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Monday, December 8, 2014

November 30-December 6

Three silly boys and one most-likely-teething one.  The tree is up and lit (after just one topple . . .).
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 Kicking off our December activities with the decorating of the tree. I think we had it decorated in 10 minutes.  I have a lot of help! ;o)
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 We made these cool clothespin snowflake ornaments.  In fact I loved how they turned out so much that I have a few more glued together awaiting a paint/glitter job.  Sometimes you find a project on Pinterest which sounds good but fails to work, but these were lovely! (And I skipped the super glue and just did hot glue).
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 Revisiting the orange pomander project of five Christmases ago.  They smell so good!
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 A fun watercolor ornament painting that everybody took to with relish.  I love how they all turned out! It is hard sometimes to find stuff that appeals to a wide age range, this worked well.  In fact Emmett and Owen loved it so much they made a second one. ;o)
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 C.R.A.Z.Y day.
Josh left for his bus route at 6:30 in the morning.
We went to Lincoln, leaving at 8:30 in the morning.
Spent from 10:00-11:20 getting August's 6 month appointment complete and the shots.
Grabbed some lunch.
Ran some errands.
Dropped by my in-laws to just catch a breather.
Stopped by a grocery store.
Went to Jackson's cello rehearsal.
Got home at 7:30.
Had a late snack-styled supper and watched a short Christmas movie (that was the fun activity).
Josh got home from his wrestling meet after midnight.
Fist bump to both of us for surviving.  But sad face that he had to be at school at 7:00 the next morning for another wrestling meet.
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We did our gingerbread houses.  I completely skipped a kit this year and just hot glued graham crackers together.  Jackson wanted a tall one, but everybody else went with a more rectangular shape. Yes, I realize hot glue is cheating. 
No, it does not bother me. ;o)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 23-30

 Sweetness.
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 Pumpkin deflated.
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 The boys built their own "board game" out of Legos.  There was dice rolling and they played it all day (but that is about all I can tell you). ;o)
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 Teasing August with some pumpkin pie.  Not quite yet buddy . . .
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 I am thankful for surprises. 
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 The first top tooth loss--just in time for Christmas! Perhaps the other one will go too and then we can legitimately sing the song . . .
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Hansmeyer cousins--a whole bunch of little people (and some not so little . . .) in a row!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 16-22

 Our normal Sunday trek into Lincoln was waylaid by snowy packed roads and we ended up spending the day at home.  For Josh and I it meant some extra time to putter about the house and get some things done, for the kids it meant and afternoon of sledding until quite literally, the sun sank in the horizon.
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 Sweet boy turns half a year.
Latest tricks:
Sitting pretty decent (still like to supervise this or put a boppy around him)
Rolling everywhere, eating paper . . .
Assuming "crawling position"
Rocking on his hands and knees, hopping his back legs like a little bunny and falling on his face
Trying to steal everyone's food
(So I finally gave him some rice cereal and he gobbled it up like he had been doing it for years)
It is funny how he went from being a happy and complacent little baby "I MUST GET EVERYWHERE AND EAT EVERYTHING" pretty much over night. I guess babies do that. ;o)
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 Oh how the freckles pop after some time outside with the sun reflecting off the snow! ;o)
(and yes, Christmas is starting to show up a bit in the background)
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No pictures for the 19th . . . I guess I was busy? ;o)
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Assuming position--he has the form! Now for coordination.
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We ran out of snow, so Jackson filled in. ;o)
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What my weekend was dedicated to--the acquiring of butter.
(I am now sitting at 26 lbs . . . although Josh gave me permission for 30 . . .) ;o)

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 9-15



Because, what is fall without the obligatory boots in the leaves pics? ;o)
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I made the mistake of bringing all five Percy Jackson's home from the library.  Marissa was of no use the whole week . . .
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First snow of the season much to the delight of the kids.  Jackson was out sledding before I had managed to eat my breakfast.  I had to keep calling children back in to get school work done (and really, it wasn't like there was THAT much snow!).
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Late Wednesday evening snuggle session with Daddy.  We don't get home until just after 10:00 on these nights. They are rough (on me in particular!). I always breathe a humongous sigh of relief to have another Wednesday behind me.
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August became a little roly-poly this week.  We would leave him one place only to find him at another location.  I wasn't quite ready for that (doesn't he know he is supposed to stay a little lap baby??).  He even had the audacity to wrinkle and drool all over a scrapbook I had left open in the far corner of the living room!!  I guess baby-proofing is next on my agenda.
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Buddies.
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And more snow, off and on all day Saturday.  The kids spent the morning cutting wood with Josh (we have a wood burning furnace here!) and the afternoon sledding.  They slept well that night!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 2-8

