Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A week.....

I can't believe it has been a week since my last post. I am slacking :)
What we did this week......
Aspen has been "living" with Anya :) I finally had her back home last night. They have been having a lot of fun catching up. Anya has a horse and so they have been riding and taking pictures of their dolls on the horse :) I am glad Aspen has a kindred soul. They went to the zoo and fed the Lorekeets. My only memory of those birds is risking getting pooped on if you enter the area! Aspen is planning on joining Anya at PCC this year. Here are some pictures of her adventures........

Josh and David went and checked out a homeschool boy scout troop on Wednesday and Josh loved it. I am really happy that he found a troop to be a part of. Josh really likes camping and adventures and these guys seem to fit his needs. It was kind of an interesting night. Since we only have one car, the girls and I took the max train to the library so that Aspen could attend an Anime meeting and we could get library cards. Can't live without those! It was so nice for Aspen to go to an Anime club and not be the only one their or the only teenager showing up :)

Josh and Mara have enjoyed spending time with their friends Madeleine and Connor and Willow loves to see Mitchell :)

On Friday, we hung out at their house in the afternoon while the boys went to a card club at Village Homeschool Resource Center.

Mara and Madeleine had a sleepover on Fri night and went to see The Spiderwick Chronicals the next morning. Later that Saturday we hiked around the neighborhood checking out the Streets of Tanasbourne mall that is across the street. Willow played in the fountain and Josh walked Junie around.

There was a lady there registering people to vote and she talked me into it. I had better not see a jury duty notice in the mail tomorrow. I swear that every time I have registered to vote within a week they are calling me and they keep calling me. I don't mind doing my part but not when I am huge and pregnant or breastfeeding a baby (or in my case a toddler :)) So, we will see. I am excited to vote in the primary coming up and in the election.

Yesterday the kids went and watched Madeleine in her performance troop and then hung out afterwards.

Tomorrow Mara is joining a Homeschool Choir and Josh has Boy Scouts. It has been a whirlwind week! We have a full calendar again and that is a great feeling. There is so much fun to be had here, on Friday alone their is homeschool archery, laser tag and JJ jump which is a room filled with giant inflatable bounce houses. I am sure David and the kids will do one or more :) We really want to go to the coast this weekend and Josh wants to hike to the top of Multnomah Falls :) So, looks like it will be another filled week!

Here are some pictures of our abode :) I think we are mostly unpacked~ The kids have been going to the workout gym every day and they cannot wait for the pool to open Memorial Day weekend! It is tight quarters but we love the location.

We are just all so happy to be home!

Just had to get that cutie in there :)

okay, don't look at my messy kitchen :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


David, Aspen, Josh and Willow had a lot of fun at a homeschool archery class on Monday at Archer's Afield in Tigard. This was one of Aspen and Josh's favorite activities when we lived here before. Willow really enjoyed it and David said by the end she really had the form down :)

Monday, April 21, 2008


Last week was a whirlwind of a week. Here is what we did :)

On Monday, we had a goodbye potluck picnic at Tanner Park to say goodbye to all of out Utah friends.....

On Tuesday we had dinner with Grandma and Grandpa and The Schiffbauers....

On Wednesday we loaded the truck. Thank you so much Mike, Kathy, Justin, John, Cody, Lexi and well, of course my kids for all of your hard work! We could not have done it without you! :)

On Thursday we loaded the van, packed the last bit of items that we could cram on the truck and went to bed~!

Friday we were so excited we could hardly breathe. Unfortunately we were given a typical South Salt Lake goodbye. Some "crazed animal" as Josh put it, spray painted graffiti on the side of the moving truck during the night. Luckily it came right off with something that David piked up from Home Depot. The drive was pretty smooth. Only twice did I have to pull over and adjust the bike rack :) We made it into Portland around 8:30 that evening and boy were we glad to be out of the cars! I took tons of pictures along the way but my camera is not cooperating with me and lost them all :(

The townhome is fabulous and I will post pictures soon. We are almost unpacked and settled. Nancy and Neil met us with pizza and cleaning supplies and stocked our fridge and pantry! Nancy scrubbed my kitchen while I tackled the bathrooms. Thank you so much guys! It was a great welcome home :)

Saturday and Sunday were spent slowly unloading the truck, unpacking and settling in. Aspen went to a doll meet on Sunday then met up with her friend Anya. Mara went to her friend Madeleine's voice recital and then we all went to dinner at Chevy's. Aspen went home with Anya for a sleepover. I am so happy she is home and in a place where she has friends.

Today, Willow and I took a walk (well, Willow rode her bike) through the green space park right outside our door. It was so lovely to walk among ferns, roses, hemlocks and blackberry brambles again and to breathe clean air. It was so peaceful. I love where we live. There is a beautiful wooded park with trails and a huge outdoor mall all in the same place! That is what I love about Portland.

David has taken the kids to a homeschool archery class and I am supposed to be getting ready to go take the driver's lic test. I really hate tests. They stress me out.

Anyway, that is the update on us. I will post pictures soon of our new abode.

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and 2 partners and married to my best friend and love of my life for 28 years now! We co-habitate with 2 cats, Asha and Gustav, 1 dog, Juniper Wren, and 2 Chinchillas, Ozwald and Turbo. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 15 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint, travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!