Last week was a busy one, and Daddy was away from home, mostly freezing his newly shaven face off, so Family Friday didn’t happen. Mommy was at home, running every which way like crazy and making it look good, so she didn’t take a huge amount of pictures. So here goes a double Family Friday. My goal is to write it in 20 minutes so I still have time to look over a large med order for the National Guard and be in bed by 9:00.

#AdultGoalz!

Saturday the 4th of January was the First First Saturday of the year! One of Daddy’s goals this year is to make the 5 first Saturday devotions requested by Our Lady of Fatima. That is more or less what the #RosaryRuck has been leading up to. Usually the Rosary Ruck starts at 5:30 AM so that the men involved can be home in time to have breakfast with their families and not cut into the precious weekend family time.

Since the 4th was special, however, we did it a little differently. We met up for Adoration, Confession, and Mass at Visitation Parish in Tacoma, and then all came over to our house where we did the Rosary Ruck. We followed this up with a giant scrambler, some bacon, english muffins and homemade jam (three different varieties) and a couple pots of tea.

So all in all a great start to the year, as far as our Marian devotion and Family life goes.

The following Sunday we tried to relax and not do very much of anything. We played a game of “trains” (a.k.a. “Ticket to Ride”) in the afternoon. Big Sis is getting quite good at figuring out where the cities are, and plotting her routes. Her only disadvantage is that she forgets she’s playing the game every two minutes or so, and gets up to dance around the room or do something else. However, since Mommy blocked 4 out of 6 of Daddy’s routes in two plays on the second to last two rounds, and Daddy started the scoring with -52, Big Sis still managed to come in second place. So that was nice.

Then we all went out for pho, and enjoyed watching Big Sis almost getting the hang of chopsticks!

Not bad for a white kid.

Then Daddy had to take off for a much colder area to do Army training. The Army also required him to shave off his glorious two-month beard and go all baby faced, right before climbing into an open dune buggy and driving at 50mph in sub-freezing temperatures.

After that, we took the humvees.

He also discovered that living, damp sage brush actually makes quite a comfy place to kneel. It is spongier than the surrounding rocks, and does not grind my kneecap quite the way gravel does. Less exfoliative, perhaps, but more like a massage.

Meanwhile, Mommy was taking care of the two little girls and the new little baby (of whichever persuasion). They all missed Daddy, especially little Sissy.

Lots of pajama time (Daddy is not a big fan of being in jammies all day. Or really ever.)

And Bid Sissy likes doing school on the kitchen table. Watch out, kiddo! That’s how you get yourself homeschooled. Just ask Daddy!

They even had a sleepover (in Big Sissy’s bed).

Little Sissy is still insistent that she does not need a nap anymore, because she is big. But Mommy still made them do quiet time. She put Big Sissy upstairs with some books, and Little Sissy in the bed room with some books. They were supposed to do an hour of quiet time, but Big Sissy only lasted a few minutes before she was asking to get out toys, play board games, do crafts, etc.

At the end of the hour, Little Sissy was doing this.

Man, that child can sit still!

Daddy got home on Sunday, and decided not to bother taking Big Sissy to school on Monday. It’s preschool. No one is putting out any critical information that she can’t catch up on later, since at this age kids don’t pay attention to the things you want them to pick up on, anyway. That’s why they have to hear them 50 million times before they stick.

But the things you don’t want them to pick up on, they only have to hear once. Why is that?

At any rate, a day off was not going to be the end of the world, so we did a snow day, while Mommy was at work.

Big Sissy made her very first snowman that she made all by herself!

Daddy also built a snowman. And since it is not good for the (snow) man to be alone, he took a bit of snow from the snow man’s ribs, as it were, and fashioned a snow woman.

It was love at first sight.

You’ll notice that the snow lady appears pregnant. That’s because when the snow man looked upon her he said “This at last is snow of my snow, and slush of my slush, and she shall be called snow woman, for she was taken out of snow man.”

And therefore they melted into each others arms, and the two became one slush. Which subsequently froze when it got dark and temperatures fell.

But not before the snow man managed to get a little fresh, but not as fresh as the garment of snowflakes they put on.

Little Sissy playing with poor Neville, who was later dropped on the garage floor and shattered. Poor Neville.

Daddy and Big Sissy even managed to play part of a game of Qwirkle will Little Sis was napping.

She plays well enough, until she loses interest.

