We're back home

June 27, 2009 by Adam in Family

We're back home. Sigh. We still have the weekend ahead of us, and plenty of work awaits me. I stained a little of the balcony while watching Sam and Emma pour water in the sand box. Maybe tomorrow I'll try to do the rest. Here's the rest of the Bend trip, in exciting Thrill-o-Vision ™.

Its our last day in Bend

June 25, 2009 by Adam in Family

Its our last day in Bend. We're at Brant's house, hanging out and staying cool. Emma's playing on the Wii and Jame and Sam are walking around the grounds. We've had a quiet and lazy morning, going to a nearby water park to run around and swim.

We're hanging out at the Silverleaf Cafe in B...

June 24, 2009 by Adam in Family

We're hanging out at the Silverleaf Cafe in Bend after a long walk over. Jamie and Emma are finding a place to sit outside. Sam's gone off with Jim and Brant to catch some fish. It's yet another very lazy day.

Emma went horseback riding and loved it, drawing pictures of Snickers the horse when we got home. Yesterday at the pool she made me be Snickers and rode me around the pool.

Yesterday Jamie, Brant, and Sam floated down the Deshutes and returned home exhausted. Today everyone was up early to get Sam ready for fishing.

I think we'll take it easy today and hit Smith Rock tomorrow. Friday we return home to real life. I have work on the shed and balcony waiting for me.

Our lazy week in Bend continues

June 22, 2009 by Adam in Family

Our lazy week in Bend continues. This morning after breakfast I took the kids down to the river and we had a wonderful, muddy time. Jamie's watching them play by the pond at the cafe and then we're off to Emma's first horseback riding lesson.

We made it to Bend, safe and sound

June 21, 2009 by Adam in Family

We made it to Bend, safe and sound. I've managed to snag a wireless connection by driving to the nearby cafe at 5:30 on a Sunday morning while everyone else sleeps away. Hopefully I can get Skype working to wish my dad a happy Father's Day.

Everyone is definitely in vacation mode. We rented bikes and rode around Eagle Crest. Dave's here for the weekend and the kids and I went swimming with him. There have been lots of movies and playing Sims 3.

I suspect the rest of the week will be much of the same. It's very nice to be lazy from time to time.

It's Mocha Friday, and I just finished the la...

June 19, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's Mocha Friday, and I just finished the last drop of that delicious elixir.

We're also off to Bend this afternoon. I spent this morning getting everything packed. I'm getting quite good at stripping down and preparing my computer for transport. We've all been playing Sims 3, which arrived earlier this week. Last night I decided to make a Sim for Sadie, who is well on her way to becoming a rock goddess.

Speaking of Sadie, I Skyped her after work from my little netbook. It was great to be able to carry her out to the shed and show off my work. She kept remarking how sunny and nice it was, so I tried to play up how gorgeous it's been in our little valley.

Sunday is Father's Day, and I'll sadly be far away from my dad. I'll throw out a premature "Happy Father's Day" just in case. There's an open wireless connection at Eagle Crest's cafe. I may try to sneak down and Skype him from there. Dad - if you get a call from "Robot", that's me.

I think we're all pretty excited to head off to Bend. I'll see if I can post while we're there. In a sense, it's a dry run for our England trip, which I'm hoping I can stay connected while we run about. Our days will likely be filled with swimming, hiking, and lounging about. Sam's scheduled for a few fishing trips with Jim and Brant, plus a trip down a river in intertubes.

Another weekend has come and gone

June 15, 2009 by Adam in Family

Another weekend has come and gone. I had dreams of puttying drywall last night, a testament to the amount of work I put into the shed. Sam helped me for a couple hours on Saturday and then everyone pitched in to help put up the ceiling. Now the lower part of the shed has all the walls up, and with a bit more putty work, I'll be ready for painting.

Emma was a little under the weather, so we didn't do anything too exciting. Saturday we made strawberry jam, which ended up tasting wonderfully. Saturday we walked around the neighborhood and went to the park. In between was a library trip and lots of playing with kids. Emma's reading is improving and last night Emma, Sam and I played a modified game of Apples to Apples. She would sound out the words and get it right about half the time. It's pretty exciting watching her figure it out.

The kids have a few more days of school and then we're off to Bend for next week. Fun, fun.

It's a fine Mocha Friday, a full cup of that ...

June 12, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's a fine Mocha Friday, a full cup of that delicious nectar of the gods resting before me.

It was an odd morning, with Sam over at John's house. As I went out the door, I heard a knocking from upstairs and Emma wanted to say goodbye before I left. She seems to have a bit of the sniffles, allergies perhaps. She was also disappointed that her day off school didn't include a day off of work for me.

Last night was the carnival at Crest drive. Sam ran off with his friends, Jamie manned one of the games, and Emma and I ran around winning prizes. She didn't do the crazy hair thing like years past, but did partake in the traditional squirt gun fight.

Jamie's taking the kids strawberry picking today. Hopefully that means we can do some jam making over the weekend. I also have plans to get more drywall for the shed and a ton of other things, so we'll see how ambitious I end up.

To top it off, tonight is pizza and Mythbusters. Jamie's off to have dinner with Angie's, so I'll have to make due with cramming on a tiny couch the kids, watching things blow up.

The week is halfway over, strangely enough

June 10, 2009 by Adam in Family

The week is halfway over, strangely enough. Yesterday the pollen count was the highest it has been in years, according to the paper. I was actually sniffling at work, which is unheard of.

The kids helped with the shed after work this week. I use the term loosely, as it typically involved sanding or puttying until the task became boring. Still, it's nice to build something tangible after my day job creating imaginary things. Hopefully this weekend we can pick up the rest of the drywall and start getting it up.

And a happy belated birthday to Sadie.

I'm laying in bed next to Emma, the parent fo...

June 07, 2009 by Adam in Family

I'm laying in bed next to Emma, the parent for the morning. I have my cute little laptop perched precariously on my lap as I try to type on the little keyboard with my massive fingers.

Yesterday went pretty well, though Emma was under the weather the whole day. We had a stray dog wander into our yard. After trying the Lassie trick of tying on a leash and saying "go home", we were led around the block to no avail. Eventually we called animal services, which picked up the dog, and later the owners came by and I put them in touch. The dog's name was Honey, it turns out.

I managed a bit of project work, staining 1/4 of the new balcony and putting up some more drywall in the shed. I'll see if I can get the kids to help me some more today.

Chase came by and played with Sam for a good long while, too.

It's another Mocha Friday, though I'm here at...

June 05, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's another Mocha Friday, though I'm here at home instead of work. As such, I made my own brew this morning, cheerfully steaming away as the kids ate breakfast.

Jamie's off to the coast with Pat, Carlanne, and the rest of the crew. I'll be watching the kids and trying to work on the house when I can.

June already

June 03, 2009 by Adam in Family

June already. I can't believe that Sam and I will be in England next month. I guess we better figure out where we're staying soon, lest we become tramps and live under bridges.

Sunday was pleasant, with Sam and I working on the shed. I insulated about half of the inside and put up a couple sheets of drywall. The drywall was taking awhile, as I picked the most challenging part of the shed to do first. With Jamie out this upcoming weekend, I may not be able to finish for awhile, but hopefully I can get some more and wrap things up.

The balcony is basically finished, waiting for us to stain it and paint the side of the house where the old balcony was attached. Last night in the middle of the thunderstorm, I stood out on it and watched the rain pour down and the lightning light up the sky.

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