Eating machines

I (Carl) took Jack and Max on a special date yesterday and they nearly finished off a pizza by themselves. Then they washed it down with some Starbucks.

We’re in for some serious grocery bills for the next several years.

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Silas quote

“When I am the babysitter, I am going to make all the rules.  ‘Like, you don’t have to eat all your food.’ Oh wait, I don’t want to babysit because that would be boring.”

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Adie’s adventures

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Lydia Quote

Me: “Yay – your done with math. You can check it off your list.”

Lydia: “Math is so far off my list. It just fell off.”

That is how much my sweet Lydia “loves” math. I am praying I can get her through consumer math by the time she leaves the house. I have a very strong feeling that Calculus will not be on her transcript. Who knows maybe when math becomes all letters again, maybe she will like it.

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Closing up the cabin

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Delightfully wonderful

My weekend away was refreshing.

Silas asked me what I did as soon as I returned and I told him, “Laughed and ate.”

“Well, mom did you do anything else? I mean did you exercise or anything?”

“Yes, I went for two walks and two adventures with the kayaks. But mostly we laughed and ate.”

His little head tilted to the side as if to say, “Really Mom? How in the world can girls do that?” But instead of saying anything he was off telling me of the crazy adventures that his Daddy took him on.

When we weren’t laughing and eating, we were reading listening to the lake lap at the shore.

I feel so blessed to have access to a place so close that we can go to for the weekend to refuel. Fellowship with friends, and to spend uninterrupted time reading The Word and to ponder life was the best way I could have spent this weekend.

I am richly blessed.

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New family rule

If you sass, you owe mom a kiss.

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Awesome dad

Every year Angel plans a much deserved weekend away with some of her lady friends while I (Carl) wrangle the kiddos.

Since it’s only 48 hours I try to be the coolest dad I can be without being a complete pushover…

So today we did some serious yard work (mow the lawn, shovel wood chips, tend the garden) before I surprised the kids with a trip to the Como Zoo in the Cities.

We had a ball. The kids listened to audio books on the way down, saw tons of animals, really behaved themselves, and even got to stop at McDonalds playland on the way home.

For dinner (round 2 after some treats at MCD’s) we had eggs (22 to be exact) and Grace and I baked an apple pie once everyone else was tucked in. The boys all got to sleep on my bed. And we’ll have donuts for breakfast before church.

I love making memories with the kids and doubly love the fact that Angel can get a way on a much deserved retreat – even if it is just a couple days. It makes me appreciate all the more how great of a job she does in loving our children.

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Kitchen help

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Butterflies

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Thanks to friends finding us caterpillars, we able to watch it grow and change. The kids were so proud.

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