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hello april.  hello sunshine.
I thought you’d never return.

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I think the last time I posted was in the Fall.
What a shocker.
I keep saying I want to get back into blogging,
but it just hasn’t been in the cards lately.
I’m hoping I can carve out some time for it in the future.
BUT, it’s been a good break for me.
I would say I’ve been in a season of weakness lately.
Not in a bad way,
but in a way that makes me realize my dependence on Jesus.
I used to feel like I had a large capacity to get things done.
For whatever reason, that capacity seems to have shrunk.
Maybe it’s the two little people that live with us.
It could also be all the time I waste on facebook
I do have a love-hate relationship with that monster.
ANYWAYS,
I’m trying to learn what God has for me in it,
and rest content with whatever I can get done in a day.
and learn how to be more diligent with my time.
It really is good.

A little rambly update on the girls.
my biggest job is keeping them in pants that are long enough.
my girls may as well be walking on stilts. 
both are in the 93rd percentiles for height.
Julia is well above the max height for all 2T sizes. 
I’m serious – I can’t find pants that stay long enough for more than 3 months.

Julia is a chatterbox. 
Sweetest thing ever, yet has quite the temper.
I blame her father Winking smile
she has a very vivid imagination and loves to play with her Entourage.
what is the Entourage? you ask:
all her Hello Kittys, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Birdie, Person, Other Person, Elephant, Baby Moses, Red Man, Red Lady, Chickie, all the people who live in her pink castle, donkey, Mr. Cow, and I could go on and on.
the Entourage started with 5 characters.
It’s gotten out of control.
She loves playing games on the Kindle.
she’s become a bit of a picky eater, but we’re making a lot of progress in getting her to try new things.  but don’t worry, she’ll still let you know if the food you just spent an hour preparing is “GROSS.”

she keeps us laughing constantly.
we can’t imagine life without her and her infectious joy,
despite her crazy antics.

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and then there’s Isobel.
already 9 and 1/2 months.
so many things I could say about this girl.
sweet, cuddly, happy, excited about EVERYTHING.
above all, she is my snuggler.
Julia slept through the night at 9 weeks old and never looked back.
Belle waited until 7 months to do it consistently.
Definitely defied my expectations (sorely),
but it has forged a special bond between the two of us.
many hours in the rocking chair will do that. 
Just last night she was up most of the night with a cough
and could only be soothed by coming to bed with us.
I don’t like sleep deprivation,
but I will always love that memory of having her snuggle up with us in bed.
I keep trying to remember that these days don’t last long. 

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She is different from her sister in practically every way.
But they are already best friends.
I’m really excited to see all that lies ahead for them.

And that’s it for now.
Hopefully I’ll be able to post more and update less.
Happy Thursday and happy SPRING!

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I’ve been MIA for a bit. 
Mostly because we were on vacation.
And ever since then I’ve been trying to accept the fact that life is not a vacation
(contrary to what my summer might have indicated.)
Just an example of how life is not vacation:
While I’m sitting here in the dining room blogging,
I can literally smell the floors they are so dirty.
You can thank Julia and her love for hurling milk cups for that.
See?
It’s like I said:
more than you wanted to really know about how dirty my house is.

Anywho – now for the smatterings of goings-on around here.

We finished vacation with the final game in our ladder golf tournament.
It was Andrew & Shannon against Mom & me.

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Shannon and Andrew were the victors.
Mom and I were the losers.
But we all got ice cream, so I’m willing to not be bitter.

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Rachel and Julia hung out on the sidelines.
(PC goes to Rosie)

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And now to smattering #2:
trying the approach of roasting peppers already cut so you don’t have to turn them.  Brilliant mostly.  My one complaint is that they don’t retain their juices, which is not preferable when making a sauce out of these babies.

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Cuddle and reading time with Dad.

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Surviving Hurricane Irene.
I brought my basil plant inside because it has been good to me.
My tomato plant, not so much, so I left it out there to die.

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Making Pom Pom Necklaces

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Making Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub
I’ve been using this on my hands – nothing has moisturized them better!

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Making bookmarks.
Margie made one for me a few years ago and so, as you can see, I’ve copied her craft.

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Playing outside.
One of her words is “die”
(we’re not sure what it means in her language?)
but regardless, she likes to point at the flowers and say, “die!”
It’s a real hoot.

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Playing “boo!” with Grandpa.

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And just in general getting into all kinds of trouble.

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Current projects:
– making a bed skirt for our bed
– trying to pick curtains and new blinds for our bedroom
and on that note, can someone please tell me why blinds can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars? Seriously. People should be paying US to own blinds.
TMI?  Sorry.  I did warn you.

Upcoming project:
– Painting the living room and stairwell in a few weeks.  Heaven help us.

Okey dokey.
That’s all I got.
Now I’m off to make BBMTs.
(Bacon, Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato Sandwiches.  YUM!)

Happy Wednesday!

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