Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Andy turns 37!!!

We spread out Andy's birthday celebration this year over a few days.
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Bella made him this sign.
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On the actual evening of his birthday, a big group from our church went to Indianapolis for Faith & Family Night at the Pacers game.
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These hats were included in the ticket price.
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After the game, one of the players shared a little bit about his life.
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And we all got to make free throws. Both Andy and Graydon made their baskets!
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The following evening, we went out for pizza. It was kind of a dreary day. Bella's sweatshirt is quite a contrast to the sky - I did nothing to this photo.
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After dinner, we came home for ice cream cake! This was my first time making one.
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Happy 37th Birthday, Andy! We all love you!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Break

My mom came down for a few days. One of the fun things we did was go to see 'Beauty and the Beast'. I forgot to take a photo of us at the theater, so when we saw this big rose at Hobby Lobby after, I decided that was the second best way to remember our afternoon.
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Bella lost one of her eye teeth! These are the teeth we have been waiting on to see if she'll need round two of braces. Now she just needs to lose the other and we need to see how they grow in.
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Curtis found my post-it notes.
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And he shared them with his siblings.
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Through the whole spring break, Graydon kept asking if we could go to an indoor pool. At the end of the second week, we finally did.
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It was a little chilly - look at his purple lips!
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Mabel making her goodnight rounds.
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She couldn't quite make it up to Curtis's top bunk.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In like a lion. . .

Our school had its annual Fun Fair. Curtis used all of the tickets he won to get these antlers. More dress up!
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A huge storm blew through, knocking power out across town. School ended up getting canceled. We had our fire to keep us warm.
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Mabel's in heaven - she loves getting her belly rubbed.
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We celebrated Read Across America Week and read a lot of Dr. Seuss.
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The school had a banquet honoring all of the 5th and 6th grade students who were on a basketball or cheerleading team. Each coach had two awards to give out. Our coach chose "MVP" and "Mental Attitude". Bella won the "Mental Attitude" award!
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All of the award winners from the various teams.
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Bella and I shared socks for Wacky Sock day. I'm glad she still wants to do things like this with me!
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We also had a lot of fun with Crazy Hat day!
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Andy bought a new car! If you will recall, he actually bought a Ford Focus back in December. After our close friend's fatal car accident, we decided that he should be driving something bigger. And this works much better for our family. We are loving our new Black Beauty a.k.a. Kia Kilps!
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Graydon's teeny snowman that he made with the teeny snow that we got.
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Sweet Mabel loves her bed.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Father Daughter Dance

All dressed up and ready for their date night.
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While Andy and Bella went to their dance, the boys and I had our own night out. Earlier in the day, I googled ideas of fun things to do with the boys. One of the things that came up was taking an "architectural tour" of Columbus. I laughed to myself as I pictured the boys' boredom over looking at buildings. But, later when Graydon asked what we'd be doing that evening, I blurted out, "an architectural tour of Columbus!" He was not happy. I kept up this charade as we headed out for the night. The first stop on our "architectural tour" was McDonald's so the boys could look at the golden arches. . . and get Happy Meals.
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The toy inside was decks of cards, so we played a game of War after finishing up our meals.

The next stop on our "architectural tour" was Chuck E. Cheese. I don't like their pizza, which is why we ate somewhere else. I just bought them a ton of coins to play games.
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We ended our evening and "architectural tour" by getting some ice cream from Dairy Queen.

Andy and Bella ended their night similarly at Culver's.
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I love date nights.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Finishing up February

This little guy just loves to dress up!
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Bible-reading in bed. He knows where his true super powers come from.
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Curtis earned his Bobcat award at Cub Scouts.
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He's at it again!
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A Mabel photo bomb! I like to take pictures of school work - stuff I want to remember but don't necessarily want to hold on to. Looks like Mabel wanted to be sure I would remember her too.
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Bella participated on our school's Math Bowl team this year.
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Teams of students from each school answered math problems.
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Hope Elementary came in first place!!
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Graydon got his yellow belt!
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More dressing up: Cowboy Curtis this time.
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Mabel supervising Graydon's bath time.
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The boys have graduated to a new chore: sock and underwear sorting. I love not doing this one anymore.
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