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A Declaration of More Family Travel

A Declaration of More Family Travel

Travelling has always been something that we have wanted to do as a family but we have never actually done much of. Before we had the youngest we took 2-4 small trips a year spread between Oregon, the Washington Coast and Vancouver, BC for a […]

Garden Update 06.08.19

Garden Update 06.08.19

It has been a while since I have done a gardening update so I though I would take a few pictures and talk a little bit about them. Our family has been super busy with travel, kids, work and the frequent birthday parties that happen […]

A not so Brief Hiatus…Part 2

A not so Brief Hiatus…Part 2

A few months back I wrote my first post after going back to work (A not so Brief Hiatus) about the gap in blogging while I went back to work. I didn’t blog for eight months last time which was almost the entire length of my employment until I was laid off in October. Although this time around the break from blogging was shorter at seven months the long break did feel very long. I have had so many ideas floating around in my head about blogging that I wish I had really had the time to write everything out but the reality is that my week is packed and the weekends aren’t any better.

 

One of our many day trips out in nature.

We have made a huge effort this year to go out and do things. I have always wanted to travel more and this year instead of always talking about traveling I decided we were just going to go ahead and do it. It has been a huge success! We have so far gone to San Francisco, Eastern Washington, checked out the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington and headed up north to the tulip fields. We have two family trips scheduled for June, a yet to be determined beach vacation penciled in this summer, a something else over Labor Day weekend and we are trying to figure out what to do towards the end of the year. Our family has had an awesome time and our kids love getting out of the house and exploring new areas. We are definitely going to try to hike a bit more this year now that our youngest is three and can keep up for almost a mile before getting tired so any family friendly hikes you know of in the PNW I would love to hear them!

 

Golden Gate Bridge on our San Francisco trip.

 

Cherry blossoms at University of Washington.

 

Rock paintings along the Columbia River.

I started back up at work right before Christmas and I absolutely love my new job. It is at a much larger company with room to grow. My schedule is flexible enough and most importantly of all it is pretty low stress. My biggest complaint is my commute but we are torn about moving closer into the big city with the market starting to be unstable so for now it will continue to be a huge chunk of my day. I am now driving a hybrid car and even though I drive 2-3 hours (yes it really is that bad) each weekday getting to and from work and picking up kids after school I am only filling up my gas tank once a month or so at $40 a tank which is so low I don’t ever worry any more about how much we are spending on gas every month.

 

I plan on blogging more now that our schedule has smoothed out a bit but in the meantime follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest! Here are some of Oscoey’s most popular posts:

 

 

 

The Importance of Walking in the Wood With Kids

The Importance of Walking in the Wood With Kids

Since being laid off I have been trying to spend time with family and friends. My Dad is nearing retirement and has some free time as well so I have been trying to get the kids out to see him on the family property out […]

Fun Times with Mr. Oscoey

Fun Times with Mr. Oscoey

Mr. Oscoey and I took some time a little bit ago to spend some time together since I have so much more free time now that I have been laid off. We had a great time exploring the Amazon Spheres, Pike Place Market and just […]

Fall 2018 Gardening Update

Fall 2018 Gardening Update

It has been a while since I have posted a gardening update so I thought I would post some pictures I took when I toured the garden recently. My latest gardening post was February 2018 State of the Garden so it has been quite a while since I have posted!  As can be expected the garden is in fall mode and many of our plants are losing leaves and others are dying back for the winter. We had a recent bout of wet weather so while I was touring the garden with my son I was pleasantly surprised to see hundreds of mushrooms along our paths. I have no idea what kind they are and my son and I just looked at them (teaching the little one woods skills early) but I was surprised at how many there were, especially since last year we only had a few.

 

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Mushrooms at the top of our side yard path.

We found a large number of these brown mushrooms along our side yard path and going down the hill. I am pretty sure they sprung up from the mulch we spread last spring which is actually pretty cool if you think about it. We are (ahem)  sort of almost done spreading our mulch from the trees we cut down quite some time ago. This fact was not lost on our neighbor who happened to be outside at the same time good naturedly commenting on our lack of finishing the project. I am really tired of tracking in large amounts of dirt and debris which has covered our driveway from the mulch pile but we honestly had no time whatsoever to work on it while both of us were working full time. One of my goals before Thanksgiving is to have this completely taken care of but I also have to do the fall pruning and remove a few large bushes in order for that to happen so I may not get to it until the week of Thanksgiving.

 

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A close up of some of the brown mushrooms.

It was neat to see the brown mushrooms in varying states of flower. Some of them had just come up and others were on their way out. My son and I spent quite a bit of time looking them over and talking about them. I should probably buy a mycology book so that we can look up the names of them. The kids would love to learn more about the plants we have.

 

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Messy side yard!

I thought I would post an embarrassing picture of my side yard. This area of the yard was pretty much ignored this year, including watering so it needs a ton of work. That is actually a picture of the path that we walk through to get to the back yard. It was not quite completely closed but we did get a little bit wet walking through it. I am torn between cleaning it up and completely turning this area to grass. We have hummingbirds that live in our neighbor’s tree that feast of my flowers in this area nearly year-round so I am super hesitant to pull everything out but the bushes are too big for the space so I may take a few out and move the others over to make room for a fence.

