Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hamster, Take 2

We can have kids and cats.

We can have cats and hamsters.

We can have hamsters and kids.

But we can’t have hamsters, kids, and cats.

About a month after Lucky’s demise, I allowed Piper to use her own money to buy one more hamster.  This one was a cute dwarf named Sweetie. 

She lasted almost two weeks, with only a few close calls. 

We’re done with hamsters. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Pictures—What We’re Really Like

The first shot looks like this:


But our true colors came out pretty quickly.  This…


…was quickly followed by this.


…and by this.

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Then Wesley photobombed another family.


And that’s how we began celebrating Our Risen Lord.  You are welcome, Jesus.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


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Every Easter we host—dinner, egg hunt, the whole dozen eggs.  Every year, I dread it—Easter always comes 3 weeks too early, the house is never ready, the yard less so, and I have no inspiration.  And every year, I am so glad we did it and I vow to do it the following year. 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Day of the Salamander

It looks like a salamander, which sounds better than just a lizard, but I found this little guy when I was ripping apart a falling garden wall and rebuilding it.  (Note: Dwayne put me in charge of it years ago, I think because it was small and hard to screw up.  Ha—don’t underestimate ME, baby!)



He was quickly loved, and the girls went to work building him a salamander resort.


Salamander passed the IQ test by disappearing during a popsicle break.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Seaweed & Squid

I could be referring to an aquarium visit, or an art project. 


Really, it’s just a fancy way of cutting up hotdogs and serving it over cabbage and noodles.  The kids absolutely love it until they had to eat it.  Sigh.3-17 Piper

Sunday, March 13, 2016


I’m not sure who loves whom the most in this threesome—Wesley, Spiderman, or Parker.  We’ll call it a tie.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Pioneering Piper

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The girl loves to have her picture taken.  And having a reason to have her picture taken!