Surprise!

October 5th, 2013


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Yes, we are still among the living!   Just not the blogging…

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The girls are as sweet as ever.

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They are the best of sisters, and best of friends.

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We couldn’t be more Blessed!

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We are enjoying our homeschool time.  Can you guess what we’re studying?

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We are also embracing fall, reluctantly.

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Though we do enjoy the harvest!

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Which has kept us quite busy.

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Mom and two of her friends have also kept me supplied with their beautiful quilts to machine quilt for them.

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The girls get special Grandma time while I do these projects.

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I’ve also hosted some church baby showers.

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Okay, enough excuses.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Where Did You Go, July?

August 3rd, 2013

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It’s been Hot!

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So we’ve stayed cool, in the pool,

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In the sprinklers,

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At the lake,

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Or in the mountains.

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We’ve been busy as bees,

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In the garden,

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(I have to confess I have Great Helpers!)

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And canning/freezing fruit (cherries),

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And more fruit (peaches),

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And more fruit (apricots)!

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We’ve enjoyed family time,

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Both near and far.

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But Ami shared with me tonight that, “Driving in the car is long, but when we get there it’s fun to be with everybody and play with them.”

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I think we all second that!

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The girls love their cousins!

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And their nana and papa.

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Camping and playing in the river,

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Are added bonuses.

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We’ve had some celebrations!  A new baby cousin,

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A Big Anniversary,

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A smaller anniversary,

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 Happy Gotcha Day, Ami!  Three years home!!!

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 And Happy Birthday, Miah!  How can you be Seven already?

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They say time flies when you’re having fun.  Well, it’s flying!

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June in Snapshots

June 28th, 2013

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A little hiking,

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A little gardening,

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A little family time and fun with cousins,

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A little more hiking,

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A little swimming,

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= the first month of summer vacation, GONE!

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Flower Girls

May 30th, 2013

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We had the wonderful Celebration of adding a new member to our extended family this past weekend.

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Despite all the rainy weather both before and after, God saw fit to grant our requests for pleasant weather the afternoon of the wedding.  Thank You!!

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What a lovely group of young people!  Seven of which I taught in 4th/5th grade…Where does time go?!

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The bride was beautiful.

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Their vows were original and sweet.

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They even shared vows for their daughter-to-be!

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But my favorite part was watching the little flower girls.

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I’ve decided that flower girls don’t make any mistakes.

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Even when they don’t know where to go.  (Hey, the photographer wasn’t on the path during practice!)

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Or they forget to drop the rose petals.

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Even when they refuse to ride in the wagon.  (Miah’s first flower girl experience.)

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And Daddy has to escort them down the aisle.

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Even when they hold their plaque sideways.

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Or walk down the aisle painfully slowly… (Katie, in our wedding.)

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 Or practice ballet pliés during the ceremony while standing up front.  (Rijl in Nancy & Alex’s wedding.)

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Flower girls can’t be blamed if they appear bored.

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Or fidgety.

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Or if they practice their winking during the ceremony.

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Because the audience doesn’t doesn’t mind one bit!

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All they see is the cuteness!

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They probably even enjoy the distraction.

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I know I do.

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A Weekend at Rosario

May 17th, 2013

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One couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant weekend on the Pacific NW coast!

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We had a lovely time exploring, relaxing, and drinking in the sun and beautiful scenery.

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And collecting a few rocks.

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If you want to make kids happy, all you need to provide is water and dirt/rocks!

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It was nice to share our time with friends, too.  Great music and fellowship was enjoyed with our church family.

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And, of course, just family time without the usual distractions.

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