July 2019

I feel like I have less and less time to do these updates! Too many mobile and busy kids to keep tabs of. But, I find looking back to these post so precious. Anyways, very quick. Here we are celebrating the 4th of July. We went to a local baseball game and then came home for a BBQ with a few friends. After dinner we did fireworks. The kids had so much fun.


The kids eating dinner.IMG_1408IMG_1414

Having Popsicles for dessert. I love summer. Even though it took forever for it to come!IMG_1415

Kids waiting for the show!IMG_1427IMG_1436IMG_1440IMG_1443

Ev working on projects. She is doing much more independent play and it’s rad.IMG_1509IMG_1513

James and our neighbors helping us bring piles of dirt. We needed so much dirt to fill the holes in our yard. We have the best the neighbors.


After all the work, we sat around had drinks and chatted. My goal is to actually get to know our neighbors. And it’s been really sweet. We had two of our neighbors come for game night and we were up till like midnight playing Sequence! Hahaha. I pray they see Jesus in us and in our home. It’s all for His glory. And like I said, we have some great neighbors. HahahaIMG_1518IMG_1519

Annual blueberry picking with friends!IMG_1524IMG_1533IMG_1538IMG_1540IMG_1542IMG_1557IMG_1571IMG_1568

We celebrated Jonathan turning TWO this month. We went out for dinner and then ice cream!


VBS at our new church! We had dinner at the church with all the families and this night was Kenyan night. We had a delicious Kenyan dinner. SO delicious! img_20190725_175357746_hdr

I was a crew leader at VBS. The kids had so much fun!! They were sad when it ended. Hahahimg_20190726_173531592

Cherry picking with dear friends. We drove to hood river to pick cherries and then went to the waterfront for water play and dinner outside.img_20190728_153252713img_20190728_153358264img_20190728_153826329img_20190728_153918580img_20190728_160929838img_20190728_161234640

After playing in the water we had pizza for dinner. Yay!img_20190728_181618756

Love this picture of all of us. Curtis and I are trying to figure out how we can get a compound and live with these dear friends! LOL. We still have that dream for communal living!! Hahah67234312_1340096902822260_2427008692378402816_nreceived_334715540813045

My friend Julie and I at a pool party. She moved away this month. And it was another hard loss for our community. Curtis and I are praying how we can continue to have an open heart, even with loss. Last week we had another goodbye party for some other close friends!! It’s so hard to see dear friends leave!


The day after cherry picking. The kids got sick and were all tired and worn out the next day!


On one of our nature days with our friends! Exploring the local wetlands! And eating wild blackerries while we are hiking.img_20190731_113243686

We’ve returned to visiting my Afghanistan friend every Friday morning. We practice her English and go over the English lessons/homework. I feel incredibly blessed by her hospitality. Some snacks and tea while we go over homework and watch our kids run around and play. There is always endless pots of tea at her house. It’s amazing.


James taking a break from playing to sit and eat some snacks with Aminah and I!img_20190726_104525047

Another pic from blueberry picking. I want to go back and get as many pounds as I can to freeze and store for winter. Berries are expensive in the winter! I love this time of year. IMG_1860

Ev and one of her bff’s had a special girls playdate this month!


Well, these are just a few snapshots of the month!

July Camping

I decided to do a separate post for our camping pics. I took too many. And I still need to add more…once I can find my camera. Hahaha

Anyways, we last month we went on a camping trip with a few dear friends. Although, camping with young kids is so much work and we feel so tired after, it’s so worth it. I couldn’t have said the same thing last year or the year before that. Now that our kids are gettting older, some things (like sleep!) are getting easier. Anyways, here we are having dinner one night. We ended up having most of our meals together.


We also did alot of river play. This is a spot we hiked to. It was 1.5 mile hike in and then another 1.5 hike back with 5 kids under 6. We got creative on keeping them motivated. And by we, I mean, our friend Evan did. Hahaha


Seriously so pretty. Mount Hood Area is just amazing.IMG_1646

Thanks Pam for my Keens. I feel like a real Oregonian. Hahaha. IMG_1653IMG_1640

Pictures are out of order, but, here we are hiking to the water. We are almost there!IMG_1638

Girls collecting flowers on our hike. IMG_1633IMG_1622

Jonathan loves camping! He loved riding his scooter the whole weekend! Going from our campsite to our friends campsites!IMG_1621IMG_1613IMG_1611

My friend doing water color paintings. She’s so good!IMG_1608The guys playing games.IMG_1604IMG_1602

The kids acting like they are BMX people….riding up and down hills!IMG_1601IMG_1598IMG_1595IMG_1591

Friends. Chopping wood!IMG_1588IMG_1585

Morning time. Breakfast scenes. IMG_1582IMG_1580IMG_1576IMG_1575IMG_1574

The kids hanging out before dinner. Playing in the woods. Between all the families, we had 9 kids under the age of six. Whoa.


