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8

You want to know what’s even worse than your oldest turning into a teenager?  Your baby turning 8.  I thought since I’ve been to 8 two times before it wasn’t going to be such a big deal.  But each year he gets older, it stays being hard.  I mean, he’s getting old, I’m getting older.  It’s just not fair.  I signed up for babies.  While I’m pretty happy being diaper-free, no more middle-of-the-night feedings, no having to worry about nap time (wait-I do kind of miss nap time), none of my kids stayed babies long enough.  I was robbed!

At any rate, Jacob turned 8 in March.  Here’s is official birth minute photo (in the car waiting to go into school)…

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He was so excited for his birthday, counting down all month, telling his friends (and teacher) all month how many days til his birthday.  His birthday fell on a Thursday which is when he enjoyed his star cake and presents and Skype calls.

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IMG_0007Jacob’s party was on a Saturday and he wanted it to be easy.  Jumping at the local trampoline center with his buddies (and his sisters and mom and dad), and pizza at home.  So that’s what we did.  We jumped for 2 hours!  Then we had pizza and enjoyed his Minecraft cake.  He actually sat down beside me when I was looking on pinterest for ideas.  He picked this one out.  He also supervised the making of the fondant figures to make sure they were correct.  I mean, I don’t know what a creeper is.

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A few days before his big birthday, Jacob and I went to the music store to have him fitted for his birthday present from us.  An acoustic guitar.  He’s been wanting to take lessons so we decided that turning 8 would be a good time.  We picked out a guitar that was his size, paid for the first month of lessons, and we were on our way with a pretty big smile on our face!

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The day after his big party was our annual mom and son date.  I so look forward to this every year.  We were going to go for breakfast and then to a movie but he decided the night before that he didn’t think he could wait to eat breakfast at the restaurant.  So we opted for a movie and then lunch.  We saw Home in 3D (which was such a fun movie) and ate at Chili’s.

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We also took his 8 year pictures.

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Yep, he’s all grown up!  We love you, Jacob.

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December 2014

I try to blog.  I really do.  But then I think about how much time it takes to sit here and create a blog and how many other things I should be doing and then I just don’t blog.  So for now, you get posts when I post.  It’s that simple.

But here is a wrap up of December.  Enjoy!

First, we will begin with my birthday.  I mean it is really important and all.  38.  A few years ago, it seemed like such a big number.  An old number.  But now that I’m here, it’s not so bad.  I mean, yeah I have to admit to being 38 and it sounds old but you really are as old as you feel.  And I don’t feel old.  Or at least what I would have thought I would feel like at this age.  I’m not really sure what I was expecting.  All of a sudden, I just turn into an old lady?  That’s not really my style anyway.  I’ll grow old by gracefully fighting it every step of the way.  I mean, 40 is the new 20 right?  Actually I don’t want to go back to my 20’s.  I kind of like it right now.  I’m good.  Am I making sense?

Ok so here are a few pixs from my 38th celebrations.  The kids were a little disappointed in not having a cake this year but it was ok since I opted for my primal fudge instead.  The mess says it all…

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And homemade cards/gifts are my very favorite thing…

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During December the party was a bit of a going away from one of the crew.  So this one was a bit bittersweet.  These two happened to live across the street from us as well.  Jacob happened to love their oldest daughter but their second daughter happened to love Jacob.  Yep, our very first love triangle.  Also their twin boy and girl are just adorable.  I was given the name Missa Megan by the little boy who may have been a little excite to see me every once in a while.  You know I have a thing for little blonde haired blue eye boys!

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Jamie had 2 concerts with her choir club.  One was at the Ogden amphitheater.  This was all I was allowed to get for that one…

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But she made up for it by posing for the next concert which was at school…

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Christmas came and went and it was so much fun this year.  Pop Pop arrived in early December and joined us for Christmas this year.  The kids (and us parents too) were over the moon about it.

