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Gotta love water

July 4, 2015

Water balloons have certainly taken over our outdoor playtime this past week. We are almost in need of purchasing some more after having had several of these packages for many years unopened. I’m not going to comment on these pictures. I think they speak for themselves!

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Happy 4th Birthday Clare!

July 3, 2015

Oh sweet girl I can’t believe you are already FOUR. You truly bring so much life to our house. I pray that you always know the fullness of life and find the ways to celebrate even the small things. This world needs so many more of you! We love you and enjoy celebrating you!

Ice cream and presents for breakfast.

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Storms and lots and lots of rain mean indoor play is your ticket today. Thank goodness Julius is here to play also.

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Aunt Jenny and Julius brought Henry Hugglemonster. I guess we’ll have to join the 21st century and find out who he is. HA. Isn’t he cute though?!

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Thank goodness the sun came out mid-afernoon and there was time to enjoy the present from Papa…the water gate. We call it StarGate. Seriously cool, right?!

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Love this girl and her joy.

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Thankfully, Elizabeth was happy to play after her nap. It was a great surprise for her also.

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Sweet Max was more content to avoid the grass and the cold water also.

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Gotta love sisters.

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Silly brothers are pretty great also.

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This one will flash his momma a great little smile at every opportunity!

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Katie made the best little birthday cakes. Cute, right!?

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Nate has been repurposing an unused/broken baby bed we had in our attic. Thankfully, he has learned to humor me when I get an idea in my head. Katie & I tried several options to get these little gems to stand up without falling over. There has to be a better option. Of course, I headed to Pinterest, but without success. Okay. So what do I really need? Something with holes would work perfectly. Next option was to head to the garage and look around. This cute little piece was perfect. Thankfully, the drill bit was the right size not to split the wood or drop the cones too far down. A quickly little paint and wah-la. This is awesome. I’m so in love. We make a pretty good team Nate & I. Isn’t it great.

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In addition to the super cool dessert board, I’m so thankful for our super-sized table that holds it. The table was imagined in my mind and created by Nate & my dad. I love it. (It has a few structural issues still, but I love it!) Look, there are 11 people around it for dinner!!

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Dinner with all of us and our friends/Clare’s Godparents. It’s a great way to celebrate the evening of a four-year-old birthday – complete with food and presents and fun!

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We love you sweet girl. It’s an honor to celebrate you in every way!

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It was a river kind of day

June 15, 2015

So Poole’s Mill has been a favorite spot of many of our friends, but I’ve never dared brave it on my own.

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Last summer I was pregnant with two small ones and this summer although not pregnant, but still with two littles AND a baby. Thank goodness for six adult hands to manage our outdoor adventures.

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This girl surprised us all. She’s generally our more hesitant one, but today, she was all IN on this adventure. We had to put her floaties on just in case as we couldn’t be sure how adventurous she was actually going to be. She had so much fun!

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This picture makes me smile. She tries so hard to keep up with the big kids and for the most part succeeded today.

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This little shallow pool was the perfect spot for our littles.

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It provided lots of still water for play.

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Papa had his eyes on Ellie-za-beth (as Papa calls her) most of the afternoon.

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Elizabeth spent most of her time here. The rocks were smaller and the climb a bit easier also. She could slide and walk around and slide down again.

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However, she fell a lot. On one particular fall, she bit a nice sized hole in her lip. Sweet baby.

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There really was endless climbing and falling and sliding by everyone.

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Even daddy got in on the river rock fun. The combination of both is a sure bet for him.

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Brothers in spirit!

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Sweet baby is such a trooper. He played, ate, cat napped and after two hours hit the wall.

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Oh what fun we had today! Papa tells me there’s a chance we’ll be able to pick up some heavy-duty inner tubes from the tire store and add a new element of fun to these natural rock slides. I think it’s safe to say everyone wants to return. We will bring chairs, water toys for the littles, and antibacterial next time. The falling is inevitable! Happy kids. Happy adults.

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Nate likes to comment as we find more and more local places that are nothing like what we had growing up in Kansas. We love Georgia and are happily seeing more and more of it!

OH happy surprises

June 4, 2015

So THIS has been on my amazon wish list for well over a year. I saw a blog post that of course I can’t find now that highlighted the family tradition of these “cookies”. I saw it and smelled funnel cake with a beautiful twist, and was so intrigued. Well as luck would have it, my Grandmother surprised us with filling a suitcase and sending it home with Daddy. She’s moving and cleaning out closets and cabinets. Gosh, I couldn’t be happier.

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There’s a recipe in the box that looks old, but it’s unclear it was it’s written my grandmother or my great-grandmother. Regardless, oh my goodness, I love everything about this.

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The batter is so thin and you simply heat the iron and dip it into the batter. Thanks to my dear husband who could see my frustration and surely knew this was all he was going to hear about it if I couldn’t get it to work, did a little YouTube search of his own and deduced that the heat of the iron was what adhered the batter to the iron itself. Sweet.

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Oh yea! So very, very yummy!

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We sprinkled the underside with cinnamon/sugar and then flipped it back over to sprinkle some pretty powdered sugar.

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There’s a serious disagreement in our house that these delicious little funnel cake-like cookies should be cooked to absolute crispness or soft and barely cooked. I’ll never change my mind. Definitely undercooked is the best way. I think we will be making this again, and I’m forever delighted with this unexpected surprise from Kansas to Atlanta via Southwest Airlines.

