Week in the Life 2016| Thursday Words + Pictures

I’m still plugging along on this week long project called “Week in the life” spearheaded by the amazing Ali Edwards. This week I’m capturing and recording about our lives. This was Thursday.

 

7:11 am: A year or so ago Oliver used to wake up screaming almost every day. He just took about 40 minutes to be happy. He would scream and thrash on the floor and just lose it for most of the time. And it was a TERRIBLE stage that we barely survived it. Unfortunately today he had a little relapse. And it was quite unfortunate. Apparently he is still working on it.
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7:20am: Eli is so funny about scripture study. Either he won’t read at all or he will just keep reading and won’t stop and then the other kids have to interrupt him to get a turn to read. Today it was the reading and reading and reading and not stopping. 23 verses in one day.

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7:22am: Norah wasn’t really paying attention during the scripture study. We’re still working on that.

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7:50am: Oliver was pretty proud of his sticker page.

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7:56am: Alden running off to the bus rather quickly.

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11:53pm: Appointment at the Physiotherapist. I’m hoping that it will help my near constant back pain. I’m working on that. 

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12:42pm: We ended up at Subway for lunch and there was crying and a big of gnashing on the floor. And it was lame. We’re still working on that.

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1:21pm: Norah fell asleep. Early mornings hit her too.

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1:23pm: Oliver passed out on the way home. That early morning grumpy wake up did it. He ended up only sleeping for 10 minutes which is good.

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1:44pm: We are trying to get rid of the soothers. And I heard a great idea from a friend to tell Norah that the soother fairy came and took all her soothers away and that she would get a special present for them all leaving. So she picked out walkie talkies. And her and Ollie are having tons of fun using them.

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1:47pm: They really enjoyed playing together with them. And I love it when they enjoy something together.

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3:43pm: Eli also enjoyed the Walkie Talkie’s too. HA!

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5:37pm: Lucy had a friend over Livi Sudo. And they enjoyed playing together and then she stayed over for a late over too.

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5:42pm: I love this snuggling. So sweet. I’m thankful Regan could capture this.
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6:19pm: She was helping me clean up the game.

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6:25pm: Dad made supper so that I could go off to my Stake Relief Society meeting. He’s a good dad.

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That was Thursday.

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Week in the Life 2016| Wednesday Words + Pictures

I’m still plugging along on this week long project called “Week in the life” spearheaded by the amazing Ali Edwards. This week I’m capturing and recording about our lives and then hopefully next week I’ll be putting together my album (but it’s more likely I will be doing it in a few weeks since this is crazy spring soccer, softball and end of school season.) But for today, here was our Tuesday.

Yesterday I took less pictures but in the end there are still lots of stories documented.

 

5:40am: Three kids are already up and asking for food.  Norah woke us up first with her polite knocking on the door that she always does. And then when I went in I could 5 minutes later hear Oliver screaming for Dad. So I took Norah out for breakfast and found Eli had already gotten up to eat too. At least Oliver and Eli ate and then  laid back in bed and were relatively quiet. Norah is a talker from the minute she gets up. Little bits of chit chat. Me and Regan laid in bed and chatted ourselves. It was a very early start to the day. One day no little voices or knocking will wake us up. And I’m trying to not let the early mornings make me grumpy. I’m still working on that.

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7:29am: Oliver loves to help “read” scriptures in the morning. Dad tells him the words and he proudly says them out loud. Soon hopefully he’ll be reading and be able to do it on his own. We’re working on that.

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7:58am: His great idea today for his lunch was a whole bag of popcorn, which he burnt a bit. He was popping it when he should have been running to catch the bus so there wasn’t time to redo the bag. He yelled running out the door “I LOVE burnt popcorn.” He pretty much always has a positive attitude. Something I am still working on myself.

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8:40am: Dad was a little late leaving this morning but he still did his usual run and throw the littles around hugs before rushing out the door. My kids love to say goodbye and hello to him in a big production.

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9:01am: He was supposed to be getting dressed. But instead was dancing in the doorway. And striking a pose over and over and over.

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9:04am: These two don’t always brush their teeth in the morning. We’re trying to do it every day. We’re still working on it.

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9:10am: Oliver is in a small simple Joy school group. He loves to go and loves to learn. Norah has been wanting to go all year long too so today I just asked and Norah was SO happy that she got to go to school too. We walked down the street to the Depew’s house for school.

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11:08am: I am filling in for Alden’s lunch group today for another mom. I had a whole lot of bananas so I made some of our favorite banana chocolate muffins and nachos. I don’t bake every day but pretty close to.

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11:42am: These boys are lots of fun and oh so goofy. It’ll be interesting as they continue to grow into men.

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11:57am: I was late picking up the boys because I just couldn’t find any van keys. I had to borrow the neighbors van to even go get them. Half way thru the lunch hour I found them in the hanging basket in the hallway. Still haven’t found the other set. I hate looking for lost keys. I’m trying to make sure everyone always hangs them up when they come n the house. We’re all still working on that.

Week in the Life 2016 | Words + Photos | Just Rhonda12:05pm: “Stories on the couch PLEASE mom” I’m trying to stop what I am doing more and read to her when she asks me too. I do love it and I know it’s the most important I just get into my tasks sometimes and don’t want to stop. I’m working on it still.

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12:27pm: Dad was hungry at the hospital and I was trying to take him some food and Oliver didn’t want to go. He was too tired to walk apparently. I have a hard time with that kind of silliness. I’m trying to be patient thru it but definitely still working on that.

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2:27pm: Norah and I both needed a bang trim SO bad. They were in both of our eyes. So glad  Carrie could quickly do it today. Ollie played across the street at Sage’s for 15 minutes while we got it trimmed.

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3:38pm: He came home and immediately started on some homework. I was pleased he did it without me pestering him if he had any.

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4:01pm: I have enrichment and a Judo BBQ tonight so I have to plan ahead for the food to both of them. I’m taking Roasted Yams and Sweet Potatoes for my favorite thing recipe for Enrichment. Me planning head is definitely something I’m still working on.

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4:04pm: Lucy entertaining the little kids as always. She loves to do it and we all love it.

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4:14pm: Lucy has softball in Cardston tonight. I’m not going because of Judo and Enrichment (I got someone to coach tonight for me). She was packing some snacks and money and her ball glove.

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5:08pm: Now it’s time for Soccer for Eli. Wedneday’s are our busiest days of the week. (They’ll be better now that Judo will finish tonight.) Every night before soccer Eli asks if he has to go. We put him in it because he begged to be. Now he complains almost every day. We are doing it anyways because he made a commitment. That is something to learn and hopefully as young as possible. We’re still working on it.

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6:25pm: We’re 25 minutes late for the Judo bbq. I just finished baking the cookies for the dessert. I didn’t get around to them until now. Alden snapped this shot of me rushing into the van and I’m glad he took one of me today.

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The night kept going until way later  and that was our Wednesday.

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WEEK IN THE LIFE 2016| TUESDAY WORDS + PICTURES

All week long I’m participating in a documentary project about my family called “Week in the life” spearheaded by the amazing Ali Edwards. This week I’m capturing and recording about our lives and then hopefully next week I’ll be putting together my album (but it’s more likely I will be doing it in a few weeks since this is crazy spring soccer, softball and end of school season.) But for today, here was our Tuesday.

Kids were much happier today and I was grateful. The just started out playing with each other and kinda keep doing it all day.

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One thing I am trying to teach my kids is to clean up after themselves. One small step we are working on is putting away the cereal and their bowl in the morning. (And especially the milk!) We’re still working on it.

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A better shot of the morning before the bus routine between Lucy and the littles. Air pound-its.

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Boys off to the bus. Alden goes up early to the school often with Uncle Brad to shoot basketball. But today it didn’t work out. He’s working on improving his skills on the court.

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Norah helping me water my mother’s day plants. They always die in the first week but this year I’m trying to keep them alive. We’re working on it.

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I got in my shower and these two were doing the “lights on, fan on, lights off, fan off” over and over and over. They finally just went away and I didn’t know what trouble they were getting into. They showed up with these (and I opened them and they left the room so I could get dressed) and then when  I came out they had drank almost all of them. They were supposed to each have one. We’re still working on that.

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Norah wouldn’t get in the tub without a story. So Oliver brushed, she bathed and I read out loud.

Week in the Life 2016 | Words + Photos | Just RhondaEli is constantly bringing big piles of books to the bathroom. I have asked over and over and over for him not to do it. Especially not to drop them in the pee zone (the nasty area around the toilet where boys sometimes hit with their bad aim). We’re definitely still working on that still. 

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Prayer time before lunch. They asked to watch a movie while they ate today and so I said “sure why not.” Some days neither one of these two will close their eyes or fold their arms. This actually was practice after the prayer. Some days we have to practice again after the prayer is over. We’re still working on that. 

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They saw me working on my memory keeping presentation for this weekend so they got all excited to see their own baby albums. They also had a lot of fun looking through our wedding album. I’m done Norah’s up to one and Oliver’s to about day 5 of his life. I’m still working on both.

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More evidence of still working on the let’s clean up after ourselves concept. I’m trying to not let emotion get into the mix too. I’m still working on that a LOT.

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Lucy always loves to talk to everyone when she gets home. A chat about what she did and show us things she brought home. It’s totally cute.

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A screen is like a magnet around here. It was Lucy’s turn to use the iPad and everyone else was crowding around it. It’s not my favorite.

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Eli had to get his last filing filled. He had two other ones filled a few weeks ago. After that first dentist visit he was refusing to brush his teeth. When I asked him why he wouldn’t he told me the dentist could just fix his teeth later. This kid is tricky. We’re still working on the teeth brushing thing (and the listening to mom thing).

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After school today was drive here, drive there, and back. Eli to dentist, and back, Lucy to cello and back, then to activity days and Alden and Dad to the temple.

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I love that she’s getting into the cello more. She’s working on it and I love it.

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These three little buddies have tons of fun together. I love it.

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A little help from dad and Eli’s double knot in his shoes.

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Her pink ruffle skirt, her messy hair and too long bangs, her sprinkle of freckles across her nose and cheeks, her fake grin. ? I love this sweet little girl so much.

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His prize from the dentist was this tent. He really wants to fly a kite and have a good experience. He almost had it tonight.

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I had to go out to do Relief Society visits this evening and Dad was at the temple with Alden so sweet Lucy had to do bedtime for me. When I came home Oliver was in my bed. At least everyone was asleep.

