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Rocky Point

May 17, 2014

Our neighbors invited us to go along with them to Rocky Point, Mexico. It would be the first time the kids would travel outside the US, they were beside themselves with joy. We stayed at the lovely Tessoro Resort.

Out far, see the black line that is where the tide will come back to

The one great thing about Rocky Point is the tide pools that occur when the tide goes out. The kids LOVED finding creatures and searching around for all sorts of animals.

Bigger than Annie's face

Sea cucumbers

Madeline and the sea star

Kimberly's clams

Annie, Bill and Mimi

There were tons of stingrays in the water and tide pools. Our neighbor renamed Annie, Bindy Irwin. She was so bold in her searching for animals and picks them up without really wondering if they are safe or not.

Paul loved to spend time in the “chacuzi”. He loved the warm water and playing with friends.

Enjoying the evening

We are so glad they invited us to come along. It was such a fun time.

MImi, Sandi and Sarah

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Mother’s Day 2014

May 11, 2014

In my life these children are my greatest blessings. There 4 souls intertwined with mine long ago and I cannot imagine being a mother to any others.


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Toothless Wonder

May 9, 2014

Paul is the Toothless Wonder. If he has a tooth that is barely loose you can expect him to pull it out within a couple of days. He just works at them the whole time until they give up. His current smile is pretty adorable!


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Madeline’s Glasses & Therapy

May 8, 2014

We have decided to take Madeline back to a therapist to deal with some of her issues.

As long time readers know, Madeline had apraxia as a child. She went to tons of therapy and made a lot of progress. So much, in fact, that she was released from therapy with the knowledge that at some point in the future we may need to go back.

She also took occupational therapy for her impairment due to her grand mal seizure and brain damage.

It has become clear that we need to reopen this book. We need to help Madeline to be able to live happily in her skin once again. This is an uphill battle. One we have traveled on before.

I was devastated when we first decided and got her diagnosis once again. It felt like we had already done this. Wouldn’t we get a pass for all the hard work we did the first time? The answer was no. We have to travel this road again and she actually will never get away from it. When I heard those words my heart broke a little. This is one of the things I will never be able to fix for Mimi. Something that no matter how hard she works on it, it will still be there in the background. It reminded me of the helplessness I felt dealing with my own infertility. I want so much for us to have battled and won this.

Madeline has now been diagnosed with limb discoordination and apraxia. The apraxia rarely presents itself in language, however we see it often in her motor planning and sensory loss. She will be seeking therapy one day per week and have homework to work on throughout the week. I am nervous how she will respond to all of it over time. She is so old that if she isn’t really dedicated to it she won’t do well. She can make her own choices at this point.

One of the first things we did was get her eyes evaluated. She had some issues with her testing that led us to take her to an eye doctor who specialized in occipital lobe damage. He said that the strain is hard on her eyes and that while she doesn’t need glasses to read she needs them so that her eyes don’t tire so quickly. When her eyes/brain tire she gets more irritated and we see the undesirable behaviors.

She looks adorable in the glasses and we will work this summer to get her to wear them more often. Because of her sensory issues she really doesn’t want to wear them often.

She has already begun therapy and has a long way to go.

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May 5, 2014

I absolutely adore this picture Bill and I took when we were in Carlsbad. You can see each one of our kids in the background enjoying the ocean and we are there enjoying it all. There is something so simplistic about it that makes me smile each time I see it.

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Madeline’s 9th Birthday Party

May 3, 2014

Madeline has never been a big crowd kind of person. When her birthday fell on Easter that made it easy to suggest that she just take a couple of people out to dinner, a movie and a treat. She thought about it some but finally came to the decision that she would do that.

She really enjoyed the party. She had three friends go with us and we had a lot of fun.

She wanted Chipotle for dinner.

Madeline's birthday party at Chipotle

Rio 2 for the movie. We got to the movie pretty early and we were the only ones in the theater. Madeline asked if they could run around and dance. Since it was a party I said yes. She had a great time running around with her friends.

She wanted treats at Rita’s Ice.

I can’t believe that she is 9 years old. The picture of her with her Rita’s shows just how old and mature she is becoming. My little baby is growing up. I am so proud of who she is becoming.

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Girl Scout Cookies

April 23, 2014

Our Girl Scout cookie season has come and gone. Our Girls love collecting cookies for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Once again they had a huge number of donations for the hospital. We were able to deliver them and take a tour of the hospital. Way to go Girls!

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Easter 2014

April 21, 2014

This year Easter fell on Madeline’s birthday. It was kind of a weird day but we still had fun and got through everything. After many tears and fussy people we finally got a good picture of my 4 pack.

Easter 2014 cuties

We celebrated with Grammy on Good Friday. I had to snap a picture of her with the kids before they went out hunting for eggs at her house.

Grammy with the kids

Grammy and Paul

Grammy’s old trampoline broke and the kids were super surprised to see a new one in her backyard when they came over. They bounced on it for hours.

Jumping fun

At home on Easter the kids enjoyed their baskets.

Checking out the baskets

Paul couldn’t wait to get a bite out of this huge bunny.


The kids searched for eggs inside and outside.

