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Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 22-28

More peonies. ;o)
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 Emmett's first game of the season.
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 Josh hands Marissa a driving manual and says, "Read this, we're going to go take the test for your learner's permit for a school permit."  She reads it, passes test and Josh lets her drive home from Osceola--first time driving EVER.  They made it safe and sound . . . (Josh and I might prepare for things a bit differently . . . ahem).
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Both of my baseball boys--Shelby got new shirts this year.  
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 And a few more peonies . . .
 Leaving on our grand 2016 adventure.
We rented a vehicle (see grand 2013 adventure if you want the reasoning behind this big expense in our vacation budget . . . sometimes you can't put a price on peace of mind). ;o)
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Creation Museum in Kentucky (first stop on our adventure!).
Note the color coordinating I have going on for Memorial Day weekend.
Josh got quite a kick out of finding us in various modes of matching . . . what can I say?
I like to plan . . . ;o)


Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 15-21

 All his fondest two year old dreams realized--his very own Cozy Coupe!
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 Peonies and irises on the porch.
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 Celebrating the official 2nd birthday with August's favorite meal of spaghetti.
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Killing time at baseball practice while Josh shows our house.
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Baby bunny and baby birdie found--Owen's best neighbor buddy Aaron spends lots of days playing and riding bikes with the boys.
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Praise the Lord after 3 weeks of going the for sale by owner route we draw up the paperwork!
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Full moon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy 2nd August Daniel!








Things I want to remember about you right now:
You are full of energy and fairly strong-willed. You know what you want and how to make that need known.  It doesn't really matter that you are my sixth toddler.  Experience as a mother does not a reasonable toddler make. ;o) You LOVE cars and driving (hence the above present).  Seeing you in your very own car driving around Grandpa and Grandma's tennis court? Oh goodness--you were so proud!  You turned a bunch of cookies, beeped your horn, and whipped that steering wheel with surprising hand-over-hand coordination.  You opened the door and stepped out with a definite swagger.  I am not sure I have ever seen anything quite like it.  Trains, planes, automobiles all make up your top favorite things.  You like bugs.  You adore being outside.  You have figured out how to work all doorknobs and deadbolts and we have to be extra vigilant about making sure you don't escape.  You have taken an interest in drawing lately--"eyes" and "smiles" is what you claim your pictures are.  You love spaghetti, pizza, clementines, and pickles (you call them "picka-pickas").  You have a pretty good vocabulary and can say things like, "Mama, where cup go?" And "Daddy--please--choo-choos." (You were trying to coerce him into an episode of Chuggington).  You are not a fan of bedtime, but make up for it with good 3-4 hour naps.  We have to wrestle you into your carseat nearly every trip because you want to drive instead. You join in on the nightly singing of the lullaby, jumping in on the last word of each phrase and letting loose with an opera-styled bellow.  You sing happy birthday to yourself but it sounds more like "happy choo-choos."

All these things about you make up your little personality right now.  And man, do we adore you!  I am so thankful that the story God was writing for our family included you.  How dull life would be right now! ;o) I think you bring out the best in all of us.  Happy birthday my sweet little boy--how we love you, your tight squeezes and those dancing, galloping, happy feet. Our greatest hope and prayer for you always is that your grow to love Jesus with all your heart.  Happy day August boy.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 8-14

All my little and not-so-little loves.
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August's pictures begin to show a wee bit of thought (smiley face not his).
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Bike gang in front of the house. 
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Awana awards night!  Checking off another activity for the school year.
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Water table fun for the guy who wants to live outside.
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Eight grade graduation banquet at church. How is it possible my oldest is starting high school?
Everybody says it goes fast, and I feel like I went into this with eyes wide open.  But still, I am not sure anything prepares you for how fast.  We are so excited for all the new opportunities and experiences up ahead for Marissa.
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Overlooking the fact that it got down to 36 degrees Friday night.  And also the fact that the pool isn't exactly all cleaned up and open for business yet, there is always that one who thinks it looks inviting and must try it out.  Let's just say he hopped in and right back out. ;o)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 1-7

This girls hardly lets me photograph her anymore, but this day I begged, because I wanted to prove to our photo album that she was in fact still a part of the family.
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Teacher appreciation dinner counts as date night, right?
Attempting an awkward (kind of blurry) selfie in hopes of proving how cool we still are.
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He missed his nap because we drove in for Marissa's LYS audition. This is 6:30 on the couch while watching "Blue's Clues" at Grandpa and Grandma's. Down for the night!
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Brushing the teeth party.
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Spending the morning with my boys at Pioneers Park while the girls see what a school day would be like at Lincoln Christian School.  Such a perfect and still spring morning!
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Friday morning our neighbor came and asked if Marissa could last minute provide some entertainment at the senior center over lunch hour and she was happy to oblige.
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And spring recital.
Do you feel breathless yet or is it just me?
Life has been so B.U.S.Y.