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Happy 3rd Birthday Luke!

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday, dear Luke,

Happy birthday to you!

I love you, I love you, I love you,

Mommy

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Little boys – part 2

Just when this little boy has me shaking my head, he does something incredibly sweet, like offering to use all the money in his piggy bank to buy me the Jeep that I want. 

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I want

I want this for my birthday.  Oh, and in black or cherry red. 

I don’t think it’s going to happen but I thought I’d put it out there:)

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How you doin’?

This is about how we all feel:

We’ve all got this nasty cold virus, although I think Luke got hit the hardest.  Kenny stayed home from school on Monday (his first sick day) and Eric even called in sick to work that same day.  Eric never calls in sick so you know it’s bad.  We all just need a few days of rest and then we should be back to normal.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY NIECE KYLIE!

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D-O-N-E

Luke’s furniture arrived and his room is now done.  I ended up buying Luke’s bed and dresser at PB Kids.  I bought Kenny’s furniture there too but at that time I was working at PB and able to use my discount (you have no idea how much I miss that discount).  Their sets are from different collections but in the same color.  I’m so glad I did that because we ended up switching furniture around.  Kenny got the desk that was up in our closet and the new dresser.  Luke got the new bed and Kenny’s locker, bedside table and dresser.  I like how they both turned out and I really like the fact that everything is put away and where it’s supposed to be.   

Luke’s doing pretty well in his bed.  I know he’s gotten out of bed a few times.  Once, I looked over and even saw his light on.  That’s one example of how Kenny and Luke are so different.  Kenny never would have dreamed of doing that.  He still doesn’t leave his room in the morning until we’re up (unless he has to go to the bathroom.  We’re being pretty strict with Luke to try to train him to be the same way.  I think he’ll be fine in the long run.

HAPPY BDAY MOM!

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Kenny’s half birthday

Kenny celebrated his half birthday at school on December 15th.  Mrs. B sent home a poster for him to fill out about himself.  We decided to tape on a picture from each birthday and then list some of his favorite things – or some of his favorites on that particular day (baseball, Marble Run, Lincoln Logs and, of course, Legos).

I’m trying out a slideshow for the first time.  I hope I’ll like it because it seems like it will be easier in terms of adding pictures. 

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And so it begins

I’ve been dealing with throw up and laundry all day.

I was holding Luke this afternoon when he turned over and threw up all.over.me.  We had just eaten meat and cheese on crackers, which means I will never be able to eat those things again.  He’s thrown up another three times since then but I think he’s done now.  Or at least I pray that he’s done because I’m not good with throw up and Eric’s at work.  

There are two good things to this situation: 

1.  This is the first time that he has ever thrown up.

2.  Even if we all get it, we should be fine by Christmas Eve.  Being sick over the holidays would be the worst.

We had one Thanksgiving where everyone caught a bug from a certain Texas family (I’m not naming any names:).  I started feeling sick first and then Eric and then my SIL and BIL.  We were all pretty much rotating in and out of the bathrooms all night.  At one point, I distinctly remembering crawling back to bed and asking Eric what in the world we were going to do if Kenny got sick too.  Not long after that, we heard the lovely sound of him throwing up over the baby monitor.  I had to call my mom and ask her what to do.  She told us to just have Kenny sleep with us, with extra towels under him of course.  It was horrible.

Cross your fingers that this bug doesn’t take out the rest of us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DAD (YESTERDAY)!

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Just a little late

We had a package sitting on our doorstep today.  It was a book and toy for Kenny (that he already has) but the paperwork didn’t say who it was from.  We were racking our brains trying to figure it out when I took a closer look at the paperwork. 

Look at the ordered and shipped dates: 

 

This was the lost birthday present from two of my SILs for Kenny.  When the package didn’t show up back in June, they called the company, who then sent a replacement.  That would be why Kenny already has the same book and toy. 

Now, do I call the company and tell them that we finally received them or do I just donate them?  I’ll probably end of calling the company or I’ll feel bad.

HAPPY BDAY TO MY MIL (YESTERDAY)!

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Guess who’s 2 today?

This post was originally titled Guess Who’s 1 Today until my husband looked at me and said, “uh, he’s two today.” 

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I hiding

I walked into Luke’s room yesterday morning and heard him saying, “I hiding,” and then found him like this

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HAPPY BDAY TO MY BROTHER MIKE!

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Soccer practice

Last night was Kenny’s second soccer practice.  This is the first time he’s played since he was three.  When he played back then, the entire team spent the majority of the time walking on this dirt path that was on the soccer field.  I can already tell that this year is going to be much different.   

