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Sorry it took me this long. . .

Zoo pictures!

Consulting a map to find out where we could board the train.
Consulting a map to find out where we could board the train.

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The Jungle:

This was Lu's first time in the Jungle. I think she enjoyed it!
This was Lu’s first time in the Jungle. I think she enjoyed it!
She thinks monkeys are "so cute!"
She thinks monkeys are “so cute!”
I never noticed before how incredible the way they move is! I tried to get a video of one swinging, but then it just sat there. Uncooperative monkey!
I never noticed before how incredible the way they move is! I tried to get a video of one swinging, but then it just sat there. Uncooperative monkey!
Our girl is so brave! I was terrified of this bridge when I was little.
Our girl is so brave. I was terrified of this bridge when I was little!
I'm not very happy about with pictures I got of the tapers. They swim too fast to take pictures of!
I’m not very happy about with pictures I got of the tapers. They swim too fast to take pictures of!

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M & L loved the (artificial) vines that had 'grown' across the walkway.
M & L loved the (artificial) vines that had “grown” across the walkway.
This one was made into a swing.
This one was made into a swing.
So. fun.
So. fun.

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The Zoo is the BEST place for pictures!!!
The Zoo is the BEST place for pictures!!!
reflection
reflection

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Little sister was quite impressed by the "rainbow birds" :)
Little sister was quite impressed by the “rainbow birds” 🙂
Only I would go out of my way to get a picture of a bat. Why not tell you guys? I love bats. They're cute. #WhatIsMyDealWithCallingThingsCute
Only I would go out of my way to get a picture of a bat.  I love bats. They’re cute. #WhatIsMyDealWithCallingThingsCute

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I think this was a capybara (I know them from "Capyboppy" by Bill Peet).
I think this was a capybara (I know them from “Capyboppy” by Bill Peet).

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The hippos are usually far away and hard to see, but this time they were swimming around and coming quite close to the glass.
The hippos are usually far away and hard to see, but this time they were swimming around and coming quite close to the glass.
The crocodile also is usually not very social, but he was right up in our faces on Tuesday!
The crocodile also is usually not very social, but he was right up in our faces on Tuesday!

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Miscellaneous:

Riding the train! We got round-trip tickets, and Dad drove over to the Zoo (unexpectedly) and joined us for the ride back. In case you were wondering, yes, Dad is the KING of spontaneity. :)
Riding the train! We got round-trip tickets, and Dad drove over to the Zoo (unexpectedly) and joined us for the ride back. In case you were wondering, yes, Dad is the KING of spontaneity. 🙂
Our zoo is building an African exhibit, and the restaurant was already open. They serve African food, and Dad bought a couple of these. Don't ask what they are--they tasted like potato chips.
Our zoo is building an African exhibit, and the restaurant was already open. They serve African food, and Dad bought a couple of these. Don’t ask what they are–but they tasted like potato chips.
We ate our African potatoes here with the lunch we had packed. Lucy loved the butterfly bench.
We ate our African potatoes here with the lunch we had packed. Lucy loved the butterfly bench. And the three-year-old is waving a skewer from the potato-chip-things. Totally safe. 🙂

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The Butterfly House:

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A little blue bird that Spencer spotted in the Butterfly House.
A little blue bird that Spencer spotted in the Butterfly House.

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One sleepy boy on the ride home.
One sleepy boy on the ride home.

 

 

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.  -Psalm 33:6-9

June 4th.

Happy birthday, Daddy!

You’re a great, great Dad!!!  I’m so blessed to be in a family with you.
Love you,
~Hanna
I’m skipping the book review today, because when the best father in the world happens to be yours and is having a birthday, you go out of your way.  I’ll pick up next week.
And I am going to post zoo pictures. . . sometime. 🙂
Happy Thursday!

More Randomness

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We made a bonfire a few days ago, and cooked hot dogs on it.

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It was sooo fun

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I think it is the first fire we’ve made after Lu came home.  She’s kind-of afraid of fire and she was definitely cautious around it, but she did good–and I think she had fun. 🙂

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My family. . .

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Minus Michael, who was too busy to stay at the table.

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Turns out fires are fun to take pictures of!

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Happy Monday!

