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Pumpkin fun!

After Thanksgiving is done and we are heading into Christmas there is always a debate about what to do with the pumpkins. We had nice pumpkins all the way from Minnesota from Grandma’s garden, we had one from the pumpkin patch in Riverton, and we had one from the library. A squirrel had been scratching at one so I decided to chop up the pumpkins and feed the wildlife instead of just throwing them away. I thought this would be great fun for the kids too. So armed with hammers and an ax we went outside to chop the pumpkins.

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James got into it right away.

Faith decided to drive from the back yard to the front yard. She just watched the pumpkin pounding, her dolly safely tucked inside her coat.

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Gideon on the other hand did not have fun. He never did pound any pumpkins either.

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We didn’t have to wait long at all for the squirrel to figure out that we made his job a little bit easier. The very next morning we got to watch him run pieces of pumpkin up the tree.

It has been several weeks since we chopped up the pumpkins. We have watched countless times the squirrel working on hiding his pumpkin bits. James even found some pumpkin pieces way up in the tree branches where the squirrel hide them. We also haven’t had any bunnies lately because the squirrel chases them out of the yard. He doesn’t want to share. All that was left was a big pumpkin that really didn’t get chopped very well. I have been planning on throwing it away and writing this blog post with just the squirrel. But then a few days ago our snow was covered in deer tracks and a big bite was taken out of the pumpkin. Every morning less of the pumpkin was left. I was sad the deer was eating the pumpkin during the night when we couldn’t see it. And then today this happened!

I might have been just as excited as the children!

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This buck ate every bit of the pumpkin pieces in the yard and even licked our bird feeder for a bit before walking calmly out the front gate and down the street. Broad daylight, and we live in the middle of town. Crazy!! I am so glad we didn’t throw the pumpkins away!

Sunday afternoon bike ride.

I am ashamed to say we really haven’t been biking since moving. We have done a little bit around the house but that’s it! The children have been playing so well in our new house that we don’t seem to be spending much time outside. This last week was really really cold too. But this week we are supposed to be back up to the mid 70’s every day. So we went for a nice bike ride today after naps!

It was so windy when we started out James kept pushing his bike instead of riding. It is almost always windy here (thanks to the chinook winds from California), but we only had a few blocks to go before turning and then the wind wasn’t so bad.

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James leading the way!

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Once we get on the bike path this is our view to the left and right of the path. Beautiful!

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The little ones enjoying their ride.

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No make up! Don’t care! (actually I did have make up on at one point today…)

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We didn’t see anyone else on the path today. Such a change from our bike rides in Denver. It was kind of stressful riding with James on our paths in Denver since there were quite a few people and many of the bikers were exercising and going fast. I was constantly telling James to get over and to stay on his side. This path is much much more relaxing (as long as I watch out and don’t get hit by James!!).

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The bike path goes to what James calls Our Little Beach. It is really a sad substitute for a beach, but the kids love it.

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I asked James where he was going and he said, “To that big rock in the middle that Levi and Lincoln went to.”.

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So I helped him. He was very happy!

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I don’t know what the appeal is to sticking one’s feet in very cold water, but it must be done. every. single. time.

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Gideon

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Faith telling me the water is cold.

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I love the colors of fall! And I love this girl’s smile!

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Faith trying to do everything her big brothers do.

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 On the way home we had to stop and admire James’ skid mark he made on the way to Our Little Beach. James is really into making skid marks, which means he goes really fast and then hits his breaks (and then I almost hit him!). It kinda scares me and if he does it on gravel some time I think he is really going to wipe out. But so far he is just leaving cool marks behind.

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New Park

While we keep moving every few years we at least get to keep trying out new parks. We have already been to the city park, which isn’t all that great other then the swings. This Saturday we tried out the school park. I was having an awful few days and figured we all needed to get out of the house. So I packed snacks and headed to the park with the kids.

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This park is full of monkey bars. I realize it was made for school kids for recess but my goodness! It isn’t very kid friendly.

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James is almost 5, Gideon is 3 1/2 and Faith is 1 1/2

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Even though most of the park is monkey bars they love this little bridge. We play “The three billy goats gruff”. Guess who gets to be the ugly troll? 😉

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This park also has three slides all in a row. This is also a lot of fun. Because we were the only people at the park I let them take off their shoes and climb up them.

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Going to the park really helped our moods. However we had some major falls that were really scary. I am so glad the kids are alright. Here is my facebook post when we got home.

“Today I decided to blow off everything I needed to do this morning and take the children to the park. They had not been out of the house since Monday and I had only left once all week for a brief appointment. We had fun except Faith had a major fall, from pretty high up, and landed straddling the handrail which flipped her over and landed on her face. I honestly don’t know why we didn’t have to run to the ER and have her put in a body cast. Other then some bruises and scrapes she seems fine (I have been closely watching her walk all day). She cried not even 5 min. Less then 10 minutes after Faith fell James had a pretty bad fall out of a swing. His mommy might have pushed him too hard. He seriously flew through the air head first and landed on his face. Amazingly the skin was not broken. He also cried less then five minutes. Gideon was the only one that didn’t get hurt at the park, however this evening James knocked Gideon over and I think he bit through his top lip. Blood on both top and bottom of his top lip. the cut its self seems to be pretty small, so I think he will be fine. I am over this day and injuries! I can not believe how fast kids recover from falls! If any one of the top things happens to me I would be at the doctor or at the very least the chiro whining about all my pain. Giving thanks today that every one seems to be alright.”

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Sadly by 11 it was so hot we had to leave to get out of the sun. There is no shade at this park. But the kids and I had fun, and when we got home Daddy had cleaned the whole house for me! 😀

A Pet For A Day!

Yesterday (Friday) while I was cleaning outside I discover two baby bunnies. The boys insisted on holding them, and they were surprisingly easy to catch.

