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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Impromptu Fall Photo Shoot

November 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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These are just some fun pics from last weekend.  The kids and I met some friends at the park between church and AWANA (hubby had to work, unfortunately).  I had my camera, so I did some informal family photos for this wonderful family.

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These two…princesses through and through…

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A favorite horse…

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Some shots of my littles…

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Baby Isaiah, loving a fall day outdoors…

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My friend took over the camera and got some shots for me, too!

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I❤ fall!

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Thank You Veterans

November 11, 2016 at 6:18 pm (Uncategorized)

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Thank you to all those who have served and fought for our great nation.  This election has brought out the worst in our people, but America is still great and we can still seek God’s blessings.  I hope the people burning flags right now understand the blood, tears and sacrifice that paid the price for them to speak their minds.  It’s been more than a decade since I’ve worn a military uniform, but I still take great pride in seeing this flag fly as a symbol of freedom.  In the words of Ronald Reagan, freedom is only one generation away from extinction.  Let it not be our generation that squanders the blessings God has given us.

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA
~Lee Greenwood

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Baby Isaiah

October 31, 2016 at 12:40 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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These are more than a week late, but we welcomed baby Isaiah into our family October 21st!  He was my second VBA2C and the best “birth experience” of the four kids.  I had about 36 hours of early labor the weekend before.  Then, the morning of his due date, my water broke a little after 4.  We made it to the hospital (about 40-45 minutes away) with minimal contractions, and our friend met us there to get our other kids.  I got into the birthing unit at 5:05, and Isaiah was born at 5:49.  It was a quick and far less painful birth.  And he came out 22″, 9 lbs. 11 oz. of perfection!

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So here are some sweet shots from the hospital…

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It was an early morning for all of us!

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My family came to visit and got some Isaiah snuggles!

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He got some fun toys, too!  My niece found him a stuffed musical dinosaur, since all of the other kids have dinosaur toys.

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The toys barely fit in the bed with him, he was so long!

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And here’s one of my favorite photo series ever!  Baby K was up on a chair checking out his new brother.

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It looked like he wasn’t quite sure about this new little creature…

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But really, he was just wondering why on earth the little creature had his binky!

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Home the next day…

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Tummy time in his crib…

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And bonus shots of baby K playing board games with his big brother…

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I don’t have much time to blog these days, but I wanted to get these pictures up.  Have a very blessed Halloween!!

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Good-Bye Summer, Hello Fall

October 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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Ok, time for a massive photo dump from all things end-of-summer!  We’re waiting for the birth of our new little one, and things have been even more hectic than usual around here.  So here’s all that’s been going on.  We hit up two fairs again this year.  First, the one up by my parents’.

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A man was doing free balloon creations that brought smiles to my two oldest kids’ faces!

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Digging for shark’s teeth…

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Fair rides!

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My birthday…

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This little boy loves my computer and phones!

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And, oh yeah, we got four chicks!  Two turned out to be roosters, but we do have two hens that should start laying eggs in the next month or so.

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Silly, sweet little girl…

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Homeschool this year involves some cultural cooking.  Here’s a bread recipe from Greenland we made.  It was really yummy, especially with apple butter!

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Fair number two…

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I can’t wait to get a goat!  They are really cute.  Baby K enjoyed them a lot, too!

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The deer that have been frequenting our forest…

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Playing with Libby…

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She’s so crazy…and that’s what the dog’s thinking, too!

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Flowers from my baby “sprinkle.”

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Toilet paper dresses from the baby sprinkle…

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I love the women at my church.  They are such a blessing!  And getting the playroom ready for the new baby…

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I just wrote a verse on the dry erase board and my oldest two decorated with some fun jungle animal decals.

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Crib and mobile

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Fall is here!  We had a great day outside as a family.  The oldest two kids helped hubby clean up some stray branches he cut down during the windy days of the hurricane.  And baby K and I just wandered around the yard, enjoying the fall weather.

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Oh how that little boy loves Libby!

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Playing on the tractor…

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Last rose holdouts…

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And more of the chickens…

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So, that’s about what’s been going on here.  Now it’s just a waiting game for the new baby.  Have a blessed weekend!

