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Newport

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We took a family trip to Newport, Oregon, a few weeks ago to escape the heat of the city.  We left behind hot and dry temperatures and found cool and damp weather on the coast.

curious george birthday

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Although his birthday isn’t for a few more months, I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate.  We were in the middle of moving last year (above), so we just had a small family gathering and decorated the living room.  He had told me that he wanted a birthday “like Curious George”, and I did my best.

Dining table

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Just before Christmas we started building a new dining table.  We are but three in our family, but my husband’s parents and brother and his family live quite close.  So close, in fact, that I could definitely throw a ball into my in-laws’ backyard and probably roll a ball to my brother-in-law’s front yard.  We get together for meals at least once a week, and we needed a table that can seat at least nine people.

Inspired by Astrid and her table, we set out to make our own.  We used maple boards from a specialty wood shop and some hairpin legs we bought online.  We borrowed some tools, like large clamps and a rail saw, from our neighborhood tool library and friends and neighbors.  The boards are connected with wood glue and dowels and the boards on the underside provide a little more stability.  The table measures 4’x8′ (122cm x 144cm) and can seat ten very comfortably and twelve if we need to.

It wasn’t cheap to make a table this large using maple boards, but it was much, much cheaper than it would have been to buy a table of the same size.  We’re pretty happy with it and look forward to many, many meals and celebrations around it.