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For Father's Day this year we started out with a big breakfast for Nate. The kids had made cards and we also got a t-shirt of famous soccer players. Then we headed out on a new adventure: our first family hike. No backpacks for the kids, just their own two legs for the 45 minute hike. We really weren't sure how this experiment would go but we were game to try something new. We drove about thirty minutes out to Nono to a place where you can hike to a waterfall. It was so peaceful and green along ...

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Right as I was leaving for my Girl's Weekend at Christy's I received a call from Nate who had spoken to my dad. He let me know that my Grandpa Puffer had passed away while riding his motorcycle. The Memorial Service was set for a few weeks down the road, after school got out and the family had some time to make plans. I had a really hard time deciding whether to fly to St. Augustine for the service or not. I knew my family absolutely understood if I couldn't make it and they put absolutely no pr...

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My eulogy for Grandpa P:   If you had spent a day with Grandpa P, to be sure it would have started early. During summers when my sister and I stayed with our grandparents we would often hear the creak of the wood floors my Grandpa installed himself in their little, slate blue Victorian before the sun was up. Coffee brewing, seasonal fruit being sliced and arranged atop cottage cheese, cereal from one of his seven open boxes tinkling into the blue and white bowls, the scrape of the chairs be...

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Last year we did a Girl's Weekend to the coast, which was the original plan for this year. But with all of the earthquake damage it didn't seen right to go there, both for safety and just sensitivity to what was going on. We threw out idea after idea but none seemed quite right and then one of us got pregnant and that changed their availability and then one had a trip to the US come up and before long the trip was looking really different. But Christy has just moved into her new place in Ca...

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For mother's day at Alouette this year there were six stations set up to do with our kids. There was a potato sack race, a pool filled with balls, the macarena and a homemade slip'n'slide. There was also a hair combing (tragedy for the curly headed among us) and nail painting station. Per usual with little kids, Eden was BEYOND excited to celebrate me and pretty much totally focused on how much fun she would have! I always enjoy being with her at school though where I can see her interact with h...

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This house has so many great qualities about it. The neighborhood, the price, the size, the proximity to school and work, the back yard, the skylights in the kitchen and more.    This house also leaks. Every year. Every rainy season. For days on end. Mostly through the skylights in the kitchen, plinking onto our counters and stove. Also in the back area where the roof is made of corrugated plastic (is that a thing?). We are pretty used to it. We keep lots of towels on hand. I make sure...

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We had a combined birthday celebration at Flor's house this year. We celebrated Canaan and Pauli, who share a birthday, and Carol as well. Francisco couldn't come as he had been battling a bad virus for ten days and was still flat on his back. We finally ate chivitos, a Uruguayan sandwhich, after years talking about when we would get together to make them. Chef Agustin didn't disappoint. I was put in charge of birthday cakes, which I happily complied with to try out a few new recipes.   &nb...

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Dirty from camping, but we love waking up on Easter morning on the side of a beautiful mountain. Every year as we drive up to the cross, the skies are bright blue and the yellow wildflowers are blooming. This year our kids were old enough to sing along to the Sunrise Service songs. Canaan held baby Clay's hand sweetly the whole time. John Darnell used the kids and the 12 easter eggs to tell the resurrection story. It was short, it was simple and it was a perfect way to remember.   We then h...

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Easter Camping round 2. I appreciate already being on the mountain, enjoying the view and the fresh air, before the sunrise service on Easter. I don't particularly love being dirty and smelly when everyone else is showered and in their Easter outfits but it's still worth it!   This year we invited the Wallaces to join us and it was a fun addition. We ate lots of veggies and ranch dip and had more success at cooking over the fire. The first night Christy came up and we sat around the fire, d...

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Valentine's Day ... overhyped, manufactured holiday, right? But still fun to have the kids be excited about! And to do a little something more intentional.   We made peppermint, white chocolate valentine sprinkle cookies for our Cuenca trip. We also made frosted heart cookies to share at Alouette. The kids got Valentine's pez and some hearts with things that I love about them. Nate got 14 hearts by his bed for the 14 days of February. And a shirt as a present. He got me new watch bands for ...

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