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Blink! What happened to January?

January 29, 2015

I seriously can’t believe that Christmas is over. We’ve already celebrated New Year’s. The kids have started school again. Clare is at preschool three mornings a week. Tutoring is in full swing at our dining room table. (I have up to 8 hours a week now. I love my clients!) Archery and American Heritage Girls are again on Katie’s calendar. Michael’s Cub Scouts and P.E. classes are occupying our week, and Max just turned four months old. I guess it’s no wonder time is flying! How did we spend our month? Busy of course.

Soaking in some last minute playtime with friends before their school days are occupied at the brick & mortar school.

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Max got a chance to see his Godmother a few times this month. I’ll consider that a huge accomplishment actually. It’s hard to match schedules these days with ever growing kids and their activities and numbers too for that matter.

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We were blessed with a sweet little after Christmas surprise package. How cute, right? Thanks to a great aunt and uncle!

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Michael and Nate spent one Saturday at the Georgia Tech students’ center playing board games. Fr. Michael was able to walk across campus in time for a late dinner with my boys. Oh how we are blessed to call Fr. Michael friend!

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Jen turned 36 this year! Gosh. Say it isn’t so that we are really getting that close to 40 and I’m two years ahead of her. Happy birthday sis! Glad you live close!

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Not only are we thrilled to pieces to have a Marcos pizza in the neighborhood, but we were even more delighted to partake in their grand opening.

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It was great to see their community spirit with a balloon and face painting artist, inflatable jumpies and of course fantastic food and drink. How fun to sample new pizza combinations also. Nate & I also scored 24 free pizzas for a year! LOVE IT!

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Baby Max is seriously getting so big. Well actually, he’s tall and skinny, but he’s really growing quickly. He’s just under 13 lbs. and right at 25″ long putting him in the 25th% for weight and 65th% for height.

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Papa is still living the housewife life as he continues to look for work. I was pressed to complete the final details on a talk I was giving at the church, so Papa graciously entertained the kids. Needless to say, what started out as entertainment for the little girls, quickly became an all morning play opportunity for everyone. Treasured memories for sure. Clare has asked for a big, big fort almost everyday since. For sure the best part was trapping everyone. You were forced to climb under if you wanted to cross the room. Lovely!

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We also spent the month rallying around a college friend as he fought cancer. Paul was in Nate’s household and although they didn’t know each other well, there’s something really incredible about the alumni bond out of Franciscan University. It was easy to offer our thoughts and prayers and sacrifices for a family we didn’t “know” as life-changing moments quickly remind you life is simply an extension of the Mystical Body of Christ. Paul & Ann are such an example of faith, joy, and love. You can read more of our own personal tributes HERE and on their facebook page HERE. You might also consider helping Annie and the kids by purchasing a Tshirt or sending a donation to cover the medical expenses and renovations on their house. You can find the Tshirts HERE and the YouCare page HERE. Annie carries one of Paul’s greatest and lasting gifts within her womb now. She’s due April 17th with their fourth living child. Nate & I have been so touched by this couple and the unfolding of what it means to love and support one another. Community matters a great deal and I’m certain it’s the way Christ intends us to live. May we #livelikepaul and #lovelikeannie.

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Next up for the end of this month, is the Pinewood Derby. Michael & Papa have been working to design and finish his car. Interesting how this race has evolved over the generations. There’s even a video from the Boy Scouts explaining the science behind a race-winning car. I love it. Bummer though; if only we’d known there were actual Derby Days scheduled at our local Lowe’s. Next year, right? I never dreamed this race had evolved so much since my brother made his car 25 years ago. Here’s just a preview of the future-after-the-race blog post.

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Hope you are warm in your neck of the woods and enjoying some memory moments of your own. The baby would like some mommy time so I’m off for now. I’ll come back to blog about the kids’ January field trip to Publix.

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