Play Track Meet

Isaiah really wanted to go to a track meet today, but it wasn’t really possible to make it work. He was heartbroken, so we decided to have our own track meet. Isaiah trotted over to the neighbors’ house to see if the kids wanted to join in. They thought it sounded fun, so the adventure began.

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Annie and Wyatt warming up

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Isaiah showing off his muscles

I grabbed some sidewalk chalk and drew a line on the sidewalk, then told the kids to run to the line and jump. When they landed, I marked it with their initial. In the end, Annie had jumped the farthest (it probably helped that she’s the tallest kid).

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Jumping

Next up was a sprint. I sent the kids to the end of the sidewalk and marked a finish line. Annie decided to hang back a little to give the little ones a shot at an event, so the boys shot ahead of her and managed a perfect tie. We couldn’t accept a tie as the final score, so the boys ran again. For this race, I held out my hands at the finish line for high-fives, to make it easier to tell who got there first. In the second race, Will just managed to take the lead at the very end.

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Race number 1, with Annie being such a nice big kid

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Race number 2

Next up was a game planned by Isaiah, who’s been battling a nasty cough (allergies?). He wanted a coughing contest. He happily coughed and made noise, with Annie laughing and joining in. Will had a little trouble at first, but even he joined in by the end. Thanks to Isaiah’s real cough, he managed a clear win on that one.

So, the score was tied at one win per kid. It was time for another event. I pulled out Isaiah’s foam balls from his t-ball set. They had a pitching contest, which even the grownups joined in for. Annie won that one, hands down, even against Michelle and me, much to her great pleasure.

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Throwing their balls

Since the balls were out, Isaiah really wanted to play t-ball. We pulled out the t-ball stand and the boys used it to see who could hit the ball the farthest. Since Annie is so much taller, we opted to pitch the ball for her. This gave us all a great laugh, since I had to throw it and, let’s just say there’s a reason I don’t play sports. It took several pitches before the ball came close enough for her to even attempt to hit it. Oops.

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Annie showing off her bridge while I set up t-ball

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Will hitting a ball as hard as he could

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Laughing at me...

Then it was time for the final event: mini golf. We put out the two “holes” that came with Isaiah’s golf set. For the first hole, all they needed to do was hit the ball across fairly flat ground. For the second, they had to keep it inside lines drawn on the sidewalk on a hill (not enough flat sidewalk by our house). The first hole was easy, but the second proved quite difficult for everyone. Again, grownups had to participate, this time to help the boys to finish the game.

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Golfing

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Being goofy

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My turn!

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Michelle giving it a try

In the end, everyone had won something and they were all quite happy. Annie and Isaiah drew some pictures on the sidewalk while they waited for me to make some awards to hand out. We ended the fun with a simple award ceremony, in which each competitor was given a badge before posing for a group picture.

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Award ceremony

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The happy competitors

Thankfully, we ended our fun just before it started to rain. Our friends headed for the shelter of their homes and Isaiah and I came in for some supper and cuddles.

**A huge thank you to Michelle, who saw my abandoned camera (couldn’t take pictures and run events at the same time) and took the majority of these pictures. Without her help, there wouldn’t be any.

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A Trip to the Zoo and a Nature Center

There was no school today, so I had a day off work. Which meant it was the perfect time for an adventure. Isaiah, my mom, and I loaded up the car (we even remembered to pack a picnic!) and headed off.

First on the agenda was the zoo. We live within reach of a couple and Isaiah had asked to head to this one a few times recently, so it was definitely time for a visit. We saw lots of happy animals while we were there, much to Isaiah’s delight.

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The red panda, enjoying the morning sun

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Curious bushbaby

The zoo’s tree kangaroo has a new baby, but it’s still small enough that it stays hidden away in mom’s pouch. Mom wasn’t much in the mood for pictures, either. Bummer.

The naked mole rats were quite active, causing plenty of excitement. Isaiah loved watching them race between “rooms”, tripping over each other, doing flips, and generally causing complete chaos. They may be ugly little critters, but they’re certainly interesting to watch!

