

I’ve lived in the mid-city area (corner of S. Foster and Claycut) for about 6 months now. We moved to this part of town, away from Oak Hills on the other side of town, to transition to a more pedestrian and biking lifestyle. In our old neighborhood, we rode bikes and walked only as a … Continue reading »

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Getting ready for xmas

Kelly has been crocheting all day, every day for the last week or so.  Learning how to do it on YouTube.  She’s made several really cool wool hats.  All of us got one and they are really nice looking and WARM!  She’s got several wrapped and ready to be given for christmas to some family … Continue reading »

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Longest vacation ever

I let my boss know that I plan to take a month off after Christmas.  He didn’t sounds real excited about that and ever since then, he hasn’t returned any emails. We will spend the month visiting with my parents.  The most time we’ve spent with them since…forevever, has been a week.  I’ve heard that … Continue reading »

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A day in the life…

Well, I figured now is a good time to take a quick mental “screen-print” of an average day since change is about to happen again. On the weekdays, I get up, get dressed, and drive ~10 miles to the office where I sit for the next ten hours or so.  I make phone calls, talk to local colleagues, create … Continue reading »

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Thanksgiving 2013

  Well, I got to use my smoker one more time to smoke a brisket for Thanksgiving.  I had two Pecan logs saved from our firewood pile when we moved.  The brisket came out great and cooking outside is always fun. Then on Saturday, Nathan cooked his famous trash can turkey.  Best turkey ever!  And, we spent … Continue reading »

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November

It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Quick rundown of the month so far… Budget: Well, we’re still doing great on our budget.  Everyone is amazing at working on this together, keeping up with expenses and adjusting to make it work. We added $100/month to the grocery allowance, bringing it to $400/month.  We sometimes supplement the groceries with … Continue reading »

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October Walk

The weekend after our anniversary, Kel and I rode our bikes over to her parents neighborhood, took a walk around there, then rode our bikes to the lakes, met up with her parents there, rode around the lakes with them on their new bikes, then Kel and I rode home through City Park and Hundred … Continue reading »

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Our first month of spending half

Another fun family project like all the rest! We cut our spending in half this month, had a great time doing it, got closer as a family and learned a lot. I learned that the key was to have a plan, the discipline to stick to it, and that it was also a whole lot easier … Continue reading »

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Anniversary Weekend

Friday was our 16 year anniversary.  I still can’t believe I found this wonderful girl to marry, so long ago.  Great times together and it keeps getting better. I went through some old pictures and found a journal page that Kel wrote this week in 1999.  It was our two year anniversary and she was … Continue reading »

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