Dec 05

December Dailies Return

I am going to do my best with this for this year and not feel bad when it falls apart. Life is very busy these days with big but great things at work and two fabulous kids at home.

Nov 13

Snow White and Prince Charming

Halloween this year was Allie’s choice, and she wanted to be Snow White, her favorite of the princesses. We thought about making Josh one of the seven dwarfs but decided that he wouldn’t like the beard. So, Prince Charming was the choice.

If you asked him what he was, he would say “Princess Charming”. He couldn’t be convinced otherwise. In fact, he wore a flowered headband to school on Halloween morning. We decided it wasn’t worth fighting.

It was a great time, but a cold one, trick-or-treating. Luckily we could warm up at the McKeiths. Ellie the Elephant and her month old sister Maryn dressed as a peanut joined us for trick-or-treating. Ellie was most excited about the dogs and even tried to pet a werewolf much to the werewolves dismay. Our kids were most frightened by the dogs but still did pretty well. Allie was very brave and liked to go up and ring doorbells on her own.

Here are glimpses of the kids in the Halloween Parade.

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Here is Allie’s class singing a pumpkin song.

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Oct 04

Fall Planting

We took advantage of some sales and got a few plants to go around the mailbox. Daddy luckily had able helpers to assist him. No way he could do this by himself.

Oct 04

Band Day 2012–The Greatest Show on Earth

Band Day, a circus theme this year, was also Allie’s first Purdue football game. She got the whole game day experience from Starbucks to Old Man donuts, tailgating and a nap on the way home.

Jun 11

Weekend Trip

This past weekend, Daddy got left at home while Mommy and the kids headed to Grandma’s house. It was just a brief stop for Mommy because she and Grandpa went to Denver to look at sheep. So Grandma and the kids hung out, picked raspberries, played, napped at times and generally had fun Friday and Saturday. Mommy was supposed be back Saturday to attend the Houser reunion on Sunday but a slow judge at the sheep show delayed her and Grandpa. Uncle Nate and Aunt Erin pitched in to help out at the reunion. We are lucky to have such a flexible family to make it all work. Erin sent along some of these pictures to let Mommy know what she was missing.

May 29

Bring May Flowers

Clara, our babysitter comes one or two nights a week so that we can work late. She caught this video of Allie doing “shuffle, ball change”.

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Josh thinks he is jumping very high.

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May 28

Allie’s 4 1/2 Birthday

Allie was very excited about turning 4 1/2 so we celebrated her half-birthday in style with cake and party hats.

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May 03

April Showers

April brought Easter and other adventures.

Also, in April, I started to keep track of the words Josh was saying. April bought us “I’m stuck”, “One more time”, lots of body parts (elbow, hair, arm), animals and their sounds (duck, cow, monkey). And our favorite–bunny! And what does a bunny do “hop hop!”

Apr 12

Spring School Pictures

Look at our adorable pair of kids!

Apr 01

March Madness

Our fun March.

By the end of March, Josh was saying: help, star, oh no, rock (meaning rock in the chair), outside, ride, baa, moo, roar (very quiet, like a whisper), puppy, stuck, all done, happy (meaning the happy birthday book), mommy, daddy, and Allie (not always for the right person), nose, up and down.

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