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Also, today is my dad’s first day of retirement….enjoy!  His work had a great retirement roast for him last week.  I’ll do a post on that as soon as I get the picture off my mom’s camera.

HAPPY 7TH BDAY TO MY NEPHEW WILL!

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Kenny’s soccer schedule

Here’s Kenny’s soccer schedule for this fall.  We’re team A.  E-mail/call/text me if you need to know where they play at.

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Sat Sept 19     E v F   A v B   C vD H vG
Sun Sept 20           H v F D v A G v C
Sat Sept 26     F v G B v E        
Sun Sept 27                
Sat Oct 3   C v A   D v E   B v H    
Sun Oct 4           G v D E v C  
Sat Oct 10     C v H   B v F E v A    
Sun Oct 11                
Sat Oct 17   A v H   G v B        
Sun Oct 18           D v F    
Sat Oct 24 A v G F v C   D v B   H v E    
Sun Oct 25                
Sat Nov 7 Rainout date

HAPPY BDAY (YESTERDAY) TO MY SIL JENNIFER AND TO MY AUNT MARY (TODAY)!

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Assessment

Kenny had his first assessment at school today.  I think he’ll have 3 total throughout the year.  Mrs. B said he did really well.  His letter sounds are great and he’s already reading.  We have to work on the part of the assessment that includes quickly matching the letter sound to the letter.  I guess there are rows of letters on a piece of paper.  Each row is made up of 10 letters of the alphabet.  If Mrs. B makes the “ah” sound, Kenny has to find the a in that row.  By the end of the year, he has to be able to do 40 rows in one minute.  We have to work on the speed part of the test assessment. 

Mrs. B also said that Kenny is doing so well, she’s going to put him in a type of leadership position where he’ll help other kids in his class that are still working on their letters and letter sounds. 

I’m just glad that it went well.  Eric called me at work yesterday because Kenny was crying on the way home because Mrs. B reminded Eric that the assessment was going to be today.  Kenny was upset because he didn’t want to have to stay after school.  That’s not like Kenny.  I don’t know if he was nervous about the test or if he just wanted to be able to walk home with his friends.  Whatever it was, he must have gotten over it because he was fine today.  We even went up there when all the other kindergartners got out of school to make sure he was still doing okay.  

Afterwards, we let Kenny pick where he wanted to go to lunch at afterwards.  Out of all the restaurants in KC, he chose to go to Mc D onalds.

HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY (SEPTEMBER 2ND) TO MY SIL CRYSTAL!

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Ivan

A few months ago, we decided to sponsor Ivan through CFCA.  We just received our second letter from him yesterday.  An adult wrote the letter (he’s only 5), Ivan drew the pictures and then another person translated it for us.  How cute is this?

Letter 1

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Letter 2

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Kenny drew this picture for Ivan, which we mailed right back to him (along with some temporary tattoos and a note saying to ask his mom to make sure they were okay). 

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If any of you are considering sponsoring a child, we’ve had a great experience with CFCA.  Hannah had this website on her blog.  The website gives you information on all of the different charities out there.  If you click on this link, you can see info on CFCA, including the fact that 94.6% of CFCA’s money goes towards the actual program.  That’s pretty huge.  Another plus for me is that it’s based out of KC and the majority of the board members live here.

HAPPY BDAY TO ERIC’S GRANDMA HAZEL!

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Happy 30th Eric!

Happy 30th birthday Eric and welcome to the club! 

I was going to throw a surprise party for Eric but I just couldn’t decide on what group of friends to invite (and there was no way I was going to be able to invite them all).  I finally broke down and just asked Eric what he wanted to do.  He decided that he wanted to have the SWAT guys (and a few family members) over for a keg on Saturday night. 

I know Eric had a lot of fun and I did too – especially watching Eric do a keg stand.  I just wish I had taken pictures.

Thank you for all your birthday ideas.  I really wanted to do what Sonya did for her husband but when Eric decided on a pretty much all guy party, I knew it wasn’t going to work out.  I’m definitely going to have to keep this in mind for his next big birthday.  Or maybe for mine…

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Before I broke my camera

My niece and nephew are in town.  We all went up to the pool yesterday and I was able to get these shots before I dropped my camera.

Will and Kenny spent the majority of the time on the slides.  Kenny even went down the big, straight slide.

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Will on the diving boards

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Kenny going off the diving boards, nope, not this year

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Kylie and Luke in the baby pool

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All four cousins and Aunt Amanda

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ERIC’S COUSIN RACHEL!

