2016/12/15

Besties

So when you are born 3 1/2 months apart,
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you live within walking distance of each other,
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your moms are sisters,
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and you spend your days together at the babysitter,
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you become best friends
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without any effort at all. 
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Like all best friends
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you know your pal isn't perfect
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and you are okay with that knowing neither are you,
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because having a sweet bestie to share your adventures with
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makes everything better.
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2016/12/14

Stitches

We knew it was bound to happen
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I'm honestly surprised he made it to age 3 before we had to get any.
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But one can only jump into a bean bag so many times before their head or some other part of their body is going to connect with another piece of furniture.
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'Merica

Philip participated in Annie's school Veteran's Day Program & she couldn't have been prouder.
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Additionally in the month of November we elected a new president in what ended up being a shocking win.  These two got a front row seat watching the actual voting process - & they had the stickers to prove it.
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Some of our choices won that day, some did not but what a privilege to be able to put our 2 cents in because of the people like Philip who were willing to serve. 

God Bless the USA.

Annie age 7

I say it all the time but seriously how do kids grow so fast because lo, and behold I now have a 7 year old.
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For her birthday dinner Annie wanted sushi (because she's hip like that) so we went out and bought a boatload of sushi, literally.
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She opened her presents at home on her actual birthday & was as pleased as she could be that she got a hatchanimal.  I was pleased that Nana had been able to secure one for us since they are the hottest toy out right now & are either ridiculously price gouged or sold out.
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Her getting a hatchanimal meant the whole family spent the evening patting, petting, and rubbing the egg so the furry electronic friend could hatch out. As to be expected with a child there was a strong desire to get it out quickly not let it incubate over days like may have originally been intended.
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She also opened the rest of her gifts 
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and had her choice of birthday dessert which instead of cake she chose key lime pie because as mentioned above, my girl is hip.
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For her celebration with friends we went after school & got their nails painted & pedicures.
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Afterward we headed to the house to eat cake
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We then took the little girls home except for Annie's little friend Sadie who slept over.
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They pulled out her new toys & games & had fun late into the night.
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Turning 7 was great for the sweet one that introduced me to joy that is motherhood. What a delight this little girl is to us all!
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2016/12/12

Halloween

Halloween is not my favorite holiday but man alive the kids love it.
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I guess maybe it's the dressing up
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and getting to pretend to be someone or something else for awhile.
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Or it could be all the fun festivals & activities that time of year.
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I guess I'm probably underestimating the importance of candy in their lives too.
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We didn't have a family theme this year - Annie was a Shopkin (one of her favorite toys), Denver was Buzz Lightyear, & Lily was Snow White.
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They had a blast at the OSU student party,
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church trunk or treat,
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their class parties (Denver below with Leilyn AKA a bad witch - according to her, and Mosi AKA Batmo of the imaginative 1-2-3 gang the Alsup kids came up with)
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(Annie went as Junie B Jones for dress up like your favorite book character day - AKA wear your costume to school - but she likes to find any excuse to have multiple costumes),
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and trick or treating through our neighborhood with friends.
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It was a fun year because Annie really enjoyed every activity & Denver was just the cutest little thing running through the neighborhood trying to keep up with the big kids with his bell bottom Buzz Lightyear pants & helmet continually falling across his eyes & fogging up.

Plus we had this little princess to enjoy
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Halloween 2016 was a success for the kids as can be quantified by the fact that as I sit here 6 weeks later typing this out we still have 2 giant shopping bags of candy.  On the other hand for me their success means I will have to slowly & painstakingly hide piece by piece in the trash to prevent the ninth hour pardon by the kids if they discover a morsel of it is being disposed of.

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