A moment with Jude

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Jude has had what could be labeled a limited palette. He only allows yogurt, noodles, cheerios and mandarin oranges to pass his lips. I have tried and tried to offer him other things that have appealed to my other kids (and believe me, I have had some picky toddlers!) but with no success. Today Isabelle […]

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Sophie Lu heads to school

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Sophie has been telling me forever that she wants to go to school. Even before we knew Belle would be going to the SN preschool class, Sophie has been adamant that she’s big enough to go like her big brothers. So last February, I began the long and arduous process to get her enrolled in […]

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Freedom!

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Wednesday was the day. The day we’ve been waiting for since we first started Jude’s castings on July 2nd. Maybe Jude wasn’t so much waiting for this day as he had no clue his casts would ever come off. But I was counting the days. I took the casts off myself after the local orthopaedists […]

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My big girl

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After two weeks of me driving her to and from school, Isabelle started riding the bus on Monday. We had been talking about it, visited the bus driver, toured the bus and Isabelle was ready. I wasn’t so ready. This stuff is hard on me, she is like a tiny peanut on that big ol’ […]

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1 1/2 years old

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Jude turned 18 months old this week. Since we weren’t able to celebrate his first birthday with him, we decided to celebrate this day, his 1 1/2 year birthday. We had a special dinner, flank steak and potatoes, and no, Jude didn’t eat any. He seems to be content for now living strictly on GoGurt, […]

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In case you’re wondering

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I created a long post, recording what all four of my school-attending little ones were up to on the much anticipated first day of school. But that left several of my brood out. So in case you’re curious what those three were doing while their siblings were bravely facing the first day of school, wonder […]

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Back to school!

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I can’t believe it’s really time for school to start! Our school system is eventually going to a year- round school schedule and I have to say, I think it’s probably a good idea. My kids, even though their summer was only about 2 months long, was long enough. For them and for me I […]

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We’re baaackkkk.

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We finally arrived home veeerryyy early Wednesday morning. It was one long drive. We left Iowa City at 12:00 PM Central time and didn’t arrive home until 5:30 AM Eastern time. Yeah, it was way too long to be in the car with 5 kids under 8. But we made it! I am SO thrilled […]

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Kids from Gutian

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And we’re OUTTA here!!

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Caretaker gifts purchased? CheckNew shirts because I’ve worn the same ones for the last 2 China trips? CheckHair freshly colored? CheckToenails painted? CheckLaundry done? CheckQuilt squares sent off to be quilted? Check (I know, I’m late, especially considering she’s quilting Jude’s AND Sophie’s OHGW quilt ;))Many, many notes scribbled down for husband to follow while […]

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