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The most wonderful of mothers had a birthday yesterday!

I never have time to post on birthdays, because we’re so busy! *sigh*  Ah well, here we are now:

Happy birthday, Mama!  You’re the best!  Thank you for being the very sweetest mama ever, and always supporting all my crazy ideas!  I love you!

A poem by Mama and Lucy

Beautiful Lucy with eyes of brown,

she never ever has a frown.

Beautiful Hanna with eyes of blue,

she always has a smile for you.

Beautiful Becca with eyes of blue,

she’s always learning something new.

Mr. Michael busy, busy,

round and round, he’s rarely dizzy!

Handsome Spencer, such a buddy,

he’s always ready to go and study.

Our new little birdie, who are you?

We just can’t wait to get a clue!

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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

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!

Randomness from My Life

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We went to the Omaha Cystic Fibrosis (or CF) Walk on the sixteenth with some friends from our home-school group whose daughter has CF.

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The whole family got T-shirts!

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There were some little ponies there!  Lucy was a little scared of them, but I think she enjoyed taking pictures.

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We got Mama new mulch as a Mother’s Day present.  We also added the rocks right here.  I love the way they look!

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We had some mushrooms growing in our yard.

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I’m a fan of mushrooms.  They’re cute. #IKnowImCrazy

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And no, we don’t have different colors of mulch.  It just looks like that in the pictures. 🙂

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And we went over to our friends’ house last Sunday, and their daughter found a rabbit’s nest while we were there–with baby rabbits in it!  We tried to count how many, but I don’t think we ever came to an absolute.

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Their eyes weren’t even open yet!  They were sooo cute!

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Lucy tried on one of their dress-up dresses while we were there.  It looked lovely on her, but this picture turned out blurry and the lighting was horrible. 🙁

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We bought a professional popsicle mold. . .

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. . .and Mom and Michael made popsicles today!

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We ate them before they were really frozen!  They were still good though! 🙂

I just noticed that older post I linked to up there included my first reference to The Sacrifice on here!

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Mom and Michael cooking together a few days ago.

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Mom’s pan. . .

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. . .and Michael’s  bowl.  That’s water, elbow noodles, cinnamon, a few confiscated potatoes, and who-knows-what-else! 🙂  He likes to mix things–anything.

 

Lucy: Good job, Michael!
Me: Can you say thank-you, Michael?
Michael: Thank you, Lucy!
Lucy: You're welcome
Michael: You're welcome too!

Hmm. . . not exactly proper grammar, Michael!  He likes to say you’re-welcome. 🙂

Happy Friday, guys!  What have you been up to?

 

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!

 

 

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!!! 🙂