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Monday, April 21, 2014









Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Ours was a pretty good one. Our instagram photo challenge has been so much fun. Honestly, we were prepared for it to be very tiny on our first go around, but Lauren and I must have emailed 20 times in excitement over how many people are participating and how fabulous all the photos are. You can see the collection of photos here

Friday M+L discovered the Tinkerbell movies, so we had a bit of movie marathon day, which allowed me to get some work done as well - though I will admit I did get side tracked by the great fairy escape. Saturday started out with some pretty fantastic news for us around here. I held my breath and checked the mail and there was a letter (finally) from the school district - for those of you that have been reading on here, for awhile you know back at the end of February I was in a flurry of application deadlines and school tours trying to get M+L into a school outside of our assigned school (there were lots of reasons I it wasn't a good fit for us). I did the same for my oldest to get him (initially) into an art school, and every time he's graduated to a new school since in an effort to keep him with his friends; it's gotten more and more difficult. More people, less schools. For high school I had to appeal twice, and I just didn't want to always have the uncertainty for the second round of schooling. So I had to make a tough choice between trying for schools I really wanted (like the art school or environmental school), or the school that is actually closer to us than the one they would have fed into (about 6 blocks away as opposed to over a mile). My gut kept telling me the closer school, I just had a feeling, so I went with that. And we were approved. I am really happy and very relieved, though I will admit that there was a moment when I thought, did I do the right thing? I know I will miss the creative, introverted, and wool/patchouli-infused environment of the art school, but once in awhile you feel pushed in a direction, and there were so many signs leading us here, and the fact that we got in so easily, validates all of that for me. Hurray!

Easter actually lasted longer than I anticipated (in a good way) and the weather was better than expected. Though Sunday morning I woke up to realize I had no baskets and though our eggs were boiled they were still stark white. So I scrambled and went to the store, unfortunately the dyes were sold out, so we ended up painting the eggs, and if you look at the top photo you might notice they didn't dry in time for our easter egg hunt. Oops. After that we went for a walk up the the little hill to see where M+L would be going to school. As you can see from their faces they were pretty excited. I finished the weekend by finally finishing the fifth book in the Game of Thrones. And as soon as I did, I thought, why??!! why was I trying to finish this? Oh the waiting begins. The next book is projected to come out by 2017. ugh.

How was your weekend? 

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  1. I think that wheeze in with a deep breath and the attending, "What have I done?" is inevitable when you make a big decision like this. But I agree, all the signs are pointing to this being the right decision for those sweet boys of yours (and it has a baseball field!). For us, there was great security in having the decision DONE. Even though Cal's school isn't perfect, I do know that it's right. Does that make sense? So I am unadulteratedly thrilled for all of you, and looking forward to so many exciting firsts!

    Our Easters look shockingly similar. Right down to the ball park. And I'm beyond thrilled about our little project, aren't you? XOXO

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    1. thank you so much. there always seems to be a greener pasture. and for me it's usually one i grazed in for awhile. but if i repeated every experience i loved, i wouldn't find new experiences to love. hoping this school is one i will look back with the same fondness and comfort i did with fisher's :) and, yes, the project has been so much fun!

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  2. 2017?? My god, and I thought the wait between Harry Potter books was torturous. Congrats on getting the kiddos into your choice school! I can't believe in this day and age it takes that much work and effort to get your children a good education. Good for you for being as invested and dedicated to the task! It's sad that that's not always the case with parents (our school system here is slowly eroding to horribleness).
    I need to go check in on your IG challenge! I've missed more than a few posts I'm sure. xo

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    1. well, i don't know. i did spend some time googling and it was projected (a couple years ago) that it would come out in 2014, but that's not happening. but also watching the show . . . grrm needs to pick up his pen and some speed. the show is catching up! he still has two books to go!

      ah, and thanks. portland notoriously does not invest in it's schools. music, art, pe - all that has been scratched in most schools. so now we have "focus" schools that offer these things . . . thus the madness ensues. xo

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  3. What!? 2017, are you serious? Every time I see an episode the thought looms in the back of my mind "I can't wait for the next book". Ugh! Congrats on the school, that's really exciting! : )

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    1. oh my gosh, how long have you been waiting?! you finished those quite awhile ago. can you imagine if you started them back in '96 when the first was published? now i know why people constantly harass him. xo

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  4. Congratulations on the good news about the school! I'm sure that's a big weight off your shoulders and you can relax until the fall. I'm glad the boys are excited as well

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    1. thanks so much. i am already dreading it, because, well, time already goes so fast when you have kids (all the old grandma's are right!) and i am selfish and i want them with my all the time. but when they get into school. oy. it goes so much faster. but at least now i won't be dreading where they are going! huge relief!

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  5. Oh Christine what a load off of your shoulders about the school! Such a transition. Mila starts pre-school this fall and it was an ordeal getting her into THAT school. I just can't imagine as she gets older and all of the changes and decisions we'll have to make! Augh. Being a parent is hard. BTW love the eggs. Haha.

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  6. i love the paint substitution for the eggs! makes egg hunting more fun, right? i'm happy the school worked out for you! i know for me when we were applying for high schools, there were so many factors. we didn't get into our first choice, but things worked out so good, in ways that my family could not have predicted! so glad that it's a relief for you!

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  7. hello christine! since i am in your photo challenge, i thought i'd stop by. it's really fun to have the prompts! i'm a teacher, so once spring break is over, we'll see what happens. that's great news about your children's school. what works for the family is usually best. happy late easter! our kids just searched for plastic eggs with coins in them, although there was a "golden egg" worth a little more. joy to you!

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    1. oh thanks for stopping by! it's been so fun to see all the photos and see everyones perspectives and environments. i hope you can still play along after spring break, but remember there's no rules. you can pop in here or there, or play catch up on the weekends. whatever if fun for you, it's suppose to be fun ;)

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  8. Look at those beautiful smiles on your boys, so precious! I love the crazy fun painted eggs!

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  9. Congratulations on getting into the school you wanted. The whole thought of having to find (even a pre school) scares the crap out of me to be honest. But I'm glad you went for what you wanted and got it. (and going with your gut- always a good call)

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