Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Little Bit of April


This month is FULL. And we're not even a third of the way through!
So many good things to come, mixed with a few of those nights when I whine in the dark about how unmanageable life feels.

Deep breath.
We can sleep when we're dead.

All of that, right?

Here's what we've been up to so far:


The weather can't make up its mind, in classic Northern Indiana style.
When it's feeling cooperative, we go to the park or take a walk.
These are the days when I think dumb things like, "We'll take long walks every dayyyyy!"

And then June hits and we're all, "Meh. It's cooler inside."

Gersh.

(oh my word don't show this to any kid grade 4 or above at Chamberlain elementary school, promise?)



We're busy flinging gravel around and wearing mulch in our hair.

(Sidenote: If I could freeze Silas at this cuddly, wiry, front-toothless stage, honest to goodness, I might. He has reached his peak cuteness.)

Calvin is working hard at TKD.

Ruby has gotten the hang of tennis. Chica is so strong. Also, #lefty.

 

These two can't decide how they feel about each other, but I'm happy Cory captured them in an agreeable moment.

 
We walked right past all the chain link and random carpet remnants in the alley (??? I thought alleys were just for old tires, but whatever.) and showed up for Easter Sunday, where nothing mattered except the hearts who gathered and the Reason we came.

For all the angst I've felt over The Church over my lifetime, my heart is healing, bit by bit.


I surprised Rubes and took her to pick out an Easter dress. Guys, I have never done this before.
I don't think she even knew "Easter dress" was a thing.

In related news, I have bought umpteen egg dyeing kits over the years with the noblest of intentions and my kids have NEVER dyed eggs.

Fail!

It's not you, Easter. It's me.






We hunted eggs. More than once.
Yesterday I let each kid pick 10 pieces of candy to keep, then threw an entire grocery bag FULL away.

Ain't no bunny trying to eat fifty-five Laffy Taffy's.

(I hoarded the Reese's PB eggs in the freezer, but if you tell them, I will kick you in both shins.)

We spent some time near water, with people we love.
 
Calvin begged to bring this guy home and not a day has passed since that he hasn't said to me, "I miss my turtle..."

And I'm just over the turtle. I lack turtle empathy. I didn't get the turtle gene.
Enough about the turtle!

Sue me.

Incidentally, when did Ruby turn 19?

She is the dreamiest of all the dreamies. Her heart is pure gold.
I can't stop staring at it.

So that's us, April 2.015.3

Now I'm making up weird codes that only seemed funny and clever in theory.

Goodbye forever,
SDM


*Photo credit for all photos except one goes to the famous Jailchap. 

28 comments:

  1. "Goodbye forever"???? What? Just joshin I hope.

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  2. You've done this before on a past post ending with this "goodbye forever" nonsense. Knock it off. You're freaking me out. Cheers Lady! :)

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  3. Love seeing photos of your beautiful family living everyday life. What is that bench Silas and Avery are sitting on? Have we seen this before? I would love to see more of it <3
    Gloria

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  4. Loved the pictures! You have lovely kiddos.......but so do I, so big deal. Right? :D Yay for Sunshine and Green Everywhere and Parked Cars with that swallow-me-up warmth when you crawl inside.... Cheers!

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  5. Loved your spring photos. I enjoy a glimpse into your life via blogs. Am a longtime follower-met you in Allegan last summer. It starts again the end of this month. Won't be able to get there until May this year. Happy Spring!

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  6. We've got to meet up at Fiddler before you hole up in June. :)

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  7. We've got to meet up at Fiddler before you hole up in June. :)

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  8. I love your view of life right now. It's just refreshing in a quirky sort of way. ;)

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  9. What great photos. Love the one of you walking to church. Well, I loved all the pictures. Ruby is growing up so fast right now. She is beautiful. I don't know how you will ever be able to let that sweet adorable little girl leave. She just fits right in. So glad you passed on the turtle. My older kids brought one home to our son when he was young. He named it Twister after the tornado movie. Twister lasted here a couple of years, I couldn't take it any more. His tank was stinky. He would only eat meal worms. What an experience. We gave him to a pre-schooler of mine and he returned to the outdoors.

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  10. I won't rat you out on the Reese's PB eGgs - they are the one thing I absolutely refuse to share.

    I love all the things! But - Ruby + Cory? My heart. ❤️

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  11. Love seeing photos of your beautiful family living everyday life. What is that bench Silas and Avery are sitting on? Have we seen this before? I would love to see more of it <3
    Gloria

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  12. Shannon, These children!! Bea-u-ti-ful....just beautiful. Looks like spring has sprung and all is right (as right as it can be) with your world. Thanks for the lovely post!....forever is such a long time....10.2015.41.okiedokie...
    Pamm

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  13. Shannan, have you blogged about gave you "angst over the church?" You've mentioned this before, so I wondered what happenend, or didn't happen. I always worry about this with my own children - although I know their faith must be their own. Hope I'm not being nosy.

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  14. Ruby is such a beautiful young lady. My goodness! Breathtaking. Loved reading about your April =) Are you coming to Woman of Faith in Charlotte NC in October? If so, I'd love to say hello and grab a pic with my fav blogger ;) Might invite Shanna and we could do a sister pic! Speaking of "pets".... my son brought an inch worm named Inchy into the house, naturally, but lost him in the house. LOST HIM IN THE HOUSE. ...for real... I'd settle for a turtle in a box lol! At least that wouldn't end up on the bottom of a shoe or who-knows-where!

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  15. Beautiful fam. Ruby looks like she's a teenager though!!!

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  16. Your kiddos are so beautiful. We have been sick since pretty much Easter at our house - on this most gorgeous week - fevers and coughs galore. So I am living vicariously through your photos today. (Except I am glad we have avoided turtles thus far. I'm an only cats and dogs for pet kind of person - and really only dogs since I'm allergic to cats. :) )

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  17. those eyes on baby sis - all the heart eyes!

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  18. That's funny about Ruby's reaction to the Easter dress. My mother-in-law were talking about that this Easter - that we used to do that as kids, but it seems like it's not so common any more. I used to get a dress, hat, and GLOVES, up until I was about 10 years old. :-) Ruby looks beautiful in hers!!

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  19. you're the best. i always find myself smiling outloud

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  20. I just wanted to tell you thanks again for coming to share with us in Kansas, it was such an encouraging time for me and a much needed break!

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  21. So this is the first year our kids have ever dyed eggs (at least with me) and quite possibly the last ! Ha! we wound up with pink dye all over the floor and while my hubby was cleaning it, the blue dye spilled. We still have a pink tint on the floor. Ha! Funny memories, now anyways!

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  22. So this is the first year our kids have ever dyed eggs (at least with me) and quite possibly the last ! Ha! we wound up with pink dye all over the floor and while my hubby was cleaning it, the blue dye spilled. We still have a pink tint on the floor. Ha! Funny memories, now anyways!

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  23. Love it all! Beautiful dress for Ruby! You know I love me some animals but I have got to say no to turtles! Maddie had a "pet" turtle that "ran away" when she was 7. It "chewed" it's way out of a cardboard box. Well, who knew that would happen?!

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  24. I love the pictures of your family doing family stuff!

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  25. I have to say,I miss a church with pews and hymnals........

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