Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April

Time to do a little catching up. . .

Curtis knows all of his Rainbow Words!  All year, he has been working on about 60 sight words and he finally knows them all! Huge accomplishment for him and we're super proud.
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Spring sports have begun. Graydon is playing baseball and Curtis is in t-ball again.
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I forgot to get photos of Curtis at his practice.

Sometimes, when we're feeling silly, Graydon and I will squish each other's faces and just laugh at each other.
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Andy and I like to get up before the kids to enjoy some coffee and reading by the fire.  Without fail, one of the boys ends up waking up early to join us.
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Curtis pumped his first tank of gas.
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Hanging out in the church nursery.
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He loves to pick me flowers. And I love that he loves to pick me flowers. And I love him too.
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Drawing in their journals one evening.
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It was the time of year for kindergarten plays. Curtis was the Gingerbread Man, just like Graydon was last year. This kids were all so cute!
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Bella made Graydon a special outfit out of streamers.
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She also made a countdown chain for the last day of school. We're now down to 20! Our last day is May 25!
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We ventured out to Brown County State Park last weekend. For Christmas, our church bought us a free pass to enter any state park for 2016. This was our first time using the pass.
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We hiked around a small lake.
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It was so beautiful.
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I can't wait to visit more state parks!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Our New Fireplace!

The day before the fireplace installation guys were showing up, we moved the furniture to get our living room all ready. Previously, our TV was on this wall.
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They're here!
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A little bit of progress.
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By the end of the day, we had a functioning gas fireplace!
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Before the cement board went up, I thought it might be fun to put a time capsule in there somewhere. But then we thought it might not hold up due to the heat of the fireplace. Instead, we got out some sharpies and started writing and drawing.
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It looked like this for about a week.
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Then Andy put the cement board up.
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And after another week or so, the stone went up! A friend from church helped Andy get started and then he completed the rest on his own.
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Done!
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And we are loving it! Everything just seems that much better by the fire: family games, reading, movies, etc. It has a way of just bringing us all together.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Andy turns 36!

We stretched Andy's birthday out over several days. His birthday fell on Maundy Thursday this year. Holy Week is always busy for pastors with church services every night and Easter to prepare for. So we just took him out to lunch and did a little cupcake celebration after church that night.
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Our neighbors brought over a homemade ice cream cake. This was the best ice cream cake that we have ever had! Crushed oreos on the bottom, a layer of fudge, rocky road ice cream, whip cream, and chocolate on top. So good!
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The Monday after Easter, when Andy's parents were in town (and Andy was finally able to relax), we officially celebrated his birthday with dinner, cake, and presents.
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Rootbeer all around!
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Happy 36th birthday, Andy!