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Observing the naked mole rats

Video of the naked mole rats

Isaiah was pretty interested in the snakes today. A friend recently got a pet snake, so he’s started seeing them in a different light. He’s still not sure he’d want a pet snake, but he likes watching them.

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Checking out the rainbow python

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You can't see it in the picture, but he's looking at a very large iguana

We managed to be in the right part of the zoo to catch a creature encounter show. It was about one of the zoo’s macaws, so the keeper had him out with her and let him show off some tricks. The macaw’s name is Elliot and he’s quite the little attention seeker. Any time his keeper put him down to talk, he’d start going through all his tricks, trying to keep the spotlight on him, instead of his keeper.

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Elliot the macaw

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Demonstrating how he can use his beak for climbing

Elliot showing off

We made sure to get some food so Isaiah could feed the zoo’s goats. The bigger ones are a bit pushy, but, in general, they’re pretty friendly. He had a lot of fun feeding them and trying to make sure everyone got a fair amount of the food.

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Feeding the goat

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Making sure the smaller goats get some, too

Silly goat

When we went into the reptile building, they had a number of animals out so that kids could touch them. Isaiah bounced from one critter to the next, petting them and asking their names. He would have happily stayed there all day, playing with the animals.

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Petting a shy ball python

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Skittles the black and white tegu

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Petting an adorable leopard gecko named Casper

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Twiggy the bearded dragon

Before leaving the zoo, we had to stop and play on their natural playground. Isaiah adores all the things they have to climb on and wanted to do it all before we could go anywhere else. He’s been getting braver and was able to jump from one tree stump to the next, as well as climbing to the highest point on various structures.

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Balancing

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Jump!

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More jumping

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Happy spider

After the zoo, we headed over to a nature center. It was getting late in the day, so we didn’t have time to explore all the buildings and trails, but we got to see the buffalo herd and some geese. We walked down one of the shorter trails, along a lake. We could hear frogs chirping all around us, but any time we came near any, they’d get quiet, so we couldn’t find them. After a while of searching, Isaiah finally spotted one and showed us where to look.

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The buffalo were fairly close to the fence

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Talking about pioneer children and collecting buffalo chips to build fires. He was surprisingly enthusiastic about the concept.

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He really loved this feather

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The frog Isaiah spotted

Isaiah was a little sad when it was finally time to go home, but it was a fun day. He can’t wait until we can go on another adventure.

At the Zoo with DJ and Shiloh

We’ve been wanting to meet up with DJ and Shiloh for a zoo day for a while and it finally worked out that everyone’s schedules allowed for a zoo day at the same time. Yay! Isaiah could barely contain his excitement.

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Snow leopard

I wasn’t able to get very many pictures because Isaiah flew from one exhibit to the next, dragging DJ and Shiloh behind him. He wanted to make sure they saw all his favorite animals. Since he’d never been to the zoo with Shiloh before, he was sure she’d never seen the animals before, which made it extra important that she see everything.

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Riding on Uncle DJ's shoulders

I managed to stop everyone in the jungle for a few pictures, before everyone took off again. Isaiah wasn’t sure he wanted to waste time on it, but did manage to give me a few nice shots.

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Isaiah with his favorite aunt and uncle

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Silliness with Gram

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Pretending to eat me

We managed to see quite a bit of the zoo in the couple of hours we had together. We made a few new friends, too. Isaiah found a tiny lizard that followed his finger and my mom had a nice conversation with a cougar.