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Week in the Life 2016| Monday Words + Pictures

I started documenting my week yesterday for the week in the life project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. It’s my second year participating and I love love love my album that I ended up with last year and so I’m happily playing along again this year! These are my words and photos to document our day yesterday. Now it was a hard day. We were up in the night with two different kids and they were both crying a big portion of the day. I was very spent by supper time but I kept capturing even if it wasn’t a perfect day. It was one of “those” days that make mothering hard that are certainly a part of motherhood. And because of that completely worth documenting.
Night time wake ups were 2am with a peed in bed by Oliver. Dad took care of that one. And then at 3:30am with Norah who “just needed a little milk please”. And then everyone up for the day at 615am. We were both so tired.
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6:24am: I can’t remember the last time I got out of bed and Eli wasn’t up. He is ALWAYS the first one up in the house. He’s often here snuggled in his fuzzy blanket reading.

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7:12 am: The other kids are up for scripture study and breakfast.

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7:19am: We usually have scriptures all together at the table but today we were all feeling drowsy and tired so some were on the couch, Alden was eating his breakfast. We read loud and made it work.

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7:23am: Oliver was showing Norah how to meditate. I have no idea where even learns some of the things he knows.  Eli had to show how he did it next.

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7:40am: I couldn’t find Lucy and she wasn’t answering the calling for the bus so I went down to find her and here she was reading. This girl loves her books.

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7:47am: Eli: “Mom can you just PLEASE help me with my backpack. I can’t fit everything in it.”

Me: “Well then you must have something else in it.”

Eli: “No I don’t.” I dig around and find a sandwich container filled with dirty socks. Classic Eli.

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7:54am: Lucy has this routine with the littles. She does air high fives, air hugs and air pound its. And they all giggle while they do it.

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8:48am: It’s often a battle to get kids in the tub around here. And today I didn’t win with Norah. But Ollie had too. (peed the bed last night) After Ollie couldn’t walk (typical post bath behavior with him) because he was just SO COLD.

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8:52am: Still couldn’t get him to just get dressed to get warm.

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8:58am “Mom can I PLEASE call a friend?” (It’s been a constant question since about 8am)

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9:00am: She loves bouncing on that bed of hers. One day when we get it off the floor she might have even more fun 😉

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10:19 am: There has been fighting all morning between these two today. And I am about at my limit. I was trying to take a picture of Oliver and she walked over and hit him. We’re all tired and it’s showing.

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10:28am: I especially need some extra help today from above.

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10:48am: Let’s try making something to distract the crying and be happy.

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10:50am: It didn’t work out.

Week in the Life 2016 | Words + Photos | Just Rhonda10:55am: He was only happy to listen to hers if he had his own.

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1:33pm: “Mom, I gotta go pee!” We race to the bathroom and then she yells “Wait, first I gotta do the pee dance. And it goes like this. You shake your knees!”

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2:38pm: Trying to be on top of supper since Monday’s are currently crazy around here. Making two kinds of soup (Minestrone and Grandma’s Chicken noodle) plus french bread.

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3:01pm: Sage always brings a little happiness to these two and I’m glad she came over!!!

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3:52pm: Let’s be honest here. The only motivation for guitar practice is playing the WiiU.

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4:54pm: Mason came over to play but Eli has soccer soon so they only have a little time together.

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5:13pm: Eli: ” I just need a butter horn for when Im subbed off and I feel like snacking!”

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5:56pm: The noodles for the soup.

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6:05pm: Fresh bread for the new neighbors on the block.

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6:12pm: Everyone just quietly doing their own thing.

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6:12pm: Building lego and listening to the radio.

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6:31pm: Norah likes to sit on a stool at the table and we are not fans of it because she keeps putting her feet on the table. And it is a constant battle. She is really short so I can see wanting to be higher. Guess I shouldn’t have gotten rid of the booster seat.

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6:52pm : Off to his soccer game.

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7:31pm: Bed time stories with dad.

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7:39pm: She is doing so good with her cello practice lately. All on her own and I love it.

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12:00am: Friends came over for a book club meeting and ended up staying realllllllllly late (we actually went into this morning). It was so fun and so good to chat!

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That was our Monday.

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Day in the Life: March 2016

Last May I participated in documenting my whole day with the Day in the Life project headed by  the talented Ali Edwards and her Day in the life. Really it is similar to my 15 on the 15th that I do monthly but more pictures. Yesterday I documented our day. I took a whole lot of pictures. Here is the highlight reel 🙂 I put some of them on Instagram and I realized that I was way off on my guessing of times on Instagram. HA!

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7:27am: Family scripture study at the table while eating breakfast. The kitchen is still a bit messy from yesterday.

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7:48am: We have Eli pack his own lunch so that hopefully he’ll eat more of it. He takes the strangest things. Today it was a plain whole bagel, grapes, a bag of goldfish and two Easter candies.

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8:10am: Two kids crying about screens. I have a love/hate relationship with screens. Mostly hate with kids and their want of screens.

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8:51am: Dad leaves for work. I’d already had a head start on cleaning up the house so the furniture is piled together and the littles are watching the iPad so I can mop and sweep.

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9:24am: Almost done sweeping so I can mop the whole upstairs. Kids almost done with the iPad.

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10:04am: The bath together. There’s already been a couple bawling matches but then they fix it and are happy again.

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10:27am: Getting out of the bath. Teeth brushing, hair fixing, lots of giggling and naked kids running away.

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10:32am: This is an accurate picture of me trying to dress these two. They are wrestling on minute and dancing away from me the other.

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11:04am: New chalkboard message for the week.

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11:21am: I always try and sneak into the shower. I wait until they are busy with something but it’s like they have magical powers to hear when the shower comes on?! So I set up my tripod and camera and had my remote in the bathroom So I could capture what they do. Today they didn’t turn out the light (which is the usual) but they did bang a lot and turned the fan on and off and on and off. I got quite a few pictures of them out here and I love them all. 🙂

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11:48am: “Mom, the cookie jar is empty, so we’d better make some cookies to fill it up. Don’t worry I’ll get down the cookie book and pick the kind!”

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11:56am: “I wanna crack an egg mom” “Me too!”

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12:24pm: They both got bored of cookie making and went jumping on the trampoline instead.

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12:49pm: We’re trying to work on these two closing their eyes during prayer. Me setting the timer probably doesn’t help 🙂

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12:56pm: Me and my list making. I feel like I can’t figure out my day without it.

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1:03pm: O:” We’re going outside” Me: “Put on a coat and shoes.” N: “But it’s just so beautiful outside, so we don’t need them.”

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1:06pm: Let’s wash those faces before you go outside.

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1:11pm: Cleaning up some of the kitchen

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1:16pm: “We’ll shut the door and press the ding-bell.” and Over and over.

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2:41pm: “Mom take a picture of us just relaxing.”

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2:43pm: Dance party in the living room.

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3:42pm: First thing he does is always look for food when he gets home. He’s become a bit of a bottomless pit with food lately. It cracks me up. I remember my brothers eating like this!

Day in the Life | Just Rhonda3:42pm: Waiting for cello lessons to start and having some “light chit chat” with this lovely girl. She is such a joy to parent.
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4:42pm: Eli saw me pull up from checking the mail and my in between having to go pick up Lucy again. He decided he’d better ride along just to read the new lego magazine.

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4:50pm: He always has to do some chore to earn screen time. And this is the chore he hates the most. But he easily makes the most laundry of ANY person in our family. So he always has some to put away. And it is painful EVERY SINGLE time.

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5:19pm: For today’s screen time he picked playing lego games. I don’t let kids on the computer very often. Too many scary things out there in the internet land!

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5:20pm: Risk is often played around here. I think the rules have been warped a bit but whatever. As long as they’re having fun.

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5:39pm: Tramp basketball games are the other big thing around here lately. They were having a dunk competition with lots of laughing and wipe outs.

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5:43pm: “Mommy, sit with me here, and I’ll zap you with my lasers.”

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5:54pm: Oliver: ” I just want to do something with you…. like paint! Can we please paint?”

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6:12pm: Left overs for supper. Dad on call plus a big family meal a couple days ago equals left overs for dinner.

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6:19pm: Most days I don’t let books at the table at supper. Any other meal I don’t care but supper we talk. Today I let them read. Lucy got a book two minutes later.

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7:04pm: Alden going to Young Mens. I am so very grateful for the good group of youth leaders we have in our ward right now. Alden loves going and those good men are having a great influence on his life. I am so so grateful.

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7:58pm: Stories, songs and bed time prayers.

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8:05pm: A little late to bed  but not good bad. Lately Eli asks for a kiss attack pretty much every night. And he giggles the entire time. It’s really cute. Ollie sits on his bed waiting for his.

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8:08pm: After weeks of late nights with the play, she was so excited to lay around on her bed and read and then go to bed at a good time.

That was our Tuesday. Totally typical of how much we saw dad  when he’s on call (which is not at all until I drove him up food at 1045pm at night.)

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15 on the 15th: 10/15

It’s almost the end of October and I haven’t posted my pictures from the 15th. So here they are today.

Lots of Alden because it was his 13th birthday. Happy day for him.
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It was  good day.

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5 Minutes Strawberry Picking

Apparently the whole time we were off galavanting in France (it’s still crazy to me that we even DID it and writing that sentence is crazy to me and so awesome) that it was lovely weather here at home. I love it when Fall holds on to the last lovely warm days with the cool nights and crisp mornings. The pretty colors in the trees but still warm enough to be outside and enjoy it. My favorite time of year actually. Well it was warm the first few days we got home too and we decided to make use of it and go strawberry picking. I had heard of Broxburn Farm before but never actually made it there. And now that I’ve gone, I’ll be back! I loved it. They have a U-pick patch (that is HUGE) of strawberries and raspberries (we got some of both) and then a little fresh vegetable store (totally got some fanatic looking carrots, bibb lettuce, an eggplant, a few HUGE tomatoes and some green beans) and then a cafe that uses the fresh veggies and fruit they grow. All local. I love that kind of stuff. Really one of the things I loved the most about the food in France is that exact thing. The emphasis on fresh and local and good ingredients. That makes a difference in your food! Anyways, I am off on a different tangent, so back to the strawberry picking and the cute littles wandering up and down the rows.

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Really these two helped for a bit and then petered out but they had fun running up and down the rows too. We will be back for sure. Perhaps next week if the weather is still good. 😉

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Week in the Life 2015 | Saturday Words & Photos

A week or so ago I was participating in a project originating and led by the amazing Ali Edwards called Week in the Life where we document our daily lives and at the end we will create a small album that documents our week. I ended up going on vacation at the end of the week so I never shared my Saturday or Sunday photos. So today, I’m sharing Saturday. I really enjoyed this whole project for a few reasons. One being I ended up with a whole lot of images of my family in every day life. I also loved that it challenged me. But the third day I was struggling to take pictures since I had been doing it for a couple of days but I pulled through and kept going. I definitely took more on some days but that doesn’t bother me at all. I’m happy with the whole thing and now I am trying to pull together my album. I’m already started on Monday. But for today, here was our Saturday when we were driving to BC. Documenting a day in the car? Tricky!

