our little artists

my chiclets love to draw, color, paint, cut, create…

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natalie feels the paper is too limiting…

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I hope this love of decorating the body doesn’t continue into the teenage years…

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or at least she sticks with removable décor…

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and her big brother decides to follow in his footsteps!

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soon to be Dr. Payne…

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I haven’t bragged in awhile on my handsome hubby,

but here he is, off on his FINAL internship,

and loving it.

He is just a few weeks away from graduation.

We can’t believe how fast these three years have flown by,

and yet that first anatomy class seems forever ago.

I am just so proud of him, how hard he works,

he gives 110% everyday, he loves his patients,

and he is putting together the grad gala for his class.

while also spending his free time,

trimming trees, mowing the lawn, cleaning up the puke from a tantrum,

helping me cook dinner, and bake cookies!

it seems that way…

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(on our way to storytime at the library, and playing at the playground after)

luke: let’s go to a different playground. let’s go to the playground with the tires we can climb on,

me: which playground?

luke: grandma and grandpa’s playground, with the tires I climb.

me: oh, the playground by grandma and grandpa Payne’s house?

luke: YEAH!

me: it’s kinda far away. we would have to drive for days and days.

luke: ok, let’s drive for days and days. it will take 5 minutes.

me: no, it takes a lot longer than 5 minutes. hours and hours, a couple of days.

luke: like, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (counting on fingers)?

me: yeah, lots.

luke: like as big as our house?

me: yeah, as big as our house.

luke: like as big as all the houses?

me: yeah.

luke: oh. let’s go to the library.

sometimes things take a long time, as big as all the houses.

PUZZLE TIME!

In an effort to not just play ALL the time,

we try to do things slightly educational…

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Luke is great at puzzles, but gets vocally frustrated if it doesn’t fit right away!

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Natalie, on the other hand,

spends about 1 minute putting ANY piece on top of ANY hole

smacking them down if the don’t match up (which is usually the case)

then decides jumping is better…

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running and jumping…

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and tackling Mommy!