We made it!!  Winter is over (looks around for wood to knock on)!  It seems I went into hibernation mode and hid from this blog while winter was still here. I felt I had no good news to report.  It was the eternal winter here.  Might have had to do something with that Queen Elsa from Frozen (we may have watched that movie far too many times this winter??).  Anyway, lets recap.  Its nice to look back now that I can look out the window and no longer see snow.  Well, actually, if i look out certain windows I can still see it, but thats neither here nor there.  So this is back in March I believe.  Bit drifty there!

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But the drift made for a goodly sized snow fort.

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We continued to work on house projects so that required that our favorite worker Gpa Danny and his dog Manny visited a lot.  The kids enjoy pretending they have a dog.  

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Then, one day, it got kinda warm out.  Jackets, hats, and mittens were taken off.  Sunglasses were put on.  Smiles were plastered on our faces.

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This sums it up pretty much.

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The sun and warmth made us BELIEVE spring was coming.  We were fools.

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But we enjoyed it while it lasted. 

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Here’s another massive drift.  This one stuck around for quite awhile.  

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Here the kids had made a movie starring themselves with a cameo by Gpa Danny.  I know, I know, I said was gonna string it all together, edit it and put in youtube.  Maybe someday. ;)

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Here’s a bit of the work they did in the bathroom.  There was a crappy old stand up shower here before.  Stay tuned for more pics of this project.

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We also went to down to Kacie and Eddie’s house to go to a Wild game and hang out for a weekend.  The kids had a ton of fun playing with their cousins.

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We took them and cousin Easton to the MOA amusement park.  They always have a blast there.

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For some reason, Avery agreed to go on the log chute again this time!  I thought for sure after last year’s ride that she’d not want to go again but I was wrong.  Eric said she didn’t seem scared.  The picture that they take of you while you’re on the ride told a different story.  Someone else had a scared face too.  Name starts with a D.

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Well, SOMEONE had to pose at Legoland.  Boys were too busy for that bidness.

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Funny story – Dylan comes home from school one day and goes, “Um, MOM, it was PICTURE DAY today.”  OOOOPS.  Here’s what he was wearing.  I laughed and laughed.  Turns out that the picture is an instant classic!  Rad!

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I also worked on a project of my own.  Transforming the brown bathroom into something a bit more purdy.

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Decided the cabinets, doors, trim had to be turned to white.  The cabinets (seen here) were a cream kinda color.  Trishy no likey.

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Or course I don’t have a true “before” picture of this door.  It was dark brown.  This was after 3 coats I think.  It took 4 coats.

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Here’s the other door though.  It was the same color.

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And here is after!  I painted the walls too. :)  The toilet is still an eyesore, but I feel like the bathroom is much prettier now.

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And check it out – fancy drawer liners!

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Avery had parent night at her preschool.  Our last parent night at that preschool!!! :(

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She’s just getting so big!

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Here is her fancy outfit she got from Gma Toni for Easter.  She had to try it on IMMEDIATELY!

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I went on a ladies weekend with Eric’s sisters to Mpls at the beginning of April.  It was a fun trip.  ;)  No incidents of any kind!  haha

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And then, the clouds parted….the birds started singing….the snow started melting….we did yoga poses to celebrate….

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I documented the melt process….

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We celebrated by running around outside in tshirts and shorts while it was 55 degrees.

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Dylan is demonstrating how much snow is REALLY still there.  Waist deep.

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Avery was smart.  Didn’t jump into the snow.

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Anyway, we continued living in a blissful state of spring.  

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Oh remember how I said that I made the bathroom all pretty?  Well it WAS pretty.  Then Eric found some dumb leak and destroyed the tub.  :(

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A new one has been ordered (like the one downstairs) but this is our temporary set up.  I guess I can’t say I’ll miss old brownie.  Now if only we could do something about that tub’s sister the toilet!

