Pumpkin Coloring

Not being in the mood to carve pumpkins we got out the colored markers.  We colored in the front yard and back.

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JJ wasn’t happy about being left out.

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Done! Time for a cute picture with all the kids and pumpkins.

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Well, at least this picture is good for a laugh.

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One Years Old

Baby JJ is now one!  I know it’s cliche, but seriously, where has the time gone?!

One day I’m flying kites in the yard with the family,

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and the next morning we are meeting this little guy.

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He plays contentedly with his siblings for a few weeks and then suddenly he is turning one and getting into stuff.

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Happy 1st birthday!

We love you 🙂

Ribbit

Daddy brought home a surprise.

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A green American Tree Frog had made its way to my hubby’s work.  Poor frog had an injured leg so he got a new home with us.  Girls named him Ribbit.

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We all learned about Tree Frog habitat and diet.  The kids also learned how uninteresting it can be to have a nocturnal pet (to quote Lulu “he doesn’t move”).  It was quite fascinating to watch Ribbit hunt and catch food.  That was probably our favorite part of having him.

Ribbit stayed with us for a few weeks.  Then I realized I do not want to keep a pet long term that requires live food.  We found another loving home for Ribbit.  It was fun while it lasted.

Worm to Bear

Everybody’s different.  We hear this all the time.  I love seeing each of my kids’ personalities blossom.  When it comes to babies, however, I’m still surprised by how they are little individuals too.

My youngest amuses me by how different he is than my other three.  First his crawl is like an inchworm.  He did that for quite some time before finally doing a “regular” crawl.  Now he is doing a “bear” crawl, as my hubby calls it.

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Forget cruising on furniture, the rate he is going I wouldn’t be surprised if he just stood up one day and started walking.

Bagworms Part 2

Last year we learned what bagworms are after discovering them on our evergreen bush in front of the house.  We diligently worked at taking care of the problem … picking them off … day after day, week after week.  Finally we didn’t see anymore and the problem was solved.

Well, they’re back!  Yuck.  We have no desire to deal with them every year so bye-bye bush.

Before:

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During:

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After:

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Good riddance.  Now, what to do with the space?