Lillie’s 5th Birthday

Lillie’s birthday is really the 20th, but we celebrated this weekend so that her cousins could come. She went to the park with them and returned to find her pirate theme party all set up.

Sophie made a sign. The house smelled like smoke for a long while…

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Mommy made the cake…

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Daddy planned an awesome treasure hunt. Lillie’s nemesis, “Bad Beard” buried a treasure somewhere around here and when he ran off he dropped a coin. The large coin had a clue on it and the kids were off…

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The treasure was buried in the backyard, the kids dug it up and found pirate swords, eye patches and silly string.

Sorry this one is sideways but it was too cute not to include…

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Summer Fun

It’s the first summer that the girls and I have had together and we made the most of it. We had camps and trips, of course. But there was also a tree top library for a week; books hauled up and down in a basket. We had two days of a complicated razr scooter speedway in the living room, complete with a crossing guard (Lillie in a girl scout uniform). The girls passed endless days teaching various preschools of bunnies, kitties, dollies and little sisters. Here is a summer highlight.

Sophie got a new bike.

She’s been growing like a weed and was very excited to have a bike that fits and isn’t pink.

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Shad and the girls made strawberry jam from berries we picked…

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We went to Spanaway, WA to visit family for the 4th of July.

We rented paddle boats.

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Lillie with the paddle boats

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Shad and Sophie in the paddleboat

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Shad, Lillie and Rebecca

There are very nice fireworks in Washington, far more spectacular than the ones we are used to.

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Uncle Barry helping Sophie light a bottle rocket

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Lillie was very responsible with her bottle rocket

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The kids taking turns lighting fireworks with Uncle Barry

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Uncle Greg won a baking contest through coercion and intimidation. What a nice family tradition!

There were a lot of Fashion Shows.

All summer  Sophie and Cenna dressed up Lillie and made Shad and I watch the little shows they put on.

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Cenna, Lillie and Sophie playing Fashion Show

We went to the Cabin a few times

On this day, Shad took the girls to a cabin for a day with their cousins.

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Sophie and Julia by the fire in the cabin

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Julia, Noah and Lillie

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Lillie playing at the creek

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Shad and Lillie by the creek at the cabin

We had visitors, too…

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Aunt Alex came for a few days between work and school sessions and the girls really enjoyed having her here.

Sophie, Alex and Cenna

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At Marine Corp Family day with Uncle Poulo, doing a scary, swinging thing to Lillie, a move actually called, “Pouloing”

The girls went to the fair with Granmolly

The fair had a day when you could get in free if you brought a vegetable dressed up. You only had to have one vegetable, but somehow they kept multiplying…

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The girls really loved photographing them, if you want to see more, I have about 600 more.

The vegetables passed the “looks like a person” test and the girls spent the day at the fair with Granmolly.

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Lillie on the giant swings

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Lillie playing a game at the fair

We bunny-sat for the family across the street.

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Yes, I let her put the bunny in doll clothes, but only for a minute.

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Sophie and the bunny

Dress up parties were a frequent occurrence …

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Sophie, Cenna and Lillie having Shirley Temples, pound cake and pretzels.

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Lillie, Christina, Sophie and Cenna having a tea party

Uncle Poulo took us sailing on his boat…

(Sorry,  some of these are sideways.)

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Shad, Lillie and Poulo

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Captain Lillie Morgan

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So that – plus a lot more- was our summer. School starts tomorrow. Sophie is entering 3rd grade and Lillie is starting Kindergarten. More fun to come!

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Timber!

Jason was kind enough to come help us deal with one of the big nuisance of our backyard – the pointless pine tree.

Jason halfway up the tree cutting branches off…

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Shad in the tree, taking his turn with the saw…

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And so, we thought, how often is there a tree ladder in your backyard, just there for the climbing? We all took a turn, most of them going a lot higher than I did.

Here is Sophie…

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And now the pine tree is but a stump. The backyard is so much sunnier! But also now there is a camouflage thing about 10 inches off the ground in the middle of my backyard. Time to get a stump grinder!

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Out with the Cousins

Shad’s brother’s children were in town so Granmolly and I took the kids swimming. Noah and Julia are 9 months older than Lillie, but all together they make a perfect set of triplets.

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Great Room pictures

I spent the entire weekend spring cleaning the kitchen, so I thought I would celebrate with a few before and after photos of the common areas of the home, essentially a great room.

The Entry/Dining

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Removed carpet and linoleum, new light fixture, painted walls, removed a cabinet and got new window treatments…

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More views:

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From the hallway looking into the kitchen on one side and the living room on the other.

We remodeled the fireplace and of course, paint and carpet removal.

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From the living room looking at the wall by the hall and the entry. Here we removed the huge sliding glass door and replaced it with French doors and a picture window. The desk is a double sided desk so that Shad and I can work at the same time. Sophie does her homework there so that she can be with the family. The large white cupboard is full of the girls’ games and toys (the idea was that it would keep their room cleaner, good luck) We also added taller baseboards.

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MORE VIEWS OF THE LIVING ROOM:

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