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The last of the Pinetop photos

We were playing a cool monster/dice/drawing game while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful Pinetop weather.   You roll a die 6 times and draw the corresponding monster body parts.  I know this is where I should show you the finished monsters, but I don’t have photos of them.  I do encourage you to go draw your own though.  Find the printable here.

Boy that sun sure was bright!

Two things you should know about Ami are he loves ducks, and he almost always has food on his shirt, face, or both.

Ignore the glaring sun and smile boys 🙂

No trip up north would be complete without roasting marshmallows for s’mores.

Or as Ami likes to call it, “fishing for marshmallows”.

Notice the food on his face, but to be fair, I think we all had food on our face at this point.

This photo made me do a double take when I downloaded it.  Even though I took it and I knew Keegan wasn’t on our trip, I thought this was Keeg at first…and then I realized it was our man-boy Jeremia.  No matter how much you think you are soaking up your kids when they are young, it’s never enough, they still always grow too fast.

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Loveliness

The heavens opened up, in just that one spot, and I was lucky enough to see it.

Big fluffy clouds.

Sunshine in the clouds and flowers…sighhhh.

Picacho Peak, I love you so.

Lovely sunset as seen from our backyard.

I smile every time I see that red and white tower near Nogales Highway.  I am reminded of Benny and Jeremia exclaiming “look it’s dad’s work” whenever we drove by.  Just for the record, we pass it on the way to Der’s work, but it’s not really close to it, so why they thought it’s where he worked is beyond me.  I do so appreciate the memory and the warm happy feeling it fills me with though.

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And He’s Off

Our eldest son, Keegan, is off to the army!

We had a sendoff party for him.  I didn’t take as many photos as I had planned.  I somehow forgot to get a photo with Keegan and his granddad and twoshooze (grandma).  I don’t know how that happened.  I will have to make sure to get some when he comes home for a visit.

I don’t think I will be able to bare him in his uniform.  I will be a blubbering mess, I am certain of it.

Here’s Keeg with me, Der, his great-grandma Chris, aunt Cami, uncle Craig, and cousin Cassie.

Keegan and his brothers.  Taking photos of the 4 of them together is tough.  They are all jokesters.  When I would get 3 of them to make nice faces, inevitably one would have to be a goofball and make a funny face.  I was literally begging them to cooperate.  I think they secretly loved having me at their mercy.

As you can see, I did manage to get some sweet ones.  They are all so handsome.  I am so grateful for them.  I have immeasurable love for them and appreciate how very different, yet similar they each are.  For all of their bickering and fighting, it’s clear that they have mad love for each other and that warms my heart to the max.

After behaving for the camera, they let loose.

Our little boy, isn’t so little.

I love this one!  His expression is perfect!

Never too old for mama’s love!

I don’t have words that adequately express my excitement and pride, with just a scoach of fear thrown in for our beautiful boy.

He is off to become a man.  He is about to learn valuable skills that will serve him well throughout his life.  He will travel and see the world and will make amazing memories.  He will meet new people and forge bonds that will bear lifelong friendships.  He will be pushed to grow mentally and physically and will tap into strengths he never knew he had.

I hope he comes back a stronger, wiser version of his already wonderful self.  I hope he knows how much we love him and believe in him.

It will not be easy, but the best lessons in life never are.

We love you forever and always, Keegan, and can’t wait for your safe return!

 

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Moonie

My happy little Moon cacti.

They sit right outside my kitchen window.  I loved them already, but when I googled them to see what they were called, I fell deeper.

We used to call Benny “Moonie”, Der always called him “Moonman” and I sometimes called him “Mooniebird”.  Truthfully he had a ton of nicknames, but this one stuck because his head was perfectly round and reminded Der of the moon.

Now whenever I stand at the kitchen sink and see these beauties, I will think of our beautiful Mr. Moon.

Oh how I miss rubbing that gorgeous noggin.

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