Weekend Fun: Tractors, Trailers, & Traditions

  Did you all have a great weekend!?

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Ours was busy, but fun.  It was warmer than it has been, thankfully the ice is melted and we are enjoying 50’s and 60’s again.  That means there are LOTS of chores to do outside in preparation for gardens, our up and coming cow purchase, and even some branch clean up from that yucky ice storm.

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  God answered a really big prayer of ours, and provided Dale’s father, Don, a beautiful camper trailer to live in while he goes through chemo.  If you follow us on Facebook, you know he has stage 4 cancer and we are asking God for a miracle.  We did a family photo shoot that I will share with you on Thursday, so you can “meet” him then. 

 This camper is nice and big with a slide out, open kitchen and living area, washer & dryer, nice storage areas, including 3 closets, tub-shower and more.  Way nicer than anything we had found before, and exactly in the price range that was set.  A TOTAL God-thing to say the least!!!!!! 

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  We are going to clean it good, and get him moved out here soon, so I can help care for him, if necessary.  Or, at very least, check on him now and then.
He lives in another town, but had recently purchased the acreage right next door to us, in hopes of building there someday.  Soon we will move his camper over there.{First we have to hook up water and all that.} It will be so fun to have Papa right next door!

  This Weekend was also the MCC Sale.  It’s a Mennonite event that raises funds for disaster relief all over the world.  They auction off beautiful wood crafted items, tractors, bikes, campers, marble sets, and gorgeous handmade quilts from the local Mennonite ladies! 

We love to watch the ladies make Pysanka, Ukrainian Easter eggs. 

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  Of course the MCC Sale offers amazing German food, like Vereneke {pronounced Verenika} and ham gravy, zwiebach, cherry or pluma moos, borscht, and bonne berogi.  My friend Stephanie, posted this photo of her supper on Facebook, she said I could share it with you today. 

  This is the traditional German meal, dubbed “The Feeding of the Multitudes” at this particular event. There is a reason it’s called this, cause you all, the line seriously goes the entire walkway in front of the building, and down as far as the eye can see.  We have never braved it with the kids!

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   We typically go as a family after school for snacks of some Vereneke to share, along with meat, crackers and Cheese Curds! {aka Squeaky Cheese}

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Due to the SPECIAL nature of this oh-so exciting yearly event, I let everyone pick one sweet treat. Oh, were they excited about that part!!!!!!!

  Destiny was clever and waited until the VERY end of our time there, to pick some Kettle Corn and eat it on the way home. {no pic} She said she chose that because it lasted longer than other sweet treats.  Like I said, CLEVER! 🙂

  The other kids thought she was nuts, they didn’t want to wait at ALL!  mcc 5

  There are some Amish girls there that make the most melt in your mouth AMAZING fresh-baked Cookies and Whoopie Pies you have ever tasted! 

Paxton agreed!  Last year I wouldn’t let him have a Whoopie Pie, but I did find some sweet photos of him eyeballing it! He was SO little last year.  My baby is growing up! 

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Lets just say, that he thoroughly enjoyed his first Whoopie Pie!

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   I grew up in the Mennonite church, and have gone to the MCC Sale every year as long as I can remember!  I hope my kids have fun memories of us doing the same.  I wrote more about this Sale and what great things they do with the money they raise last year and even the year before that!!!!

 I am SO predictable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully you aren’t tired of me blogging about this yet.  🙂

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  After that we walked around and did some of the kids activities before heading home for bedtime.

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   The next day, I got to go BACK!  Dale was sweet to stay home with the kiddos, so I could go with my BFF, Kasey, for GIRL time!  That never happens anymore!

  Isn’t it funny how you can go the same place twice, once with kids and once with out, and it’s like a whole NEW event!?  We had so much fun sitting at the auctions, visiting and eating, and we hardly knew what to do with ourselves, not taking kids potty or doing head counts. No photos of our girl time though, I was off the clock! lol 🙂

  This weekend was also Dale’s 32nd birthday!

blog 3blog 4He didn’t have any big requests, so we made him his FAAAAVORITE Lemon Pudding Dessert, which we have EVERY single year on April 14th.  

