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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy 11th Isabella Faith!!

Back a long, long time ago, those big blue eyes of yours sucked me in.
Such a little dolly baby you were!
And today, that brilliant sparkle is still catching my eye.
You are a quiet and gentle soul.
You have this precious patience with all little creatures, be they of the animal variety or the human variety.
Small things are drawn to you.
Not because you are loud and attention getting.
But because you are still and you wait. You meet little people and little animals at their level.
Thank you for all the help.
For cooking pasta and snuggling the baby and playing "Car Hospital" with the preschooler.
For making awesome stop-motion Lego movies to entertain the whole family.
You are precious to me.
Happiest 11th Isabella Faith!
I am praying you grow up to be a godly woman and use the talents He has blessed you with to serve Him all the better.  Lots of love my sweet girl.

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 13-19

 Marissa's first day as a working woman-- she came back from the corn fields hot and muddy but with a smile on her face.  She's excited to see her new bank account getting a little stash in it, and we're happy to see that she is a good little worker.
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Another batch of kittens--five of them--growing steadily out in the window well.  I am anxious to see that little white one a bit bigger.  One of these days my youngest brother is going to get a box of "assorted kittens" on his doorstep. ;o)
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 When I looked out the window I saw Jackson and Emmett getting pulled around the yard by Owen.  By the time I got out to snap a picture Jackson saw me and ran away (he has been anti-picture lately in the event you wondered why you have hardly seen him on my blog--I do still love him just as much as everyone else, rest-assured). Anyway, I found it amusing that my little guy was pulling the bigger guys around.
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 At 6:45 pm Owen informed me he was so tired, and within 15 minutes he was snoozing away on the couch.  The kids have been so busy outside--lots of foot races lately.  Owen is definitely at a disadvantage but he gives it his all. 
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 My sweet baby hit two months.  He smiles and coos and squeals.  He has rolled from tummy to back.
He is my little pal. I don't know where the summer has gone.  I kind of feel like it never truly got started this year--that constant "just keep my head above water" feeling has been my daily company. And so I feel like I had him and then I blinked and two months slipped right by.
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 Isabella found a baby birdie at Grandpa and Grandma's that had been kicked from the nest.  She spent a good hour following it around.
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Sweet August. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 6-12

Music and Arts Camp is underway at IHCC and Marissa is loving the free guitar lessons and we are loving hearing her sing and accompany herself with some great worship songs. She proudly showed me the calluses she is getting on her fingers . . .
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Sweeties. ;o)
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Baseball Tournament--I haven't made it to many games, but they won this one.  They have a young team, and haven't won very many, but it has been fun to see how much they all improved in two month's time.  And Emmett who was my outfield butterfly chaser and grass thrower last year actually got into the game a bit.  He is so tiny and cute when he is up to bat--I just love his swinging stance. ;o)  They went onto play on the 9th but got beat, and so baseball is officially done.
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Settlers of  Catan--always makes for a long evening of wound up kids (they all take this game so seriously, and Josh won again, which really aggravates them . . .). ;o)
(edited . . . this is Lord of the Rings Monopoly . . . what can I say, my brain hasn't been functioning too well lately . . .)
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A shirt that speaks so much truth . . .
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One of my hydrangeas has graced me with a bloom.  I want them to be blue but haven't had a chance to amend the soil (see previous picture).  Maybe next year.
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The sweetest little brothers.  Owen has great plans for their friendship.

June 29-July 5

A lovely sunset with pretty clouds.
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Zoo Day!
We checked out the sting ray tank that Henry Doorly added this year.  Apparently sting rays are quite slimy to the touch, not smooth like we all assumed. 
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Beautiful eggs from the resident chickens--the kids LOVE to go in and find eggs!
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Marissa is a good big sister and quite tolerant to invasions of personal space.
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Daddy and his little shadow--they do EVERYTHING together. 
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We traveled over to Seward for the 4th of July show.  It was almost chilly!  The kids were all snuggled up in blankets and sleeping bags.  August snoozed through the whole thing.
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And my sweet sunshiney August to round out the week.  I call him my little lovebug because he is just so sweet. ;o)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June 22-28

Sweet, sleeping, snuggled up baby.
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Pool time . . . we have yet to make it to a public pool (and there is a high probability it just won't happen this summer) but we are thankful for Grandpa/Grandma's facilities.
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Capturing an August smile (I melt). ;o)
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Emmett has chucked the life jacket this summer.  I'm not saying he is a fabulous swimmer yet, but he can definitely get around the pool.
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The kids enjoyed a wonderful week of VBS at IHCC again this summer. This was Marissa's first year to help in a classroom, and Owen's first year to attend as a preschooler. Josh and I had so much fun watching him up on stage--we had no idea he would sing and do the actions like he did!
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A funny face. 
August is really starting to fill out and lose his newborn-look.  I know--it was bound to happen sooner or later.  I packed up his wee little newborn clothes this weekend.  I remember with Owen thinking how bittersweet it was, "last time" and all.  But this time, all I can think is "what a gift" and I am just grateful for the opportunity.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

June 15-21

 Happy Father's Day to Josh!
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 How it would seem August feels after a weekend of Mommy indulging in peppers--bell and jalapeno. 
(This might be a long summer . . .)
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 Owen delights in his new role and is always trying to help--hold, diaper, bathe--he is my right hand man.
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My cute little ball player and one of his Lego creations.
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I looked out the window to find my girls taking turns trying to walk across the fence railing.
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Showing off his neck muscles. ;o)
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Discovering that chickens love watermelon rinds (and well, pretty much ANYTHING you want to give them). 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 8-14

 First Sunday morning getting 6 children ready . . . it went okay (much room for improvement).
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(June 9 . . . no picture . . . seems I'm about 6 out of 7 most weeks)
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 First s'mores at the new place--just made a bonfire on the gravel driveway! 
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 How Marissa shows her support at the boys' baseball games.
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 First shiner from a ball that bounced and nailed him.  But no tears and he kept right on playing!
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 Nearly went picture-less but I snagged one with Josh and August.
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Had my parents come out for a little pre-Father's Day lunch (and because my dad had yet to see the new place).  Papa Roy gave the boys a dolly ride.