Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

"We're back, Pitches!"

Carter and I have been obsessed with Pitch Perfect lately!  So, with no school or daycare tomorrow, we took her BFF’s Alexis and Amelia to Pitch Perfect 2!
They went in girls; they came out DIVAS!
(well, maybe one was always a diva 😉  )


Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Summer starts NOW!

I managed to get everyone out of the house without noticing our “IT’S SUMMER!” banner on the door … or the water guns ready to shoot out summer!
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They were excited to come home to this!!!
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My partner in crime!
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Crazy faces: On the attack, but GETTING attacked!
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Riiiiiight … like you stood a chance against Daddy!

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You know when you shoot Carter in the back, you’re gonna pay for it!
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I adore that soaked, summer smile!
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Soaking wet, happy hearts!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

School's out for the SUMMER!

<You know you sang it!>
What a great year both Carter and Charlie have had.  So much growing up has occurred in preschool and 4th grade.  We couldn’t be more proud of these outstanding little people.
And we are VERY EXCITED for summer vacation!
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Then: The start of preschool & 4th grade
Now: The end, our summer, and two amazing kids that I get to spend the next 3 months with!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Charlie's 2nd Tball game

He really IS a Cubby at heart!  HA!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie


It’s rainy.  It’s cold.  What the heck do you do on a day like this?  You go learn and explore and giggle at the Science Center!
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They could watch the pendulum all day!
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Babe in a bubble!  She got nearly all the way in before it popped!
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Who knew he had the gentle touch of bubble blowing?!

Carter made an animation, “To a Butterfly,” using the Maker’s animation station

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

981 camps out!

Well, sort of!  The Great Outdoors was a little too wild for some of Troop 981, so we “roughed it”  in the backyard.
And good times were had by all!
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The set up – pretty sweet!
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Madison, SaraGrace, Carter, Jayce, Kylie, Alexis, Sarah, Madi J., Megan, Madi and Alexis: Sisters!
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Dinner is served: Weiners (yes, they thought that was hilarious!) and S’mores.  At one point, I had two s’mores in hand as Amelia was asking for my next s’more order!  Gotta love these girls!
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Megan and Carter, enjoying dinner!
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Carter and Madison sharing giggles and a blanket

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Our motley crew: Troop 981!
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And the chaos in my tent with Alexis, Alexis, Amelia, and Carter, talking Truth or Dare and kissing boys!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

The Rainbow Connection

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide

So we’ve been told
And some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see
Some day we’ll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me

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I hope there never comes a day when you lose your fascination with the world around you, and your beautiful outlook all that surrounds you <3
Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Never a dull dinner …

With this one, every meal is an ADVENTURE!
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You’re always on the defensive, not sure if you’re gonna get whacked in the face with a “SpoonFork”!
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You may get Sketti-Eye.  And you most definitely will bust a gut in laughter!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Breakfast with Ankeny's finest!

Ankeny’s Firemen’s Breakfast:
There is no great group of people taking care of a better city … or serving a better breakfast!  Thank you for all you do, AFD!
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These two keepin’ Ankeny safe!
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The fire brigade, ready to serve and protect!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Open Season: Water Balloons!

It’s officially open season for water balloon fights!

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And when their balloons were gone, Mommy and Daddy armed themselves with their own balloons and took fire!  Happy Hunting!