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The flooring also went in downstairs last week.  Progress!!! (not pictured, the laundry room floor – for some reason I don’t have a picture of that)

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The kids did the annual Easter egg dye.

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Oh and here is what I was foreshadowing about.  It could have been much, much worse.  We definitely dodged a bullet.

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Then it was finally Easter weekend and my parents came for a visit.  We hadn’t seen them since Thanksgiving so we were happy to see them.  My mom and I set out to make a shower curtain for the bathroom and also to recover the porch furniture.  I needed a worker for all that cuz I don’t know how to sew.  I did get a lesson tho. :) I’m now an expert.  Hahahahaha

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We came back from the fabric store to find this on the table next to Dylan’s uneaten lunch.  It was leftover spaghetti from Olive Garden.  Gave us a good laugh.

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The annual Easter photo shoot.  We only took 2 pictures though. No one was in the mood to leave their church clothes on for very long and they scattered after this picture was taken.  

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We could not have had better weather for Easter Sunday.  It was 76 degrees.  It felt AMAZING.

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Here’s the after pics of the porch furniture.  

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The cushions had that lovely floral print before (see pillow on ground to the left).  There are 2 more pillows that will complete the look but I had to get a raincheck for those.  Apparently everyone else in town liked the striped pillow at Target too.  BOO!! :(

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And here is our progress.  Still have lots of ice.  No open water yet.

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Gma Toni gave them the idea of spreading out the snow from the big drift (from the first part of this post that the kids were standing on) so it melts faster.  They thought this was awesome.

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Dylan was just downstairs playing and exclaimed that “Gma was right!  The snow is all gone now!”  Things are LOOKING UP around here!  :)  Happy Spring Minnesota!!!

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Last weekend of hockey

We had a full weekend of hockey this past weekend. My toes haven’t even unthawed yet and here I am writing this blog post.  Dylan wanted the pictures from his Warrior Cup up STAT!  But first things first – Avery’s jamboree.  

She played 3 games on Saturday.  Here she is on the “bench” waiting for her turn to skate.

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Her turn!  

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2 number 8s?!  What?!  She did a lot of skating around aimlessly and the puck brushed up against her stick ONCE in the 3 games. Not on purpose.  

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Does someone look like her Dad here or what?!

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This is a total Eric face.  Like, “take the picture, lets go.”

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Then after Avery was done skating, she and I drove up to Breezy Point to see Dylan’s last game of the day (his previous 2 games that day we missed cuz of the jamboree) and see him try his hand at playing goalie.  

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I thought for sure this would cure him of wanting to play goalie, but no such luck.  Even though they got crushed, he didn’t care.  He still had fun.  

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And this was today.  They played 3 games and didn’t lose a single one!  Warrior Cup Champions!!!!  This is the team he’s played with all season long on Sunday nights – the Avalanche.

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Here he is with the Warrior Cup!  (which we decided was built out of dog bowls and colanders)

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He was very excited and grinning from ear to ear after the win!  I took other photos but my stupid camera was on some whacky setting and I didn’t realize that til after – I was too excited I guess and was snapping away without even looking at what was being taken!  Oh well.  He’s thrilled and they ended a really good season with a bang.  It was pretty amazing to see how much they improved over the last few months.  They do pretty darn good for 7 and 8 year olds! :)  

And with that, hockey season is officially over!  I may now resume regular meal planning during the week and my couch position on Sunday nights.  YES!

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Oh whatayaknow?! Its the end of another month, which means here I am with another under the wire post!  Apparently this is how I roll now.  One post a month.  Nothing more!  Lets recap, shall we?

Here’s one of Dylan’s hockey tournaments he’s had recently.  This one was in Crosby.  

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Obviously, he’s not the one with the pony.

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I recall they did not win this game, but oh well.

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So, its been quite the long winter here…..which has led to lots of boring days….which has led to….CAT SELFIES!!!!