Jacob was in charge of making the reindeer food and placing the treats and milk out for Santa…

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So after watching Rudolf, the kid went to bed…

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The adults had to get everything ready quietly which was tricky but we managed…

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And then Christmas morning was crazy with hot chocolate, cookies, and presents…lots and lots of presents…

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And then Pop Pop went home.  Boo!

We did manage to do a little exploring of Utah while Pop Pop was here.  We hopped on the front runner (the commuter train around here) and took it into Salt Lake City to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights.  The kids were excited about the whole thing but Jacob was a little over the top with the train.  I have to say, it was simply amazing to see all the lights.

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It was a lovely holiday season.  That’s all I have downloaded from my camera.  More to come some other day…Thanks for looking!

Big Round Up

Hi, my name is Megan.  I’m an avid procrastinator of this blog.  Sorry for the absence to anyone who actually reads this thing.  I actually have a really good excuse for some of the procrastination.  I’ve been waiting on the pictures from Jeremiah’s promotion ceremony to be downloaded from his office’s camera and they just keep lending out the camera before it gets done.  So we will skip it and return with that when I get those pictures.

1.  Anyway,  Jamie’s actual birthday was fun.  She was overwhelmed with all the gifts and love from our family around the country.  She felt very blessed to have so many people think of her on her big day.  So now (over a month later) she’s a whole decade old but nothing has changed otherwise.  She’s still a sweet, sensitive, caring young lady who thinks of others *usually* before herself.

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2.  Pop Pop visited for a couple of weeks.  He was here for all the big festivities…Jamie’s big 10, Jeremiah’s promotion, support while I was baking like a crazy woman for the whole thing, etc.  Seriously he planned his trip perfectly and I was able to keep what sanity I have because he helped me so.  As a treat, we took him to the Hogle Zoo, our first time there too.

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We were a bit disappointed that the giraffes were unable to be viewed since the exhibit was being renovated but we will go back to see it once it’s open.  We were happy to see the primates, however.  I mean, really, the kids like seeing their own kind 😉

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3.  Mother’s Day weekend was super fun for us.  We drove all the way to California!  As soon as we left Utah, Arizona was amazing and the view was breathtaking.  It took us about 10 hours to Anaheim and we were so happy to be out of the car!

After a good night’s sleep, we headed to the one place we’ve missed almost as much as our friend…Disneyland and California Adventure, of course. IMG_0001

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After waiting in line to wait in line (Jeremiah waited in the fast pass line for the new Cars ride just so we could wait in the shorter line for the actual ride), we headed for a few rides in California Adventure (and I snapped pictures).

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Radiator Springs was simply amazing.  Like just out of the Cars movie, amazing.  The Disney peeps really pulled it out for this renovation.  It was something to see.  And the ride we waited in line to wait in the shorter line was worth the wait.  Even I rode the ride!

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After a quick lunch and our fill of California Adventure, we headed over to Disneyland.  This place holds so many memories for us.  Like the first time Mazie met Cinderella and she walked Mazie across the park.  Or the time Jamie told Winnie the Pooh that she was potty trained.  We couldn’t possibly skip it while in California.  So we picked a few of our favorite Disney things and crammed them into the afternoon and were pretty satisfied with our Disney experience by the end of the day.  The girls insisted on Autopia for one of our must dos.  Mazie was tall enough to ride by herself (not well but still by herself).  On a side note, it’s a good thing we have 4 years until she is able to actually drive for real.

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And Jamie was able to drive if I pressed the pedal.  Fine with me because I could stop us, if needed…

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Then I decided to just enjoy walking around with my family and taking in all the things at Disneyland.  I did take a few pictures of the parade which is always a must when we are there…

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After getting dinner in Downtown Disney, we headed back to the hotel and passed out.  The next day, we played in the pool at the hotel and did homework that was due when we returned home, just relaxed.  The kids were in a wedding this weekend so we went to the rehearsal.  We found out then that Jacob was actually carrying the real wedding rings on his pillow.  So I had to tell him we was really the most important person (besides the bride and groom, of course) and he had to be so so careful with his pillow.  We were so worried about that part that we may have forgotten to tell the kids that they were going to have to stand for the whole ceremony.  Luckily, the bride and groom kept the ceremony short and sweet (like ours 15 years ago!) that they didn’t seem to notice!  But more on the wedding in a minute…

4.  We got up early one morning to make the 45 minute trek to Redondo Beach to meet up with the Laughreys, the Pikes, and the Shertzers for breakfast.  It was so great to see everyone and catch up (as much catching up as you can do in an hour).  We are a good lookin’ bunch, donchathink? (This picture is minus Wally who was snapping the picture and Cory-I’m not sure where he happened to disappear to).

