Thursday, July 21, 2016

Getting Settled

We moved into our apartment officially last Saturday.
We feel settled. Decorations are on the wall, boxes are unpacked. We're figuring out what we got rid of 3 1/2 years ago, what we saved, what we need to replace. (We got rid of things that we didn't think would store well: wood spoons and a tea kettle, for example).
Wall decorations from Guatemala, Haiti, and Rwanda
Mostly, we've been enjoying summertime and activities here. All the free activities. (Well, not quite free. Thanks to our tax dollars we have public parks and public libraries and really nice roads to drive on to get there. I'm very aware of how great it is to have access to these.)

We've been to the library multiple times. We joined the Summer Reading Program, tracking our minutes reading. We've borrowed Spanish books and DVDs, books that have motivated Ellie to read. Shout out to public libraries. We signed up and got several coupons: free sandwiches at a local sub shop, free swimming passes and mini-golf passes. Free soccer tickets. Free books. 
Our Summer Reading Logs
We went to a free family music night, sponsored by the library, which the girls loved.

Ruby found a friend, her doppelganger with more hair.
We've been to several beautiful, green parks, with swings and slides and even a sand pit, all within a short drive or walk from our apartment.
We've enjoyed fresh Oregon peaches and blueberries and strawberries.
Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream
I made this cake last week. It's fantastic.
I've had two playdate/friend dates and both times each said friend brought me a coffee treat. It's so great to be back to where my friends appreciate the value of coffee on a person/mom's soul.
We're enjoying sunny evenings (it stays light so much later here!) and time together as a family.
Happy Summer Days to you!

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