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Monday, November 25, 2013

November 17-23

 Another interesting spot for Owen to fall asleep before bedtime--the little guy has been playing hard.
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 Kitty snuggles.
 This boy.
I've come to the conclusion he is always going to surprise me. A couple weeks ago I told him I wanted him to read a "real" chapter book--I was kind of thinking along the lines of "Magic Treehouse." Shockingly he jumped on the idea and told me he would read The Hobbit.  And immediately I was, "No, no, that's a little too hard right now--maybe in a few years."  And he was all," Challenge accepted."  And so for the last two weeks now, Jackson has been reading.  He takes the book with him on our long van trips.  He is sprawled out on the floor, draped over the couch.  And this strange sight gives me pause nearly every time (and makes me pull out the camera).  I'm certain there have to be words too hard, but he is plugging along and seems to be getting the story.  This from the boy who I was thrilled was reading "Frog and Toad" this summer!
Wonders truly will never cease.
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 Cold weather means the board games have come out in full force.
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 The little boy who inserts himself into every possible chore.  Josh is changing a tire (or the oil)? He is there.
Time to chop down what remains of the garden? Let him get his hoe.  I'm peeling carrots?  He. Must. Help.
Josh and I laugh because we have just never had a child so very insistent that he be included in everything that happens around the house.  
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Pretty sunrise to start the day.
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You can put veggies in a boy's soup but you can't make him eat . . .

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 10-16

 Glorious sunset to kick off the week.
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 For the first time we attended Arapahoe's Veteran's Day program at the school.  Marissa got to sing in the 5th/6th grade choir and it was so very neat to see all the people who came in uniform and stand up when their branch of service was announced.  
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 Owen and Daddy playing Josh is a cave.  Josh appreciates the games that require little effort after a long day at school. ;o)
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 Getting the chinchilla out for some cuddles.
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 Battleship . . . which may or may not end in fisticuffs and pieces scattered all over the floor.
These little men of mine and the competitive natures they have--learning sportsmanship is such a long process.
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 My mom's raisin bread recipe, timed just right to come out of the oven after the kids had gone to bed so Josh and I could enjoy about half a loaf with no interference. Smeared in butter of course. ;o)
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And taking advantage of the good weather to get the Christmas lights hung--with lots and lots of help!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 3-9

 Traveled back from Lincoln to find a Lego magazine had been delivered while we were gone--the house was quiet while everyone got inspired.
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 The littlest man struggled all week with the "fall back."  He either fell asleep on the couch or was begging to be put to bed by 7:15.  
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My mom-in-law sent me back with a garbage sack full of boxwood clippings, and so I got to work!  I've filled all my white pitchers with fresh boxwood, made one large wreath and three smaller ones, and still have enough for maybe another wreath or to do some fresh greenery elsewhere.  I used grapevine wreaths as a base and then the boxwood and some green floral wire.  SO SIMPLE but so very pretty!
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 I'm gearing up for some stocking making and got some new stamps to make name tags (bought a pattern from this lady).  Anyway, it was a slow picture day, and I was happy to discover all the letters in "thankful" appear just once. ;o)  Hoping that my attitude can be that--thankful--not just in November, but always.
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 Emmett is always sneaking cats in (we officially kicked everyone outside the end of September).  I found him and Oscar all snuggled up in Emmett's bed.  Oscar is one big old baby (he came from the March litter) and a favorite with everyone. Well, I guess I'm kind of neutral.  I don't mind cats outside . . . at the moment I kind of feel like I've had my fill of cats for the rest of my life. ;o)
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Fall pretties--found this print free online (but don't remember where . . . so I'm no help there!).
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Josh and the kids spent the afternoon cleaning and organizing the garage.  One thing nice about the kids getting older is I am not needed for this project.  I was free to putter about the house, cleaning in quiet, which I think is *almost* like a little vacation. ;o)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October 27-November 2

 Carved ourselves some pumpkins, which for the most part were happy little faces. Marissa (the 2nd one in) claimed hers was a shady Italian merchant, and Isabella's (at the end) was supposed to be a castle from Lord of the Rings.
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 Due to the lack of trees actually IN our yard the kids took grocery sacks into the treeline to bring back some leaves in hopes of having a huge jumping pile.  This was probably the biggest it managed to get. ;o)
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 Sometimes it feels like all I do is break up fights between this bunch.
And sometimes I find them all reminiscing over our photo albums together.
So, I quickly snap a picture to remember that moment. ;o)
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 Admiring the bright yellow.
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Saying good-bye to one kitty friend--so happy to have found a good home for her back in Lincoln!
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Hedge apples as big as your head!
We were exploring out on one of my dad's farms (he has beaver dams this year!) and we came across these babies!  One of them was seriously the size of a cantaloupe! I've never seen hedge apples that big before!
Owen's busy little feet.