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Most days Oliver comes in our room early and upset. I wonder if as he grows he will continue to be grumpy when he first wakes up. This morning he was fixated on this hat. I don’t know where he found it but he came in upset that he couldn’t get the hat on right. He wanted it this certain way and finally he got it. And me taking a picture of him getting it didn’t help the whole mood thing. 😉

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Some days we get a morning snuggle. Sixth picture like this this week.

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Most days he has mini wheats for breakfast. Some days he asks for oatmeal. Some days he insists on “making it myself”.

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Most days he eats two bowls of honey nut Cheerios.

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Some days we go off on adventures. Today it was off to Kelowna BC for a family vacation. Some days I drive and Some days Regan drives. But most days both of us take turns when the other gets sleepy.

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Most days  Oliver loves being out of the house and going places.

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Most days we honk our horn in tunnels and the kids love it. Some days we forget and one of the kids will start yelling “HONK, HONK, HONK!”

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Most days when we go on trips we try and get the kids to read books and do other things besides watching screens. Most days we eventually give in and enjoy the quietness in the van with a movie going.

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Most days we drive long distances I like to read a good book. Finished this one on vacation (plus another one).

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Most days we have to stop and take pit stops. Some days lately that ends in Oliver pooping his pants and then pulling it down and getting it all over the bathroom on the side of the road and having to use almost a whole package of wipes to clean it up. Most days that makes me mad.

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Most days a little bit of exploring in nature helps put us all in a better place. So we did that. Right after everyone used the bathroom and the whole poop and Oliver bathroom fiasco. We found a little path by the road and went off to investigate.

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Most days she wants mom. And on this day, she decided on her own that she was big and only used the toilet. So she never had a single accident the whole trip.

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Most days lately these two are playing together. This time they were copying each other and Norah was giggling as Lucy chased her.

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Most days lately I am amazed at how tall and skinny this oldest boy of mine is.

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Some days Oliver is REALLY into having his picture taken. Some days I let Alden use the camera. This day together they got some hilarious pictures.

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Some days I get really frustrated when something small doesn’t work. Like getting the keys out of the topper. Regan and all the kids except Alden had already gone into the woods and I could not for the life of me get it out. I had to stop and sit down and take a breather. I am SURE that it was because I was already at the end of my rope because I had just cleaned up the whole poop disaster and was just feeling upset. Regan eventually had to come back and it took him two seconds.

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Most days Lucy will pose for me no matter where we are.

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Most days Norah wants me to hold her but she will be in picture if I am close.

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Most days when I am in nature I LOVE looking up to the sky. It gives me perspective and a feeling of being small. I love it.

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Most days when I set up the timer to take a picture and announce that we are doing a family shot someone will cry. Most days lately it is Eli. Some days I keep retaking it until no one is doing goofy things. Some days I just take what I can get.

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We made it there late and put everyone to bed quickly. And that was our Saturday.

You can see my Monday here and Tuesday here and Wednesday here and Thursday here and Friday here.

There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.

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Week in the Life 2015 | Friday Words & Photos

I’m participating all week long in a photo project headed by the lovely Ali Edwards called Week in the Life where we document our daily lives and at the end we will create a small album that documents our week.

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Friday morning’s snuggle in bed picture. Oliver and Norah both. Oliver woke up really early (and woke us up) because he peed the bed. (Malfunction with the pull up.) So he showed up early upset cause he was wet. Then we changed him and then he wanted to eat mini wheats in our bed from a bag. I said no way. So them he laid on the floor with blankets and pillows and he snacked on his mini wheats. Then he and we both dozed on and off until Eli showed up in our room and really woke everyone up. To sum it up we had an early morning.

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Two soothers close at hand. She’s always eating cinnamon toast crunch lately. It’s her new favorite.

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Every morning I find two or three of these bowls. They drive me crazy. So much waste of cereal.

Week in the Life | Just RhondaDad is off to be on call. So we might not see him much for the rest of the day.
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Just trying to do a blog post while the kids play around. But it wasn’t working out so well since they started fighting on and off. I know I should do it more at night when they are in bed but some days I don’t get to it because I am trying to finish editing pictures (like lately) and then I am trying to post in the mornings. I’d rather not have it this way, but sometimes it happens and I am up and down from the computer multiple times until I get it done.

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I love finding my kids looking at my project lift albums. Makes me happy to see them.

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Since we are leaving on vacation I decided I wanted to get the kids some books to read on the way. So we all headed in to Lethbridge. Going to Chapters and then the mall with all 5 kids is defiantly an adventure.

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It wasn’t always pretty but we did it. We only had crying once and no one peed their pants. So I’ll call it a win. I did get asked by three different people about my amount of kids. Some people that makes them mad, but it just makes me smile. I think its funny. Cause I think I have a lot of kids too. I am overwhelmed with them sometimes and they are mine. So to someone else who has no kids or one, yeah I have a lot.

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While making dinner tonight. This happened. And it really bums me out. I know it’s not essential but I do love it.

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Trying to make something tasty to take to Regan and for us too.

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I am thankful I can set the table and tell them I’ll be right back so I can run food up for Regan. I am glad my kids are getting older and that it is easier. I told them I wanted to see who could all be finished when I got back. All of them were.

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His new thing is to sit in his room and listen to music and draw.

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Oh the socks around here. I just can’t keep up. And since its summer I totally don’t try lately. Regan brought it up since he never has paired socks in the summer. Poor guy! It took me and Alden and Eli (kind of) about 15 minutes to pair them all.

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He made this and brought it up to show to me. And then took a picture of it himself. I love that he still loves lego.

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Getting all that zucchini ready for the freezer. I was started and then stopped to put the kids to bed and when I came out Lucy was working on the beans for me. That she would notice and be willing to do that is not lost on me. She is such a kind little girl.

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I decided to do some late night baking for treats to take on our trip. And some muffins for Regan since he’s on call and I wanted to make something for him to snack on when he gets home. So I made him some banana chocolate chip muffins (his favorite.) Trying to do little things to show him I love him.

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That was our Friday. You can see my Monday here and Tuesday here and Wednesday here and Thursday here.

There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.

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I’m participating all week long in a photo project headed by the lovely Ali Edwards called Week in the Life where we document our daily lives and at the end we will create a small album that documents our week.

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I’m loving these daily snuggling morning pictures we are taking. Today’s was taken by dad. I’m loving the consistency of them and the similarities and the differences. And of COURSE I’m loving the morning snuggles!

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Bed head and all. Here it is in it’s glory 🙂 Norah likes to be carried like this in the morning. None of this on the hip carrying. She wants to be front and  center will full snuggles. If I try and switch her she says “no not like that” and  tries to climb to this position. (which as you could image works well if I am carrying anything else)

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This summer I have let my kids do learning computer games in the morning. It is a reading program that Oliver and Eli are both in. Lucy usually helps Oliver if he needs it. It’s really cool to see my 3 year old learning to read. We’ll see how he progresses. I have no expectations other than him learning to enjoy it.

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Pulling out last nights curlers. We were going to have family pictures this day, but the weather wasn’t very sunny and that’s kind of what  I wanted. And the photographer was feeling a little under the weather. So we decided to postpone to a different day. So instead Lucy just had super cute hair for fun. 🙂

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I told Eli to go have a bath. He asked if he could wear his swimming suit which I said no to. This was his almost obedience. He wore only his swimming shirt in the tub. Classic Eli.

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This entire summer this basement place has been a disaster. Like every toy out disaster. I am looking forward to school time for having more clean places around.

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I went shopping for clothes for our family pictures today and I left the camera at home and asked Dad to capture some of it (Thursdays are his day off). The ukelele is usually sitting on top of our fireplace. Dad likes to pick to up all the time and play it. It kind of drives me crazy that it doesn’t really have a place to actually be put but I do love listening to him playing it often.

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A few weeks ago after talking with Alden about music, Dad decided he needed to do a little music education. He’s introducing him to music from all different genres and times and trying to teach him to love music the way that he does. It’s neat to see Alden’s tastes developing and I like to add in a few here and there that I think he should listen too.

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I decided I wanted to make floral crowns for our pictures when we do them. So after I got home I made some at the kitchen table while I ate my lunch.

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Grandma stopped by and Norah and her played a giggly game of Peek a boo. It was completely cute. Some days my kids take a bit to warm up to grandma and some days they run to her with open arms. Today they were slow.

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Lucy got home from her birthday party at Jaycie’s house and she tried on the floral crown on. It fits and I love it!

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My kids love this thing. And Norah calls it the Looker.

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Me in the kitchen. Another every day thing.

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Norah doesn’t really get to use the iPad. It’s a quiet time thing we do when she is sleeping. Some days I will let her and some days I won’t. Today I did.

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You know it’s garden season when my fridge looks like this. It’s got a whole lot of green. (The toy bucket I used for picking beans.) I’ve got to do something with all this stuff and freeze some of it.

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That was our Thursday. You can see my Monday here and Tuesday here and Wednesday here.

There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.

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Here is day three : Wednesday. It started out early for some of the family. Eli has always been an early riser. And sometimes this summer we’ve been staying up late and he still wakes up early and then gets sleepy so he gets out a blanket and falls asleep in the front room. At night I open all the windows to cool off the house and every morning he turns on the fireplace to heat it back up. HA! Stinker!

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This is another thing I wanted to capture this week. Eli does this early every morning when he gets his own breakfast. I’ve tried to tell him to put it all away but again he doesn’t.

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Every morning this week I’m getting a snuggling picture.

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We had to check the garden today and found some lovely cucumbers.

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Lucy loves hanging out in her room drawing. Today she was writing a play. And apparently there is even going to be auditions. Then she leans towards me and says “I don’t even know why!”

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Snuggling after owes is a big part of motherhood. At least at our house. I signaled to Lucy to pick up my camera and capture this for me.

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I love experimenting with doughs lately. And yesterday I was making baguettes. I make them relatively often. My kids are pretty used to it. Well today when I was making them one of the funniest things was my conversation with Eli.

Eli: what are you making mom? Me: Baguettes. Eli: Why don’t you make Small-ettes? 🙂

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Lucy has a strong motherly instinct and i LOVE it. Today I caught her entertaining the littles multiple times. Today she was teaching them now to make funny faces. And they ate it up.

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To go along with my baguettes I wanted to try a spinach and artichoke dip. But I actually grew the artichokes this time. I love trying things in the kitchen. I spend a lot of time here. I love trying recipes and adapting them and I hope that my kids feel very comfortable here. That we enjoy being together here. And we get to eat tasty food. (win-win)

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Regan and I have a book we are filling out together. And some of the questions make us laugh. He gave it to me and it’s just another way that I know he knows and loves me. That he would know I would love a book like this.

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Oliver has been on a iPad break. Im trying to use it as leverage for potty training. Today he got to use it because yesterday he actually used the toilet all day. This potty training thing has been turning him into a bit of a monster. I hope he figures it out soon.

