We found the snow last weekend over the Santiam Pass – it was awesome.

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surprise party

We had a little surprise party for Josiah last week . . . mostly making up for the fact that we’re bad parents.  Let me back up.  He actually turned 7 back in April, but life was crazy.  Really crazy.  We were in the process of buying the house and didn’t really have a home base to start from.  We had a little family party, but he never got to celebrate with his friends.  So a surprise party was in order.  He was definitely surprised so it was super fun!  We didn’t tell Logan until a few hours before (after my Mom had picked up Josiah for a special afternoon) and he was such a great helper getting things pulled together.

We thought a movie night in the backyard would be super fun.  We had a little BBQ first then sent the Dads and kids up the the park to run around and get their energy out then back down for the movie.  Gotta have a tray of movie candy to watch a movie right?

It’s amazing how a plate full of cupcakes and cookies will attract kids like bees to a hot dog.


I found a tutorial on how to make the movie sign here . . . it didn’t take forever, but wasn’t the quickest project ever.  But it was worth it – loved how it turned out!


Zac made four different kids of popcorn too – they were so yummy!

Josiah was surprised, the food was eaten and the kids had a great time so we’ll call it a success!

blueberry muffins


A litte one, who’s not so little anymore, crawled into bed with us this morning at 6:30.  The sun was bright and the birds were singing squaking and I knew falling back to sleep wasn’t in my future.  It was hot yesterday, like 102 degrees hot.  We normally enjoy perfect summer days in the 80s, but this weekend Oregon decided to skip the 90s all together and shoot to 100 – crazy.  So all the doors and windows were open and so I figured I could have the oven on for 20 or so minutes and it would still cool off enough to make the most delicious blueberry muffins ever!

Our family loves to pick blueberries.  A lot.  I think we’re at 50 or 60 pounds so far this year.  Mostly we freeze them individually on cookie sheets and then bag them for frozen treats and use them in pancakes throughout the year.  But don’t blueberry muffins sound awesome?  I thought so too.

My new favorite spot for recipes is Mel’s Kitchen Cafe . . . and I was so excited when I found her recipe for the best blueberry muffins.   So good!!


While we’re STILL waiting for the house to close (you could say I’m frustrated today – translation, instead of moving, Zac and the boys are playing video games and I’m enjoying a margarita while writing this) I thought I’d share a bit of what our family has been up to over the last few months.  Can you believe these fun snowy photos are from the first day of spring?!?  Crazy huh?  And you can tell that we don’t get too much snow here in the Willamette Valley in Oregon – jeans in the snow – didn’t work out so well for us.

Please tell me you love Josiah in the photo on the right below – so him!

We spent a lot of time at the ball field this spring – one little t-ball player and the best brother cheering him on!

Had to get a shot of the best husband in there . . .

And a little sneak peek of what will be in the backyard eventually – so excited for this asian pear tree!  Look at those little babies – someday they’re going to be grown up!