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Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 24-30

Hanging at the small school playground for an hour while we have a house showing . . .
(yeah, something big happened during April--one of these days I will get around to writing about it). #teaser ;o)
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This boy has pretty much had a black eye for a solid month now.  First the right eye got a knee to the face during game time at church.  Then just as it was starting to heal a neighbor friend shot it with some kind of sling shot thing. And now a baseball!
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A few lingering lilacs.
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The girls' choir at church did their final spring concert. I am always so impressed with these girls and their conductor!  It is a huge range of ages, 4th-12th grade and they do such a great job. It has been a great experience for my girls.
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Spring tradition: Baking a Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake.
Although, I must admit, while this recipe is prone to spillage, this time around there was SPILLAGE. It pretty much filled my oven with smoke, and then subsequently my kitchen . . . and the rest of the house.  I had to open windows everywhere. It was so bad I could even taste a bit of smoke flavoring in the crumbly topping. :o(  Everybody else said it was fine, but as this recipe is a tad more involved I was pretty bummed.  In spite of all this it is still one of my favorite recipes--I think I have been making it since high school!  I will have to have a do-over with some fresh rhubarb in a few weeks (and preventative measures for spillage . . .). ;o)
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And Josh and his mama following a big birthday meal made by her with all of his favorites--in particular chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 17-23

Owen's last time singing with the Sonshine Kids at church!
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This boy loves his Daddy snuggles in the evening (particularly when he is trying to delay bedtime).
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Josh gets his birthday serenade (and whatever candles I scavenged from the junk drawer . . . we were a few short . . .). ;o)
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August watches Grandpa get the mowing done.
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August finds a place to store popcorn for later.
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August likes the baseball bat--a lot. (We had to hide it).  
And yes, August is rarely dressed.  He does a pretty good job here at home with the potty as long as he doesn't wear clothes.  When he begins to appear in pictures with clothes on again you can celebrate that we reached the next stage.
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 A Saturday evening game night--keeping it light and hilarious with "Bubble Talk."  Josh was thrilled to discover we had a game that required almost zero thinking skills.  Some nights a full scale game of strategy just sounds exhausting. ;o)





Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 10-16

 August loves to sit on our bed with his tractor and quietly drive it back and forth over the lumps, bumps, and pillows.  I am not sure the intrigue, but he can do it for a good half hour (meaning it is one winner of a toddler activity!). ;o)
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A glance through the window revealed a happy Emmett and his frolicking kitty cats.
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 Huge fort to bridge the gap between the living room and dining room.  And since fort building is exhausting and requires sustenance they refueled with clementines and thoughtfully scattered the peels outside the entrance. 
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The time of year when I am convinced I need to plant myself a grove of redbud trees.
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 August admiring Jackson's rock collection.
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 Pot-bellied toddler the last at the table--he really likes his spaghetti!
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And August peek-a-booing in the curtains.  Another week a bit heavy in the August pics, but sometimes that's just how it goes. ;o)

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 3-9

August's current obsession is driving--he adores the steering wheel.  Every time we go to the van he is convinced he gets to drive it.  Every time I have to wrestle a toddler amidst wails and thrashes into his car seat.  He was delighted to discover Grandpa's gator also has a steering wheel.  Yes, we are careful to remove all keys from ignitions, just in case . . .
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Boys helping with the landscaping. :-|
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Little math buddy.
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Spring. It rivals fall at times.
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The boys have been on a major game kick again.  I wonder if it is possible for boys to play games without arguments and/or fisticuffs?  Sigh.  As much as I love board games I have threatened lately to pack them all away.  At least they are providing lots of opportunity for child training.
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Junior high lip sync contest at church--girls worked together on a little "Sisters" routine.
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And scrapbooking time--I have a good routine of ordering pictures at the end of the month (if I use my Snapfish app on my phone they always give me 100 pictures free, which usually more than covers what I need).  If I don't use the pictures I lose them--the credits don't carry over--that is enough incentive for me to make sure I place an order!  

March 27-April2

We left Shelby with a snowy yard, and arrived in Lincoln to spring!
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The little guy is finally finding uses for toys and playing by himself a little bit (huge improvement over the mischief making of a few months ago!).
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Because I would be attending the homeschool convention on April 1-2, Marissa wanted to make sure she got some of her violin practice in before we left.  Unfortunately, Isabella was still in bed at 7:00 a.m. Marissa thought a thoughtful serenade of cheerful morning tunes (You are my Sunshine, Morning has Broken, etc--there was quite the line-up!) would be just the ticket.  Isabella wasn't as enthused about the personal concert as Marissa would have liked.