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Oh the “babysitters”

July 19, 2014

Clare loves these little “babysitters”. Katie sometimes takes pieces of this set with her when she babysits, so Clare started calling them “babysitters”. Yes. They are indeed a mix of those teeny tiny polly pockets and a mini cabbage patch set or two or three. At any rate, she loves them!

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She has asked a zillion times this week if she could play. At least now she’s gotten better about asking when Ellie naps. Today, she played for over an hour spreading them all out on the floor and moving from one little collection to the other. It was awesome.

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The Cabbage Patch are toys we purchased for Katie when she was younger. The Polly Pockets are a mix of some Aunt Anna had as a kid and several that one of my KG students passed on to Katie several years ago. It makes for quite a great set of toys. I’m most happy that although she still makes an enormous “mess” that she no longer fusses or takes a hundred years to clean them up. I’m quite happy with a 5-day learning curve. This girl really does surprise me sometimes!

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Thanks to a fellow homeschooling friend who was cleaning out her house, the girls received a free trampoline this afternoon. Oh how they both love it. I love watching them. I love that Clare so willingly shares the time with Elizabeth. I love that Elizabeth can seriously jump on this little thing. Hold on, she is going to be unstoppable also. These two may be a duo not to be crossed.

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Thanks Aunt Gerise of a little late birthday surprise. The Disney mold is precious and no one was complaining about the surprise homemade chocolate muffins for breakfast. YUMMY and a true indulgence.

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Hope your weekend includes just a little indulging also. We are quite excited about attending a very special boy’s baptism on Saturday. Nate continues to work in the garage getting shelves built and everything organized so Nate’s car can go in the garage for the first time in forever. Gotta get all those bikes, scooters, hoola hoops, balls, rackets, gloves, sidewalk chalk, etc. up off the floor. I can’t wait to show you the big reveal when it’s complete. It will be awesome and a great accomplishment also.

Guess what?

July 14, 2014

Clare woke up asking, “We play pool. Our yard?”

“Sure Clare, but first we have to get dressed, go to Mass, eat breakfast, go to the gym, eat lunch and then we can play in the pool.”

As much as she is trying to comprehend time by constantly asking “What time is it?”, the afternoon was a really long to time to wait for anticipated adventures.

Here’s to another great afternoon in the front yard.

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Good ‘ole summertime fun

July 13, 2014

Two years in the garage attic stored in a plastic container and it is good as new. Thank God because it made for some great afternoon play. What kid doesn’t like water, slides, and a hot afternoon in the sun?

Michael always made the best splash!

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Of course, it’s always more fun when a friend comes to play.

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Julius loved every moment of it all. He loved playing with the kids. He loved the water. He loved the splashing. He loved it all.

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Clare laughed the whole way down.

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Ellie of course had no fear and played constantly. She loves the water, she loves adventure, and she loves a good time. I think Clare has definitely taught her well.

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And when it gets too cold to be in the water, you simply play with the water instead. I love that everyone played in their own way.

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What a great afternoon and an innocent time of childhood play. I hope there are many more of these days still to come in this house.

Eat Mor Chikin

July 11, 2014

We love this annual tradition. Today, after my OB appointment, we had breakfast at Chick-a-lae as Clare calls it. I’m glad momma got to join us. Although, the little turkey didn’t dress up herself, she did make killer dresses for the girls.

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So strange not to have Katie in these pictures. She’ll be celebrating with Aunt Sherry & Bart tonight in Kansas City!

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In our house, you can play and eat as you like. Of course, they always choose to play a bit before wandering back to the table to eat.

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Elizabeth found Michael’s peek-a-boo from the overhead car, especially hilarious. She was laughing so hard at him. (Thanks Aunt Sherry for Elizabeth’s pants. They worked perfect with this outfit also. So cute!!)

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A late breakfast and trip to Barnes ‘n Noble made for a great morning. Thanks Grana for their cute dresses.

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Clare is so happy to finally get to wear her costume. There was some confusion yesterday about needing to find her candy bag and wait until dark to get some candy. Thankfully, today, she was delightful about the apparent change in plans. Too precious. At B&N she was singing and dancing for Grana. I’ll update tonight with a few more pictures…this time with daddy and I too hopefully. Dinner at CFA with daddy tonight.

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So…dinner with daddy was just as yummy as breakfast with Grana. However, dinner included a little ice cream too!

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Katie Girl we love you and miss you. Glad you got to celebrate with Aunt Sherry & Uncle Bart.

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Gotta love those “m”ountains

July 11, 2014

Clare is convinced that when we go to daddy’s office to play in the fountains that they are really called “MOUNTAINS”. I love these little moments of childhood innocence.

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This girl is seriously full of life. Always.

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She thought she was so funny giving daddy hugs and getting his pants all wet. He, of course, was playing it up also, but she was beside herself with delight!