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5.  Now onto the wedding.  So we drove back to Anaheim with just enough time to get ready (girls needed hair curled) and head to the church.  Jacob was so handsome in his little suit and was so proud to be wearing it.  He was honored when they asked if he would “be in charge of the rings”.  He did such a great job.IMG_0058

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my handsome men 🙂

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The girls were beautiful, of course, in their matching dresses and with pretty bouquets.  They, too, were honored when Erin and Tony asked if they would be in the wedding.  They walked behind Jacob down the aisle to the altar and Jacob escorted Jamie back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony.

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These were taken after the ceremony while we were waiting on the bride and groom to make their getaway.

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We made our way to the reception and the kids were so excited that they did so well.  They were proud of themselves but not prouder than I was.  I think every person at the ceremony came up to complement us on the kids.  It was nice to hear.

The bridal party was introduced with a little bio.  The kids were first and I was a little late catching all of Mazie’s bio.  But Jamie’s bio and Jacob’s bio were in full.  They were all well done and the kids loved it!  Congratulations Tony and Erin! We wish you many, many years of wedding bliss!!

6.  So we get up super early the next day to drive all the way back to Utah.  It was depressing.  We had such a beautiful scenic drive until we got to Utah.  The Valley of Doom and Gloom.  Seriously.  It literally was snowing many inches of snow.  On Mother’s Day.  We had to slow to a crawl and sometimes a stop on the pass.  There were many accidents and, of course, everyone had to pee and no rest stops in sight.  When we were able to stop at a rest stop (in flip-flops in snow), we overheard a trucker tell someone on his phone that he wasn’t going to make his delivery because they closed the pass.  Thank Goodness we left when we did and did not get stuck there.  We were able to make it home (an extra 1 1/2 hours of driving).  This was my mother’s day…

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I’m one blessed Mama with these three in my life (and, of course, my wonderful husband who made it possible for me to be called Mom).

7.  So being back in Utah with three weeks left of the school year, the weeks went fast.  All of a sudden, the kids had field trips and field day and projects due and all the end of the year festivities.  Mazie had one final band concert (at least at this school).  I am so impressed with these kids.  The band teacher is kind of flaky and they had to kind of pick it up on their own.  They worked hard and it showed.

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Mazie has officially started private lessons with a teacher close to the base.  When she had a trial lesson last week, I was taken back by how much the instructor reminded me of my old elementary band teacher, Mr. Bowman.  Anyone remember him?  He was crazy and awesome and everything a band teacher should be.  He set the standard for what we were to expect from our instructors.  Our high school band teacher fit the bill as well.  We were blessed to have great instructors and I can’t wait to hear her improvement over the next few weeks.  Mazie is super excited about this instructor as they have similar personalities.  Being excited about music warms my heart!

8.  So the end of the year just showed up whether we were ready for it or not.  The last day of school pictures…

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So with that we now have a 2nd, 5th, and 8th grader in the house.  *sigh*  You can see the first day of school here.

That’s that for now.  Hopefully, sometime soon, I can get the pictures from Jeremiah’s promotion and put them up here for all to see.  And maybe I can see if there were any photos taken of us at the dining out last week.  Who knows?  Maybe I will actually start blogging regularly.  It’s possible, not likely, but possible. 😉

Spring Break 2014

Our Spring Break came and went what with 5 whole days off of school.  It sure is a difference from the whole 2 weeks we had in Colorado.  We just kind of hung around and relaxed for a change.  And the kids were ready to go back to school today!

