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Sunday, September 23, 2018

To McFly

Dan and I joke that I fell in love with you before I fell in love with him. You certainly won me over from the very start with your happy disposition. You were there through everything. All of it.

Our second date was taking you for a walk in the park next to the apartments where Dan lived. You wanted to chase everything and say hello to everyone. We took you with us when we went to visit family for the holidays. You missed us whenever we were out of the room. And you chewed everything to show how much this bothered you. Chairs. Curtains. The bed. The car. Oh boy, you were a handful, but your love outshined all the puppy troubles.

You were there when Dan proposed. You were there when we brought Evan and Connor home. You were unbelievably patient with them without fail. You let them chase you, sit on you, crawl over you, and you only wanted love (and treats).

Everyone you met loved you. And you loved them. You would bounce up and down in excitement when Grandpa came over and gave you more treats than you probably needed. You watched out the window for Ms. Della to walk by because she always carries extra treats for the neighborhood dogs.

I can’t believe you won’t be there anymore when we come home or in the morning when I should be taking you out for our early morning walk. The clickety clack of your paws on the floor. The constant wagging and whacking of your tail on us and everything around you. Your dependability in eating every last crumb we dropped on the floor. The nightly chewy treat the boys would give you. We already miss all of this. The silence is deafening.

Saying goodbye to you was harder than I ever could have imagined. We love you, McFly. Good night, good boy.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Easter Celebrations

I love Easter. New beginnings. Spring. Bright colors. Church that morning. All of it. Like Christmas, without all the stress!

My company has an annual Easter party that the boys absolutely love. Bouncy houses, egg hunting, games, Bunny photos, what's not to love?

No idea what's up with Evan's expression here. Taking a cue from his little brother, perhaps?

Mid day, bright sun photographs are hard.

With their cousins, Landon and Liam. Between Landon's teenage I'm-too-old-for-this-pose and Connor's bizarre smile, this is definitely a keeper.

Dyeing eggs with the boys is always fun. And messy.

Connor became suit obsessed thanks to the movie Boss Baby. Evan couldn't be outdone, so they are two dapper dudes this year.

As usual, Evan is good for the pose.

Connor? I don't even know...

Nothing says Easter like Thor. Just go with me on this.

And, Scene.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

St. Paddy's Day Annual Bloopers

Seriously. Every. Year. I get my two Irish named kids in their green shirts and we go outside to try to take ONE good photo. Every year they give me a run for my money. I think they (ahem, Connor?) just might have a wee bit of Leprechaun in them after all.

Skywalker...it's Irish. Look it up.

Then there's Evan...(almost) always my golden child when it comes to posing for the camera.

We almost had it with this photo but I missed the focus a little bit.

Finally. I'll take it. Now where's that glass of wine? I've earned it.

Connor has his "half" birthday on St. Patrick's Day so for the past few years I've tried to get a comparison photo. Here's 3 1/2 to 4 1/2! He's outgrowing that baby face!

Photo note: different cameras, different lighting, just ignore the wonky colors going on here

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

4th Grade Valentine Party

I'm lucky that I can rearrange my schedule to attend most of my kids' school events. Realizing this was likely Evan's last elementary school class party, I'm so glad I could attend. There's just something so sweet about the tradition of passing out those tiny cards (although now they come with candy, bonus!) and playing games with your classmates.

With his wonderful teacher!

I like the hand hiding the answers. Such serious strategy involved!

Evan also got really interested in art this year and joined the Art Club. He's come home with some really amazing work, but I especially loved this one.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Evan Earns his Black Belt

February brought a pretty big milestone for Evan. After three years of hard work, he earned his 1st degree black belt in TaeKwonDo. He started this journey in a summer camp and never quit. We are so proud of him!

With his instructor and the co-owner of the Academy.

Somewhere along the way, Evan talked me into joining him. I've kept this pretty under wraps as a personal journey, but I've grown to love it and all of the friends we've made at the school.

Now we just need to talk Dan into it!

This next set is from his first Black Belt class.

Putting on his fierce face!