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Pizza Assembly Line

November 2014

 

As I have been trying to catch up on photos, I notice that we take a lot of pictures while we are eating and we eat a lot of pizza.  Here we are making pizza again.  Pizza is a relatively easy meal and we can usually make enough for lunch leftovers. So, there are two meals in one, bonus.
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Bethany, Elianna and Levi

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Good job guys!

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What can I say, we like our pizza with meat.

 

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A full range of pizzas for our family.

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Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legos and Little Ones

November 2014

 

While this house is smaller than the last house, there seems to be so much more room to do things and enjoy the toys we have.  Here are Levi and Elianna enjoying some small Legos.
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Levi is excited to be able to play with small Legos.

 

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Abigail is gracious in helping them and enjoying her time with them, helping them build new things and play with what is already made.

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Legos are awesome! – Elianna

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This piece goes here.
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Olivia practicing her piano.

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I am thankful for all the Legos we have, we are so blessed.

 

Susan

Trains – Wordless Wednesday

October 2014

 

 

Our multipurpose entry way is used in so many different ways.
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Susan

Snow Day November 2014

November 2014

 

Our first “big snow storm” in Iowa hit in early November.  We did not get a lot of snow, but because it was going to get COLD the next day, the kidlets went out and played in the snow.  Had I had a working oven, I would have made cookies, but we did not have a working oven, so there were no cookies.

 

 

Caleb loving the sled.
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Auntie Cathy, we can use the fire pit in the winter, also.

 

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Bethany telling the snow just how much she missed it.

 

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Abigail

 

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Elianna

 

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Nathan

 

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Nathan was a trooper and pulled Caleb and Elianna all around the yard in the sled.

 

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He worked so hard they had to rest for awhile.

 

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Time for round 2.

 

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Working hard.

 

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Hardly working, mostly playing.

 

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OK, all playing.  She enjoyed the snow quite a bit.

 

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She did not care that it was cold and snowy, she enjoys her time on the swing.

 

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I even shoveled the snow, very pregnant.  I could not find my boots, but I made due with what I had.

 

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The girls wondering why they have to help shovel the driveway.  Do you know the answer?

 

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Many hands make light the work.  We had the driveway cleared off rather quickly with 6 of us shoveling.  A few more helped, but I am not sure how much help they were.  They will grow into it I am sure.  The 5 years that past since we lived in Iowa last have served us well to grow many more kids who are able to shovel.

 

Susan

More Fires With Friends

November 2014

 

Friends came to visit.  Of course we had to have a fire in our new fire pit.  We planned to eat pudgy pies and s’mores.

 

 

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Bethany and Abigail.

 

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Elianna and Levi eating Pudgy Pies on our makeshift table. It is the perfect size for their little bodies.

 

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Sean cooking the perfect marshmallows for the perfect s’mores.

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Our friends, Gary and Jennifer

 

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Our new dryer is installed and the kids folding the warm kitchen laundry.

 

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Jennifer with my girls and me.  Abigail reminds me so much of Jenny. :)

 

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Just hanging around, watching Sunday Night Football.

 

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Levi in his basket full of goodies.  Elianna is tucked in hers, it is hard to see her.

 

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Nathan reading a Lord of the Rings book.  I don’t know which one.

 

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The two little ones with their baskets, again.  Look at those treasures in the blue basket.

 

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Abigail, bright eyed and bushy tailed.

 

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Susan

37 W 2 D – Baby Bird

November 9, 2014

 

37 Weeks and 2 Days

Sunday, 9 November 2014
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I was feeling big and tired and like I had a long time to go.

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Susan

Fish and Kidlets

November 2014

 

We needed some new Pudgy Pie makers so we headed out to Bass Pro Shop to find some.  Bass Pro Shop is so much more than fishing and outdoor gear.  I was surprised at the sheer entertainment value of the displays in the store.  Whoever came up with the animal display concept should be making a lot of money.  The younger kidlets were mesmerized by the displays of various animals.   Levi especially liked the American Bison display.