1.  Quarter Update:  As you may remember, last week Jacob swallowed a quarter.  Still not sure how but it’s in there.  Friday he had his 7 year check up and we did a few more x-rays to see what was going on with this quarter.  Turns out that it hadn’t moved at all from his Wednesday x-rays.  This started a little bit of worry in the doctor.  She called a GI specialist who ordered a few more x-rays.  After a total of 6 x-rays (since Wednesday) we find out that the quarter is in fact in his stomach and can stay there for up to 4 weeks!  We were asked to just monitor his poop for signs of a quarter and otherwise come back on Monday for another x-ray to see what’s going on.  Monday’s x-rays (2 more) showed the quarter is on the move, still in the stomach but on the move, nonetheless.  We check it again next week.

2.  Jacob’s new theme song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.  I may have joked with him about heating some food up for me for supper.  All he would have to do is hold it and count to 60!  He didn’t find humor in that.

3.  I took the kids to school on Jacob’s birthday and when we arrived, it was just the right time to snap Jacob’s official birth picture…

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4.  This is his first year that school was in session over his birthday.  So he was pretty excited to share some mini chocolate cupcakes with his friends at school.  IMG_0008

5.  When he got home, Jamie and I made Jacob homemade fettuccine noodle while dad worked on the alfredo sauce, shrimp, and meatballs (yes that is what he ordered).  Then the neighbor kids came over to wish him a happy birthday while he blew out his seven candles…

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My little jokester.  He asked for all kinds of dress up things for boys.  He couldn’t wait to try them out!

6.  We celebrated Jacob’s birthday at Sky Trampoline Arena.  The only thing he wanted for his party was to have as many boys as possible at the party.  We do not have many boys in the neighborhood and with Spring Break (good job scheduling things, mom!) we didn’t have many to choose from.  He was ok with the girls showing up since there were actually more boys anyway.

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We were missing a boy in this picture.  Not sure how that happened.  But there were 6 boys and only 4 girls, officially!

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He wanted a Lego cake for his party.  He wanted a green piece that was chocolate cake and two white cakes that were blue and yellow.  I don’t think I did too bad of a job!  All the kids asked for seconds.  So that’s good, right?

7.  March happened to be Mustache March around here.  Jeremiah’s offices never made such a big deal out of it before so he thought he would join in the fun this year.  31 long days of facial hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing men with facial hair.  Beards fascinate me.  I always want to touch them when I see them.  Not that I would go up to a complete stranger to do so but still.  So facial hair is not a bad thing…unless you want to kiss it.  I personally do not like facial hair tickling my nose when I want to give my husband a kiss.  So on Monday, I took this of Jeremiah in all his facial (and head) hair and then ordered him to remove it so I could kiss his handsome face…and he obliged…

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8.  We had kind of weird weather for Spring Break here.  It would rain on minute and snow the next.  I’m kind of over the white stuff and we haven’t had much here.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like for our eastern friends.

9.  We received a package in the mail on Monday holding A Flat Stanley and his passport book.  We are so excited to take him into the city and then send him off on his next adventure.  He’s had quite a few up to now.

10.  Speaking of passports, Jeremiah and I have an appointment on Friday to get our passport photos and applications sent in so we can go to Jamaica in July.  I’m kind of really excited. 😉

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Jeremiah’s birthday was fun.  We took him out to eat at his favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.  Then we came home and almost burned down the house with all the candles…

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2.  I wasn’t sure if he was going to blow out all 37 candles but he sure did…without taking an extra breath and without needing oxygen!  IMG_0005

3.  I am very well aware that I am 5 weeks older than he is but if I don’t pick on him, who will? I love you, Jeremiah!

4.  Mazie’s was a bit more eventful.  Aren’t all the kids’ birthdays?  She decided to open her gifts in the afternoon…

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5.  She insisted on her very favorite strawberry cake and ordered up a big one too.  She wanted it to be for all her friends here on base.  She invited them over and she made all the arrangements and I let her.  It was the least I could do since I didn’t want to face the fact that she was turning 12 ;-)!

