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Holiday Weekend Fun

We had a great extended weekend with Mark being off on Friday and Saturday. It was quite a whirlwind so I’m sure I’ll forget to mention something we did but it was fun-filled, busy, somewhat relaxing and as always it’s great to be home! To start off the weekend I spent an hour pitting cherries(thanks

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Happy 70th Dad!

Last weekend we had a joint celebration in Panora for Sheri and George’s 25th Anniversary and my dad’s 70th birthday. I made Dad his own special birthday cake to resemble a lure that has graced his fishing line many times. I wanted to make it a bass fish but I may need to graduate to

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First Goose-Egg

Taking a break from the stomach bug that has had me down since 2:00a.m. I thought I’d post a couple pictures of Toby’s first goose-egg head injury that he received last night. A typical night of fun and frolic bowling down the hallway soon turned to pain and misery when he tried to jump over

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Rice and Oatmeal

When summer weather isn’t so pleasant, as in yesterday’s crazy downpours, this is one of Toby’s favorite indoor activities that mimics his favorite outdoor activity. We have a tub of mixed dry rice and oatmeal that his tractors and trucks work in just like they do outside in the dirt. This is an awesome tactile

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Ice cream and bugs....it's what summer is made of!

Our favorite summer, who am I kidding…year-round treat, ICE CREAM!This is Toby’s newest interest, anything creepy and crawly and boyishly gross. Actually, in this picture it’s just an innocent little inch worm, there have been worse…. Sidenote: One of my personal lessons learned from being a mom: Kids will react to creepy-crawly things based on

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The wild and the carefree

So typical of these two: Our wild boy, always entertaining and making us laugh, making faces, singing, cracking jokes, so matter of fact, yet sweet to the core, honest and gentle as can be, caring and only a little bit daring, reserved yet rowdy. And the carefree spirited little girl. She floats around like she’s

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the passing of Gary...

Me: Toby, I have some bad news. Toby: What’s the matter, Mom? Me: Well, it looks like Gary has gone to Heaven. Toby: Aww man. What happened? Me: Well, he must have gotten sick and he died and went to Heaven now. See he’s just floating in there now. He’s not swimming anymore. Toby: Can

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coyote/shots

OK, not that you can really see this because it’s a fuzzy picture and it’s in the distance but to the left of the spruce tree there is a coyote that Mark saw the other night running right through our front yard! We hear them a lot, especially when their babies are crying out and