Easter Plus, 2023

April 24, 2023

Easter was low-key this year. Only two photos! We did some other fun stuff, though. Spaghetti Squash for dinner! Chloe is getting good at our old family game of Punce! Chloe decided to make cupcakes! We went to the Portland Art Museum, and made art!

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Lamb Shoulder Chops

March 29, 2023

So our latest adventure started with a STEM kit from the Multnomah County Libraries. We used the kit and instructions to turn a lemon into a battery that can light up an LED! How cool is that? It’s good to have a couple clues about how electricity works. Turning a lemon into a battery is […]

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Fastnachts, 2023

March 5, 2023

Most every year I vow to make fastnachts (a Pennsylvania Dutch treat), then it ends up not happening. This year with Chloe being interested in cooking, I promised we’d make them. Due to scheduling issues, we missed the traditional date. Oh well, we don’t observe Lent anyway. Here’s the recipe we used. (Here’s a PDF […]

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February Snow!

February 26, 2023

Here in late Feb we were hit with a sudden snowstorm. It turned out to be the second-most snow in one day in recorded Portland history! Who’s that old guy? Snowball fight!

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Chloe in the Kitchen

February 26, 2023

Chloe’s been cooking using the clever stuff from https://www.raddishkids.com. I’d have to say everything’s been coming out great and she’s really been enjoying it! Making chicken tacos… Eating chicken tacos! Soft pretzel bites! Chloe made gumbo! Then we watched The Princess and the Frog, which opens with a father and daughter making gumbo. How about […]

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Christmas 2022

December 27, 2022

It’s Christmas!!! It snowed a bit! Actually more of an ice storm, so it goes. Here’s Aunt Mandy with The New Dog. His name is Lewis and he’s our new best friend.

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Chloe on YouTube

December 27, 2022

Chloe’s been working away on animations. As of 12/26/22, this one had more than 55,000 views! (and yes, it is incomprehensible to adults) Click here to see more of her animations on YouTube.

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Crafting for the School Holiday Market

December 26, 2022

Chloe felted up a storm for her school’s holiday market fundraiser. Check out all the things she made, all felted! …and more! This was part of her classwork, which believe it or not is Business Math. About time they taught this stuff to kids early. Here’s a breakdown of what they were working on, leading […]

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Thanksgiving, 2022

November 25, 2022

Chloe has been busy felting up a storm! Felting is where you take loose fibers of something like wool, and turn them into something more useful or interesting. Here she’s made breakfast: toast, egg, bacon, plate and fork! All out of loose wool. Here she’s made a holiday cake out of wool by felting. These […]

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Halloween Costumes, 2022

November 25, 2022

Chloe decided to be a TeleTubby, as you can see. Here she is with her friend Sophia, about to hit the streets for CANDY! It turned out to be a pretty terrible night for it with cold weather and torrential downpours. Oh well, that happens. They had fun anyway. Here’s how the jack-o-lanterns looked on […]

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