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It has swept our household.  At any given moment, you can hear someone yell out, “CAT SELFIE!!!!!”  Oh okay, so its really just Avery and I doing the cat selfie thing.  Oh look, here Milly doesn’t want to participate.

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CAT SELFIE!!! Avery yells.

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“Mom, she’s not looking.  I will turn her head.  CAT SELFIE!!!!”

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“Milly!  Button!  Ginger! LOOK AT THE CAMERA!!!” (Button and Ginger are 2 of Milly Mux Muxatoney Phil’s newest nicknames.)

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Heres our new tubby tub!  Its now fully installed…picture not included….too lazy to go down and take a picture, which I’m sure someone will complain about.

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I know what you are thinking.  Eric turned THIRTY SEVEN!?!  I know!  I thought he was 36 too! (see picture where the Mom may or may not have told the son that his father was 36)

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We went out for dinner and he proceeded to get totally wasted!  Hahahaha.  Okay, so he only had this one.  Its just that he’s weird.  Which you all know.

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Gosh, I wonder where Dylan gets it from.

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Oh okay, we’re all weird.

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Some more than others.

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Please ignore the cake.  I was told that I had to wait on this whip cream frosting under right before we were going to eat the cake.  So, yeaaaahhhh not my best work.  

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Check it out!  I wrapped Eric’s present Eric style – in a blanket!  

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More SELFIES!  Hey, where be Button?

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This is Valentine’s Day morning.  They both got a couple of little prezzies.  Avery got a couple of Frozen girls.

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And Dylan got a Lego Chima speedor.  I always love his genuine reactions.

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Nailed it!

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HOW have I NOT mentioned the weather yet?!  OH MY well let me tell you.  Its been below zero for like 50 days this winter.  Not exaggerating. What does this mean exactly?  Well, it means that children then stay indoors and drive their parents crazy.  Yep, I said it.  So this is the first time that they went outside since December when I took pictures of them for our Christmas card.  No joke.  

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Dylan got right to work on a snow fort.

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Avery made chunks of snow food?  For in the fort?  Something like that.

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Ginger wanted to know if it was safe to come outside yet.  Literally, she was sitting there meowing away at me and I was all, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!!!”

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Shantytown is over yonder.

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And December’s snowman is still completely in tact.  

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We had 2 warm days.  This day it was like 45 degrees.  That’s what my iPhone told me anyway.  And I chose to BELIEVE.

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So we went out for air.  

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I feel like I hardly have ANY outdoor snow photos this winter.  Going outside has just been too unpleasant.  Its like knives on your face.  Why would I go outside if it felt like knives on my face?  

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Ahhh, the old homestead.  Can’t wait to get to “know” this place in the summer.  

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Where the heck is Mux?!  She lives for selfies!

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Avery even went sledding.  I had to dust it off first before she could go on.  

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Then Dylan got home from school and they made their first snowman since December.

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And did some tandem sledding!  Olympic inspired!

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Here’s Avery before practice one night.  Both kids wrap up hockey this weekend with tournaments for each, so MAYBE, just MAYBE there will be a special blog post on that.  2 posts in March?!  WHAT?!  I know.  I know.

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Oh yes, then after it was warm, it was like, oh HA HA, you all liked that – WELL FORGET IT!  Back in the freezer you go!  Except I’m pretty sure its warmer in our freezer than it is outside…..anyway – it snowed a bunch again and then it got super cold again.  What else is new though.  This is our life here.  And we embrace it.  I was shouting through the window – MAKE ME A SNOWMAN ON THE DECK!!!  (knives on face!  KNIVES ON FACE!!!)

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Later that week, Muxatoney Phil was found sunbathing.  CAT SELFIE!!!!!

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And then here is today when I realized we better do up something awesome to end the monthly recap post.  So we made masks.  Thank you Family Fun magazine.  

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Purdy, purdy girl.

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One of her jams came on, so she quit doing her aaaaaart and decided that “you better MOVE, you better DANCE!” – quick name the song!