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  Hey, its creamy, its good, it reminds me of Spring, and it’s better than his other choice:

PLAIN chocolate cake drowned in milk.  

NO frosting at all! WHAT????

Cake without FROSTING!?!?!?!

Forgetaboutit.

  I’ve never officially blogged this lemon dessert, or typed it out on Tasty Kitchen, because I think EVERYONE already has it.

Yes? No? Maybe? Let me know, I’d be glad to share it soon.

  Tonight, I am making him Man Casserole for supper since last night was Sunday Night Snack Supper.  This casserole is one of his favorites! Looks crazy, tastes amazing.

  We don’t do much for grown up birthday’s at our house, we have so much to be thankful for and really don’t have any thing we “need”. 

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Simplicity makes me happy, and it really is the little things that mean the most……like being together!

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  Happy Monday!

~T

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My Funny Little Valentines

The 4 little Fergusons are here to say…….

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Now Pax, give ‘em a smooch…..

A smooch?  Bleh. NO WAY!

UH UH, not doin’ it.

Nope.

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How about a knuckle sandwich?

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PAXTON, you be nice!!!!!!

Ok, ok, sending big smooches your way, this Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

From your 4 favorite little Fergusons

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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

  I am taking a blog break until January, so I can properly enjoy having all my babies home from school, and my hansom hubby home from work. To say I am SO excited, would be an understatement!!!!

We have lots of fun planned; games by the fire, movie nights, sibling sleep-overs, arts & crafts and a whole lotta NOTHING, too! 🙂

Hope you all have a fantastic CHRISTmas, celebrating with those you love, and have a safe & Happy New Year!

See you all in 2013!

Hugs, T

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10 on 10: 5th edition

  Welcome to the 5th edition of 10 on 10! 

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Never heard of 10 on 10???

Here is my last one.

Actually, there is an ENTIRE CATEGORY devoted to them.

Here are the instructions:

Take a photo every hour (for ten consecutive hours, if possible) on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments. Then share your beauty on the 11th! Please be sure to use the photo above on your blog post, and link back to mine, so we can all share in the fun.

The gal that I originally linked up to, is no longer blogging her 10 on 10’s, so I am a lone ranger. If you ever want to try, follow the instructions above, then just come post your 10 on 10 in the comments, so we can all visit you!

NOW, just so you know, I only post 10 on 10 when both the 10th AND the 11th fall during a regular posting day.  For those that are new to 4 little Ferguson’s, I post M-Th at 7am and Friday at 6am for Weekend Potluck. I take all Weekends OFF to be Mommy! 🙂

Without further adieu, 10 on 10…..

~T

P.S. It doesn’t have to be kept to just 10 photos.  I haven’t done that yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Guess mine should be called 30 on 10?

1) Good morning to my 4 Little’s!  It’s cold outside, so we are having OATMEAL!!!!!

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2) My facebook status at 7 am.

(Go like 4 little Ferguson’s on facebook for all recipe photos and fun updates!)

For those that can’t read the photo below on their phones it says:

”I can understand losing a lens cap, I’ve had a lot of photo sessions lately.  I can also understand losing a camera battery charger, I have 4 kids, things grow legs and walk away. HOWEVER, I cannot understand how in the world I lost a 5 pound bag of potatoes. Seriously? What in the world!?”

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{SIGH} It’s true. Potatoes were on sale for a dollar last week, so I had my mom grab me two  bags.  I used one right away and distinctly remember talking about putting it in a cool, dark place.  Hmm.  Guess time will smell…..I mean tell.

3) Headed to Preschool, it’s getting COLDER out! 8* now

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4) Set out all my holiday baking ingredients thinking I’d get it a bunch of it done while it was just Paxton and I at home.

Nope.  I was too busy doing laundry and looking for my potatoes.

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5) Three kiddos are home now, and it’s LUNCH TIME!
Leftover Chicken Pot Pies are on the menu.

