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Sunday, May 30th, 2010

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Amy Jo

Carter Says – Pattern

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Carter learned something about patterns while watching the new Nick Jr. show, “Team Umizoomi”.  Today while eating pretzels from the bag (something we rarely do…) he announces:

CARTER:  A pattern – like on Umizoomi!  Take and bite then put it back in the bag.  That’s a pattern!

Well, yes, I guess that is a pattern.  It’s also sort of yucky for anyone else who wants some pretzels.

Point of View

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Allison sees a castle…


Mommy sees more mess…


Allison Has Seen Too Many Progressive Commercials

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

ALLISON:  Daddy, did you know that there is a store where you can buy insurance?

JAMES:  Yes, we use USAA for our insurance.  Are you talking about the Progressive car insurance commercials?

ALLISON:  Yes, Pergreffit. 

(Thoughtful pause.)

ALLISON:  You can name your own price!

Carter Says – Storytelling Like a Grown Up

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

CARTER:  Mommy!  I can tell stories like a grown-up!

ME: You can?  I’d like to hear one.

There was a long pause,
so I prompted him…

ME:  Once upon a time…

CARTER: There was a Daddy.  …THE END!

In the News

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A couple weeks ago we stopped to see the firefighters and a helicopter at a water safety day show in the parking lot of a local grocery store.  A reporter for the Buckeye Valley News was there and took a picture of the kids in the helicopter! 





Monday, August 31st, 2009

DADDY:  Carter, it’s time to get dressed.
CARTER(wailing):  I don’t want to wear dress!  Dresses are for girls!
DADDY:  It’s time to get your clothes on.

My Point Of View

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

This is what I see looking out from my favorite chair tonight…


Work In Progress…

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

These aren’t the best pictures, but I wanted to post something of the changes we’ve made to the family room.  Last Sunday afternoon, we painted a good portion of the family room and rearranged the furniture.  I like it SO much better!  Two more walls of brown to paint, then we’ll move on to the burnt orange paint for the kitchen.  Next we’ll paint the bathrooms and upstairs and…  This is a 6 month project, but well worth the effort!



New Playroom

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Allison and Carter playing with stickers and coloring at their new craft table.

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The finished playroom.
Freshly painted and organized.  I snapped pictures quick because
 I know it won’t stay this neat! We turned our empty
living room into a playroom for the kids… It gets the toys out of
the family room and out of the main areas of the house.
  I did it for me, but the kids think I did it for them
and they are thrilled!

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