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Puddle Jumping

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We had some rain last night. It wasn't enough to leave puddles, but Elizabeth tried anyway. She put on her boots and rain coat and jumped away. 


This was a great jump! Look at that height!
And she was done 2 minutes later. Nathan didn't want to jump because he said Elizabeth took all the puddles. Well, there really weren't any to begin with...

Observations about Elizabeth at 3

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My little dolly is now 3 years old! I thought I better write down some of the things she's doing now. 
She loves to "read" her books. It's amazing how fast she memorizes the books I read. I let the kids take a few books to bed after I tuck them in. I frequently hear her reading the words word for word. It's so cute. 
She LOVES to sing. She especially loves to sing in public. At the grocery store. At church (we still sit in the baby room for this reason). She sings to herself all the time at home. She is very loud too. Her voice is definitely not quiet and we are always trying to remind her of the difference between inside and outside voice. 
She and Nathan are starting to PLAY together! YAY! I figured it would happen once she turned about 3. They used to spend 80% of their time fighting. Now, they spend 80% of their time playing instead of fighting. I'm finding myself with more time to do things like clean. Perhaps I'll finally be able to (almost) keep t…

Snuggles with Auntie Laura

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Auntie Laura came to visit for a few days! She got some big snuggles. 

Riding Around

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It's getting warm enough to start riding around outside. Elizabeth has finally decided she likes to ride her trike! The trike is only 40 years old.

Witches in my house

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Grandma Jane was cleaning out her closets when she found some old Halloween costumes. What luck! There was a small witch cape/hat and a large witch cape/hat. For a while, I had 2 witches flying around (until they started fighting over the broom). 





Sunday Evening Exercises

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Well, Nathan has decided he's ready to move again (we'll be buying a house in the next 5 months, we just don't know where yet).  When Nathan gets ready to move, he starts preparing. He likes to get strong. Tonight he decided to start training again. He put in a workout DVD, got out a mat, and his weights.  This move, it looks like he's got a little helper who also wants to get strong. 
Working on their pushups

Chest presses. It will help with those heavy boxes

Driving Practice

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Papa Ray and Kim got Elizabeth this great Jeep for her birthday. Mostly she crashes and runs over the bushes in the yard. But she thinks it's just great! Here, Jeremy tried to teach her how to drive. It's pretty cute! 



Cute Nathan conversation

Me: "How come you're so cute?"

Nathan (sighs): "That's something the scientists can't even figure out. I wonder what scientists that study cute kids are called? I should find out if they exist."

Happy 3rd Birthday Elizabeth!

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We had a great birthday party for our big 3 year old!
She wore this great Hello Kitty dress Aunt Charlene made. 

Balloon games with Kim
Peeking out from her Hello Kitty balloons. 
Flying games with Papa Ray! 
Kissing games with Gram
Nathan loves his Auntie Laura!
Thanks for making cupcakes Gram!
She loved her cupcakes. 
It was such a nice February day we were able to eat outside!
Grandma Pam and Papa Norm enjoying the sun and warmth. 
Just being cute
Again...just being cute
A Veggie Tales castle!!
Pippa managed to buy and wrap this Dora umbella. Amazing Pippa!
She unwrapped everything all by herself! 
Hello Kitty matching game


Hello Kitty airplane! Lots of fun!
You should have seen her eyes when she saw this Dora backpack!

Pirate Dad/Dog/Cow/Mouse

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Dad is a silly guy. He thinks he can wear 3 animal masks at one time AND be a pirate.

Emergency Room Visit

Well, I had an emergency room visit last week. There were a few amusing things about it, so I wanted to write down the story.

I had a nasty cold over Christmas. Toward the end, it kind of settled in my chest, but seemed to go away.

Then, last week, I started having trouble breathing. I couldn't seem to catch my breath and I had like a lump in my chest. I had Mom come down to watch the kids and I went over to Urgent Care.

The doctor at Urgent Care told me my symptoms were too concerning to him and he didn't have anything there to try to figure out what was wrong. Apparently chest pain and trouble breathing will get you sent to the emergency room quickly. He wanted to call an ambulance, but I just drove myself over there.

There was NO parking at the hospital. I had to park like 3 blocks away. It took me forever to walk to the ER since I was having trouble breathing.

I was behind 5 people in line. All 5 people were told to go sit in the waiting room. My symptoms of chest pain and…

1997 vs 2012. Not much difference.

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I came across the top picture recently and realized it is SO much like the bottom picture. 

Here are Laura and I in the fall of 1997. We are at a cross country meet in Cle Elum. I can tell because it's the only place we ran cross country meets that had trees like that. I was a senior and she was a freshman. This is obviously after the race as we are looking tired and our hair is windblown.  Another point. Look how much clothing we are wearing. The meet must have been in October. Most normal people would have just run in their uniform top and shorts. Not Laura and I. To stay warm, we needed long sleeve shirts and spandex. We are just always cold! I'm sure people thought we were overdressed. It's the same way now. We are always cold and have to keep our houses at 76 degrees all the time to stay warm. 


Here are Laura and I in the fall of 2012. Look, we're running another race and even standing in the same spots! It's funny because our numbers almost match with the nu…

Pirate Swordfights

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The kids have developed yet another bedtime stalling tactic. 
So first we do baths, brush teeth, and put on pajamas. 
Then, they dress up as pirates and have sword fights. They know it makes me laugh and I can't help but let them stay up a few extra minutes because it's so funny. 
Elizabeth started calling herself "Captain Feathersword." Nathan is "Captain Puppy." 

Some great foam sword action

Whoops. They both dropped their swords at the same time. Who won? 
Back in action

Eating Papa Ray's face

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Today is Papa Ray's birthday. To celebrate, the kids ate cookies with his face on them! Good job with the cookies Aunt Charlene.