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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Well its been nearly a month since my last post.  And I’m sure you all know that WE MOVED!! during that time.  But before we get to the new, we must first re-visit the old.  Here is our last weekend on Sullivan Lake.

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Dylan got to go sailing with Michelle (our neighbor) on her sailboat.  He’s sailing!!!! (Any What About Bob fans out there???)

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Avery had to get a ride too.  She sailed too!  On her first try! 😉

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And this is the kid’s final night in our old house.  We’re pointing towards Baxter. 

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Last picture with Lace-os.

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My parents were there to have the kids stay with them at their motorhome the night before our closing, so they took these pictures for us.

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Last time on the dock!

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Last walk to the bridge!

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Last time sitting down by the water at the bridge.

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Last angry Avos at the bridge!

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The light was PERFECT so I just kept snapping away.  

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My Dylie had been pretty melancholy about the move.  He was having a hard time and I think these pictures reflect that.  

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He was very pensive.

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Notice how his front tooth is kinda snaggly?  Well, its loose and it has been for awhile.  But he’s not letting that thing go.  He takes good care to make sure that he doesn’t bump it while eating.  🙂

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What are we, the Schmaltz family?!  (Any Father of the Bride Part 2 fans out there?  Yeah, I thought so. :))  We should have taken Avery out there and stuck her little newborn hands in there.  This concrete was poured the day she was born.  Or was it the day after?  Fact checker will let us know.

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Final night in the house.  There were some tears.  From me.  Not Eric.  He skipped around excitedly.  I think it was cuz I was there alone for most of the day while he and his dad loaded up the trailer several times with all the extra stuff that wouldn’t fit in the moving truck (3 trailer loads!!! yikes!) so I was just sitting there with no furniture and it all seemed kinda sad.  I’m tearing up writing this.  Ahhhhh!

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BUT!  On with the new!  I didn’t take many pictures the first few days because we were so darn busy that I had no time to do any of that.  Getting settled has taken some time and we’re STILL working on it now.  But we’re getting there.  Anyway, the kids immediately hit up the garden and picked what was left of the tomatoes in it.

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This is for Lingy – you know Eric wasted NO TIME in cutting down branches that obstructed his precious view!

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The kids are new to this – being able to walk into the lake on your very own shoreline.  So new at it, in fact, that they went swimming in their clothes every day for the first week.  Uggggggggg.  I *think* we’re over that now.

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There he is, cuttin’ away.

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Here’s the garden.  I’m overwhelmed by it.  Not sure how or what I’ll do in it next year.

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Fire pit.  Not as snazzy as the wood ones that were here before.  BOOOO!

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Here is the wall that went up the day we moved in.  Gpa Danny is very handy, you see.  He parked his Winnie in our backyard and stayed for a week.  We paid him in green tea and tacos. 😉

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My first project was tackling the kids rooms.  As you can see, Avery’s room is just a lovely color of yellow.  HA.  It had to go immediately!

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First, the wallpaper had to come down.  Yes, that was wallpaper.  So I steamed that all off revealing this really purdy blue color and lots of drywall damaged spots.  So then I had to prime it with some wall repairing primer.

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That is where the old doorway to her room was.  

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Here is the AFTER photo.  I think it turned out SO cute.  I’m kinda jelly of it actually.  It took 2 full days to paint I think.  Or was it 3?  I don’t know. I was delirious.  But it was a lot of work painting the baseboards white.  They were that lovely yellow, you see.  And there were lots of nooks and crannies that had to be addressed.  The white (or um, yellowed) furniture came from my parents house from my old bedroom.  It needs some attention.  They used to be white!  But have yellowed with time I think.

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I’m going to paint the walls in her closet this winter sometime.  A nice bright fuschia-y pink I think. 🙂

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And here is Dylan’s room BEFORE.  Furniture just thrown in there.  Neutral walls.  

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This is the closet that Gpa Danny made.  Dylan’s room used to be 1/2 of a downstairs family room so there was no closet.

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Here it is after.  He decided to keep the outdoorsy woods theme wall paper border for now.  

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He picked this color.  Yeah, its a bit bright.  But its called Pickle and it suits his personality and its his favorite color so we said okay.  Its just paint, Gma Toni (who poo-poo-ed it)!

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 I painted his closet orange, just for fun.

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Here is the fireplace BEFORE.  I just threw some stuff up for the time being when we moved in.  

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Here’s the family room upstairs.  We have a different tv there now, but I didn’t take a picture b/c Dylan had his toys all over the place and it was no good for a pic today.

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Gpa Danny also put up shelving in the garage while he was here.  See, told ya – HANDY DANNY.

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More water frolicking.

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I found these cuties at Christmas Pointe.  I die over their cuteness.  Their hats are like bobble head hats!  

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Gma Toni came and brought some fall stuff to help out the fireplace room.  Here is the finished product.

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Put up some Halloween stuff today as well!

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And the front door is all fall ready!

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The leaves are falling, the pumpkins are out and its nearly October!  Ahhh fall.  In a new house.  Fun fall!

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Heres the tree in our front yard.  

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Avery felt the need to pose for me.  Dylan had no interest.  BOO DYLAN!!!