6.  So when the neighbors arrived, we all sang Happy Birthday (Jacob was a little lively with his version) and she blew out all 12 candles in one big breath.

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Then we cut the big cake (you can read the details here) and enjoyed some homemade vanilla bean ice cream with it.

7.  She requested homemade spaghetti noodles with meatballs for her birthday feast.  We were finishing up when the clock struck 5.39pm…

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8.  Not sure how she is 12 already when I haven’t aged a day since I had her at age 25…

9.  Her annual birthday date with dad was this past weekend.  They went to see a movie (The Nut Job) and out to eat at Olive Garden.

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10.  That’s all I have for today.  Happy Tuesday!

Ten on Tuesday

1.  After Thanksgiving, time didn’t slow for the Stahrs.  We spent the weekend gearing up for our Pop Pop Christmas.   It’s an actual holiday around here.  It’s not on a set day like Christmas but is dependent on when Pop Pop is available to be here and celebrate with us.  So we decorate the house and got our tree (on November 30 which has never happened in our house before since I’m usually a stickler for not doing anything Christmasy until December)

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but it was done and it was fabulous.  After all a skirt is a skirt, right?

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2.  The kids were pretty excited about Pop Pop Christmas this year.  I mean, who wouldn’t be?

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They tore into their gifts and it was way too much but they loved it.  They are thoroughly enjoying all their new things and it’s been just grand.

3.  We also celebrated Pop Pop’s big birthday.  So with my new toys from Pop Pop, I made homemade spaghetti noodles (for the first time) with homemade sauce.  Then we had lemon drop cake with vanilla bean icing.

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4.  Do you remember the last post about all those Thanksgiving treats for our little dessert party?  Yeah, I’m not gonna lie about purposely ignoring the scale the last week…

5.  So my birthday happens to be the day after my dad’s.  Jeremiah took the day off and worked very hard on my angel food cake.  He opted to go with the boxed version to make sure it would turn out this year.  He hasn’t been very successful with this cake the last few years.  In his defense it is a difficult cake to make and he has the altitude against him.  The cake turned out great and was very tasty with our chocolate fondue!

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And although I can’t believe my actual number, 37 feels way better than I was expecting.  The kids are keeping me young and old at the same time! 😉

6.  On Pinterest, I found these Elf Warnings.  I downloaded and printed one for fun, thinking I would not really use it or maybe use it as a joke for the kids.  Jacob decided to see what would happen if he bit Max.  She did absolutely nothing but I felt he needed a lesson.  So Twinkle the Elf left a warning for him stating he saw the whole thing and that Jacob was not on warning to possibly not get any gifts from Santa.  Would you believe it actually made the boy cry?  He pinned the warning on his chore chart as a reminder to be nice to the dogs.  I can’t say that I’m sorry it worked.

7.  Today I made homemade fettuccine noodles with my pasta attachments.  They turned out so much better than the spaghetti did.  The kids even said it was better than the boxed noodles.  It was Jamie’s turn to help with supper and she had a blast helping me with them.  I love cooking with my kids.

8.  So 37 doesn’t make you more graceful.  You can still slip on the wet hard floor of your kitchen when you are rushing around trying to get errands done before picking kids up from school.  Turns out the desserts from the last few weeks actually didn’t add enough padding on my lovely saddlebags to not hurt when I hit the floor.  Ouch!

9.  I have mailed all of our Christmas packages out today!  I wish I could get the cards out too.  I’m only half way on those.  I still have to get things for Christmas here too.  Somehow Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year.  Does anyone else feel that way?

10.  I haven’t made any cookies yet.  I have made and packaged 3 batches of peppermint bark but I have made nothing for the kids yet.  I think I’m going to dial it down this year and only make a few things.  What are your favorites at this time of the year?  My favorite are sugar cookies, hands down.  They don’t even need to be decorated!

Happy Tuesday!

