Field Trip With Grandma

Grandma is here in town visiting us for a few days.  Today we went to a waterfall about 20 miles from our house.   It took a bit of time to find the right trail to actually get to the waterfall, but we figured it out eventually.

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Happy 7th Birthday

We are a little bit late here, yes.  This year, Elliott requested two things: a coconut cake and a surprise party.  We told him his party was going to be on a sunday and then arranged for 6 of his friends to be at home while he was out with Evan at the store.  The party was a success :)
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He says he feels eighteen.  Right.  Plans for this 7th year: lose his 7th tooth :)

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Still here!!!

Oh wow, I haven’t posted here since Nov 2nd. Bad girl. Let’s see, what have we been up to lately?

I finally finished up our new chicken coop. It’s pretty nice. I don’t even have to go out in the rain to check the egg bin!Photo Nov 12, 1 18 10 PM
We had our first “snow day” from school. We got freezing temps and icy rain, but no snow. Because our district is really spread out and many kids come in from rural areas, it’s safer to cancel school if the roads are impacted at all.

I’ve been busy spray painting all of our 90’s gold doorknobs and hinges an oil-rubbed bronze color. You don’t realize just how many doors you have until you have to take off every single hinge.

Elliott got to light our town’s tree at the official Christmas Tree Lighting. It was completely random, and he was very proud.

We got our giant christmas tree from a local tree farm (it’s like 2 miles away). The tree is about 11.5 feet tall, though there is room to go taller, we don’t have too much more room to go wider at the bottom. Or heavier, since poor Evan has to lug this thing around.Photo Nov 30, 2 06 27 PM

Photo Dec 02, 5 10 49 PMOur Elf on the Shelf came back and he already had to boycott us one day and stay at the north pole because some little boys were not making good choices. Sessy the Elf only hangs out in the house if boys are good.

The boys are very much in the Christmas spirit (loving the Jingle Bell Rock song) and seeing all the lights on houses. The concept of buying a gift for someone else is a difficult concept for some to grasp and I’m hoping that it will all make sense during the present opening.Photo Dec 16, 4 17 20 PM
“To Mrs Butterworth and henrietta and roxy from elliott and patrick”

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Elliott and I won a nerdy research lego set from a contest that a local microscope company posted online. I think I am the most excited about this news item.Photo Dec 04, 7 59 27 PM
This was our entry.  We will be getting our new lego set in the mail.
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I have been busy with PTO stuff and hope to regain some of my sanity after mid-march. I have been tasked with managing our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year (auction) and i’m sure i will abandon this poor blog again before it’s over.

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Halloween 2014

This is what we did yesterday:


PJ had a little halloween parade at school

My busy bee and sunflower


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Happy Fall

This is a view from a nursery near ET’s school.

16mm and 85mm, for comparative purposes :)

16 mm makes the trees look spread out and 85mm makes them look like they much closer together.   Same trees, yesterday (few leaves on ground) and today (lotsa leaves down!)

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Pumpkin Patch Trip

Last week Patrick had his first school field trip to a local pumpkin patch.  The weather was beautiful and the boys had a good time picking out their pumpkins.

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Hello October

It doesn’t feel like October here yet.  Just wait, the cold and rain is coming.




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Meet Milo

This is Milo (formerly Canelo).


His original owner passed away and her granddaughter has been caring for him since.  She already had 2 other dogs and there were some personality clashes, so she decided to re-home him.

Since ET has had some allergic reactions to some dogs, we decided to do a trial.  The dog came home on monday and it has been a pretty fun week for the boys.

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Elliott loves walking him to and from the bus stop.  The dog is mostly a couch potato and he is also my shadow, so he follows me everywhere.   He also likes to sleep inside/under a blanket, which is hilarious and weird at the same time.  And when I bust out the vacuum, he becomes 12 pounds of ferociousness, which is even more hilarious.

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A Sad Post

Earlier this week two of Evan’s uncles passed away, just hours apart.  One had been ill for quite a while, and the other was diagnosed with multiple myeloma just one year ago.  I think Elliott may have met Uncle Bill when he was a baby, but both boys had gotten to know Uncle Jack.

Uncle Jack was a true kindred spirit.  He could chat up anybody, wherever he went.  He loved working in the yard and turning his compost.  He gave me the compost bin that I have moved to 3 separate houses (and still have!).  He will be missed terribly.

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After Jack got his diagnosis last fall, I signed up to join the bone marrow registry.  It’s really easy (send some cheek swabs in the mail!) and the chance that you will ever get a call to donate your marrow is really slim.  Ideally, I would have been Jack’s match and we would have written anonymous letters to each other until we found out that we knew each other and then they would make a Lifetime movie about us.  Obviously, that’s not what really happened.  On one hand I’m glad he doesn’t have to deal with chemo and hospitals anymore, but the world just isn’t the same without him in it.

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