Friday, April 24, 2009

Days like this make me want to live forever

I am so lucky!

I am so lucky!

I am so lucky!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sen turns 4

Happy Birthday Sen!

Dear Sen,
Thank you for being born.
I am so happy to have
such a sweet little gnome in my life.
It has been such a beautiful adventure getting to know you bette
r everyday.
I hope that you enjoyed your birthday as much as
I have
enjoyed you over the past four years.

...I had lots of fun getting ready for your party.
I hope you liked the mushroom pinata...
and the mushroom cupcakes too..
(and the Bûche de Noë was the chocolate that you asked for,
but I forgot to take a picture)

It was so fun having all of your sweet little woodland friends over...

...and your wonderful family as well.
Your big cousin Kashi, the birthday boy as well,
was such a great help
in keeping everything under control.
It was so special that Nana came all the way to Oregon to
visit you on your birthday.

The birthday garden we planted is already beautiful and
I can't wait to enjoy it with you
over the coming warm months.

I love you Sen!


thanks for being so excited about wearing
your gnome outfit to your birthday celebration
at school on thursday.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009


On Easter's eve we gathered in the backyard
to prepare nests
in the children's baskets.

The Easter Bunny needs a soft place to leave
his gift
s, of course!

Sen gathered sticks and twigs from the yard while Mark helped Emi.

The house was cleaned and a

fresh bouquet set out to welcome
the Easter Bunny.

...and the next morning the baskets were filled with all sorts
of things to welcome spring, like flowers, seeds,
and fruits, as well as some special wooden
figures - a fairy and gnome set for Miss Emi
and a farming set for Sen.

Then Sen took his empty basket and gathered all the
eggs left in the yard...Emi was not too interested yet.

To add a beautiful afternoon on to a beautiful morning

we traveled up the McKenzie River where Sen
got to hunt for even more eggs with his dear
friend Ella and lots of other friends as well.

and Emi got to find her first Easter egg!

Do you think all that excitement wore anybody out?

Farewell for now and
Happy Easter!