Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why the long face?

I found Jared making faces in the water faucet in the hallway where Em takes piano lessons, and couldn't resist joining in...
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It was harder to photograph than you'd think...

Monday, June 17, 2013


My mother-in-law invited the kids to join her in the parade, walking with an organization she's very involved in. The overall theme of the parade has been pirates, so the kids dressed the part!
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Dan and I stood at the "finish line" of the parade, and the kids zipped by so fast I barely even got a chance to take a photo!
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My friend Stephanie stood more in the middle of the parade route, so got a good one when the "float" paused
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Piano/Voice Recital

Emily had her piano and voice recital on May 19th. She did such a great job!
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She was VERY nervous about having to sing in front of such a large group of people, but she pulled through and did great. VERY proud of her! I would have been terrified to the point of tears in that position, but she put a lovely smile on her face and got down to business. :)

If you want to see her piano performance, click here

If you want to see her vocal performance, click here

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Two Goofballs

Connor and I were bored while waiting for Jared to be done at swim team practice a week or so ago, so we were making funny faces and taking our picture. LOL
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I super love this kid!
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PS He'd gotten done with his own swim team practice (shorter than Jared's) and was dressed in his pajama bottoms with no shirt on, and kept being really paranoid as we were taking pictures that I was going to get pictures showing off his nipples. ???? ha! If you're that worried about it, kid, put a shirt on!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

3K Fun Run

The kids' elementary school recently hosted a 3k fun run.

I was standing at the finish line watching and watching for Jared to finish, and at some point, I turned around to see if I could see him coming down the hill behind me, so I'd have an idea when he'd be looping through the big field and coming up to the finish line. Suddenly, he was saying to me, having already finished the race and was working on his Otter Pop. He finished much faster than I'd been anticipating, so had my back turned and missed it!!!
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Connor came cruising through much faster than I anticipated as well, but I had a better eye out for him, after having missed seeing Jared
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Emily pretty much walked the entire thing with her friend Alex
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All three kids placed in the top 12 for their grade level (they awarded top six boys and top six girls for each grade)
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I've already had to promise the kids that we will register and come do the Fun Run next year (it's open to the public) if our new school doesn't have something like this. They really enjoy doing it. I was especially proud of the boys, who really pushed themselves, and each got their best time ever, by a couple of minutes!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rat Sitting

Jared's class got two rats (which they named Spirit and Whiskers) as classroom pets for the last month of school, and they needed someone to take the rats home for the weekends. We volunteered for the first weekend.

Jared didn't like how they'd squirm as he was trying to pick them up, and kept insisting that they hated him, so was pretty hands-off with them all weekend. Jared and Emily absolutely LOVED having the rats. Jared finally got more comfortable with handling them the morning we had to take them back to school, and was wishing we could keep them longer.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

JA Biztown

Emily, along with the rest of the 5th graders at her school, got to attend JA Biztown for a day recently.  Emily was "employed" at Chase Bank, and had to type in kids' account numbers (each child was assign an account number for the day, so they could deposit their paychecks and withdraw "money" to purchase items from the different shops), verify names, etc.  She said it was a lot of work, but she had fun doing it!

She was voted by the other Chase Bank employees to read their prepared "commercial" on the Biztown Q13 News. (She's in the middle)

Sounded like a very neat experience for all the kids! I didn't attend (didn't have the time to attend any of the training sessions the volunteers had to attend), but I had some friends who volunteered and snapped these photos of Emily.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Soup Bowls

After seeing a cooking show at a friend's house where home-made soup was served to the gal's family in bread bowls, I couldn't resist buying some for my own family! Here is home-made Bacon Cheddar Potato soup (super easy crockpot recipe!) served in bread bowls. Huge hit with the kids!
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Crayon Art

I recently saw a Pinterest project involving crayons, a canvas, and a hair dryer; all items I happened to have in my own already! I immediately got to work creating my own. It's weird art, but I had a lot of fun making it.
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My hands were a little messy after I finished with my "painting", and lots of splatters had overshot the plastic mat I'd set up, but they were so small they wiped right up off the hard floor without any problems. The crayons melted under the hair dryer in a surprisingly fast amount of time, and once you have the melted wax on your canvas, you can use the force of the air to move it around, blend it with nearby colors, make swirly effects, etc. I would do this again!
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Who Knew?!?!