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Working on those baguettes.

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Another day, another board game. He LOVES risk. Love, loves it. And every time it reminds me of when I was a kid and how often we would play it. For HOURS!

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I’m trying a method I read about with  rocks in my oven to create better steam for my baguettes. When I asked Eli to go collect some rocks for me and I said what they were for he didn’t even react funny….. and neither did Regan when he saw them on the pan. HAHAHAHA. Love this family of my that puts up with all my experiments.

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I love it when the come out fresh and hot. And I hate it when they stick.

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Lucy’s fish died. When she realized she was sad for a second and then said out loud to herself “Well, I guess fish die. Oh well.” I’m glad she wasn’t upset by it at all. And frankly Im not sad at all either. Im not a pet person and I didn’t want to take care of it anymore.

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Teenage years mean lots of food. They made “epic” sandwiches. And then Alden took about 10 pictures on my camera of his sandwich.

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Nap time ended. And she did NOT Want me to take her picture. She wanted to snuggle.

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Lucy loves to help me in the kitchen. And today she helped with making a Lemon Cheesecake. She’s a big fan of lemon and cheesecake so she picked this out. I love that she loves to help.

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Sage stopped by for a visit and that ALWAYS puts a smile on Ollie’s face. I love that she makes him so happy. She’s great to have a round since then Norah plays too and the three of them run around giggling. It’s adorable.

Week in the Life | Just RhondaWe found a pocket of light in my bedroom.
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After work we got to go to a BBQ with some good friends. We all went to Medical school together (all the hubbys) and then most of us did residency together too. Our kids are growing up together and it’s lovely when we can fit in all the schedules to get together. It’s hard between 5 doctors to find a day that everyone is home for. But we do it and it’s lovely every time.

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Curlers for Lucy’s hair before bed.

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Editing in the evening again. I’m behind and I’m trying to catch up.

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That was our Wednesday. You can see my Monday here and Tuesday here.

There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.

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Week In The Life 2015 | Tuesday Words & Photos

Today is my second installment of the Week in the Life project that I am participating in with Ali Edwards leading the way.

So I found that the first day I was taking pictures I took a lot more. Part of it was a that I didn’t know what to capture since I had just captured what I felt was a lot the day before. My kids playing and being around the house. And I guess it was harder the second day. It’ll be interesting as the week progresses how hard it will be or if I will fall into a groove. I haven’t done a whole week before so this is a learning curve. That being said, this is our life and I want to document it and record what it is right now. Where we are.

 

Tuesday was our 15 year wedding anniversary and my hobby being the good guy that he is, made me breakfast in bed. I love how he shows me in little things that he loves me. That is what love is. Consistent little things day in and day out. All those little things add up to feeling loved and feeling safe and connecting. Over the past 15 years we have grown and shared a lot: moves, pregnancy and babies, newborns and crying toddlers, a whole lot of schooling and no money, getting lost and traveling, tears and laughter, failure and successes. Him and me committing to show up together every single day is love. And I am so very very thankful that we have each other. We have such a good marriage and for that I will be eternally grateful.

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Just after dad brought in the sandwich, Norah of course followed him in to find me and needed some snuggles. I liked that this shot showed our chair, with the clothes all over it. It’s something that Regan always does and we joke about it. How I could let it bother me or just laugh about it. I choose the later.

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I think I’ll get a morning snuggle shot the whole week long. It’s such a lovely part of the day.

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Often when I come out of my room I find Lucy doing something creative. Today it was designing clothes. Creativity is running through this one strong and I love that we have a home were she is given lots of opportunities to create whatever she wants.

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Off to convince Norah to get dressed. Lately she likes to sleep in her clothes and then doesn’t want to change in the morning because “I’m already dressed!” She has decided she wants to wear underwear (pull ups) and be a “big girl”. Her and Lucy were discussing who was on her pull up. Lucy and Norah’s relationship is such a lovely thing to watch.

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Quick trip to the potty for both littles. I hate potty training. Like hate hate it. I hate doing it. I hate thinking about it. I hate people telling me their opinions about how and when I should be doing it. I hate cleaning up poop. I hate fighting with Oliver to even think about doing it. I can not wait until we are all free and clear of diapers.

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Hair cuts for all three boys. I used to try and go to some of the ladies in town in their homes but I’m totally a last minute person. It’s just easier to call up town and get an appointment. They have consistent hours. It works better for us. Watching my three boys get their hair cuts you get a slight insight into their personalities. Eli has a discussion with whoever is cutting his hair. He shares and talks and discusses and makes friends. Oliver is serious (and often grumpy about it) and can’t wait to be done. Alden tolerates someone else touching him and the noise of the clippers and will answer one word answers to every question he is asked.

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Norah has recently started carting around little stuffies and a blanket. She often wants a soother and her “bottle” (sippy cup) too. Hauling them and dropping them here and there and getting upset about it. It’s cute to see her snuggle them. It keeps her my little one.

Week in the Life 2015 | Just RhondaI have five brothers and they loved to pester. And I remember complaining to my mother about why they were always doing it. Alden never really was like that but the older he has gotten he is more and more into pestering and it drives me crazy. I am constantly talking to him about keeping the peace and not making kids freak out (just as often as I am talking to the younger ones about not freaking out when he does pester). I was chasing him around the kitchen and smothering him with hugs and kisses to punish him. We were both giggling and laughing and all of the other kids watching were giggling too. I felt like it was a victory since I stopped the fighting in a positive way. (win)
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Lunch was “cheese girls” as the two littles call it. I was trying to be fun with the whole butterfly thing and it worked because they both ate it all. (win)

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Lately Norah and Oliver love to play with their food together. Today the grilled cheese became dinosaurs who were having a conversation. It was adorable and totally messy.

Week in the Life 2015 | Just RhondaAnother Alden thing is to mess around with the phones. He loves to change the names of them constantly so that they are called Alden Rules or Eli Smells or something silly constantly. Now he was changing the time on them just to mess me up. It used to make me mad,  but I’ve just let it go. I have to let him be a stinker in some areas, he is a teenage boy.
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We decided to do our back to school supply shopping before nap time. And of course the usual fight for the front seat started. They sit on each other and Eli will yell and they won’t move. So I usually kick them both to the back and let Lucy sit in it.

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I love that I can get all my school supplies up town. It’s a whole lot easier and quick. And I like to support this small town we live in. I feel positive about that. It’s a good town and I want the business to thrive and do well, so I support it.

Week in the Life 2015 | Just RhondaNorah is the most snuggly before nap time or bed time. She wants only one or two books. Always with her pile of soothers and her sippy. I love the few quiet moments we have together. Some days Oliver stands beside us and listens to the stories. But often it is just me and Norah.

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A little mine craft together. I have a love hate relationship with iPads. I hate that my kids love them so much but they are such fun things. At least they were playing together and talking the whole time.

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Eli is constantly off to play with friends. And today it was his best friend Jayden. They are two of a kind. And I love that we live in a small town where he can ride to their house by himself. He is easily my most independent child. Almost sometimes scarily. I can text his friends mom and say he’s on his way and she’ll text back when he gets there.

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This is about how we both feel about potty training.

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I love to see my kids picking up board games with friends without my suggestion. I love that they are interacting and being together. It’s really my favorite. Today the Coon kids and them played Settlers of Catan.

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Breakfast for dinner for the kids. We were going out on a date to celebrate our anniversary. I love that we can leave our kids to babysit each other and that Alden and Lucy are capable to do it. It’s REALLY lovely. It used to be a worry about if they would be okay getting everyone to bed but they have gotten it now multiple times. And I love that it gives me and Regan a lot more freedom. And the older two earn a little money for doing it. They work together and then spend a little time together watching a show. It’s totally a win all the way around.

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Just before we left on our date Lucy told me she made us a gift. And then she whipped these out. She is such a gift giver. She loves to give gifts especially things that she has made. And I love them. That is us.

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Bowling with another couple. We like to say that we fell in love at a bowling alley. Really it was that Regan actually realized that I liked him and that he liked me back. We went with another couple that was married the same day as us a year later. I love going out with friends. We had so much fun together.

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I don’t think I’ve beat Regan at a sport in a long time. Kinda funny 😉

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Ending the evening with tasty food is my favorite too. I love going out to eat. Trying new restaurants and seeing what they can make. We tried Miro and I had a Roasted Beets, Orange Segments, Arugula for an appetizer, Filet Mignon, Mushroom Ragout, Truffle Oil, Scalloped Potatoes for my entree and this chocolate mousse for dessert. All of it was SO stinking tasty! Such a lovely way to celebrate our anniversary.

Wondering how I got this well lit shot? We were in a dark restaurant. I had two people hold their phones on either side with their lights on and then I shot straight down onto the plate. Works wonderfully as long as the people you are with aren’t phased by holding their lights up.

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That was our Tuesday. You can see my Monday here.

There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.

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Week In The Life 2015 | Monday Words & Photos

I’m playing along this week with the lovely Ali Edwards in her Week in the Life project. Basically to sum it up Im documenting our entire week. Like all day long. Writing and photographing things that happen and at the end I’m compiling a little album all about a week in our lives at this stage. Documenting where we are RIGHT now. Today I’m sharing my words and photos from yesterday. This isn’t all my photos as I ended up taking close to 250 and then culled thru and ended up with only 143. 🙂 I know i won’t use them all but I’m just taking all day long anyways. I love pictures of our everyday life.

My details of shooting: I use a Nikon D800 and I rotated between lenses. A lot of them were taken with my 50mm because it is such a great indoor everyday lens. But I used my wide-angle (16-24) a couple of times and my biggest zoom (70-200). All my editing was done in Lightroom with my favorite Fernweh presets that I love and use most of the time.

Here is my Monday. My days start early because I have early risers. Two especially. And unfortunately Oliver usually wakes in a bad mood. He just takes a bit before he is happy. And he always loves to hold my hand to the kitchen to get his breakfast. He often won’t let dad get it, just mom. And he pretty much always has mini wheats. That is his morning routine. (and so it is mine too.) I get it and set him up and then I always try and crawl back into bed. Some days it works out and some days it doesn’t. Eli and Oliver come in and out of my room constantly from the time they get up. Asking questions and wanting to snuggle or just pester us.

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Norah sleeps in usually. And when she wakes up she calls from her crib “Mommmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyy” Some days she’ll let Eli or Dad or Lucy get her out but often she wants me. Lately she’s more willing to let Eli get her out. And if anyone else does she comes straight to snuggle with me in my bed. I LOVE this shot that Eli captured. He took a whole lot of them and this one worked.

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As we snuggle Dad was already showering and getting ready for his day. And Eli starts playing in my blankets. Hiding, tickling my feet, trying to scare Norah, etc.

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Then often the bed jumping begins.

