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Very late on posting about this special visit! We had some cousins in town during their spring break so we got to show them a good time.

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Baby A hadn’t ridden in the carrier for a long time. We swung her around back so she could look out. She enjoyed it for a while but toddlers like to toddle.

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E has a pained look on her face in the strawberry because she could reach the hole in the next bigger strawberry but she had to be in the smallest one for the picture. The poor girl.

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Ring pops! Why they’re opaque, electric blue now I have no idea.

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We stopped at the Bass Pro shop on the side of the highway on the way home. That place is always interesting.

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As these kiddos always bring the rain with them we had to think of a few indoor activities for the afternoon so I grabbed a couple of cheap and easy ideas off of pinterest. This is baking soda mixed with Barbasol shaving cream.

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Which turns into this moldable sand/dough.

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Then the girls started experimenting some more.imageWhich led to this.

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Which led to this.

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Cute! It’s pretty obvious how much E loved spending time with her older cousins! We had a fun weekend!

Dialects from around UK. Music to the ears, pretty much.

First soccer game ever

E had her first soccer game last Saturday. She had a pretty great time although not much focus was paid to the soccer ball. We need to talk about the game a little more. Funny how we signed her up months ago thinking we’d have so much time to practice and she could hit the ground running but her first real outdoor “kicking the ball around” was last weekend and here we are at Target when they open at 8am to grab the shin guards before her game at 8:30.

The parents formed a tunnel but E really wanted to be part of the tunnel rather than running through it with the other kids.

I thought I’d be annoyed about snacks after a single hour of chasing butterflies but the game ended at her regular snack time so it worked out fine. The snack helped tide her over so that we could head to the farmers market but wouldn’t have a crazy person in the car. The rest of my birthday was wonderful and I got to do everything I wanted to do. Sunday was a blast too as the man and I worked on a project for our 9 year anniversary coming up. I’ll post about that all at once.

I had a super fun birthday weekend. Related posts to follow. The food I consumed on my birthday was as follows: Fried egg with toast, pink lemonade/beer shandy, fried green tomatoes with chimichurri, some of a giant cinnamon roll with pecans and raisins, coffee, half a delicious BLT, naan and an Indian yogurt dip, cupcakes with champagne, corn hushpuppies, ANOTHER shandy with beer/sweet tea vodka and lemon, chicken fried steak stewed green beans and a biscuit with honey. And another beer. In that order. Whewwww…

73 questions with SJP.

And she looks like she’s wearing a necklace I blogged about almost three years ago.

Mario Bros. to violin.

Finally it’s happening!!

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We just got back from a trip to the mountains. There was a good deal of this…

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and a whole lot of this.

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Both girls were super sick for about half the trip and then things brightened up for us but those around us started falling ill. I swear, preschool has so many wonderful things about it but the bugs E is bringing home are a real drag. She was sick over Christmas vacation as well, and of course it’s never just E that gets sick.

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Poor baby got it worse. It’s hard to tell people what’s wrong when you can’t talk!image

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But we definitely found some good time to play in the snow. It was difficult at the beginning with all the hacking and coughing coming out of the little one as soon as the cold hit her lungs but we kept at it and by the end of the trip she was loving it and needed to play outside one more time before we left for the airport.

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With extreme snow sports comes extreme yard sales.

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This wound was the result of a run-in with a small tree at high speeds. And that was through all the snow gear!

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My brother drove up from Denver to spend time with the little carrier monkeys.

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The man was there for the first half of the trip then had to go to DC for a work trip so he tried to soak in as much good, snowy, mountain, coldness as he could. He loves to stand out on the balcony and survey the land like a king. Those two top pics were taken on different days, same gigantic puffer coat.

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We only got one day of snow but we were able to play in the soft snow for days afterward.

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Look at these crazies making donuts.  How insane do I look in the morning?! Of course the loved ones whom I spent that morning with said nothing. I’m not sure if that was the nice thing to do or not… By the way, the donuts turned out sooo great. The best yet. Recipe here. You just fry thawed bread dough but the recipe for glaze is delicious. I usually make the whole recipe (minus the cocoa powder) then divide it in half and just add cocoa powder to one half so we get vanilla glazed and chocolate glazed donuts. Just make sure the bread dough is super thawed and puffed up. This dough had been out of the freezer (in the fridge) for at least three days before making.

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Baby A had her first taste of snow cone and loved it.

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We even squeezed in a dip in the hot tub on the second to last day. E had a blast.

So the moral of the story is, keep your children quarantined from all activities at least a week prior to any and all vacations.

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Cheers!

Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua’s unique questions and Sarah’s loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.

The moment I saw this terribly unflattering photo of Oprah I immediately thought of the woman of my childhood nightmares. I mean, right?! Unfortunate lighting situation…

And here’s a link to the trailer of Dark Crystal which is real interesting especially because I haven’t dared watch that movie since I was little. {shudder}