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Quote of the month...

"Standing tall is a very admirable thing. There are very few stories in history of heroes who slouched to the rescue. Likewise, most individuals don't look up to people who are drooped over."
from Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra by Obert Skye

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Foto Story Friday #90-- Nature's Mud Flaps

Sometimes it is interesting what nature creates. We have had quite a bit of snow round here and it gets rather cold so when the temp rises to the high 20's, things start to melt and we run around with our coats open or off cause, it feels like a heat wave! In the midst of all of this tiny drops of water dripping from the vehicles make the most interesting "natural" mud flaps!
Front tire flaps.
Rear mud flaps.
Over the tire top flaps.
Look outside the box!
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Foto Story Friday #89-- Milestones

We have passed another milestone here:
This is the cupboard above the sink in the bathroom. It has recently had an addition to it. What you might ask? Well, another stick of deodorant was placed on the shelf. Top shelf holds Troy's and mine, bottom shelf holds Shantel and Savanna's and the middle shelf is home to the boys, Cody and Robby. Yep that's right Robby, my 4th grader, has joined the ranks of deodorant wearers.
This is his. Gotta keep them all straight, everyone has their own flavor and brand, so there are no mix-ups.
Now, I really need to tell the story of how we came to this point. A few weeks back, Robby was getting ready to attend a city council meeting with his Grandpa and Cody where they were going to recognize the 100th year of scouting. All the boys, both cubs and boy scouts, were to attend in uniform, present the colors and receive the recognition. Robby was putting his scout shirt on,, in the dining room of all places and as he was buttoning up, he said: "Wow! my armpits stink!" After the fits of laughter passed through the house, I told him it was about time we got him some deodorant ..... next time we got paid. It was all he could talk about and he just didn't understand why I couldn't take him right then to the store after some. Every so often, he would ask about going to get some but was having trouble remembering what it was called and would say: "Mom, when are we going to go get me some detergent?" Which, of course, would send the house into fits of laughter again. Finally, I was able to fulfill his wishes and Sunday morning after his shower he got to apply his first layer of deodorant! Oh wait, let me back up a bit, Saturday night he asked when you put it on and how much to use. I told him after his shower and a few swipes should do him. So, Sunday morning rolls around and he goes in to shower only to come out of the bathroom in a bit of a panic cause he can't find his deodorant. I calmly explained that it was above the sink and all was well.
After 3 hours of church we came home to change clothes and head over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for dinner and he proudly announced to anyone within hearing that his armpits still smelled good! Guess he's sure!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

foto story #88--New cake pans

A few weeks ago, we were headed out to run some errands and the mailman had a large box that needed signing for. We were curious as to the contents, neither on of us had ordered anything from Amazon and we could see that it came from there. Troy quickly slit it open and we found a football shaped cake pan inside. Troy, looking puzzled, dug through the box in search of the receipt. I, on the other hand, knew that it must be from Aunt Claudia and the receipt confirmed it.
A few days later, another large box arrived and 4 more shaped pans were inside! We will have plenty of choices for the next birthdays or just any ole day for cool cakes!
Troy was dying for a football cake and set to work on it.
He did a great job and it tasted wonderful.

Thanks again Aunt Claudia for the surprises in the mail! We will enjoy all the fun new shapes.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Foto Story Friday #87--baby photo shoot

About a week ago my friend had her baby. So for fun, I went over on Monday and we had a little photo shoot. Well the only way to learn is to do, right? So here is a small sampling of the photos I took:
Mother and Child.
Mirrors are pretty cool. I wondered around the house looking for props, every time I passed this sign, I thought I should see how I could use it.
Gotta love the chance to edit the photo for a different feel.
A little princess.
Sitting at less than a week old! Her mom was standing ready to catch her. At nearly 1 week she was very alert, we worked on this for close to 2 hours and she was wide awake the whole time.

Tiny little hands
and precious little feet. Saw the rings on the toes idea and I had to give it a try.
Sweet kisses of a mother.
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