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And that’s all for today.  I hope to see you again soon! ;)

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Hockey, hockey, hockey

I feel like January was all about hockey and very cold weather.  School was called off FOUR times in January b/c of how cold it was/is.  And apparently its supposed to stay this way.  Which blows.  So I haven’t much to report on and my attitude isn’t good.  So please enjoy these pictures from skating on a “warm” day (I think it was a balmy 25 this day) and don’t expect me back here with a post until the weather improves along with my mood.

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Yes, I realize that her pants and coat don’t match.  The zipper broke in her old coat and it wasn’t like we could just go without!  So there was slim pickin’s left at all the stores for outerwear.  I am proud to say though that I got this Osh Kosh coat for 8 bucks!  It was regularly 108 or something ridiculous like that.  That price included snow pants tho, which I realized after I bought the coat (no pants were to be found!) and got home.  Obviously, these aren’t the pants.  But oh well.  They’ll have to do.  

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Avery’s skating has improved A LOT over the last month.  She glides now with both feet and I’m pretty sure she’s faster than me.  Really!

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This is at the rink by our house.  Dylan had already started complaining about how “hot” he was.  Ummmm????

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So eventually, he ditched his hat and coat.  And for some reason he had just a short sleeve tshirt on!  He normally ALWAYS wears long sleeve shirts, so this was weird.  Sure, on the day he gets hot while skating he’s wearing this shirt.

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Here he is practicing his wrist shot.  He was trying to teach me how to do it the other day.  He makes it look so easy.  I felt like I was gonna pull something.

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One bad thing about Avery skating so well and so fast now….

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….is that she doesn’t know how to stop!  So she’ll either run into the boards or just throw herself on the ground.  

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I finally talked Dylan into putting on the inner liner of his coat.  Phew!

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Its funny when he skates backwards as she skates towards him.  :)

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This is what always happens to me in January it seems.  I get a wild hair about organizing pictures.  Avery is looking at our 2011 photo book that I made last year.  Which of course got me thinking I needed to get my 2012 one done.  Which led me to thinking that maybe I should finish up 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.  Ask me how far I’ve gotten.  Hahahaha.  

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I’m not sure who the heck took so many pictures the 8 years.  Surely it wasn’t me?  Though, I will say it has dwindled lately.  I don’t know why.  Oh wait – always busy and always indoors (makes for bad photos, IMO).  

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So I guess we’ll just hope for an actual SPRING this year (please refer back to the archives for March and April 2013 for a refresher of what happened last year – warning – it ain’t pretty!) so we can get outside and start enjoying our new yard!

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Until then, we’ll just keep dreaming.  

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Under the wire

Well, I normally have a “best of” post to end the year but it appears I must have fallen off the blogging wagon???  So instead, we’ll just play catch up.  Getting it in under the wire!  I can’t believe my last post was Halloween!  Oops!  

Here’s Avos workin’ on her fitness.  

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Lovely wheel pose.  

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Bringing her leg up while in wheel!  Impressive!  I can’t even do that.

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One legged dog!

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She’s always pleased with her skills.

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Now all of a sudden, its Thanksgiving or as we called it this year – Thanksgistmas.  We had Thanksgiving and Christmas with my side of the family all in one weekend.  So here it is!  Avery watching tv while Gpa naps.  

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The obligatory turkey dance!

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Eric was taking pictures of everyone enjoying dinner and was quite amused that I was at the kid’s table.  What? It was the only place left to sit!  Renae sat there too on the other end, but of course she was still dishing up her own food so she wasn’t there yet.

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Cookie did the dishes and wore my fancy pink dish gloves.

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Fast forward a couple days (and one stomach flu incident later – poor Avos and poor carpet!) it was time to open presents!

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She was still a little out of it.  We were just lucky that no one else got it.

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These guns were a hit from Auntie Susan.

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As were the barbies for the girls.