Ten on Tuesday: Jamie’s Birthday

1.  Today Jamie turned 9 years old!  Can you believe it?  Me neither.

2.  Friday, since there was a teacher work day and the kids had off, we had Jamie’s sleepover party.  I limited the guest list to 4 friends.  It all worked out and the girls had fun.

3.  We sang to the birthday girl…

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4.  There was some crafting in jammies.  The girls made masks…

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IMG_0031I love that last picture.  Jacob photobombed because he wanted a picture with the girls.  Who can blame him?  It’s gotta be hard to be at a girly party and not be able to join in.

5.  He had two favorites and requested a picture.  How could I refuse…My little playboy…Look at his proud face!

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6.  On Sunday, Jamie and Dad had their annual date.  They went to Fargo’s.  According to Dad, Jamie said she would not do this after her 14th birthday.  I said we would have a chat about that.

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7.  We did a little photo shoot in honor of the 9th birthday.

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8.  Tonight we had spaghetti and meatballs, which she ordered for supper.  Then we did cake with Skype…

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9.  We went onto the presents she decided to save for today.  She only wanted to open her friends’ gifts at her party.  She said she wanted to save the “special” presents for her real birthday.  She was genuinely grateful for everything…

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10.  Happy  Birthday, Jamie Bo!  We love you so much.

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Jacob’s birthday party went on without a hitch, aside from the small snow storm we got the night before.  But he definitely enjoyed being center of attention with a few of his classmates and his sisters.

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2.  He kind of likes when we sing to him.

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3.  He opted for a party at Ariel’s Gymnastics for his big sixth celebration…

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4.  Details on his cake can be found at the Cake Site.  Jacob was pretty specific this year!

5.  Spring break is two weeks long here in District 49.  Monday was their first day back and they are off today due to a crazy Spring blizzard that isn’t really amounting to much around here.  We have a little snow (like an inch) blowing around with this insanely crazy wind but labeling it a blizzard, isn’t’ quite right.

6.  What did we do over the two weeks?  Well, besides the boy turning 6 and having a celebration, Gramma visited.  We took her to the zoo and enjoyed our day…

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IMG_00497.  We also had Easter, which was played way down this year being so close to the boy’s birthday.  The kids were pleased with going outside to hunt eggs in their jammies.

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8.  The kids enjoyed a game or two while Gramma was visiting.  Maxine really enjoyed playing twister, although I don’t think she really understood the rules…

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9.  Mazie had a project for her algebra II class.  She had to make a model of a house.  The measurements had to be to scale and it needed to be painted.  She had to use all her knowledge of angles and measurements to do the project.  She worked really hard on it and it turned out beautifully!  She was happy to hand it in yesterday.

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10.  Jamie did her experiment for her STEM fair project.  Her and Dad worked on popping popcorn.  Her experiment was to show which way of popping popcorn worked best.  She used the stove top, a pop corn machine, and the microwave.  The popcorn machine worked the best by popping all the kernels!  She was so surprised since she thought the microwave would work best.  But she had fun making popcorn three different ways and then being able to eat it!

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She still has to finish her board but we are waiting for her pictures to put it all together.  This is her first official STEM fair project.  So she’s exited about it being on display in the school library in a few weeks.

Happy Tuesday!

#6

Did you know that today was our very last 6th birthday bash? Well, it was.  And did you know that there was a certain boy who was all over turning 6 today?  Well, he was. In fact, he was so excited about turning 6 that he came downstairs just before 8am to see if there would be a visible change from 8am to 8:01am (his birth minute).

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Well, there wasn’t but he said he felt older, nonetheless!  Dad had to take the birthday boy for a hair cut this morning.  I mean, he had to look great for our big date tonight!  When he told the hair cut lady that it was his birthday and that he had to go buy flowers for Mom for his date, the lady decided to give him a little gift (a pencil pouch with goodies inside) and send him on his way.  After lunch, he decided to open his birthday presents.  So after a photobomb from dad…

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and a photo of him posing like the “woman in art class” (meaning Mona Lisa)…

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he got right to it…

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He was very happy with the things he received.  It was soon time for our date.  Since we were ready a bit earlier than planned, he agreed to a little photo shoot.

