December 2019 & January 2020

Here are some quick photos from the last couple of months. I wish I had clever titles for these blog posts. Hahah

Anyways, the photos are all over the place. After our trip to CA, we invited some friends over for tamales after church. Here the big kids are playing UNO while the grownups visit. It is so nice that we are moving to a new season of BIG kids who can entertain themselves okay for a bit.


Tamales! We dressed them in salsa and crema and it was so good. I also made a big pot of posole and it made my heart so happy to share comfort food from my childhood with friends. IMG_0643

The day before my neighbors came over for a tamalada. We spent all day making tamales. I think we made 4 dozen?! Here we are putting the masa in the husk.


Evie got in to help for a bit too!IMG_0640

Jonathan attached to me to the hip….as always. We made boozy coffee drinks, chatted, and caught up after being a way for a couple weeks. Yay for sweet neighbors!IMG_0638IMG_0637


Jump back to December. Making sugar cookies. The kids frosting the cookies.IMG_0631IMG_0630

We invited a couple of our neighbors for chili and Christmas festivities before we headed out on our CA trip.

On another  day, we had our annual family gingerbread making night! IMG_0615IMG_0613

December and Christmas really means crafting season at our house. Haha.


We saw the sun and headed out for a hike! We love Powell Butte.IMG_0461IMG_0467IMG_0474IMG_0476

At my canning club. Going around and sharing what we made before swapping.20191211_202218

Day date. Checking out the new pizza place by our house.20191207_132627

We had a mac and cheese night with our bible study. YUMMM.img_20191215_173255212

Ev an I went to the Nutcracker with friends. It was so fun to go on a mama and daughter date!img_20191220_133810189img_20191220_135644097img_20191220_135855493

California! We ended sick so many times on this trip. This trip was a doozy!img_20191223_114523276img_20191224_122932594

Christmas family picture for the win. We went to Vintage for the candle light service. It’s always sweet to be back and visit.zimg_20191224_151819162img_20191224_170258408

Christmas Eve dinner. img_20191224_180407550

Game night with the cousins at April’s new house. Woohoo! So much cry laughing. 20191227_215501

Beach days when we weren’t sick! Beach with cousins/Curtis’ BFF.20191228_140851

Chowder on the wharf with the kids. 20191229_132219

More beach days. I think we were outside from 9:30am-almost 4pm on this days. These sunny days were medicine for my soul.20191231_11390820191231_11412320191231_11412620191231_11422020191231_11434320191231_11435820191231_114532

Little new years eve party with cousins.img_20191231_191233122img_20191231_194805531

And then Curtis and I went out! Woohoo!20200101_000008


Another beach day. Tide pooling. img_20200101_10080946720191231_114120


Family day back home in Portland.IMG_0598

Movie and pizza night with friends.IMG_0594IMG_0593

We made lots of cookies in December.IMG_0580IMG_0575IMG_0565

We rolled beeswax candles….because, tradition!IMG_0561


We made homeless care packages with friends. The big kids did so well assembling.IMG_0555IMG_0548IMG_0547

We made little notes to go into the care packages.IMG_0546IMG_0543


More holiday stuff. Making garlands with craberries. Jonathan did so good!IMG_0535

Christmas decorating.IMG_0526



Phone pics from January.

Hike with friends after our trip.


It snowed! For like a hot second. img_20200114_094232897

We also worked on getting tile in our kitchen. LET THERE BE LIGHT!! It’s so much brighter. Slowly, very slowly, making this home the way we want it. 20200119_170233

Evie and her new favorite book series. She read through 4 of the books in like a week and half. img_20200124_161107138

Curtis commuter car broke down. New to us, truck!



Not technically January, but close enough?! Super bowl party  this last weekend. 20200202_184422





October/November 2019

October Stuff:

It’s 2020 and I am now uploading October pics from last year. Homeschooling is taking over my life! I am taking less pics these days…and not because I want too. Booooo.

Anyways, the annual family pumpkin patch trip! We were so busy in October, we did’t even get a chance to carve our pumpkins. I don’t even know October got so jam packed?!



We went to a different pumpkin patch during the week, with our homeschool friends. This place was cute. They had some animals to pet, an indoor playground, u-cut dahlias and other flowers, and fresh apple cider donuts. Oh Oregon and your cute farms.




Some pics from our “autumn nature walk”. We made nature bracelets, went on an “autumn scavenger hunt”, read, “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn”, and had a picnic after our walk. We ate popcorn and I made some hot chocolate for all to share.IMG_0206IMG_0198IMG_0194IMG_0216IMG_0209

More nature outings with friends.


Day date with this cutie.img_20191012_103305214_hdr


Friday family dinner nights with our Portland family.img_20191018_181806623


Some November pics. November was also busy. Grandparents visited, we celebrated Ev’s birthday, and we dedicated Jon at church.

I didn’t get any pictures from the dedication, because I forgot. Whoops. After the dedication, we invited a few friends over for brunch and brought out the trusty waffle maker! We made waffles and latte’s and Jonathan napped the whole time. HAHA



Now, Evie’s 6th birthday Party! It was a kitty themed party. We ate snacks and donuts and the grownups drank so much coffee. We needed it!




Birthday morning. On her actual birthday, we had pancakes, went to the Children’s Museum, opened presents, and went out to Sushi for dinner.IMG_0401IMG_0398


Halloween! This time we went trick or treating with our new friends who live a few minutes from us. We met at their house, ate pizza, and then the grown ups filled up their to go cups with the mulled wine my friend had made! IMG_0392



On a nature walk with the kids. It was just them and myself on this walk. Which is odd. Hahaha! We usually do our nature outings with friends. Still it was really great to have some one on one time with my three. We had a sweet time together.IMG_0390IMG_0387IMG_0385


Some homeschool scenes:


Our schedule this past fall.IMG_0264

Jonathan always wants to be included.IMG_0276IMG_0278IMG_0280

We went apple picking in October!IMG_0297IMG_0305IMG_0307IMG_0310


Sometime in November, our old friend came to visit. We made a roast, mashed potatoes, some veggies, and slathered everything with some spicy cranberry sauce I got from canning club. It was such a good meal. Our house is tiny and between all the kids in our community, the grownups always end up eating standing up around our kitchen island. HAHAHA. I love sharing meals together. Even in our cozy house!



Crafting with homeshool friends. Celebrating autumn with dipping leaves in beeswax to preserve them.IMG_0322IMG_0317IMG_0312IMG_0323



A few of my girlfriends and I get together every so often and craft/do something artistic. Here is watercolor night at my house in October. In November we made autumn wreaths!



I made a bunch of Americano’s this past fall. Yay for espresso machines!IMG_0222

I caught Ev reading her chapter book. She finished a chapter book in November. So we went to Powell Books to get her another one! It’s fun to see her read.IMG_0337

We celebrated Thanksgiving with some dear friends and one of Ev’s bff’s. We returned to their house a couple days later for CREPESGIVING! We used all the leftovers from thanksgiving and put them in Crepes. So good! Girl’s helping making the crepes.


Here they are again on Thanksgiving. Eating their pie!img_20191128_173611310


That’s it for now!