It’s been a while

August 27, 2011

Due to the awesomeness that is Facebook and also due to the fact that I now have a Windows 7 phone, I find myself taking less and less pictures with my really nice camera and less and less time posting pictures on this blog.

If you’re on Facebook, I suggest friending me, because then you get lots of pictures and videos of the kids more frequently.

Until then, please be patient with my infrequent postings here.

We’ve been harvesting some carrots and other produce from our raised garden beds.

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We’ve been landscaping a bit too.

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The kids have been eating the produce from the garden.

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And they’ve been eating other things as well. The next three pictures were taken at the Cobber corn feed this year.

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We’ve also been visiting parks, a lot.

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A Tioga Weekend

July 25, 2011

What a fun weekend!

We spent it with my family and had a blast! Friday night, we enjoyed grapes on the beach.

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Leah practiced her sour-frowny face.IMG_8563

…and she pointed out the boats to us.

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Sam and Raleigh had fun playing with letters on Grandma’s fridge.

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Leah was stung by a mosquito on her eyelid…and…it swelled up a bit.

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Sam had fun squirting fish.

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Raleigh had fun pretending to drown…ok…he just threw his hands in the air and it seems like he was drowning.

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He was actually fine.

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Grandma took her favorite spot…in a floaty…on the lake.

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Tyler snorkeled and Raleigh splashed him. What? oh, really, you don’t need a play by play of all these photos, fine, suit your self.

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I can’t not comment on this one. OMG look at her eyelid!! And those yummy yummy black olives.

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And these weirdos seem to make it into a photo. We’ll have to instruct Jed the bouncer guy to not let people like this get close to us anymore.

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Pssst… we really don’t have a bouncer named Jed. In fact, we don’t have a bouncer at all.

DJ risked life and limb to jump off the dock.

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and he survived.

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We were semi-successful in getting a picture of all the kiddos at once. My brother’s kids seem to know when to smile. Leah, however, has had the camera stuffed in her face too much and has built up a defense mechanism that automatically turns her heads away when the shutter opens.

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Grandpa capped off the weekend with some fishing advice for DJ and Tyler.

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It was a great weekend.

Summer icicles

July 17, 2011

We can’t seem to get enough of our little backyard pool lately. With temps above 80 and sometimes a heat index warning, we definitely make use of this fabulous 10 dollar item.

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My kids (see above) are also having fun playing with the hose (see below).

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I had my fancy camera out (it’s really 6 years old now, but I still think it’s fancy) and actually took some cool pictures of the water coming out of the garden hose. It looks like really clear ice.

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I also took some goofy pictures.

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I’ve been landscaping some more…and obviously injuring myself because I don’t wear work gloves when I should.  This whole area of mulch was once sod, and I have some lilies planted in the small corner in the back. Now I need to keep going with the mulch until I get to the back fence.

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We’ve been incorporating craft time into the kids’ daily routine more and they love it!

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We spent the Saturday before the 4th of July at Erika and Joel’s house and Adam’s parents brought kiddie fireworks (snaps, pops and the moving tank, etc.) Adam and Leah don’t like loud noises, but Raleigh and Chelsea didn’t mind them.

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On that same Saturday, we all went for a walk to Island Park and found that they had just installed the largest playground ever. That was a nice surprise.

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We found some of Erika’s old toys from when she was younger. The cabbage patch doll’s jersey seemed to somewhat fit Raleigh.WP_000521

Raleigh’s been dressing himself again. He was trying to look like Link from Zelda. But I think he looks kind of thuggish.

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Leah drew on her face this morning. Josh took advantage and had her quote a line from the Joker (See the video link at the bottom of this post).

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We also had Belgian waffles this morning. They were delish!

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Click on the link below, if you’ve seen Batman: The Dark Knight. This is Leah’s impression of the Joker.

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A week or so ago, the kids, Josh, and I went to Buffalo State Park to swim in the watering hole and to take a tiny hike.

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Leah practiced jumping in shallow water, while Raleigh built a sandcastle.

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We found some old dandelions along the way and the kids had fun blowing away their seeds.

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We took time to pose for some pics.

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And we conned the kids into running fast down trails.

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Over all, it is a really nice state park that is less than a half hour away from us. We will be returning there this summer. 🙂

Our outdoor pool

June 14, 2011

It’s not heated, and it’s not that big, but…it only cost $10. And, the kids and the dog love it. So, it is totally worth it in my book. And we all know that my book is the only book that matters. Wow, that sounded bad. Note to self, do not try to be sarcastic and witty at the same time.

Anyway, back to the pool…As you can see, Leah surely loves it.

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And, it turns out that Murdoch is not afraid of the water at all. He’ll stick his whole face in the water to try to get a toy at the bottom of the pool.

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While Leah and Murdoch are having fun in the pool, Raleigh and the neighbor kids are having fun shooting each other with water guns.

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