Inauguration Musings

January 20, 2017 at 7:31 pm (Personal, Uncategorized)

Ok, so this is the one post I will write about the inauguration because, quite frankly, I’m sick of the whole thing.  Every time we get a new president, the people who didn’t vote for that person freak out.  Eight years ago, I remember half the country freaking out because Obama was going to destroy America.  Eight years before that, it was Bush who was going to push us over the edge.  There are always conspiracy theories that the president won’t allow himself to be removed after 8 years, that we’ll be in a dictatorship. The “losing” side plots their escape to Canada (news flash – not better and no, they don’t want any of us).  One president isn’t going to sink our country.  He doesn’t have that kind of power.  Our government is designed so he doesn’t have that kind of power.  What really irritates me though, is the incessant talk about how Trump didn’t get the popular vote – like this is a new thing.  It shows such an incredible lack of understanding regarding the founding of America.  I questioned this as a kid, and as I matured, I researched our government and figured it all out.  It amazes me that so many people are ignorant when it comes to how our country is supposed to run.  Though it shouldn’t amaze me – there are a ridiculous amount of people on the roads who can’t seem to figure out how to work a turn signal, so understanding the government may be well beyond the mental capacity of many.

Fact: our government is not and was never intended to be a mob-rules democracy.  It is a union of states.  The states contract into the union, and it is the states that are represented at the federal level.  Your state should be taking care of representing your interests in the federal government.  That’s how it’s intended to work.  The president is selected by the states.  The Senate representative was also intended to be selected by the state legislature and not by popular vote for very significant reasons, but that’s another rabbit trail.  Our founders designed this government to protect the people – to protect us from the very thing that causes the most oppression in this world and throughout history, government.  The federal government legitimately has very limited power over the people.  We’ve allowed them to run completely amok and far outside their boundaries, but ultimately, the states are sovereign and only submit to the federal government in the areas specifically detailed in the Constitution.  I really wish people would educate themselves instead of believing every piece of skewed propaganda the media pushes out there (on both sides).

I don’t know the entirety of the good and bad Obama did as president.  It’s hard to tell through all the propaganda out there.  What I do know is that our country is more hateful, divided, distrustful and bitter than I’ve ever seen it in my lifetime.  I’m glad to see Obama leave because I do feel that he has cultivated an attitude of hatred and division in this country.  Do I think Trump is a breath of fresh air?  Of course not!  I’m not a Trump fan, and there are many things that I find divisive and crude about him.  But do I think he’s going to be the one to single-handedly destroy America?  No.  We the people are destroying America with our complacency and ignorance.  We’re focusing on social issues in which the federal government should never be involved and completely ignoring how broken the system is and how much abuse of power is going on.  We’re sheep being led by a very corrupt media.  We refuse to hold our representatives and our states accountable.  We refuse to make them stop this insane debt that compounds exponentially with each passing administration.  We refuse to do the duty with which our founders entrusted us.  So when America falls, it will not be because of the president in the White House at that time – or because of the presidents that came before him.  It will be because of the people.  The founders told us exactly how to kill the greatest country to ever exist, and we’re doing exactly what they told us not to do.

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Christmas 2016 – Finally

January 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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Finally getting around to posting pics from Christmas!  Work, homeschool, kids, and housework are keeping me busy!  So this is mostly just a memory photo dump.  My oldest son got a toy kitchen he’s really enjoying!

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Opening gifts at home.

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Baby K’s first real Christmas since he was just an infant last year…

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Rainbow Brite doll – I ❤ Ebay!

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Hammering away…

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Cutie pie’s first Christmas!

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Sweeties…

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Christmas tree…

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The scene on Christmas Eve…

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The stockings…

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Baby K and sweet Isaiah in matching outfits my aunt gave them!

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Opening stocking gifts at my parents’ house…

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The big presents at my parents’ house…

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“Reading” instructions for his new tractor…

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Baby reindeer feet!

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Gee Gee holding sweet Isaiah!

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Amma snuggles!