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I reluctantly leave my bed and head to the kitchen to feed Norah and find something myself. I find Lucy in the kitchen with my breakfast already made. That girl has such a big heart.

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I made a summer rule that Alden has to be up by 10am. He has always been the best sleeper in our family and now as he is becoming a teenager (gasp) he loves to sleep (just like his mom) and he would sleep until noon if I left him. I have to wake him or send one of the kids too most days. (School is gonna be a whole lotta pain in a few weeks!)

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Across the street from us lives a lovely older couple who have adopted my kids. Eli started Trick or treating there every day a while ago. And now my other kids do it too. They often go over in their pjs and come home with a sucker.

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Alden eats breakfast like this everyday. He is a man of routine: Honey nut cheerios, same red bowl, two bowls of them, always wrapped in his blanket with his knees up on the stool.

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Summer has made housework low on the priority list. And this HAD to happened today!

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Saturday Eli found a little caterpillar in the garden and has been calling it his pet. He is very interested in it and constantly checking on it. His mind is constantly going. He is curious about the world around him and so so smart. And so so so busy.

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I like to hide the markers. Because they always lead to trouble. One of the big kids left them out and Norah and Oliver found them. When I saw and said what are you doing? Oliver replied “Don’t worry mom, we got our bellies too!” And then they both lifted their shirts up at me.

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For lunches we had BLTs. A few months ago I introduced them to Eli since Bacon is one of his favorite foods. All the other kids liked them too so we seem to have them a lot. Now they have changed into different things. Like today, Norah had bacon and pineapple. Oliver and Eli had plain bacon sandwiches. (bun + bacon). Me, Lucy and Alden had regular BLTs.

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Laundry is a big part of my life. 5 kids equals a whole lot of laundry. Especially lately with trying to potty train two kids.

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Because of the age gap between Alden down to Oliver it’s not very often that all three boys are doing one thing together. But everyone and a while something magical happens and they get into something together. It’s my favorite when this magical moments happen.

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Norah has the same nap time routine every day. She loves her zippy cup (which she calls her bottle) and one soother for her mouth and one or two in her hand. She always wants me to put her to bed even if dad is here. She’s totally a mommas girl.
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Dad had morning office so he came home for a little bit before having to leave again. I used to get upset because in my brain I thought that morning office meant he could be at home. But that’s not the life of a doctor. There is so much paperwork to do and specialists to check with and labs to check and people to call and old folks homes to visit. It’s a whole lot more than his office hours. I do a lot better with it now. When he shows up we are glad to see him and we enjoy him but I try to expect him home at any certain time.

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Alden and a friend went on a big bike trip. He is a total homebody and I’m constantly telling him to find a friend. I am not a homebody and I know he’s not like me. We are constantly trying to find balance of how much socialness is good for him.

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A while ago I bought some kids golf clubs and my kids love to just play it on the grass out front. Today Lucy and about 5 other girls were playing it. Hitting them and running to get them over and over.

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I usually end up baking something every day and Today it was brownies. I’m constantly trying new recipes too. My kids love to help and often they will make suggestions about what I should make.

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Dad came home again and we went out to the lake. We weren’t moving as fast as dad would have liked and so we were a little rushed. We got half way to the lake and dad realized that we were almost out of gas. He really didn’t want to turn around and so we just risked it. I didn’t think we could make it. The kids were unaware of it all.

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The older kids played and road on the tube, while Grandma and Aunty Lindsay and I all sat on the shore and Norah played around us.

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She was happy and content. She is often surrounded by big loud personalities. It is fun to be alone with just her and see how fun and cute she is. She just plays and snuggles and giggles and chatters.

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Dad had to get a couple skis in before we left the lake. He loves it so much. And he really hopes our kids will do it. Im not a skier and I won’t be, but i do hope that my kids can learn to do it and love it like he does.

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Home to bed, a little bit late with a snacky supper and dirt in our toes and smelly towels. Lots of fun.

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That was our Monday.

There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.

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15 on the 15th: 07/15

Well July is almost over and I haven’t posted my 15th on the 15th, so I’m sneaking them in here.

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And that was our 15th.

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5 Minutes with Giant Bubbles

This past weekend we had a family reunion. And I was in charge. And it was a lot of work. HA! One easy thing I did for the kids was to make giant bubbles. Seriously it entertained them for a long time!!! I used the recipe floating around Pinterest that I’ll share at the bottom of this post. I could have taken pictures all day. In fact I did take a lot. Here are just a few….

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Giant Bubbles

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Dawn Ultra Dish Soap
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP Baking POWDER
  • 1 TBSP Glycerin

Instructions

  1. I used a big tupperware container.
  2. Slowly mix the ingredients together and avoid getting too many bubbles in it.
  3. Then let it sit for 1-3 hours.
  4. Make sure the cornstarch doesn't just fall to the bottom.
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We just let it sit out for two days and they just kept going back to it. To make the big wands we used two straws and they strung some kitchen twine between them. Give it a shot! Your kids will love it!

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15 on the 15th (and Living a Life)

So I got a little confused about what I was doing today. I thought I was taking pictures today for my Living Life and then would post it another day. And I was going to do it for my monthly 15 on the 15th. And so I combined them together. But then I found that I was supposed to post them today and have taken them a different day. HA! whoops. So anyways, here are is our day.

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So that was my day. It looks less busy that it felt 😉

Now… go on to see these other lovely ladies that I am doing this monthly habit with: AndreaErinNaomiKinsey &  Brooke

And you can go see all my other months for 15 on the 15th over here.

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5 Minutes with two Sisters

I love to see Norah and Lucy and their relationship grow. It started when Norah was first born.  As they have grown it has developed more and more.

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It is wonderful. I also wonder if their relationship is similar to what mine and Kelly’s was when we were young.

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I still remember the day she was born and the excitement that I had a sister. It is one of my favorite memories as a child. I was over the moon that I had a sister to share life with. And our relationship continued to grow and develop as we grew.

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Norah loves Lucy. She loves her. And Lucy has learned how to navigate the 2 year old mood swings and how to keep her happy. It is a lovely thing they’ve got going on.

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It really is my favorite to watch these two. I am happy that they get along. It makes me sad to see sisters not enjoy each other.

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Watching these two and their relationship grow fills me with love for them and my for Kelly, who I miss every day.

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Aren’t sisters the best?!

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May 2015: Day in the Life

I had decided earlier in the week that I had wanted to play along with the talented Ali Edwards and her Day in the life. Really it is similar to my 15 on the 15th that I do monthly but more pictures. And often on the 15th I take WAY more than 15 pictures. The funny thing was the whole day my kids and Regan kept saying things about how it wasn’t the 15th or am I doing this too on the 15th, etc. Obviously they are very used to that being part of our lives. I’ve been totally overwhelmed this week with things I had to get done and then I lost my wallet and that added in more things to do. So I was happy that I was able to even do this. And it helped me to stop during the busy day and still capture small moments in time. So on that note, here was my Tuesday.

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Living a Life

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One day I was in the dollar store and I saw these containers of silly string and I thought – yes let’s get some of that. So I bought enough for everyone in the family. And I told the kids that one day we’d do something fun with them. My kids have asked almost every day since then. They’ve been sitting on my dresser in my room for a while. And last week after supper the kids brought them up and asked and we went for it. It was short lived but it was so fun. And man did the kids have sooo much fun.

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Now… go on to see these other lovely ladies that I am doing this monthly habit with: AndreaErinNaomiKinsey &  Brooke

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15 on the 15th – April

Yesterday was the 15th. And that means capturing my family in our everyday lives.

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Capturing one moment in time

I was going through my photos this past week and editing them. Sometimes I get behind on the editing just because of the sheer volume of pictures I take of our family. There are a lot. And I love that. In fact I sometimes have to remind myself that it’s okay if I don’t capture something for a day because in the overall volume of my kids lives they are easily captured. But there are always more stories to capture. Like this photo. There are quite a few stories hidden in this one photograph. I shot it standing right above sleeping Eli shooting straight down with a really wide lens. I wanted to capture all of it. The whole mess around him too. It tells different stories than if I had laid on the floor and captured just his sleeping face – which for the record I did think about. That would have cut out all of the mess around him. But in this mess there are stories too.

One moment captured shares a story

Story #1 is the obvious one. Of how Eli is sleeping in the middle of the day in the middle of his floor. He has candy all around him. He had been to a birthday party that day and had come home with a bag full of loot (see the green bag.) He was walking around the house eating it in front of the littles. Not just eating it but making loud “mmm this is sooo good”, “don’t you guys wish you had some candy too” and those sorts of statements and then not sharing. Doing that to Alden and Lucy who are older is a little rude but it’s not mean. But doing it to Norah and Oliver who are then crying because of it is mean and I told him he had to share. That made him really mad and he went off to his room to sulk which is how he got here. He had been up before 6 this morning and running ever since and when he stopped for a few moments of quiet he was asleep in 30 seconds.

Story #2. Notice his socks. They don’t match and they are way to big for him. This is another currently so Eli story captured in this photograph. You can actually see another pair of socks to the left of his head. Those are actually a pair and actually his. He has been funny about socks for close to a year. Last year this time he started wearing socks on his hands so he could “pet his dragons”. He wore them everywhere and would choose a pair that matched for his hands over one for his feet. He wore them to church, to school, to the store, really everywhere. It was one of his little quirks that I just let him do because it didn’t real matter. That is until I looked over in Sacrament meeting one day and he was trying to take the Sacrament with a sock on his hands. After that they weren’t allowed to go to church. But these days he thinks wearing socks that WAY to big for him is funny. Like that if he wears dad’s socks that he can pull up to his knees is awesome. And he just goes down to the laundry room and picks two no matter what color they are or what pattern. It’s a random draw that he loves. This day he was wearing a soccer sock. Which is a whole other story about his current excitement about the upcoming soccer season and how he says he is going to run SO fast and be SO good. (Including our current wonder if this excitement will last past the first game of the season.) But back to the socks. I’ve asked him multiple times to wear his own socks but he just laughs and thinks this current sock phase is soooo funny. I’ve even boughten him more socks and the first thing he does with new socks is try them ALL on and keep changing them all day long so that he’s “used” them all. Then they all go to the laundry. It’s one of the more frustrating things he does to me.

Story #3 is that pirate ship. Well that part of a pirate ship that is laying on its’ side. That was a gift he got a year ago. And it was one of those things that I thought would be so cool to get. Something that I would have LOVED as a child but my parents wouldn’t have been able to buy us. I love getting those gifts for my kids because it fills something in my childhood in a way. But I should learn that these gifts are not Eli gifts. He is a taker a parter. It took me considerable time to put together that ship on Christmas morning. And within 1 day he had taken the whole thing apart. And promptly lost a bunch of it. I have refound and put it all back together a few times. And for whatever reason he takes it apart right after. When I ask him why he says he doesn’t know. He just does it.