Swimming

We got to take Lucy swimming for the first while we were in Guangzhou, and she loved it!  We wanted to take her again (plus the rest of us love swimming too, including little brother), so we started going swimming on Sunday afternoons.  I thought I would post some pictures.  (Just F.Y.I. these pictures are from three different days; hence the people pictured in more than one swimsuit! 🙂  None of them are from today, but some of them are pretty recent.)

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The lighting is really bad in there from where I was sitting because there is a window right behind the pool, but this one turned out pretty bright.

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I love these silhouettes!

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These pictures turned out sooo well. . . because I got up and walked around the pool to be closer to the swimmers.  Good pictures are hard work sometimes. 🙂

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^Isn’t this sweet?^

Happy Sunday!

 

 

“Into the Dragon’s Lair” #6

So, I had a bit of an adventure last night.  Rather different from the big one I just went on, but an adventure nonetheless: helping Dad unclog the bathroom drain!  Plumbing being something quite out of my experience, I was rather scared at the prospect.  And, of course, Spencer was off swimming with some friends–and probably having the time of his life–so I had to do it. 🙂  Cue Dad’s comment about how Becca and I are now ‘learning what it means to have a brother’.  Really, I think that should have been directed solely at me, as Becca just sat on the bed in the other room on her computer, using college as an excuse. 🙂  I must say that Dad did most of the work.  And, that kind of thing is somehow less gross when you’re doing it, not just standing around watching your dad and brother do it.  (I know, I know, that doesn’t follow.)  But only a little less–to say I felt like I needed to wash my hands afterwards is an understatement; I felt more like pulling them off and throwing them away.  Suddenly wishing I was a Lego mini figure and could grab easy replacements out of  the toy-box! 🙂  Even after I washed them they still felt dirty–and probably would have for hours had I not already been planning to shower.  Oh! and I bumped my head while climbing around under the sink.  Pathetically classic.

Okay: enough about my adventure, let’s get to Hannah and Spenser’s!

Hey! one more thing: for those of you who were disappointed because you were expecting a more classic, medieval dragon-story–don’t worry: the next one is a good ole’ unoriginal, knight-in-shining-armor, princess-story.  

And, in the original version part of this was in Chapter 4.  I decided that the chapter ended better the other way, so I cut it off on here.  And like always, here’s the last one.  Now:

:-: INTO THE DRAGON'S LAIR :-:
:-: INTO THE DRAGON’S LAIR :-:

Hannah and Spenser pick up as much of the treasure as they can carry and start up the tunnel.  It’s very difficult to carry twenty pounds of hold and diamonds over two miles, especially when all you have to carry it in is a bunch of old chests that are so rotten that when you pick them up the bottoms break because of the weight.  It takes Spenser and Hannah three hours to move all the treasure back to the helicopter.

The two of them have a lot to tell Kirsten and Bekah on the way home!  The day after they get home, Reporter Mike Joseph comes to to Spenser’s house.  Hannah and Spenser get to tell their story on the news!  After that Spenser calls Jason Daniels, who is the director of a museum in Omaha.  Mr. Daniels says that he will buys the Rothfuss’ gold and diamonds and display it in his museum.

After that Spenser makes Hannah his official navigator, and The Darting Dragon becomes their official transportation.

Spenser, Hannah. Kirsten, and Bekah have many, many adventures together and become very good friends.

And someday, perhaps, I’ll write another book about this quartet! 🙂

THE END

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Which I never did! 🙂  And, yes, the smiley-face is original. *sigh*

So: what did you think of the first story I posted?  Who was your favorite character? (I know characters were limited, so if you don’t have one that’s fine! 🙂 ) What was your favorite part?  Any other comments, thoughts, concerns?  I want your opinion!  I won’t be offended if there’s something you think I should have done different!

Happy Tuesday!

P.S. And don’t give up on me.  I have another surprise for next Tuesday! 🙂

Never a Dull Moment!!!

Okay, some of these are going to be kinda’ old, but I thought I’d post about what we’ve been doing lately.  First of all…

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Dad and Spencer installed a slide in our basement by laying cardboard on the stairs.  It’s really incredibly fun! 🙂

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In motion. *sigh*  But those two are always in motion, even without a slide! 🙂

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Yes, even us “bigs” did it…

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Including me. 🙂

Little brother enjoyed putting cardboard scraps down the slide during construction
Little brother enjoyed putting cardboard scraps down the slide during construction
Tools are SO much more fun than toys!
Tools are SO much more fun than toys! 🙂

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I never thought I’d be the one to post about crafts, but this was just so cool, I HAD to post about it!  It’s really simple: you just write/draw something on a piece of paper with a white crayon, and then water-color over the top.  The white shows through!

