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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!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

May 31-June 6

 Marissa was out nest hunting and found this robin's nest (and a cardinal nest too!). I love robin's nests.
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 My tomato plants are patiently (or not so patiently) awaiting their planing.  I thought I had killed them this morning, so droopy and awful and forgotten they looked, but after a thorough watering and day spent in the house they perked right back up. Phew!! 
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He was copying the kitties rolling in the grass.
We got our last load from the old place finally!  I am not a whole lot of help when I am keeping an eye on an August-on-the-go.
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 Jackson is at bat!
Baseball season is in full swing!
(See what I did there?) ;o)
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And FINALLY we have our first swim day.  The water at 58 degrees (there has been some argument as to the exact number, but regardless it was cold!!) and the air at 68 degrees made it barely tolerable (for me, that would be not at all tolerable) but the way this spring/summer is going if we wait for the perfect day it will never happen! 
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Saturday was supposed to be dedicated to a baseball tournament. I got up at 6:45 in the morning to find Jackson already downstairs and fully dressed.  Shortly after I got a text that the games were cancelled due to rain.  This is a very bummed Jackson staring out at the rainy streets. :o(