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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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Eight plus hours each way. Our longest Ecuador road trip yet. Carnaval was the perfect time to attempt it with a 5 day break. It was also the perfect time to break out my sister's Christmas gift to the family: Two-screen, car DVD player. Anyone who knows me knows I'm pretty anti-TV for kids. Like usually the rule is 30-minutes on Sunday nights only ... and half the time we skip that because we are with friends. But this car DVD player? Why have we not done this before??? The trip was so quick an...

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After Kim and FP left we still had another 10 days with my family. We visited the rec center often, for runs and swims and rock climbing. Highlights included the kids' first bowling experience and a trip to the Train Depot Museum in Boise followed by a cold walk to a pizza-by-the-slice place. Another favorite for Canaan was spending a day in Nona's class with her. He was really proud to be in 1st grade for a day and was respectful of "Mrs. Jordan." He asked to go back to the rest of the week he ...

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New Year's Eve! If it had been up to me we frankly probably would have been in pjs by 8pm, with a blanket on in the front of the tv with my parents. But despite it being about 10 degrees outside Nate was determined to mark the New Year in a bigger way!   We tucked the kids into bed, put on about four layers of warm clothes and then headed into Boise. My parents stayed home since my dad had no desire to brave crowds, stay out late or be cold. We walked downtown around 9 and there were no cro...

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Cute cupcake girls. Foxy fireman boys. Christmas with young ones is just so fun!    There were bits of wrapping and tissue paper all over the floor.    There were plastic food items crammed into the couch and strewn over the rug.    There were fresh, hot cinnamon rolls for breakfast and a big turkey for lunch.    Isn't it good to celebrate together? Add new comment...

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We all agreed that we wanted to go to the Christmas Eve service at the Nazarene College Church. We love the simple but beautiful service they put on, with more choruses and hymns than spoken words. This year, after weeks of working long hours, of trying to squeeze in activities around the work and the sadness that our community felt, there wasn't a lot of time to sit and BE. I didn't realize this until a few minutes after entering the service, when I felt my body and heart start to unw...

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