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Monday, March 28, 2016

March 20-26

Sunday night drive home--dash view. ;o)
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I caught Emmett all curled up on Jackson watching a movie.  Jackson wasn't overly thrilled at getting this sweet moment documented.
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I am not exactly sure what was going on here. Josh likes to play the card game "Hearts" on his phone.  Apparently you can send gifts?  And apparently they were really cracking themselves up.
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This little fellow LOVES to be outside.  When he looked out the window and saw Owen and a neighbor boy out there naturally he needed to be with them.  He got his shoes and carried them all the way upstairs to Marissa who was in her room working at the computer. "Dees--'side peez?"  Which is August-speak for "Rissy--outside please?"  And he was so insistent and hopeful she couldn't tell him no.  So, I got August ready while Marissa got dressed to go out and this is his expectant face as he waits by the door watching her get her shoes on.
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And finally, what the Saturday before Easter looked like:
egg dyeing on the inside,
snow storming on the outside.



March 13-19


The forsythia bloomed so early this year!
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A quick morning trip to the zoo to celebrate Emmett's 9th birthday.  We finished out the day with homemade runzas (birthday meal request).
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What Emmett used all his birthday money on--a "Fortrex."
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Corned beef and Leprechaun Lime Punch to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
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Teasing little glimpses of spring popping up all over.
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Isabella and Jackson huddled over a Hearts game on the iPad.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Happy 9th Emmett James!





When I think over this last year I can't help but note big things that happened:
The broken leg
Getting glasses
Diagnosing the cause of reading difficulties

It is, I suppose a short list--but frankly you and your needs have been a focus and priority over this last year. You have been and continue to be an unraveling of a puzzle.  I have worried and prayed like mamas do when they try to figure out a way to help their child be successful.  I have read lots of books and tried lots of different techniques.  Some things come so easy to you, like how good you are at chess, how quickly you add numbers in your head, and your creative Lego creations, and some things like reading are just hard.  You have worked diligently this year and I am so excited to see progress that we can actually measure.  I want you to know how much I am rooting for you.  How excited I am to figure this out with you.  I want you to know how much I love you and how much I delight in who you are and how God made you.  You are one of a kind.

It's hard to wrap my head around a 9th birthday for you--nine is halfway to eighteen, and well, that means I am halfway done raising you, my 4th born.  I don't know how we got here already!  But I do know how thankful I am to call you "mine."  Always, my prayer is you would love Jesus with all your heart.  Happiest birthday Emmers, I love you bunches.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 6-12


Marissa is not one to like to sit around and do nothing--she always likes something to do!  So, lately she found some sort of online program to teach herself French.  I always giggle a bit to myself when I find her with her computer and her self-inflicted French course.
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I am not sure who took this picture. But that is what was on the camera for the day.  I turned it black and white for an artsy effect . . . ;o)
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Looking at photo albums together--so sweet!
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Extra pic from the 8th because I am severely lacking in photos for this week . . .
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We had a little family party with all the grandparents Friday evening in anticipation of Emmett's upcoming 9th birthday.  This year's cake request: Lovely Lemon ;o)
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Brother bedtime banana break 

February 28- March 5

 Wrestling meet metals/trophies--August felt the need to line up as well.
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 A walk around the yard revealed a lot of spring coming up!  Exciting . . . but also worries me a bit as there is a lot of time left for cold fronts to come through.  I would much rather see things wait a bit longer instead of getting nipped with cold again.
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 Every now and then I stop and observe these busy boys: one dutifully practicing, two playing with a Lego creation, and one small one dancing naked on the cello case.  Life is so rarely quiet. ;o)
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 It was the week of the book because I had tons of pictures on my camera and phone of August in various states of (un)dress looking at books by himself.
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Giggles--one of my favorite sounds.
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Movie night.  
Says Josh, "Let's see how many boys we can fit in as little space as possible.";o)
Everybody fights for the spot by Daddy.

February 21-27

 These two have a pretty special relationship.  We were teasing Isabella the other day with how many times she says "Oh, he's so cute!" We are thinking she averages approximately 73 times a day. ;o)
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 August has done so well at home with his potty chair!  This month he pretty much is fully trained, as long as he is at home and pants-less.  Now we have to start work with the undies.  He was pleased to see the choo-choo and car undies that arrived in the Kohls order.  He hasn't been as interested in actually wearing them though . . . (Hence the careful product placement--ha!!).
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 Teacher life.
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Emptying mom's purse to locate the nail file because those toe nails are getting out of control.  Or something like that. ;o)
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 Some Castle Risk . . . not sure if the game was actually being played or if they were just giving the armies rides in the boat.  Either is probable.
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 Gorgeous, gorgeous day with temps in the 70s!  Both the maple trees in our yard have huge buds on them already.  Hopefully spring isn't just teasing, but the likelihood of cold weather being done when you live in Nebraska is slim, but maybe no more snow?  I am ready for gardening!