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Prom 2017

Since this blog is the closest I’ll probably ever get to scrapbooking, I thought I’d best get these pics up. Memories from Prom 2017 in a somewhat random order.๐Ÿ“ธ

Grandma & Grandpa were kind enough to let us use their place for pictures on a drizzly, cold day…๐ŸŒง 




So fun that Aunt Jenny flew in to surprise the boys this week!โค She got to see one baseball game and then shared her fashion expertise with us prom rookies, lol…๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ˜Š


















Then we all headed to the high school for the Promenade…๐Ÿ˜€  

A few pics of two super special, beautiful couples (not that I’m biased or anything)…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜




Can you see the mental prepping going on?๐Ÿ˜‚


Priceless expressions, lol!๐Ÿ˜‚


It worked!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ


Love all these kids and am thankful we had the opportunity to capture these memories this weekend.โค

Farmily fun with Flat Stanley

Got a fun assignment from Arizona last week… ๐ŸŒต

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I decided to turn it into a blog post for a couple reasons. First, because I am THE WORST at being prompt at mailing packages out. [Like birthdays, for example. I still have my mom’s August 25th b-day gift sitting on a table waiting to go to the post office. I mean, the gift is DONE and ready…all I need to do is mail it! ๐Ÿ˜”] And second, I am THE WORST at getting pictures printed… We don’t have a color printer, so the procedure to get a picture printed is just more than I can handle, lol… Especially when the printer at our local Rite Aid doesn’t seem to ever be able to read our travel drives! ๐Ÿ˜ก

Soooo, to my brother, Mark: Hope this post can count as completing Abbi’s assignment – and if you want to print any of these pictures out, you’ll get them quicker than any I’d send from here! ๐Ÿ˜ฌI’ll place Flat Stanley and his new wardrobe in mom’s package and try to get it shipped tomorrow… ๐Ÿ‘

Now: on to our adventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š

First thing we had to do was prepare Flat Stanley with proper “farm” attire… Custom-made a pair of muck boots for him and introduced him to the dairy girls during the morning’s milking. ๐ŸฎHere he is with the boys and ScotchTape:

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Next he helped me hand milkers to the boys…๐Ÿ‘

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Then he “hung” with me in the milkhouse… ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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And he helped me bottle the milk. He MAY have taste-tested the milk when I wasn’t looking…not sure how else he may have gotten a milk mustache… ๐Ÿ˜ง

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He liked our cats, too. Though they weren’t interested in sharing their milk with him…๐Ÿ˜ผ

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He wanted to get an up-close look at the calves, so we brought him to see them… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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He chose the wrong wire to hold onto and was a little “shocked”… [It was a “hair-raising” experience! ๐Ÿ˜‰]

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Then he almost turned into a snack, but Uncle Mike saved him… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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Didn’t take long and everybody just went back to business… โ˜บ๏ธ

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Then he helped me frost Uncle Mike’s birthday brownies… ๐Ÿซ

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And posed for a selfie with Michael… ๐Ÿ˜

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He fit perfectly in Uncle Mike’s phone pocket on the 4-wheeler, so he was ready for a ride with the boys…๐ŸŒž

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They took him to see the dairy girls grazing in their field…๐Ÿ„

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Fixed him up with a Terriers shirt to root for Michael’s baseball team, and then he partied with us as we shared a dessert celebration for Uncle Mike after the rainy game. Even Aunt Jenny got in on the fun! ๐ŸŽ‰

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That’s it! Some farm, some family, and some fun. Thanks for sending Flat Stanley to us, Abbi! ๐Ÿ’Œ

๐Ÿ˜˜,
Aunt Dawn, Uncle Mike, Michael, & Paul

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Paul – 14

Celebrated Paul’s 14th birthday this weekend. After browsing through his birthday post from last year, I’d say he’s grown another 3-4 inches since then. He’s a couple inches taller than Mike now… Probably puts him at 6’3″ or so. Every time I go to hug him I get less face and more neck, lol… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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To kick off Paul’s b-day weekend, both boys enjoyed a Friday night out with Aunt Jenny & Uncle Matt…LOTS of food and a Mighty Ducks game. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Tryouts for 2015 Stark County Terriers began this weekend, and both boys are trying out for the 16U team. Such PERFECT weather for baseball! We always enjoy watching Michael & Paul on the field together. Whether they make the team or not, it’s been a good experience so far… โšพ๏ธ

Aunt Jenny’s birthday is just 2 days before Paul’s, so we celebrated them both together yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜

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And today we took Paul to get his very own SabreCat Bat made. His is the same size and weight as Michael’s, but his color and finishing details are a little different. He’s excited to try it out in the cages soon. โšพ๏ธ

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Here’s a shot of the boys at lunch, while we waited for Paul’s bat to dry… โค๏ธ

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And now my 3 boys are ending the day at a movie in the discount movie theater, and I sit in the parking lot of statcare around the corner to take advantage of free wifi, lol. Feels good to have a few minutes to blog again. ๐Ÿ˜Š

a SabreCat bat

We had a wooden bat made for Michael’s 15th birthday this weekend. How can he be 15??? ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the teams Michael plays on (Canton Terriers-16U team) recommended SabreCat Batsย  for a good, quality, wooden bat.


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We really enjoy supporting small, local businesses when we can. It was cool to be able to watch them make the bat from beginning to end. ๐Ÿ™‚

Michael’s bat is made from ash wood, 33″ long, and 30 oz. weight.

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Cutting the end off…

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Michael with the two owners, Rob Roberts and Eric Thorne.

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We went out to lunch while they painted the barrel red…

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Came back in time to watch it get laser engraved…

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“Cupping” the end of the bat…

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A boy and his bat… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks to Ohio HB-59, he’s able to try out for Sandy Valley’s team, too. Here he is, trying out his new bat that’s just a couple hours old!

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Snowmen from old socks

This idea was originally from a Facebook craft post that was circulating last year – snowmen made from old socks, filled with rice. It seemed like a doable idea for us, since we always have holey socks… AND I’ve been searching for a craft to use up some old dried beans that I had bought before we started growing our own a few years ago. Soooo, my snowmen are filled with dried beans, instead. Worked like a charm! ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides the rubberbands, I also tied string around them as a safety precaution. (Because at our house, rubber bands break quite often and usually at inopportune moments, lol!) ๐Ÿ™‚

By far, this was my favorite craft this Christmas! Just some tacky glue, my hot glue gun, and a plethora of miscellaneous odds and ends I keep for future projects. I’d STILL be makin’ them, but I ran out of beans, even after buying 10 more pounds of them at the Dollar Store, lol! I have a feeling I may cave and buy more beans so I can create more of these cuties during the year… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Puzzle piece frames

A friend retired from teaching a couple years ago & gave us a bunch of puzzles she found when cleaning out her schoolroom. One of the larger puzzles was missing pieces, but I just couldn’t throw them away… So in a coffee can they went – just waiting to be transformed into SOMETHING… ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess this was the year! My original plan was to make ornaments, but I wasn’t happy with any of my samples. Then I became enamored with the words “peace” and “piece”, and this frame/pic is the end result. ๐Ÿ™‚

Very indicative of the journey the Lord has us on… ๐Ÿ™‚

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