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Painting Outside

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What's better than a little outdoor painting in January?  :)  Birdhouses and heart boxes that I picked up at JoAnn's for $1.00 each.










Miniature Golf

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Since we had a day off for MLK Day I decided to take the kids miniature golfing, something I've been wanting to do for a while.  This was a first for them.  It happened that my mother in law had tickets to Fiesta Village that had been bought at an auction, so we didn't have to pay anything.  My sister in law Heather met us with her three older kids and the cousins had a blast playing.  The only crazy thing is that they got a little too hot and started complaining at the end.  It was in the mid 80's in January!!!  Look at all those hot, sweaty, red faces :)






Crazy Hair Day

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Ethan had crazy hair day at school last week.  I was so proud of him for participating :)  Last year he was too shy and embarrassed to participate in anything.  The only thing was that this glitter spray stuck to his scalp for several days after, lol.




While we're on the topic of crazy hair, check out this bed head on Alayna :)  hehe. 


Bump Diaries

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My belly is continuing to grow!  In fact I think baby is becoming quite cramped :)  I can't believe that we only have two more months until we get to meet this little one!  I am still feeling pretty good (at 31 weeks).  I really had higher aspirations of staying in better shape during this pregnancy and keeping to the gym, but honestly it just hasn't happened.   It's just so not motivating to work out when you are getting fat anyhow.  My only complaint at this point is that I get horrible lower back pain if I do too much.  After the days I clean the house I am hobbling around in the evening.  I can handle 20 weeks of nausea, and lower back pain...that is FAR better than having insomnia and loosing your mind.  I am super grateful that this pregnancy has been so much easier this time around.  Hopefully it continues to be uneventful and I can keep on working right up until my due date :)










January Days

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While January has been a really tough month, it's also held some really lovely weather.  California is in MAJOR need of rain and close to declaring a drought, but it has many happy residents who are loving this very warm and dry winter.  The kids and I have spent a lot of afternoons outdoors enjoying the lovely weather.  I will really miss our afternoons together when Ethan is in school all day next year.




Looks like everyone was enjoying the weather on this day :)  It's a gathering. 


I've mentioned before how much my kids love the un-landscaped space in the back of our yard.  It is where much of their play takes place. To me, this is what childhood should be about... freedom to play, create, explore, imagine and be dirty.  They spend so much time back here climbing trees, playing in the dirt and just imagining.  I love it.  On this particular day they "built their own play set". I thought it was pretty cute :)  I used to want to get this part of our yard looking …

Goodbye Papa

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Dear Sid,
 I wasn't ready to say goodbye yet, but really I don't think we ever are.  God saw fit to call you home to heaven on January 7th, 2014, after 70 years here on this earth.  Now we are trying to move forward without you.  I know that you are so very happy, basking in the presence of the Lord.  No more frustration over not being able to hear people, you can now hear perfectly, and do everything you want to do :)  I'm happy for that, I really am.  It's just that we miss you so much, that is the hard part.  Trying to find a new "normal" without you, that is what is hard.  I'm trying not to focus on the fact that I wasn't ready for Matt and I to not have a dad in our lives, and for my kids to not have a grandpa.  I'm trying not to focus on the fact that this new baby will never know either of the two amazing men who gave life to both Matt and I.  Instead I'm trying to focus on the time we did get to spend with you, and be grateful for tha…