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I Like These Guys A Whole Lot

Not to brag or anything, but Der and I have the best kids!

I love them so.

Through thick and thin.

Insert cliche about how they grow too damn fast.

I love catching him smile!

I’m one lucky gal!

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November 2012

These are from November!  Some were shared on FB.  I apologize for the tardiness and for the double-share.

My heart bursts with joy knowing Keegan is finding his path.

He was home for a 2 week visit, before being sent to Germany.  We talk every other day, or so.  He seems happier than he’s ever been.

He hates smiling for photos, but I tickled him and he couldn’t hold his straight face.

I sent copies of this one out with our Christmas cards.  I’ve never done that before, but it’s such a great shot of all of us together.

No trip to Phoenix would be complete without Chicago Hamburger Company!  Sliders and cheese fries! YUM!

Jeremia is very proud of his big brother and looks super cute in his uniform.

We did some family bowing.

Jeremia showed us how to do Gangnam Style while holding bowling balls.

We played with my camera phone in between turns.

I wish it wasn’t so grainy.  I LOVE this shot.  Seriously the cutest photo bomber ever.

LOVE my family!

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First Day Of School 2012

I know I sound like every other mom on the planet, when I say they are growing too fast, but it’s true.

Just look…

Today:

Last year:

Did you know, Der and I still sometimes refer to Ami and Conrad as “the babies”?!

I think it’s time for us to face the cold hard fact that we need to start stacking heavy objects on their heads, to stunt their growth.

That won’t scar them emotionally…right?!

Raise the roof!  Mama’s got the house all to herself for 6 hours every day!  Woot!  Woot!

Seriously though, boys I’m gonna need you to slow down on the growing up.  Just a scoach, if-you’d-be-so-kind.

Please and thanks.

 

 

 

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Tucson Children’s Museum 2012

The children’s museum has a new exhibit.  It’s beyond cool!

These tubes have air pushing through them and dampers you can open and close to make the airflow change directions.  When you put a scarf or sponge ball in the tube it shoots through the hoses and come flying out of different opening, depending on which dampers you had closed.  We could have played with that thing for hours, but we had to share with the other museum goers.  We want one for the house.  It was a blast!

Everyone was running around, catching balls and putting them back in so it was hard to get photos.  The blurs are scarves and sponge balls as they fall from the shoots.

This table shot air out of those movable tubes and the balls would hover in the air stream.

Or as Jeremia likes to remember it, he uses “the force” to keep the ball up.

Ami loved this tube filled with tiny styrofoam balls.  There was a knob he was turning to make the balls bounce to different sound waves.

Derek drew me an eggbird in the art corner. I love the bird and the man who drew him!

Jeremia built a tomb at the block table.

My favorite exhibit we played with that day was the giant prism box, because it was so much fun to photograph.

It was a long box full of mirrors with open ends on both sides.

We had a ton of fun!  Thanks for the free passes Brooke!

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Lollies and a Challenge

Here they look all sweet and innocent with their giant jawbreaker lollies, but as you can see in the following photo it’s a farce.

They are lolly devouring monsters.  Der and I mistakenly thought these would last them the whole summer.  Not long after they got these, Jeremia, who didn’t want his picture taken with his lolly, broke out the hammer and made quick work of the monster jawbreakers.

In the photos below you witness Ami and Conrad diligently listening to my “stay out of the water” order.

When I told them to stay out of the water, I didn’t realize I had actually issued a challenge.

Conrad asked me today when this super long weekend was going to be over, because he wants to go back to school.  Not long and I am counting the days.

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Paundry

We recently finished (mostly) our biggest undertaking in home improvement to date.  Over the course of our marriage we have done tons of house painting, light fixture changes, ceiling fan installations, and other small fixer upper kinds of things.  This time though, we took out a wall.  Albeit a small wall, but a wall just the same.

Before:

Our laundry room/pantry or as Derek likes to call it paundry.

It was cramped and bursting at the seams.

The laundry room shared a wall with an unfinished storage room that has been the easily forgotten abyss, since we moved in.  It was only accessible from outside.

The door had gone missing long before we bought this place last year, so it was open to the elements.  For those reasons it was a poorly used space.  So we decided to knock the wall down and make the laundry room bigger.

If we had known how much work it would actually be, I don’t think we would have been so gung-ho.

Before we tore the wall down, Jeremia asked if we could draw on the wall with sharpies.  What a great idea!

Conrad and Ami are still young enough that they don’t care about being photographed in their underpants.  They may protest that I posted these once they are older, but for now they don’t mind.

Once the wall was sufficiently graffitied, I declared it to be photo shoot time.  Ami and Conrad were all-in, Jeremia took some cajoling.

And then the wall came down.

And Derek drywalled his pants off.  He’s a novice, but I think, all things considered, he did a bang-up job.

We still have to do the floor and light fixtures, but for now I am perfectly happy with mismatched cement and lights.

Do-it yourself projects always seem to take longer and cost more than you plan, but it’s so lovely when it’s done.

I’m in love with the color we chose for the walls.

If I happen to find a good deal on 2 small vintage chandeliers, I am totally putting them in there!

Coke anyone?

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Cornstarch Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I saw this on Pinterest, and had to try it.  I swear I don’t spend all day on Pinterest, though I probably could.

I mixed up the chalk paint like the recipe said.  1 part cornstarch 1 part water and then I just added food coloring until I liked the saturation level.

It was all very pretty to look at.

Then I called Jeremia out to paint by himself.  I felt like he needed a break from his brothers.

As you can tell by his smile, I was right.

It was HOT outside, like 110 degrees HOT! The paint dried almost as soon as it hit the ground.  This project would be better suited for a cooler day, but we’ve been so busy lately, I felt like it was now or never.

I didn’t even bother to clean the pine needles off of the driveway.

When JP was done painting his potted plant, I called Ami and Conrad out for their turn.

I always ask Conrad why he doesn’t put shorts on instead of jeans, when it’s so hot and he says “I just like pants”.  I say “Suit yourself goofball.”

The painting was fun-ish, but it was frustrating how quickly it dried.  It would be a great project for cooler weather.

The best part about the whole thing was when we decided to have a chalk paint race.

I dumped the paint out, on the downhill part of our driveway, and we watched the colors run together, and made guesses on which color would go the farthest.  Orange won.

It was seriously fun.  And gorgeous.

When Derek got home, he took special care  and tried not to park on it, because it was so cool looking.

I took this one with Instagram.  If you haven’t tried Instagram, you should.  It’s just another way too addicting modern marvel.

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