Advent 2013

The tradition continues…

Every year we come up with 24 family activities that we can do, one a day, until Christmas Day.  This year we hung them up in tiny buckets.  We didn’t take photos of each day’s activity as well as most years, but here are some of the fun we’ve been up to as we countdown to Wednesday.

Capri’s 1st Birthday Party

Sweet Capri turned 1 on Thanksgiving this year.  We gathered the following Saturday to celebrate her birthday, eat yummy food, watch her attempt to eat a cake, and have tons of fun with family and friends.  She is quite the little lady, and we are blessed by her each day.

Little Ekstrom Conversations

Conversation 1.
Shiloh:  (Pointing at a Burger King)  Mommy is that where we get coffee?
Mommy:  No, that is where people get food.
Shiloh:  Do we get food there?
Mommy:  No, we really don’t eat fast food.
(long pause)
Shiloh:  Oh… yea… we eat slower food.

Conversation 2.
Shiloh:  Daddy, I have a surprise for you!
Daddy:  Oh really?  What is it?
Shiloh:  Nothing.

Conversation 3.
Shiloh:  Mommy!  Look at me!  I am on my tippy toes.  Just like when we saw Sarah and Kody, and they were on their tippy toes.  And the littles too.  They were diarreahs.
Mommy:  Um, did you mean ballerinas?
Shiloh:  Oh, yea, ballerinas.

Conversation 4.
Shiloh:  We can’t eat sunflower seeds.  Daddy can.  Only men can eat sunflower seeds.
(thinking for a second)
Shiloh:  Ah, the joys of being me.

Conversation 5.
Shiloh: Look Mom, I swept the leaves!
(she only swept about a square foot of our porch)
Mommy:  Hmm… well there is still a lot more to do, you better keep sweeping.
Shiloh:  No, I think I am done today.  I’ll do the rest tomorrow.



December 2, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Audrey Causey - hahaha I can totally see her saying all of this now! So adorable. I miss her.

What I will tell them…

My sweet Grandmother went home to be with the Lord recently.  I had taken a hiatus from the blog and then her health began fading, and since she passed away I didn’t know how to get back on the blog and write about it all.  Every time I thought about her, I thought about how Shiloh only really remembers her after she was unable to communicate much.  And Capri, well, she won’t have any memories of her great-grandmother.  But me, well, I have plenty.  I choose not to remember her only in her last months, but rather when she would visit me when I was a little girl.  Those are the memories I will tell Shiloh and Capri.  When they ask, I will tell them how their great-grandmother always made cookies when we stayed at her house.  How she kept her kitchen impeccably clean.  How she was a genius when it came to solving crossword puzzles.  How she was short, but that didn’t stop her from walking quickly everywhere she went.  How she was soft spoken.  I will tell Shiloh how she chased her around the floor with a tissue trying to wipe her nose, but that little Shiloh was actually too quick for great-grandma.  I will tell them all the good stories.  My grandma was a wonderful woman, and just because she isn’t with us anymore doesn’t mean her legacy is not.


{Explore Southern Oregon} Adams Berries & Produce- Pumpkin Patch

Fall has officially arrived.  And in our neck of the woods that meant temperatures down in the 20’s at night and rainy, cold weather.  Hence my two week hiatus from the blog.  We have been busy snuggling up, weatherproofing, cleaning up the yard, and pulling out the winter coats.  I trust that while I was away you were busy getting your fill of carmel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, and looking fabulous in your fall boots.  😉

After two weekends of blistery bad weather.  We finally had a sunny, and warmish weekend.  We took the girls to the local family operated, Adams Berries & Produce farm.  They have a lovely produce stand that sells delicious fruits and veggies.  Once we got word that there pumpkin patch would be open, we hopped on over.  It is only 10 minutes from our house, how great is that?

The girls had fun, Shiloh took us on quite a trip through the patch to find the ‘perfect’ pumpkin.  Ah, 3 years olds.  Capri just wanted to eat the pumpkin.  Ah, 10 month olds.  We came home with great pumpkins and some sweet corn.  There is something about pumpkin patched that just ushers in the fall for me.

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