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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 21-27

 Remembering just how much I love this time of year.
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Kitty mommy.
The litter of six that joined us in August has been not looking so good--mattery eyes, worn out, etc.  Our neighbor (who we rent this house from) is what Josh would call a "grown-up Bella" and as she had recently nursed some kittens back to health I told Bella to ask her for some advice.  Not only did she tell her what to do but gave her a whole bucket of supplies to use!  I cannot tell you how much Isabella enjoyed bottle feeding kittens.  And they are all back to their spunky little selves now.
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 Ushering in fall with apple cider donuts for snack! I finally got myself a donut "cookie cutter" which is quite handy.  These two little guys were my willing assistants.
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Just a hint of color touching the tops of trees!
(And also, more importantly, my newest little niece arrived shortly after noon~Aubri Elynor~those pictures however, are still on my phone . . .).
 Glanced out the window to find this scene on the front step.
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It was homecoming week.  And after Josh showed up to school in a variety of costumes I believe he won over the hearts of the students and they voted him the "Faculty King."  He got a cool hat and got to ride in the parade. ;o)
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And Saturday . . . you would think, with Jackson's first "cello party" (a sort of informal recital) and visiting my parents I would have gotten my camera out for a picture at some point, but I did not.  Most times my arms are full of baby . . . But Jackson did a great job playing in front of people for the first time!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 14-20

 A quick shot of what the van looks like when we travel together. We are filled to the gills!!
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 Just enjoying the beautiful weather.  August really likes to go outside. Sometimes we just walk around with him, sometimes we push him around with a stroller. We all need fresh air and sunshine. ;o)
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 The most coveted spot in the whole house is the front window in the living room where I stuck a small table and my two wing backs.  Everyone wants to sit here! They eat breakfast or read or peruse Lego books or bring their Lego creations . . . it seems everything would happen at this small little space if it could!
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August turns four months old!
At four months he can giggle when he is tickled or when Mommy makes silly sounds and faces.
He can almost roll from back to tummy.  It is kind of funny--he turns his whole body to the side and then plants his face in the carpet but can't quite seem to get the rest of him to follow what his face is doing.  He then gets rather mad. He hasn't been sleeping quite as good lately, during the day or the early morning hours, but he is still just as jovial as can be.  He doesn't really cry when he wakes up but just "jabbers" to himself.  When he gets overly tired he kind of hums/grunts in a grumpy kind of way while nursing. He has filled out quite nicely--I don't think he will be a big guy but he is plump in all the right places (closing in on 14 lbs according to the home scale).  August seems to really like people--and attention--which is a good thing when you are the youngest of six! ;o)
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 August helps the boys decide what Lego kits they need.
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 We picked ourselves a basket full of apples from the tree in the backyard.  Applesauce making here we come!
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Since moving we have been "tv free" again--meaning we don't have an antennae and we have not subscribed to satellite (we still rent or check out movies).  The kids were all getting ready for bed but I found Jackson and his daddy huddled around the laptop watching the Cardinals play. ;o) That would be the one thing that gets missed on regular tv this time of year.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 7-13

 What August thinks of big sister Marissa.
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 A pumpkin in a predicament. ;o)

 What Josh declared the most awesome peach pie ever.  I used this recipe (I did not however poach my peaches, but just peeled them all) and the crust was so delightfully flaky . . . I am horrible at "food photography" but this pie still a bit warm . . . it was delightful. ;o)
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We have sooooo many apples!  I am hoping to make some homemade applesauce . . . I am not really looking forward to the peeling process.  And then I looked at attachments for my mixer, to avoid peeling (and realized that I could buy jars and jars of applesauce for that price).  So . . . we'll see if any applesauce making happens.  I might just go buy a whole bunch of peelers and set the kids to work. ;o)

 One year ago this day was my shocking positively pregnant test.
So very, very much has changed in our family over the last year.
But August?
He was the best surprise ever.
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 Another Thursday picture for you because I forgot a Friday one.
Our cat Sebastian likes to disappear for long lengths of time doing--I can only assume--things that tomcats like to do. *ahem* But he came back this day and the kids were so excited and they knew their daddy would be excited (Josh loves this cat!).  They waited in the driveway holding Sebastian, and when Josh got home they ambushed him.  Everybody loved him up real good in hopes of deterring him from leaving on an "adventure" again.
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I am gearing up for some apple cider donut making.  My recipe calls for boiled cider, and so I have always boiled cider down a bit (maybe for half an hour?) but still find the flavor lacking.  I noticed King Arthur Flour sells a jar of boiled cider (for like $11 plus $6 shipping)--I'm sure it is wonderful, but I can't justify that price. So I googled how to make my own.  This is what happens when you let a half gallon of apple cider simmer on your stove for a few hours.  You get this thick syrup of intense appley goodness (although, as you can see, not very much of it!!).  I am hoping it will do the trick!

Monday, September 8, 2014

August 31-September 6

Pretty evening sky.
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 The Labor Day s'mores tradition lives on!  We had our Shelby friends the Curry's over (although, before Shelby, Tiffany and I were Crete friends who have known each other since 7th grade--so fun to have done life 7th-12th grade together in one small town and pick up in our 30's in a new small town!). ;o)
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  How precious is that??
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 Daddy and the boys after the completion of our first crazy Wednesday.  (Violin in Columbus, violin shopping and cello lesson in Lincoln).  Thankfully we have now moved violin to Monday, so Wednesday will just have cello/orchestra/Awana . . . And cello was going to be a 6:00 in the evening, but now it is at 3:00, so that will be much better timing for me. FINALLY!! We have a fall schedule completely figured out!!
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 Marissa showing off her very first big purchase--a full-sized violin! We are all so thankful for all the days she was able to detassel this past summer, because upon meeting the new violin teacher she said the words "It's time!" We are pretty delighted with this girl and her diligence and she is quite proud of herself for being able to buy it with her own money. (Now to start saving for the $69,000 one we saw hanging up on the wall . . . HA!!). 
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 A friend gave me her old Johnny-Jump-Up and I think August is enjoying the change of scenery.  He seems quite pleased with himself when he gets a bit of air under those feet. ;o)
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And I caught this sweet scene in my living room before bed Saturday night.  Babies.  They just bring out the best in all of us.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 24-30

 The music and arts camp finale at church--many people joked that with four of our kids up there we provided a good portion of the participants (we do what we can). ;o)
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 He so looks like one of our babies (crazy, I know!). ;o)
Look at that round little face and those big eyes!! I could just eat him up (not literally of course). ;o)
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 The sad fact about the month of August. 
After the most awesome run of good health out in Arapahoe (only twice in the nearly three years was Owen on antibiotics, and nobody else got sick) sickness has taken a hold of us quite fiercely.  SEVEN prescriptions were filled this month, and two of them were for two kids who had strep TWICE!  And now we are done with the antibiotics and it seems like colds have gripped a lot of the kids. Not cool. :o(
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 Sweeties.
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 Emmett convinced Owen to play Settlers of Catan with him.  It might be a bit out of Owen's league, but sometimes Emmett gets desperate for somebody to play with so he convinces Owen.  (Emmett ADORES this game and the last two times we have played it has actually come in 2nd . . . to Josh of course). ;o)
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 SO much rain!!! I don't have a final count, but inches and inches and inches!
The boys were out for a stroll with the umbrella.
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Galadriel had 6 kittens a few weeks back.  I found her sitting in the grass staring out at the road this night, her babies all snuggled up in the window well.  I get it. Sometimes mamas just need a bit of peace and quiet. ;o)