Recipe coming sooooon! 🙂

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6) I grabbed a couple of the kiddos toy microphones that they had left out and called them all to nap time…announcer style.

Paxton thought it was a GREAT idea, but didn’t quite know how to go about making his voice loud like Mommy’s. Didn’t take him long to realize he needed to place them on his MOUTH, not his EARS.

Silly boy!

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7) 1st hour of nap is reading time, 2nd hour is quiet play time while Mommy works.

Todays work load is Season of Light edits for the church, and a stack of recipes to type out on the blog.

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8) SUPPER TIME!  Coming to a blog post near you……

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9) Family Baking Time: there is no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen!

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Good little Cinnamon Puppy Chow makers and shakers!

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10) Advent calendar before bed…

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11) Everyone is beat from such a fun evening!

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12)  Good night my 4 little Fergusons, sweet dreams!

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It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas….

  The Ferguson household is looking Christmas-y and festive.  It’s hysterical, I decorate almost exactly the same every year, and every year, I HAVE to take pictures. I can’t help myself!  🙂

  If you’ve been following 4 little Ferguson’s since its beginnings in 2010, you know that we Saran Wrap our main tree and store it decorated, glass balls and all.  I decorate it the same every year, so it is a real time saver to do it this way. We just haul it out to the shed until next year.  It’s a bit dusty, but it takes no time at all to fluff and dust it back to its former glory.

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There are plenty of other decorations to put out, so the kids, Dale and I still have a great time decking the halls so to speak.  🙂

Kitchen tree:

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My sweet friend and blog reader, Mary, sent me a couple of Christmas Banners last year and I absolutely love them!

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Kids rooms and playroom:

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Main room:

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There is nothing I love more, than being curled up out by the fireplace and Christmas tree at night when the house is dark and still…….

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All is calm, all is bright….

~T

4 little Fergusons, 2200 miles & A Georgia Wedding: Part 2

It was wedding day when I left you yesterday, and I had 40 minutes to get ALL six of us spiffed up, dressed and ready to go!

Super Auntie Lauren to the rescue!  🙂

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She popped over from her room next door, and took one girl at a time to braid their hair, while I got the rest of us dressed. Praise the Lord for her amazing braiding skills, I was hoping for a good hour to experiment with the girls’ hair and I am just not a good braider yet. {But I did learn a basic French Braid, FINALLY!}

Here are the end results, she did this gorgeous angled braid that led into a braided bun.  BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thanks, Auntie Lauren!

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The wedding was at the Military base, so we had to go through security with a photo id check to even get in. See that picture, above collage, top middle?  It is a photo of a HUGE cemetery of all the fallen soldiers from that particular fort.  May we always remember, our freedom is never free.  God bless them.

We got to the church at 2 for pics, the wedding started at 4.  Thankfully Dale was amazing and had all the kids eat and nap while I was gone, so they were happy and ready to take photos.

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There is nothing more special to me, then seeing two lives joined as one, God’s way.  Aaron and Ashley are an amazing example of True Love Waits, and it was such a blessing to be a part of their beautiful day as they made a lifelong covenant before Christ and a church full of family and friends, to die to self, and become one flesh.

Check out the tearful groom, and his PROUD smile when he sees her! LOVE IT!

Blog Collage 25Guess who walked down the aisle without a moments pause or hint of hesitation?  Yup, Pax!

  I didn’t even have to use the fruit snacks to try to bribe him to come towards me.  He picked up his side of the sign and trucked down the aisle like he had planned it that way all along.

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While everyone else was doing the group photos, I grabbed Chad and Lauren for a quick family picture.  Aren’t they PRECIOUS?

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After that, we headed to the reception:

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Look at my sweet girls, bottom right picture below, watching the happy couple and dreaming of their own special day!

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My little dancers…..

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We danced, laughed and had so much fun, but alas, it was time to head back to the hotel to pack and prepare for a long drive home.  As I mentioned yesterday, the kids did great, and we didn’t get out the final activity until an hour from home.  Success!