Talking to a cougar

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Isaiah's little friend (Isaiah took off before I could get a picture of him with the lizard)

Isaiah’s 6th Birthday

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My six year old

Isaiah’s Birthday Interview

Name: Isaiah
Age: Six. I’m six!
What are you going to be when you grow up? I’m going to be working at the Bob the Builder and be a magic guy.
What is something that is hard for you? School. When we’re talking about letters.
What is something you’re good at? Legos and puzzles. Helping Gram.
What are you afraid of? The dark. You already knew I was ‘fraid of the dark!
What do you like to do with family? Everything. I like to play.
What do you like to learn? New songs.
Where would you go on vacation? To see Winter [the dolphin] and Big Cat Rescue.
Who is your hero? Everybody who lives in this house.
How old is Mama? Grown up.
How old is Gram? 18.
How old is Grandfather? 59. [He may have had a little help on this one…]
What makes you happy? Going to the park.
What makes you sad? Not getting to go to the park.
What’s the best thing about your birthday? Build this [marble] tower.
Favorite food: Donuts
Favorite subject at school: P.E.
Favorite thing to do: Puzzles
Favorite book: They’re all my favorites!
Favorite animal: Lemur, cheetah, lion, and dino
Favorite color: Yellow, green, red, and blue
Favorite teacher: All of them.
Favorite sport: The ball kind
Favorite birthday gift this year: Star Wars ships
Favorite show: HobbyKidsTV
Favorite movie: Toothless [How to Train Your Dragon]
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite restaurant: Pizza Ranch

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Happy boy

Gifts and Silliness

Isaiah was pretty excited about opening his gifts. He got a few shipped her by a friend and his gifts from family. He got some dinosaur toys, some awesome Star Wars ships, and a marble track.

Isaiah has been asking for a watch off and on for a while. Since all the grown ups in the house have one, he figures they must be super important. Much to his delight, the smallest package he opened today had an awesome Jurassic World watch in it.

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His response to discovering his new watch

Then, for fun, he got an iTunes gift card that was creatively wrapped. He opened a box of spaghetti, that still had noodles in it. He was so excited about the noodles and trying to eat them all as fast as he can (raw noodles are a special treat, in his world) that he almost missed the actual gift. After he’d devoured a noodle and declared it the best gift ever, we managed to convince him to look inside the box to see what else was there. He’s almost as happy about the card as he was about the noodles.

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Eating his noodle with great enthusiasm

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There's more?? Not just yummy noodles?

Family Photos, 2015

We try to get family pictures taken every year or two. This year, pictures were a high priority because our family has grown. DJ got married this summer, bringing Shiloh into our family. Obviously, it’s important to have a family picture that includes her.

So, we got everyone together when DJ and Shiloh came for a belated Thanksgiving celebration and set up a bunch of pictures.

First, we needed to get some individual headshots and “family” shots (my parents, DJ and Shiloh, Isaiah and me). Those took some shuffling around and craziness, but we pulled it off somehow.

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DJ and Shiloh

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My parents

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Isaiah and me

Then, it was time to cram everyone into the small space in front of our Christmas tree for a whole group photo. Of course, the room isn’t quite big enough to back the camera up and get a wide shot. That would be too easy. But, with some serious effort, we managed to get it set up and set the timer. A few photos later, we had our shot.

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The whole crew

Before I could take the camera down, Isaiah had to get a few special shots and my mom and DJ wanted to pose with the cats. Once those were done, it was time to download everything and see what we had. We definitely got some winners!

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Isaiah getting a ride on DJ's shoulders

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Isaiah and his new favorite person

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Isaiah wanted to pose with Gram the way the guys were posing with their wives

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Kisses for Gram

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My mom and Jack

4th of July, 2015

Our 4th of July this year was pretty laid back. We didn’t go anywhere or do anything fancy. My dad and Isaiah had fun setting off some fireworks in the backyard, catching butterflies, and playing.

Isaiah was excited because he got to help set off some of the fireworks. My dad stayed close to help him and taught him to run away from the firework as soon as it was lit. Isaiah caught onto the running part before he got the “wait until it’s lit” part, so he’d jump up and start to run away before the fireworks were actually lit. He finally got the hang of it and had tons of fun.

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Setting off fireworks with my dad

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Stopping to observe and show off his parachutes

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Oops... Guess we won't be collecting that parachute.

After the fireworks were done, we headed inside, to the air conditioning, for some food. Isaiah stripped down to his underwear and settled in with a movie and a sandwich. He seemed pretty content with just chilling out and having a fun time at home.

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Food!