Story #4 is that pack of diapers. That isn’t even an Eli story – it’s an Oliver story. That he is still not potty trained and has all but refused to do it. And I have stopped trying to push it. Perhaps its my laziness. Part of it is his grumpy three year old stage. Fighting him on something else just is not that inviting to me. We already are fighting about things on a daily basis that I just don’t have it in me to fight about this too. Those diapers are too small but I don’t want to buy a bigger size I want him to change his mood about it all and be on board too. It’s really just hopefully thinking at this point.

Story #5 is the clothes on the floor. I’ve been trying to teach Eli and Oliver to put their clothes right into the dirty laundry when they take them off. Clearly I am failing at this effort. Every time I remind Eli to put them right into the laundry basket, he shakes his head the whole time I am talking and says “i know, yup, right away” and then does’t do it even the next time. It’s in one ear and out the other.

Story #6 is that blanket he’s laying on. Eli was a boy with a blanket. He loved his blanket. A LOT. He actually had two blankets that didn’t look the same at all but they felt the same. Grandma Davis had made them and even crocheted the edges around them. And that was what Eli loved. He would lay in his bed at night and pick apart the crocheting. The other blanket was mostly navy blue. And he carried one with him everywhere he went all day long. But we would always leave one at home so that we’d always have one around. Then one time we went to visit a friend in Airdrie and we ended up leaving this blanket at her house. And it ended up staying there sitting waiting to be mailed back to us for close to a year. And Eli used the other blanket. It practically became part of him. He’d cart that blanket around everywhere. Literally and it was filthy. But he wouldn’t let me wash it because he didn’t have a different one to hold onto while I washed it. Sometimes I’d sneak it into the wash and he’d sit and wait for it to be clean. Time passed and he got bigger and he seemed to carry that navy blue blanket with him less. And one day he didn’t ask for it at bedtime. I found it later that night on the floor and said to myself “Woah, that’s never happened before.” I knew it was a moment that was a turning point for him. And it was. He stopped taking it everywhere but when he did find it he’d go back to the picking it apart. Then one day it fell apart. A few months later my friend ended up mailing this blanket back to us. And when I opened that package Eli was beside me and he yelled out loud “it’s my baby blanket!” I thought he had forgotten this blanket. That he’d moved on. But all of a sudden he started carting this blanket around. And still if he sees it he  says in a baby voice (which I’ve told him not to talk like that) “it’s my baby blanket!” and he snuggles it. Especially when he’s over tired. Like he was this day when I captured him sleeping on the floor.

There are other smaller stories like the reading books on the floor and the blanket that is over in the right hand side of the frame and the play pan that is laying by the dresser and the belt that is almost out of the frame.

So many stories to be told from one photograph because captured the whole area. I wouldn’t want this every time. But this shot, I’m glad I have it. And think of how I could document all these stories in my Project Life albums.

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Norah at 2: A Love Letter

Dear Norah,

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You are two. Actually you are 2 and a bit. And you are such a delightful little thing! We play this little game right now, me and you. Where you’ll come over and say “I love you.” And I’ll say “I love you more” and then you’ll laugh and say “No I love YOU more” and we go back and forth while you giggle uncontrollably. It is THE CUTEST thing EVER! Around your second birthday you started saying I love you to me. You’d said it before but now you will stop what you are doing and run over to me and lean in to hug my and say “i love you mom” and run off to play. I can’t even explain how much I love it.

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You are still tiny. But you did finally move up one shoe size and a clothing size so you are growing. You still don’t eat a ton. But you finally like something for breakfast. Either eggs with ketchup (as long as they are room temperature) or oatmeal or cinnamon toast crunch. Your pediatrician told me to give me any thing that’s fatty that you ask for. So no joke, the other day you ate a cup of whipped cream with a spoon. You wanted some and… why not?! You LOVE anything with sugar. Candy? You bet! Ice cream or cake or anything else? You are on it! You’ll often eat the stuff Oliver won’t eat since he only will eat chocolate.

I would feel a lot better about you not getting big if you were a big eater. As long as you are growing and getting bigger.

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You still follow Oliver around a LOT. Like everywhere. One day I went to put you into the tub right after Oliver at gone pee on the toilet and I put him in. You said “me pee too” so I took off your diaper and went to put you on the toilet and you totally tried to lean into the toilet to pee just like over did. It was so funny. You were staring at yourself say “doesn’t work, doesn’t work”. I said nope and put you up sitting and we moved on. It was sooooo funny. You have learned to pretend from him. And you ask what words say because you have seen him do it. You also have learned to yell and get mad from him.

You are 100% a mommas girl. All the way. You ask for mom all the time. But you also are a BIG fan of Lucy. When mom’s not around Lucy is often the one you want. She can take you on walks or to play in the backyard or anywhere else and it is so sweet. I LOVE to see your sister relationship grow and develop. It makes me think of Aunty Kelly and how much I miss her but also how much I really enjoyed having a sister.

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You talk a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Often a running commentary of words. Some days we can easily tell what you are saying and other times we have no IDEA what you are saying. You get mad on those times. You want to be understood, which is completely normal! I want to be understood too.

You can sing a couple songs all by yourself. Although if you notice that someone is listening you start singing really quiet and look all shy.

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You still love music. You have loved music since were you born. It would calm you down when you were crying. Now you love to dance and move to it. Sometimes you’ll sing along even if you don’t know the words. I hope that you’ll continue to find joy in music and that in the future we’ll find an instrument that you can use to express your own music.

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You love stories. A lot. And you could sit and be read to all day. Although you like to talk about the books. All of the other kids would just sit and listen but you want have running dialogue of  what you see and what’s in the books. It’s funny but kind of hard to finish stories sometimes.

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You are such a beautiful little girl. We are often told by others how cute you are. We already know. 🙂 The other day we had to leave Sacrament meeting and when we walked back in you were waving to all the people as we walked back to our seat. Just like a little queen wave to your fans. It was so cute. Those big beautiful eyes and your long lashes? So sweet.

You have to get surgery soon. On your mouth. You have a lingual frenum that is getting cut as well as a tongue tie. That’s gonna happen in a month or so. It makes me a little nervous but I know you’ll be fine. Your two front teeth have a nice big gap and that will help a bit. Speaking of teeth you still only have 8. Four front ones and four molars. That’s it. We don’t know why but we are on a weight list for a pediatric dentist. We’ll see if you end up actually getting some before we get seen.

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You are very sweet. Most of the time when you get upset if I just explain why you can’t have the iPad or that you can go outside after your nap, you’ll stop crying and say oh, okay mom.” Especially when I am putting you to bed. You are particularly easy going about going to bed. Often saying “ok, I’m ready for bed now mom.”

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Mom and dad love you little Norah, so very much and we are so glad you are part of our family.

Love Mom.

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15 on the 15th – March

Sunday was the 15th… so here is

The whole day I was thinking about how crazy Sundays can be at our house sometimes. Regan was on call this weekend so he is visibility absent because we frankly didn’t see him most of it! It was a busy weekend for him!

 

Lucy’s hair is getting really long. And sometimes I really struggle doing it. She has great hair, it’s just not something I’m really skilled in. We went for a sock bun today.

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Eli had quite the Sunday morning. He threw up a couple times. Now I never know if he is actually sick or not because he can make himself puke on demand. So frankly  I just DONT know. It was one of those mornings with him. I was making him stay on his bed because “I’m actually sick mom for REAL” (and then when I would leave the room he was singing that he didnt have to go to church) and I hear him calling me in a panic from his bedroom. I go into his room and his leg is stuck in between the bars. Like not going anywhere. (yes, I took a picture first.) And then I pulled and pulled and tried to pull on the bars and push his leg while he bawled. And then I was stumped. So I tried calling my brother (he was at meetings), Regan was at the hospital, so then I was watching out the front window trying to decide what to do and I see my neighbor leaving his house so I walked out to the driveway and asked for help. Luckily JD could pull the bars apart enough and his son could pull on Eli’s leg enough to get it out. He had marks on his leg and was bawling but his leg was out. Typical day around here with this kid.

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Norah is a doll. And i love it when she’s hamming it up.

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Lucy brought me this note first thing this morning. She’s such a sweet girl.

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These two have REALLY been into crafting together lately. And apparently Eli was “magically healed” at grandma’s while we were at church.

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Leftovers for supper.

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Oliver has decided he is the microwave man. Which is equally sweet and terrifying.

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Bedtime snack was cinnamon toast and smoothies.

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Pre-bed sword fights.

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I had a prompting at church this past sunday to do more with these two older kids after the littles are in bed. So Sunday night we planned Settlers of Catan. And MAN did they love it!!!!! I think we will be doing it more often! They were so excited the whole time and happy. It was lovely. Good mom moment.

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That was our crazy and average Sunday.

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Living a Life

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One of the things I committed to myself at the beginning of the year was that I was going to say yes more. I think often my first response is no. Sometimes without even a reason besides whatever they are asking is more work for me. But Im trying to choose adventure more and yes more. It was a nice evening on Friday night and someone suggested a Wiener Roast so I said yes. We had nothing to cook but I said lets do this. And when they asked for friends to come too I said sure.

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The kids ended up eating and then running around the neighborhood. It was summerish. But our neighbor boy stayed just to play with Norah. And she was LOVING it. So that is what I ended up capturing. The kindness of K and how he was totally hamming it up just for her. And she was eating it up.

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Then that night these two REALLY wanted to sleep outside. And I REALLY didnt want to let them. It’s March after all and it’s winter! But their ever adventurous dad set up the tent and got them all ready and checked on them multiple times.

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Just in case you are wondering how the sleeping out side ended up…. Lucy slept there all night. She came in once to pee. Eli came in once to pee and then ended up peeing in the sleeping bag around 2 am and came in and woke up Oliver and that turned into a middle of the night adventure. 😉

Now… go on to see these other lovely ladies that I am doing this monthly habit with: AndreaErinNaomiKinsey &  Brooke

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5 Minutes with a witch hat

Sometimes your kids find something and then they are really into it for a day. Like this witch hat. It has been at our house for over 2 years. It’s been around. The other day Norah found it and was really excited by it. As in no one had better touch this or I’m going to lose it kind of excited, which naturally meant Oliver had to try and wear it too. For whatever reason she spotted it and had to wear it and was walking around saying “I’ve got my hat. It’s my hat.” These are  the simple every day moments that I want to capture and remember.

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A little every day photo tip: I had my camera out and set and I just followed her around. She was driving the activity and that makes her happy. I just captured what she was already doing. I called her over to me with her hat so that we were situated by a window with great light and just kept her doing what she was doing. When her attention started to wane, I told her to play peekaboo with her hat and that got her all into playing with me again so that I could keep shooting and make sure I got it.

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5 Minutes is a wonderful little project where you only take 5 Minutes and capture what your children are doing. I got the idea from this awesome blog.

