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Ahhhh.... sunshine!!!



Science and Art Fair

Tonight we got to go see Alex present his Science & Art fair at school. We all are so proud!





Happy Birthday Grandma Sandy!

Here are some pictures of you and your helper this past weekend













Happy Birthday Alex


Happy Birthday to my son Alex.  Wow!  6 years old!

You are my boy who loves math, reading, being outside, playing sports and games, playing with friends, Pokemon, and your Mommy, Daddy and sister Sara.  You are always asking me about "this plus this equals what Mommy".  You are already doing addition, subtraction and even a bit of multiplication and division, although you don't really know it by those formal terms yet.  You even ask Sara these questions and you try to teach her the right numbers to say, although it's still a little early for her.  You are now reading us stories at bed time and are doing so good at this.  You are so proud when just recently you read me an entire Dr. Seuss book at bed time.  You have become quite the master of Pokemon cards and have quite a lot in your little book.  You are always looking for the best cards with the most "damage" or ones that are "legendary".  You are a sports guy, having just finished up Basketball, now on to Baseball.  Then swimming in the summer and Soccer in the Fall.  You love the taste of scoring a goal/making a point.  Once you "get" that taste, you're hooked.

We saw this bike a little bit ago at REI and we gave it a test ride, but did not buy it.  It was a little expensive brand new ($259!), but the exciting part was that it had gears and hand brakes.  I remember you seeing the price and saying that it's a lot of money, now that you know how much things cost (for Pokemon cards and such). We found it on Craigslist in great condition and at a great price ($90!!!!) and we snatched it up!

You loved the hand brakes, the gears and the kick stand.  You were a natural.  You said to me after we were finished riding and coming inside because it was getting dark and cold that you imagined it would take you a long time to learn how to do hand brakes and gears, but you learned it in one day!  You were so proud.  I reminded you that we are all still practicing and we will continue to practice.

You went to sleep a happy boy, and on the last night of you being 5 - I gave you the biggest hug and kiss.  Well, multiple kisses, but who's counting.... And with a little tear in my eye, said good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.  I love you!  See you in the morning.  See you when you're 6!


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

Although we didn’t do anything too “green” today – we were sure surrounded by it. 

 

 

Sara just loved the wheelbarrow, the rake and the lawnmower.  We even thought of a new name for lawnmower ears because of today – “lawnmower cheeks” or “cheek ears”.  She also saw Daddy checking the fuel earlier, so she had to check things out too (don’t worry – she couldn’t get into it!).

 

 

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And Alex – oh boy oh boy! 

 

Somehow I go inside for a bit while Sara is napping and I come outside to this – an (almost 6 year old) boy driving a riding lawnmower all by himself (and doing it really well!).  Daddy was aerating, so Alex was helping him out.  They were both loving it and were having so much fun.  

 

 

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We had a happy boy out there – but, unfortunately – a day outside with sunshine and tree pollen (it seems) – makes an unhappy boy not too much later.  His eyes bother him quite a lot after a day like today.  I’ve been giving him Claritin during the day, and Benadryl at night.  But, today, I gave him 2 Claritin, in hopes it would help a bit.  Never fear – allergy appointment is scheduled for a week from Monday.  We’ll see what all this is about and find ways to make him more confortable.  But, this is what his eyes look like when it’s pretty bad.  He is a pretty happy boy that he got to have a Pikachu cake (2 days early!).  He thought it was about the coolest cake ever – and I did my best.  Cake decorating isn’t easy!

 

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Two more days and my baby boy turns 6!!!!

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Testing some new bikes...

For some kids I know that have upcoming birthdays...

Hint hint hint





Leavenworth–iPhone pics

 

 

Ok, so I’ve already posted about the trip, so here are my iPhone photos to round things out a bit.  So fun!

 

 

Alex showing me how to throw a snowball

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Sara catching snowflakes on her tongue

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Alex and Allie

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Alex with a banana on the slopes…. so cool!

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Sara so cute in her hat, new coat and that tongue sticking out!  Oh – and one glove…

 

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Sledding makes you thirsty!

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Alex learning (from Lance) how to run and jump on the sled to make it more fun!  (Alex “Danger” Torgesen is what he should’ve been named)

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Me and Sara riding our sled!

 

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Alex’s fantastic rendition of the sledding hill – note the hill, the jump (his favorite), the red sled (the fast one) and the kidlet.  And even his spelling of L-E-V-I-N-W-R-T-E (well that is a pretty hard word to spell!)

 

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I can safely say that we all had a good time.