2014 In Review

I haven’t had much time for blogging this year, which makes me a little sad. I’m hoping to fill in some gaps, now that life is settling back to a routine again. For now, here’s just a glimpse of all that we’ve been up to.

January

We kicked off the new year with our extended family. Between illnesses and job schedules, it worked out to be best to celebrate Christmas together on New Years Day. It was a bit chaotic, in true Re family form, but awesome and fun, as always.

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My Gram with all her grandkids and great grandson

Of course, it’s not the new year without some poppers to celebrate. Isaiah loves doing them, then using the streamers as “hair”.

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Silly hair

And then, of course, there was that day where Isaiah duplicated himself a few times and my living room was full of copies of him. Ok, I admit, it was photoshop, but still. We had tons of fun playing together and creating the image and he still loves it.

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So many Isaiahs!

And, last but not least, at the end of the month, my sweet little boy turned 4. He was so excited and proud of being a “big boy”!

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Enjoying his cake

February

February was pretty uneventful. Isaiah enjoyed hanging out, playing with his new stuff from Christmas and his birthday. He learned to shovel snow (much to his delight) and made some time, on warmer days, to visit his equine friends with treats.

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Shoveling

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Treats for Babe

We made our first trip of the year to the zoo, where Isaiah got to see a worker feeding the penguins and fell in love with one of the little penguin figures along the wall.

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Feeding penguins

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It’s so cute!

March

March was a sad month for our family. We said goodbye to a sweet, four-legged friend. Gracie died, at 17 years old. She continues to be missed and Isaiah talks about her often.

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My dad and Isaiah with Gracie

Isaiah learned how to climb a tree, which gave him great delight. Every time we went outside, he wanted to climb it, just because he knew he could. Then, just in case he wasn’t rambunctious enough, I taught him how to jump in puddles. I’m not sure he’ll ever have dry clothes after it rains again.

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In a tree

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Splash!

Isaiah desperately wanted to learn to ice skate, so we went to the rink to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was insanely crowded and loud, so he was too overwhelmed to really enjoy it much. He wants to try again when he’s bigger. Maybe we can find a quieter location next time.

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First time ice skating

April

Isaiah started learning some sign language and already knew a number of signs by April. He was proud to show off a few of them for the camera. Now, he wants to learn to sign some songs.

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”I love you”

This photo was specifically requested by Isaiah. He’d been blowing kisses constantly and wanted a photo of it. Blowing kisses is a bit of a game for us, with the kisses bouncing around the room on their way to their intended recipient. It’s lots of fun and always brings lots of laughter to all involved.

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Flying kisses

We began the process of preparing to move this month. We’d talked about it before, but decided it was time to get serious about it. This meant lots of sorting things (deciding what was worth actually moving and what should go), along with starting to watch for listings in the area we hoped to move to. There are no pictures for this, though, since that would just be a shot of boxes.

April also brought Easter. Isaiah posed for some adorable pictures with his stuffed bunny. Of course, we had to have an egg hunt. We had a nice warm day for Easter, which we were all quite thankful for. That meant that I could hide the eggs outside, while Isaiah played inside with my dad. Then it was time for the hunt, which brought with it laughter and excitement.

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Happy Easter

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Egg hunt!

The biggest event of our month, though, came at the very end. Finally, after literally years of waiting, my cousins were officially adopted into our family. They’ve been a part of our family for many years, but it was so wonderful to finally have it be official. And they’re so glad to finally be signing our family’s name, after so long.

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Adopted! Brody, Anya, and Aimee with the judge and their dad

May

Our crab apple tree came into bloom in May. Knowing this was probably my last spring in this house, I made sure to take lots of pictures of the pink blossoms. I’ve tried for years to get nice photos, but this is the first time I had both the skill and appropriate gear to truly pull it off.

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Crab apple blossoms

Isaiah got his first tattoo. Well, sort of. It was of the temporary variety, but he was still pretty excited. He wanted some pictures to show the world how cool he was. I have to admit, he was certainly adorable.