VBS is here again

June 4, 2015

It’s VBS week. Oh my goodness. What a week. It’s so very coveted by everyone and this week is a particularly special week. Day one is in the record books.

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Day two was a huge success also.

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This year, FOUR of the seven of us are in shirts. Awesome, right?! Yes. This momma had a really crushed teen last year who wasn’t able to volunteer so this year, I volunteered and everyone, including my preteen and Clare who is underage by 4 weeks, had places of their own. I’m leading the Bible Drama rotation – one of the five 20 minute rotations of the morning. Thankfully, someone else has been responsible for the script. I just have to help my preteen/teen crew execute the script and then do the catechesis ad lib at the end. What a week for sure! Katie is soaring in the part of the evil serpent. It’s been fun, but she has already requested next year that she doesn’t have to play someone evil.

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Max is loving the nursery and his special caretaker this week.

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Elizabeth is with Max and to say she was excited pulling in to the church on day #2 is a serious understatement. If there was a way to get out of her seat her excitement would be able to pull it off. I think it’s safe to say she loves VBS also.

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Michael is in his element loving every minute of VBS as a camper. He will attend for another year or two as a camper.

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Clare can’t quite get her brain wrapped around this camp thing. Everyday she asks me if she can keep her stick-on, handwritten name tag so she can go back tomorrow. On the way home today, she declared she didn’t want to wear yellow anymore, but rather join a different group and wear their color now. She’s grown tired of yellow I guess. She’s loving it also, but no doubt going full force all morning. She’s tired coming home in the afternoon, as are we all really. It’s the sign of great things!

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This year’s theme is a super cool science lab.

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A post to come at the end of the week with the bible drama details. For now, we are off to Day 3 of camp!

Bring on Summer!

May 22, 2015

I am so impressed. Nate took the kids to the pool yesterday and something flipped in Clare’s swimming mindset. She has always been our sit on the steps girl and all day today I have heard about her desire to jump and swim to daddy who is standing close. Then she will stand on deck and wait her turn while Elizabeth jumps. I do it mommy. With daddy? Tonight we got to the pool?

So sure enough!! This girl wants to swim and get her face under the water and kick her legs and doggy paddle. Well done dear. Well done.

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This girl is always game for a little adventure. Look at that ornery!

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Michael was delighted to get time with his buddy!

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Now to find someone to teach my oldest kids and maybe even Clare how to swim. The big kids need some better form and breathing rhythm, and Clare is willing to do more. I think I’ll take advantage of it and maybe get her out of her swim vest. That would be fantastic! This momma needs to stop the drowning (by car) dreams. I get them every summer! Crazy, right?! I definitely need help!

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!!! My cup overflows!!!

At Mass today, for a brief moment of actual prayer, I was so overcome by the magnitude of the gift of my life. My husband is so unbelievably supportive and active in all aspects of our life and I have FIVE magnificent kids.

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I began to pray for them and was instantly struck by the realization that I was wrong….EIGHT magnificent souls entrusted to us as parents. Three of our little ones await us in heaven and surely do more interceding for us than I can even comprehend. WOW!!! A mom of EIGHT. My Grandmother was a mom of 8. (Oh how I miss her. As an adult, there’s so much I’d like to talk to her about. My perspective is so different now than when I was a kid. HA! I love you Friend Grano!) My mother was #2 of those eight. Golly. God is good. I’m so thankful to have my momma here in Atlanta and even more so in my home. Here’s your shout out mom as we were lame and didn’t get a picture together today. Dang broken camera! Love you tons!!!

We went adventuring today…something that’s hard to do on my own with the three littles. Seriously FUN!!! Nate said it perfectly, “Why didn’t we do more of this exploring when we didn’t have children? Oh yes. There was no internet and social media to share fun facts.” Crazy, right?! (We are coming up on 15 years together!)

We made it to the Edge of the World on the Amicalola River.

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Max got to dip in his feet…one time only! The girls got seriously muddy and the big kids got to walk in the rapids and climb big rocks. I only fell in once, but managed to keep Max upright and dry…twice actually! Nate was fully submerged with the big kids, and Papa, thanks to his long legs and great water sandals, only got a few inches of his shorts wet. What a fun afternoon!

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At the end of a very long boardwalk, this awaited us! Truly spectacular!

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Where are the Bosters? Can you spot all 5 kids, Nate & Papa also?

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Dad was happy to have talked to a few fisherman and even found an old fly. He’s surely dying to get in the water with some waders, his tacklebox, and his trusty fly rod.

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Yes indeed. A perfect little reminder left for us by an earlier hiker.

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Time for a bath. It’s been a good day!

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My two, end of the day, special gifts. Gerisey, it smells heavenly!!!! I can’t believe you mailed me a lilac tree and it bloomed this year!! Thank you!!!!

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Momma made me this beautiful little charm. I so love the addition of the medal tucked in with my sweet little eggs. I love it!!! Now to find the perfect chain for it.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. My heart is with those mommas who have lost a child, their own mother, or who have an eternal bond with a birth mother. May God bless you in a very special way and your children too! Motherhood is a true gift!!! Mother Mary, pray for us!

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