20 July 2014

Baby in a Box

Yup. Boxes (and bags and buckets and baskets) are still fun for babies. I have eleven photos from the past several months to prove it. I’m a good researcher like that.

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Normal?

Is this normal?

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I mean, I’m just wondering.

14 July 2014

Quote of the Day

Back before my boy H’s school year ended, I was volunteering in his class for the week. During the morning devotional time, the kiddos were given a minute or two to listen to God and hear what He might have to say to them that day.

My boy can be quiet and does not often pipe up to pray or to share what he heard during times like this, if he heard anything at all (we don’t always!). But this day he easily shared what he felt God speak to his heart that day…

“God said I will grow with Him.”

Oh my. Can a 6 year old make that up? I was so encouraged. Encouraged that maybe my boy is learning to identify the voice of God despite his reluctance to pray a lot of the time. Encouraged that I should stop and listen more often for myself and my family.  And encouraged that H is growing with God. Of course he is! I realize that when I think about it. God daily is guiding him, shaping him, growing him. Side by side. Whether we see it (we don’t really) or realize it’s happening… it is happening! It’s a beautiful thing and I’m a thankful Mama.

Thank you God.

11 July 2014

Cow Appreciation Day

Free Chick-fil-A for us! (Taken to the park for a fun picnic with friends.)

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It’s the little things. :)

09 July 2014

Quote of the Day

My kids favorite toy is very easily the recycling bin. There are egg cartons, yogurt containers, cardboard boxes and all other kinds of recyclables all over the house. They get creative with them and build stuff and pack them with stuff and decorate things and give them to friends, etc.

Whatever works.

Whatever works until we go on a picking up rampage and all of their ‘creations’ end up in the recycling bag that’s headed out the door because Mikey and I suddenly got sick and tired of stepping around recyclables everywhere in the house.

And then they just start over as soon as I start putting new things in the bin again.

Around and around we go.

The other day Sweet N grabbed out a small plastic pint container that previously held raspberries. I apparently didn’t do a very good job cleaning it before tossing it in the bin because she brought it to me and asked…

“Can you hewp me get a wed (red) bwueberry (blueberry) off a container?”

I grinned. A red blueberry, of course.

I washed it up (again) and it’s been holding some necklaces in the corner of her bed ever since.

:)

07 July 2014

Another What?

Last night we ate mexican.

“Could I pwease have another tuskado?

“May I eat another tusquito?”

“Could I have another tostados?”

We had tostadas, my kids loved them, and hearing them try to remember the name was the cutest! I got sad when they finally got it right…

06 July 2014

Bless-ed Wedding Weekend

Several years ago while living in Africa we had the privilege of welcoming into our family a dear, sweet friend, Leah!  It was a joy to have her a part of our lives for the year she was with us. It was one of my very sweetest seasons in our North African home because she was with us. When we she left, I wrote and posted this poem for her. She means so much to our family.

After her year, she moved to New York City to attend College. Then she met Sterling, they fell in love, he (wisely) asked her to be his forever (more or less) and she said “yes!”.

This weekend they got MARRIED! We would have been honored enough to attend the ceremony, but she asked my two older kiddos to be in the wedding. We were all so very honored and blessed to be a part of their special day.

So here comes the photo dump… it was such a great weekend (In Loveland, CO) I want to have it all on here. And frankly, the grandparents are waiting to see photos. So photos they will get. (Some of these were taken by Leah’s Uncle Bill and snagged by me on Facebook, hope that’s okay!) :) Here we go…

First up, the rehearsal.

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There was one other sweet little flower girl. We had to try a few different orders before my kiddos felt comfortable. Eventually the first flower girl took to the aisle herself and my kiddos followed side by side after her. It worked!

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It was good practice and he did very well! Very important job, eh?

After the rehearsal we had a little snafu with this girlie cause her new favorite game is putting small rocks in the holes of the van’s hubcaps. She’s a busy girl and when she finds something to keep her busy, we rejoice!

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We thought it was harmless, but it indeed it was not! Luckily Leah’s Dad came to the rescue with some tools so we could fish out the offending rock and avoid putting on a new set of brakes.

Lesson learned. :)

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Then for a rest and a failed napping attempt at our hotel…

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Then onto the rehearsal dinner.

I just love this sign…

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Delicious food. Lovely evening. Wonderful people.

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Happy kiddos.

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It was so beautiful. Rather magazine-ish!

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My girlie cuddling with the groom. Ha!

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After the dinner was over and we got to know lots of lovely people, it was time to get the kiddos back to the hotel for baths and bed. But for this girlie before her bath came the very fun stick-her-head-in-the-shower-time.

Great fun.

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Clean! And rather different looking without her crazy curls.

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After a not-impressive night of sleep for the kiddos, we were up early getting ready.

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Can you believe these curls!? This was before I separated them when we got to the church. The curls stayed in for most of the day, I was so pleased!

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Aunt Leah is a Bride! (fairly certain she was a princess in Sweet N’s mind.)

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I have such a full heart for this special lady!

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Precious little flower girl with flowers in her hair…

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I think this is the best one I got of the kiddos together.

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It was rather bright outside (a gorgeous day!) and so I got a lot of these…

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Just a few more moments to go. I love this…

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Selfie!!!

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He’s ready folks! And looking incredibly handsome.

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They did great coming down the aisle!

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There was a little hesitation to go stand at the front, but with a little encouragement from Mama they went for it.

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Here she comes! *tears*

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The kids did great standing at the front.

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Hudson got a little case of the nerves I think, he was taking his job so seriously and did so well!

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Becoming husband and wife!

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The kiss!

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Done deal, yipppeee!!

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Portraits were outside after the ceremony. It was beautiful and relaxed.

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The kids did great waiting. Except for that time I found Sweet N casually looking through that white purse on the grass next to her. Not mine, not hers, um sorry!

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Gorgeous group of young people.

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Meanwhile Mikey had driven this tired little lady around the block to get her to fall asleep. It worked.

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A short drive to Ft. Collins and we were at the reception. (Don’t ask me about the look on N’s face! Ack! Family photos with kids!!! We were so close to having a great one, I mean even the baby is looking at the camera!)

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The bride and groom arrived. I just love them!

So I took a selfie with them. It seemed like the right thing to do. :)

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There were smiles all around…

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These kids did the classic run like crazies all over the empty dance floor while we waited to take our selections from the brunch spread.

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There was a clever New York theme to the tables. I loved it.

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Toasts.

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Cake.

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Toss.

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Dance!!

After brunch the lights were lowered and we boogied for a couple hours. Dancing with Aunt Leah (Princess Bride) was Sweet N’s dream come true! And Lil’ A got to dance with the groom more than once (and half of the other people in the room too!)

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The dance floor was packed out for the classic “YMCA”. So much fun!

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Here I needed a little break, whew!

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Then it was outside for the send-off.

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I just love these last few…

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So much joy!

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Congratulations Leah and Sterling! We couldn’t be happier for you and were so honored to be a special part of your fabulous day.

Have fun honeymooning!!!