This is how she likes to read her pieces. Silly Child!

And that’s all for this week, folks. Love you all, God Bless! Pray for us!

Drill weekends are always a tough time for Family-ing. Daddy is usually off doing his Army thing, Mommy usually brings the girls up to visit Deedee and Papa, and we do a quick “high-five” between supper and bed-time prayers, or maybe before breakfast.

This week the girls went to Cousin Edmund’s birthday party, while Daddy was standing in lines all day.

On Sunday, instead of being out training, we had a lot of admin stuff to take care of, so the girls bought us breakfast and delivered it to the Armory.

Hot scramblers and fresh baked muffins with homemade jelly and home canned peaches. Yes Please!

After breakfast Daddy got back to work while the girls went to Dude’s house. One of the apple trees got uprooted in the last wind storm, so Uncle Pat was there cleaning up the debris.

The girls pitched in to help, of course. Never too young to help.

Big Sissie is even big enough to move whole branches all by herself!

After the tree was cleaned up they decorated Dude’s porch.

Dude loves holidays, so she appreciated the theme of the decor.

Later in the afternoon we all got together and went shopping at Costco. We don’t like shopping on Sundays, but drill weekends throw everything off.

Including nap time.

Daddy started his new job this week, so he had less time with the girls, and most of that free time was spent shopping for more groceries (meat prices are better at the commissary than at Costco). Baby Girl likes going to the commissary for shopping because it usually means we are still on base at lunch time, which usually means a trip to the food court.

Mango Smoothie! Yummy!

The other major project has been the sheet mulch. We were expecting it to start to rain heavily by yesterday, so Daddy was trying to get the leaf layer finished by then. Once leaves get wet they get heavy and it is much harder to move them. Fortunately, we ran into the local parks people and found out where they stash all the leaves they are cleaning up around town these days.

Jackpot!

Finally, the whole front lawn is covered with three layers:

  1. N2 rich amendments.
  2. Cardboard
  3. Biomass (leaves)

Let me just say, it’s hard to appreciate how big a lawn really is until you have tried to cover the whole thing a foot deep in leaves.

Now if it would only start raining!

And that’s all for this week! Remember to pray for us. God Bless!

Happy Family Friday, Y’all! This is an especially good Friday because Evie and Ellie woke up to a surprise!

Daddy was home!

That’s right he got home late last night. Kathleen picked him up at SeaTac around 9:00, on a work night, but it could have been worse. The original flight was supposed to get him in at 11:00.

But let’s back up to the beginning of the week. Ryan missed Papa’s birthday party, because he was training. But they had a good time anyway.

Evie took this picture of Papa and Great Grandma.

Kathleen was trying to find some cheap flights that would bring her and the girls out to meet Ryan, but she could not find any that would get her back in time for work on Monday. So Ryan drove down to South Carolina to hang out with Uncle Chris and Aunt Sharon and their family.

14 Mile Hike with Uncle Chris and Joseph. Lovely view of the fog from the top of Table Rock.

Ryan used to visit them once or twice a month when he was in the Special forces Q Course at Fort Bragg. That was a long time ago, of course, and a lot has changed. Some loved ones are no longer here…

And some new loved ones have shown up since those days (mostly of the small and energetic variety).

Yes, they are trying to pop balloons with their butts.

The girls spent most of Saturday at home. They relaxed and slept in, and even let Mommy sleep in a little bit. Ellie woke up first but was nice enough to just hang out in her crib with Baby Music and let Mommy sleep.

Mommy was trying to make pies for Papa’s birthday. Evie helped a whole lot,

And there was enough filling left over for her to make some little key lime pies.

I think the big one turned out beautifully.

They had been thinking about going up to Enumclaw Saturday night, but the girls also require a lot of playing with, so some of the pie didn’t get made until fairly late in the evening.

So they went up on Sunday instead.

And that’s all for this week. Y’all have a great weekend, keep us in your prayers.

God Bless!

Happy Friday, Y’all! Hope you are having a good one. Right now our family is a bit spread out as Daddy is away doing training. :-/

But he should be back soon. Mommy and Evie and Ellie are making do as best they can right now.

Last Friday night (after Family Friday) was pretty busy as we raced to get all the garden and yard tasks done before Daddy left. We mowed the lawn, took out the garbage and the compost, turned the compost, and then got a couple of wheelbarrow loads of black gold to plant some flowers in.

