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The day after we cut our tree, we continued our second annual tradition of tree trimming and hot cocoa with marshmallows in it.  There was a lot of spilling but it's a cozy little tradition.  Another tradition might be how fast Nate gives up on getting any decent picture of the kids in front of the tree after it's done :)             4 comments...

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  Eden was had a fever and couldn't attend Jack's bday, but Canaan was sure to bring home a mask and cape for her too.     Saw a masking tape maze on Pinterest that I mentioned to Nate, came home and this was Canaan's bedroom.  He loved it and many trains, trucks, cars and animals made their way through the maze.  I love that Nate did such a good job.  It would have been smaller and simpler and annoying if I had done it!     This girl is so full of life. &...

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We went on our annual tree cutting adventure last Thursday.  Thursday morning has become our family time since Nate often works Saturday, Sunday or both.  The kids were more than a little confused about the difference between Christmas and Thanksgiving since they cut down a tree in the morning and ate a Tgiving turkey that night.     Eden was in rare form.  Let's just say we might have been content to leave her in the trees for an hour.  She did not want to walk or ...

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This weekend I completed my first color run.  (So this was about 2 months ago but I hadn't uploaded the photo to post with it til right now!)  Well, it wasn't an officially sponsored color run but it advertised the same concept.  It took place on the runway of the old airport, which made for a nice, flat, if somewhat boring, run.  Nate was working but Rich and Lisa Brown were gracious enough to hang with Canaan and Eden during the race.  And I was glad to have some of my...

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Nate surprised me two weeks before Halloween by suggesting we throw a costume party.  He's not usually the one trying to fill the house!  But I went with it and tried to keep it as simple as Nate wanted in terms of prep and planning.  People dressed up and people brought their favorite Halloween treat.  There were prizes for best costume and best treat.     We threw a bunch of pumpkins around our house, ghost candles and Nate put together a spooky soundtrack.  ...

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I guess I forgot to record this.  And I have better pictures but haven't downloaded from that camera yet.  We took a different approach to Halloween this year.  I decided our kids just aren't old enough for the community Halloween that's organized.  It's a great event but it was just a bit stressful hauling kids in and out of carseats every 3 blocks and Canaan was pretty overwhelmed by the crowd.  My kids are tiny, they are happy with 2 candies and so I took the minimali...

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For the past while the idea of parenting power struggles has been at the forefront of my mind.  Many of the books I've been reading, particularly those devoted to kids more like Canaan, talk about techniques to help avoid power struggles.  I've struggled with what this means for my parenting because on the one hand, when I do try to consciously avoid those power struggles I see a difference.  A difference in my child's attitude and a difference in how I feel toward him - both posi...

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I went to a sermon by Greg Boyd called "Abba and Abasis" earlier today and enjoyed 40 minutes of thought-provoking listening on parenting.  One of his three main points centered around the old African adage, "It takes a village to raise a child."  He talked about how North American conservatives today largely disagree with that statement but demonstrated that throughout history that has been the cultural norm.  In fact, I found it interesting to learn that it wasn't until after WW...

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I was so sad that our favorite photography (and friend) was leaving Quito for good last June.  And so, so excited when she decided to come back for a quick 2 week photography-full trip this October.  No questions.  We booked the first slot we could get.   I'm so excited about this shoot, both for the experience and final results.  I won't soon forget three adults (one carrying a small red bench on his shoulder) and two very blonde kids navigating the crowds around a down...

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It started out as a total fluke.  A family Christmas activity initiated by my brother-in-law.  You never could have told me I'd still be running 10 months later.  After the initial race with my family, I decided that running could be a place where I get to know and marvel at God in a different way.  Where I could see how far He can take me in a very physical way, just as I know He can in other ways as well.   I'm not gonna lie.  I don't like running.  It's not ...

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