Summer Recap So Far

This summer has been so busy! We’ve been jamming our weekends full of activities, and doing our best to soak up these last few weekends of summer. Our boy is going into Kindergarten this year. He’s officially going to be my big kid, going to elementary school. I’m not quite ready to accept it yet. So this is our last summer before the start of what I know will be a whirlwind school year.

So far this summer we have gone to the zoo twice, took a super quick trip to Sonoma County, took Piglet to his first fair and rodeo, and of course in typical us fashion, visited friends locally, had friends visit us, and we’ve managed a bunch of house projects too.

The trip to Sonoma County was incredible. We got to catch up with so many of our close friends, like Couple Friends, Old Married Couple (and Baby!), Geeky and her family, and an old friend of Match’s that he went through academy with. The In-laws let us use their home to host a pool party, and we had an amazing time.

It was also our first time coming back after the fires. It was pretty emotional, and once again we are so grateful that no one lost their lives. We got to hear Couple Friends’ story first hand, and hear how they’re rebuilding after they lost their home. I’m so amazed at their bravery and strength through everything. I also couldn’t get over just how big their kids are now. I love that even though we hadn’t seen so many of these friends in such a long time, it didn’t feel like time had passed. I guess that is what makes them good friends. You don’t have to see them every day to keep that connection.

Meeting Old Married Couple’s baby was the highlight of that trip. We then got to see them again last weekend when they made the trip up to Portland. We got to visit the zoo and spend some extra time with them. I hope we get to see everyone again soon, and we’re hoping we can get some of them to come stay with us in Oregon.

We’ve got some more fun things planned for the rest of the summer, including a wedding for one of Match’s co-workers, hopefully a trip to the coast, and we need to get our canoe out on the water one of these days. What are your plans for the summer? Are you taking time to enjoy it?

Internet Essentials for Families

 

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The internet has changed the way that we live, predominantly for the better. However, there’s no doubt that the adoption of the internet has also been relatively rapid, which means that many families haven’t quite had the time to get to grips with the essentials they need to ensure their internet connection and usage is as good as it can possibly be.

 

If you and your family are going to make the most of the time you spend online, then you need to make sure you have considered the following essentials…

 

High speed

 

Speed is everything when it comes to the internet; the difference that high speed can make cannot be underestimated. From downloading files to watching videos without having to deal with endless buffering; speed is the difference between a great internet usage experience and a bad one. You can check the speed of your connection here and if it’s not what you expect it to be, a change of ISP might be a good idea.

 

Child-safety features

 

As wonderful as the internet can be, it is also full of content that is less than ideal for your children’s eyes. As a result, you’re going to want to ensure you’ve “child proofed” your connection; there’s an excellent starter guide to this process here.

 

Adblocker

 

Adblockers are a controversial subject. For sites you frequent and care about, disabling your adblocker on these sites is an important step, so the site is still able to generate revenue. However, there’s no doubt that adblockers are a necessity for general browsing, as some ads can contain malware or irritating autoplaying videos.

 

So as a general rule, if you know and trust the site, disable the adblocker. For anything else, browse with your adblocker turned on.

 

Blue light filtering

 

If you’re going to be browsing the internet after dark, then adding a blue light filter to your screen is essential. The blue light emitted by computer screens and mobile devices has the ability to interrupt your circadian rhythm and impact your ability to sleep, which is a heavy price to pay if you’re just catching up on your favorite blogs in bed. Using a blue light blocker such as f.lux allows you to browse without any concerns over disturbing your sleep.

 

Regular data cleanup

 

The sheer amount of data that your browser stores when you’re browsing the web is overwhelming. As a result, scheduling regular data cleanups not only helps to protect your privacy, but helps to ensure your computer and mobile devices are not storing unnecessarily large data files. You’ll usually find the option for a data cleanup in the “settings” section of your browser; try and schedule things so you’re using this at least once per week.

 

To conclude

 

The internet offers endless opportunities that can help improve and enhance your family life— but only if you use it correctly. Implement the six ideas above and you’ll be sure that your family is equipped for effortless internet usage in the future.

Yurt Camping and Chicken Babies

Last weekend was epic. That is really the only way to describe it. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and the campsite was perfect. I am completely sold on yurt camping. Set up was so easy! We threw sheets on the beds and we were done! I love our pop up tent, but we have to do a lot more to get it ready, plus we have to clean it all when we leave. The yurt we just had to sweep the floor and drive away.

Piglet had so much fun that we didn’t even have bust out the games we brought. He happily entertained himself climbing all over the bunk beds in the yurt. We spent the two days we were there on the beach the majority of the time. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. No wind and beautiful sunny days. I didn’t want to leave!

On the drive home, Match and I decided it was finally time to get the chickens we’ve been promising Piglet. We got home, unpacked quickly and then headed to the feed store. Piglet was so, so excited. On the drive he picked names for the four baby chicks, and I have to say they rock. Dottie, Dizzy, HaiHai and Scamper. Readers, meet our new babies! We are so in love!

Spontaneous Snow and Daydreaming of Camping

I can’t believe it snowed today! We’ve had such weird weather. A couple weeks ago the sun was shining and it felt like spring was here. We had some light snow on Sunday, and Piglet and I made the tiniest little snow family you ever saw.

While I do love the snow, I am already daydreaming of spring, camping, and all things outdoors. This year we’ve booked quite a few days already. Our first is in March, where we’re going to be yurt camping on the coast! We’ve never camped in a yurt before. It should be a fun experience. Piglet is at this great age where he’s so excited for all things outdoors and adventures.

Match’s 34th Birthday, OMSI, Valentine’s Day, & The Black Belt Monkey

We celebrated Match’s 34th birthday on the 3rd in a very 34th year sort of way. We had a mellow dinner with close friends, followed by watching our respective kiddos play in our living room. We topped the evening off with a toast over a nice scotch on the rocks.

We went to OMSI for the first time as a family. We went with Match’s sister and her little family. Piglet had a great time exploring! I had a great time snuggling with our baby niece.

Valentine’s Day was all for Piglet. Match and I have never been into the holiday, but we love watching Piglet get so excited. Piglet and I decorated the house with hearts, and he got to pass out valentines for all of his friends.

The best part of Valentine’s actually happened at his Kempo Dojo. Master Ralph got all the pee wees goodie bags, complete with black belt monkeys! Piglet was beyond excited.