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February 28, 2011

twenty-five months

I am excited to report that Charlie has decided to pronounce the long "e" at the end of words, such as Audrey, Channy and Charlie. He used to do this just fine but hasn't for quite a while, instead using a short "a" sound. One day out of the blue, he just started saying things correctly.

Charlie's behavior has gone up and down over the last few months, but this month he has been what we refer to as a perfect gentleman. There have been the usual tiffs with his sister and such, of course. That's my good, sweet boy!

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February 23, 2011

have a seat

I bring a new storage container in the house and everyone has to sit in it!

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February 18, 2011

big cat

Since the weather was mild today, we took a trip to the free zoo. We got to see most of the usual animals, including a couple of wolves close up. No otters today, though, and we couldn't find the elk in their wooded area.

The biggest difference was the mountain lions. Both of them were out and about. Most days they are hiding in their rock alcove. One even sat on the bench by the observation glass and started licking the glass while Charlie was standing right there. That caused him to jump a bit and exclaim "big cat licking me!"

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February 14, 2011

happy valentines day

Todd and I showed Audrey and Charlie a little extra love this morning by giving them each a book.

When I asked Audrey is she wanted to make Todd a card for valentines day, she told me she wanted to make him a crown. Todd is now the king of valentines!

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double tutu

Today was another wear any dancewear day for ballet class. Audrey doesn't have much to choose from, but decided to double up with both the petal-filled tutu she wore last time and her smaller dress up dance skirt.

Before and after class the girls spend their time running around this pole.

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February 10, 2011

crafty valentine

Audrey's pre-school class is exchanging valentines and I thought it would be nice for Audrey and I to make something. I cut out shapes for Audrey to decorate and she tired of it after not even half. With 20 children and two teachers in her class, I think it was a little over ambitious for us.

We did finish all of them and here is the finished product: tootsie roll pops made to look like flowers. Cute, but a lot of work.

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February 03, 2011

all the track

With neighbor Colin's help, we built a railway this morning that incorporated every piece of train track we have. Colin has been wanting to come over to play trains for ever. During the fall when we were all playing out in the yard, he used to make up excuses to come inside and would try to sneak over to the trains.

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February 02, 2011

snowpocolypse 2011

Imagine Audrey's delight to wake up to almost three feet of snow this morning! Charlie had a rare morning nap so we bundled up and got to work on shoveling ourselves out.

Audrey and Colin had fun climbing and sliding down the snow drifts that were taller than them and throwing snowballs.

Once the driveway and sidewalk were cleared, thanks to the help of the best neighbors in the world, we went back inside for a snowed-in movie day.

Charlie joined us for round two outside.

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February 01, 2011


Audrey is quite the fashionista. She wants to wear these tights every chance she gets. And she just discovered these shoes from last summer and wears them constantly when in the house. At least she is sensible enough to know it is too cold outside for them.

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