31 July 2015

Flashback

I cleaned off a very old camera today and I found these gems.

This was 2013, soon after we had to leave Africa. N had just turned 3. This was likely their first of MANY visits to the public library here in Colorado. They wore new winter coats and boots which were certainly a novelty at this point.

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Such babies!

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What a beautiful thing. Two and a half years later we still don’t take the public library for granted… one of the amazing things about of life in America.

09 July 2015

Book Worms and Snuggle Bugs

This is not a rare occurrence in my house in the morning…

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One of Her Favorite Things

We recently purchased a bird feeder for our balcony.

It’s pretty much one of her favorite things.

Our tiniest talker now spends half of her day pointing out the window yelling “Mommy! Birdie!!  Two birdies!!” Or “Mommy! Birdies eeeaat beafast!”, “Mommy! Birdies eeeaat lunch!”, “Mommy! Birdies eeeaat niiinner!!”.

It’s pretty much tons of fun.

And now she’s become our resident bird-feeder filler-upper. I give her a tiny cup and taught her to pour slowly and she can do a pretty decent job.

She takes a scoop…

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Looks at me…

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Says“sllooow” for a reminder…

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and then pours (most) of the seed in the right place…

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And repeat.

It’s pretty much the cutest thing.

17 June 2015

My Boy’s Thoughtful Surprise

Months ago H came up with an idea to build N a dollhouse. His design was rather elaborate and generally I shy away from these sorts of projects. But you had to kill a boy’s creativity, thoughtfulness and generosity. And Mike was willing to tackle it with him.

So away the project went. He had some drawings and I think Mike simplified them. Eventually they bought some basic materials and started building. After a few trips to the woodshop, Mike declared we must now wait for my Dad to come to finish the project. Ha!

Eventually Mom and Dad came out for a visit and of course Poppi worked with H to finish it.

Then came the big reveal!

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Sweet boy. They really do love each other.

16 June 2015

My Dear Grandma

My dear Grandma passed from this life to the next on May 30th. We are relieved that she is not in pain anymore, and rejoicing that she is reunited after 40 years with her precious Waldo and now seeing Jesus face to face!

She will be missed for these days that we remain on earth, but it will be so very much fun to see her younger and healthy in Heaven one day. What a miracle God’s grace is through Jesus Christ that gives us that hope and assurance!

We visited her at the nursing home whenever we visited Ohio. I am posting pictures from one visit that I remember so clearly. A gorgeous summer day, sitting in front of the building with my dearest family.

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Grandma Janet

1926-2015

15 June 2015

Ring Ring

Lil’ A see.

Lil’ A do.

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Double timing it with two remotes. She’s a busy gal with a lot going on, what can I say?

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Talking on the cash register.

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The classic shoulder hold.

See it. Do it.

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Phone with shopping bag? Did it.

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Chatting on an Etch-A-Sketch? Now that’s stretching it…

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Is this a shoe?!

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I’m surprised she recognizes that ancient (?!) phone with a cord.

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Binoculars? Ya… that’s not gonna work.

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This one’s actually a phone!

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There’s that double-tasking cash register again.

Ring ring! Lil’ A speaking!!

12 June 2015

Crib Folder

This girl.

For months she has thought that it’s a good idea to fold up the bottom of her pack n play. I can’t tell you the number of things I’ve found stashed under there…

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She just thinks she’s too cute… (“Too toot”, as she would say).

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And she thinks she can hide in the corner. Silly girl.

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Yes, I’ve found food under there. Maybe she goes back for it later?

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Or she sits over there herself.

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I really just never know with her.

She’s the best.