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When I asked him to pose like I feel.  This is what I got…

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I wasn’t sad.  A little sentimental, yes. But not sad.  I did not feel the need to cry all day!  Then he suggested this…

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And this is what I felt like…

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No, really, I didn’t but he is my baby.  I did feel like running to my bedroom and pouting today, maybe just one time. 😉

What’s so big about turning six?  In this house, you get to start chewing gum!  Jacob’s choice for his first piece?  Root beer flavored sugarless gum…

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It was a hit!

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For about 5 minutes and then he was tired of chewing it and spit it out.  But he told me that when he is in his 20s and not living with me anymore, he can chew gum any time he wants to without asking!  Ok, buddy.

It was time for our date finally.  Jacob rang the doorbell and handed me flowers and even gave me a kiss!

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I know the photo is blurry but I love, love, love it.  I love how he has his hands in his pockets, how he let me kiss him for the flowers, how he blushed when I thanked him for the flowers, how his has his “date” shoes on, all of it.  We went to Olive Garden for our date.  He held my hand to cross the parking lot because “a gentleman helps a lady cross the street” and held the door for me to enter first.

When we finished our date and arrived home, he was ready for his cake.  So we sang and so did he…

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and we enjoyed our last 6th birthday celebration…

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Happy Birthday, Jacob.  We love you!!

Mazie Monday

Mazie’s eleventh birthday went off without a hitch!  The girls started the day with manis/pedis while the boys searched for flowers for Dad’s date with Mazie.  With decorations and gifts ready to go…

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IMG_0006Mazie was ready to do what any eleven year old wants to do on her birthday…text.  Since Mazie is only allowed to receive texts from people who are in her contact list, I worked a few days before hand to contact people who would totally surprise her with a text on her birthday.  She was so surprised at the amount of texts (and her new contacts) that she was in heaven for the better part of Saturday for this reason alone.

While she answered her many texts and calls, I finished her cake.  Normally she asks for strawberry cake with strawberry icing…the pinkest cake inside and out.  But this year she opted for chocolate cake with strawberry icing.  She still apparently needed her signature pink!

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And since it was just the five of us celebrating Mazie, we went with the small 6 inch cake stacked high but Mazie still got her star…

IMG_0003Mazie actually struggled with deciding on what she wanted for her birthday dessert.  She asked if I would make her peanut butter fudge!  But then she realized that she wouldn’t get her star and decided on cake instead.  I’m so glad I started that tradition and they look forward to it.  I can see making stars for them when they are 20!

When Mazie’s thumbs fell off (kidding, they just went numb) from all the texting, she was ready to prepare for her big date.  She had her outfit already picked out but wanted me to style her hair.  So we went to it and then did a little eleven year old photo shoot.

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IMG_0032This was quite possibly my most favorite photo of Mazie ever.  Funny that she finally gave me her smile only after she was laughing at herself for doing this…

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That’s my Tween, people!

So it was time for the big date.  Dad rang the door bell and she answered it after a second to make sure her clothes where in place.  And was greeted with beautiful fuchsia tipped carnations.  Then they were off…

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She chose Fargo’s for the date and even purchased her very first gum ball while there.  Oh didn’t you hear?  She gets her braces off at the end of the month!  First thing she wants to do is have a piece of gum.  I’m pretty sure her gum ball is going to be quite stale by then but it’s what it represents more than how it will taste.

They returned and she told me all about her wonderful date.  I really hope that never changes even when the date is someone other than Dad!  It was time for singing and cake…

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IMG_0061Then finishing with skyping.  Technology is amazing, right?

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I’d like to say that it gets easier.  Mazie getting older.  But it really doesn’t.  I mean, I think I handle it better but I still see her 2-year-old face when I talk to her sometimes.  Or hear her little 5-year-old wisdom.  Mazie’s all of a sudden a young lady as we get into these kind of scary years.  I just want her 2 again.  I think I will always want her to be 2.  I guess that’s just being a Mama.

Happy Birthday, Mazie Moo!  We love you always.

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