Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mini And Me

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BB got his first look at his great-uncle's classic Mini Cooper yesterday.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Feelin' Punk

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That's what my grandma used to say when one of us kids was under the weather. LB went to Urgent Care at about midnight because he woke up with a croupy cough and trouble breathing. The doc gave him Motrin and recommended cold air. When it happened again at 6:30, I took him outside, and it seemed to help. Not a fun way to spend Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Legacy

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This rocket/plane was an outdoor swing bought for an older cousin, now 11. It's lasted through four kids so far.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

My First Research Project

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BB needed to do a country study for school. He chose Guyana because our church has missions there. His poster includes two flags, some Guyanese money, and a woven placemat.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Walk Along!

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TS is so close to walking on her own!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Simple Pleasures Are The Best

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I built the kids a cardboard box fort tonight. It was interesting to see the different ways they interacted with it. BB made several improvements, including building a table inside. TS was excitable and somewhat destructive. LB, normally the most energetic and excitable, simply crawled inside and stayed there, playing quietly for almost an hour!

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International Flavor

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TS has her first naan at Tulsa's Kids World.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Gratitude For Service

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At this morning's assembly at BB's school, the students are honoring veterans. BB will be singing a solo.

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Guitar Heroes

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LB and TS show off the souvenir squishy guitars I found at the Nashville airport

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Free Book Feeding Frenzy

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Librarians just can't help ourselves, can we?

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Gene Luen Yang

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Author/Artist of American Born Chinese drew his favorite character for us at the YA Lit Symposium.

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New Coat

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TS is lookin' faboo!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Real Morning In America

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My eldest son turned 9 today, and I hope that, in the years to come, he can look back and say that this was the day the world changed. This was the day America began to be good again. This was the day we made a choice to move forward in optimism toward a more peaceful and hopeful world.



In his speech, President-Elect Obama told us that we have a lot of work to do. I'm ready to answer that call. For the sake of my son, his brother and sister, and all of their brothers and sisters around the world, I hope that we all pitch in, work together, and do what needs to be done.

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Birthday Boy

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That's what BB stands for today. He's nine years old! Wow.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Weekend Update, Part Two

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On Sunday, Kim's and my twelfth wedding anniversary, BB and I participated with my mom and dad in a concert by the Springfield Mid-America Singers. We sang "When I Lay Me Down To Sleep", an arrangement by my choir director Vicki Smith. BB finished the song with an a cappella solo that brought down the house!

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Weekend Update

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We traveled to Springfield, MO on Friday to visit my folks. There we saw this amusing piece of yard art from someone who survived last year's ice storms.

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