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Friday, April 29, 2016

April 17-23

Owen's last time singing with the Sonshine Kids at church!
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This boy loves his Daddy snuggles in the evening (particularly when he is trying to delay bedtime).
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Josh gets his birthday serenade (and whatever candles I scavenged from the junk drawer . . . we were a few short . . .). ;o)
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August watches Grandpa get the mowing done.
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August finds a place to store popcorn for later.
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August likes the baseball bat--a lot. (We had to hide it).  
And yes, August is rarely dressed.  He does a pretty good job here at home with the potty as long as he doesn't wear clothes.  When he begins to appear in pictures with clothes on again you can celebrate that we reached the next stage.
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 A Saturday evening game night--keeping it light and hilarious with "Bubble Talk."  Josh was thrilled to discover we had a game that required almost zero thinking skills.  Some nights a full scale game of strategy just sounds exhausting. ;o)





Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 10-16

 August loves to sit on our bed with his tractor and quietly drive it back and forth over the lumps, bumps, and pillows.  I am not sure the intrigue, but he can do it for a good half hour (meaning it is one winner of a toddler activity!). ;o)
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A glance through the window revealed a happy Emmett and his frolicking kitty cats.
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 Huge fort to bridge the gap between the living room and dining room.  And since fort building is exhausting and requires sustenance they refueled with clementines and thoughtfully scattered the peels outside the entrance. 
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The time of year when I am convinced I need to plant myself a grove of redbud trees.
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 August admiring Jackson's rock collection.
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 Pot-bellied toddler the last at the table--he really likes his spaghetti!
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And August peek-a-booing in the curtains.  Another week a bit heavy in the August pics, but sometimes that's just how it goes. ;o)

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 3-9

August's current obsession is driving--he adores the steering wheel.  Every time we go to the van he is convinced he gets to drive it.  Every time I have to wrestle a toddler amidst wails and thrashes into his car seat.  He was delighted to discover Grandpa's gator also has a steering wheel.  Yes, we are careful to remove all keys from ignitions, just in case . . .
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Boys helping with the landscaping. :-|
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Little math buddy.
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Spring. It rivals fall at times.
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The boys have been on a major game kick again.  I wonder if it is possible for boys to play games without arguments and/or fisticuffs?  Sigh.  As much as I love board games I have threatened lately to pack them all away.  At least they are providing lots of opportunity for child training.
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Junior high lip sync contest at church--girls worked together on a little "Sisters" routine.
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And scrapbooking time--I have a good routine of ordering pictures at the end of the month (if I use my Snapfish app on my phone they always give me 100 pictures free, which usually more than covers what I need).  If I don't use the pictures I lose them--the credits don't carry over--that is enough incentive for me to make sure I place an order!  

March 27-April2

We left Shelby with a snowy yard, and arrived in Lincoln to spring!
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The little guy is finally finding uses for toys and playing by himself a little bit (huge improvement over the mischief making of a few months ago!).
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Because I would be attending the homeschool convention on April 1-2, Marissa wanted to make sure she got some of her violin practice in before we left.  Unfortunately, Isabella was still in bed at 7:00 a.m. Marissa thought a thoughtful serenade of cheerful morning tunes (You are my Sunshine, Morning has Broken, etc--there was quite the line-up!) would be just the ticket.  Isabella wasn't as enthused about the personal concert as Marissa would have liked.

Monday, March 28, 2016

March 20-26

Sunday night drive home--dash view. ;o)
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I caught Emmett all curled up on Jackson watching a movie.  Jackson wasn't overly thrilled at getting this sweet moment documented.
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I am not exactly sure what was going on here. Josh likes to play the card game "Hearts" on his phone.  Apparently you can send gifts?  And apparently they were really cracking themselves up.
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This little fellow LOVES to be outside.  When he looked out the window and saw Owen and a neighbor boy out there naturally he needed to be with them.  He got his shoes and carried them all the way upstairs to Marissa who was in her room working at the computer. "Dees--'side peez?"  Which is August-speak for "Rissy--outside please?"  And he was so insistent and hopeful she couldn't tell him no.  So, I got August ready while Marissa got dressed to go out and this is his expectant face as he waits by the door watching her get her shoes on.
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And finally, what the Saturday before Easter looked like:
egg dyeing on the inside,
snow storming on the outside.



March 13-19


The forsythia bloomed so early this year!
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A quick morning trip to the zoo to celebrate Emmett's 9th birthday.  We finished out the day with homemade runzas (birthday meal request).
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What Emmett used all his birthday money on--a "Fortrex."
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Corned beef and Leprechaun Lime Punch to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
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Teasing little glimpses of spring popping up all over.
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Isabella and Jackson huddled over a Hearts game on the iPad.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Happy 9th Emmett James!





When I think over this last year I can't help but note big things that happened:
The broken leg
Getting glasses
Diagnosing the cause of reading difficulties

It is, I suppose a short list--but frankly you and your needs have been a focus and priority over this last year. You have been and continue to be an unraveling of a puzzle.  I have worried and prayed like mamas do when they try to figure out a way to help their child be successful.  I have read lots of books and tried lots of different techniques.  Some things come so easy to you, like how good you are at chess, how quickly you add numbers in your head, and your creative Lego creations, and some things like reading are just hard.  You have worked diligently this year and I am so excited to see progress that we can actually measure.  I want you to know how much I am rooting for you.  How excited I am to figure this out with you.  I want you to know how much I love you and how much I delight in who you are and how God made you.  You are one of a kind.

It's hard to wrap my head around a 9th birthday for you--nine is halfway to eighteen, and well, that means I am halfway done raising you, my 4th born.  I don't know how we got here already!  But I do know how thankful I am to call you "mine."  Always, my prayer is you would love Jesus with all your heart.  Happiest birthday Emmers, I love you bunches.