Sunday, August 14, 2016

Logan's 6th BirthDAY

Logan's 6th birthday was last week. We always do a donut breakfast for birthdays and the pink glazed ones are his favorite...

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I loved how Ethan was excited for Logan's birthday too. He asked to take a photo with the "birthday boy." Cuties!

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Still shy about having "Happy Birthday" sung to him!

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Sometime shortly after breakfast, Mimi and Pop called to Face Time Logan and sing to him too. You can tell by his face that he's not thrilled by that at all!

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Right after breakfast we headed out to the YMCA to meet up with friends for a quick workout...and then swimming at our neighborhood pool! After we were thoroughly worn out by swimming, we picked up Casey from work and went to Petra together for lunch. They have some of the best queso, which is one of Logan's favorite things, so it seemed appropriate for his birthday lunch. I guess I stopped taking photos after we left the house that morning! But, it was such a fun day with friends and family all celebrating our Logan James turning six!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Stuff

I have some random summer photos that I thought I'd just share in one post. They're all from this week.

A couple of days ago was laundry day. It started pretty early...you can see Casey eating breakfast in the background of the photo. So, this was first thing in the morning.

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They've been putting their folded clothes away for me for some time now, but folding the clothes themselves has just happened recently. Logan says he "loves" folding clothes, although on this particular day he was not as enthusiastic about doing it all by himself. Ethan has been less thrilled with this new responsibility, but on this day he was fine with it...since I said boys who fold their laundry get their iPad time. Funny how that works. Either way, it got folded and put away and I didn't have to do it! 

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As much time as we've spent outside already this summer, this is summer too...movies and popcorn! 

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Wherever there is popcorn, there is Duke hoping for a bite.

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They were watching the second Harry Potter movie this time. 

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During the Quiddich match, the movie became interactive. They paused the show and went upstairs for their broomsticks.

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Then they flew around the living room chasing their golden snitch. Love it. 

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Meanwhile in my office...Duke was getting cozy with his mini me. Logan had left his stuffed puppy in my office and on a whim I put it in Duke's bed. He came over and sniffed it...and licked it. Then he circled around his bed once and laid down right beside it. 

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This morning, just as the boys were headed outside, they asked for popsicles. Why not? They are a couple of crazies, though...

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They've tried the grape and orange flavors. So far, Ethan likes all of them, but grape best. And Logan only likes orange! Crazy kid. 

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I don't know what was making Logan laugh (probably something Ethan said), but they sure are cute. Right after this, they had an argument...and then went on to play outside together for almost 3 hours. 

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I've pretty much left them to their own devices this summer. I've always insisted that they find things for themselves to do...I am not a cruise director for their free time. They are used to it (and really good at it) because it's always been that way. Even when they were babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Sometimes I plan fun activities or outings, and we have a rough schedule (that includes reading, chores, and yes...iPad time), but mostly they just find things to do.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Goals: Swimming

I took my big camera to the pool this morning when we went swimming. One of my goals for this summer was to swim as much as possible. We are off to a good start.

I love these cuties. And the fact that they swim on their own. It's the best!

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They usually start out with some jumping...

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I love that the water is clear enough to take photos through.

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I can't get Logan to use his arms consistently when swimming...but he sure does get around the pool just fine!

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I love this shot of them talking and planning their next move.

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Often they look synchronized...

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I was watching Ethan swimming off to my right and then Logan called my name to watch him. Then I caught this photo of him getting out of the water. I love it. 

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It never fails...ALL of Ethan's "crazy" faces involve sticking out his tongue. 

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Ethan said, "Watch mom! I'm going to be Superman!"

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We brought the pool noodles this time. They swam around on them and invented a game called "Disney World." They swam from ride to ride in the pool and even said some of the catch phrases they heard time and time again on the rides when we were there over a month ago ("please keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times"). This totally cracked me up because I remember doing this exact same thing when we returned from our Disney World trips when I was a kid. 

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Off to another "ride"...

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This was part of one of the rides too, but I can't remember which one. 

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My favorite photo of the day...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sprinkler = Summer

For us, playing in the sprinkler in the back yard is as quintessential to summer as extreme heat, no school, and the 4th of July. We do it every year on repeat.

Since we've had our trampoline, that has been thrown into the mix too. I will never regret buying the trampoline...the boys have used it for so much more than just jumping.

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Yesterday they made up a game where they had to avoid the water spray. I was framing this photo for Ethan, but I'm so glad I just barely caught Logan's face too!

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Ethan showed quite the evasive maneuvers during this game. 

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Interestingly (or maybe not, if you know them), they never switched roles. When I suggested that, they both looked at me for a second and then carried on with their game. I guess this arrangement suits them both. 

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After a while, they took the hose to the ground to play.

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I have no idea why Logan is blowing the water. 

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I'm not surprised he drank it though...it's sort of an instinct around water.

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This time Ethan did want a turn, although it took some instructing from me to get Logan to turn the hose over. 

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The original water gun...the hose. 

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Again with the drinking...

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I suggested we hook up a sprinkler attachment, and since we hadn't used this cheap one from Target in a while, they picked that one. It really does spin around and put out a really good water spray...even better than the fun ones that are meant for playing. This one means business.

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Running and jumping, running and jumping...x 1000.

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It was pretty cloudy but the sun peeked out every once in a while and gave a different feel to the photos.

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This is what it looks like when you stop it from spinning...

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Ethan dragged the sprinkler over to the swing set for a while. 

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Duke was outside with us too. Generally he wants to be where we are.

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Ethan twisted Logan's swing up as much as he could...

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...and then let it go. I remember doing this as a kid. Some things never change, do they?

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Next it was Ethan's turn.

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I can almost hear their giggles and shrieks again looking at this photo. I'm glad I caught them both laughing. After this I went inside to cool off...I wasn't getting wet so it was hot for me! But the boys stayed out for quite a while longer. The sprinkler never fails to entertain for hours. 

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