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A little working family on a little hobby farm.
 
 Thursday, December 31, 2015
Nolan chased after me on my way out the door this morning and said his Beanie Boos wanted to go with me to work, so this was my view today.
It's good to have friends!

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 Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tomorrow is Christmas, it's practically here!!
Carson's friend, Trent, spent almost all day with us today, making cookies, playing and even joining us for the Christmas Eve service at Church on the Hill. We dropped him off on the way home and then dove head first into our countdown to Christmas morning!

The Christmas Eve boxes had appeared in the morning so they were quickly relieved of their secrets: Christmas PJs, snacks and a movie.

 



Nolan read The Night Before Christmas (the first time it wasn't mommy's job!), the cookies and reindeer treats to placed on the table and then...




...Nolan suddenly panicked about the fire in the woodstove - insisting Scott throw water on it before he would go to bed. They finally decided to let it burn out, and Nolan re-emerged from his room a few minutes later with a note that he placed next to the cookies:




Good night all - see you in the morning, Christmas!
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 Sunday, December 20, 2015
Green Family Christmas at our house tonight!

There are so many things I love about this gathering: the chance to see family I don't see often, generations together (there are currently four), a really fun gift exchange (where everyone is basically on the same page) and, yes, the chance to finally release some of the pressure on the kids and let them open a few presents.



 

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 Friday, December 18, 2015
Two of Faulconer Chapman's three Nolans! Mr. Taylor (5th grade teacher) and ours!
(And there's another one in first grade too...)
Mr. Taylor was also Nolan's PreK teacher at Linfield preschool, so they've had a good, "long" (when you're 7) relationship.

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 Friday, December 04, 2015

We ventured out to Hood River this weekend for one final ride on the Polar Express!
Not "final" because they won't be offering it in the future, but "final" because we're aging out of the experience. The first year we went I remember looking around and realizing Carson was younger than any of the other kids. We were there because he loved trains, not because he really understood anything that was going on. The next year, Nolan was in the same boat - but Carson was in heaven. By 2010 they were both in their element. We missed the last few years and the boys have begged to go back because they remembered it so fondly, but alas, time does change things. The train was fun, they love hot chocolate, but the elves were "weird" and there was zero interest in Santa. (They were, however, every excited about staying in a hotel!) We knew going in this would probably be the last year and we debated whether we should leave them with the "magic" memories from their early years, or bring them into the secret of how time changes things. We brought them along. 
And it was good. A little sad, but good.

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 Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Our oldest little bundle of joy hit the double-digits today!
We celebrated with an after-school party, which included a dance-off and a Star Wars theme.
Note he has now had birthday parties focused on
Star Trek
Battlestar Galactica

and Star Wars

I'm not sure what's left for next year? Maybe we'll have to work through all three again???

 

 
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 Monday, November 30, 2015
There are almost too many traditions to maintain in December - but I love them all!!
The nativity is up - but the manger is empty! Mary and Joseph are in-transit next to the advent as a reminder of the many things we remember at Christmas. The advent starts today with the Christmas book we read at bedtime throughout the month. It's filled with stories about the origins of many Christmas traditions, including the Biblical Christmas story, the history of "Silent Night", an abridged version of A Christmas Carole and the famous answer to Virginia's question, "Is there a Santa Claus?". Christmas in Burkeland is more than a day, it's a season!
Happy December everyone!!

 
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 Friday, November 20, 2015
Carson tackled his first "barn project" today - where you find something worthless in the barn and turn it into something awesome.
I love barn projects, so he's a kid after my heart
 
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 Sunday, November 15, 2015
There's a new member of the Burke family: Snowflake the parakeet!

 
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We're back from a snowy trip to the Blues... elk-less, but happy to have made it to camp again this year.
There were a number of changes to the landscape this year as a result of the Grizzly Bear Complex fire that raged through the Northern and Eastern sides of our area this past summer. The main road, FR62, was used as a fire line, which meant the northern side of the road was cleared and back-burned for miles. Areas that saw major fire were slick with wet ash and underground pockets where roots had burned out would collapse under your feet. But, although the spikes seems to be missing, the animals were doing well! Collectively, people in our camp saw numerous deer, branch bulls, wolves (including a white one), moose, cougar and turkeys.

We had consistent snowfall during the week, which kept the kids busy and Scott and I managed to read 4-5 books when we weren't wandering around in the forest. It's always a good, low-key trip to elk camp.

More pictures from the week!
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