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February 14, 2015
by Sarah
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All You Need Is Love

It’s been a somewhat rocky week. A week where the norm was throwing spoons at your brother’s head, melting down as the carpool arrives, spitting on a girl at the park and general difficulty weathering the day without crying, yelling and dramatic unhappiness.

It was also a week I had planned a little love project. And boy, did we need it.

The premise was simple. A ceramic heart dish.  A bowl of marbles.  And a week spent focusing on love.

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My goal? I hoped the boys would be reminded that the loving things they do fill people with love. And I hoped I would see more love – genuine, spontaneous acts of love – over the week.

So what did we learn about love?

Love can create excitement.

Fin got Eli’s socks for him. Eli let Fin choose the parent he would snuggle. In went two marbles.

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They worked hard on their Valentine cards all week.

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While working on Valentine’s Day cards Eli said, “Wow, Fin! That is a very fancy Valentine!”

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They paused and looked at each other. Eli said, “That’s…” Fin replied, “10 marbles!” And they ran over to add a marble to the dish. (I’ll forget they briefly fought over who would put the marble in and what color it would be.)

Love may influence you to make less than ideal choices.

Fin: I helped someone at school today!

Me: That’s great!  Tell me about it!

Fin: (Thinking hard.) Um….uh…I…I helped Alex?

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He looks over at me to see if I’m buying it.

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February 1, 2015
by Sarah
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Everything is Awesome!

Once they saw the Lego Movie I kind of thought this would happen.

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It was inevitable that the birthday party would follow.

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So we got to work.

Making costumes for the rest of the family.

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(Got inspired by a great tutorial here.)

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Making favors with vinyl Lego heads from Etsy.

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Making a zebra cake because one kid likes vanilla (Eli) and the other likes chocolate (Fin). (And an edible cake topper from Etsy.)

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And getting everything else Lego-fied.

(Print your own Lego man bunting here.)

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What’s the best way to start off your birthday party day? Bouncing in your pajamas.

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Then it was party time. Calling all master builders!

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Lord Business made an appearance.

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As did a couple of Batmans.

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Of course, there was a lot of bouncing.

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And silliness.

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It wouldn’t be a Lego party without Lego building.

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What pairs best with a Lego movie celebration?  A popcorn bar!

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Joshua taking advantage of the January heat to turn his chocolate chip mix-ins into chocolate coated popcorn.

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Alexander said, “Do you know what I can do when I blow this paper bag up with air and then smash the bottom with my hand?”

I replied, “Wait – is there still popcorn in your bag?”

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A lot of parents friends had fun with hair chalk.

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January 4, 2015
by Sarah
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3…2…1…Blast Off!

Our first rocket launch a week ago was more troubleshooting than launching. The couple of times it did launch we had a Marshawn Lynch situation. Awesome launches but no media love (aka no pictures).

Sometimes a do-over is all you need.

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This is what happens when you ask them to get into their launch poses.

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And good friends who also got a rocket for Christmas make all the difference in the world.

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The launches weren’t without some issues but all in all we had a very successful launch day.

Isaac’s rocket was the first success.

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December 28, 2014
by Sarah
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Twas two weeks before Christmas,

when we cut down our tree

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Drank hot chocolate, rode the train

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and talked to the powers that be.

“What do you want for Christmas?” asked the plump man in red.

“LEGOS!” they exclaimed – were what he should bring in his sled.

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The children then wanted to make Lego treats,

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to pass out to family, friends, Santa and strangers they meet.

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And Grandma Shellie helped with frosting,

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and Papa Dude made a few,

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one was anatomically correct and some needing surgery, too.

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When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

Dad sprang to the door to see what was the matter.

Our neighbors brought over their bunny to pet-sit,

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Hercules would join us for Christmas and we didn’t mind a bit.

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The moon on the breast of the patchy back lawn

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October 30, 2014
by Sarah
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Ninja Brothers

Every year I hope the boys will choose to be the same thing for Halloween. Or something that goes together – like Batman and Robin. I hold my breath as we go through the list of possibilities and, so far, they’ve been a pair. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a theme but it’s more than that.

Eli: (excitedly) Fin, do you want to be a ninja with me for Halloween?

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Fin: YES!

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Eli: YES!  Mom, Fin and I are going to be ninjas!!!!! (Pause.) Can we have webbins (weapons)?

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Halloween is when I see how much Eli needs Fin. How Fin gives Eli that slight boost of confidence when he really needs it. And I see how much Fin melts when Eli focuses all of his attention on his brother.

