Summer, Summer, Summertime

It was a scorcher in the Upper Left Corner last week. On Thursday, we set a record high with a temp of  101 °F. So, as you can image, it was a week spent trying to cool off. When Friday rolled around I decided to take the kids to the  Enchanted Forest Amusement Park in Salem, Oregon. I'd say it's worth visiting once. =| The kids had fun but I think the cost far exceeds what a theme park of its size should charge. Simply stated, we won't go back.

A few blinks later and it was the weekend. Wyatt tested for his purple belt in Taekwondo then we high-tailed it to a birthday party for his first-grade classmate, Olivia. Then on Sunday, Delta Mae and I went to a birthday party for her friend, and future preschool classmate, McKenzie.

Here's some pics to highlight it all.

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Five Tried + True School Items We Love

Earlier this week we started shopping for school supplies, collecting nearly everything Crayola has to offer, times two since we'll be sending Delta Mae off to her first year of preschool. When it comes to supplies, we're pretty loyal to the Crayola brand.

There are some other back to school brands that I'm also loyal to and it's with good reason. Wyatt will be taking the same backpack + lunch box to Second Grade that he took his Kindergarten and First Grade school years. We're getting our money's worth out of them, that's for sure. But they're still in great condition so why not, right?

And as far as what goes in the lunch box, well, we have some tried + true items that have withstood the test of time and continue to be favorites for our family.

Today, I thought I'd share our favorite items as well as two new finds that I'm super excited for Wyatt to try out this school year. Let's get started!


Our Family Road Trip to Crater Lake

This past weekend we took a family road trip south + visited Crater Lake, a location that's been on my bucket list since the first time we lived in Oregon. We timed it just right as the one and only hiking trail that leads to the shore of the lake was scheduled to be closed for repairs the following day (today) and won't be accessible until next summer.

We didn't partake in any tours but rather took it upon ourselves to drive around the rim and make the trek down Cleetwood Cove Trail to the shoreline. The hike was classified as "strenuous" due to the steep grade (there's a 700-foot elevation change in 1.1 miles) but the Little Brumfields powered through. Wyatt was a brave soul and was the only one of us that took a swim in the chilly lake waters that have an average temp of 59°F in August. I only stood in the water for a bit. Brad stuck with Delta Mae - it was just too rocky to get her close to the water.

Here are a few quick tidbits about Crater Lake:

  • :: At 1,943 feet, it's the deepest lake in the US; visibility is 140 feet.
  • :: It's clarity + intense blue color are a result of it only being fed by rain and snow. No rivers or streams lead to the lake. 
  • :: Some 7,700 years ago, a caldera formed when Mount Mazama, a volcano, erupted and later collapsed. Crater Lake rests inside the caldera.
  • :: Wizard Island formed during a later eruption.
  • :: Crater Lake is 4.5-6 miles wide.

Hands down, this was my favorite place to see in the State of Oregon to date. It was just So Stunning. Marvelous. Grand. #AllTheFancyWords This wonder of God was too amazing to capture in photographs, but I gave it my best shot. Here are my photos.


Bringing Up Bruce Lees

Sometimes I feel like as often as I write about Taekwondo that maybe I should change my blog's title. It's true. I write about it a lot but that's because it's a huge part of our life right now and milestones are being met left and right. Last week was no exception.

Delta Mae had her first belt test and advanced to yellow. She's in the Tiny Tigers Class so testing is much less formal but perfect for her age group. She was all smiles the whole time! And of course we were wardrobe ready. She wore her yellow bow to match her new yellow belt. =) (Note to self - got to buy an orange bow asap.) Then a few days later, Brad + Wyatt were part of a TKD demostration at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. This was the first time either of them were asked to participate in one and they both did a great job. While I have a ton of photos from Delta Mae's 1st belt testing, I don't have many from the TKD demonstration, but I did video the entire thing. Without further ado...


The Little Prince on Netflix + a Bringing Up Brumfields Exclusive

Friends, today is the day The Little Prince movie is available for streaming only on Netflix!

The Movie
The Little Prince movie is adapted from the novella by the same name written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and it is animated perfection. It's an emotional tale that follows the life of The Little Girl one summer as she is introduced to the story of The Little Prince by her new, kind-hearted neighbor, the Aviator.
The Mother has developed a strict life plan for her eight-year-old daughter that's far from youthful in order for The Little Girl to grow into an essential adult. But it is through her friendship with The Aviator that she begins to understand that, "it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."