Everybody does work around here!

We spread it at the base of the rock wall in the back yard. We got some Sweet William seeds from Aunt Dude and Aunt Susie, and since they are a weed that grows pretty much anywhere, we are hoping they will thrive in the dry, bare strip along the rocks.

Then on Saturday morning we let Mommy sleep in for an hour (she’s going to need it) while Daddy and the girls went and picked blackberries for breakfast, and made blackberry pancakes.

Then on Saturday after evening Mass we drove up to SeaTac and dropped Daddy off at the airport, which was sad for everyone.

On days like that, it’s nice to have Mommy home all day, and to spend the day in Jammies.

Evie taught Ellie how to mix pancakes, so Ellie could teach piggy.

And they watched movies and snuggled with Mommy and played legos. And Mommy tried a new hair style for Evie and it turned out beautifully.

Meanwhile, Daddy arrived at his destination and found a very lovely surprise in his backpack!

Letters from Mommy and Evie!

Those are always the best!

So a week of training, working, and learning has crawled by as the summer winds to a close. Evie’s new school year is just around the corner, Ryan is still job hunting (not very successfully. It seems no one wants to hire a PA who hasn’t been a PA for at least a couple of years.)

Keep us in your prayers. Have a great weekend, and God Bless!

Another week of Daddy being gone has passed. Everyone has been very busy.

But it’s still important to take the time to stop and smell the Daisies.

Last Sunday Mommy took Evie and Ellie up to Deedee and Papa’s house to visit.

Ellie is still not sure why she should smile at the phones that people are constantly pointing at her.

This was also the week of Emma’s birthday party next door. Since the fence is still broken, it was relatively easy for an invitation to make its way over to our side, and for our kids to make their way over to their side.

Meanwhile, Mommy kept herself busy by pulling out Daddy’s old Texas Skillet, the one he has owned for more than a decade, the one that has sizzled a metric ton of bacon in its time and has never been washed, and which also has been living on top of the cupboard in the kitchen for a couple years because it started burning on and Ryan never made the time to strip and cure it, where it has been collecting dust and grease from the old broken oven vent before Ryan fixed it…

You know the one.

A few weeks ago Kathleen read in her 1930’s homemaker manual that the way to strip cast iron is to boil potato skins in it. It worked on her smaller Texas skillet (it’s more of an Oklahoma skillet, really) so now she tried it on the far nastier big skillet. It worked quite well actually, and she was able to heat treat it and cure it with vegetable oil. We’ll see if Ryan can remember to maintain the seasoning when he gets back.

Ryan has been busy also, long days of training,

It may seem like a lot of effort, but the National Guard is called upon to perform the same missions that Active Duty is called on to perform, but we have only about 40 training days per year to prepare for them, compared to at least 250 training days on Active Duty. When you think about that it makes sense for us to go out in the middle of nowhere and really knuckle down to getting after it for the few weeks of AT we get.

Evie is doing her own training, these days. Without being prompted she accurately pointed out the spot on the lake that we visited when we were in Glacier three weeks ago.

We assume that she remembered it from the big wall map Kathleen showed her when she was there, since she can’t read yet.

She is one smart cookie!

Our peas have started producing too!

Between our peas and the neighbor’s peas (they are on vacation and asked us to pick their peas while they were gone) we are pulling in about half a colander at a time. Not bad for two tiny little plots.

And that’s about all the happenings this week.

Daddy drew a picture of a bunny in the letter he wrote to Ellie, so she decided to play bunny.

We hope you have had a good week and continue to have a wonderful weekend. God Bless. Pray for us.

This has not been a very Family Friendly week, starting with the weekend. We make the most of it as usual, but it has been a bit rough.

Saturday was a busy day. We spent the morning transferring ownership of Grandma Betty’s car to us so that Mommy will have a commuter to take to work, and our larger car can stay home and fit all the carseats more conveniently for when Grace has to take Evie to school.

Then Daddy had to go up to the Armory in the afternoon to finish packing gear for Annual Training. We went to Saturday evening Mass together, and then Mommy got called in to work. So it was one of those days that we just didn’t get a whole lot of together time.

But at least we had lunchtime together, and Mommy made Daddy a glorious large pan of patio beans for his trip.

Then on Sunday Daddy got up before the sun to drive out of state with a few other guys for Annual Training.

