Aug 26 2015

Is the gate locked?

One of Jake’s obsessions is making sure the dogs are not only safe, but where he can see them. A big part of this is making sure the gate is locked, so they stay in the yard. I don’t remember the last time we left the house where Jake didn’t ask if the gate was …

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Aug 25 2015

Through the eyes of our children

Tonight, Olivia asked Beth to come down to the water’s edge so I could take some pics of them. Beth initially balked, saying she wasn’t “picture ready.” She’d napped for a few hours this afternoon, and hasn’t worn make up or straightened her hair in days. She was not feeling her prettiest. We eventually talked …

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Aug 25 2015

Reflections

Something magics happens when you tune out the noise that is constantly around us. A guy I know once told me that if you’re quiet long enough, you’ll begin to hear yourself; and if you can stand to be quiet even longer than that, you may begin to hear God. Now I’m not that deep, …

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Aug 23 2015

Rainy Camping Trip

It’s supposed to rain this week. All week. I knew this a month ago. How? I took this week off to go camping with the family. Guaranteed lousy weather. Surprisingly, we’ve been lucky so far. No rain yesterday as we packed in, and no rain yet today. We’ve done s’mores, gone kayaking, done some fishing, …

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Aug 19 2015

Pinterest Photoshoot

Liv and Alyssa wanted to do a Photoshoot based on some best friend pics they found on Instagram and Pinterest. Here are our results: Which is your favorite?

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Aug 14 2015

How I made $3.50 from appliance repair!

My dryer broke.  By broke, I mean when I turned it on, it blew hot air, but the drum didn’t spin.  So, you know, broken. I did what any red blooded American male would do in such a time of crisis.  I called a repair man.  Anybody who knows me knows that I am not …

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Aug 12 2015

The magic of wheat pennies

Do you remember these? I found one of these gems when I was scraping up change for my coffee from my car’s coin catch-all. It reminded me of when I was a kid and how much fun it was to search for wheat pennies. They weren’t much treasure, though I learn now as an adult …

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Aug 10 2015

Just be cool

Jake is nuts about girls. Solidly off his rocker. The thing is, he doesn’t know how to talk to them, nor does he seem to want to. I’m positive he wouldn’t know what to do with one of he caught one. He sees a pretty girl, then claims her for his own. He doesn’t even …

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Aug 08 2015

Operation: Keep The Boys Out Of The Hair Of The Girls

It’s wedding day! Make up is being done, hair is getting did, and primping and polishing is occurring everywhere! I grabbed the young boys and took them for some exploring. We found a cool OLD cemetery. The boys liked the impromptu history lesson. Some of these folks were born before the signing of the Constitution! …

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Aug 07 2015

Super Parenting Win!

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while!

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Aug 04 2015

Inside Jake’s Brain

We had a wonderful visit with my sister, her husband, and their two gorgeous, (not so) little girls last night. It was great to back to the lake where I grew up, telling my kids about all the hijinks we got up to, which tree we fell out of, which rock we jumped from, etc. …

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Jul 30 2015

Gabe is so much like me it scares me

Gabe was at Cold Stream today with his grandmother and siblings, enjoying a summer day.   There see some kids there his own age, so naturally there was cause to flex his muscles a bit and assert his male dominance.  Gabe being my son, this of course took the form of a spelling bee.  Heroic …

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