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>> Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Today marks a little over 3 months since my last post. I don't think about the old blog much anymore sadly. I look at it, try to think of something to say, and then walk away. Right at this moment we are all just super excited that next week school will get out and then we will be on vacation for summer! Yay! I have some really excited kiddos let me tell you that. They are done with school. 

 Done! Done! Done! <<< that's a lot of done going on over here! 

 Maybe the mama is the most done of the kids. I certainly won't be receiving the "Best Mom" award - at least from the school. Piper learned how to do Powerpoint this year and had a whole presentation. I missed it. It was ON A MONDAY at 7:40 am (really, no lie) and I just forgot. She did it for me using a print out when she got home and told me she understood. Bless my Piper. Then a week later after becoming full on annoyed with our substitute for not sending home information about when the 2nd grade play was to take place my daughter told me "It's in the newsletter mama". Hmmm...maybe I should have read one of those in May huh? 

 
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As the "Best Mom" award winner you can also see I still didn't break out the big camera. Nah, why not document one of her production with an iPhone. Did I mention we're done? She did great though, I got her there on time, she sang loud, and did all the moves. Yay Piper!  

 Now, what is new around here?


Went for dog food ended up adopting a pig. #thelucaszoo
That is Daisy. We got her last week after going to the pet store to buy food. Right there in front were 2 pigs in cages with a sign that they were up for adoption. The owner was allergic to them and had to give them up. There was a small fee but we got everything included so it wasn't horrible. Daisy is really cute and squeaks when you pet her. She resides in Piperoni's room so Violet started sleeping in there with her so she gets to be by the pig too. Kids.

1st lesson @matthewdlucas #giddyup
Violet kept her room clean for a whole month! Baby steps here.  Mostly she succeeded because she was sleeping with us and now sleeps in Piper's room but she did it and got her reward.

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4 lessons at a horse farm. Want to hear something crazy? 10 years ago hubs and I looked at that property to buy but it was just land then. We could have had a horse farm but instead we just keep taking in animals here at our own little zoo.

Perfect day for the outdoor cage #parrot #lovethisweather
Have I ever blogged about Gigi our Quaker parrot? We got her last year and I have to say she is such a beautiful pet. I had researched them but when they are with you it is a whole different ballgame. For instance, she used to like me :) When we got her she would hang out on me. I opened her cage each morning and we would "talk". Cleaning her cage was a breeze because she would either sit on my shoulder or walk around on the ground. Then something happened. What? I have no clue! Now, she hates me! She wants no part of me and tries to bite me when I clean her cage. I keep trying though because I do love having her live here. If you are a parrot whisperer please contact me because I need you!

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Now I am off to enjoy the spring that is finally here! Cold weather hung around and then it got H.O.T! Not complaining because I love it!

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 I would also like to say "You're welcome!" to all my local peeps. A few weeks ago I visited our local Goodwill and there were 4 snow sleds there that I decided to buy. Most likely this will mean no snow in Motown until my kids graduate high school.  I am quite positive they will find some sort of alternative activity to use them in the summer though.  Got to love their imaginations.

Until we meet again...

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Is that snow on the ground?

>> Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Don't laugh. It snowed here on Saturday night. I am guessing that a lot of it melted at our house right away. I have seen some Facebook pics that friends had a lot more than us. I am not sure we would have gotten a snowman made without it being pretty hairy with all the grass sticking up. Fam was down in the big city watching Yo Gabba Gabba Live when it happened - such a fun time by the way! At intermission I brought the girls to the window to show them the white stuff outside and they wanted to come home and play. Mama was too LAZY It was too late when we finally got home to go then but in true kid fashion they got up at 6:30 the next morning and started begging right off. Finally around 7 I couldn't take it anymore and threw them out. Yep, still in their pj's but without gloves or hats they were off to touch snow. Younger two lasted about 30 minutes but Piper stayed out over an hour playing with the dogs.

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Then later that morning it melted. God bless Charlotte NC. My kids saw snow but I didn't have to shovel. Perfection.

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It has been so long...

>> Saturday, February 9, 2013

I don't even know how to use the *new* Blogger to write a post!

I haven't picked up my camera in an eternity. I couldn't find my 50mm for about 5 minutes.

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Then I had to locate the usb to put the pictures I had just snapped on my computer.

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Then I had to remember how to open Photoshop.

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I am rusty.

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August or bust!!!

>> Monday, September 3, 2012

I will post pics from August before October. I will post pics from August before October. I will...

Bunny ears :)
I have enjoyed this summer so much. The girls and I spent almost every minute together and I loved it (until they fought of course which is inevitable spending every minute together). We were able to do so many things I wouldn't have tackled last year when Ruby was 2. Amazing what a year will do for you.

Run!
New sneaks. So bright and pretty :)

Addicted!
Unfortunate hubs turned me on to these. Makes those miles I run moot.

