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Black Ninjas Soccer

Bruce played on the Aloha United Soccer Club this fall in the micro soccer league. I helped out as an assistant coach half-way through the season since the coach was managing three teams. We’re very thankful for the coaches who dedicated their time helping the boys learn soccer fundamentals and teamwork.

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Seeing the Sights in Seattle

Photo of us from the top of the Space Needle

As a milestone present for Kadie’s 10th birthday, we traveled to Seattle so she could see the Space Needle for the first time. We explored the Seattle Center area all afternoon before staying a night at an AirBnb house. Before we enjoyed the view from the top of the Space Needle, we visited the Chihuly Glass and Garden and marveled at the glass artwork. Though both the Space Needle and the Chihuly Glass were amazing, I suspect that the playground at the Seattle Center was one of her highlights. One of my highlights was being able to chat and chill with her in the rental car, talking about anything at all. They do grow up so fast.

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Playing in a Pile of Leaves at Costco

We took advantage of the warm weather yesterday to play in the Costco leaves one more time. The kids weren’t interested, so Jenni, Leah, and I got the pile to ourselves. Naturally, we had to record our adventure.

I purchased a Chinese knock-off action camera off a deal last week and it’s been ear-to-ear grinning for me playing with wide-angle and slow-motion video.

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My 20-Year High School Reunion

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“Why do you do this?” asked an intoxicated classmate at the end of the reunion. Her question caught me off guard because I didn’t have an immediate answer.

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LEGO Lakeside Lodge (31048) Timelapse

Building LEGO Lakeside Lodge with my kids right before bedtime.

Music credit: Arcade Paradise by Scott Holmes from freemusicarchive.org

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LEGO Assault Hovertank Timelapse

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Rescue On Hoth

Here’s a short film the kids and I created using their LEGO Star Wars Microfighters.

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One Gone Rogue

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For the first Star Wars film that isn’t part of the main storyline, Rogue One delivered a solid entry into building out the Star Wars universe with a compelling plot, rich music, quippy humor, and exciting visuals. If you’re ready for spoiler-filled details, go rogue with me.

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The Going To Bed Game

Most nights I try really hard to be the first one into bed. I drag myself upstairs, hoping David will get off the computer and come to bed at the same time so we can get to sleep sooner. I start my routine of checking on the kids, getting them or myself water, etc. etc., and then get in bed. I usually forget something, get up and take care of it, then get back in bed. Meanwhile, David waltzes upstairs, does his routine and then gets into bed before me. No fair! I started long before him, and, usually, he still beats me! So then what does he do? He gets me thinking or talking about some subject that wakes up my brain (okay, maybe I do it to myself), and then I lay there for another half an hour or so trying to go to sleep while he’s conked out in 2 minutes!

The other night, my sweet, caring husband jumps under the covers and says, “I love beating you into bed.”
I rewarded him with a punch to the arm.
He continues, “Not to rub it in your face…”
Whack!
“Like a cream pie…”
Thump!
“With rice whip…”
Smack!
“And one of those cherries that you hate.”
Hey!

2 minutes later, David: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
30 minutes later, me: Grrrr!!!!

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Day Camping at Church

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I volunteered at Beaverton Foursquare’s day camp for the third year. Ther’s a joke at Vernier, “Be careful what you’re good at, you might get stuck with it.” Sure enough, I worked the photo booth again since it was such a big hit last year.

Kadie’s kindergarten classmate and her sister, Annie and Emily, participated at camp too. I wondered if they were goofing off too often, but they were sweet with each other. I’m happy that Kadie has been able to stay friends with Annie even though they go to different schools.

I’m always in awe of how much love is poured out by all the volunteers and our church. And I always find my faith deepened by being with fellow believers.