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from the director’s chair…

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it’s been a wild and crazy past few months for our family, but why would we want anything less than that? we’ve been living and breathing theater since september when kenny started working on another production, and moreso when we announced auditions for our production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol through a newly formed theater group we started, hobnob theatre co. production week at the theater was so intense, so tiring, so exhilarating, i wanted to post my thoughts and photos of it all before i forget. we loaded…read more

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7 quick takes…

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i haven’t done a Quick Takes in forever and a day… 1. now that the presidential election is almost 2 weeks behind us, i can finally say…we are okay with the results. i mean, we’re not happy with the results, but what can you do?  wednesday morning, november 7th had a rough start. kenny and i woke at 4:00, saw the results, couldn’t go back to sleep, so we decided to finally start Season 3 of The Walking Dead so we didn’t have to watch the news, or read web…read more

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thank you, veterans

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My Grampy (the boys’ “Great Grampy”) has come to visit a few times since the beginning of summer. The boys love it because he comes for school and they LOVE showing him everything they’re learning. He especially loves to sit in on math class…he says that was his favorite class, but he has been enjoying our history lessons as well. One of our history lessons had us interview family relatives, so this photo is of him telling the boys a favorite memory he has of when he was a boy….read more

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communion and worship

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i understand why the roman catholic faith makes a person’s first communion a big deal. usually, it is a child, around the age of 6 or 7. for a parent, it’s a wonderful thing to see your child recognize and understand the meaning behind the elements of the eucharist. and i am down with worship services that surround this milestone in a person’s life.  i grew up in the orthodox presbyterian tradition, where you are older when you make your confession of faith and take communion for the first time….read more

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sawyer’s 8!

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the older they get, the more they amaze me! sawyer was always so much his own kid (21 months): our middle boy: the peacemaker, rule-keeper, dare-devil, energetic sawyer cole…we love every little bit of you! (he’s also a great LEGO engineer, is showing promise in acting, and still loves tickling the ivories on the piano…..)

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Outer Banks, 2012

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This was our family’s second summer vacationing for a week at the Outer Banks.  It held a different atmosphere this year. Two years ago, it was the boys’ first time ever on the beach and we were so excited to see their reaction to the vastness, the bigness that is the ocean’s edge. They were definitely excited, but not in the “first time at the ocean” kind of way. They couldn’t wait to get back into the waves! The weather was much different this year. Last time, it was high…read more

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freaky friday

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i loved that movie (when i was but a wee-tween) where jodi foster and her mom switch roles for the day. hilarious and heart-warming. i have heard that it has been remade: don’t bother to watch any remake of that movie; the original is best! for the first three days of last week’s work-week, kenny and i switched roles. i would get up, shower, eat breakfast and be on my way to “work” before 7:00 am, returning home at 5:00. i was so exhausted at the end of each day,…read more

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9 years young

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the one who turned us from DINKs to PARENTS turns 9 today.  such a sweet face for such a sweet, loving, inquisitive, sensitive boy! we love you so much, rowan, and are so proud of who you are growing up to be! your younger brothers look up to you, and we couldn’t be more happy of the role model they have in you. happy 9th birthday! 2012 2003  

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our grammy

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their love was what novels are written about, turned into movies that open in the summer and make all who watch it wish they had a fairytale beginning, middle, and ending in their own relationships. it was high school, there was a chance meeting at a water fountain and the rest is history. it was war time, so the boy had to go fight. he returned home early to marry his girl (in a whirlwind weekend winter wedding where two other war brides were married, all borrowing the same bridesmaids…read more

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when your baby turns 6…

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…you find ways of avoiding their baby pictures for fear of falling into a nostalgic tailspin. you look at every single one of them any way and still distinctly remember of the first minute you laid eyes on him. …you look at your family of rapidly growing boys and wonder what the teen years will look like, and you’re not exactly sure whether to laugh or cry at the thought. …you can’t wait for your boys to be teenagers so you can have deep conversations with them. then you remember…read more

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