Celebrate Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day is the 12th day of Christmas, typically celebrated in Spain and Latin-American countries.  I made crowns with the girls on Wednesday leading up to the day and started talking about the day.  Ryan ordered a Rosca de Reyes cake.

img_3170 Thursday night Iola lined up our boots by the back door for the Kings to leave gifts in – similar to Santa leaving gifts in stockings hung up by the chimney.  We woke up to our boots filled with gifts!  Iola received a pair of socks, orange jello, M&M’s, and lemon gum.  Frida got a dinosaur balloon and a pear.

Thursday we picked up the Rosca de Reyes cake from a Mexican Bakery in Portland.  The shelves were filled with boxed cakes.  The smell of the cake teased us the rest of the day Thursday.  It smells so good!

We found a nice little Mexican bakery – 5 de Mayo Panderia,8416 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 9722

 

Our friends came over to eat the Rosca de Reyes cake with us.  Traditionally the Rosca de Reyes has a baby Jesus doll hidden inside of it.  Ours had three hidden in it!  Iola found the first little Jesus in her piece.  The cake is the shape of a “O” – or looks like a crown or wreath.

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Happy Three Kings Day!

-Carrie

Resurrect a sailboat

The Hobie cat sail boat has been sitting dormant under a young oak tree (who is already starting to show beautiful fall colors) since last summer when Ryan capsized it. It was a windy day.

 

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The Hobie Cat before the grand sinking of 2013

The boat was sadly destined for scrap.

A few weeks ago Ryan turned it in to a fun pull behind the jet ski ride. The past couple of days Ryan was yearning for a small sailboat. Instead of buying one Ryan came up with a plan to resurrect the Hobie and make it sail again.

We went to Your Chucks hardware store in Webster. Ryan bought an assortment of supplies- some 2×4’s, box of screws, PVC pipes and a 10 foot metal pole. I bought a bird feeder and pipe cleaners.

 

 

building a stable mast holder
building a stable mast holder

 

 

Cutting a new smaller sail
Cutting a new smaller sail

 

Back home the grass grew even taller as Ryan worked all day on his sailboat project not even stopping for lunch. I was recruited to sew the sail. Ryan cut the old sail and I hemmed up the edge and made a pocket for the mast.

Sailing the new and improved (smaller) sail.
Sailing the new and improved (smaller) sail.
Checking out the sail
Checking out the sail

 

Ryan finished up his project this morning when the lake was beautifully still. He had lunch and the winds picked up and he took the sailboat out for a spin.

The hobie cat sails again.
The hobie cat sails again.

 

Watching Ryan sail
Watching Ryan sail