Ironic, really, leaving for AT on Father’s Day. Of the guys out here, only one doesn’t have kids yet. Welcome to Special Forces, even in the Guard.

Once we arrived there was the obligatory shaving of the face.

Before we can successfully guard the nation we must first divest ourselves of our panache.

Then let the training begin.

Good to get behind the gun again. And also it is really pretty country out here.

Evie informed Daddy that he needed to write her letters while he was gone. That is what she learned from the Korea trip last year.

There you go!

Mommy’s letters take longer to write. We have had a little time for sightseeing between events. Ryan got to visit a very beautiful local Church.

My home away from home.

Meanwhile back on the homefront, Mommy continues to hold the course with the girls. They spent Sunday at Deedee and Papa’s house celebrating Father’s day.

This week was also Evie’s last day of school for the year!

We are so proud of this big girl! She has learned her letters and her numbers and has done a wonderful job of learning to listen to her teachers and get along with her classmates. She works hard and has so much energy!

Mommy is run quite ragged, but she still manages to get things done, and still have time to hang out with the girls.

Deedee and Papa were able to come over earlier this week as well.

With the nice weather there is a lot of playing in the Hammock.

It is the best place to relax.

Daddy can’t wait to get home and relax there with his girls.

Evie erasing the days, one at a time, until Daddy comes home.

That’s all for this week, folks.

Oh, and also Ryan got official word that he passed his national certification exam last week. He is now officially a PA-C.

And that really is all for this week. We hope you guys had a great week, and have a wonderful weekend. See you later! God Bless.

Short Family Friday this week. We are so happy to have Mommy home. Daddy even got her a welcome home present to show how much she means to us.

Last weekend was very busy because Daddy had to play Army. This weekend it meant falling out of a helicopter. Daddy hates jumping, but this time Mommy and Evie and Ellie and Grandma were able to come out and watch him jump.

Yes, that’s right, Daddy is the green one. Actually, Daddy is the third one from the left, the one that is falling faster than all the other ones. Comes of being too fat for the parachute.

I’ve had worse jumps, but I’ve had better landings. Cross breezes at ground level got me oscilating and I swung forward right as I hit, landed hard on my heels, and fell right on my butt. I have always wanted to be 5’8″ tall and I hear the easiest way is to be 5’9″ tall and then go airborne.

Then we dropped Grandma off at the airport after the Saturday vigil Mass, so she could go back home to her house. Until next time Grandma!

On Sunday Kathleen and the Girls dropped Ryan off at the armory and then went to hang out with Deedee and Papa and Aunt Dude while he did boring army stuff.

Fortunately we had our closeout meeting early on Sunday, so Daddy was done with drill by 2:00. Then we drove back to Spanaway to help our friend Joshua celebrate his third birthday.

Joshua and his family usually sit across the aisle from us at Church. All the little old ladies at church have Joshua and Evie match made from the word go. The dads are not so sure. Maybe they will be a priest and a nun. We’ll see what Jesus has to say about that.

The week has gone on pretty much status quo. Monday was Evie’s sharing day at school so we made jelly biscuits for her to share. Jelly biscuits are exactly what they sound like, and they are super easy to make. You mix up some biscuit batter, and fill the muffin cups half full. Then you add a little spoonful of jelly, and fill the muffin cups the rest of the way. Then you bake them. They are easy and delicious, and preschooler approved. They were eaten, every one.

The weather has been going back and forth between rain, hail, and sunshine. Ellie really likes going outside to play and misses it when the weather is yucky.

We have started Ellie in swimming, and put Evie back into introduction to water for the third time. Evie enjoys swim lesson very much, but she can’t graduate past introduction to water until she can put her face in the water and blow bubbles, which she refuses to do.

The girls tried on their swimsuits, and then practiced their gymnastics moves.

Turns out Ellie is a little otter baby. Her favorite thing is climbing out of the pool and then butt scooting and jumping back in. She can even blow bubbles in the water.

Evie still won’t put her face in the water, but she is listening to instructions, so that in itself is worth it.

That’s all for this week, folks. Have a great weekend. God Bless.


This has been one heck of a week at the Kraeger house, folks, (at least at this Kraeger house. As you may, or may not, be aware, there are actually quite a few Kraeger houses, and the heckiness of any given week may vary slightly depending upon which Kraeger house is polled.

Whenever Grandma is around, the week tends to get more interesting.

