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Friday, January 23, 2009

Project 365, Day 16 (1-16-09) Sometimes, you've got to.

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“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, everyday, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” ~ Christopher Morley

Project 365, Day 15 (1-15-09) Zabra and 'Raf

Meet Logan's two pals, Zabra and Raf.

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Logan has had them since he was about 8 months old and still sleeps with him every night. (Is he going to hate me for posting that some day?) They didn't earn names until Logan learned to speak, and then it was "Zabra" and "Raf" for "zebra" and "giraffe".

These two have seen Logan through sickness, nightmares, and even surgery (they had their own hospital bracelets, even!). And though you can see that they have been 'well loved', they are still the best pals a kid could ask for. :)

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"Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons." ~Author Unknown

Project 365, Day 14 (1-14-09) Pint-sized Picasso

Liz received the coolest Christmas gift from my Dad and step mom... Crayola Color Wonder Paintbrushes and paper! If you haven't heard of the Color Wonder line... let me tell you... genius! This line of products is composed of art utensils that do not leave a mark on anything but the special Color Wonder paper. Love it. Liz does, too!

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"Every artist was at first an amateur." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Congratulations, WENDY!!!! (Project 365, Day 13 1-13-09)

Congratulations goes out to Wendy Rasbak, winner of the free photography session from Monson Photography!

Here she is (left) with Vanessa VerStrat, owner of The Scrapbook Nook... both looking lovely as can be! :)

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Congratulations, Wendy! I'm thoroughly looking forward to photographing your family in 2009!

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." ~Ansel Adams

Project 365, Day 12 (1-12-09) Candy. Everywhere.

When is this vicious cycle going to end? We had HOARDS of Halloween candy...got rid of that...then it was pinata candy from a birthday party. Got rid of most of that... then it's Christmas candy. And Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

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"Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate." ~Sandra Boynton

Project 365, Day 11 (1-11-09) What was I thinking?

So... when I ran into Shop 'n Save to get Jackson's birthday yesterday, I spotted these SUPER CUTE cookies (didn't take 'before' pics...darn...). They were sugar cookies, but they were 3D decorated with GOBS of frosting. Jacks got a puppy, Logan got a tiger, and Liz got the cow.

BLACK FROSTING? Seriously... what was I thinking?

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Really, Liz? I think you're going to need more than a napkin for that mess...

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"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand." ~ Unknown

Jackson is SIX! (Project 365, Day 10; 1-10-09)

At 2:33 this morning, my baby boy was officially six

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years old. Wow... time flies.

When I was pregnant with Jackson,

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we had a scare and had to undergo genetic counseling and a great deal of ultrasound screening. There was a chance he could have had Downs Syndrome or Trisomy 18. It was a very stressful time, but we were so glad to have our little man join us, healthy as can be, that day. He came into the world fiercely, not even waiting for the OB to arrive to deliver him.

We decided to get Jacks a puppet theater

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this year because he's had this 'thing' about making puppets out of brown paper lunch sacks. He must have about 20 of them.

We also made sure to get him some of his favorite 'junk food' as a special treat: Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, Brownie bites, Blue Kool-Aid, and mini oreos.

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First thing in the morning, Jacks opened all of his gifts

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and then ate his favorite breakfast..."pan-a-cakes".

We all cleaned up and got dressed, and I made sure that mom and dad had a picture with the birthday boy before we headed out. I try to do this on each child's birthday so that they'll have at least one photo of them alone with me and Marc for each year of their life.

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Did I mention that Jackson doesn't like kisses? Not even from his own mama?

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We typically have a party for birthdays, but this year we decided to spend the day enjoying our little family and making everything super special for Jacks.

And oh, we had special plans, we did! Everyone was excited and raring to go!

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First stop, Toys R Us. Everyone has had Christmas $$ burning a hole in their pocket, and TRU is one of Jacks' favorite places on Earth.

By the way, if you go to TRU on your child's birthday, they'll give you a balloon, a little bag of good stuff (coloring book, crayons, poster, etc), and a free meal at a local restaurant!

We did a little shopping...

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then went to eat at our favorite Muskegon restaurant, the Texas Roadhouse. The kids tried out the saddle

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and when we told the waitress it was Jackson's birthday, she hauled the saddle over to our table for him then quite loudly announced to the entire restaurant that it was his birthday. All of the patrons joined is in giving him a "Big Texas Roadhouse 'YEEEEE-HAW!!!!'" I don't think he was too traumatized by this

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but I guess we'll see in a few years if he developes a fear of steak houses.

We played at Chuck E Cheese for awhile, did some more shopping, and headed back to Ludington.

We grabbed a bite to eat, then headed over to the Best Western Splash Park Inn to stay in the family suite we'd reserved.

The boys enjoyed the pool

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and even more so, the water slide.

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They even made some new friends... two brothers named... get this... Logan and Jackson! Ha! I got some truly fabulous action shots of my Logan going down the water slide with his new friend Logan, but I'll just post this one that doesn't show the little cutie's face, as I did not ask permission from his parents to post those here.

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Liz wasn't so much into the swimming. She preferred staying on the sidelines eating Cheetos.

We went back to the room and let the kids roam wild...

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okay... I guess that was a meager representation of 'wild'.

Then sir Jackson

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was presented with his cake

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and made the day official by blowing out his six candles.

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Disclaimer: I just realized this is the second post I've posted that shows my kids devouring junk food... just so you know, this is reserved for really special occasions. I'm actually kind of a veggie pusher, so don't get the wrong idea. :)

"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." ~Larry Lorenzoni