How Much is that Birdie in the Window?

Every spring baby birds hatch right outside our kitchen window. Taking pictures through the window don’t always work (1) so I tried getting a ladder outside for picture taking, but only got a 2-foot ladder. As I was standing on the top of the ladder on my tip toes, straining my arms up to get pictures (2), all the babies flew away (3).

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{Shenanigans} Memorial Day: Foursquare & Food

Spending time with church and blood families playing foursquare and eating grilled meat (!) is a Memorial Day tradition. Plenty of fun to be had!mem1 mem2 mem3 mem4I’ve been messing around with using a prism on photos. Sometimes the effects are neat, but it’s a challenge to use it during a foursquare game! Better stick to … slow moving subjects. mem5

{N.E.C.} Oh, The End of School

This last winter I had the privilege of meeting and being a part of the Gustafson family and watch the three kiddos grow and learn new things: N (four), E (three), and C (9 months).

For our last ‘Kandi Day’ we had a day-long party. Lucky us that indoor activities had also been planned, because it was rainy and blowy and lunch and playing in the park was out of the question. N requested that we watch Court Jester and E wanted Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We finished off the finger paints, made bath paint, had chocolate cake for snack and after lunch, watched some movies, played hide and seek, and pretended to be kitties.

1N is so…so…great! She tells great stories and sings the greatest songs. N is full of great art sense and it was fun seeing how her coloring changed in these past months. Playing Queen and tag were a blast with N and also curling up for Scary Zoo Stories which could last for hours on end. We may have had a bit of a rocky start (with new-adult-telling-me-what-to-do-when-I-just-want-my-mom, who wouldn’t?), but in the end, I will miss most this little girl who is a great helper. N works hard at keeping her siblings in line, because she wants them safe. She would often pick up toys ‘to make Mom happy when she gets home’. And MY mom loved getting the flowers N would pick for her ‘for another mother’s day’.

2E was two when I first met her. She immediately warmed up to me and we snuggled on a chair and read books all morning on the days N was at preschool. E still loves books, but she likes the park even more. She tells fantastic stories and likes to do whatever N does. Her good-bye ‘sloppy wet kisses’ were a highlight of my day (three year old’s are excellent at giving them!). E really knows how to encourage people in whatever they are doing. She is good at sharing and letting others have their way and making others happy.

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C is such an easy baby to take care of – even when he’s sick! I got to watch him grow 7 teeth, learn how to scoot, crawl, pull himself up to standing, and walk around a (short) table. He loved being able to climb the steps to the kitchen while the girls were eating lunch and play under the table! C’s favorite song to fall asleep to was Baby Mine by Alison Krauss. He would do a little dance when Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk were playing.

This was my prayer over the kids for the last month of watching them. It is Lullaby by Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk.

Picture 1PS – in all the jobs I’ve had, this is the only one I cried about ending.

Warm and Cold

Once upon a time, not too long ago. After a long, cold, snowy winter. Between warm snow-melting and snow coming down days. There was one. Perfect. Day where winter coats were shed down to sweaters and hats were donned and the puppies ran with their humans to the Doggy Park to frolic in the sun and explore, bark and talk.

I also got to play with Danica‘s lens baby for a while. Fun!

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