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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Lily

Date of occurrence:
July 27, 2016.

Happy Birthday, little Lily!

You are one year old today. Wow, how time flies.

Even though your party will be this coming Saturday, we know you will be spoiled today as well.

And rightfully so.

A cutie like you deserves it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Date of occurrence:
July 22, 2016.

It is a rainy day and I have been figuring out what to do to keep the kids busy without their eyes turning into squares from either watching TV, or playing on the computer and their tablets all day long.

Kc had indicated earlier that he wanted to do some of the elective requirements in his scout book. That is a great idea. There is an entire chapter called 'Art Explosion' in it and one of the requirements is to create something out of clay and dry it.

We bring out the Play-Doh and let our imaginations run free.

They have no clue what to make at first.

It doesn't take long though before their creative juices start flowing.

Leo ends up with what was supposed to be a flower, but turned out to be a magic wand.

Emmaly made three roses: one for her Mom, one for aunt A. and one for me.

And Kc? He unintentionally creates a mushroom.

Sometimes, you just go with the flow and.... Kaboom: an art explosion!

Monday, August 22, 2016

See The Noise

Date of occurrence:
July 16, 2016.

We are watching one of the 'Home Alone' movies and have arrived at the part where the couple of crooks is hanging from a large chandelier.

One falls down, gets up and hears a noise above him. He looks up just in time to see his partner in crime come crashing down on him.

We all laugh at the funny scene.

It gets even funnier after Leo's comment.

Leo: "Now you know; when you see the noise, don't look up!"

We laugh even harder. We have a great suspicion that when you 'see' the noise....

It is already too late! Grin.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Expect The Unexpected

Date of occurrence:
July 14, 2016.

Kc and aunt A. are going to Scout Resident Camp and since Kc is a Webelos now, he will have to camp out in his own tent.

Practice makes perfect and we ensure he knows how to set up his tent by having him pitch and take it down in the back yard and even inside several times.

He is doing a great job and is fully aware he has to be careful when bending the poles into position, because he will have no tent when they break.

After arriving at camp, Kc starts setting up his accommodations for the night and...... breaks one of the poles.

Duct tape fixes the problem momentarily, but after getting back from lunch, another part of the pole gave up the ghost.

We know our little man is sick about that. He has been so looking forward to sleeping in his tent by himself.

Oh well, those things happen.

Kc is allowed to share his aunt's tent as they will try to fix his the next day, if the weather permits. We hope they can put it together and it will hold up for a couple of nights.

We are sorry this happened, but we chalk it up to a lesson learned.

He also knows now to expect the unexpected!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Too Cool For School

Date of occurrence:
July 11, 2016.

Daley is walking Levi to school. He will miss his big brother.

Levi is holding Daley's hand during the stroll. He will miss his little brother.

They are making the most out of the time they have together, until they are reunited when school is over.

It is not just cute and adorable.

It is too cool for school!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Taste Test

Date of occurrence:
July 9, 2016.

The boys are going to a large outdoor store with aunt A. to take part in their family summer camp activities. Emmaly is not allowed to go, since she got in so much trouble last week, but I got plans to keep her busy.

After the boys have left, she is building cakes and pies with her Duplo and shows them to us. I tell her I think it would be good to make some real desserts and if she likes, she can help me. Emmaly is all up for that.

We first make a cheese cake pie and Emmaly is thrilled to put the blueberry topping in a bowl.

She is pleasantly surprised when I tell her to lick the spoon after she is finished.

She has no objections whatsoever and cleans the spoon thoroughly.

Since she is doing such a great job, I give her the spatula I used to smoothen out the cheesecake filling and let her work her magic on that as well.

After preparing the pie, we move on to cutting up a watermelon. I cut it in pieces and Emmaly puts them in a bowl. We eat several pieces while completing our task. Emmaly sneaks in a few more and looks at me while doing so.

I smile at her and tell her it is okay; we got plenty. That does not fall on deaf ears and she eats a piece or two each time she puts them in the bowl. Her eyes are gleaming and I am thankful she is having a good time.

The watermelon is not. Emmaly must have eaten about a fifth of it all together by the time we are done, and with good reason.

Good cooks have to put their food through a diligent taste test!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Double, Double Toil And Trouble

Date of occurrence:
July 7, 2016.

After having given herself and causing her sister to get a haircut, the trouble Emmaly is getting herself into hasn't stopped yet.

Yesterday morning she got up before anyone else and decided to have breakfast. There is nothing wrong with that, were it not for the fact that she not only ate her own, but that of all of her siblings as well. She even dove into the pantry and treated herself to a snack.

It is a good thing Mom didn't have to rush to the store. She had enough food to cover the loss and no one had to go without. It didn't help Emmaly's cause though.

Today, Emmaly got a hold of some nail polish. Being the 'girly' girl she is, she wanted to look pretty and painting her nails would certainly contribute to achieving that goal.

It would have, if it had ended up on her nails instead of all over herself and her clothes.

One can only wonder what kind of trouble our little princess will stir up tomorrow!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Independence Day

Date of occurrence:
July 4, 2016.

Emmaly decides she wants to look like Isabella.

After all, they are sisters and sisters should look alike.

She climbs up on the furniture, gets mom's scissors and... cuts of part of her beautiful, long hair.

That is only the start of the mayhem.
She gives Bell the scissors and tells her to cut her hair too.

Bell doesn't hesitate and cuts part of her hair.

Yes, again. This is already the third time Bell cuts her own hair.

She went from her hair being half way down her back to chin length and this time she cuts it even above her ear.

The girls are not finished yet. They think their new Elsa doll needs to join the sisterhood and cut the doll's long braid off.

It still doesn't end there.

Emmaly gathers up all the hair of the floor and tries to sneak it into the trash can in hopes of her Mom not noticing what just took place.

It is a little too late for that. The evidence is literally staring Mom in the face and she is fit to be tied.

Emmaly must have thought that since it is Independence Day she had the freedom to do as she pleased.

I hope you have a happy Independence Day. Emmaly didn't.

She cut herself short of a fun outing!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Our Champion

Date of occurrence:
July 2, 2016.

Levi has been training hard at judo. Our little guy had an exam and a tournament coming up and he has been putting his best foot forward to ensure he was not going to fail either one.

And as you can see, he didn't. He acquired the yellow slip on his belt which indicates he is well on his way to earning that yellow belt and.....

Levi ended up in third place at the tournament today. Way to go, little guy!

Our Levi is a champion in the making!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Happy Trio

Date of occurrence:
July 1, 2016.

Here is a picture of all our granddaughters.

It sure is a happy trio.

That sounds like a good name for a band.

"And now, the moment you all have been waiting for. We present to you The Happy Trio!"

I can't wait until we can present a picture of The Happy Quartet.

Yes, that would be all of our grandsons!

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