02
Aug
16

vet-in-ears

K – Mama, we were playing vet-in-ears.

Me, in my head – I have no idea what she just said.

Me, out loud – I have no idea what you just said, sweetie.

K- Vet-in-ears.  That’s a person who is a vet and an engineer, a doctor for animals plus a person who can build stuff combined together like if an animal needs a new leg or something or an ear, and our first patient is Tiger (our cat) but her pretend name is Miss Big Whiskers.

Me, in my head and out loud – Brilliant!

Other stuff…

K and F have a daily to do list if they want to do something like watch a movie.  It includes things like reading, making beds, cleaning the playroom, brushing teeth, playing outside, helping around the house etcetera.  Francine has cleverly come up with ways to combine as many of the items on the list as possible.  She wrote a book (create something – check), illustrated it (color at least 20 minutes – check), completed the task outside (play outside at least 30 minutes – check), and read it to me (read at least 20 minutes – check).  Her book went something like this.  “All about Francine.  by Francine Farmer.  illustrated by Francine.  First, my mom adopted me then I was in a family.  Then I had malaria but got all better.  Then we went to Uncle Erick’s to play in the pool.  Then I went to preschool.  Then I went home and we were all three together again.  Then it was my first birthday and I turned three.  Then I lived happily ever after, mostly.”  There was a lot of explaining illustrations to take up the entire 20 minutes.  Me, in my head – She is an evil genius and that is so cute and wonderful! Me, out loud – Love it! But you still have to play outside.

As I was riding my bike on my trainer downstairs with the four legged kiddos curled up nearby the two legged kiddos peak in the door all dressed up in dress up clothes with their dolls, purses and pretend cameras.  They were pointing and oohing and ahhing and I must have looked confused because they explained they were best friends visiting the zoo with their kids and Emma, our doxie, was a bear.  They had placed their stuffies around the house to be in their zoo.  They later told me they put them in places that looked like their natural “habtat” so they couldn’t really tell they were in pen in a zoo.  Me, in my head – We have places in our home that look like natural habitats for lions, bears, emus, giraffes, and red pandas?  Me, out loud – I hope you had a good day at the zoo and I’m glad you supported one trying so hard to be good to their animals.

those things to breathe up = snorkel

snot-icles = snorkel

eye-tacs = contacts

calapitter = caterpillar

hot chocolate fuzz sauce = hot fudge

aunt sister = ancestor

esplatypus = esophagus

Good times, mostly!

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We lost most of our first batch of chicks since they ended up being roos and we’re not allowed to have them, so here we are with six new baby GIRLS!

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Hair Day!  I love that K and F are starting to want different styles sometimes.

20
Jul
16

photo update

Silly!
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Celebrating the completion of another soccer season

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Kindergarten – check!

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First grade – check!

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Our second annual Mother’s Day tea

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Summer vacation!

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The start of our TEN MILE hike in the Tetons
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Picnic time!

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We’re singing and playing games so the bears have plenty of time to amble away.

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Early morning run with mama

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Lucky, her favorite chicken

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We love our little Emma!

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Checking out the balloons with Bibi

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Cousins are the best

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Lake Powell!

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12
May
16

guilty

We have three dogs.  One of our dogs, I found out this afternoon, is gifted.  Someone’s been sneaking candy left from Easter and hiding the evidence, the wrappers, under the mattress of the top bunk bed.  Apparently that someone is Milo.  If I had kept the interrogation going I’m sure the chickens and maybe even the guppies would have found themselves involved too.  That’s the story and both littles with thumbs and the ability to open things then hide them under mattresses are sticking with it.

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28
Mar
16

four years!

It’s our fourth familyversary and we’re celebrating Congolese style with all you can eat vitumbua!

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They’ve changed a little in four years.

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28
Feb
16

happy birthday keta

Keta turned 7 yesterday!

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24
Jan
16

3.5

January 2013 – Home .5 yearsIMG_1968

January 2014 – Home 1.5 years
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January 2015 – Home 2.5 yearsIMG_7108

January 2016 – Home 3.5 yearsIMG_0505

23
Jan
16

slumber party fail

We decided since we just finished a book that was made into a movie we’d have a slumber party and watch the movie.  It was a rough week leading up to this slumber party.  I decided we needed junk food, and lots of it.  I said we could each pick a “thumbs down” food to share, some kind of yummy awfulness we almost never eat.  I spent the week doing extra workouts and looking forward to donuts or cupcakes, cookies or pudding or red vines.  I did not care what Keta and Francine chose.  It was going to be all good!  I was wrong.  Francine asked if she could choose healthy stuff instead.  She was torn between plain potato chips and grapes.  Grapes.  We love grapes.  We have grapes all the time.  We also love cupcakes.  We almost never have cupcakes and I wonder with options like salt and vinegar why anyone would choose plain potato chips.  I was disappointed with her decision to go ahead and get both grapes and plain chips but I still had hope that Keta would come through for me and choose some overly sweet something I’d almost instantly regret eating.  She didn’t.  She chose pizza with extra veggies so it wasn’t “quite so much thumbs down.”  I was forced to miss part of the movie to wash dishes which I didn’t do.  Instead I was sneaking a spoonful of almond butter and chocolate chips thinking how much smarter my six year olds are than me.

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