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You are my sunshine

my only sunshine

you make me happy

when skies are gray

you’ll never know dear, how much I love you

please don’t take my sunshine away.

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Spring break 2011.

It was a short trip – just three days – but the kids and I can cram a LOT into three days.  Even so, we never have quite enough time to do everything we want to do and see everyone we want to see.  We managed to spend time with the cows, the fish, Grandpa Marlin, and even take a quick drive over to St. Louis.  We had to hurry back home so I can work the last half of spring break.  Hard to believe there’s only eight more weeks of school and then it will be SUMMER!

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Wax on, wax off.

I am so glad that Ralph Macchio is going to be on Dancing with the Stars, because I’ve had Daniel-san on the brain for the past couple of weeks.  Parker has started karate lessons, and I have to sit quietly while he’s in class – no matter how much I want to scream “NO MERCY,” I have to restrain myself.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t get my Karate Kid references when I yell at him “Look eye!  Always look eye!”  It’s such a hoot to watch these kids.  No matter how tough and serious Parker tries to act, he almost always ends up losing his balance.  I don’t think real ninjas usually giggle and snort when they accidentally fall to the ground doing a side-kick, but that’s just his style.

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Time with our favorite toddler.

Sabrina came over for a few minutes the other night.  When I went up to the playroom with her and the kids, I had no intentions of grabbing my camera.  However, the wispy hair, the baby teeth, and the sticky fingers sucked me in. 

Really.  Could you resist taking a picture of these eyelashes?  I don’t think so.

She had a contest with Parker to see who could fit the most goldfish in their mouth at one time.

Parker was a little rusty at that game, and Sabrina totally whooped him.

“Hold on a second, Torin, I just need to check my latest bid on eBay…”

Smooches!  We love having her visit!

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No jackets required.

Just wanted to post a few pictures that were NOT related to snow, snow days, snow men, snow shoveling, or school cancellations!  We certainly needed a warm sunny day to rejuvenate ourselves, and that’s exactly what we got on Saturday.

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On with the snow.

This is what he looked like after spending 1 minute in the snow.

Here he is again – after about 10 minutes.  Maybe the hat underneath the hood was overkill.

It’s not much, but they couldn’t be happier.

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Catching up.

A lot has happened since I last blogged, and I just want to post a few pictures here for posterity’s sake (and so the grandparents can stop going through withdrawals).  I have been so busy this season with the photography work that my personal blog took a backseat.  The other thing that took a backseat was kindergarten homework.  That’s right.  Parker’s first big project of creating a storefront for the Wee Willie Winkie town was turned in a day LATE.  [Let's pause for a moment while I hang my head in shame.]  We got ‘er done, though, and he was pretty proud of it. 

The next big project was creating a costume for the nursery rhyme parade.  We nailed it.  Right on time.

And most recently, he had to disguise a turkey so it wouldn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving.  Dave helped him with this one.  It looked awesome.

Meanwhile, Torin has been sailing through 2nd grade.  She scored an A+ on her Social Studies test that covered the three branches of government (and yes, I scooped her up and did the happy dance right in the middle of the kitchen… she is just starting to learn how passionate I am about that particular subject).  She has also been busy with her little fold-out thingy.  I don’t know the official name for these things, but I had them when I was in grade school.  Remember these?  Pick a number… fold back and forth… pick a color… fold back and forth… open the flap and answer a random question like “Would you rather ride a pony or swim with a dolphin?”  Let’s just say that I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past few weeks.  More updates to come soon! 

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