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Halloween 2014

By Janie on November 4th, 2014 at 5:35 am with 2 comments

I don’t know what Halloween is like at your house, but it is SO exciting around here.  Painting and carving pumpkins, eating mummy pizzas, having permission to go talk to your neighbors, dressing up, getting candy, it’s all just too much.

Samantha’s pumpkin was decorated with an Angry Bird kit.  Ellie’s pumpkin started out very thoughtful, but ended up in an all-over grey color, and I used my 45 minutes to quickly carve a ghost.  Nothing fancy, as each year I seem to have less and less time to do it.

The girls dressed as a cheetah, and Rapunzel (again).  Here are our past Halloweens.


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Opening the Box

By Janie on October 29th, 2014 at 1:41 pm with one comment

The excitement this morning, as we opened the box, was palpable.



Samantha, lately.

By Janie on October 23rd, 2014 at 9:36 pm without comments

Samantha lost another tooth yesterday.  I think that makes 8 or 9.  It still doesn’t get any easier, and there are many tears shed before/during/after it comes out.  You can see the hole really well in the following picture.



In other news, she turned 7 years old last week.  My how time flies.  She is a goofy girl, with loads of wisdom for her age.  She is bright, caring, eager, and friendly.  She never meets a stranger, and she deeply loves her sister.  She loves to read, draw, and make crafts.

We had very small gathering of friends at the movie, then went out for milkshakes afterwards.



She had to share her actual birthday with the school’s Fall Festival, so it was very simple.  We were glad that Nana could share it with us too!



I can’t imagine this place without her.  Her teacher this year calls her “rare.”  I think that just about sums it up.


Sam Lost Another Tooth

By Brian on October 1st, 2014 at 1:13 pm with one comment

I think she’s now lost seven or eight teeth now.  Once again, she wouldn’t let us pull it despite it causing her pain when eating.  We’ve been asking for almost two weeks now.  Finally this morning, she let me pull it.  There wasn’t any pulling involved.  I merely picked it up.  I think the only reason she didn’t swallow it is because it was caught between the two teeth beside it.

Here’s how she told me she needed help.

Sam's note to me requesting help with her tooth.

Targeted Snail Mail

By Brian on September 30th, 2014 at 9:42 am without comments

It’s nice to see that targeted advertising isn’t that good yet. Yes it’s spooky that they know our names, address and anniversary date. Thankfully they don’t know Janie’s taste in jewelry yet because this is tacky.

Mailed advertisement


Happy 12th Anniversary, Janie!