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Monday, April 28, 2014

April 20-26

 A "Happy Easter" picture before heading to church.
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 More cute little grape hyacinths.
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 Found these little boys in the back wheat field with my scissors--snipping out any weeds they saw. ;o)
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 Emmett and Galadriel--who we are quite certain is expecting her first litter (joy). Mama cat Sky vanished on us sometime in January.  She was such a pretty cat, but had well, gotten kind of "catty" on us (so Josh and I weren't overly concerned about losing her).  
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 Pancakes for Bella.
I have been tinkering a bit with my recipes in hopes of making them dairy-free for Isabella (we are awaiting an official diagnosis from a colonoscopy/endoscopy on May 20th, but there is a good possibility she has Crohn's disease).  These were buttermilk pancakes, but I subbed out the buttermilk for the full fat canned coconut milk and the butter for coconut oil.  They turned out yummy!  We froze these so she now has a week's worth of pancakes while we living at Grandpa and Grandma's.
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 A going-away party for us, hosted by Josh's assistant wrestling coach and his wife.
(assistant coach, two senior wrestlers, Josh)
Josh truly wishes he could take his assistant coach with him--they worked really well together these last three years.  We had a fun night of visiting with the friends we have made here in Arapahoe--entertainment was a backyard game of football played by a mixture of "old guys," high school students, and little boys. ;o)
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Getting little "fix up" jobs done for the move--like a new door knob for the back door.  As always, Josh's little helper is right there, assisting. ;o)

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 13-19

 After trekking out to North Platte for church and the fellowship meal we got caught in an awful snowstorm on the way back (awful in terms of 3 jack-knifed semis, countless ditched cars, at times complete white-out conditions . . .).  Josh and I were quite relieved to make it back home safe and sound . . . and then we discovered our power was out and the house was 58 degrees.  At this point all I wanted was a nice hot cup of tea.  And because my hubby loves me so much he went out to the garage and got a blow torch and held a pot with some water over it for like 20 minutes.  We never did get a full boil, but it was good enough. ;o)
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 When losing your own teeth is several years off yet you do the next best thing--tackle your brother and wiggle his tooth for him.
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Owen wanted to do school today . . . I got amused at the furious writing, followed by the tucking of the pencil oh-so-carefully behind his ear. 
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 How Marissa cooks . . .
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 The grape hyacinths I literally through out on the ground a few springs ago (I had grown them inside, and just tossed them when I was done with them) re-emerged again.
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Marissa's Girls of Grace "Farewell 6th Graders!" tea party was held in Grandma's dining room seeing as all the tea rooms in Lincoln had closed.  Grandma had the dining table set beautifully and I got to help the ladies prepare all the wonderful tea foods to serve.  I'm not sure they could have gotten a better authentic "tea experience" anywhere.  Hopefully it will be a special memory for all the girls.
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Josh's birthday and an Omaha zoo trip for us.  Coincidentally, my brother Jared and his family were in Omaha visiting his wife's family for Easter and they were at the zoo as well, so got to meet up and spend the afternoon with them (and get a family picture too!). ;o)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 6-12

The kids and I drove into Lincoln on Sunday to set up camp at Josh's parents' home for the week.  The kids were thrilled to be able to catch Julius (he is truly for the poster cat  for all cats out there, and mostly just loves Grandma--and absolutely hates Josh!!).  As Grandpa/Grandma had been doing a lot of traveling over the last month we think he was just desperate enough to allow the kids to love on him. ;o)
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 Popcorn and movie night--love the mesmerized look on Emmett's face.
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 Headed down to my parents' for the afternoon, but first stopped at my brother Louie's house so we could meet his new pot-bellied pig, "Panda." She is a bit shy around people and doesn't really want to be petted but we were all entertained by the dog/pig chases as well as feeding her apples.  
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 And seeing as we were still in Lincoln for the children's zoo to open we headed over on opening day.  I convinced the kids to all sit on the caterpillar . . . while my older children were sweet to comply, they were a bit embarrassed and I realized our "caterpillar picture days" are numbered. :o(  How did that happen?
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 Pioneers Park to feed a few geese and ducks and walk around the nature center.
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 Home again, home again.
Jackson made up for lost time reading Josh's "how to beat Zelda book" (a week away must have been too long!) That thing is so dog-eared--Josh laughs at how when he bought that guide he never saw the day when it would be the favorite reading material of his children.
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Music competition day!
This is Marissa's vocal teacher in Arapahoe--we are so happy for the wonderful year Marissa has had being a part of the choir.  Her teacher has given her so many great opportunities and experiences.  Marissa came out of the day with a first place on her strings solo and a third place for her vocal solo.  We were happy and excited for her--she works so hard at all she does, and it is nice to see it pay off.  (and I did survive accompanying her, although if you see the video there is a part where Marissa kind of turns and eyeballs me while continuing to play her solo, wondering what on earth I was up to over at the piano . . . but all's well that ends well!!). ;o)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

March 30-April 5

 Big brother was quite fortunate to have "arrow fetchers" while practicing his archery into the back wheat field.
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 Child labor.  
While I love to vacuum, mopping and I aren't exactly BFF. I finally landed on a way to keep the kitchen floor clean (I'm a slow learner sometimes).  Delegate!! ;o) Monday is Marissa's night to mop, Thursday is Isabella's.  Sometimes Owen feels the need to assist (and somehow he ended up with the mop?).
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 Marissa came home from choir on Monday all excited to learn that her choir teacher had signed her up for a violin solo at the middle school music contest (which I am thinking must be like the district music competition that high schools do?).  I quickly texted her violin teacher requesting the accompaniment to the piece Marissa would play.  And so Tuesday I brought home a seven page accompaniment to learn in a week and a half's time.  The good news?  I have played it before.  The not-so-good news?  Marissa likes to play it about twice as fast as the last person I accompanied. After we listened to it on the cd, I was relieved to discover it wasn't quite as fast as she was going.  But she informed me her way was more exciting (if by exciting she means her poor pregnant mother passes out at the bench?).  Hopefully we reach an agreement soon. And may I go on record to say that Baroque is just really not my favorite? I'm much more a classical/romantic kind of girl. ;o)
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 Awana awards night!  Our three year stint of traveling to the Holcomb E. Free Church officially has come to an end.  The kids were all thrilled to bring home their book awards, and oh is Owen just a cute little cubbie. ;o)
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 Marissa enjoying an afternoon snow shower. 
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 Practicing being a big brother!
This is the one "big purchase" I have made for the baby.  For the most part my generous friends have been loaning me or giving me baby items--a huge relief since we got rid of everything and I don't really want to re-purchase baby items for one baby to use.  I had seen somebody using this rocker/sleeper on facebook and thought it's small size and portability would be perfect while we stay at my in-laws as well as not take up too much space in our bedroom during those first weeks (or months . . .).  I got it set up and Owen tucked his piggy inside.
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Because it is not every day that a helicopter flies over your house and lands at the track field across the street (no emergencies, just some sort of practice going on).