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Adventures in Burkeland
A little working family on a little hobby farm.
 Wednesday, August 29, 2018
So if you've followed this blog lately, you will probably notice that most of the entries from the last 18 months have suddenly appeared! (You may also win an award for most persistent person on Earth because I'm not sure why you would still be checking!) As the blog has evolved it has become less about communication and more of a scrapbook of our adventures that we reference often for old pictures and answers to "When did we do that???" questions. That has made "when" we update it less important than getting events added "eventually".

There is one place where I tend to log-in and catch-up on things like the blog, email... all sorts of random things I can access online while my kids binge-watch Disney channel: Long Beach! Or more specifically Ocean Park, just north of Long Beach, WA.

Somehow we always seem to end up here for a week each year ("somehow" = THANK YOU POPPY & NONNA) and this year we're using it for some serious downtime during our final week before school starts again. This trip got us thinking about when we came up here with the boys for the first time. Turns out it was this trip in 2010, when Nolan was two and Carson was five. The next year we were back again for a trip that included a tsunami warning and ended with our nephew, Casey, and some baby lambs joining the world. Over the past eight years we've tried the surrey ride, spent time with cousins, explored Astoria, discovered laser tag, achieved Jr. Ranger status at the Lewis & Clark sites several times and taken the opportunity to just swim, be lazy and relax.

All-in-all, everyone should have an Ocean Park-type place they can retreat to for a while every year to put the world aside and just build some memories!

8/29/2018 8:29:18 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Thursday, August 23, 2018
We're getting into our final weeks of summer now... 
Saturday we celebrated Great Grandma's 92nd a couple days early and Sunday we jumped in the van (we still haven't figured out how to pack the van well for camping) and headed to Silver Falls. We seem to get to the park about every-other-year, but it's been six years since we camped there - and it POURED that year, so it wasn't the best memory. (For the record, here are also some other super-cute pictures from there in 2009.)

Maybe it's just the fact that the boys are older now, but by the end we were wondering why we don't come back there every summer!
We hiked the Trail of Ten Falls (over 6 miles) and Carson did over 14 miles on his bike in one day. All that in addition to swimming and some other adventures along the way. (Nolan's poor toe was a bit sore by the end, but he was holding up pretty well overall.) The weather has been so hot that all campfires were banned, but the trip worked really well and I think it's safe to say we'll be back. So nice to have this gem of a park so close to home!

8/23/2018 8:02:47 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Friday, August 17, 2018
Poppy & Nonna's friend, Donn, told Carson during the Fourth of July picnic that he would like to take him "behind the scenes" at Evergreen museum. Well, we've been trying to figure out a date for that ever since and today was the day! (Which worked nicely because mom had a hair appointment today...)

See that smiling kid below? He's sitting at the controls of the Spruce Goose! By the time we picked him up at the end of the day he was ALL smiles:)
(Now I need to get him to write a thank you note!)

8/17/2018 7:48:01 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Saturday, August 11, 2018
A month shy of twelve years since we became parents and it finally happened: one of the boys broke a bone.
Last night Nolan was running out to the trampoline with a friend and (his words) "forgot to stop" when he got there. He jammed the second toe on his left foot into the ladder and by the time I saw it there was blood coming out of the bottom of the toe-nail. Of course, for twelve years my "it will be better in the morning" theory has worked, so that was my response. Around 3am he woke me up in tears to say it was still throbbing and he hadn't been able to sleep at all. I gave him some Tylenol and crawled in bed to watch a movie while he kicked in. We talked a bit more and I promised we would go to Urgent Care as soon as it opened the next morning. He finally fell asleep and by the time he woke up in late Saturday morning we had confirmed that Urgent Care does not do x-rays and we would be better off going to the ER. So off we went!

A blurry x-ray confirmed it was "most-likely" broken (UPDATE: the radiologist did call later and confirm the break) and we were sent home with a classy "boot", some tape and instructions to wear the boot for two weeks, and keep it taped as long as it hurts.
Right. We'll see how long this really lasts.

8/11/2018 8:11:56 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Sunday, August 05, 2018
Aozora wrapped up today with a summer "Matsuri" festival hosted by the students.
We've had a great week with Ayumu and Eisuke, including a Keizer Volcanoes game, Dallas Summerfest parade, a trip to Spaghetti Factory and all the crazy that four boys can bring to your house.
It will be hard to see them go home tomorrow!

8/5/2018 7:43:47 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Friday, July 27, 2018
Woo-hoo, it's Aozora Gakkou time!
Just like last year Nolan is enrolled in the Sheridan Japanese School's summer camp program, which gives us the opportunity to host Japanese exchange students that are also participating in the camp. Unlike last year, this year Nolan has actually been at SJS for almost a year and speaks at least a few words of Japanese. (whew!)
This year we're hosting two students:

We picked up Eisuke ("Ace-kay") and Ayumu ("A-yu-mu") and they will be with us for the next 11 days. Let the adventure begin!

7/27/2018 7:33:39 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Thursday, July 26, 2018
Three years ago I took Carson to see Phantom of the Opera. Shortly afterwards he figured out there was a movie, and Nolan discovered it as well.
When we realized how much they both loved it (and, of course, after Carson talked it up so much to his brother) we promised we would ALL go see it the next time it came to Portland. Well, tonight was the night! The enthralling music of Phantom carried us all away tonight. Such an amazing thing to be able to share with the boys!!

7/26/2018 7:06:57 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Nolan decided to take a two-day art class in Lincoln City and, because of a long tourettes-related story, Carlos ended up taking it with him. Afterwards we all went to the beach and somehow we didn't make it back from from the 10am-noon class until well past 6pm!

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 Monday, July 23, 2018
Nolan has been asking to install a chalkboard around his new bed ever since he saw it in "Love, Simon". This weekend, we finally got it done! He's surrounded by narwhals, turtles and all his random thoughts can be immediately documented on the walls around him. He's happy.

7/23/2018 6:56:56 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Scott has taken on going through all of the SJS computers and trying to ensure that all classrooms have five working machines by the time school starts in September... and that ALL of the other hardware gets throw away (not thrown in storage somewhere in the back). We have a few late nights in our future...

7/18/2018 11:08:03 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
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