 

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More mushrooms under the deck.

We found some more mushrooms under our deck. They were not so cute looking and pretty slimy but they must be tasty because the squirrels have been eating them left and right. My son and I however worked on looking without touching. I don’t know what kind of mushrooms they are and I want our kids to have a healthy fear of eating wild mushrooms since we have so many out in our woods. We have a strict eat mushrooms only from the store policy in our house!

 

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Smoke Bush.

I believe this is a “Smoke Bush” in our backyard. It was so beautiful this year I had to take a picture of it. We inherited this bush and every other year it looked mostly dead and out of place but this year the colors came through and it is gorgeous!

 

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Woods out back.

I took a view from below (as we call it) of the woods in the ravine behind our house. As you can see we have a huge English Ivy problem out behind our house. We have been girdling the trees regularly but some of the trees are too far out where the slope is very steep and we are not able to. The tree on the right is slated to be removed at some point since the Ivy goes up into the lower branches and it makes it unsafe.

 

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Stinky Bob covering our path.

 

Stinky Bob is a weed we have all over our yard. It is a native species so I let it grow in the back but every spring it takes over most of our available space near the front of our yard. This is the path down to the ravine from behind our house and it is completely covered. Last spring this area was fir needle covered soil.

 

Branch Down!

 

We had our first branch down last week and although it scared me, the branch was not really that big in comparison to others we have had down. Luckily this branch missed the deck railing for it’s initial descent and only rested on it after it fell. This particular branch happened to fall when I had the slider open on a sightly windy day to air out the house. I am so glad nobody was standing there when it fell because it came down really fast and we had been outside on the upper deck a few minutes prior. Most of the large branches that fall end up where this one did because they are from the three trees that are right next to the deck. We are having those removed for safety at some point but my lay off has put all projects on hold for a little bit. I am hoping to take out the trees sometime in the spring.

 

That’s it for our Fall Gardening Update! I have some projects going on in the front yard mostly concerning mulch application and trimming our bushes but even though I have more free time I am still too busy to regularly get out in the garden on nice days.

 

How is your garden going this fall?

 

The Dreaded Lay-off…

The Dreaded Lay-off…

A little bit ago I was laid off from the job I started last spring. It was very sudden and shocking to me but the job was not going that great and if I had not had the most dreadfully awful week I probably would […]

Pumpkin Farms and Pumpkin Carving!

Pumpkin Farms and Pumpkin Carving!

In honor of Halloween I thought I would post some pictures from our pumpkin farm visit and pumpkin carving extravaganza. We have been going to the pumpkin farm with the same group of friends for the last five years and our kids love this tradition! […]

A Not So Brief Hiatus

A Not So Brief Hiatus

About eight months ago I took a break from blogging. There were many reasons, the most pressing being a complete utter lack of time while trying to maintain balance with both Mr. Oscoey and I working full-time with small kids. To say it was difficult to balance everything is an understatement and I am very impressed with everyone who can keep their households running successfully with both parents working full-time! We were only semi-successful at keeping everything running smoothly but lots of corners had to be cut and the blog was one of the activities I had to drop in order to get at least a little bit of sleep every night. I do not function without a full night of sleep so going to bed on time was mandatory!

 

Weedy garden.
Gardening did not happen much this summer.

 

Oscoey was also discovered by some people in my real life through the magic of Instagram suggestions and I squeezed in some time to think about the direction I want to take with the blog and how much I want to reveal about our finances. On one hand I would love to be fully transparent about finances and put it all out there but I know that it would not work for the Oscoey household so I am going to try and reach a healthy medium. I am still not sure about how much we will reveal but look out for more Personal Finance posts in the next few months! I definitely want to follow up on our 2018 Financial Goals and lay out the direction we will head in 2019. Yes, I am already thinking ahead to 2019!

 

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We fit in raspberry picking last minute but did not make jam this year.

 

I hope everyone had a great time this spring, summer and fall! Feel free to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest! Please look for my post later this week about recently being laid off and in the meantime here are some of Oscoey’s most loved posts!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Blogiversary!

Happy Blogiversary!

One Year of Blogging Done!   Last weekend was the one year anniversary of Oscoey. I can’t believe how quickly the last year has gone! I have learned a lot about blogging over the past year and gotten to know many fabulous bloggers as well. […]


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Uber Frugal Month Challenge Week 1

Uber Frugal Month Challenge Week 1

A few weeks ago I found the Uber Frugal Month Challenge over at the Frugalwoods and I was immediately hooked. What a great way to start out 2018! I signed my husband and I up and we have spent the last week reading through the daily […]

Hilarious Japanese Toilet Candy

Hilarious Japanese Toilet Candy

Have you seen these cool candy toys made in Japan? They have all kids of fun food items to make!   This site participates in affiliate links and receives a small fee for affiliate recommendations at no cost to you. As always we only recommend […]

Easy Dairy-Free Grandma’s Fruit Salad

Easy Dairy-Free Grandma’s Fruit Salad

My grandma made fruit salad for us growing up and it was always my favorite because she put a few marshmallows in there.  My mom was always trying to eat healthy so marshmallows were a rare treat in our house.  I made this yummy salad […]