last (two) weeks…

… there were daisy crowns.

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… we went to swimming and baseball practices.  I love watching the kids how good they are getting in their sport.

… I got new (old) dishes that I love.  We had two like the red ones, from Mark’s grandma that I love.  Now, we have a few more to add to them.  I love the colors.

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… we went to the coast for a swim meet for Siena.  This was the first meet Siena competed in last spring.  And now a year later, we can see how much she’s improved all thanks to her hard work.  We are so proud of her.  So very proud.

… I knitted lots.  but I am trying to decide what big project I’d like to have in my needles.  I finished a third shawl few weeks ago and now I am not sure what’s next.

… I enjoyed the last of the tulips as new flowers are opening next.

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… we watched the very exciting basketball game on TV.  It’s funny how we are all getting more interested in what will happen next to The Blazers. (I mentioned this game in the post few days ago because it was amazing!)  Everybody in town is watching them play no matter how much we follow basketball at other times.  It is exciting.

… we’ve started to count the weeks until Mark gets out of school.

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… had fun with someone special.

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… there was lots of playing.

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… I cleaned up the games drawer and shelves.  A little at a time.  The house is getting a little more organized.  This game, NADA, is a keeper though.  Lots of fun!

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… I switched from flannel sheets to regular, cotton, thiner sheets.  Not sure I’m convinced it was a good idea.  I still need my hot water bottle!

… I made granola and some bread.

… we did laundry.  Lots of it.  Sometimes I find it a lot of work, a non-stop work that can become tedious.  But after reading an email my mom sent me the other day it made me think and reminded me of how lucky we are.  Yes, I can see doing laundry as a never ending job.  Or I can see it as how lucky I am that we have a washing machine and a dryer, that can make this job a lot easier.  Or I can see it as how lucky we are to own all these clothes to do laundry.  It depends on how you look at life. Right?

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… we got soaking wet while at the beach.  There is a team party every year.  Pizza and then a bonfire at the beach.   It was raining, it had been raining all day.  When we left the pizza place we decided to go and check if anybody was at the beach.  And yes, they were there!  So we put our rain coats on, warm hats, and headed to the fire.

We stood there, talking.  The kids played bare feet, running in the sand, jumping in the water, playing as if it was a summer day.  The wind was so hard it was raining sideways.  After about 30 minutes, our jackets held all the water they could stand and still be waterproof.  But the wind… oh the wind…. and the shoes where soaked.  The hats were no longer keeping me warm.  It was time to head back to the hotel to warm up and hope the clothes would be dry for the next day.  They were.  And we got warmed up.  And the kids had a smile in their face and said “that was fun!” as Mark and I looked at each other and just laughed.  Real Oregonians they are.

… our beach bonfire on that day reminded me of this commercial:

And this is the original ad we think of with Mark when things like this happen.  This one is from years ago when Henry’s was made in downtown Portland.  So hilarious and so true.  A “normal picnic day” at the Oregon Beach.  Who needs Hawaii, right?

… after the rain there is sunshine and lots of playing outside.

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… there was (is) lots of Lego creations and playing around here.

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… I finally put these two frames up on the wall in our bedroom.  They’ve been leaning on the piano since I painted our bedroom, almost two summers ago.

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… I found this video.  Have you’ve seen it?

Something to think about in today’s world when most of us are connected almost all the time, and sometimes because of this, we are missing what’s right in front of us.  I don’t want to miss out.  I’m trying to remember this.

Hope you are having a good week!

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4 Responses to last (two) weeks…

  1. Tracey says:

    You have been busy. I love your Nikki McClure prints, she’s a favorite of mine.
    As for knitting, have you seen the latest Wool People 7?
    http://brooklyntweed.com/ There are lots of great ideas, but then I love all Wool People issues.
    Love the video, that’s why I don’t have a cell phone!
    Enjoy the day…and the week! :)

    • Hi Traceyl. Oh my! I’ll be spending more time checking Wool People… thanks for sharing!
      I do also love Nikki McClure’s work. So beautiful, isn’t it? I think I could put her work all over the house :-)
      Enjoy your rest of the week!

  2. Katie says:

    Love the paragraph about the laundry. I have actually had similar thoughts. Yes, doing laundry every day is a chore – but at least I am not washing it by hand and I have a dryer to speed up on the process of cloudy damp days. Too often Americans forget to appreciate the really mundane things in our lives, which are actually real luxuries.

    • Hi Katie. Yes, I feel lucky of all of our amenities. We remind ourselves of this when we think of our trip to India 3 years ago. It is a great way to bring us back to “reality” and how lucky we are.
      Thanks for coming to visit again.

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