This week started off with Evie and Ellie getting sick, the car bursting a water pump, Grandma arriving from New York, and Mommy leaving for Hawaii.

So we were down a vehicle. Fortunately Kathleen’s co-worker’s husband was able to come and take a look at it, and he took it away to fix it, so we just got a rental car for the week.

Aloha!

Kathleen had a medical conference to attend with her friend Jen, so they arrived on Saturday in time for a whole week of learning, sightseeing and relaxing. Back in Washington the weather was unbelievably gorgeous, so we all went out to enjoy it. Evie protested at first, because she wanted to watch a movie, but once we got out there she loved it.

HRH Princess Sophia (She came up with a new alter ego).
Ellie wants to climb too!
Both of the girls’ dresses were made by Grandma Ann.
A bit o’ somethin’ ‘ere, an’ a bit o’ somethin’ there.

Daddy and Grandma and the girls went to Annarose’s first birthday party!

Yay! Annarose is a whole year old now.

She is a big, happy, chunky baby girl.

Trying out her Daddy’s new GR2 he got for their upcoming trip to Lourdes. #Pilgrimage #GoRuckBaby

It was a wonderful celebration full of good friends and noise and laughter and kids hyped up on sugar and chocolate. So noisy was it, in fact, that Ellie was quite overwhelmed, and refused to step away from Daddy for the first couple of hours.

Too much partying for this baby girl.

Everyone else had a great time, though. Especially Evie, who was essentially a multicolored blur for the duration of the festivities.

Ellie didn’t warm up until about ten minutes before we left, but when she did get warmed up, she found herself a rocking chair and really kicked the party up a notch.

Whoa, there Ellie, slow down!

Silly baby girl! She’s a little old lady at heart, just like her Mommy. ❤

On Sunday Adam and gang came over for beef stew. We made a delicious beef bourguignon, and hung out outside for most of the day.

Ellie helped sweep off the deck before company arrived.

Grandma and the West Coast Grandkids

Ellie decided Annarose could try out her new hat.

Here you go!
See Daddy? I share!

Surprisingly, Annarose did not appreciate having a bucket on her head. However, when Daddy explained this to Ellie she was a good sport about it, and even helped her cousin remove the offending headgear.

They really are very good friends, though.

Grandma was the one taking Evie to and from school all week.

Evelyn is ready for breakfast… At Tiffany’s.

Meanwhile, Mommy got out to do some sightseeing.

Daddy and Evie went to Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday night.

At first she didn’t want ashes on her forehead, but then she got used to the idea and even got quite excited about it. But she couldn’t keep from touching the ash spot on her forehead, so it was gone by the end of Mass, having returned to the dust from whence it sprang. Sic Semper Transit Gloria Mundi.

This is a drill weekend, but it was just re-deployment classes, so Daddy decided to bring Ellie to drill with him and give Grandma a break.

“Hi Mommy!”

She was far more entertaining than any of the speakers.

And then Mommy came home! Yay!!!!

Kathleen saw a little sun while in HI. The girls wasted no time scratching, scrambling, poking and climbing all over Mommy’s sunburned arms and shoulders, you may be sure.

Also, if you are wondering what is encrusted on Daddy’s hoodie, it is just snot. Ellie still has a runny nose, so that happens. In fact, Ryan composed a slimerick about it. (A slimerick is like a limerick, only slimier).

My hoodie is covered with snot.
You might think that is gross, but it’s not.
When the babies are sick
They bring it on thick,
And this is their favorite spot!

And now it is time to close out this Family Friday with one last picture of Grandma and all her West Coast Grandkids. She flies out tonight for back East and all her East Coast Grandkids.

We can never get them all to look at the camera at the same time.

God Bless! Have a great weekend.

Our Apologies for the delay in Family Fridays. Daddy was stuck without internet last week, and has been very busy this week.

Last week was a week of crafting for Evie. 

There are presents to make, and presents to wrap.

She and Ellie have been very busy helping Mommy and Deedee and Papa decorate for Christmas. 

They wear Deedee and Papa out, and when the grandparents are two tired to keep up…

They climb on them. 

They have been keeping Mommy very busy, especially at bedtime. Evie doesn’t like bed time any better than she ever did. Ellie likes a to brush teeth, read books, say prayers, bottle, snuggle and sleep precisely at 7, but even she finds it hard to sleep sometimes with big sister’s shenanigans going on.