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Tattoos

I graduated from college in May. I worked hard and graduated a member of the national honor society with a 4.0. My parents, Isaiah, Chay, Luke, and my favorite teachers were all there to celebrate with me. I’m grateful for the support I had from my friends and family and for the amazing teachers who came into my life. I never would have passed algebra or biology without the teachers I had. They were patient and excellent at teaching their material in a way that could be understood. Not to mention always being available to answer questions when I just did not understand.

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Isaiah in my cap

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Me with one of my teachers, just before the graduation started

June

Most of June was spent trying to pack and prepare Isaiah for the biggest change in his short life. We’d put a bid in on a house, so it was just a matter of time before we’d be moving into it.

We did break away from the packing and busyness long enough to hit the zoo and see their brand new sting ray exhibit. It was tons of fun to get to pet the rays and they were super friendly, coming up to touch people’s hands as they swam around the tank. I’d been to a similar place years before, but this was the first time Isaiah had ever had the opportunity to touch a ray, so he was pretty thrilled.

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Petting rays

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”I touched one!”

We closed on the new house at the end of the month. Since it wasn’t too far between the old house and the new one, we started the process of moving belongings immediately. Isaiah wanted to start sleeping in the new house the very first day and couldn’t wait to settle in.

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Bringing in the very first box

July

We celebrated the 4th of July and had fun watching the local fireworks display. Isaiah posed for a quick picture in the afternoon.

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Flag

July was mostly spent moving and getting things settled. Isaiah fell in love with the new space immediately, though there were some tears over the thought of never seeing the old house again.

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The youngest workers on our moving crew

My Uncle Gary (my dad’s brother) got married in July. It was a small wedding and it poured during the ceremony, but it was fun, all the same. It was nice to see family members we don’t see very often.

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Uncle Gary and his new wife, Jen

Of course, I shot the rodeo again, as I have every year, since I was a teenager. It was lots of fun, as always, and I got plenty of great photos.

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A bull rider

August

Our new town hosts the county’s fair, so it was close enough for us to visit several times. Isaiah loved being able to hang out there. He rode the rides several times, as well as enjoying all the free activities they had going on during the week.

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Kiddie roller coaster

DJ moved to a new apartment, where he’d be closer to our extended family. I don’t have pictures of his move, but he was excited to be closer and start at a new location with his job (same job, different facility).

I got to go with a couple of friends to LifeLight this year. I’ve wanted to go for years, but never had the opportunity. This year, I had friends who wanted to go, so I was able to ride with them. To make it even better, one of the artists performing the day we attended was Michael W. Smith. I had so much fun hanging out with friends and seeing a concert I thought I’d only ever dream of. Hopefully, we’ll go again next year.

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Me (center) with my friends

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Michael W. Smith

September

Isaiah started AWANA at our new church in September. He adores his teacher and classmates. He works hard to learn his verses and do the activities at home.

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Showing off his cool new vest

Isaiah learned to play hop scotch. He was so thrilled to finally be able to do it that he never wanted to stop. He repeats the pattern, even without the squares, inside, just because he can.

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Hop scotch

My Uncle Landon and his kids moved this month. They’re now closer to where we live, so we’re able to spend more time together. It also means that we can attend their school activities sometimes, which is awesome. This month, Aimee had a homecoming parade that she asked us to come to.

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Parade

October

With October, comes the pumpkin patch. Isaiah loved it so much last year that we got a season pass this time. This one is only open on weekends, but we made sure to spend at least one day there each week. Most weeks we were there for two days. Isaiah would like to live there, if he could.

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Greeting cousins when they got to the pumpkin patch

I attended an autism conference with Temple Grandin and a couple other speakers. It was pretty cool to get to meet her. I bought a couple of books and she signed them for me, then posed for a quick picture. The lectures were amazing, too, so I’m really glad that I went.

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Me with Temple Grandin

November

Fall finally arrived in November, so we started having fun with all the bright colored leaves in our new yard. We spent days raking the two million and one leaves, then were so grateful that a neighbor offered to let us put them in his trailer, instead of trying to bag them and take a few hundred bags to the dump (would have been dozens of loads in the van). We made sure to save just a few, though, so Isaiah could build a tree in our living room, much like one that DJ and I made as kids.

