Breakfast at Amphora

Though trying not to dwell on the sad aspect of moving away from NoVa, we have been savoring the time we get with beloveds here. When Kel and Paula and the girls had a chance to get together with us for breakfast, we jumped at the chance.

So grateful that our friendship won’t end when our address changes, but awfully sad to realize that these opportunities for last minute dates and dinners after church are drawing to a close.

We love you four!

Looks like a Senior High picture to me.

Looks like a Senior High picture to me.

It's good to have friends to snuggle.

It’s good to have friends to snuggle.

Trying to be normal...

Trying to be normal…

Trying to be sort of normal...

Trying to be sort of normal…

Giving up any attempt at normal...

Giving up any attempt at normal…

Thanks to Paula for sharing these great pictures!

More Minidoah Time

Another post that is many months old. This shows some of the beautiful time we had out in The Valley working on Minidoah with other Partners. The treehouse is well past this point now, and we’re looking forward to getting time to actually play inside it on a rainy day.

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Buster’s Birthday Week

Because The Buster’s Birthday was on a Wednesday, and Buds was out of town on his birthday, we started his birthday on Wednesday, and carried it through the weekend.

There were some presents to open on his birthday, and it was a bit of a present to see Dad all dressed up as he prepared to fly out on a business trip. That alone made the day memorable.

The best fun of the whole week was Uncle Zach and his strawberry misadventure. He was a great sport.

Uncle Z Eats A Strawberry

Now, since I’m writing this up on June 23rd, two months post-birthday, as I’m sitting in our home between potential buyers on Open House Day, I’m going to have to let the pictures tell the story, because I can’t remember the whole story.

Dressy Dad.

Dressy Dad.

Color creation.

Color creation.

Our first attempt at fondant.

Our first attempt at fondant.

Birthday Feast

Birthday Feast

Sweet-faced birthday boy.

Sweet-faced birthday boy.

Working over the fondant.

Working over the fondant.

It's stretchy!

It’s stretchy!

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It takes a steady hand.

It takes a steady hand.

Working hard.

Working hard.

Dad had to step in for this creation.

Dad had to step in for this creation.

Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

Working and thinking so hard.

Working and thinking so hard.

Placement.

Placement.

The final touches on the cake.

The final touches on the cake.

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Proud creator.

Proud creator.

Minecraft Battles

Minecraft Battles

The birthday lunch as chosen by the boy.

The birthday lunch as chosen by the boy.

A sooth-me all to himself.

A sooth-me all to himself.

Traveling in style.

Traveling in style.

In jail

In jail

Two scoops

Two scoops

Delicious

Delicious

A mouthful

A mouthful

The Birthday Bag from Grandma Iowa

The Birthday Bag from Grandma Iowa

Birthday Burpees at CrossFit Fairfax.

Birthday Burpees at CrossFit Fairfax.

Birthday Luncheon #2

Birthday Luncheon #2

Birthday gathering

Birthday gathering

The gift from Monkey.

The gift from Monkey.

What do you think?

What do you think?

I can devour these books!

I can devour these books!

Presents, presents, presents.

Presents, presents, presents.

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Happy Guy!

Happy Guy!

Farm Museum for another birthday treat.

Farm Museum for another birthday treat.

Make believe is the best!

Make believe is the best!

Yessa Ingalls Wilder

Yessa Ingalls Wilder

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Buster's Birthday Present to himself.

Buster’s Birthday Present to himself.

Much loved Buster on his 9th birthday. That about sums it up.

Chick Flicks

Friend Chloe got to raise chicks for a few weeks as her birthday present for the second year in a row. We loved going to visit them last year, so we trekked over to meet the new peeps again this year.

It took Yessa awhile to warm up to the idea of touching and holding the chicks, but eventually she was thrilled with it.

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