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Then after everyone left, we finally made it out onto the lake for skating.  I took more pictures than this, but something whacky is going on with my camera, so who knows where they went.  Anyway, this was one of the only times we got to use the lake for skating b/c it snowed a TON after this and the ice went to mush.

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Here are a few decor pics.  Decorating a new house is tough work!

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This was pooh-pooh-ed on by my mother.  Next year, she can come over and do it if she wants.

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My tree!

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Time for the tree trimming!

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Avery was more into posing for me than Dylan was.  Imagine that.

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Soon after, it was time for our carpet to go in in the basement.  YES!!!  This was the night before.  We had to have all the furniture out of all the rooms.  Good times.

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Dylan’s room.  This was tricky because we had to take apart his log bed.  Again.  I don’t think it was meant to be taken apart and put back together 3 times.

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Avery’s room

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Avery’s is different than the rest – hers is a grey and the rest is a brownish tan.

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What a difference it made in the feel of the basement.  We actually like being down there now!  And the kids rooms feel nice and cozy now.  

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And here is the snow I was talking about.  I think we got like 20 inches in December this year!  First snowman at our new house!

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And here is the Christmas card photo shoot.  I may have had to bribe them with cookies.

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But I think they turned out awesome.  The scenery, toothless grin and goofiness certainly helped.

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The backyard looked like a postcard!

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Here is Avery on stage for the rehearsal for her dance recital.

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Running thru her dance.

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Ending pose.

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And here is the recital day.  She was NOT in the mood to pose for me before the recital.  Something about her costume itching her???  But afterwards, she was fine.

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Time for sugar cookie decorating.  This is Dylan’s first time with a pastry bag.  He thought it was fun.  

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Avery went old school with a knife.

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I did all these. ;)

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Time to open our presents before heading up to Maple Lake for Christmas!

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Oh yeah!

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Have no fear, everyone.  We have a new modem.  So you can all come and use our internet now without wanting to kill yourselves.

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Eric and his new Wild jacket and Avery with her new jammies and Cinderella doll.

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Lego Chima extravaganza!

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And here is Christmas Eve at Maple Lake.  As usual, lots of squirrelly folks.  

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Eric and his sissies.

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Eric’s fam.

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This picture of Eric’s sister Jamie and her family made me laugh.  And sweet Hattie (Eric’s sister Kacie’s new baby) was the VIP of the week.  Everyone wanted to love on her.

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Manny had to get into the spirit of things too.  Manny you will wear this hat and you’ll LIKE IT!

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And then you’ll take Adelyn for a ride.  Giddyup!

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This is the only pic from the present opening chaos.  It was chaos.  So I had to put my camera away before someone spilled my slush on it.  :)

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And here are the bopsy twins before bed with their treats for Santa. Cookies, an apple slice and a celery with buffalo chicken dip on it.  Santa didn’t get a chance to sample b/c Hobey the dog ate it.  LOL  You’d think it would have made him sick, but nope!  He ate it all except the celery and apple.  Go figure. And the skating pic is back at home.  Theres a rink right by our house.

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Avery stopped using the pusher over break so she skates on her own now.  

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She goes pretty fast and is pretty reckless.  I can barely watch.  Its too frightening.

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Here’s Dylan, his buddy Drew and another boy playing a game of hockey.

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Avery and Elsie on the ice.  Elsie spends a lot of time like that. ;)

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Well, that’s it for this year!!  Perhaps I’ll try and be better about this in 2014.  ;)  Happy New Year everyone!

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Catching up

Hola!  Its been awhile!  I thought you might want to catch up on our happenings, no?  

Here is a little mini fall photo shoot.  Avery was all ready to go.  She got out her favorite outfit as of lately, did her hair, got on her fancy shoes and sat down with a smile.

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Dylan did the opposite.  He groaned and complained and begrudgingly agreed to it but he WAS NOT (and I repeat WAS NOT!) going to change his clothes.  His sweatpants, mismatched shirt and shoes were GOOD ENOUGH!  

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At least he smiled nicely.  

