Monthly Archives: March 2013

To Remember

Sofia was sad when the student teacher in her class finished her term. Sofia wanted to get her flowers, and this is what Ms G wrote in response: Sofia, You are an entertaining girl who is full of ideas. I love that you are always  wanting to add to class talks. I’m going to miss […]

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How to perform an Academy Award Winning Cry Scene

Step 1: Wrinkle forehead, glare eyes, and let out a warning grunt.Step 2: Eyes covered to block out the pain of the world.Step 3: If that doesn’t get your point across, cross arms and bury head.Step 4: One more warning glareStep 5: Desperation Oh Gabe, we love you so much.

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mikensi - March 19, 2013 - 8:36 pm

one word: epic!

Mondisa - March 20, 2013 - 7:54 am

Ah yes. I see a similar face in my house, too. ;)

Kara - March 20, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Luckily we haven’t been seeing this side of Gabe as often lately, but every once in awhile he likes to make sure we know that he still has what it takes to win an oscar :).

Kelsey - March 21, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Have bailey and gave secretly been i chatting and sharing their tips??? Sounds/looks so much like bailey lately


The weather has been so beautiful lately. We all know that the end of rain is nowhere near, but we love to take advantage of the breaks. Today we were able to get stuff done outside. Chris was able to burn a big pile and mow the lawn. I started prepping part of the garden […]

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Adrienne W - March 18, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Aw, I love this! So much positivity! I just want you to know that we have had 5 straight days of snow here. And it has been really cold. It’s not uncommon for March to be like this here, but sadly, it’s still really depressing. So enjoy your signs of Springs for me, too!

Heather - March 18, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Miss you girl! & the lovely Corvallis dirt!

Audra - March 19, 2013 - 7:25 am

Oh Kara what a wonderful post!

Tonya - March 19, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Love the sappy tendencies!!! Also love the Carlos Santana shirt!!! :)

Kara - March 20, 2013 - 4:28 pm

I will indeed enjoy the nice weather. Although, it is back to raining again.
I miss you too. Would it help if I sent some Corvallis dirt in the mail to you :)?
I am feeling inspired until I think about you leaving in less than a month :(.
I’m so glad you enjoy the sappy tendencies. That’s why we are such good friends. Yes, that Carlos Santana shirt has seen better days. It’s been around for a long time :).


The weather has been great lately. One day after school, we headed over to Jackson Frazier Wetland for a quick family walk. As I went through pictures the other day, I realized something that is coming to pass that I had hoped to prevent. When I was little, I was (well most of my siblings […]

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Anita - March 15, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Oh I love this! We definitely had the rag-a-muffin look to us growing up too. Pax’s face during his birthday party was covered with dirt the whole time! It is definitely hard for me to let the kiddos choose what they where, but totally worth not having power struggles over it. Can’t wait to see the boys, wish the girls were coming too!


One of our favorite things to do is a family (and probably yours too) , is to go to the library. It may not be the best parenting, but I can get my kids to do almost anything if they know that we will be going to the library. It’s just one of those simple […]

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Katie Carleski - March 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Oh this post is lovely! Reminds me of my boys. Some of our favourites right now are the, ‘Mysterious Benedict Society,’ and, ‘Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place,’ books. My second oldest loves the, ‘Nate the Great,’ books and remarked that, “even though they are WAY too easy for me now Mom, I still just love them.”

Story book wise, we have always been a fan of the, ‘Click, Clack, Moo,’ series and things by Sandra Boyton. All of my kids find the, ‘Bad Kitty,’ books hilarious too, which is great because the older ones will take them, and climb up into the tree house with the younger ones and read them out loud. Then I can hear all this little laughter pouring out of the tree house and my heart is happy because I know my boys are bonding over something that is super important in my life–books.

Katrina - March 9, 2013 - 8:20 am

Mo Willems is a complete genius. Everything he writes makes my kids laugh. I also love the books by Cynthia Rylant. I think the kids prefer “Henry and Mudge”, but her “Mr Putter and Tabby” books are my favorite. Lizzy thinks Peter Brown is funny, but I have only read one or two. (She read one in preschool, and demanded that we go get it at the library.)I also like Pat Hutchins, and Berkley Breathed. And if you haven’t read “Ballet Kitty” you should.Oh, and the kids love the Magic School Bus books, which take FOREVER to read out loud.

Kara - March 10, 2013 - 11:49 am

Thanks for the recs. I will for sure try the Nate the Great books with Gabe. Books for sure create so much bonding between parent/child and siblings.
Yes, when I heard that Mo Willems was a writer for Sesame Street, it all made sense of why his books are so funny. We haven’t read “Mr Putter and Tabby”, but we will check some out next time. We will also check out Ballet Kitty. Thanks!

adrienne w - March 11, 2013 - 2:09 pm

We love the library! It is one of the few places I will actually venture out to by myself with all five kids. It’s just worth it! Macartney got the Mercy Watson books for Christmas and they were a perfect beginner chapter book series. They really built her confidence and when she finished she just wanted to keep going. She really enjoys the Ivy and Bean series. I prefer them to Junie B. Jones. Still mischievous, but not as bratty.
My kids are very into non-fiction books, which is good and bad. It’s good because it makes me happy that they want to learn all about the world around them. But I really don’t enjoy reading books about deadly insects or mummification as bedtime stories! I’ve had to limit the number of non-fiction books they get because they can be hard to get through.
I will definitely have to check out the Zen Shorts book. I’ve seen it on the shelves, but we’ve never got it, for some reason. I think you’ve inspired me to take the kids to the library today after school! Wish me luck! ;)