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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 12-18

The very final baseball game of summer--Jackson, Emmett, and friend Luke.
They ended up third in the tournament, and it was fun to see all the improvement from last year.
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Pantry progress with a petite partner. ;o)
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And pantry completion--just in the nick of time (detasseling began the next day).  This little room is really hard to photograph.  It is part of the back mudroom.  This is the view from the opposite end of mudroom (door on the left side of pantry is entrance to kitchen.  We are thrilled with how it turned out and I am having a blast arranging/rearranging things.  I need some cute wire baskets now for potatoes and onions I think. ;o)
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One of several ways my boys keep themselves busy during the summer--making "blobs" with a blanket and an air vent (once the air kicks on).
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Evening snuggles from my favorite littlest.
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A summer lemonade stand--the boys and Isabella spent 3 hours sitting out in the heat.  Surprisingly they made a little bit more than $10. They loved it and I had to order them in for supper. Marissa missed out on the fun because of detasseling.
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And my little garden is growing in spite of its middle of June planting.  The pole beans are becoming a jungle!  Hopefully we will get some fresh produce from it soon.  We are all anxious for some okra!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

July 5-11

 Because sometimes after a mini vacation, and a 4th of July, and a full Sunday of church stuff all you can do that Sunday evening is stumble into the house, wrap yourself in a beach towel, and declare yourself done, the stairs to your bedroom being the straw that broke the camel's back. ;o) (Owen)
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 Project "Get the pantry some electricity" commences.
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 We took a break from all of our summer projects to go to the zoo. We kept saying we needed to do it, but kept looking for the "perfect" time when all projects were done, etc.  It wasn't happening. So, we left the pantry in pieces and headed to Omaha.
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 I got the schoolroom closet painted and ready for Josh to fill with built-in shelves.  August, as always, good help. ;o)
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Visited the dentist (way over due with all the moving that has happened). We went back to our old Lincoln dentist.  Built-in-video games made my boys (big and small) happy. Josh had entirely too much fun.
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 Baseball tournament.  Happy baby  little boy.
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 August is the only child we raised with smart phones around from the beginning.  It is uncanny how fast they figure out the "swiping" motion. Uncanny!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

June 28-July 4--mini vacation edition!

We kicked off the week in Lincoln for church.  I ended up keeping August out of evening church because he was running a slight fever.  He had been cutting molars forever (still working on them . . . 2, almost 3 are in) and I wasn't sure if it was that or if he was coming down with something.
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August's fever was much higher.  I took his temp around noon and found that it was closing in on 103 degrees.  We decided we would make a run to Columbus Urgent Care before the boys' baseball game.  We get checked in and find his fever was 105.3 degrees (mom of the year)! He felt hot, but not that hot (usually I am pretty good about "feeling" these things). They dosed him at the office and made us wait awhile to make sure his fever came down.  It did. We found he had a mild ear infection and they gave him a shot of antibiotics.  We went onto the baseball game . . .
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No pic for the 30th.  We followed up with a doctor's office in Columbus and they put August on a prescription of Omnicef.
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No pic for July 1st . . . I was in Lincoln for the afternoon, came home to find my baby covered in a rash and both my big girls complaining of ear pain.  Josh took boys to baseball game and I made another run to Urgent Care.  Girls both have ear infections, August possibly an allergic reaction. I go spend $80 at Walgreens on 3 rounds of antibiotics, Claritin, Benadryl, and probably something else I am forgetting
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And then I got up at 4:00 on Thursday morning to finish getting ourselves all ready for a little trip to my brother's house in Long Pine (north central Nebraska).  We were gathering up to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday with a Niobrara tubing adventure.
Jared organized the whole trip, renting a party bus, borrowing tubes  . . . going with a tubing outfitter would have cost us somewhere in the vicinity of $200-$300 (just for our family).  But thanks to his resourcefulness we got away with $60.  We all love a good deal. ;o)
 Jared driving the bus.
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 Emmett, Drew, and Owen enjoying the ride.
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 Completely staged "Run down the hill to the river in excitement."
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 And we're off!
A tubing selfie with this guy--we shared a tube for the first few hours.
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 The weather was perfect--blue skies, warm weather (but not too warm), lovely scenery.
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 Owen and Drew somehow eventually ended up in a tube all by themselves.
They were so funny to watch.
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And our four hour float ended at this little waterfall.
Not pictured is our youngest tuber, Blake.  He did so awesome for a 2 year old, but wasn't into taking a pic at the end.  I wasn't going to force it. ;o)
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After a slight issue with the bus (wouldn't start . . . because we hadn't shut the back door), we got back to Jared's where Louie was grilling up the meal. We had a fun time eating and visiting.  Jared and Lanay live on a pond and have a great slip and slide hill.  Jared had set up several large tarps.  The kids had a blast.
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Isabella snuggling baby Jett, Jared and Lanay's newest little fellow.
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The view over Long Pine Creek.
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My bunch and cousin Blake.
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After lunch we made an hour drive over to Smith Falls State Park so we could see Smith Falls.  It is one of those things you would never know is in Nebraska, all tucked away and not really advertised by signs that well.