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This looks like a fake background.  :)

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Annual leaf toss photo!  Sadly, this was my only chance (quitters!) and it didn’t capture the way I wanted.  Oh well.

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Not long after, it snowed.  Think it was like 2-3 inches by the time it stopped.

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Eric decided it was a great time to pull out the dock.  Hahahahahaha!  A week later it was like 55 and sunny.  THAT would have been a better time.  Oh well.

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I think this is the 2nd year in a row of the snowcapped pumpkin lights!

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Backyard photo.  Still can’t quite believe that this is our yard.  

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And here was Avery’s first skate as an ice mite.  They had a “learn to skate” night for the prospective ice mites.  

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Ready to skate!

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All smiles!

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Hanging out with the coach!

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On the ice!

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And finally, Halloween!  This was before school on Halloween.  

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Her fancy hair chalk paint.  She loved this look!

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This is the before trick or treating photo shoot.  

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Not a lot of cooperation.  

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And finally, it was time.  We met up with our neighbors (and gma and gpa H were along as well) for some tricks or treating fun!

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Avery and Elsie had lots of troubles with their princess dresses and tripping.  Here, Avery is showing off her “lift up your dress when you go down the stairs” skills.  Way to go Avos!

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The annual Charlie Brown house photo op!  Dylan had taken off with his buddy Drew, so this year it was Avery with Elsie!

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But we got him to come back and pose with Drew.

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One of the pumpkins we saw along the way.  

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And I especially liked this peeking mummy at this house.  Spooooooooky!

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Wow.  What an abrupt ending.  It appears I got sick of trying to document the night’s festivities?!  Well, I guess that’s it for now!  :)

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Dylan is SEVEN!

Our Dylie turned 7 this past week.  He had a party last weekend, his actual birthday in the middle of the week and then he’s having another party tomorrow with friends at the bowling alley.  Its a good week to be Dylan!

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Dylan loves nothing more than having lots of peeps over to his house.  He was in a pretty good mood.

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Its fun that he can read his own cards now.  

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The people were all dazzled by him.  Naturally.

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I have no idea why, but he REALLY REALLY wanted a globe.  And he was excited to get one from Gma and Gpa H.  

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Here’s his cake.  I know what you’re thinking – “what is this?!”  Where is the rant about cake making?!  Well, he wanted an ice cream cake this year and I was all, “FINE BY ME!!!!”  

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Gpa Tom wanted me to take a picture of Maya wearing the party hat.  She wouldn’t smile.  I wonder why?!

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Kelli and her boyfriend Ryan were here for a quick appearance.  Avery dominated all of Kelli’s time, as they are best friends.

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Daniel was the token cousin of the weekend.  He was pumped.

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And here is Dylan’s actual birthday.  I made him pancakes for breakfast which he was pretty excited to wake up to.

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And here is his lunch for those who were wondering.  I dunked my iPhone in my full coffee cup the day before (don’t ask) and so I was unable to post it to my lunch picture folder on FB.  I’m sure that many, many people were waiting on the edge of their seats for a photo that never came.

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Before he went to school, I tried to do a quick “Dylan is 7!!!” photo shoot, but as usual, they were too squirrelly to cooperate.

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This is the next day – playing on the hill, racing thru the leaves.  Fall is definitely here.  

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Some of the trees in our yard.

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Eric decided on a box burning fiesta to get rid of some of the moving boxes, pizza boxes from the party and whatever else he could find to burn.  

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It was a fine day!  See how all the leaves are already gone on that tree there.  Sniff sniff!

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Dylan got a surprise gift in the mail from his Auntie Susan.  When he asked who it was from and I told him, he goes, “Auntie Susan?!?!  Oh I love her!”  LOL.  She gets the “cool aunt who lives far away and sends awesome presents” status.  The plane was a hit, Susan.

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This is our last pontoon ride of the year.  :(

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Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll try and add some bowling pics to this post after tomorrow.  

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