Stepping on those milestones…

First day of Kindergarten…

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He was all too excited. And yet a little nervous. The whole family walked him in to say goodbye. Once seated, he was ready! Angry Birds Star Wars backpack and Star Wars lunch box loaded with all of his supplies.

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Natalie didn’t have too much time to miss him, since we spent most of the day at church in a YW presidency meeting, but she wanted to make sure we made him his cake. When the day was over, we celebrated with back to school cake, which looked like a big sprinkle donut, while he told us all about it.  They decorated it, of course.

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And candles, because every cake, cupcake, and muffin at our house needs candles!

He said they did a lot of “exploring.” He went to music class, which was only a little fun. His playground was wet on the slide and there was a boy who didn’t speak AT ALL.

It was all too cute. He also earned two bucks of Creek Cash (school rewards) which he claims you spend in the cafeteria to buy lunch, not so sure about that.

The night before Darin gave him a school blessing. He blessed him with confidence to be a leader at school. I hope he can be a good example to his classmates. I hope he can make some good friends and enjoy school. I also hope he can be challenged.

His next day went better. Although “school is long,” he had fun doing the Hokey Pokey and going to library was great. He got to be the line leader at the end of the day. I asked if Ms. Penny is a nice teacher or kinda tough… he responded, “Kinda tough. You have to remember to push in your chair and the girls have to walk one square away from the wall and the boys have to walk one square away from the girls (in the hall).’”  I think he is paying attention!

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Time to play catch up!

As I watched my almost six month old sitting up playing and laughing away today, I realized I probably need to get blogging some memories! Let’s jump back to the beginning of May. We’ll start with a trip to the park. This baby is so good. He is pretty chill, and doesn’t seem to cry too much. He was happy to hang out while thing one and thing two went digging in the sand.

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Trying out Harrison’s motorcycle. Pretty sweet ride.

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Luke has quite a lot of crazy ideas these days, including turning the garage into a slip n slide. It was quite a mess, and I think Natalie slipped and got hurt. It cleaned up faster than I thought, thankfully. Its hard to keep up with that brain of his—always going. He likes things done in a certain way and get frustrated when a plan doesn’t come together. Darin thinks he has learned that from me… perhaps. I try to comply, but he wears me out some days!

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We watched Stake Conference at home since it was a webcast. Luke built a temple while we were watching. The O-bear was happily hanging out.

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A trip to the Discovery Center was warranted, seeing we hadn’t been in a little while. I had a little cuddle bunny with me and the littles ran around like crazy!

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Natalie is quite the little helper. She loves to hold Owen and take care of him. She loves to make him smile. She also says some of the cutest things. Definitely has some sass to her though!

Trying to catch some candid photos of the kids, all together… a little tough.

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Mother’s day started with a Saturday girls’ day. Natalie loved the girl time with mom, grandma, and aunts! Out to lunch and shopping!

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Mother’s Day I woke up to this happy baby, smiling eggs and biscuits, and adorable hand drawn pictures!

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Oh, and I got an upright freezer! So excited and I’ve been happily filling it up!

April Fun!

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April started with a birthday—a BIG birthday! Darin said good bye to the 20s.  But he is looking good…for 30. Smile

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We finally decorated eggs (never got around to it Easter week) and the kids had a blast!

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Nice weather kept us outdoors, just enough to fly our kites from Grandma and Grandpa!

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Someone found his fingers! Yum, yum, yum!

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Oh sweet baby!

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Ice skating party!

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Water balloon fights and slip-n-slides…

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Preschool ended, and even though I only took this picture, the kids had a blast at Family Day and miss it terribly.

Darin was able to come for a bit and Owen was good the whole time.  It was a carnival theme. The kids played every game, ate multiple shares of cotton candy and loved the bounce house. They released the butterflies they raised, and all the kids got to hold a butterfly.

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Owen has been growing like crazy and discovered his fingers. He is a pretty happy baby. He goes down for naps and bedtime pretty well. He loves Luke and lights up whenever Luke gives him attention.

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April was busy and full of fun. With three little ones, I’m lucky to get in a bit of housework, some exercise, and a show so the blog is slow going. Darin is YM president and I am a YW counselor so we also keep busy with Wednesday night activities, Sunday lessons, temple trips and other fun.  The kids usually get toted along when we both have to go somewhere.  They always love the refreshments though!

A quick march through March…

Movie party!

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Don’t even think about moving mister! We had some fun playdates at the Discovery Center.

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My little artists…

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Date Night to Predators game… they crushed the Oilers!

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Little Bear is growing and really filling out. Getting those cubby cheeks and thighs, love!

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Owen’s first trip to the zoo. He was an angel.  Alex came along for all the fun!

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Lots of snuggles, and cuddles, and smiles…

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Found his hands, loves to chew on them!

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Bedhead buddies! These two love to come hang out in bed with me and Owen.

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More trapped children…must get a velcro wall at home!

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Pillowcase Sleeping Bag!  I have to document Natalie’s cuteness. Sometimes she just can’t fall asleep right away. Sometimes she gets into a bit of trouble by drawing on herself… one Sunday morning she had to wear tights due to a nice full calf drawing that we just didn’t have enough time to clean off.  She also says some cute things that I know will soon be corrected. Right now, my favorite is “boison” instead of “poison.”  She is always asking me if a bug/snake/etc has boison. Smile

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We got another snow day. So we had to build a snowman! It was all melted by the afternoon, but it was fun for the morning.

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These two monkeys keep every day interesting!

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Fun with Grandpa and Grandma…

It’s been a while, so I have to catch up.  Shortly after our bundle of joy joined us, we had Grandpa and Grandma come!

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We had so much fun with them. The kids loved the extra attention. We took a day to explore the Chattanooga Aquarium.

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Natalie is such a ham! Owen was a perfect angel. We all had a blast exploring, and since we got a membership for the year we will be back!

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…down at the river one day and off to Falls Creek Falls another day…

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Photo Shoot with Luke and Natalie at One Month Old!

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