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What’s going on

- Steve and Suzie came over on Monday night.  We got to meet Ali (our future goddaughter) for the very first time.  The baptism is going to be some time in October/November.  I cannot wait!

- On Tuesday night I met up with my MIL, SIL and Eric’s aunt Carol and cousin Rachel for Carol’s birthday dinner.  It’s a fun little tradition for the girls in the family.  Rachel’s birthday is coming up next in August.  She’s moving to Austin on August 24th so we’ll have to get it in before she leaves.

- Eric finished the fence while I was at said birthday dinner.  Hallelujah!

- Eric and I saw Harry Potter for the 2nd time yesterday.  The first time we saw it was at midnight and we were in the 2nd row (horrible seats).  We decided to go again, more awake and in more desirable seats.

- Kenny finished his first week of the third session swimming lessons.  I think we need to move over to that area b/c I know everybody and their brother there.  This time around, I was lucky enough to hang out with Erin, who is one of my closest friend’s (Colorado Kelly) sister. 

- We finally talked Kenny into going down the water slide at the PV pool last night (with the help from some Dirt and Worms at Sheridan’s).  He went towards the entrance, only to find out that he needs to grow about another inch to do it. 

- Eric and I are taking the boys to get their pictures taken this morning.  I have a coupon for a free portrait packet at The Picture People for being a member.  I’m hoping that we get some good ones.  I’ll send them out some time in the next few days.

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6/100

One of my friends had this on FB and I though it was interesting. 
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.

 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – X (one of my absolute favorites)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (I tried to read this but just couldn’t.  He kept going on and on and on about the scenery)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte -
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – X (I’m a total Harry Potter dork)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee -
6 The Bible (I’m reading this now but I’m not finished yet)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman -
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens -
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy -
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller -
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare -
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – X
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien -
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger -
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell -
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy -
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams -
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky -
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – X
29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll -
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame -
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy -
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens -
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – X
34 Emma – Jane Austen – X
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen -
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis – X (I’m reading this to Kenny right now after we went and saw the exhibition at Union Station)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini -
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden -
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne - X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell -
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – X (love this one too)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving -
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood -
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding -X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan -
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel -
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons -
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – X
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth -
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens -
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – X

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon -
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – X
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck -X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov -
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold -
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas-
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac -
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy -
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding -X (once again, one of my very favorites)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens -
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – X
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante – X   (I love this book!)
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray -
80 Possession – AS Byatt -
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens -
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker – X
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert -
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry -
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White – X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad -
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint -
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams -
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole -
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas -
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare – X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I read a ton but apparently I don’t read the right books.  I’ve only read 26/100, although I think the Harry Potter series should count as 7 books instead of just one.  I guess I have some reading to do.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BIL ERIC!

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Gone

As of Friday, this will be gone.

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Eric and some friends are going to put up our new fence on Saturday.  Hopefully the cement for the posts will dry fast and they can get it done in a day or two. 

If anyone else wants to help put up a fence, give us a call.  Don’t everyone volunteer at once:)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ERIC’S AUNT CAROL!

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Kenny’s 5th birthday party – part 2

We had planned to have Kenny’s birthday party at Marty pool but as it got closer and closer to b-day party day, the weather looked worse and worse.  The day before the party we decided to move the party indoors to Matt Ross (aka my home away from home).  Which, of course, meant that it ended up being a beautiful day out (78 degree and sunny).  Oh well.  I’m sure if we hadn’t moved locations there would have been storms and flash floods.  Moving on…

Kenny had such a good time.  We had cake and presents first in a party room.  Kenny received so many Lego sets, it was unreal.  Needless to say, he’s in heaven.

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I’m not going to post too many pictures of the kids since they’re in their swimsuits but I love this one.  I tried to get a picture before Becca and Reece had to leave but it didn’t work out.

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Mike, Amanda and A.J. were bullied into nice enough to swim with Luke and help keep an eye on the other kids.

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A.J., I think you’ve made a new friend.

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Thank you everyone for coming.  I know it wasn’t too exciting (not to mention hot) for the adults watching on the sidelines but it made Kenny’s day to have you there.

His actual birthday was more low-key.  He wanted fruit, crackers and cheese for lunch and Planet Sub for dinner.  We had brownies for dessert and then he opened up his gifts from us (yes, more Legos). 

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Once again, happy birthday baby.

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