Torgesen Family Times


{We are trying to enjoy and record the moments that make life special}
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First/last day of school

 

First day of kindergarten for Alex and first day of school session for Sara in the Toddler room.  Sept 2012.

 

Notice the very nice smiles. 

 

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Last day of school. June 2013.

 

They are growing up so fast.  Hopefully next year they’ll let me take a picture – they weren’t so thrilled with the idea of just taking a picture because it was the last day of school.  As you can tell.

 

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Alex (close to the last day of school) on his favorite – the monkey bars.  Mom – look – I can skip two!

 

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Sara on her last day of school holding her pet balloon animal – a green (her favorite) snake!  She has grown SO much this year!

 

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How the kids sleep when they sleep right next to each other


Lance was away last week and there was one night that I was crazy enough (or smart enough?) where I let both kids sleep in bed with me.  I put them to bed, turned the lights very low and told them I had downstairs chores to do.  I would be back to sleep with them, but they had to go to sleep next to each other now. 

I came back and this is what I found.  Two kids sleeping right next to each other. 

And, by the way – this is what it “feels” like when you sleep next to one (or both) of them – they are touching you/laying on you for most of the night. 

Such cuties!

Photography tip – the lights were way to low to take this picture, so I turned on one of my reading lights and they were so asleep that they didn’t even notice.  Snap away with enough light to get a decent picture!
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Sleeping sideways

My boy, sleeping sideways, in my bed. Snuggler!

The Beach–Memorial Day 2013



We had the best Memorial Day weekend at the beach yet!  We saw things that we haven’t seen before (eels, sea cucumbers, shrimp, etc), we had lots of people down with us enjoying the beach, we hunted and caught 3 gooey ducks and generally had a blast! 

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves! 

Enjoy!



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Super hero belts

 

We went to the Farmer’s Market this weekend to pick up some strawberries for making some jam and eat lunch this past Saturday.  I love this Farmer’s Market – there is so much to see!  There is tons of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of plants/flowers, food items to purchase, but also to eat right there!  Alex had a crepe with strawberries and whipped cream, I had an eggs benedict crepe (yum!) and Lance had tacos.  Sara had a bit of the strawberries and we listened to a bit of the music.   It was really nice out and we were all enjoying it.

 

There is also some crafty places at this market – not TOO many, but enough to keep it interesting.  Side note…Sometimes I find it so funny when they call it a Farmer’s Market and you go there and 9/10 places are crafty vendors.  And the only other vendors there are flowers vendors.   No food/fruit/veggies to be seen anywhere!  How is that a farmer’s market?  Rant over.

 

This one has a crafty vendor that does all sorts of sewing.  We’ve bought the superhero capes before, so cool!  Batman (or Batgirl) on one side and Superman (or Supergirl) on the other side.  Velcro closures and reasonably priced (for not making it myself!).  Tutus (as you can see in the pictures), dinosaur tails, funny “aliens”, doll house things, etc. 

 

Alex has been learning about spending his own money in different ways other than Pokemon cards and he wanted to look at this vendor.  He spotted a belt with all sorts of “things” on it.  A cell phone/holder, flashlight, club, binoculars, etc.  All going through these little loops or velcroed on the belt.  Ingenious!  My kids were loving it and Alex decided to spend his own money on a belt (after I made him ask the vendor how much it was).  We bought Sara one too since she doesn’t get any money yet.  Alex chose Superman and Sara chose Captain America!  

 

They have seriously been wearing these belts ever since!  They put the “things” in and out, lose them, find them and put them in and out of the loops, turn their working flashlights on and off.  It’s been totally worth it and I love that they want to play this way. 

 

One thing I’ll have to remember next time is that I’ll have to give the condition that I’ll need to take a nice picture if they want to buy these things.  Moms have needs too, and my need is to get NICE pictures (of kids smiling, etc) with the thing on!  Sara is doing fine, but Alex is starting to be aware of where we are when I want to take a picture (darn it!).  And then, sigh, not wanting to take a picture. 

 

 

 

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Sara’s scar

 

Sara’s scar is looking really really good!  The plastic surgeon did really good and it’s so flat and, especially with her hair going over it sometimes, almost unnoticeable.  We are putting on sunscreen (many times a day) and the silicon gel (2 times a day for 3 months) which will help the scar totally fade away. 

 

We have a girl who is very much back to herself, but because she seems like she’s past napping now at 3 years old, won’t nap on weekends at all.  Needless to say, we have a cranky girl at the end of the evening most nights now. 

 

She talks about the accident every night:  “I scary of my accident where I fall out my 2 story window” (love how it’s “I scary” instead of “I’m scared”)… “Daddy call 911 to get the ambulance people”….”You came and scoop me up and Papa T came and scoop brother up”… “I ride in an ambulance to Evergreen Hospital”…  We always repeat back to her and say how scary it was, but Daddy has fixed the window and we moved her bed away from the window, so it won’t happen again.  But, yes, it very scary for everybody.  We know it’s just a part of the process to talk about it and there is no harm in talking about it over and over.  We all learn something from talking about it. 

 

Honestly, though, some times I see her scar and still have all the Momma bear stuff rush through me and I feel so sick to my stomach about it all.  Thankfully, she is perfect in every way.   I still can’t believe it happened though.  And then I get all petty and think about that damn scar!  I hope it fades into almost nothing…

 

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My Mother’s Day photo

 

Out of all the photos I take all year long, this one is one of the most important to me.  The photos of ME with my kids.  Doesn’t happen as often as it should, but at least it does happen.  It’s important. 

 

 

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