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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday

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(A house Mae built, and then spent 30 minutes upset that she doesn't 'fit' inside.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Out

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"Spring?  What's that?  Are you sure we're supposed to be outside?  Where's the snow?" (They didn't really say these things - but this picture cracked me up after the long winter we had - they all looked so bewildered!)
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cousins

Last week, we were happy to have a very quick visit with my cousin and her family who currently reside in Canada.  They also have four kiddos, and their youngest is just a few weeks younger than Oscar.  Their older girls were just the right age for Mae to idolize just a bit, and they all got some good dolly playing in.  They also have a sweet son who was happy to rough house with all of the little boys. 
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The last time we saw them was at our wedding, nearly six years ago.  Here's hoping it won't be that long this time!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oven

When we bought this house, everything was nicely updated - and it wasn't until we were sitting in it for inspections after the offer was already accepted that I noticed it.  Right there in the kitchen - one - no wait, TWO of the most used appliances... The wall oven/microwave combo...
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Manufactured in 1987.  Aka, when I was a toddler.  
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The handle was hot glued on,
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And it had some pretty sweet knobs - which let you set an approximate-ish temperature.

We knew it wouldn't last forever, and it gave us a good year.  First the microwave light died.  Then the oven light died.  Who cares?  Just lights.  Then, the top oven element went out.  That requires a little more caring, as everything I put in the oven came out crispy and/or black and smoking on the bottom and soggy/raw on top.  Not ideal. 

Here's the thing - these little narrow jobbies they did 30 years ago aren't as common now  (I have no idea why that is, mind you - I just love when none of my pans fit in my oven...) and our options for replacing were very very limited and also really dang expensive.  There were two models that were in the running, but one was ugly as could be and had bad reviews, and the other just had bad reviews.  We did what every sane married couple does - argued about it and then ignored the problem - for a few weeks.  And then, after one little garlic bread incident in the old oven, it was time.  I was ready.

Poor Josh didn't see it coming.  He came up innocently for lunch one day and I informed him that we would be calling every outlet and scratch and dent place in the metro and picking up the first microwave/oven combo that would fit in the cabinet - bad reviews or not - that afternoon and installing it ourselves.  You might say I was a little irrational.  Insane.  Over zealous. 

But, my man, he is good.  He knows me well.  And while I could tell he wasn't looking forward to making calls and eventually talking some sense into me - he got out his phone and dialed.  The first place he called, we hit the jackpot.  The salesman couldn't believe it himself - but they did just happen to have a narrow, black, microwave/oven combo on their clearance floor.  The bad news?  It was a nicer one and way out of our budget.  The good news?  It was something insane like 75% off because they wanted it gone.  Someone ordered it and canceled after it had shipped, and it had been sitting because according to our salesman - "no one wants these black models anymore, everyone wants stainless!" and "that thing is so narrow! They make 'em wider now". 

My friends - our bad taste paid off. 
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And we are back in baking business.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Teeth

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My sweet Fletcher - six months old today.  His gift??  Two shiny new chompers.  He's growing up too quickly!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ouch

We knew it couldn't be long
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 we hoped it wouldn't be serious...
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And thankfully it wasn't.
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One hard bang to the head on the fireplace,
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Three staples.

Hugo is still on the mend - his little would got looking kind of ugly and he is now on antibiotics to make sure there are no infections.  His staples come out tomorrow, and we are praying and hoping with all of our might that his first serious 'ow-ie' stays closed. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chalk

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("You can take ONE picture, mama.")
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