Suddenly I realized Marian was over 11 years old and really couldn’t do anything for herself in the kitchen, cookies seemed in order.  The boys helped, and the 3 of them basically did it by themselves.


Tobin was an excellent stirrer


And, Ezra, very precise in his measuring

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And, hmmm, as I’m looking at these pictures I’m wondering what Marian actually did?  Excellent supervisor!


Christmas (back in August)

We decided a couple of years ago to try our family Christmas in August, bounce house, sprinklers, warm weather — it wasn’t my first choice but I must admit, it’s so much more fun than trying to manage so many people cooped up in December when everything else is stressful.  So, it is now tradition:)

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My sisters & dad are crazy about the Christmas Vacation movie and are often quoting from it . . .

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Tara brought games this year

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And, we all gathered for present opening

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So, funny story, at our Mom Weekend back in May, we went to a garage sale and this woman kept yelling inside to her mother to ask her what price she wanted to charge, “Mooothherrr”, loud and pretty obnoxious.  We got into the car and were laughing and started using it for mom–somehow it stuck so Trish or Tara got her a t-shirt;)

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Mom’s garden was blooming beautifully


And, we got to use our tent again (easier than being inside with Tara’s 2 dogs and fighting for beds!)


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