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Putting leaves in the neighbor’s trailer

I saw on the local wildlife refuge’s Facebook page that they had a bunch of birds, so we decided to head down and spend a morning there. We saw hundreds of geese and ducks and even got to see the snow geese in flight.

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Ducks on the lake

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our whole family. Now that we’re settled in the new house, we were able to host, since we have a nice big living room that easily fits tables for dinner then becomes a nice space for games and conversation after everyone is finished eating.

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Games before lunch

December

The elves made their return in December. Isaiah was so happy to see them and looked forward to finding them every morning to see what they’d been up to.

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He woke up before I went to bed and accidentally found the elves the night they arrived and had to sleep with them.

We made a few trips to meet Santa this year. Isaiah was pretty nervous and never actually sat in his lap. He was so excited to actually see Santa and talk to him, though. The only thing he ever asked for was a Rainbow Dash toy.

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Meeting Santa

In the middle of the holiday and fun, my grandfather ended up sick in the hospital. It was really rough because he’d recently been diagnosed with dementia and had trouble understanding what was happening or where he was. After a few weeks of misery, he passed away. So, while we tried hard to keep things cheerful, this has been a very difficult month. Isaiah doesn’t fully understand, but it’s still hit him pretty hard, so things have been more low key than they normally would have.

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Isaiah and his Great Grandfather

DJ got engaged this month. He’s pretty thrilled and she’s awesome. We were going to do some pictures this week, but Isaiah and I have been sick enough that we couldn’t really make it work. Hopefully we’ll get some done soon.

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DJ and his fiance, Shiloh

Christmas Day was fun. Isaiah received the Rainbow Dash figure he’d asked for from Santa. Then, when all the other gifts had been given, he got something even better: a big stuffed Rainbow Dash. He hasn’t let it out of his sight since.

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One very happy little boy

This has been a rough year with a lot of changes and heartbreak. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 will bring. Happy New Year!

A Surprise Party… Sort Of

When I mentioned early in the week that it was almost my mom’s birthday, Isaiah wanted to know exactly when and if he could throw a party. I showed him on the calendar which day it would be and told him that he was welcome to do whatever he wanted for her birthday. Of course, this ended up being a big project. Oops. He wanted to bake a cake, of course, and buy a present (and make one, but homemade was not enough on its own), and decorate. Oh, and it all had to be a surprise.

So, my mom’s birthday arrived. She had places to go, so we had the entire house to ourselves, making the secret easier to keep. We started by baking the cake. Isaiah found my apron and decided he needed it to be able to bake a cake. I managed to tie it so that it sort of fit him and set him to work.

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Painting a bookmark

Once the cake came out of the oven, we left it to cool and headed to the store to buy some decorations. We bought streamers, a birthday balloon and cute napkins. On our way home, Isaiah asked to call my mom on my phone. I let him do so and he proceeded to tell her that he was getting ready for her party and that it was going to be a big surprise. Oops.

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Dancing his way to the store

When we got home, Isaiah set to work making a birthday banner. While he colored on the banner, I hung the streamers from the ceiling and windows.

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Working on the banner

We got the cake iced and poured melted chocolate over the top, then brought it to the living room to wait for my mom to get home. Isaiah brought out gifts that he’d wrapped in white paper and colored on and put them on the coffee table with the cake. We had just enough time to take a few pictures of the room and decorations before my mom came in the door.

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Decorations

DJ called to say “happy birthday”, since he couldn’t actually attend the party. Then we sang, gave my mom her gifts and cut the cake. Everyone enjoyed the very simple party and cake. Isaiah can’t wait to do it again.

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Party time

My Birthday

Isaiah and I spent my birthday hanging out together and having fun. Since the weather was nice, we were able to spend a good bit of it playing outside.