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And then she rolled down the hill (which is gonna be an AWESOME sledding spot in the winter I decided!).

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Well, that’s it for now.  I have a birthday video to create.  DOH!  I haven’t even started.  Shoot me now.  Later!

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Labor Day and First Day of School 2013

Well, another Labor Day/First Day of School has come and gone.  I figured I had better write up this post now or it might never happen.  We move a week from tomorrow!!!!  So it is now or never for this post! 🙂  

We were up at Loon Lodge for Labor Day.  As always, we had craft time up at the cabin.  Gma Tone came up with this seashell painting project using shells from South Padre Island.

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They had a lot of fun with this.

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Surprisingly, Avery’s shells turned out the best!  LOL.  She came up with the idea after she was done to splatter pink paint on her shells.  The others were all “ooooooooh ahhhhhh”  and copied her.  

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Oh hey Rocko!

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It wouldn’t be a weekend at Loon Lodge without a picture of someone in the fabulous red glasses from the sunglass collection!

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Gma and Gpa got a pontoon paddle boat.  The kids love it.  Eric, not so much.  He thinks its lame and that no one will use it.  Well HA HA to him because everyone wanted to use it a lot!

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Then after a day of shell drying, it was time for part 2 of the craft – sticking the shells in plaster of paris to make stepping stones.  The girls mixed it up and we poured it in pie pans.

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Annnnnnnnnd it set up too fast.  Natalie was the only one who got to put shells in before it got too hard.  Craft fail!

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Wahhhhh waaaaaaaah.

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And as always, we had lots and lots of good food (spotty bananas not included!  WHY are those there?!) and good times with the fam.

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Final night of summer campfire.

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And, the last lanterns.  Le sigh.

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Eric is laughing at Jon sticking his face in the picture suddenly.  

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But since he was moving and blurry, I made him re-do it.

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Hmmm, I wonder where Natalie gets it from? 😉

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Off it goes!

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Here’s Natalie’s dance face!  Or so I’m told…

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Back at home, it was time for the 1st day of school for Dylan.  As you can probably tell by his clenched hands, he was pretty nervous.  He started his 1st grade year at a new school because of our impending move.

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Getting him to smile was hard.

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Eric knocked on the window to try to loosen him up.  

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He showed us his muscles in response to that. 🙂  

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He survived but not without some tears and lots and lots of “what if” questions each night before bed since.  I think once we’re moved and settled, he’ll feel better.  We all will.  This moving thing blows!!!  7 more days…..

And with that, I’m signing off.  See ya in a month?  Maybe?  Haha.

ETA: Avery’s first day of school pics.  She started a few days after Dylan so I didn’t have her pics to stick in this post at the time.  Anyway, here they are!  This is her 2nd year of preschool.

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She was very chatty with her teachers which is funny b/c last year I think she barely said a word to them!

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We’re moving!!!!

After 3 long years of waiting for the right party to come along, we have finally sold our house!!  When we first put up the house for sale, we had no idea it would take that long.  I can remember when the first for sale sign went up and I immediately expected calls requesting showings.  I thought, “Why hasn’t anyone come storming down our door to get in to this place!?!” and feeling a bit offended when they didn’t.  And A LOT offended when people would schedule a showing and then not even come in the dang house (happened a few times!)!  But, thats all over with now.  We can finally relax (no more “we have a showing so don’t touch that, don’t do anything, just sit there and don’t mess that up!”) and move on.  Here is the celebratory champagne.  This is the last bottle of champagne from our wedding 5 years ago.

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We don’t own champagne flutes.  What of it?!

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I will miss the view here.  Eric says he will NOT.  I always found it to be kind of pretty.  Ya know, nature.  

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Kacie and the boys were up for another visit, so that added to the excitement!  Kacie had had a dream that we sold while she was here (and had 2 bidders) and she was right.  She’s pregnant, so I think she might be psychic.  That’s a thing, isn’t it?  Pregnant women are psychic.  I think it is.  Anyway, here she is with all the kiddies on the tube.  Talk about taking one for the team!  She’s 8 months pregnant!

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Hey boaters!  Gpa Danny’s last time on Sullivan Lake.

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Not this guys last time.  He has 35 more days here.

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The next day, we took our pontoon into town to hit up the lake that we’re gonna be living on now.  Oh, did I mention we sold our house and bought a house within 2 days of each other?  Oh yes.  We did.  We were going back to take another look at it (AFTER we had bought it, no big deal) so we thought we might as well check it out by boat too.  I think he likes it!

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Everyone in the water!

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Gpa Danny likes it!

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Even Easton got in!  (Henny did too, but I was in the water at the time, so no pic of him)

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And, without further adieu, here it is – OUR NEW HOUSE!

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We have a ton of land (2.4 acres) and we are quite pleased about that.  

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How’s that for lakeshore?!

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Avery’s first picture in front of her new beach.

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The house looking up from the lake.

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Well, that is all for now.  Gotta get packing!! 🙂  We move Sept 12th.  Which means that for 8 glorious days….I get to drive Dylan to school.  I’m being sarcastic.  That won’t be glorious.  We live in the boonies!  But not for long!!! 🙂  

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