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15 on the 16th: Feb

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It was the 15th on Sunday and I promptly forgot! So instead I did it on Monday which made for a more exciting day since it was Family Day and we went to Lethbridge and went swimming and to the park (which I shared some of yesterday).

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Breakfast time. I think it was actually both of their second breakfast. These two are my earliest risers so often they eat again when everyone else is up.

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He loves to help make anything in the kitchen. This morning it was waffles.

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Lucy broke her toe and it has her limping a bit. And man her toenails drive me crazy. The length and the leftover polish.

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Alden building circuits in his bedroom.

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This room these two share is ALWAYS a disaster. I clean it up, they clean it up, we both clean it up and in 10 minutes (or less) it’s a disaster again. It’s kind of annoying but SO our life right now.

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For Valentine’s Day Regan got me this book. When I told him I LOVED it. He said I know. We’ve been married long enough I know what kind of stuff you love. 🙂

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The funniest parts to this picture to me? Lucy falling on the couch in the background and Alden’s drawn on mustache.

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Driving in to Lethbridge to go swimming. Notice Eli is hiding from the camera. He was mad at something (or someone) and kept yelling I DONT LIKE PICTURES. I kept snapping aways anyways.

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After swimming and the park we took the kids out to Fat Burger. In our post swimming wet hair, sloppy attire. And I’m fine with that. The lighting was terrible in their so my ISO was really really high but these pictures are so the kids. I had to take about 10 to get them to be normal. In the beginning there was lots of funny faces and pushing each other, etc and then they finally accepted that I was just going to keep shooting so they moved on and just went back to normalcy. And that’s when I was really capturing them.

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And that was our Family Day.

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Living a Life

This month’s installment of my monthly photo habit with friends is totally late. Cause frankly I forgot! HA! I’ve been feeling a little frazzled lately about a few things and kind of uninspired for taking pictures. I even forgot the 15th (GASP) so I had to do my 15 on the 16th – but that’s beside the point. Here is my entry for this month’s Living a Life.

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Today  we went to the playground. We had lots of fun. In the beginning I didn’t want to go because had just been swimming and I didn’t really want go out anywhere in public with my sweet after swimming hair and face. And it was little cold out. But we did it and it was good to do. Living a life of adventure.

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And here are all the lovely ladies who will be sharing in this project: AndreaErinNaomiKinsey &  Brooke

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5 Minutes with Salsa and Chips

On a Sunday before Christmas in December Norah was feeling sick. She all of a sudden was running a super high fever in Sacrament Meeting, so after it ended we both came home and both had a nap while everyone else was at church. She woke up after about an hour and a half and wanted food. She isn’t the best eater at the best of times so I often will give her whatever she wants to eat, within reason. This day she wanted chips and salsa. It’s funny to me that she’ll even attempt salsa as she is pretty picky at food. But her older siblings all LOVE chips and salsa and so she’s seen them eat and enjoy it. So I set a little bowl up and gave her a few chips and she dipped her chips and mostly just sucked off the salsa off and kept being shocked by the heat of it. It was adorably cute.

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Isn’t she the sweetest. 😉 For all you photo nerds (like me) that wanna know what these were shot in: 1/400 at 1.8 ISO 1000 with my 50 mm lens.

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15 on the 15th: Jan

First of all, I’m having a little give away on my blog on this post so if you wanna win a cute little Valetnine’s Day lap quilt, keep scrolling after this post!

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I wasn’t sure at the end of last year if I was going to do this again, and then the 15th came and it just didn’t feel right to NOT do it. So I’m on again! Here is our day on the 15th. Sometimes I feel like I should add some commentary, we’ll see if I do it every month.

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Fabulous sunrise that morning!!!

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After I use the treadmill Oliver will often ask to use it too. Then Norah might want to try too.

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I stopped by the school and surprised Lucy for a little lunch date. She picked Burger Baron (not a lot of choices in town) and we just ate and chatted.

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A little watercolor time in the afternoon with Oliver and me. He had a lot of questions about what I was painting and why I was choosing those colors.

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Oliver and Norah play this game of peek a boo in the pantry constantly. Sometimes Oliver closes the door and leaves her there in the dark and she just waits most of the time. Sometimes she will cry.

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Lucy is always giving the two littles shoulder rides lately. SUCH A little momma.

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Peek a boo in the kitchen.

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Alden loves this circuit kit that he got for Christmas. This time he had made a piano and was playing me a song on it.

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If you didn’t know, I can be really funny…. well according to this sweetheart anyways.

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Mini Momma Lucy was keeping these two happy so I could making supper.

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Bath time with these two. They love it together, although Norah doesn’t last long and Oliver will stay in for quite a while.

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These three cleaning up after supper. Or more correctly SUPPOSED to be cleaning up. There was a LOT of fighting and messing around. It took them over 30 minutes.

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Lucy working on her pillow on her new sewing machine before bed.

And that was our day. If you want to see a friend who is doing this too…. go see Michelle.

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5 Minutes with Norah and Oliver

Oliver is often not an independent child. In fact, he likes things being done for him. I often think it is because Norah came when he was still pretty little and he wasn’t quite done being the baby of the family. He is more likely to ask to be carried or tucked in or fed or helped onto the chair than Norah. She’s gonna try to do it herself and he’s going to cry that he has to try it. So when he wants to do something for himself, we really try to encourage it. One of the things he loves to do lately on his own is making peanut butter sandwiches. And Norah, being the independent little girl that she is, thinks if Ollie can do it she can do it. Which is how we got here. To this messy, sticky, peanutty, place.

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These two together can be so stinking cute. It was really hard how close they were. I can still remember how upset I was that I was even pregnant with Norah. But now, at almost 2 and 3. These two are little friends and it is such a joy to watch their relationship grow. It is absolutely precious.

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Capturing my Family

In years past I have tried a 365, which means that you try and take a picture every day for a year. I have royally failed and some years I have gotten half way through the year. Never have I actually done a whole year. It’s really hard 😉 But I always love the images that I do capture through out the year. So this year, along with a group of other photography friends I am trying again. And already I love the images that I’ve captured of my family.

I’ve been uploading them onto flickr along with the rest of the ladies I’m doing this with. I have shared a couple on FB but lots I haven’t. I find that if I am consciously trying to take more pictures of my life and family then I often get more than just one a day. There are a lot of people around my house to capture!

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I have have enlisted my older two kids to help. I set up the camera with the right settings and then let them shoot away. Lucy took this one of us and I edited it.

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I’ll keep doing my 15 on the 15th this year (and I think a few other friends are going to join me this year) and I’m doing my monthly project with friends that is 5 on the 5th but we are changing that up a bit to something else and a different day). More real, everyday life captured. And that’s really what I want. Just Rhonda Footer

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5 Minutes with my Elf on a Shelf

My littlest Norah is an early riser. She’s been worse (as in 5-530 am). Lately it’s 6-630. And after late nights with all the Christmas festivities that makes early mornings and sometimes a cranky toddler. This morning she wanted pancakes to eat. And so I took her to the freezer to find a bag of ones I had frozen. When I first opened the door the first thing she saw was ice cream. And this girl LOVES ice cream. She started shouting excitingly “Ice cream, Ice cream.” Now she is really small and our pediatrician told me to give her anything fatting she wants, but Im not about to start feeding her ice cream at 630 am. So I got out the pancakes and closed the door. She melted down completely. Overtired + being told no = lots of crying.

I took her back into the kitchen so that she was as far from everyone’s bedrooms and tried to distract her with all kinds of things. She wasn’t having any of it. For a small thing, she sure can stick to her guns 🙂 Finally the only thing that snapped her out her crying snotty mess was sitting her on the edge of the counter. Which was in fact, still full of things from the previous nights party. I gave her a bowl of syrup and showed her how to dip her pancake into the syrup. She stopped crying immediately and started dipping. She made a huge mess. Sticky fingers and pajamas and the counter too. After a while she noticed the container of left over veggies and dip and started dipping her pancake into the ranch dressing too. I didn’t stop her. I just got out my camera and took lots of pictures. 5 minutes of Norah in her cute Christmas pjs (and for those of you who are going to ask where they are from it’s here.)

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I love doing these little 5 minutes projects where I capture my kids for 5 minutes totally inspired by this awesome blog here.

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Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you can remember the true meaning of this holiday season.

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15 on the 15th: Dec

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As I was going through my photos for this month I was looking back at the other ones Ive taken in this series. This is the end of my third year doing this. In some ways I want to try something else as a family project but then in the same breath, I can do this. It works for our family and for me. I get it done. And I get some images that really tell the story of our everyday family life. That’s what I want. Most of my other ideas for capturing our family are a lot more involved and I might not stick to them purely because of time commitment of them. So at this point I’m still a bit torn. I have a few weeks to figure it out. For now, here is a Monday at our house. And I added in a few more than 15 this month.

 

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Lucy teaching Eli to read. “Eli you know when you pour out yogurt, it comes out smooth? And if you poured out cottage cheese it’s all lumpy? Well your reading should be like yogurt NOT cottage cheese.”
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He was hiding because he was mad. And me taking a picture of him being mad made him more mad.

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When we went to go to bed at 1015 or so (since we’d been up since 5) we found Eli passed out on our bed. And when we tried to move him he was so confused as to where he was and what was going on. He wandered into the bathroom and sat down and was throughly confused. RLS_5510

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5 minutes

Sometimes Oliver has a hard time playing alone. In the afternoons sometimes I have trouble  keeping Oliver busy. He wants to just play screens. I am often torn since the afternoons that I get done during the day I can only do during those times. But that means that too often Oliver plays the iPad too much. Some days I do better and get him doing things like this: coloring. He was totally into it this day. And as he colored I cleaned up the kitchen around him. He was happy and he was busy and I enjoyed watching him.

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5 Minutes with a Yogurt

I forgot about posting these pictures and just found them a couple days ago. So here they are. Norah with a yogurt. She’s really into feeding herself and it makes a HUGE mess. Most of the time she would rather not eat than let me help her. She wants to do anything that her older siblings do, especially Oliver. And because she is so much smaller than them that if often just not possible. But I try and let her try. I don’t want to squash her desire to be independent.

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I could have stepped in and forced Norah to let me feed her. It would have been filled with tears and frustration. She wants independence and the freedom to do it how she wants too. This is a relatively easy mess to clean up in the end.

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I’ve been thinking about the choices people make with their lives and how sometimes when they chose to do things there own way it makes a mess in their lives.  One of my favorite quotes is from Presdient Thomas S. Monson: “Each of us has the responsibility to choose. You may ask, Are decisions really that important? I say to you, decisions determine destiny. You can’t make eternal decisions without eternal consequences.”