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The boys are quite fond of using their swim clothes to divert the water streams. Clare, was especially delighted to figure out her own tricks. In fact, Nate and I watched from the sidelines laughing as some innocent kid would come over to investigate and Clare would pull her shirt back and shoot the water stream into their face. Why is it that Daddy’s find that kind of humor especially hilarious??!

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She walked the length of the sidewalk playing her sticks. When I commented that she was making beautiful music with her violin, she corrected me rather adamantly and told me it was not a violin, it was sticks. Well then I stand corrected I guess.

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I love that Ellie watches everything Clare does and vice versa. They really are sisters of the best kind.

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She is also rather bossy sometimes. No need to worry. Elizabeth has proven herself to be quite feisty and will indeed give Clare a run for her money. She isn’t likely to allow herself to be bossed by anyone. Oh my! New personality traits coming out for sure.

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Ellie has recently started saying “Cheese” at the first sign of a phone or camera pointed in her direction. This is her cheese face. Hilarious, right?!

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Michael brought his buddy with him today. I so love this friendship and these two boys. It’s a delight watching them grow up, learning from one another, and spending many an hour playing in each other’s yard or Minecraft inside. They’ve been known to share a movie or two once-in-awhile also. Such great boys.

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See, I told you. There’s something about water that brings out the goofy side in kids.

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I love this string of pictures. It sums up this friendship well I think.

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Great Big Haircuts

June 28, 2014

Aunt Jenny is a rockstar. On a Friday night, she agreed to give all six of us haircuts. She laughed and said I couldn’t have any more babies as in a normal workday she does 8 cuts. Our family alone has almost doubled her quota for the day. She’s the best though. Everyone wants her, including the six of us.

First up, Elizabeth. We realized half way through her haircut that she’s the first of the Boster kids not to get their first haircut at the salon. Oops. At least Aunt Jenny has been the craftsman behind each of them.

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Too young to watch movies on the tablet, she gets a comb instead, and of course my sensory baby chooses to eat it.

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Sweet Clare had just gotten her hair long enough to pull up into a ponytail. Jenny wanted so badly to give her a great-big haircut in keeping with tradition. (Katie had lots of them when she was little.) There is some wisdom in getting all the pieces the same length, but admittedly, I really liked it long.

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Katie also got a great-big haircut, grown-up style though. Doesn’t it look great?! She was ready for a change and we were ready for some style on her.

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Mommy got a great-big hair cut and Michael & daddy also got a new do. Thanks Aunt Jen. You did great AGAIN! We love you! All in a night’s work, right?! THANKS!!!

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science & the magic of water

June 26, 2014

Well. Okay. I might have been a bit misleading in my title. We did attend a science demonstration this morning at the Aurora Theater hosted by Big Thinkers. Oh how fun! Our host was fantastic both at science and entertaining! He had some awesome demonstrations that had even our soon-to-be 3 year old entertained.

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There might not have been much water for the science portion of our day, but there was sure tons of water in our afternoon play.

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We have tried to get over to the fountains several times this summer, but for one reason or another, it just hasn’t come together. Not only did we go today, but a couple friends joined us making the afternoon even sweeter.

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The real excuse for making this happen today was to see daddy. When he’s at the office, he sits on this town square. He’d promised to join us for a picnic and some playtime if we came over during the summertime. (This photo was taken after lunch. Daddy waving to the kids from the second floor of his office.)

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We were so blessed to have milder temperatures today, plenty of shade, and less of a crowd than is customary for this FREE summertime play.

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Michael and his friend had so much fun playing in the streams of water.

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His buddy figured out how to get the water to shoot up through his swim shirt. I love it! Michael of course had to get in on the action also. Such silly boys!

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Katie found all sorts of things to occupy her water time also. Thank you Kristi for taking this picture while I took Clare potty. It’s simply precious!!! Sadly, Katie had walked over to get Elizabeth toward the end of the day and slipped. She sprained her wrist pretty good and bruised her hip. Sweet girl! This picture, however, is classic.

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All morning Clare talked about putting on her “swim-web” and playing in the “sprinkle”. She is funny about things sometimes. I was so delighted that it took her zero time to find her happiness in these fountains. She managed to “punk” both Michael’s friend and her little sister! Leave it to Clare. She’s for sure the life of the party!

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They really are buddies and Elizabeth wasn’t phased by her unexpected water spraying nor did she hold a grudge.

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Ellie surprisingly had no fear either. She walked through the middle countless times and of course flirted with the jet streams constantly.

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What a great few hours. I was happy to sit on the brick wall under an enormous tree, visit with a friend, and listen to the laughter. There was so much of all of it this afternoon. Daddy, we just might have to come back again. (Please disregard the girl carrying the brick. Thankfully, her Grandma took it from her before anyone got hurt.)

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