In effort…

Moms are mire often than not the one behind the camera trying to capture their kids childhood. I.am certainly no different. My kids see my camera out and they say “cheese” (or looking away if feeling shy that particular day).
But yesterday I made a tiny effort to make sure there was at least one picture of me with my kids. So they know how much I loved being home with them.

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I love it. Because I know I took it just after we got done with a water fight (all of us were more than a little wet). A water fight where there were belly laughs in “getting mom” with the water and squeals of fun anticipation as I chased them with my own water supply. It was a fun summer day filled with great memories.

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Protect yourselves from the sun

The past few days have been pretty hot (104*Friday, 108*Saturday, and a cool off to 91*today). So we have gotten back into the sunscreen before outside play routine (we tend to fall out of it during winter).
Since today was not quite as hot as previous two days, I took the opportunity to weed a little bit in our backyard. Well, as I came back to the patio from the sideyard, this is what I discovered…

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So evidently I need to put the sunscreen bottle up out of reach after slathering up the kiddos.

Sorry I am busy

I haven’t been updating this like I have in the past. I, to be honest, really haven’t been doing formal school time either. Between J’s t-ball, the spring-wonderful weather and packing for our move, I have been letting kids soak up more than their fair share of vitamin D.
We have been going for walks, riding our bikes, playing in our jump house, having picnics under the big tree out front, and just playing.

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So pardon the lack of postings. They should might resume after we get moved in.. well if actually decorating our first adult home doesn’t consume my time. 😉

Warms a mommy’s heart

Today, I got to see the joy spread over my boys faces as they got ready to go on a fishing trip with their daddy. Clothes were changed faster than ever. Non stop talking in excitement. And smiles that spread across their entire face as they kiss me goodbye and climb into the truck. So precious and heart warming.
And….well I had only one child to drag around got one on one time with Miss G as we went shopping for Easter basket/egg filler.

Because it captures my everyday

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Some pictures are perfectly posed. Others are posed but still candid. And others like this one are simply a snapshot taken with no special attention yet are a perfect picture how everyday life is spent. Toys everywhere (because the wanted toy was at the very bottom of the storage bucket). Grass starting to become a bit too long (because it is hard to find the time that all three kids would be safely away but in ear/sight range). But, best thing of all, all three kiddos are happily playing.

Valentines Day school

So as a minor side note from our day of the week routine, we celebrated Valentines Day. I have seen various ideas on Pinterest on using the conversation hearts so we went for it. First we sorted our heart by color and then we charted the hearts to see which color we had the most of. J practiced writing his writing and wrote the total at the bottom of each column.

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As usual the boys were not ready to be done, so we did a little experiment. We put a conversation heart in a tray of water, made a hypothesis, and waited to see what would happen.

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The boys then got to indulge in a few hearts as well. Funny story, the next day J got his chart down (the one where the glued the hearts to the columns) and since he couldn’t eat the hearts, he licked the ink off each one! He had a blue nose and chin from rubbing on the column of hearts as he went.

Sweet moments

With all the emotion of house hunting right now, sometimes I have to remind myself to step back and forget all that. I have to just enjoy the sweet moments that are in my present.

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A day at the park filled with smiles.

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All three kiddos wrestling, tickling, and laughing with each other.

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A special moment between brothers.

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And a chocolate pudding face taking a bath.