It was a great trip! We will venture cross-country in our car again, SOMEDAY.

~T

4 little Fergusons, 2200 miles & a Georgia Wedding: Part 1

We recently loaded up all 4 kids in our Flex, and headed to Georgia.  Our kids are GREAT flyers, but car rides?

Never done it.

(Well, once when Avery was a baby, we drove 5 hours to spend Thanksgiving with family, but that was about the extent of it.)

THIS trip was going to be different, roughly 18 hours of driving was to commence, and the kids were going to have to sleep all night in the their car seats.

YIKES.

  We take off right after school on Wednesday, and head across the border to meet some forever friends of ours.    They were sweet enough to allow us to stop at their house that evening on our way through, to let the kids play, snack, brush teeth and get ready for bed at their house.

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Can you believe I was a nanny for these guys for many years leading right up to the birth of Destiny?

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The 2 big boys are grown and gone.  All 5 of them were in my wedding and I loved them like I thought I would love my own babies.  What a blessing to still be in touch and to pick up right where we left off, every single time!!!!!!

We were there from 8 – 10 pm before Dale said it was time to hit the road again. By 10:20 everyone was OUT!  We had a few rough patches between 12-2 am, where I spent a lot of time crawling to the back to comfort and console whomever was moaning and crying because they couldn’t roll over.  Tylan fell off his seat at LEAST 4 times, belt still on!!! Silly boy!

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The 2 big kids woke up at 4:30 am happy and rested, praise the Lord, and the 2 little kids woke up an hour later at 5:30.  Everyone was ready to use the bathroom and stretch their legs, so Dale found us a Cracker Barrel.  He slept in the car while we changed, freshened up and ate breakfast.  Man, I LOVE Cracker Barrel!  I only ordered 3 breakfast platters and we had enough to eat our fill AND call Daddy in from his nap to finish our 2 plates leftover.

The kids did wonderful, reading books, coloring, listening to Adventure in Odyssey Story Cd’s {Amazing by the way!} and as a final resort, watching a movie.  If I learned anything this car trip, it is to let each activity last as LOOOOONG as possible {usually an hour}, but have lots of options for the “next cool thing”.  I had enough activities planned in my duffle bag of fun, that I didn’t get out the magnetic dress up dolls and silly faces until the ride home, and got out the FINAL magnetic car bingo and hang man games, 1 hour from Home Sweet Home. 

  The biggest hit, besides Odyssey CD’s?  These magnetic blocks from Lakeside Collection!  They don’t stack as shown in the picture, too weak and cheap.  HOWEVER, Dale and I saved 4 boxes from the canning we did this summer, because we figured they would be useful on this trip.  They worked PERFECTLY as snack tray, car race track and magnetic block holder.  Then, you flip them over and you have a coloring desk!  Are we thrifty or WHAT!?  🙂

  We all also loved the game “Rubberneckers” which is something the whole family can play!

  About 12:00 on day 2, they started getting crabby, it was 1pm before we found our hotel and got settled.  They were all getting hungry and ready for nap by then!  {ME TOO}

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I have ALWAYS taken pics of our hotel and hotel room, even before I had a blog to share it on.  But this time, I was so glad to be there and start unloading the car, I totally forgot!!!!  It was a lovely hotel, new and clean, big rooms with fridge and microwave.  And a great hot breakfast every morning!  We loved it.  We had two Queen beds, so the 3 oldest kids slept the wrong way on one, 3 across, and Pax had a cot on the floor.

That first night was spent vegging in our hotel room so daddy could sleep and the little kids could nap.  It felt good to be out of that car!  🙂 Everyone was asleep by 7 pm, even the grown ups!

The next day we headed to the RV Park to visit Papa and Drea.  They surprised the kids with Christmas! New clothes for everyone, doll clothes for the girls and a ball and truck for the boys.  They were so excited!   Blog Collage 5

I was most excited that both boys got new jeans.  This is because I was a HORRIBLE packer this time {guess my OCD didn’t kick in, because for the first time ever, I didn’t make a detailed list to pack from} and I packed quickly, while Pax was asleep. Sadly, I made a mental note to get jeans and socks from his room after he woke up, and then NEVER DID IT. Oops.