Fun Stuff

Cutie

Isaiah wanted to blow bubbles, so we brought those out, then discovered that the wind had picked up and it was almost impossible to do it. He got over it pretty quickly and he brought out a stuffed dog to play with.

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Bubbles

I put Isaiah in the tree I used to climb for a picture. He thought it was wonderful, so when I pulled him back out, he promptly climbed back up. He narrated every step along the way, telling himself what he needed to do to get into the tree. Once he got up there, he was pretty proud of himself and waved at me for pictures.

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Talking about being in the tree

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In the tree

We headed off to look for sticks for his dog and I found a boxelder bug to take a picture of. Isaiah insisted that I needed to take “lots” of pictures, so while I was doing that, he sat down by some sticks with his dog. He gave it a stick to “chew” on, then pulled it away. He told it that he couldn’t believe he’d forgotten to bring the dog’s coat outside and that it felt really hot. He said it needed its temperature taken to see if it was sick, then declared that the problem was that the dog was allergic to the stick it was chewing on. He found it a stick that it wasn’t allergic to and life was good. They went off on a hunt for honey, which kept Isaiah busy until it was time for supper.

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Isaiah and his puppy

After supper, we had some ice cream cake that my mom made. Isaiah helped her decorate it this morning and was excited to get to show it to me. He’s decided that he wants ice cream cake for his birthday, too, from now on.

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Isaiah's work of art

After supper, we took Max for a walk at the track. My mom and Max made their way around the track several times. Isaiah and I only got about one and a half laps because we got stuck at one end playing in the biggest puddle Isaiah had ever seen. I took a couple of pictures of him standing at the edge with a clear reflection, then let him play in it until he was soaked. He ran through it, jumped and splashed. He had a wonderful time!

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Jumping like a bunny

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Running

Video clips from our day

Superman Birthday Party

We waited to have Isaiah’s birthday party, in the hopes that the weather would be a little nicer and to give him a little more time between big events in his world (we barely get Christmas torn down before it’s time for his birthday). The weather part was a total fail, with a lovely snowstorm blowing in just as it was time for the party to start, but it was nice to have a little breathing room between celebrations.

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Birthday boy

Isaiah’s favorite thing in the entire world is Superman, so he had a Superman party. My mom and I spent hours making decorations and food, then I spent the afternoon setting up decorations while my mom kept Isaiah busy. When he finally got to see everything, he was absolutely thrilled and ran around the room yelling “I love it!” over and over.

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Greeting his guests

We started the party with food–make your own tacos. I made signs for the different ingredients telling the kids what super powers the foods would give them. They thought that was pretty cool.

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Food!

Once everyone was done eating, we did some games. We played the “floor game” that my mom came up with back when I was Isaiah’s age (we modify it for each party’s theme), went on a search for bad guys and did a super hero obstacle course. The kids loved “flying” over buildings. Luke piled the buildings on top of each other to make a higher obstacle to jump over. The other kids thought he was amazing.

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Playing the floor game

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Rolling the die

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A couple of the party guests

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''Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound''

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Flying

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Everyone was thoroughly impressed by Luke's jumping skills

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Hunting bad guys

When the games were done, we let the kids run for a little while so we could get things ready for cake. We rounded them up and sang “Happy Birthday” before Isaiah blew out a big “4” candle on his cupcake. Everyone enjoyed their bright blue cupcakes.

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The cupcakes

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Blowing out the candle

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Playing

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Isaiah needed a Mama snuggle

Isaiah’s friends brought him some great gifts and he was so excited to open them. Each thing he opened was met with “It’s just what I wanted!!!!” or “I love it!!!” He wanted to open every single toy and play with it right now. It was kind of hard to explain why it wasn’t a good idea to fly his new kite in the strong winds, snow and dark. He was sure it would work, but has decided he can handle waiting until we have a sunny day to test it out. The rest of the toys have been played with constantly since we got home from the party.

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Awesome gifts

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Isaiah with all his guests

Isaiah was pretty sad to have to tell his friends goodbye. He can’t wait to see them again sometime soon.

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Saying goodbye

**For instructions for the games and how to make decorations, go here.