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Rarely do I open the door for solicitors.  But, it was a weak moment — our little neighbor boy was selling overpriced junk so he could win prizes and earn money for his school.  I couldn’t say no.  (Now you know why I rarely open the door!)  I didn’t even remember what I purchased, and I didn’t even pay him because I had no cash at the moment.

Fast forward 2 months.  The doorbell rings again.  I had completely forgotten about my purchase, and went to pull out my checkbook.  $13 for a tiny box of Jellybellies.  Oh, but it was so worth it!  These were not just ordinary Jellybellies.  This is a game where you spin and have to try a flavor of Jellybellies that can be either delicious or disgusting.  For example… Tutti Frutti or Stinky socks?  Peach or barf?  Buttered popcorn or rotten eggs?  Thankfully, I was the photographer rather than a player.  I have not laughed that hard in a long time!

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I told the kids this had to be a Halloween tradition.  Not so much, in their opinion.  Malachi said, “I am never playing that game again; it was too gross!”  His sisters and Grandma agreed.  Personally, I am just thankful for the good laugh, (and that they didn’t make me play!)

AWANA Crazy Hair Night

Last night was AWANA Crazy Hair night.  We celebrated in all it’s glory!

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When Sierra put her arm around her brother and tilted her head like that, my heart jumped.  I knew this would be a favorite new picture.

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I loved Natalie’s color and style; almost more pretty than crazy!

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I am so thankful for AWANA for many reasons.  Selfishly, I am thankful for a date night!  Last night I had so much to do to get ready for teaching our co-op the next day.  Since my husband was home, I was tempted to just let him take the kids while I had several hours to myself.  It was, indeed, tempting.  But, we hadn’t seen much of each other during the day, and a date sounded so much more appealing.

Typically, I am a work first, play second kind of person.  I would literally come home from a class in college, and get right to work on a paper that wasn’t due for 3 weeks just because I can’t stand to not be planned way ahead of time.  All that to say, choosing a date was out of character for me.  Yet… I am so thankful I made that choice.  We had such a fun time!  So often as a mom, it is easier to choose to want to “work first.”  The thing I am discovering is that, it is almost impossible to work first all the time, because the work never ends and the play would never come.  It’s ok… even good to play first sometimes!  And with that, I am off to bed while the dishes sit next to the sink, because sometimes it’s also good to rest first!  (And I am beat from staying up late planning!)  🙂

Thankful Thursday

It’s so appropriate to think of thankfulness around this time of year.  For us, however, it continues to be a weekly discussion.  I believe we are in our fourth year of Thankful Thursday tea parties.  Natalie just noticed the date on the inside cover of her journal and asked me, “Was I really five when I wrote this?” Yup, Sweetie… you were!  It is fun to look back and see all the things we have been thankful for!  I think Allison is close to 700 entries.

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This week was pumpkin scones and apple cider with whip cream.  You can’t beat a fall tea party!

San Diego Zoo

Legoland – check

Safari Park – check

La Jolla – check

Seaworld – check

San Diego Zoo – FINALLY!

After all our trips to San Diego, we have visited all of the above attractions multiple times, except one; the San Diego Zoo!  I am not even sure why, because our kids LOVE animals.  It was definitely overdue, but really well worth the wait.

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After walking for 6 hours, the kids were beat.   (And hot!)  It wasn’t in the plans, but we did go back to the beach where the girls jumped in the waves for 2 hours while Malachi slept on a blanket.  The only rough part was waking Malachi, who wanted to be at the hotel and cried until it was time to go — then he decided he wanted to play on the beach.  Ha! Isn’t that just how it goes?  We found a Thai place for dinner, then drove home while the kids snoozed.  Though it was a super short “vacation,” it sure felt great!  (And unpacking left just as big of a mess as a long vacation!)

Goodbye 2015 Summer Garden

Yes, it was time to say goodbye…

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You would not believe how overrun the garden had become.  I should have taken a picture, but really our gardening was somewhat impromptu.

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We have a long way to go to get it cleaned up…but it’s nice to have it started.

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Buddy enjoyed half of our last watermelon, and the chickens enjoyed the other half.

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Bell peppers are suddenly flourishing???  I think we’ll get rid of them, anyway.  I want a clean start to the garden.

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Next up, (if we indeed get it cleaned out), I want to have winter lettuce and flowers.  We’ll see!

Weekend Crafting

It’s been a while, (at least it feels that way to me), since we had a relaxed weekend as a family.  In fact, it’s been a full month since we’ve all been home, and it has been so nice!  (Maybe it’s that my husband did all the dishes… thanks, Honey!) Saturday afternoon, (since I didn’t have to do dishes!), I decided to have the kids do a little crafting.  We spray painted our old bird houses black, then went to town making them “haunted houses.”

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See why we do crafts outside?  (Thankful for the cooler weather!)

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Isn’t it always the simplest of things that bring the most joy?  A weekend together.  A weekend without dishes.  A craft with the kids.

Hope you had a nice weekend, as well!