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Popple made the kids bunk beds for their dolls!  So the kids had a fun time painting them the day after Christmas.

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Hubby got baby K to nap amidst all the Christmas festivities…and got a few zzzzs in himself!

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Painting party…

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So at least I got the Christmas pics up in time for inauguration day!  All I can say is I hope the exchange between the Obamas and the Trumps in front of Marine One was as classy as it looked. We’re all just people, people. Let’s never forget that. And one day, the only perfect ruler will return to take His throne. Every other ruler is a flawed sinner like the rest of us.  God bless our nation!

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Second Half of December

January 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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December 16th: Santa hat and pajama day for homeschool.

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December 17th: The day baby K had so much fun at bathtime that he played for 15 minutes after we drained the water…

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December 18th, the oldest kids sang Christmas carols at a local veterans home.  I stayed at the church with sweet Isaiah and helped set up for the AWANA Christmas party that followed, so no pictures of the caroling this year :(.

December 19th: vacuum cowboy and inspecting the presents under the tree…

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December 20th: my dad’s birthday.  It started out with morning quiet time with sweet Isaiah!

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We met my dad for lunch that day.  It was supposed to be Bob Evans, but after the 15 minute wait went past 45 minutes, we opted for the McDonald’s next door.

December21st: Hanging with the babies in the van during little C’s piano lesson and sweet Isaiah enjoying his mobile…

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December 22: Surprising my niece for her birthday!

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And that brings us about to Christmas!  Next post – LOL!

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Christmas Crafts and Goodies

January 1, 2017 at 7:12 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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And now for some  of the crafts and goodies from this Christmas! I did the chalkboard art pictured above on our kitchen board. It was based on a Pinterest post I found.  I also mad some wood slice ornaments…

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My oldest two kids enjoyed a day of baking…actually several days of baking as it turned out.  My eldest son loves to bake!  And he nailed all-butter Snickerdoodles.  We ended up having to make three batches of those!  They were perfect consistency…and no shortening!

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Hot chocolate cookies…great concept, but not a huge hit in my house…

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The always requested Rudolph pancakes…

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Snowman pancakes…last year’s were better, but these were still yummy…

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We also made sugar cookies, gingerbreads and peanut butter blossoms.  And two batches of buckeyes, but it looks like I forgot to get a picture.  The first batch, I used the toothpick and melted chocolate chips method.  Frustrating, leaves holes in the buckeyes.  Then I stumbled on a post that enlightened me to the use of candy melts and a dipping fork.  So much better!

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The kids decorating!

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For handmade gifts, I crocheted sleeping bags for my niece and two oldest kids so their toys have a place to sleep during sleepovers.

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I also made a Snoopy lovey for baby K that I have yet to get a picture of…I am really slacking this year.  Forgot to take a picture of the flower hot pads, too.  But I did get a picture of the quilt I made my parents…at least a picture of the quilt top.

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The kids’ handprints…

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So aside from the missing pictures, that what our crafty time for Christmas looked like this year.

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First Half of December 2016

January 1, 2017 at 6:07 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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In many ways, December is a blur.  We lost my paternal grandmother on November 28th.  The suddenness of her passing really reminded us how important it is to cherish the people in our lives and to remember to do even the smallest gestures, like sending a card or making a short phone call on a holiday.  We never know when it will be our last chance.  I hadn’t really spoken to my grandmother in several years, but I have some fond memories of doing crafts with her as a child.  And she was always thoughtful, remembering every birthday and holiday.  She was organized, independent and very hard working.  What’s really nice is having that peace in my confidence that she knew the Lord and truly is in His arms now.

As 2016 ended, I finally joined this century and got a smart phone.  I was holding out because I really love having a QWERTY keyboard instead of a touch screen.  But, alas, I had to move on when my phone stopped sending and receiving texts.  The positives: I can now hear and understand people when I talk to them on the phone; I can take pictures when and wherever I want with ease; and the phone records the date the pictures were taken.  That’s a huge positive when you are trying to piece together memories for a month that flew by.

