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Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 14-20

A kind of blurry selfie with my littlest Valentine.  Every now and then I have to make sure I show up in the family album too. ;o)
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 There is a strange phenomenon that happens in my home between Saturday evening when I usually have laundry caught up and Monday morning.  Somehow, in spite of the fact we are gone all day Sunday to Lincoln, I wake up Monday to somewhere in the vicinity of 3-5 loads of laundry.  I have yet to figure out how this happens, but every Monday I find myself baffled.  This is a version of my current sorting system.  When I am feeling really ambitious, I have all these little crates lined up near the dryer and I can sort the clothes directly from the dryer into the crates (each child gets one).  Their job is to retrieve their own crate and put it away.  Most times though it looks like the picture above: I get myself a few full baskets of clean clothes, dump then on the living room, call a sorting party and we get that laundry done.  (They are still responsible for putting away their own crates). While laundry is an ongoing thing, usually 2 big sorting parties a week can keep it manageable.
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 I just thought they were cute, eating morning oatmeal side-by-side.
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And yet another lovely Wednesday evening view.  This week I found myself with a cold, and leaving for Lincoln extra early (8:00 in the morning) so I could take August to the doctor because I was certain he had an ear infection (he did). :o(  We followed up with violin lessons, cello lessons, girls choir, Awana/junior high youth group.  I am so thankful to be able to use Josh's parents' home as home base on days like these. And I am thankful for a God who works out little details--like a dr. appointment opening at the closest office to Grandpa/Grandma's and at the perfect time so I could still make everything else happen for everyone. We stumbled through the door at 10:00 that evening. One more Wednesday done (big sigh of relief).
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 Beautiful February days--snow nearly completely gone.
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Sitting down for for a soup-er Saturday supper.
This house is always bustling and humming.  I sure do love my little clan.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 7-13

Another wrestling meet.
This is Jackson.  A year ago at this meet I watched him work so hard without a single win.  This year he won two of his four matches.  It is so awesome to continue to see the hard work and effort but also the improvement.  Emmett had a not-so-good day, he is ridiculously small compared to other kids his age (and he lacks effort *ahem*), and Owen is a little go-getter, getting pins in all three of his matches!  Wrestling is kind of hard on this mama's heart.  It is really only fun to watch your boy out there when he is doing well.  Otherwise, it is kind of excruciating.
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 Lately, in spite of their age difference these two have started to become pals.  I found them in the back mudroom area with two old couch cushions pretending they were driving a vehicle together. So sweet!
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Read-aloud snuggles with big sister.
Another Wednesday night sunset view looking west from my in-laws' driveway.
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 Books and tea and this girl--a few of my favorites things.
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 I have been patiently waiting for the moment to introduce my daughters to all the Jane Austen BBC miniseries.  We started with Emma.  You can imagine my shock and delight to find my boys enjoyed it as well. (In fact Jackson was upset we had watched episode 2 without him and watched it by himself so he could be caught up for 3).  So, I had to take a picture of them all ready for movie night. ;o)  
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And our annual Valentine tea.  Here is what I want to remember:
This is no "Pinterest worthy" tea party. Other than a scattering of Valentine paper plates, there was no other decor', and all my dishes are mismatched.  Yet they were all so happy and excited.  They lingered long at the meal, talking and giggling. And they all thanked me for the tasty food when we were done (lots of times!).  Some days are hard, but some days you get a little glimpse that maybe all this training is paying off.  I love those days.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

January 31-February 6

 The beginning of a week . . . end of January, and it is 50 degrees.  Josh took the kids to the park.  
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 Snapped a pic of this guy and his cello.  It is harder to get pictures of the kids as they get older.  I don't want our family album to be all August, so I must resort to sneakiness. ;o)
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And the blizzard hits! We awoke to thunder and lightening and howling winds.  It was hard to see out any of the windows because they all had snow stuck in the screens.
 Two boys still managed to get out for a little bit and admire the huge drift in the backyard.
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School was cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday.  Josh and the boys got to work digging us out.  Snow totals ended up in the 12 inch range, but the depth varied greatly throughout the yard due to wind and drifting. We were unable to head to Lincoln for our normal Wednesday activities. Josh had a late start on Thursday and was thrilled to see the roads in pretty good shape for the bus route.  The bus route this winter has been rather stressful.
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And winding up the week with some homemade chicken noodle soup.  August has been allowed to sit at the "big" table lately, and I think he has decided he is above a high chair. Oops.  My parents came out for the afternoon to conduct a "couch swap."  They gave us their old couch and took our old basement couch away to my dad's personal dumping spot.  It was a win/win for us all around. ;o)