Aug 01 2015

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Jul 31 2015

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Brina and Karlie were fascinated by the cool new toy on the floor.

Today we flashback to Jake’s birthday July 2005 when the girls were five months old.  It was his first time celebrating a birthday with two little munchkins with us.  They made the day quite entertaining.  They enjoyed the new things to explore and see throughout the day from birthday banners to candles to rice krispie treats and more.

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Jake with his two girls on his birthday.  They were intrigued by the candles, but didn’t touch them.  Pretty sure they didn’t help blow them out either.

Flashback Friday - Brina and Karlie showing off their sucking skillsc

This is cool new mat to lay around sucking our fingers on….

Brina sitting on the stool at the island in our kitchenc

Brina sitting at the kitchen counter.  So Mom…..I hear their might be some kind of special treat for Dad’s birthday, can I try it first, pretty please!?

Brina spit up and is proud of it, Karlie is just laying there looking at it thinking how grateful she is that it wasn't her this timec

Oh no….too much excitement for someone.  Who did it this time!?  Brina is feeling better now and Karlie is thankful it wasn’t her this time around.

Karlie and Brina having fun togetherc

Daddy’s giggling girls helping him celebrate his birthday.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle worms, look at them squirm (Brina and Karlie)c

Our little rolly pollies saying “Happy Birthday Daddy! We LOVE You!”

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Jul 30 2015

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Messy dresser top

There comes a point when certain areas start to accumulate too many random items that they need to be cleaned.  For some reason in our house any available flat surface becomes possible game for these types of items – from the kitchen counter tops, dresser tops, table tops, the floor, and more.  I am hoping this is somewhat normal for most houses and if anyone finds an airtight solution to this problem please let me know.  After awhile the little things piling up on flat surfaces really starts to bother me whether it is in the kitchen, bedroom, or somewhere else in the house.  Honestly, I lose track of how many times a week (or a day) I clean off the kitchen counter tops and other places.

In the bedrooms the big spot for these types of items to accumulate is on the kids dressers.  I want them to be able to keep their treasures, decorate, or show off special items, but at some point it needs to be cleaned and organized.  Sometimes a lot of the clutter items are just things that are not put away in their proper place.  Instead of putting them away they just lay on the dresser top for awhile.  Other times it is some fun trinkets they got at a party, won, or received.  No matter what it is or why it is there the chore of keeping the dresser tops clean, organized, and dusted pops up quite frequently around our house.

While the kids room is the one I am talking about today I have to admit our dresser tends to get hit with these items as well.  Jake and I are as guilty as the kids in loading up the dresser top with items that do not belong on it.  Even though this area tends to get messy more quickly if you clean it off regularly it won’t take very long before it is looking good again.

Cleaning off the dresser is quick, easy, and makes the room look so much cleaner:

  1. Take everything off the dresser
  2. Dust the dresser off
  3. Put away the items that did not belong on the dresser
  4. Straightened up the special treasures you decide to keep or that belong on the top of the dresser

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Looking good Karlie!  It always makes me smile to see what special items they specifically choose to keep on top of their dressers.

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Jul 29 2015

We all have crazy schedules.  Sometimes it is hard to “be still” long enough to communicate with our Savior.  There is always more to do, people to help, or something pulling our attention away.  It is easy to be distracted.  Make a point to focus on being still for a few minutes to worship and pray today.

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

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Jul 28 2015

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When we go into downtown Charleston, SC the kids always try to see who is the first one to spot Rainbow Row.  Rainbow Row is a  popular architectural landmark in Charleston, SC along East Bay Street.  It is a row of brightly colored 18th century buildings in Charleston.

The buildings were given their name due to their beautiful Colonial Caribbean color scheme.  Originally, the buildings were businesses that serviced the Charleston docks.  The oldest one of the buildings was built in 1748.  The buildings had stores on the bottom floors with the business owners and their families living on the second floor.  Currently the buildings are private residences, however, they continue to resemble their historical style and colors.  If you are on that side of Charleston go ahead and snap a photo of these colorful houses on Rainbow Row.

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

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