New Years Day ~ January 1, 2015 ~ Day 1

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Jan 1, 2015 Under Kid Pictures, Traditions, Travels

For the last few years our New Years Day tradition has been to go to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. American Girl always has extra special activities and giveaways in celebration of their new doll of the year.  You couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s – Grace Thomas – who loves Paris and baking.  Two of your favorite things!

This doll bakery is amazing!  I love that you have started saving.

They even had cookie decorating and little luggage tags for the kids and dolls.

Today you used your Christmas money to get Grace and are “trying” to wait patiently for your birthday so you get some of her accessories.

The rest of the day you both enjoyed the rides even with the long lines.

~Just for fun~

-Your love for Paris started at age 4 after our fun mother and daughter trip to Germany and France in 2010.

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2015

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Jan 1, 2015 Under Daily Life, Health

Happy New Year from all of us!  2014 was definitely a hard year.  I have faith that we will look back and see how God was still faithful through all of it.  For most of the year I suffered from severe fatigue and pain and in the Fall my symptoms progressed to swollen fingers and a face rash which finally let to a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, discoid lupus, and raynauds. After a couple months of being on medication I am thankful how much I am starting to feel better.  The hardest part is that cold weather makes me feel worse and we live in the frozen tundra.

Last January I started a 365 photo project and I actually stuck with it until my health got so bad in November.  Maybe someday those pictures will get blogged:-) With a new year I decided to start fresh and start blogging again.  But this year I am going to try something different.  Most posts will be written to my kids – Emma and Kenny.  Writing isn’t my forte so it mainly be a picture journal but I hope that every now and then they will enjoy looking back at all our crazy adventures and know how much they are loved.

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Friday ~ March 7, 2014 ~ Day 66

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Mar 7, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

My cute little laundry helper.

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Thursday ~ March 6, 2014 ~ Day 65

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Mar 6, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

Vacation Recovery ~ Homework, nap, and a visit from friends

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Wednesday ~ March 5, 2014 ~ Day 64

Posted by danaandtammy on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 Under Art, Daily Life, Emma's creations, Kid Pictures

It’s always hard coming home from vacation.  Emma was back to school today and has a little homework from being gone.  Much to others disapproval I will always value travel and those memories together as a family over not missing school.

Emma is always creating new things; lately it has been fake food.  I’m always in awe of her creativity and wish I knew the best way to encourage her talent.  I have always said that I didn’t want to home school but I will admit that now I am at least considering it.  (But with us both being strong willed it might not go so well:-)

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Tuesday ~ March 4, 2014 ~ Day 63

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 Under Kid Pictures, Travels

Day 3 – Last Day at Kalahari.

~early morning snuggles~

~finishing their artwork in our room~

~one last swim before we head home~

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Monday ~ March 3, 2014 ~ Day 62

Posted by danaandtammy on Monday Mar 3, 2014 Under Kid Pictures, Travels

Day 2 at the Kalahari.

Dana had meetings all day but the kids and I had a great time with all the Resort’s activities.

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Sunday ~ March 2, 2014 ~ Day 61

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Mar 2, 2014 Under Kid Pictures, Travels

This year we tagged along to Dana’s conference at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells.  It was a perfect get away from the snow and cold.

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Saturday ~ March 1, 2014 ~ Day 60

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Mar 1, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

~Dad and son date at the Children’s Museum~

(These were taken on our little point and shoot camera)

Learning to spell such “important” words:-)

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Friday ~ February 28, 2014 ~ Day 59

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Feb 28, 2014 Under Daily Life, Emma's creations, Kid Pictures

Friday night fun at our house: playing games, painting, building, and cooking.

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Thursday ~ February 27, 2014 ~ Day 58

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Feb 27, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

~A Day in the life of Kenny~

Thursday mornings he goes to our local school for a 30min speech therapy session.

Kenny loves to play in the shower or bath.

He also loves to take things apart.  Tonight Dana gave him an old computer part to practice with.

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Wednesday ~ February 26, 2014 ~ Day 57

Posted by danaandtammy on Wednesday Feb 26, 2014 Under Daily Life, Emma's creations, Kid Pictures

Emma loves to watch American Girl Doll “tours” on You Tube.  Here is her “tour” in pictures.

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Tuesday ~ February 25, 2014 ~ Day 56

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Feb 25, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

Emma and Elle at Crestview’s Skating Party at Skate America.

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Monday ~ February 24, 2014 ~ Day 55

Posted by danaandtammy on Monday Feb 24, 2014 Under Daily Life, Emma's creations, Kid Pictures

Although you can’t tell from his face Kenny was super proud to get his “high five” at school today.

I think Emma would make a great architect or interior designer!  Here is her latest creation.

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Sunday ~ February 23, 2014 ~ Day 54

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Feb 23, 2014 Under Art, Emma's creations, Kid Pictures

Emma and Gabbie hard at work with their art.

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