Hunting for eggs

It was a great day to spend with family and to relax and be together. The kids are quickly growing up so enjoying this precious time is so important to me.

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Madeline at 9 years old

April 20, 2014

This year Madeline turned 9 years old. It was such a weird birthday because it fell on Easter.

Dressed and ready to go

We woke up and gave Madeline her presents, then had Easter, and at the end of the day we had Madeline’s cake.

Madeline Christine 9 years old

Color: yellow
Sport: ballet
Animal: Monkey
Food: broccoli
Book: Harry Potter
Season: Summer
Restaurant: Carlos O’Briens
Holiday: 4th of July
Weather: Sunny
Cereal: Fruit Loops
TV Shows: Full House
Movie: Harry Potter 1
Candy: Skittles
Subject: Math
Toy: American Girl
Thing to do: swimming
Place have been: Arizona, California, Washington
Place to be: at the beach
Place want to go: Rome
Person: Mom
Hero: Grammy
Time of Day: morning
Song: Don’t Go Breakin My Heart
Drink: water
Treat: ice cream
Vacation: Seattle

Happy Birthday to my sweet Madeline.

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Spring Encampment

April 8, 2014

The Girls enjoyed Fall Encampment so much that we had to go again in the Spring.

Mommy and her girls

This camp had bunk beds and Mimi and her friend spent each night together in the top bunk.

Mimi and Audrey on the top bunk

The girls had a great time playing in the lodge,

Playing in the lodge

Eating together,

getting ready for breakfast

Doing trust exercises (that is Annie being held up by her troop),

Annie up high

Enjoying the beautiful outdoors,

The beautiful sky

Annie finding critters,

Annie and her lizard

Madeline doing ceramics,

Mimi painting

Kimberly and Annie doing archery,

Kimberly loading her bow


Taught the kids how to make plastic lanyards, played by the creek, cooked outdoors and just hung out together. It was a great weekend. We all were so tired when we came home.

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3rd Quarter Smarties

April 2, 2014

Annie and Kimberly earned Honor Roll and Principal List once again! Way to go Girls.

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Be Afraid, Very Afraid . . .

March 29, 2014

Check out the description on these cupcakes.


Kimberly was reading the ads and was shocked and appalled when she read this type of cupcake. Kind of creepy. Not even sure what the typo could be instead.

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Dolphin and Whale Watching

March 28, 2014

While in California we took the kids out whale and dolphin watching. I had never been on a specific dolphin watching cruise and I really didn’t know what to expect. We found a huge pod of dolphins. They were all around the boat and very interactive for the children.


Madeline looking

Riding out into the ocean


We also saw a grey whale mother and calf. It was a great trip.

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Strawberry Picking

Right near our hotel was a pick-your-own strawberry field. On our way out of town we had to stop and pick a basketful.

Family picture at the farm

Mimi found a good one

Annie and her strawberry

Kimberly found one

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March 27, 2014

Over spring break we took the kids over to Carlsbad, California.

Playing in the waves

We had to head out to the beach once we got all checked in. The kids loved playing in the ocean even though it was freezing. We tried to get a selfie of us all at the beach. After many attempts we were able to get one.


While in Carlsbad we went to LegoLand.

Colorful rainbow lego

The kids really enjoyed it. I was less interested. For me, if you see something made of Legos you’ve seen them all. Honestly!

Paul enjoyed seeing the Lego Movie set.

LEGO movie set

Mimi and Kimberly loved all the statues.

Mimi and Kimmie

Annie liked the Lego creation areas.

Annie's lego creation

We spent the whole day at the park. One day is plenty of time to see everything.

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Spring Band Concert

March 19, 2014

During the Spring Band Concert Annie and Kimberly were chosen to do duets with some other students. They did a great job. I am proud of how good they have gotten in just one year!


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Feed My Starving Children

March 15, 2014

We went to help out Feed My Starving Children with our Girl Scout troops. The kids had a really good time even though it is hard work. I am proud of the helpers that they are becoming. I pray that they will continue to feel a passion for helping others as they grow.



All the food we packed was planning to be sent out to Guatemala. The kids can’t wait to go back.

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Pinewood Derby

March 8, 2014

Paul participated in his first Pinewood Derby. He made a car and named it Blue Bullet.


He was excited to win 3rd place!

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Thin Mint Sprint

We participated in the Thin Mint Sprint again this year. My arthritis is not great so running is not something I can easily do and when I try to do it I always incur an injury. :( This is something that I just need to make amends with. I can still be healthy without running so Annie and I walked the 5K while Mimi and Kimberly ran.

We all had a fun time. It was nice to get out early on a Saturday morning and do this with the Girls.

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Vintage Style

February 27, 2014

I have always loved vintage style sofas far more than the overstuffed sofas that are so popular these days. I found a wonderful sofa at a thrift shop that was in impecable shape. It is from 1976 and I don’t think anyone ever really sat on it until it came to our home.

We have such a small living room and overstuffed furniture takes up so much room in it. This sofa and the chairs makes the room so much larger. I am in love with it.


Annie was so stunned by it that she said it made her nervous to live in such a fancy home. No worries, the junk all over the floor definitely makes it a lot less fancy. ;)

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