 



August dug that cold spring water!
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And then we drove on home.
Fell into bed, exhausted, amazed at all we had done in the last less-than-48-hours.
The next morning I did laundry, we repacked, and set off to Lincoln, for some 4th-fun-with-friends.

The end.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 21-27

 Happy Father's Day to Josh!
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 VBS kicks off in Lincoln--and lots of swimming too!
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 August and I spend a couple days at home by ourselves while everyone else is in Lincoln.
Lots of cleaning went on.
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 The day my new appliances arrived!
A fridge and a stove to be exact.  The fridge arrived dented and we are still awaiting its replacement, but my stove--*swoon*
After becoming completely overwhelmed with the myriad of choices out there I told Josh to "just pick one." (Too many choices and I shut down).  We decided not to go with stainless steel because I just didn't think that would look nice for very long with having six kids.  Getting a double oven was very exciting.  I do a lot of cooking/baking . . . ;o)
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 VBS concert--Josh and I have fun playing the Cooley version of "Where's Waldo" and laughing over the very unique stage presences each of our children possess.
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 Summer days and boy bellies. ;o)
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I haven't decided which is more challenging:
Moving with a newbown?
Moving with a toddler?
It might be a toss-up. . .

June 14-20

 Watching the big kids swim.
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 Oh, this gravel driveway.
It is not one of my favorite things (or Josh's either). Thick and deep and don't even get me started on the amount of little tiny rocks that are constantly tracked in. BUT--
It is like having one big sandbox for my boys!
They built tons of moats one morning and filled them with water. It kept them busy for hours.
Someday maybe we will put in a paved drive-way.  Until then though, there is a always a perk in the imperfections.
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 Even though I was probably sick of the feeling of a paintbrush in my hand weeks ago, I got the school room painted.  Loving this Behr color "Rhino" (that I had mixed at Sherwin Williams when they were running a 40% off sale). I set goals for myself like, "You can unpack your books once you paint the bookcases white." And then there is this snowball affect because, first, I need to paint the room.  Then I need to paint the shelves.  Then I need to put the shelves in the room.  THEN the books can go in.  Shelving for the closet is still in the works . . . I can't unpack anymore school supplies until there is a place for them to go. (More snowballing). ;o)
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 We celebrated 15 years.
And giggled remembering how on our honeymoon we decided were going to take an anniversary trip OUT OF THE COUNTRY every five years.
For our 5th we did make it to Kansas City.
And maybe our 8th to Omaha?
No European tours were to be had this year. ;o)
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 Just some pretty flowers in my mom-in-law's garden.
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In case the watermelon slicer at Menards tempts you . . .
It didn't even make it through one watermelon--big thumbs down!
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(no Saturday picture)

June 7-13

(no Sunday picture)
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 My Owen companion as I paint the living and dining room area. 
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 Our yard has proven to be a mosquito haven. You step outside for a few moments and you will easily have 3-5 bites.  You spend an extended period of time outside and you look like Owen.
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 Marissa is great at getting a tired August to take a nap when he needs one.
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An impromptu lesson at the gas station on how to change the wiper blades.
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 Monkey see, monkey do--August has been found painting lots of stuff of in the house. Go figure. ;o)
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Emmett and a little snake friend. Our kitty cat caught him!