Connor bought himself a thing of Altoid mints with his own money at Jared's last swim meet. I can't stand Altoids and so have never bought a package myself. I don't know if they all come with this crazy message, or if there are other messages you can find??? Either way, we had a good laugh!

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Friday, May 17, 2013


My parents took us out to dinner for my birthday the first weekend in May, and gave Dan and I each gifts for our birthdays. The kids got a kick out of the size of Dan's gift

Looks like a normal gift in this photo:
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Now look at it:
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It was actually a very nice gift, just came in a very small size! :)

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, there were these cardboard cut-outs set up in the entry area of the restaurant we went to
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gram's house

We stopped by to see Dan's mom the first weekend in May and the kids were having fun playing "Sumo" (where you stand in a circle and attempt to push the other person out before they can push you out).
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Surprisingly enough, Connor was able to get Emily and Jared out of the circle far more often than they got him out!

When we were hanging out on the back deck watching the kids playing around, I was admiring the view
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The kids ended up spending the night, and I admired the view again the following morning!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Madisen Grace

This little sweetie was due VERY near my birthday, and I'd hoped she'd end up sharing a birthday with me, but she ended up being born April 26th instead. I babysat her for awhile a few weeks ago and she snuggled right in and took a nap in my arms. I miss "baby" snuggles!

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We recently celebrated her 2nd birthday (a bit late due to her brother cutting open his head and almost needing stitches just before her previously scheduled birthday party) and her Grammie made this awesome cake for her rainbow themed birthday
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Madi is my little buddy, and always comes running to give me huge hugs and kisses when I see her. She finally started saying my name about two months ago ("yay-ya" or "ee-uh", or some similar variation of those as she works on perfecting it! LOL), so now adds in hollering my name as she runs towards me. Warms my heart immensely every time. LOVE this little girl!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Magnolia Tree

We have a Magnolia tree in the back yard, which has finally really started blossoming, just in time for us to be trying to move. I could be tempted to try digging it up and taking it with us somehow. It's still at a fairly do-able size, I think. :)
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Absolutely beautiful.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Color Run 2013

Emily and I got to spend Mother's Day/Em's 11th birthday with some wonderful friends in Seattle doing The Color Run. One of Em's besties, Rylie, came with us this year (huge thanks to Ry's mom for not minding the expense, and not minding us having her daughter for half the day on Mother's Day!) as a way to make the day even more special for Emily. Talk about a BLAST!!

Here are some before/after photos:

One of my besties, Stephanie, and me
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Em and Ry
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The birthday girl by herself
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The "before" picture of Emily was taken moments before we started singing Happy Birthday to Emily at the start line for the race, with LOTS of other races joining in singing to her. :)

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Emily and Rylie after the first color station (orange)
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Emily getting more colorful by rolling around in what was on the ground
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I was taking a picture of the girls in the blue when another runner stopped and offered to take my picture as well. :)
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Poor Rylie got blue in her mouth!
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One of the color tosses at the finish line
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Hot pink fishnet gloves no longer hot pink!
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An announcement was made at the finish line for people celebrating birthdays that day to come up on stage so Emily and Rylie got to go up and dance around while the crowd shouted "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!"
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The Unicorn Successs Club with the Runicorn (We are pretty convinced the Runicorn came about because of US, by the way. There was NO Runicorn at any of The Color Run events prior to Seattle last year that we have seen or heard about, but after NUMEROUS comments by Color Run staff last year about our "costumes", the Runicorn started showing up at races later in the year, and LOTS of other teams started showing up wearing unicorn horns).
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Fun group shots
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Unicorn Success Club team members are generous with their color. LOL!
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Colorful hair!
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Brooke and I showing off the clean skin under our Color Run arm bands (which held our IDs, money, and cell phones)
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Can't wait for September when I do it again in another town! And then scramble to clean off and head to a wedding. ha! Thank you Cindy, Stephanie, Emily, Rylie, Brooke, Kaitlyn, and Tamy for making this year so much fun! LOVED the drive home, especially, as we waved at other vehicles on the road, and experienced looks anywhere from scorn, fear, humor, etc. TOO FUNNY!!!