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On December 3rd, we got our Christmas tree.  Having two babies, it’s hard to take the big camera to a lot of things.  So all the Christmas tree shopping pics are from my phone.

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Poor baby K wasn’t feeling well and ended up having Roseola that weekend…

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We decorated the tree on December 4th. Phone pics…

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Big camera pics…

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On December 5th, we met my mom for a late birthday dinner at Chick-Fil-A.  And baby K played in the bouncer he’s a little to big for now…

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Then December 6th brought St. Nicholas Day, one of my favorites!

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December 9th, the kids and I worked on Christmas decorating, a gingerbread house, and snacks for the annual Ladies Christmas tea at church.  The tea was December 10th, but first we sopped by the plantation Christmas – quite a production with four kids, especially with two in strollers!  I only got two pictures, both on my phone, and was really just happy we survived the whole picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus thing…

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That night, we visited another farm with a wonderful lights display!  Once again, I was happy to have a phone for pictures!

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December 11th brought church and AWANA.  December 12th was Christmas movie night!

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December 13th and 15th pics…

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So that’s the first half of December.  The second half will have to be a different post!  God bless!

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Elf on the Shelf Antics 2016

January 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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So Charlie Elf had a fun December!  I tried to remember to take a picture before he had to move, but I missed about half.  The first day, he was putting wood in the woodstove.  The second day, we forgot to move him, so he left a note telling to kids to find candy canes hidden throughout the living room.  On the third day, we got our Christmas tree and put lights on it, so Charlie was putting an ornament on the tree.

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The fourth day, he went “fishing” for Goldfish…

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I don’t remember what he did on the fifth day, but on St. Nicholas Day, he was in hubby’s boot…

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Minion bananas, idea courtesy of Pinterest!

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Spider-Elf!  Also a Pinterest idea…

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The next several days, I forgot to take pictures.  Charlie hid on the bookcase in the living room, swung from a toilet paper roll swing, played mechanic to a toy truck, picked out a piano song he liked, wrapped a present by the tree and took a ride on the living room ceiling fan. Oh, and he hid in the toy barn.

He brought a game for the kids to play…

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Walked Pluto…

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Made a toilet paper snowman…

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Slept in my daughter’s princess castle…

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Camouflaged himself in the plush barn…

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And my favorite of the year…rode a bull in front of a toy audience!  This was hubby’s idea!

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The final day, he left a note and ate one of the sugar cookies.  I’m missing a few, but unfortunately I can’t remember what else Charlie did this year.  I’ll have to do a better job of recording it next year!

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Saying Goodbye to Fall

January 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm (Personal, Uncategorized)

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Oh my, it’s been a crazy end to 2016!  I am about to photo dump even more than usual.  I just haven’t had time to blog…and still really don’t, so I’m typing really fast while the babies are napping.  I’m going to break it up into a few posts.  Here are the photos from the end of fall…

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Beautiful weather to play outside…

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Morris the cat…

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Those eyes ❤

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Last blooms of 2016…

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Neighborhood walks and scootering…

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This silly boy trying on mama’s tennis shoes!

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Doing the “dab”!  I have no idea what that is, but my niece does it, and apparently so does sweet Isaiah…

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Mama’s birthday balloon from two years ago, still flying (somewhat) and bringing joy to baby K!

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And that’s the end of fall for us…now on to winter!

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Thanksgiving 2016

December 7, 2016 at 7:35 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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Always late on posting these days.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.  Here’s the photo dump from Thanksgiving day…

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Sweet Isaiah bonding with his Popple on his first Thanksgiving!

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Baby K enjoying the little wagon…

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He had a blast getting pushed around the house in that wagon!

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Caddo the Sweet Potato pulling a cat toy that baby K also had fun playing with…

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The leaf pile!

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Sweet Isaiah bonding with his uncle…

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…and baby K having fun with his favorite aunt!  She got him to wear his hat!

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The spread…

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He even wore his hat at the dinner table…

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Getting a talking to from aunt Jess…

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Someone did not enjoy the leaf pile…

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Everyone else did though!