Evie can still eat raw lemon like a champ.

Poor Ellie had her twelve-month checkup this month. She passed everything with flying colors, but…

She had to have four immunizations and a blood draw. She was a very brave baby girl, but she still got really tired and cranky and didn’t want to eat her supper. Instead she passed out for a nap at 5:00 PM without eating anything. 

She made up for it by waking up at 7:30 and eating everything in sight!

This week has been busy, but it has been a good kind of busy, mostly. After all…


Daddy is Home!

Yay!!! He got into Fort Bragg last week for demobilization outprocessing, and after a week of that (for some reason the Army can’t do anything without a week of paperwork before and after).

There are no pictures of the Daddy and Mommy reunion, because we were too busy reuniting to take pictures of it. And plus, it’s none of y’all’s business anyway.

Since then we have just been hanging out as a family, playing and crafting and snuggling and talking. 

And we plan on continuing that for a while, at least until we host a pizza party on Sunday and go back to work on Monday. But at least we are all together again!

That’s all for this week! God Bless! 

Hurray!!! It’s Friday Again!

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Ellie wants to write a letter to Daddy!

You know what that means? One week closer to Daddy coming home!

All right, let’s see, what have we been up to this week? Mommy and the girls went to visit Aunt Dude and Aunt Susie. Daddy called them while they were there.

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Ellie is telling Big Sister that Daddy is on the phone, but Evie is glued to the TV.

They played outside and helped Dude and Susie in the garden.

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Ellie is such a climber!

Then Mommy and Evie and Ellie went to visit our friend Kim. She was one of Daddy’s classmates in PA school, but now she is graduated and working as a PA. Next month she is going to start a fellowship in pediatric critical care (YAY! Go Kim!). She keeps her pet miniature donkey at a farm near Enumclaw, so she invited the girls to come and meet Neville the Donkey.

Miss Kim showed Evie how to curry comb Neville’s coat.

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Just like this, Evie. You have to be gentle.

Neville is a gentle soul, and he does not mind having his hair brushed (unlike some other people we could mention).

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Evie is a very good Neville-brusher.

She decided she needs a farm now.

Little does she know, Daddy grew up on a farm. Daddy is a farmer from way back! However, she has brushed more donkeys than Daddy has, so there is that.

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Ellie also enjoyed her time on the farm, but she was a little disappointed that Mommy wouldn’t let her eat the pretty flower.

Then on Monday while Evie was at school learning things, Mommy and Evie made mincemeat for some mincemeat pies when Daddy gets home. Evie likes helping Mommy in the kitchen.

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She is very good at mixing.

The mincemeat came out looking and smelling delicious.

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Yummy!

And now it is all put away until Daddy gets home. (He can’t wait!)

Meanwhile, Evie was working very hard at school. She is learning her letters very well. She recognizes quite a few of them, and when letters come in the mail she can tell which ones are for Mommy and which ones are for Evie. Evie Practicing FHowever, she was a bit confused when she saw Daddy writing a letter over the phone, and she thought it was for her, but it was actually for Ellie. “But that’s my letter E” she said!

We are sorry child. Your first letter is just one of the many, many things you will have to share with your baby sister for the rest of your lives.

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This is Evie practicing her counting.

She is fascinated by the fact that you can take one piece of paper and fold it three times to make eight rectangles. Which it is pretty mind-blowing if you think about it.

Evie really likes when Daddy calls with the skype video call because it has little emojis that Daddy can select, and they flash on the screen on her end. Her favorite one is the heart. She calls it, “The loving.”

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“Daddy, can you turn on the loving?” “Absolutely!”

Daddy is always willing to turn on the loving (especially for Mommy).

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Ellie is so proud of herself! She has a hairbrush and a toothbrush, and teeth to brush, and she can brush them just like Big Sister!

Meanwhile, Daddy is more or less getting by. We had a pretty wild night last Friday evening. These two young soldiers built a cat trap with a cardboard box, a sandbag, a stick and a string.

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Any moment now!

And we sat outside for about two hours waiting for a cat to take the bait (strictly catch and release). But it was too cold even for the cats, so no luck.

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Ellie says, “Daddy should come home. It’s warmer and more fun.”

And we have more delicious food.

And that’s all for this week, Folks. Have a good weekend, and remember to pray for us. God Bless!

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All she needs now is a patient with an ear to look into.