In This New Chapter

October 30th, 2016

Life is really intense in this chapter of my life.  Fortunately, when I am finished with my orientation, I will be down to working just 2 nights a week.  While I am enjoying my work, I really miss my family.

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When I come home at night, my children look happier and healthier than I ever realized.

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One night they showed me their Lego cars and had a car race before going to bed.

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Here’s what I often do after I get home before I go to bed.

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After a heavy cardiac class, I was answering Andrew’s questions by drawing a visual (the heart and the path of the blood through it).

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This evening we took a break from our routines and had our neighbors over for a hot dog roast while we burned up our stick pile.

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This is just a little peek into our life at this time.

Pictures of the beach #3 (sand art)

September 30th, 2016

Every time we go to the beach at some point there is a sandcastle/sand art contest.

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Rachel enjoyed helping Grandpa build his secret sand image.

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He didn’t tell what he was working on, and we all took guesses until we saw what it was in the end.

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Andrew and Paul built castles that were fighting against each other.  They were complete with cannons and tanks and all kinds of heavy armory.

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The winning castle was the one that stood the longest after the ocean waves attacked it.  (I think Paul’s won.)

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Rachel is pretending this is an ice cream cone.

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Hannah meticulously built a sand castle.

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Paul fetching water for his moat.

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Rachel putting more sand on Grandpa’s mysterious sea creature.

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The sea gulls came around and caught pieces of bread in mid-air.  Andrew’s dad was very patient and tried to get them to come take it out his hand.  They got really brave, and really close, but never quite close enough to eat from his hand.

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Marie and I made a sandcastle with 5 towers, lots of sea purses (sea skate egg sacs), seaweed, and decorated to the hilt with shells.  It was definitely not a warring castle, but one that existed for beauty.  :)

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Andrew’s finished sandcastle.  (You can tell that the sea purses were popular for flags and decorations!)

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Hannah’s finished castle.

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Hannah made a sandcastle for Rachel, and Rachel decorated it with seashells all by herself.

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Chuck’s finished product was not a giant whale after all!

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It was a Firebird!  Imagine that on the beach!

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You can tell we weren’t always in the water while we were at the beach.  Believe it or not, I still have more pictures!  But this is all for tonight.