We spent the morning and lunch with them, playing, exploring the beautiful RV park, and doing homework.

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The big kids were very diligent about getting their school work done.  It was such a pretty day, we just plopped down at a picnic table and worked outside.  Destiny had a lot more than we could get done in one day, so she spent the weekend working on and off on it.

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When everyone woke up from naps back at the hotel, Unca Chad and Auntie Lauren had arrived with their twins, Colby and Brayden.  The kids were SOOOOO excited to finally get to meet their new cousins!

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Praise the Lord, the hotel was able to put them RIGHT next door to us, so we were able to hang out on and off between sleeping kids all weekend.  Sometimes we just sat in the hall way together and talked while we waited for kids and babies to wake up!   lol 🙂

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The kids couldn’t wait to see Uncle Aaron and Aunt Ashley.  We were so honored they asked our children to be a part of their wedding day!

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Avery didn’t leave Aunt Ashley’s side ALL night!

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Pax was being a stinker, and REFUSED to go down the aisle, bawling and clinging to daddy each time we practiced.  We formulated a plan involving daddy sneaking away and fruit snacks…….

Would he do it on the big day? Only time would tell!

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Appetizer hour:

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Supper time:

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We headed home early to get the kiddos down.  Drea made plans to pick me up bright and early the next day to decorate the reception hall!

It was a STUNNING building, old bricks and tall ceilings with open beam rafters. {again, no photo! SORRY} They specifically rent out to weddings, so they have coordinators you work with, light crews that can do lit ceilings or parachute white ceilings.  They set up the tables, rent you the linens, have caterers available. I am telling you, neat, neat organization! I would LOVE to do something like this in an old warehouse in my town!!!!!!!

Anyhow, Ashley had all the decor items pre-painted, twine and burlap wrapped and ready to go, so it was up to us to hodge podge them together on each table.  It was an ivory, burlap, vintage theme.  Blog Collage 16

  We worked hard and got the job done, but even at that, the ladies were an hour late to their brunch.  And, by the time I stopped at the store with my dad to get some river rocks and more candles…I had 40 minutes to get all 6 of us READY FOR THE WEDDING.

To say I was panicked would be an understatement……

More tomorrow,

~T

Meet The Kitties

   Today I return you to a “regular” post, from the Land of All Things Ferguson.  🙂  I don’t know when or if I will be asked to share anything else from our experience of Surviving Infidelity, but for now, it’s back to the usual fare: food, fun, family, photography and faith!  

Sooo, I shared a while back that our cat, Saprina had some kitties; 4 to be exact!

Now how cool is that?! 🙂  

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Naturally, each child has claimed one as their own….but since it changes on a DAILY basis, I won’t even bother to list which kid claims which kitty.

Meet Tiger (or Tiger Lilly, if it’s a girl)

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Little Bear (Or Little Princess, again depending on gender)

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Stripes

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Smoky

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  My kids are in HEAVEN!

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After giving Daddy a kiss, Paxton decided his kitty need one too…..

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But it needed to be on the lips.  He worked very hard to find that kitties lips!

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I have never been a real cat lover, but Saprina has captured my heart, and her babies are PRECIOUS!  I sneak out to hold them whenever I get a chance! 🙂

~T

OH Pax! No-no!

  Destiny and Tylan did NOT prepare us for Avery and Paxton. 

Guess the Lord likes to keep us as parents humble, doesn’t He? 

The first 2 were easy, laid back, didn’t get into trouble much, were very tender-hearted and then…….

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We had Avery.095

  Sunshine to thunder clouds and back, all in a matter of minutes. 

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No middle ground. 

 Crabitha I will never forget when she was 5 months old and threw her first fit, arching her back and practically sliding down my leg, limp as a spaghetti noodle.  I gasped and stared at Dale across the room, whose mouth had also dropped open.  We knew then, we were in for a WHOLE new ballgame!