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October 27, 2014
by Sarah
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The 10 Minute Ninja Costume

Can I just say how grateful I am that my boys chose to be ninjas this year?  This was the year I needed a quick and easy costume making session and to let go of details like perfect ninja shoes.

And because this is the tutorial I tried to find but couldn’t – here it is for you!

Step 1:  Identify some ninja loving children and task them with grabbing black pants and two (plain) black long-sleeved shirts from their drawers. (Or head to Savers like I did to fill in any missing wardrobe pieces.)

Step 2: Find a person with a lot of love to give and take one of their plain t-shirts. Or let your kids go wild in the XXL men’s t-shirt section at Savers.  I chose to use t-shirts fabric for the accent pieces because I knew they wouldn’t fray.

Step 3: Get cutting. You will need 6 strips for accent pieces: one for the head, one for the waist, two for the arms and two for the legs.

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Here’s what I learned while making my yellow ninja. It’s best to cut from the bottom of the shirt, up over the seam at the top and back down the back of the shirt. (So it’s one long continuous piece.) Unless you’re making a baby ninja, the length of one side of the shirt (from top to bottom) was barely enough to wrap around my 3-year-old like I wanted to. So, make 6 long strips and once they are on your ninja trim up the length.

Here’s me doing just that for my green (larger) ninja after making all the mistakes perfecting my technique with my yellow ninja.

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I made the strips roughly 1.5-2″ wide.  Note that they will naturally curl after you cut them so if you want them wider, then plan accordingly.

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October 21, 2014
by Sarah
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Road Trippin’!

The boys are lucky enough to have two living great grandmothers. But there was one they had never met. When Muzzy moved to the West Coast, we knew a road trip to the Northwest was in order.

We made a quick stop in Seattle to see Grandma Linda and Grandpa Jim and the foggy skyline.

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We saw their new house. Grandma pulled out markers and stickers and asked everyone to sign it before demolition began.

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Then we said goodbye to Seattle family and headed up to the Islands.

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After 922 miles of Beethovan’s Wig, Lego movie and rediscovering old toys – we made it!

Finally.

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August 13, 2014
by Sarah
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Kindergarten!

I still haven’t fully accepted that my child has given up naps. DSC_0163Quiet time just isn’t the same. (Nor is it very quiet.) But quiet time is my sacred time. The time where I get stuff done (uninterrupted), relish my solitude and eat chocolate. But yesterday was different. It was the day before school started. Kindergarten! The day before Eli became a kid with uniforms, school bells, geography “jobs” and a Star Wars lunch box. And suddenly, I wanted all those quiet times back. So I could talk to him. Watch him. Just be with him. DSC_0202Because I realized that although this week he was going to cling tightly to my hand and beg me to stay, pretty soon he’d be choosing his friends over me and hugs wouldn’t be given so freely and exuberantly. So we skipped quiet time. “Really?!” he squealed with a huge smile. And we had quiet time together. Outside. Swinging in the hammock. Eating chocolate. Talking about kindergarten.

Eli: Will they have paper and crayons at kindergarten?

Me: I think so.

Eli: Ok, good. Then I think I’m really going to like kindergarten.

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July 26, 2014
by Sarah
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Letters to Great Grandpa

I miss my grandpa today. Today would have been his 85th birthday. And rather than it getting easier as each year passes, it seems like it’s gotten harder since the boys were born.  What I wouldn’t give for them to meet him just one time. But that’s not possible. So each year on his birthday we celebrate him.

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I woke up this morning, listened to the boys on the monitor and cried because they would never meet their Great Grandpa Bob. This year I so desperately wanted to talk to him.

As usual, we read A Snowman Named Just Bob.

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We also made our “Bob was here” sign in our front yard. Eli and Fin helped write it.

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July 19, 2014
by Sarah
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Exclusive Interview: Our Junior Giant

Over pork chops and milk, I got the chance to sit down and talk with this new Junior Giant and ask some hard hitting questions.  He was eager to talk to me about baseball the night before his first game.

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Getting a home run and not getting tagged and getting all the bases.

What’s the trickiest part about baseball?

Hitting with a metal bat.

Tell me more about becoming a baseball player. What do you need to do?

You need to practice A LOT. Like, a lot.

I paused because I couldn’t think of questions fast enough. He was really digging this interview thing.

What else do you want to ask me?

More pausing as I try to think of more questions.

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Oh, guess what? They don’t say bottom – they say butt. (Laughs.) Like when we warm up. It just cracks me up.

And what about your teammates?

I always like to make James laugh. Hey Mom, what would happen if a chicken comes waddling into our baseball game? (Uncontrollable laughter.) Did you write that down?

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