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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy 2nd August Daniel!








Things I want to remember about you right now:
You are full of energy and fairly strong-willed. You know what you want and how to make that need known.  It doesn't really matter that you are my sixth toddler.  Experience as a mother does not a reasonable toddler make. ;o) You LOVE cars and driving (hence the above present).  Seeing you in your very own car driving around Grandpa and Grandma's tennis court? Oh goodness--you were so proud!  You turned a bunch of cookies, beeped your horn, and whipped that steering wheel with surprising hand-over-hand coordination.  You opened the door and stepped out with a definite swagger.  I am not sure I have ever seen anything quite like it.  Trains, planes, automobiles all make up your top favorite things.  You like bugs.  You adore being outside.  You have figured out how to work all doorknobs and deadbolts and we have to be extra vigilant about making sure you don't escape.  You have taken an interest in drawing lately--"eyes" and "smiles" is what you claim your pictures are.  You love spaghetti, pizza, clementines, and pickles (you call them "picka-pickas").  You have a pretty good vocabulary and can say things like, "Mama, where cup go?" And "Daddy--please--choo-choos." (You were trying to coerce him into an episode of Chuggington).  You are not a fan of bedtime, but make up for it with good 3-4 hour naps.  We have to wrestle you into your carseat nearly every trip because you want to drive instead. You join in on the nightly singing of the lullaby, jumping in on the last word of each phrase and letting loose with an opera-styled bellow.  You sing happy birthday to yourself but it sounds more like "happy choo-choos."

All these things about you make up your little personality right now.  And man, do we adore you!  I am so thankful that the story God was writing for our family included you.  How dull life would be right now! ;o) I think you bring out the best in all of us.  Happy birthday my sweet little boy--how we love you, your tight squeezes and those dancing, galloping, happy feet. Our greatest hope and prayer for you always is that your grow to love Jesus with all your heart.  Happy day August boy.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 8-14

All my little and not-so-little loves.
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August's pictures begin to show a wee bit of thought (smiley face not his).
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Bike gang in front of the house. 
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Awana awards night!  Checking off another activity for the school year.
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Water table fun for the guy who wants to live outside.
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Eight grade graduation banquet at church. How is it possible my oldest is starting high school?
Everybody says it goes fast, and I feel like I went into this with eyes wide open.  But still, I am not sure anything prepares you for how fast.  We are so excited for all the new opportunities and experiences up ahead for Marissa.
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Overlooking the fact that it got down to 36 degrees Friday night.  And also the fact that the pool isn't exactly all cleaned up and open for business yet, there is always that one who thinks it looks inviting and must try it out.  Let's just say he hopped in and right back out. ;o)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 1-7

This girls hardly lets me photograph her anymore, but this day I begged, because I wanted to prove to our photo album that she was in fact still a part of the family.
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Teacher appreciation dinner counts as date night, right?
Attempting an awkward (kind of blurry) selfie in hopes of proving how cool we still are.
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He missed his nap because we drove in for Marissa's LYS audition. This is 6:30 on the couch while watching "Blue's Clues" at Grandpa and Grandma's. Down for the night!
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Brushing the teeth party.
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Spending the morning with my boys at Pioneers Park while the girls see what a school day would be like at Lincoln Christian School.  Such a perfect and still spring morning!
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Friday morning our neighbor came and asked if Marissa could last minute provide some entertainment at the senior center over lunch hour and she was happy to oblige.
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And spring recital.
Do you feel breathless yet or is it just me?
Life has been so B.U.S.Y. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 24-30

Hanging at the small school playground for an hour while we have a house showing . . .
(yeah, something big happened during April--one of these days I will get around to writing about it). #teaser ;o)
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This boy has pretty much had a black eye for a solid month now.  First the right eye got a knee to the face during game time at church.  Then just as it was starting to heal a neighbor friend shot it with some kind of sling shot thing. And now a baseball!
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A few lingering lilacs.
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The girls' choir at church did their final spring concert. I am always so impressed with these girls and their conductor!  It is a huge range of ages, 4th-12th grade and they do such a great job. It has been a great experience for my girls.
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Spring tradition: Baking a Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake.
Although, I must admit, while this recipe is prone to spillage, this time around there was SPILLAGE. It pretty much filled my oven with smoke, and then subsequently my kitchen . . . and the rest of the house.  I had to open windows everywhere. It was so bad I could even taste a bit of smoke flavoring in the crumbly topping. :o(  Everybody else said it was fine, but as this recipe is a tad more involved I was pretty bummed.  In spite of all this it is still one of my favorite recipes--I think I have been making it since high school!  I will have to have a do-over with some fresh rhubarb in a few weeks (and preventative measures for spillage . . .). ;o)
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And Josh and his mama following a big birthday meal made by her with all of his favorites--in particular chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.

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!