 This is your bonus picture for the week because seriously, could he not be any more adorable?? ;o)
I just want to squeeze him all the day long!
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 Here is the leafy pile that they raked up at Grandpa and Grandma's. Jackson wouldn't bury himself like the others because a) he did not want to squoosh the pile down and b) he was really enjoying the raking process and didn't want to stop. 
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 Emmett spent most of his free time Monday and a good portion of Tuesday working on THE HARDEST MAZE EVER.  On Tuesday he made copies and distributed them among the family members.  Everybody claimed it un-navigable. Emmett is notorious for hiding "hammers" that you need to break down walls.  I am not quite sure how all of that works.  I think the hammers might be invisible and you need to intuitively know where to use them?  Regardless, I was impressed with how hard he worked on this self-assigned project.
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 August and I hanging out in black and white because I am not sure I showered this day. I KNOW I had not done any make up, and well, at this stage of the game I think black and white might be more flattering on my unshowered and make-up-less self.  Just saying.
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 You guys. The sunrises!!! So amazing!!
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 Jackson and a cat that is named after one of the characters in the Hobbit movie.  Filli? Killi? We have two orange cats. Those are their names.  I cannot tell them apart.
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 Reading time. 
August has discovered the joy that is crumpling and chewing on paper.  He is not happy to sit while you read and he tries to steal your books.  We give him his own.
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Silly boys. I love them so!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Party of Eight

Back on the birthday that was the 35th, a few days prior to the haircut that launched me into old lady-dom (according to a certain eldest . . . not that I am holding grudges . . .) I had my sweet friend Anna (which, if you you know her you would agree that "sweet" is almost always the adjective that accompanies her name!!) stop by my in-law's to get a decent family picture of the whole lot of us.  In the end it proved a quick and painless event, much to the shock of a certain husband, and I finally have some beautiful fall-filled shots to celebrate us "now." Thanks so much Anna!!






Life is oh so busy, but oh so very good.


Monday, November 3, 2014

October 26-November 1

 These chickens just crack me up.  This breed (whatever it is?) is my favorite because they look like "fashion chickens." The feathers go all the way down to their feet, making them look like they have these fluffy fringed boots on. 
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Sebastian was off on another adventure for a whole month (!!) and we thought he was gone for sure. But once again he came back and the last few weeks has been sticking closer to home (perhaps he has had his fill of tom-foolery?). ;o)  He is such a lover of a cat and so very tolerant of being manhandled.  Josh keeps talking about ridding him of his "wandering urges" in hopes of that he will turn into a big fat lazy cat--we are just trying to decide if that is something worth doing for an outdoor cat.  He is most definitely the favorite.
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Oh this white birch tree on the east side of our house!
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 And the red oak in the back!
October is going out in a blaze of glory!
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 A frost finally got to the pumpkin vines and we picked the last of our pumpkins.  I have been watching this guy to see what he would do.  I had Owen lay next to it for a size reference and of course Sebastian thought he would insert himself in the picture too!
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Some years we dress up for Halloween, some years we don't. Some years we trick-or-treat, some years we don't. I have a very lackadaisical approach to this holiday.  I was, however, given a pumpkin costume in some baby hand-me-downs and of course I could not resist dressing my baby up like the sweet pumpkin that he is.  When I laid him down for a picture Owen arranged all these little pumpkins around him--it kind of looks like August is juggling!  We had ourselves a little "harvest party"  (my dad officially finished up his own actual harvest this day!) and had both sets of grandparents out for soup and cider and and other stuff. ;o) We even decorated some cookies--cut out ones mind you (go me!). ;o)
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This sight just kind of makes me giggle.  The chickens have been free-ranging for the last few weeks as our landlord ran out of feed and was waiting to get the corn crop in. While I may have grown up a farm girl we never had chickens and they are interesting little creatures. I just had to snap a picture of the view out my front door.