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July 4, 2013

We had a crazy fourth of July.

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We went up to VillageFest in the morning, like we always do.  They had a new zip line ride that we hit first.  We had to wait in line for.ev.er.  Eventually, Kenny asked if he could go sit in the shade while I held his place in line (Luke didn’t weigh enough so he and Eric went on the train ride instead).  That should have been clue #1.  Finally, it was his turn to go and he seriously didn’t have any expression on his face the whole time.  Clue #2.  Then, we met back up with Eric and Luke and went to get new bike helmets from this wonderful organization called Head Strong for Jake.  Eric ran inside the police station to grab us some waters while the boys were getting their helmets fitted.  The nice woman who was helping us kept asking Kenny questions and he really wasn’t answering her that much.  Clue #3.  We were then walking towards the paramedic to have him double-check their helmets when Kenny started saying, “I want water, I want water, I want water.”  And then the poor boy started going down.  Luckily, I caught him and the paramedic picked him up and started taking him into the shade.  Eric had gotten stuck inside because another child had passed out but came out at this point.  He took Kenny and we all went inside to get him in the a/c and check his vitals.

The crazy thing was that it really wasn’t that hot out (mid-80s).  But, it was really hot waiting in that line.

We went home after that and spent the afternoon taking it easy inside and making sure he got a lot of Gatorade and water.

My parents came over that night and we had brats and hotdogs on the grill.  Then we lit some little tanks and smoke bombs.

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We ended the night with fireworks at our favorite country club.  The boys had a prime spot on the golf course.  My kids will forever associate Tootsie Pop suckers with fireworks.  My mom started bringing them years ago and now they just expect it.

Note for me:  Fireworks start at 9:45.  We always go way too early:)

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2013

Picture courtesy of Luke.

In case you can’t tell, there’s a four-leaf clover, rainbow, leprechaun, person hanging on to said leprechaun and a pot of gold.

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Valentine’s Day parties

Here are pictures from the boys’ Valentine’s Day class parties.  Luke was lucky.  Since he only goes to half day kindergarten, he to celebrate with his class and then again in the afternoon with Kenny’s class.

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Better late than never winter parties

The boys had a snow day on their last day of school before Christmas break.  That meant their winter class parties were rescheduled for January (but that was better than them just being cancelled).

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Ornaments 2012

For the sake of record keeping, here are the ornaments that the boys received this year.  My Nikon is getting fixed so none of these pictures of very good.

Kenny:

Red and gold teardrop – from ornament exchange

Stuffed snowman – from my parents

Glass globe with a tree and cardinal inside it – from my parents

Holy Communion – from us

Green half circle with vintage Santa on it – from Eric’s mom and Don

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Luke:

Snowman – from ornament exchange

First 5k – from us

Stuffed snowman – from my parents

Glass globe with snowman in it – from my parents

Green, half circle with vintage Santa on it – from Eric’s mom and Don

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And speaking of my MIL and Don, they got engaged towards the beginning of December and waited until Christmas to tell everyone (so all the kids could be there for it).  Congratulations to them!

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Merry Christmas 2012

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December 23, 2012 · 7:00 am

Advent calendar

Our advent calendar holds two pieces of candy and a slip of paper for each day.  The slips of paper for December 1-12 have to do with The Twelve Days of Christmas and how the things in the song relate to the Bible (I’m not sure how true everything is, but I like it) and then the remainder are bible verses.

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Here is what each slip of paper says:

Dec. 1 - On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.  The partridge is Jesus Christ, the son of God.

Luke 13:34

Dec. 2 – On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtle doves.  The two doves represent the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Dec. 3 – On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, three French hens.  The three French hens represent the three theological virtues – faith, hope and love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Dec. 4 – On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, four calling birds.  The four calling birds are the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  The holy gospels proclaim the good news of God’s reconciliation to the world in Jesus Christ.

Dec. 5 - On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five golden rings.

The five golden rings are the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or Pentateuch.  The five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Dec. 6 – On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying.  The six geese are the six days of creation described in Genesis.

Dec. 7 - On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, seven swans-a-swimming.  The seven swans are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:  prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and compassion.

Romans 12:6-8

Corinthians 12:8-11

Dec. 8 – On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, eight maids-a-milking.  The eight maids are the eight Beatitudes.

Matthew 5:3-10

Dec. 9 – On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing.  The nine ladies are the fruits of the Holy Spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22

Dec. 10 – On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, ten lords-a-leaping.  The ten lords are the Ten Commandments.

Exodus 20:1-17

Dec. 11 - On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping.  The eleven pipers are the eleven faithful apostles, including Simon Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Judas the son of James, and Simon the Zealot.

This list excludes the twelfth apostle, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

(The Gospel of Luke lists Judas the son of James instead of Thaddeus.)

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Dec. 12 - On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming.  The twelve drummers are the twelve points of the doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed:

1.  I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

2.  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

3.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

4.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.

5.  On the third day, he rose again.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

6.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

7.  I believe in the Holy Spirit,

8.  the Holy Catholic Church,

9.  the communion of saints,

10.  the forgiveness of sins,

11.  the resurrection of the body,

12.  and life everlasting.

Dec. 13 - Philippians 4:4-7

Dec. 14 - Titus 3:4-7

Dec. 15 – Luke 2:14

Dec. 16 – John 3:16

Dec. 17 – Isaiah 7:14

Dec. 18 – 1 John 2:12-17

Dec. 19 – Jeremiah 23:5-8

Dec. 20 – 1 John 5:11

Dec. 21 – Luke 1:26-35

Dec. 22 – Luke 1:39-45

Dec. 23 – Matthew 1:18-25

Dec. 24 - Matthew 2:7-12

Dec. 25 - Luke 2:15-20

Fun Fact:  If you were to purchase everything mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas, it would cost you $107,300 this year.

Happy Holidays!

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