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!

End of Summer and September 2019

I have had so much trouble finding time to make some of these updates! My kids don’t nap anymore, so I have no time for myself. Boooo! Maybe when Jonathan is a bit older I can implement quiet time. I’ve tried and it just doesn’t work and walks right out of his room. Sigh.

Anyways, I did’t take many photos in July or August. I’m telling you, life with three is kicking my butt! haha Anyways, here are some I did take. Our nature group at the river! I think this was one of our last outings before school started.


We went blueberry picking again in July. After blueberry picking we stopped by this cute cafe for coffee and treats.IMG_0022

I think we got 20ish pounds of blueberries? We dehydrated a bunch and then froze the rest for smoothies and baking in the winter.IMG_0019IMG_0017IMG_0014IMG_0012IMG_0010IMG_0006IMG_0002IMG_0001

The first weekend of September, I went on my first girls getaway since having kids! So, in like almost 6 years?! It was GLORIOUS!! We roadtripped to my friends aunt’s house at Bainbridge Island, just outside of Seattle. I only wish it was longer. Hahaha


This was our view. IMG_0176

We mainly just hung out at the house chatting, watching movies, hanging in the hot tub, and more talking over coffee and tea. LOL. We did go into town for coffee and treats and a walk. It was so relaxing and refreshing to be with these friends. I had so much fun that I didn’t take any pictures besides these. I wish I took more!!IMG_0173IMG_0167IMG_0165


September. Homeschool started!

We went to a fieldtrip to a sweet farm.IMG_0156IMG_0148IMG_0139IMG_0136

We have been reading Farmer Boy and going through some of the playful pioneers curriculum. Here we were dying fabric with berries and spices.IMG_0131

Reading Farmer Boy after making some popcorn over the stove.IMG_0130IMG_0128

We are making blueberry bars here.IMG_0125

Making a new batch of playdough. First day of school tradition.IMG_0115IMG_0111IMG_0106IMG_0105

First day of school pics!IMG_0103IMG_0099IMG_0096

This summer the kids did a reading program at the library. They got shirts and awards for completing the program.IMG_0088

Summer playdates. The five year olds reading to James!IMG_0085

We had an end of summer BBQ. Curtis, the baby whisperer, putting a friends baby to sleep! I miss you, summer!IMG_0083

This summer we also made the switch and now ALL THREE kids share a room. There are pros and cons to this, but, the kids really want to be together. Oh and in the middle of the night Jonathan eventually makes his way into our bed. We are SO tired.IMG_0079IMG_0077

That’s it! Summer was so full. I wish I took more photos to remember! Oh well!

10 Years

I think I started this blog right after Curtis and I got married? I don’t know. But, I can’t believe its been a decade already. Our photographer and friend asked us some questions reflecting on the last 10 years of marriage and I almost started crying. Marriage hasn’t been easy. But, I am so thankful for Curtis. He has been the biggest blessing and gift.

Thank you Amy.

Your pictures and our time with you was so fun!! We love our photos and are thankful for you!



Remember This.

I need to remember this.

I’m sitting at a local coffee shop planning our official homeschooling year. Although, I’ve been doing preschool at home for a couple years, this year feels like we are doing the real thing. Like, we are committed to this schooling at home thing. I’ve fought homeschooling for a bit as it’s not something I really wanted to do or feel “called to”, but here we are…doing it. I feel incredibly incapable and have so many gaps in my own education and wondering how the heck will I do this?!

But, God has brought a small homeschool community to me. That in itself is a prayer answered! I just wanted to write out that I am so excited about this year! I am smiling and feeling really excited planning our year. I’m excited for our new kinder/early elementary co-op and as I am piecing our very eclectic curriculum together, I feel excited. I feel like I needed to write this somewhere, because I am sure there will be tough days this year. I hope I can remember my excitement through out the year!

Love looking at this pic. The laundry and mess. Jon trying to drink my coffee, James looking through the kid bible. Evie working on making letters for friends. My sleep deprived disheveled self! This isn’t the life I imagined when I left my hometown to go to bible school in hopes of becoming a missionary overseas.  Quite the opposite actually. Hahaha

But, I am really really thankful for it all. I do have a great life. Even in the ups and downs of life.


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!