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Last Weekend of Summer Vacation

September 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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Catching up on photos from the last weekend of summer vacation!  The kids wanted to bake some cookies, so we made sugar cookies with the Orca, Spiderman, and monkey cookie cutters we got for their birthday party.  Little C loves to bake!

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He got his own toy mixer out and followed every step of the process…

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Baby girl has become a master egg cracker!

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Icing the cookies in red, white, and blue…

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The weekend was also time to catch up on mending the many things that needed mending: an elf whose legs were falling off; a puppy without a nose; two pillows; a t-shirt; a nightgown hem; and a onesie with a hole in the pocket.

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All better now…finally (some of these have been on the to-do list for quite a while).

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Tomato love!  I made some basic puree out of the ones pictured.  Then I got more the next day, which I pureed and heated on low in the oven until it caramelized into a sweet paste.  I combined the two in a saucepan with garlic, onion, basil, salt, pepper, etc. and made a yummy fresh spaghetti sauce.  That’s going on the lasagna roll-ups tonight!

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Movie night!

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Baby K enjoyed a good part of this movie with his big siblings!

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Then he got a little crazy and started attacking his big brother – LOL!

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The grape vines are producing!  These babies do have seeds, but they are the sweetest, yummiest grapes I’ve ever tasted.

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Monday brought the start of homeschool.  Overall, it was a good first week.  We got through most of the material, but did have to do a little bit this weekend.  Today, we learned about Egypt and did some fun crafts for that.  We also learned about the artist Giotto and the kids did egg tempura paintings.  We just ground up some chalk…

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Mixed egg yolk with water and added it to the chalk…

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And voila!  The kids really enjoyed painting with this, and the colors were nice and vibrant.

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So that’s what’s been happening here…other than a weekend of sickness in our household.  Thankfully, the kids seem to be doing much better than they were yesterday.  Have a very blessed week!

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First Day of Homeschool!

September 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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We kicked off our third year of homeschooling today!  Little C did well with his first day of 3rd Grade.  He does have some focus issues I’m hoping to work out so we can get through the east stuff a lot faster.  Things like copying spelling words and handwriting exercises tend to bring out the sloth in him – LOL. But overall, I think this is going to be a good curriculum for him.

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Baby girl was a little disappointed by how easy the 1st Grade curriculum is at the beginning.  Math was pattern animals and language arts was more letter work…  But I promised her it will pick up quickly.  And it’s so important to master those basic, even if it seems like she’s been doing the same stuff for going on three years now.  I know from little C that the My Father’s World gets much more challenging by about week 4.

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And baby K on the first day.  No school for him, but lots of smiles!

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A special breakfast of pancake muffins.  We gave the muffin tins a workout today – muffin tin pizzas for lunch, too!  So that’s the first day.  Let the insanity of homeschool and activities begin!

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Night at the Ballpark

September 2, 2016 at 1:56 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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Final post from last weekend.  Saturday was a busy…and hot…one.  We started out at a 1st birthday party for one of our friend’s kids.  Thankfully, it was a pool party!  The kids had a blast!  Of course, I was in the pool playing with baby K and keeping an eye on my other two, so I didn’t get any pics.  But my friend got this one…

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We went straight from there to a baseball game supporting our church’s Child Evangelism Fellowship group.  Love summer nights at the ballpark!!

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Silly boy with a little hat…

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Our local team won and we got to see the fireworks!  Baby K is our first baby to cry at fireworks, which I found hilarious since he’s a 4th of July baby!!  Hubby got him calmed down pretty quick and he seemed to enjoy them after that…but I was just laughing.

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And some shots from the every day.  Baby K and Libby dog are so close.  He was sitting next to her so cutely just before I took this picture.  Ah, they always move before the camera clicks…

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Baby K has two favorite toys right now, turtle and Bluey Karuey, a blue dinosaur with a catchy name my niece gave hers.  Trying to document the little things!

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And now into another weekend!  So thankful for long weekends with the kiddos!!  And the start of homeschool on Monday, yay!!!  Have a blessed weekend!

 

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