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November 2014

California trip part three

Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post finished and up on the blog.  Our stay at Humboldt Redwoods state park deserves it's own post because there was so much to see and experience there.

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We had to do some tree hugging. The stumps that were throughout the campground were amazing, truly. One campsite had a hollowed out stump big enough for a small tent.

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I have decided that there isn't enough moss or lichen in my life.

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The park has a really wonderful visitor's center. I highly recommend making time to visit there if you are in the area and have kiddos.

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A camp trailer made out of a redwood.

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There are quite a few hiking trails in the park that are easy hikes.

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There is an easy hike down to the Eel river. We enjoyed exploring it for a few hours.

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Up the road from the campground was the drive thru tree. The tree you drive through was okay, but it was fun walking through the rest of the grounds. These tree houses were amazing!

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I finished this book on our trip. You really must read it.

The redwoods were my favorite part of the trip. I may have said that I don't have near enough moss or lichen in my life at home. It was just perfect.  I can't wait to go back and spend more time there.  At one point Zac started talking about moving to the Pacific Northwest and asked what I thought. I told him if he ever wanted to move there he didn't need to ask, I was all in.  :)

 

 


Our Studio Ghibli themed Halloween

This year we decided to do a theme for decorating and dressing up. The theme we could all agree on was Studio Ghibli. We love all the movies and watch them often.

Here are the decorations:

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First up, I took some round black tissue decorations and added some google eyes to make soot sprites. We hung these from the ceiling.

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Instead of the traditional scarecrow we made a Turniphead scarecrow.

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We made a No Face figure to stand in the corner on our porch.

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And then we had the kodama or tree spirits. We made as many as we could in our short period of time and put them all over the front yard.

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We even put some on the roof.

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A pumpkin carved with a figure of Teto.

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A pumpkin with Turniphead.

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A pumpkin with Totoro carved.

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And the rest of the decorations. The chalkboard above was placed right by the front door.

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This chalkboard was on the other side of the door.

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The top of the door.

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Just inside the front door.

 

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On top of our school shelf.

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The dining room. This table was used for food.

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And above the kitchen sink.

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Right outside the dining room, in the backyard we had a drink station.

 

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The tables for eating.

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On the back lawn we set up the movie screen. We also put out some blankets to sit on. The screen was also visible from the eating tables.

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Last, but not least our costumes.  Jack dressed as Lord Yupa from Naussica.

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I dress as Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle. :) We had friends near and far join in with us and dress like their favorite Miyazaki character such as: Porco Rosso, San, Totoro,  Naussica, and Arriety. We had a fun time and are thinking of carrying the theme over for next year. Which means we have all year to make more kodama!