After dinner we hiked to a swimming hole at the campsite. IMG_1692IMG_1697IMG_1690

It was really a great time. So excited for our next camping adventure!

June 2019

Here are some photos from last month. My brain is so fuzzy from not sleeping enough these last few years…I don’t even remember what I did this weekend. Anyways, I am thankful to have some photos to remember what some of our days look like. First, some camera photos.

I had to capture this scene. I don’t even know how this happened, but, here are Ev and Jon napping together.



Grandma came to visit while Curtis spoke at a conference in Canada. Thank you, Pam! The kids had so much fun with her and I did too!IMG_1260IMG_1243


I hosted a friend’s babyshower. SO MANY BABIES!IMG_1118IMG_1114

Some school stuff. We are still doing school stuff this summer. It’s just been really laid back.IMG_1110IMG_1108

We had some friends over for Father’s Day to do our annual whiskey and pie thing. I made old fashion’s for everyone and it was so fun!IMG_1224

Brown sugar Bourban and peach pie!IMG_1223

The morning of fathers day. Opening presents and cards. We love you Curtis! We went to church, then indian food for lunch, and then naps for everyone. We barbecued for dinner and then we had friends over for dessert and whiskey. I hope you felt loved, Curtis. You’re an amazing dad.IMG_1220IMG_1219

The kids and I did our annual starwberry picking with friends. The kids ate more than they picked, but it was so fun to see them run around the strawberry fields with their buddies. We froze most of them. I didn’t can any this year, because I don’t have time anymore. Having three mobile kids keeps me so busy. It’s hard to text people back or do anything really! Hahaha. I miss the days when Jon napped a couple times a day and I could make stuff, can, garden, or be in the kitchen more. Just a season. I keep telling myself this!IMG_1298IMG_1293IMG_1291IMG_1289IMG_1282

Oregon strawberries are different! This is the Hood variety. They are smaller, but soooooo sweet and delicious!IMG_1288IMG_1279IMG_1274

This summer we are following the Exploring Nature with Kids curriculum. We did a pollinators theme. The kids are painting and reviewing the anatomy of a bee.



The reality of school days. While Jon naps we all grab our school stuff and run to the living room. I make another cup of coffee and messes are made. 2pm right here. James is done with what we have been doing. So, while I try and help Ev finish her work, James is ripping paper and throwing it all over the living room. Fun times. IMG_1332IMG_1329

We went camping with our new church! We are now going to smaller church  that has a strong focus on missions. It feels like home and we’ve only been there for a couple months! HahahahIMG_1324

We shared a site with these sweet friends. Camping is so much easier with others!IMG_1321



We hiked up to the swimming hole at the campground. The kids splashed and looked for crawdads. We had a huge campfire with the church one night and roasted smores and hungout until bedtime. This was our most successful camping trip with kids. A miracle! Makes us excited for our next camping trip next month. IMG_1319IMG_1318

James had a birthday this month! He turned FOUR! Curtis took him on a donut date while Evie and I decorated and prepped for his birthday breakfast. We made pancakes and then got ready for church. We came back for naps and then Curtis and I got things ready for James’ party. This year, we decided to have his birthday at a local park. We actually did a combo party for James and Jon. It was so fun! We grilled hotdogs, ate treats, played and ran around, and then ended the day with playing in the splashpad with his buddies.


The four year old and almost two year old!IMG_1397

After the party and splashpad, we came home for cake and more presents. We invited our sweet neighbors and hung out on our patio till late. IMG_1400


Other stuff this month:

Watering all the plants.


Ev lost TWO teeth!img_20190625_132028599

We also celebrated my birthday this month. Curtis and I went on special date to Han Oak and then pie and coffee after. I had a watercolor/painting night with my friends to celebrate too. They made me an ice cream cake I have been craving and we painted, laughed, and drank rose. Such a blessing!

Right before I went to my friends house (who was hosting the party) Jon threw up and he was on day 3 of vomiting. I was hesistant to go to the party because I was so worried about Jon. Curtis made me go and  I told him to call me after he called the advice nurse. Long story short, I got a text hours later. Curtis had taken Jon to urgent care because of dehydration! He woke up the older two and he managed urgent care with THREE kids after bedtime hours. Meanwhile, I was having a fun time with friends! Hahaha. My husband is amazing. P.S. Jon was totally fine. Just a random virus.


The big kids did their first VBS at a friends church! I had only one kid every morning for a whole week. It was awesome. Hahahah


They did the VBS with their preschool co-op friends. They had a blast.Resized_20190627_120939

Date night with Curtis!