Cook Out!
We have a restaurant called Cook Out. Cheap, good, and outdoor dining. Reminds me of the old Dave's Burger Shanty in Menasha :)

Princess P - for peace!
Princess Peace.

A thank you for supper from the littles.
They pick all of my flowers outside but how can I not let them when they say things like "Thank you for making us supper mama". Just a note - I always feed them so they aren't actually thanking me for the food they are just being sweet :)

She flatters me :)
Piperoni "tattooed" her wrist. She flatters me :)

My lap is a pillow to a dog and kid tonight.
Typical night. Ruby sleeps on my lap but this night was joined by Pica. Not minding one bit!

Watching my own synchronized swimmers.  #PCISPY
Synchronized swimming thanks to hours of watching the Olympics.

Ready for round 2 after lunch :)
My squeezable little babe. Love her!

Training.
Running a 1/2 marathon in October. This was my first longer run. I am not breaking any speed records but hey I am an old woman!

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On a roll

>> Saturday, September 1, 2012

Alright here it goes...

Love when Kohls sends me $10 to spend on whatever I want!
Do you get those $10 gift cards from Kohls? I don't shop there (because well, I shop at Goodwill) and they still send me them every so often. I use them mostly to buy jewelry for me and the girls. Thank you Kohls :)

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Deck plant. Violet picked it out. I am trying to figure out how to keep this beauty alive this winter so we can enjoy it again next year. Am I the only one that doesn't like to buy annuals?

From the garden to my plate. I love summer!
Afternoon snack. Those cherry tomatoes are still going crazy! I love summer produce especially when it is from my garden and free - well basically free :)

A Pearl Necklace. Interesting.
I got a variety pack of Flying Dog and this was in it. Needless to say the other 2 bottles are still in my fridge. I think I might try and cook with it because I can't bear to drink it again. Ewww...

Pogo!
Pogo stick from her birthday. She's improving. Still chooses biking over anything though.

Set... #olympics
On your marks...

So pretty!
I won these pretties. Gorgeous crocheted shoes. Love!

Salted Caramel No Bakes - YUM!
Salted caramel no bakes - yum!

Ruffly sweetness from Cornelius GW @goodwillsp
Someone already donated this cuteness and we were at Goodwill at the perfect time to scoop it up!

So there won't be sweetness overload I will end with that :)

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Water

>> Friday, August 31, 2012

I wonder when I am going to have an original thought to write a real post on this blog? Ha, not today! As I was looking to see what I hadn't posted yet (the list is long) I realized that there is a lot of water pics here. Since I have no imagination at the time I simply titled this post "Water". I can't really call these Project 366 anymore because nothing is numbered and it is all jumbled on my Flickr. I have no idea what date is what anymore. And with this post concludes July...

Quick clean water rinse after swimming in the lake
We spent so much time in the lake this year! Sometimes a little rinse gets you through until the next day when we do it all over again.

And here comes the hail!
This was July 25th and we had hail! Big hail!

Bathing beauties
What a life right?

Another tooth!  Up to 6!
She's not going to have any left at this rate :)

Hose is much cooler than the lake today!
They make me laugh. A lot!

Watching the Olympics with the (obviously cold) littles
We had the Olympics on almost everyday. Missy Franklin became a household name over here. I even let them watch Beach Volleyball at night! We love Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh!

Sleeping Princess :)
Such an angel when she's sleeping :)

Lessons for the babe!
Lessons after she almost drown.

Boutonnière for @matthewdlucas from Rubarb :)
Rubarb picked her Daddy a boutonniere. Love!

Girls Night!
Hello Girls Night Out!

2 little girls that need to go to bed!
Snuggles. My favorite!

Ruby just woke up so that is it for today :)


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As summer break is coming to a close...

>> Saturday, August 25, 2012

I thought I might try and finish off my dailies from July :) Actually I was told by a friend she was sick of seeing pics of Daytona when she comes to my blog :) Can you say slacker?

How many kids can you put in a baby's sandbox?
How many little girls can you fit in a sandbox?

Cousins
The oldest girls. Both are the best big sisters around!

6 pack 2012 (1 of 1)
The 6 pack from the visit with our Ohio family.

Someone said Bye Bye Bye to these
Who would say "Bye Bye Bye" to the 'N Sync boys? These cracked me up when I saw them at Goodwill and immediately thought of Hanna and her love for the boys :)

Ruby's Beauty Shop
It's Ruby's world to do with what she wants and we just live in it.

Pet skunk for the zoo?
A pet skunk. For real! Not ours though :)

From my friends boy :)
From the Ryder man! Sweet boy <3




Call Me Maybe
My The girls favorite song at the moment.

Big girl dangle earrings
Big girl dangly earrings. They thought they were so cool.

Girl won't get burned this year with this suit :)
Hoola hoops have been HUGE here this summer. I even learned how to do it again! See you CAN teach old dogs new tricks :)

It's #NationalHotdogDay!
Rounding out this post today with some food.

My version of the #chicagodog
Specifically hotdogs. I love a good Chicago dog. This was my version

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