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A little working family on a little hobby farm.
 Friday, September 02, 2016
Eight months into 2016 it's time to catch up the blog!!

After giving up on doing anything with pictures on our old, slow machine a snazzy new one has finally arrived - I need to keep my promise that we will once again start posting pictures of the life-and-times in Burkeland.

Also, I have realized over the past few months how often I return to the blog to remember when we did things and, frankly, how far the boys have come.

9/2/2016 11:03:36 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Saturday, July 30, 2016

This morning I woke up to Nolan, about two inches from my face.

Nolan: Can we go to Hawaii?

Mom: Um, no.

Nolan: Can I get a gecko?

Mom: No.

Nolan: Since you’ve said no to everything I suggested so far, can we just go to breakfast?

I'm thinking politics might be in his future.

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 Sunday, July 17, 2016
Our annual trek to National Parks is now a stated goal: Five or more parks in five years!

So far we've visited:
Redwoods National Park in 2014
Yellowstone National Park in 2015
and... drumroll... now Crater Lake National Park in 2016!!
(Carson had actually been to Crater Lake already in 2007, but we needed to go again as a complete family.)

Since Sunriver is only 90 miles away, it made sense to check our closest park off the list while we were in the area.
With only one day to play in the park we wanted to make it memorable, so we booked four spots on a boat to Wizard Island and crossed our fingers that the boys would be up for the somewhat intense treks that it takes to climb to the summit of the crater, inside the crater. Apparently we had no need to worry. They hit the trail with enthusiasm and never looked back (although it might help they first leg is all downhill). See the a full album of pictures here.

Once the boat dropped us on the island we had three hours to make the top and return to the dock, but again, they hit the crazy, narrow, winding trail with eyes to the top and excited to climb a crater. We had lunch sitting on the rim of Wizard Island! Quick trip around the top and we got back to the dock with time for Nolan and I to hit the water. Very. Very. Briefly.

Now it's time to plan a 2017 National Park adventure!

7/17/2016 10:08:59 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Saturday, July 16, 2016
With time to play in and around Sunriver, we spent this afternoon underground in the Lava River Cave.
After exploring the Ape Caves by Mt. St. Helens and the Oregon Caves over the past few years the boys were excited to head back into the dark to count the cave kisses and formations.
We've raised little spelunkers!

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 Friday, July 15, 2016

This handsome family traveled to Sunriver, OR this week to celebrate the marriage of Elaine's cousin, Seth!
It was a beautiful ceremony in a fun location where the boys chased Pokemon's, rode bikes soaked up the sunshine.

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 Tuesday, July 05, 2016
The day when two boys learned a new meaning for an old word.

7/5/2016 6:06:48 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Sunday, July 03, 2016
The Goodyear blimp just flew over our farm!

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 Thursday, June 30, 2016
Our end-of-the-school-year trip to Long Beach became a tradition somewhere along the line that the boys seem to expect after school wraps up. Nolan specifically asked if we could be there for his birthday this year (we typically go the first week after school is out, which is the week before his birthday). The boys remember the various places around Long Beach anymore, and have specific things they look forward to. This summer it dawned on me that this will be the place they look back on and say "we went every summer when we were kids".

This year was a little crazy with some things Scott has going at work, but we made it happen!
I took the boys on Friday, Scott worked the weekend and joined us Monday. Poppy and Nonna arrived on Tuesday, for Nolan's birthday, and stayed the rest of the week, while Scott headed back home on Wednesday. The change in people actually broke down the trip into nice "chunks". We swam and watched too much TV during the first few days. Drove go-carts and played laser-tag when Daddy was with us, and then hit the beach and historic sites with Poppy and Nonna. (Nolan is becoming an expert on Lewis and Clark!) The boys were in heaven (which they define as cable and a pool - the rest is just icing) and are already talking about "next year".

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 Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Wrapping up 2nd and 4th grade in style today!

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 Saturday, June 11, 2016

Birthday wishes came early for our "crafter" this year, since we were booked at Long Beach later in the month. Nolan lives and breathes Minecraft these days so it was Creepers, Enderman and a crafting scavenger hunt with his friends. Mom (not a crafter...) learned a lot researching for this one!

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