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My contribution to dinner, pecan and pumpkin pies…

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And throwing in a random pic from that week…  Both my oldest won prizes for crazy hair night at AWANA!  My son just wore his Goofy hat since he has no hair to speak of.  But baby girl did the crazy buns with pipe cleaners sticking out.  Doesn’t she look like Cindy Lou Who? 🙂

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And that wraps up November…now on to the December posts!  Have a blessed end of the week!

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Fall Colors

November 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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A couple of days ago, it was beautiful outside.  So the kids and I took the opportunity to capture and enjoy some of fall’s fading colors.  Fall went by way too fast this year!

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Checking the mail is always a fun adventure!  American Girl catalogue – check.

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Getting in some good scooter time…

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It wasn’t long after I took this picture of my daughter when the wind got gusty and cleared the leaves off our driveway.  I guess wind is good for something!

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Morris enjoying the warm day…

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Beautiful colors!  I’ll miss these vibrant hues as winter hits.

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The neighbor horse with fall behind them.

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Putting scooters up.  This was right before the crazy wind kicked up and chilled the air.

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Final flowers of the year…

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And the baklava my kids and I made for their Greece cultural study.  This may be a new favorite for me!

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God bless everyone this Thanksgiving week!

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Lots of Catching Up to Do

November 21, 2016 at 9:37 am (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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So much to catch up on!  I can’t believe November is already more than half over!  Today is sweet Isaiah’s 1-month birthday.  I’ll have to get pictures for that, too.  But for now, here are the happenings from the end of October.

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Big sis is really enjoying having another baby around to hold and cuddle.  It’s funny how she was the youngest a year and a half ago.  I never imagined then what a great big sister she would be.  She’s such a little caretaker – for the babies and the animals.  The infants are best for her right now because she can smother them with sisterly affection without getting pushed away or slapped :).

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And this one…

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Such an adorable little mischief maker!

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I can’t tell you how much I love that my oldest son’s favorite reward is baking with me!  We had a strong push to make up homeschool work from taking time off when sweet Isaiah was born.  So I told the kids they could pick something fun to do.  Little C wanted to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles! Love it!

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Baby girl wanted to make pumpkin sugar cookies with Halloween cookie cutters. Right up my alley!!

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And baby K, well, he just enjoyed the treats!

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Here are a few shots from the state park that I didn’t include in the last post…

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This boy and his scrambled eggs!

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Baby K is now into the farm house we’ve had for many years.  It’s so fun watching all of the kids play with the same toys.  Baby K loves making the animal sounds!  Especially “baaa”.

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Sweet baby eyes…

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A big brother now…and oh so curious…

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Had to get a picture of the beautiful flowers my friend got me when sweet Isaiah was born…

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Sleeping babe…

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Bluey Karooey…

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And yes, he takes his apples whole!

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Anytime…

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And everywhere…

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Sweet Isaiah at just over a week old…

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Daddy’s boy…

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Baby K picked the biggest pumpkin, but it didn’t have a stem.  So he ended up carrying one of the small pumpkins Little C picked out for himself and sweet Isaiah.  And yep, those little pumpkins are about to become Thanksgiving pumpkin pie!

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Halloween 2016!  Spiderman doing a web throwing pose…

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Fairy wonder woman…

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Little dragon…he was quite a hit during trick-or-treating!

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And a 10-day-old peapod!

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Hot chocolate and candy after trick-or-treating…

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Movie night!  Baby K loves to harass little C during movie nights!

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Big yawns!

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Gentle, gentle…no don’t poke your baby brother in the eye…no you can’t climb in the swing on top of sweet Isaiah…

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Movie night hot chocolate…

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Sweet baby hand…

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Love the outfits people have gotten baby I!  Too adorable!

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Big sissy love!

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And this…baby K has decided he enjoys crawling under the swing…

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Little boy.always.on.the.go!   Up!  Dooowwwn!

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And sweet Isaiah sleeping soundly…

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Caught up a little bit…more to come!  Have a blessed week!

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