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Adventures in Burkeland - Saturday, August 11, 2018
A little working family on a little hobby farm.
 Saturday, August 11, 2018
A month shy of twelve years since we became parents and it finally happened: one of the boys broke a bone.
Last night Nolan was running out to the trampoline with a friend and (his words) "forgot to stop" when he got there. He jammed the second toe on his left foot into the ladder and by the time I saw it there was blood coming out of the bottom of the toe-nail. Of course, for twelve years my "it will be better in the morning" theory has worked, so that was my response. Around 3am he woke me up in tears to say it was still throbbing and he hadn't been able to sleep at all. I gave him some Tylenol and crawled in bed to watch a movie while he kicked in. We talked a bit more and I promised we would go to Urgent Care as soon as it opened the next morning. He finally fell asleep and by the time he woke up in late Saturday morning we had confirmed that Urgent Care does not do x-rays and we would be better off going to the ER. So off we went!

A blurry x-ray confirmed it was "most-likely" broken (UPDATE: the radiologist did call later and confirm the break) and we were sent home with a classy "boot", some tape and instructions to wear the boot for two weeks, and keep it taped as long as it hurts.
Right. We'll see how long this really lasts.

8/11/2018 8:11:56 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Sunday, August 05, 2018
Aozora wrapped up today with a summer "Matsuri" festival hosted by the students.
We've had a great week with Ayumu and Eisuke, including a Keizer Volcanoes game, Dallas Summerfest parade, a trip to Spaghetti Factory and all the crazy that four boys can bring to your house.
It will be hard to see them go home tomorrow!

8/5/2018 7:43:47 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Friday, July 27, 2018
Woo-hoo, it's Aozora Gakkou time!
Just like last year Nolan is enrolled in the Sheridan Japanese School's summer camp program, which gives us the opportunity to host Japanese exchange students that are also participating in the camp. Unlike last year, this year Nolan has actually been at SJS for almost a year and speaks at least a few words of Japanese. (whew!)
This year we're hosting two students:

We picked up Eisuke ("Ace-kay") and Ayumu ("A-yu-mu") and they will be with us for the next 11 days. Let the adventure begin!

7/27/2018 7:33:39 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Thursday, July 26, 2018
Three years ago I took Carson to see Phantom of the Opera. Shortly afterwards he figured out there was a movie, and Nolan discovered it as well.
When we realized how much they both loved it (and, of course, after Carson talked it up so much to his brother) we promised we would ALL go see it the next time it came to Portland. Well, tonight was the night! The enthralling music of Phantom carried us all away tonight. Such an amazing thing to be able to share with the boys!!

7/26/2018 7:06:57 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Nolan decided to take a two-day art class in Lincoln City and, because of a long tourettes-related story, Carlos ended up taking it with him. Afterwards we all went to the beach and somehow we didn't make it back from from the 10am-noon class until well past 6pm!

7/25/2018 6:59:37 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Monday, July 23, 2018
Nolan has been asking to install a chalkboard around his new bed ever since he saw it in "Love, Simon". This weekend, we finally got it done! He's surrounded by narwhals, turtles and all his random thoughts can be immediately documented on the walls around him. He's happy.

7/23/2018 6:56:56 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Scott has taken on going through all of the SJS computers and trying to ensure that all classrooms have five working machines by the time school starts in September... and that ALL of the other hardware gets throw away (not thrown in storage somewhere in the back). We have a few late nights in our future...

7/18/2018 11:08:03 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Monday, July 16, 2018
After eight years our "The Burkes" sign that greets people on the driveway was way past needing replaced. So one of my summer projects was finding things in the barn to create a new version. Today it was installed on the post at the end of the road! All made of wood and hardware found in the barn.

7/16/2018 11:03:38 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Saturday, July 14, 2018
Uncle Rob once again generously volunteered to host us for a day of boating on Foster Lake again this year. After putting our calendars together and finding a day that worked for both of us, Scott and I realized there was potential for making it a camping weekend, instead of just driving down for the day. With a little luck we slid into a cancellation at Sunnyside Park and arrived Thursday night... to the smallest camp site I've seen in a while. Yikes. We could literally talk to our neighbors on both sides with just normal voices. You can to try really hard not to make eye contact with people in the surrounding sites because they were just right there! OK, so this might not be a place we come back to, but in this case, it wasn't about the camping anyway - it's about the lake!
Turns out this weekend ran well into the 90s every day, which made the lake one of the best places in the valley to be!
Rob arrived around 10:30 and we stayed out until almost 4pm, when we returned to the dock with Nolan passed out asleep in the back of the boat. We were sun-soaked, sore (yes, I tried to get up on a wake-board... apparently a bad idea at my age) and very happy.
Thanks, Rob!

7/14/2018 6:52:21 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
 Tuesday, July 10, 2018
I had the privilege of spending the last couple days catching up with one of my oldest and best friends. Kristi was my roommate and college and there are few friendships that I value more. Unfortunately we live too far apart to see each other often (although we do make time for coffee when she comes to PDX or we venture to Kirkland.)
She and her son spent a night and a couple days with us while her daughter was at a camp in Oregon and it was a real treat to be able to catch up on each others lives beyond what coffee or a phone call allows.

7/10/2018 2:29:49 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #       |  Trackback
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