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James fell in love right away. He kept telling me how much the bunny loved him. All of the children were terribly excitedtmp_15851-IMG_20150827_102530272705975

We put the one we caught a box while we decided what to do with it.

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The children worked on me all day trying to keep it. The Mommy bunny was hanging around and there was no reason not to give the poor baby back.tmp_15851-IMG_20150827_101723-537614492

Plus from what I read on Google bunnies have a 90% death rate when captured. And they need a calm and quiet place to live if they have a chance at survival. Our house is anything but calm and quiet.

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I was getting pretty worn down, and getting nothing done around the house, half way thinking of letting the kids keep the bunny. Then the kids found the second one, which we also caught. Finally I told the boys we had to give them  back at the end of the day. One bunny was kinda grumpy and James said the mommy could keep that one and we would keep the happy (most likely in shock) one. But at the end of the day these boys made the right decision and gave the bunnies back.

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And then all the children watched from the window to see if the mommy bunny would go back to the babies.

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She did finally but it was a rather hard decision on the kids, especially James. I think he secretly hoped the mommy wouldn’t go back. So we had a big game night to make up for it.

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I have been bombarded with requests to go to a pet store and buy a bunny, or a dog or any pet for that matter. I am not sure now much longer we can hold the children back. 😉

23 questions with James

This spring these 23 questions went around Facebook. Basically you ask your child the question and they answer it. It was great fun to hear James’ answers to the questions.

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think.

James 4 1/2 years old

1. What is something mom always says to you? Put clothes on

2. What makes mom happy? When I listen.

3. What makes mom sad? When I don’t do something.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? When I (mom) do funny questions.

5. What was your mom like as a child? She liked reading stories
6. How old is your mom? 17
7. How tall is your mom? He showed me about 2 -3 feet.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? She likes to go to school

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Talk to DeeDee, keep my sister and brother safe.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Because she talks to God

11. What is your mom really good at? Sleeping

12. What is your mom not very good at? Castles

13. What does your mom do for a job? When she goes to work

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Noodles
15.What makes you proud of your mom? Because I know the questions about my mommy

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? daddy would watch mommy in a movie.

17. What do you and your mom do together? We cook together, watch movies, and go to sleep together.

18. How are you and your mom the same? Because we wear different clothes.

19. How are you and your mom different? Because we are both white

20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because she is proud me.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? Because he is the daddy and you (mommy) are an amazing person.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? Go to McDonald’s.

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 17.

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First Time Sledding

Those you that know me well know that I don’t like playing in snow very much. Even as a child I hated getting cold, and playing in snow means getting cold. However we have gotten two free sleds through Titus’ job and when a friend called and said she was taking her kids sledding I knew I had to go. “Alright, we will meet you there!” I told her. “But I really don’t know how long we will be there. Probably only 10 min. Faith will get cold pretty fast.” Boy was I wrong. When we got to the park I put Faith on a sled to watch everyone. I figured the longer she sat there the less snow would get on her and the less snow = less coldness. And yes, that is Faith not some random boy baby. I don’t really want to talk about her boyish snow gear.

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The green sled is much bigger and heavier so I thought it would be the better one of the two.

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The snow was pretty fluffy and was much better for making snow forts and snowman. But I walked up and down the hill to pack down the snow and then the kids could go down really fast.

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And then all of sudden Faith figured out what was going on. That girl loves sledding!

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Apparently the green sled is slow and the fast one is the blue one. The green sled just creeped along and was perfect for Faith. I actually put her on and shoved her down the hill by herself. 🙂

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James and his friend Addy

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James just loved sledding! He would zip down the hill on the fast blue sled barely sitting down before moving! Here he is on his tummy:

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James and Faith

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Faith wanted to go on the fast one so James held onto her and they went down together. James is such a good big brother!

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Have you noticed the lack of pictures of Gideon? That’s because he got cold very early on and played in the truck the rest of the time.

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So much for Faith being cold and saying we would only sled for 10 min! We were there for about an hour, and James and Faith made it the whole time! Apparently Gideon has Mommy’s genes. 😉 This is my favorite picture. The cold finally caught up with James, but Gideon who has been playing in the truck with the sun beating down on the windows is happy as pie!

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When we got home the kids all drank hot chocolate together! What a great morning! I am so so so glad that Lisa unknowingly forced us to go sledding!

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“Mommy, winter came back.”

After weeks of warm weather (like really warm! I had to put sunscreen on the kids a few times!) we woke up to this last Monday morning:

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“Mommy?” James said to me

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“Winter came back.”

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Yes dear son it sure did!  I knew in my heart it was too early for spring (and the weather man kept tell us that as well). Even my daylilies thought it was spring! I’m not sure they will make it until spring or not now. 😦

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The snow was so pretty though and so fluffy I wanted to take pictures of the kids in it. James didn’t want to but Gideon and Faith were willing participants.

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I got this coat from Grandma Sharon. We are hoping it will bring back spring! 😀

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Gideon. He is just a month and a half away from 3 years!

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Mommy and Faith (14 1/2 months)

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James finally decided he was missing out. But he forgot his coat.

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What do we do in the house after spending the last several weeks outside? We actually went shopping that morning. It was president’s day and my favorite second hand stores were 50% off. And there I bought this kid’s board game. If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life playing this with your kids then DON’T BUY IT!! This is now their favorite game. I am constantly playing it with them.

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Also we got a big box in the mail from Grandma. The kids really like these big boxes they get in the mail! 🙂 James and Gideon sitting on the box before we opened it:

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Grandma didn’t even know that Gideon’s favorite story is the 3 little pigs. This shirt was a big hit!!

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James and Gideon playing with the new toys from Grandma. Thanks Grandma!

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