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20/52/2013

We are road tripping again.

It always amazes me how the simple motion of a car can cause so much peaceful silence…
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…and how a simple paper and pencil can cause so many joyful smiles.
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19/52/2013

Life’s full of little reminders this week. 🙂

Like when Molly declared her first tooth fell out at 9pm at night, I had to remind the tooth fairy to come for a late night visit.
19/52/Life - First Tooth Fairy Visit.

And when today we were at my Mom’s house smelling the new fuchsia we bought for her new porch? I was reminded that I just happen to know the two most beautiful ladies on the planet.
19/52/Portrait - Smelling the flowers.

Happy Mother’s Day.

16/52/2013 (aka Thomas’ 8th birthday, aka Minecraft Madness!!)

Thomas’ 8th birthday was “the best day ever” completely decked out in homemade minecraft goodness.
Cake Prep

mix

Minecraft Party Food

When it was time to blow out the candles, Thomas was cool and relaxed (this week’s “life photo” theme), thinking, “Oh yeah, I’ve got this.”
16/52/Life - I've got this.

He even posed for some silly cake mining shots:
Cutting Time!

Yummy Block Food
After chowing down on food that was strictly the shape of blocks (thanks, grandma for making the requested meatcubes!), it was time for presents.

That is where the unexpected (this week’s “portrait photo” theme) came along…
16/52/Portrait - You got me this??
He lost it completely, I’ve never seen his face light up at a gift like that before. “You got me this??”

Happy Birthday, my big man. Not so tiny anymore. <3

15/52/2013

It was a week of firsts around here, all three kids got new beds!
Operation Big Kids Rooms, underway. Boys are bunking and Molly is getting a loft bed! Oh yea, and Mommy's going to do it solo. Wish me luck.

Well, I suppose more accurately Molly got a new bed and the boys got theirs bunked.
And... Done! Now I would like a nap. ;)

Molly was quite happy about it.
15/52/Life - First night in her loft bed!

And, even though I had to sneak up on him in his top bunk to get a picture…
15/52/Portrait -Sneaking in between the bunk rails for a peek.
I got a smile of approval from Thomas too.

14/52/2013

I always find it funny how our natural progression of our week always fits the PTM themes. Even this week.

We did a little off-roading of our own during the race on Friday. Thom in the car, and Molly out of it. 😉 She climbed to the top of this huge rock, sat down, and declared herself winner of the race. (This weeks portrait theme was copycat/it’s a sign)
14/52/Portrait - Race to the top of the rock!

The life theme for week 14 is “What home means to me.” And even though we are traveling and away from home we always bring home with us. A couple nights ago, Molly fell asleep on our bed while we were getting ready to settle in for the night. Marcus must have caught a glimpse of her and thought he needed to join in. As he snuggled himself under her arm and drifted off to sleepy land, I chuckled, knowing I had my photo. <3 14/52/Life - Right at home.

13/52/2013: Traveling, again.

This week brought us to a lovely cabin right outside Moab, Utah. There, along with the inn keeper, his wife and their 18 month old son, lived this sweet girl. Petting the puppy.
Marcus immediately fell in love with her. “She’s so soft!” and “Aww! She’s cute.” were words he frequently said over the course of our stay.

They played and ran together.
13/52/Life - Chase that puppy!

…and when he dreamed, I’m pretty sure it was of her.
13/52/Portrait - Dreaming about puppies.

Ah, the little joys of a boy and (not) his puppy. What can be cuter?

12/52/2013 {aka Molly’s Awesome Unicorn Rainbow Birthday Party}

12/52/Life - Happy 6th Birthday, Molly.

We celebrated Molly’s 6th birthday yesterday rainbow style.
All Rainbow'ed up!

We had rainbow snacks…
Rainbow Snacks

and unicorn rose cake…
Rose Unicorn Rainbow Cake

that happened to be {all naturally dyed} rainbow on the inside.
All Natural Rainbow Cake

A special friend of mine made her a doll in her favorite color of the rainbow… PURPLE!
Her face tells the whole story.

…and you know that doll I’ve been working on?
Mommy made waldorf inspired doll.

She and Molly both wore rainbow knitted dresses {that I’ve also been working on}…
Opening her doll.

Now they match Sheepie quite well.
12/52/Portrait - A perfect match.

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty awesome {and colorful} day. I think Molly would agree.
A pretty awesome day.

*These photos include this week’s 52. If you want to see specifically which ones 😉 click over to my flickr set to see.*

11/52/2013

If you couldn’t tell already, spring time is the time for Birthdays in my home. First comes Marcus’ then Thom’s followed by Molly’s and rounding out with Thomas’. This week was Thom’s turn. His birthday was this past Thursday. The kids love parties, so we use birthdays to really do it up.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Thomas even learned how to play “Happy Birthday” on the piano and played along {which was quite appropriate, considering this week’s life photo theme just happened to be play} while we brought out the cake.
11/52/Life - Playing "Happy Birthday" to Daddy.

Which means that since Friday, it’s Molly’s birthday prep time. Which also means that I’ve been sewing. She wanted a doll this year for her present.
Planning out Molly's birthday doll. She wants her to have a matching knitted dress to wear. <3
Yes, I know. Creepy if you are not a doll maker. Lol.
Day 1; progress.
Doll progress!!
Body sewn. She needs clothes, but I'm not sure Molly will give her back to me to finish!
Which is also coincidentally perfect for this week’s portrait photo theme of anticipation.

11/52/Portrait - She's Almost Ready!She is so excited about her new doll that she hardly will put her down long enough for me to finish her, as evidenced by her having to hold her last night, sans her matching knitted dress. Oh yeah, remember that rainbow dress that I’m making for Molly? Her doll is getting one too.
Knitting away!

Better get back to it! T-minus 6 days until her birthday party!

Marcus’ Third Birthday [aka 10/52/2013}

Truck Cake!

Happy Birthday To Marcus!

Well, it’s finally happened. My baby boy is THREE! Eeks. At least this week’s theme is “Change” because the idea of Marcus being 3 will take a bit of getting used to.
10/52/Life - Blowing out the candles.

One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is this boy’s love of trucks.
It's always time for trucks.

Or this boy’s love of cake.
10/52/Portrait - Get in my belly!
I took some artistic liberty with the theme of “entrance” for my portrait photo this week. That food certainly cannot enter his belly fast enough.

Happy Birthday, Marcus. I wish you happy truck dreams tonight, and every night.
Woah! 30th Anniversary Grave Digger!