    I wouldn’t have it any other way, my sweet, sassy little Peanut!

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  Then there is Paxton, who takes Mischievous to a whole new level. 

He is the naughty to her theatrics.

  Did I tell you about the time I went out to photograph Banana Caramel Pinterest Pie and when I came back he had dragged over a kitchen chair and helped himself?

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How about the morning where he dumped the entire bowl of Oatmeal on his head?

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Or, when he dumped flour all over the place?  Escaped out the back door for the first time, or helped himself to the contents of the fridge?

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   In the last 2 weeks it has been as follows: 

Threw his binky in the toilet.  (Yes, the toilet was being used, otherwise the lid is not allowed to be left open. Yuck.)

Threw Avery’s special prayer bunny in the toilet, again it was being used.  Ew.

Hit Avery in the head with Dale’s golf club.

Hit Avery in the head with a golf ball.

Hit Avery in the head with her high-heeled church shoes.

Hit Avery in the head with a utensil. 

Hit Avery in the head with a train.

Poor Avery needs a helmet!  Paxton will smack his own bottom afterwards, “No no”, he says. 

  If you know it’s a no-no, THEN QUIT, DUDE!  Your sisters health depends on it!

  This torment seems mostly directed at Avery, as you can tell!  He just frustrates Destiny when he trashes her room and Ty when he knocks down his lego towers.

  He stands at the island to “help” with supper, those little grabby hands dumping salt and noodles faster than I can stop him.

  I clean up water messes at least 5 times a day as he crawls up on to the table and dumps his siblings cups out, then plays in them.

{Sigh}  A mother’s job is never done it seems.  If it’s quiet and you can’t find Pax, don’t walk, RUN to find him. You will be sorry otherwise!

  Now, our latest issue is……….

Markers.

  I hide them, he somehow finds them.  I hide them again, higher.  He finds them again, using a kitchen chair to do his job.  Hopefully they are all so high he can’t reach them (I barely can) and this will stop.  OF COURSE, I didn’t think to take a photo of my “decorated” walls, doors, couch and carpet before I scrubbed them, but here is how he looked afterwards:

(When he first came to me, I was very concerned that he was bleeding. This quickly turned to exasperation, as I realized he had found yet another marker!) 

Oh my gracious sakes! Who drew marker all over the walls?

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Ok, ok, you are right.  It was me.  {sigh}

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  I decorated my sock, too!  See?

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What do you mean that is a “No no”?

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This is some of my BEST work!

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You aren’t going to tell Daddy about this, right?!

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You ARE????????

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Sorry about the mess, Momma.

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Even though I am naughty, you think I’m pretty cute, don’t cha!?”

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Come on, you know you do……

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I sure love you, Momma!  I will be a good boy now.

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Sweet baby Tank, what would my life be without you and your siblings?  I love that each and every one of you are different and special in your own way!

  God is good and life with kids is great, so we’ll just smile and roll with it!  🙂

~T 

Easter Weekend

  I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Easter Weekend with those you loved most as we celebrated our risen Lord!

  It’s late, we just got home from a fun-filled evening and I still need to make my grocery list and cut coupons, so here are some pictures from our weekend….

~T  🙂

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I have no idea what Pax is doing in this next pic, but it was TOOOOO funny not to take a picture!

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Easter Dinner at Uncle Dan & Aunt Gena’s house:

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Trouble makers!

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Now, look ferocious!

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Hiding from the bullets inside……

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Dale was trying to hit my lens.  Close, but no cigar buddy!

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Our poor table centerpiece, The Resurrection Garden, never did grow like it was supposed to!

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Grandma’s YUMMY beet juice dyed Deviled Eggs! Delish!

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Lettuce Wraps, recipe coming TOMORROW!   🙂

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Lemon Raspberry Angel Cake: coming sometime! 

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Hope you had a Happy Resurrection Day!
Love, the 4 little Ferguson’s

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