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We have to let them make their own choices. The older my kids get the more I realize how less and less control I actually have over them. I can teach them and encourage them and try and show them through example and word the way to go. But they are each going to have to make their own path. Hopefully it will be a path that leads the right way. I am sure they will each make some messes in their lives, just as I have done. But eventually they will figure out what is important and true and where they want to be one day.

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We just need to be around to help clean up when they ask for help and even encourage them to clean up themselves too.

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Norah will make a huge mess for a while probably. But in the end she’ll figure out how to hold the spoon properly and how to aim it into her mouth. And she might even stop rubbing her hands all over everything once they have anything on them and making everything messier.

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Until then, I’ll just keep cleaning up the messes and offering help when she’ll let me. RLS_7585

For those of you who will ask, these were all shot with my 50 mm lens at 1/320 at f/2.8 ISO 1000.

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15 on the 15th: November

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Well it was the 15th on Saturday and so here is a Saturday at our house in 15 pictures.

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I just loving doing this. I hadn’t been capturing much of my family in the last two weeks but on this day, I caught these and lots more. This habit of mine helps me stick to it and helps me and my family remember to capture life.

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Photo Tips: 10 Tips for Shooting Indoors

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I love taking pictures of my kids and we live in Canada. Sometimes it can get a little cold and I still want to capture my kids and that means shooting indoors. I’ve been asked by a few different people for tips on taking pictures indoors. So today I’m sharing some tips.

Tip #1: Get a 50 mm lens. You can read all about the Nikon one here. This lens is relatively affordable and it can shoot “wide open” which means a low aperture (1.8) which makes it possible to let in lots of light in a dark room.

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Tip #2: Get to know the light in YOUR house. Learn to pay attention when the light is bright in what rooms and what times of day. Although I don’t think my home has enough windows and light, there are pockets of light that I love in my home. Spend time looking around and seeing it, watching how it moves. And then use those light pocket to capture your kids better.

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Tip #3: Move to the light. Before you set kids up with whatever they are going to do (lunch, play dough, painting, etc) move them into the best spot for light and for background. After you set them up, just let your kids be kids. I knew that Oliver and Sage were going to blow bubbles when I gave them a straw. How did I know? 5 kids. That’s what 3 year olds do when they get a straw and milk 😉 That and Oliver is kind of obsessed with doing it lately. He tries blowing them in everything, even smoothies…. which is …. messy! Instead of setting them up at the counter I put them at the table on the end of my table where the light was good (it was late morning when my kitchen light is great) and the wall behind them was plain. Then I just let them interact with each other and have fun even when the bubbles started running over and making a mess.

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Tip #4: Bump up your ISO. IF you don’t know what that means go read here and buy this book.  When you are shooting indoors you often need more light. One of the ways to get that is bumping your ISO. Just remember most of the time the higher the ISO, the more the grain. Although I think grain can really add to the mood of a picture!

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Tip #5: Use natural reflectors. You can read what the fabulous Jasmine Star says about these here.  The light in my kitchen gets reflected back up and if my kids are sitting in the right spot at the right time then I can totally use that light.

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And this one, Norah was sitting in just the right spot in the basement and the light was bouncing back onto her face from a big poster paper that my kids had left lying around. So their inability to put things away helped out on this occasion. 😉

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Tip #6 Learn how to expose for backlight. Backlight is actually one of my very favorites!! I love it. But it can be tricky if you don’t know how to expose for it. It’s actually pretty simple once you learn how and then you don’t always have to move people sideways to the light. You can let them glow from behind!

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Tip #7: Other light sources. There are lots of things besides sunlight that you can use. This was Norah holding a flashlight for the first time. She was mesmerized and so she was holding perfectly still making it possible for me to use a slower shutter speed.

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Tip #10: Have your camera out and ready with a clean card and a full battery. It’s easier to capture your kids if you are already ready. And pull it out more often. They will get more used to it and you will capture more of your real life.

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5 Minutes at Lunch

You know I love the 5 Minute project. Every time I go check out that blog I am re inspired to take pictures of my kids. Three things I try to keep in mind while I am capturing my 5 minutes.

  1. I first check out where the light is. If I need them to be a little bit closer to a light source I can usually move them to start their “activity” so they are closer. Or I’ll just move or adjust my camera settings.
  2. I want them to interact naturally or do whatever they are doing naturally. Yes I talk to them a little bit, but lots of times I just sit and watch them and let them be cute with whatever it is they are doing.
  3. I try and just enjoy them  and watch their personalities emerge. That’s what I want to capture. A brief  5 minute moment of what they are doing right now, today.

This is Oliver and Norah at lunch together.

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15 on the 15th: October

Well it was the 15th yesterday and that means 15 pictures around my house. I was thinking about how I’ve been doing this for 3 years almost. And I love a lot of the images I have collected over those 3 years. They tell the story of our lives. Our everyday ordinary lives that are extraordinary stories because they are ours. I’ve said it again and again. I am passionate about capturing images of my kids. And I think more people should do it too. It’s so EASY now. Use your phone! Use whatever camera you have. And just capture your every day life. Kids or no kids. Doesn’t matter.

This day was different for us. Our flooring is getting replaced and so we have to spend the day not at home, all my kids slept until 7 am (which is completely unheard of at our house), we missed the bus, Alden turned 12, we spent lots of time at grandma & grandpa’s house, we tried out a new food truck in Lethbridge, went grocery shopping. All in all it was a day filled with adventure and experiences. (Now if they would just finish our floor already so we can have some more normal days! ;))

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5 Minutes with Eli

I try and do a photo shoot with each of my kids near their birthdays. I think it’s a good way to document them and when they are grow up they will have one session of them as they are for each year. The only problem I face with it is Eli. He detest having his picture taken. Like it is downright painful sometimes. All the other kids, so far, eat up the one on one attention. Eli’s birthday came and went and I never did them. I was dreading the fight. I asked once or twice and it ended in almost tears. So I dropped it. But a week or so ago on a Sunday morning we were running ahead of schedule (miracles can happen) and he was looking oh so sharp and so I just asked him. And he went for it. Amazingly enough. So Eli for 5 minutes in our backyard in his Sunday best.

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Eli’s taught me lots of things and some of them are about taking pictures of kids that don’t want their picture taken. How to work with it, how to get them to cooperate and when to just let it go.

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5 Minutes and some new shoes

I love buying clothes for my girls. And I love dressing them up. And I love it when they are happy to pose for me. And I love great light. All of it together… my favorite!!! This is Norah at 18 months. She is wearing a sweet little dress from Baby Gap that I bought when I first found out I was having a baby girl. And she is wearing some new little shoes from a great site called Fledge Feet which is run by a girl named Callie. She is sweet and a small business. A great thing to support! The shoes are the nutmeg and eden flower soft soled shoes. Super duper cute fold over high tops!! Love them! So here is Norah, in cute clothes and cute shoes and happily posing in great light. Win-Win. 🙂

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An evening at the Lake

Grandma and Grandpa Steed have a  boat. And one evening we all went out to the lake. And we invited two Davis cousins around Alden’s age who were down visiting so that Alden would enjoy it all more. And he did. We also had two neighborhood kids staying with us for the week. So there were lots and lots of kids! Now I’m not a fan of waterskiing (I’m not a good swimmer and actually most of my biggest fears involve water!) but I do like riding in the boat. And capturing it with my camera too.

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5 Minutes (with a case of blueberries and some friends)

It’s been a while since I shared a 5 minute photo project. So I thought I’d share one. If you haven’t seen me post these I got the idea from a fantastic blog apply named the  5 minute project 😉 We had two neighbor boys staying with us for a week while their parents were out of town. One morning the littlest kids were enjoying the case of fresh blueberries and lovely morning light.

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15 on the 15th {July}

This month was a little different because we have two extra kids staying with us all week.  And for whatever reason I was really feeling the black and white 😉15on15th(new)

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As always go check out my friend Tracy’s day looked like too.

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the Knight Ranch

One of our good friends is the manager of the Knight Ranch. The Knight Ranch is a huge Ranch owned by the LDS church. We’ve been talking about me coming out to take pictures of the branding of the cows for a while. This year I finally did it. I brought Oliver and Lucy with me out there. Oliver’s only real comment about the couple hours we were there was “look there are farmers” (cowboys) and “tell them to be quiet” (the cows). 😉

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5 on the 7th

So I went away the end of last week and promptly forgot it was the 5th! And on the 5th is when I do a monthly link up with friends. So I’ll share that today. Five photos of Norah hamming it up on our vacation.

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I guess technically it was 6 on the 7th…. but she just looks so cute 😉 Now go on to see Liza’s Pictures....

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O Canada

One of my very favorite things about living in Canada is the beauty of it. And one of the best places around where we live is Waterton!  We had a family trip there this past Saturday and since it was Eli’s actual birthday we had some cake and celebrated that too. I love this place!

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15 on the 15th (June)

This month the 15th ended up being Father’s Day. Every Father’s Day I try to take a picture of each child individually with Regan. (On mother’s day I try to get each of my kids individually with me too!) So that was 5 pictures right there!

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I totally 1000%  forgot about this today but months ago I set a reminder/ alarm thing into my iPhone and this morning at 8am it rang and reminded me and I was so glad that I had done that!! As Always go check out my friend Tracy’s day!!

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5 Minutes

On the trampoline with my kids. These are the moments I want to capture of my kids. In 20 years, these small simple moments are what I want to make sure I remember. None of these are perfect pictures. And that is okay. It is my kids and they are real and nothing was posed… well except when I tried to make them all lay down together for me…. which didn’t really work out. HA! Real life baby.

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5 Minutes

This morning I’m guest posting over on my friend Rebecca’s blog. You can go check out my easy summer dessert there after you are done checking out the funny pictures of Oliver 😉

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It’s been a while since I shared a 5 minute project with one of my kids. So here is Oliver in the jumpy castle.

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5 Minutes

In the Snow with Lucy.

 

 

I love that she’ll just come and do this with me pretty much whenever I ask.

 

5 Minutes (at Sunset)

I love being out in Nature. I love wandering around and I especially love taking pictures of it. This never ending winter has felt especially long to me this year. And I am dying for some sunshine and nice weather. (I hope we are there now…) I really haven’t spent much time outside lately. Just before sunset a week or so ago the colors in the sky were too beautiful to not capture. So as soon as Regan got home I escaped the house, just for 5 minutes. The beauty of the sky filled me up.

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5 minutes with Alden and his favorite thing.

15 on the 15th – March (2014)

You know I have a good husband. Who really supports me in these crazy ideas I get! He took almost all the 15 pictures this month. Yep. Awesome!

As always, go check out my friend Tracy’s version too and let me know if you did it so I can come and check it out!

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Eli is not a kid to stay home. He is all about where the friends are and who he can play with. So making him play with just me for 5 minutes really was mean…..Funny enough, I don’t really feel bad about it. 😉

You can see my other 5 minutes here.