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Adventures in Burkeland
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.

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 Friday, May 13, 2016
Carson's class took a field trip today to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center.
I will admit that I attended this field trip because I didn't think it was going to go well. I even drove separately so Carson and I could bail, if needed.
But after some initial hesitation ("I am NOT going to wear that.") he threw on the clothes and dove in!
This was seriously one of the best, most thought-out field trips I've seen. The kids were broken into groups and spent about 20 minutes at each station and ever area had a hands-on activity ready for them. Yes. Seriously, these people actually get kids. (Better than some teachers I've met, frankly.) Carson had a ball and, more importantly, came home chattering about facts from the Oregon Trail he would have never picked up in a regular learning environment!

All about the actual wagon... everything was "touch-friendly" and they were encouraged to climb around, including the bucket of cow chips! Although they didn't tell them what those were until the end:)

Cross-cut saw.
Grinding corn.

Writing with feathers
Sewing quilt blocks (each student that visits sews some simple square blocks together and the final 2016 quilt is displayed that summer at the county fair)

Other stations included: leather punching, music from the Oregon Trail, rope  making, clothing/fabric, taking the bark off logs, getting water from a well (and moving it with a yoke), animals, an active blacksmith and a one-room school house.
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 Wednesday, May 11, 2016
At some point a few weeks ago we realized that we were going to need to break up the stretch that takes us to the end of the school year. With that (and a Groupon) in mind we booked two nights at Great Wolf Lodge - first for us!

Saturday night we gave the boys a scavenger hunt around the house and suddenly they were in on our little secret. It's a good thing we didn't tell them sooner because the excitement was a little hard to contain. We left Sunday, and some of the Seattle crowd came down to join us for the day.

We thought we were just going to a waterpark, but we quickly figured out there is A LOT more to do - and some of the other things kept our attention more than the slides (although they were intense!).

The boys worked their way through a "magic" scavenger hunt called Quest of the Magi that involved finding specific objects all over the hotel and spent HOURS in a giant ropes course outside.
After putting this little adventure off for a long time, it's safe to say we will be back again in the future!

See more of our adventure here!

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 Monday, May 02, 2016
There's a new addition to the farm: Lulu the goat!
Lulu is one of those, "The daughter of a friend of a friend that your grandmother goes to church has this goat they want to get rid of..." kind of stories, that actually worked out!

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 Sunday, May 01, 2016
The boys had so much darn fun with Lemonade Day last year that we thought we would try it again this year.
Albertson's said they already had someone booked there when we called, but we got a spot lined up at BiMart... then when we showed up, someone else was set up there. Hmmm... our last minute change to Hopscotch was not nearly as lucrative, but Jedi Lemonade still brought people in from the highway for a lightsaber fight and a refreshing drink.

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Nolan's been begging to stop at the "preschool fountain" lately, which is on the Linfield campus. We used to walk by it on the way to preschool, until I finally realized he was never going to get to school dry and finally changed our route. I like to think this is one of those weird places that will always be his and mine.

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 Monday, April 25, 2016

At some point in the past month we started trekking up to the Erratic Rock, between Sheridan and McMinnville for some after-school outings. Sometimes we bring friends. Sometimes it's just the boys and I. Sometimes we bring dinner and daddy joins us on his way home.
Then Nolan realized we could "sneak out" and eat breakfast at the rock while we watch the sun come up. (And Mom realized it was a lot cheaper than sneaking out to breakfast in Dallas.)
It's fun to spend some quality time with my early-riser!
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 Monday, April 18, 2016
We spent this weekend at the old Flying 'M' Ranch, which is now part of 5 Rock Ranch, for Cub Scout "Family" Camp.
This was the first time we'd been to this location (other than the year I spent waitressing at the Flying 'M' when I in college) so we we're sure what to expect from the location. Turns out it was a green field, a small stream and a bunch of friends are all we really need to have a great weekend away. Super great time!

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 Monday, April 04, 2016
Nolan + hose + dirt = Happy (At any age.)

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 Wednesday, March 30, 2016
With the shed gone we finally got the buffet moved!

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