 

 

After we wondered around the store and found what we needed we headed over to the fish tanks, more like an aquarium, and looked at the fish.

 
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The rocks made a natural place to sit and watch the fish closely.

 

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And a perfect place for Olivia to pose for a picture.

 

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We will have to go again when it is not close to Christmas and it is less crowded and not a Saturday morning.  I may or may not have mentioned that Fudge from their snack shop would be a good birthday present for me. ;)

 

Susan

 

Of Broken Dryers and a Clothes Line

November 2014

 

In November our dryer died.  It had served this house faithfully for many years and it was an old work horse. I was sad to see go.  Because we use very few disposable products, kitchen laundry and shower towels accumulate quickly in our home.  We went to a used appliance store and bought a dryer, but it would be a few days before it could get delivered.  Thankfully, the house came with 2 clothesline poles.  Sean found some line in the garage and within 15 minutes he and the boys had the clothesline up and running.  We put it to use right away.  We did not, however, have enough clothes pins, so we had to put some towels over the deck railing.

 
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Olivia supervising the towels drying.

 

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It was fun to watch the towels and kitchen stuff blow in the breeze.  The previous owners must have been taller than me because I had to reach up high to hang things on the line.

 

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“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.  The answer is blowing in the wind.”

 

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I was thankful that it was really windy that weekend and things dried relatively quickly, considering how cool it was.  The kids were not overly thrilled with the line dried towels and I think Sean and I used them the most and the kidlets hunted for the machine dried towels.

 

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I was thankful for the clothesline that was already here and still quite useful for our purposes.  I hope we can use it more next summer.  I won’t be pregnant so I think it will be much easier to reach up high and not hurt everywhere. ;)

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumping in the Leaves 2014

October 2014

 

 

After our third raking of this area, we decided to let he kidlets jump in the leaves.  On your mark, get set.
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Go!

 

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Scroll really fast. ;)

 

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Abigail is lagging behind.

 

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Olivia jumping in with both feet.

 

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Thomas observing from the sideline.

 

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Leaves in Bethany’s hair.

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Olivia and Caleb.

 

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Time to rake the pile back up so we can do it all over again.

 

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Nathan joining from the porch.

 

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Watch out below.

 

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The aftermath.

 

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Where is Bethany?

 

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Miriam decided to join the fun.

 

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She did not want to get too many leaves in her hair as they would make snarls.  Wise  young lady.

 

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Miriam

 

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A shower of leaves.

 

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The effects of the leaves.

 

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And the back side of the leaves.

 

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She’s a cat.

 

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Bethany

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Nathan

 

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Bethany

 

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Miriam

 

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Caleb

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Abigail and me

 

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Olivia and Miriam

 

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And a video of the leaf fight in progress.

 

Building the Fire Pit, Part 2

October 2014

 

Once the fire pit was complete and mostly dry, we had to have our first fire.  Thankfully we had wood around the property so we could have a real fire.  Lauren putting her years of Girl Scouts to the test.

 
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Cathy and me supervising the kidlets and telling them what they are doing wrong.

 

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No, do it this way.

 

Levi thinking it is a really big sand box.

 

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Use this piece next.

 

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See, like this.

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What a beautiful set up.

 

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Jake trying to explain just how things are supposed to be.

 

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Cathy started the fire (sang to Billy Joe’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.)

 

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It was windy and we think our wood may have been a wet.

 

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There is a little bit of a fire.

 

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Waiting for the fire to take off, waiting, waiting, waiting.

 

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Waiting, waiting, waiting.

 

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This just may be it!

 

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See the wind blow the smoke into Thomas’ eyes.

 

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I think the fire is well established.

 

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Fiiiiiiire.

 

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We love a good fire.

 

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Relaxing.

 

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The sun is in their eyes.

 

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The photographer outs herself.

 

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The view from the play set.

 

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The younger kids enjoyed playing more than observing the fire.

 

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Olivia swinging

 

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Miriam

 

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Cleaning her hair with dirt?

 

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Love the fire, can we make it bigger?

 

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Why yes we can!

 

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The entire raking and fire pit making crew.

 
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Susan