February 14, 2017

Halfway there

We have made it just about halfway through this 5 week rotation.  It has at times been quite stressful but exploring Oregon and the coast has made it all worth it. We love it here so much and hope so much that we can get a job out here when PA school is all done.
This has been what we've been up to for the last two weeks since I last posted:

Some journaling from Instagram:

Starting out our time in the trailer has been rough. With all the issues with leaking plumbing and the resulting dirty laundry piling up and laundry facilities closed today and trying to teach homeschool while stressed about those things, I was not a nice mom today. I don't know how the kids handle it. They're so forgiving. They believe tomorrow will be better. Somehow they still love me when I'm a jerk.

Today has been better. All the leaks are fixed, I got the bathroom smell out of the trailer, I got the laundry done, I got to work out, and I got the kids all showered. Then it was gorgeous outside so we went on a walk on the trail that goes around the perimeter of the rv park. Now we're doing some homeschool and there haven't been too many tantrums. Dinner is in the crockpot and smells really good. Brent will be home soon so yeah life is good. ☺️

  • We made it out to the library in Salem on Wednesday. It's awesome! Chico was reading to his siblings but they looked away right when I took the picture. Ha ha. Anyway, it was really fun and had dress ups and all kinds of puppets and fun toys. The kids had a blast.

  • Staying sane. The kids are playing uno while I work out. The game room is combined with this tiny little closet they call their gym. It works though. It also has a bathroom with a shower so I can shower the boys without them having to come in the women's room or without me having to send them into the men's room and worry about them the whole time. Plus, they can sit out there and play chess while Sanna and I shower. Now if only one of them knew how to play ping pong with me we'd be set. (There is a ping pong, fuse ball, and pool table in the game room)

  • Remember these things!? Kids had a blast on it. They have their helmets on because we came upon it while they were riding bikes. I kind of like having wear helmets on this thing. Feels a bit safer ha ha! Wish I'd gotten Chico in the picture too, he had a blast on it.

  • It was a fun weekend. We saw Moana on Friday night (finally). It was really good! When we went on a walk at the ocean after church today all the sudden the music from Moana came pouring back in my memory and I couldn't get it out of my head. I was totally singing it at the top of my lungs (embarrassing my children because I couldn't remember all the words) "see the wind and the waves da da da da da da da AND IT CALLS ME!!!"  Our family is like Moana, the ocean calls to us!
  • We could SO get used to Sunday walks along the beach.

  •  We went exploring out onto the rocks at this beach. There was a college group there too and they taught us a few things about the tidal zone. The kids taught Brent and I a few things they had learned from wild kratts too. ;)

  • Sanna was a  bit obsessed with this kelp. Such a determined girl pulling it along.
  • These next pictures don't really do this next place justice. It was just WOW, breathtaking. I mean the pictures are beautiful and all but BEING there is so different. Feeling the wind and having the view be from the edge of the cliff looking at the sheerness of all the cliffs. It's incredible.

  • We found this park at a campground that the kids just LOVED. They had such a blast on the teeter totters and the spinning thing.  Brent was a good dad and played out with them for part of the time too. He got them spinning super fast.

  • Sunday was really nice. We went out to Lincoln City for church again and were invited to dinner by a really nice family after church. They are a PA family too! They were really fun to talk to and it was great food! The kids had fun getting casted by the dads. Ha ha.

    Monday was fun. I only took this one pic during the day (it's of the kids having a tea party.) but we did a lot more than just that. Anyway, we visited our fellow PA student friends at their place which is only 45 minutes from us here in Oregon. So funny that we met in Tennessee when we moved out at there at the same time and now our paths continue to go on the same course out here. I had fun catching up more with Angela while the kids ran amok and she let me do a load of laundry. Then we drove up past Portland to my cousin Beverly's house. She's more my moms age and she took good care of us. She let me do 3 more loads of laundry, take a NICE warm bath while she and her teenage granddaughter played with the kids. Then she fed us some good food and sent home even more food for our fridge. Spoiled me for sure! It was wonderful!

    We finally had a break from the rain this afternoon. We went out for a walk in the sunshine and wowza! The river is flooding the trails we walked on that first week we were here. Craziness! Griz was mad about it. As if the river was personally attacking him.

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