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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week #37 & #38 @ The Dahlhouse

I am attempting to get "caught up" on our happenings at the Dahlhouse.  So I am squeezing a couple of weeks together.  Week #37 and #38 were filled with appointments.  Seriously how do we have so many appointments???? One week it was 8...yes 8 appointments...the other week it was 6!
Repurposing some older furniture for newer little people.  The white cubbies used to be Bella's with green and pink bins.  I bought new bins at IKEA and used my Cricut to cut out his name and the Batman symbol.  I was really happy with how it turned out and now it is holding toys and books!
When you have older sisters...enough said!
Decorating the front of the house for fall.  My favorite time of year.
Lots of VIPKID.
The smoky filled Gorge from the Eagle Creek fires.  Mark drove me up to see the Gorge (from the Washington side) after we had some rain.  The smoke was still very thick in the air. We were able to drive home the Oregon side after they had just reopened I-84.  There is a lot of loss, but there was still a lot of green.  It was good to see.
Man Cub "helping".
Computer work
TV watching
Teeth flossing
Someone got their braces off!!!!
Someone went to the dentist! (That someone HATES the dentist).

Some serious Wii playing going on.  I love that Matthew thinks he is playing.  I also LOVE that my olders include him in their play.
Baby in a box.

I had my mole mapping down at OHSU.  I was not prepared with how vulnerable I felt.  There were two female medical assistants with me. You stand completely naked in this booth with NINE different cameras pointing at you.  The TV screen takes you through how to pose your body into 7 individual poses so that photographs will capture all of your skin.  After it was finished, I paid the $150 dollars (insurance doesn't cover it) and then you wait for your photos to be downloaded onto a flash drive.  After it was all over, I cried.  Its the journey.  One foot in front of the other.
I did have these two people waiting for me when it was over.
The perfect end to a long week.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week #36 @ The Dahlhouse

Week #36 found Man Cub and I waiting a very long time at the dermatologists office to have my stitches removed.  I waiting and hour and 15 minutes for a two minute appointment.  I realized I probably could have had Mark remove them himself.  Lesson learned. Stitches were out!

We had a very fun time at my cousin's wedding on Sauvie Island.  It was a beautify venue for a wedding and I enjoyed catching up with my aunts, uncles and cousins.

I am continuing on teaching with VIPKID.  I reached a goal of teaching my 500th class.  Crazy.  My new goal is that my extra classes I book are for a future trip to Disneyland with the kids.  It is a great motivator.

After wedding brunch at Olympia Provisions.  I was hands-down the best breakfast I have ever had.
"Luke...I am your brother!"  "Never underestimate the power of the dark side!"
The smoke began to roll in from the Eagle Creek wild fires.

Lunch at our fav....The Original Taco House.  Always makes me think of my dad.  Always.
The ash began to fall and accumulate on our vehicles.  The air quality was extremely unhealthy.
An example of the devastation the Columbia River Gorge experienced.  
More ash.
Our tired buddy.  Man I LOVE this kiddo.
He is sunshine for the soul.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week #35 @ The Dahlhouse

Week #35 was busy!  It started out with our 4H celebration/award ceremony.  The kids had a lot of fun.  This little love jus thinks he is one of the gang.  He ate almost two slices of pizza at the party.  I think pizza (with all the toppings pulled off) is his favorite food.  He keeps me hopping...but what a joy. 
All the fun stuffed bunnies waiting to be awarded!
Bella being recognized for her second year as a cloverbud. 
Grace on her third year award!
Luke accepting his third year award complete with an acceptance speech!  He literally stood up and thanked everyone and then told about the things he was proud of.  I was dying on the inside watching this.  It.was.awesome!
Matthew thinks he is one of the gang.
Man Cub and Gigi.  They have a very special relationship.
We rushed home from the 4h awards party and jumped into bed.  The kids had their first days of school the very next day!  Luke started 8th grade!
Grace began 6th grade!  (Two in middle school this year).

Bella my big first grader!
We stopped by our old neighbors home to drop off a card, and I couldn't resist snapping a picture of our first home.  It is crazy to look at a home and know every square inch of the house, but it is no longer yours.  So many good memories.

Man Cub "helping" me clean the girls room!
I gutted their room and moved furniture around.  I was really happy with the end result.  So were they.

Funny pictures! 
You are welcome!
Matthew had his physical therapy evaluations for his near constant toe walking.  It is a fight a times, but it is nice to finally begin to put all the pieces together.  I believe many of Matthew's issues are based on some sensory issues.  I think he enjoys the sensory input he gets when he walks on his toes.  We will continue to have early intervention come to our home three times a month and help us learn to help Matthew.
I needed to run into Costco...Matthew needed to nap.
We ended the week with a little sickie.  The allergies I thought he had were really a cold that turned into a sinus infection.  Antibiotics all around.  He seriously slept through the entire appointment.  :)

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