Voice of Experience: make sure your crayon-lines are thick.  Otherwise they don’t show very well.  Oh! and if you don’t think it’s working at first; try painting a little more before giving up, because if takes a minute sometimes.

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Guess who made this one?  Mama made one that said ‘Joy’ and I went with the fruit-of-the-spirit-theme.  And seriously what other one could I do???

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I also made an “H” [for Hanna], but the crayon didn’t show up real well… I’m blaming it on my brush–and whoever stole my first brush (by mistake) and gave it to Lucy.  Mama got me a different one that worked better, but it still only worked so well.

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What’s that?  Oh! no, there’s no point.  Just me being artsie again, that’s all.

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Lu saw people playing dominoes at grandma’s house, and was very interested.  We got ours out and she played it with Becca and I one evening while the big boys were gone and Mom was putting Michael to bed.

I found dominoes quite picturesque:

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We had these left over, and I figured out that they all went together…

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Except this one:

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Poor, lonely, little domino!

 

More costumes…

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Butterflies this time.  I have NO idea where that came from!  We’re still crazy about Cinderella… though at the moment Kipper the Dog is playing in the background–Michael’s choice. 🙂

This is from a while ago, but I thought I’d post it anyway ’cause it was just way too cute!

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Over and over and over and over…

 

There’s never a dull moment at MY house!!! 🙂

Happiest of Friday’s to you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

It’s Never Too Late, Right?

It’s still February.  Which is my excuse for still posting about Valentine’s Day; but the truth is I’d still be posting it if it was April.

Really the only reason I feel weird about is probably the fact that we’ve already celebrated a different holiday.  But I’m posting anyway.

I wanted to make sure I acknowledged the existence of Valentine’s Day, so I posted this, but I thought I’d share a little more about our day.  Are you guys sure you don’t mind it when I bury you in pictures I took on my little silver camera?

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Cinnamon rolls are a pretty typical holiday-breakfast at our house.  I ask for them every year on my birthday! 🙂

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It took me foreeeever to get a clear picture of those roses!

We hung bags on the back of everybody's chair for people to put Valentines in.  We opened them after dinner.
We hung bags on the back of everybody’s chair for people to put Valentines in. We opened them after dinner.

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This was taken through the red heart on the bag pictured below.
This was taken through the red heart on the bag pictured below.

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Little brother packaged up a (used) crayon and a scrap of paper with his initial on it.
Little brother packaged up a (used) crayon and a scrap of paper with his initial on it for me.  Way too cute! 🙂
Photo-bombed... by a candy heart.  It had a little help from someone :)
Photo-bombed… by a candy heart. It had a little help from someone 🙂
Happy Valentine's Day, folks!
Happy Valentine’s Day, folks!

 

P.S. I now know why someone came up with the abbreviation V-Day: typing out the whole V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E-‘S D-A-Y is monotonous!

P.P.S.  This post about Valentine’s Day is sooo good!  I’m not laughing.  Seriously.

Note: I read the above blog with my mother, so we can discuss some of the more mature topics.  This post shouldn’t be a problem, but kids should talk to their parents before browsing around.

 

Happy Monday!!! 🙂

 

 

Our Chinese New Year Celebration!

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Michael and Lucy helped make red, paper lanterns with Mom.  The ones on either side are store-bought, but they made the middle one.  (They made more than that; I’m not sure what happened to the other ones.)

 

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Mama decorated our table the night before.

We had Asian food for dinner, and then lit off fireworks:

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Preparations!

Michael stomping "snaps" with his little lawn-chair.  Sooo cute! :)
Michael stomping “snaps” with his little lawn-chair. Sooo cute! 🙂

The noise was a little too much for some of us, so Mom and Becca went inside with the littles to watch out the window, while I stayed outside and took pictures.

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I cannot believe I got such a good picture!  I was just randomly snapping!

Sparkling juice:

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Xin Nian Kuai Le, folks!