...ashley&lou...

10:01 AM

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 ashley and lou were in michigan and were able to stop by last weekend. they spend almost a day here. watching the crazy. reading. playing. singing.

i love that they make my family special.
they gave the kids some bubbles, and the morning was extra special.
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...26|52...

11:51 AM

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 gabe...4.5...he learned how to buckle himself in his car seat. oh.wow. i didn't realize how helpful that would be. 

 gianna...2.5...she was not a fan of the "boom, boom, booms" over the last few days. 

 isaac...9mo...he is cutting more teeth. he woke standing this morning. he let go of furniture for a quick moment yesterday. oh, we can't wait for you to be walking!!
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...riding debbie...

11:19 AM

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my kids were very excited to be able to ride nanny and pop's miniature horse, debbie, this year. last year, they were a bit intimidated. however, we have been riding mercedes at our friend's barn over the winter to prepare.

first up, helmets.
  then brushing.

 after we tacked her, nanny lunged her.

 nanny helped us get on and we were ready to go!.

 we gave some love when we were finished! 

 some days, the rides just weren't long enough! (and i requested a photo). 
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...baseball with dad and papa...

8:27 AM

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We had just a bit of extra space in our ginormous suitcase, so we threw in ball gloves and a ball.
my dad loves baseball, as does steve.
last year, gabe only played for a few short minutes. this year, he was really into it.
i love that we can all be together, even if it is just for a short time each year.
i hope they always remember these little things.
i tried really hard not to be tied to my camera and just enjoy these moments...but i still snapped a few just for me.
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...the Case dealership...

3:58 AM

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Catching up on some Montana.

Gabe asked for a red combine for his birthday last year. I found a little Case on Amazon and it has been a favorite every since. It just so happens that my sister et al. live only a few miles from a Case dealership.

He was elated. A lot full of red combines.
We also browsed their junk lot. My dad was in his element, teaching. We looked at nearly every thing there. As we were walking out, Gabe stopped me and asked for a picture with a red combine. 

Absolutely.
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...my family: MT...

12:35 PM

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we made our annual trip to montana a few weeks ago. twelve days. twelve days of love, laughter, and memories. 

it will take me some time to get through allllllll of the photos.
i had been planning on taking family photos on my parents place for months.
it required taking an extra suitcase...hairdryer, dresses, shoes, allll sooo worth it. my mom saved a little pearl bracelet of mine and gianna wore it. the prairie. there is nothing like the prairie.

it looked like it might not happen as the weather was super windy, rainy, or stormy.
we literally went out between storms and captured some of the most beautiful moments.
they embody, to me, the sweetest parts of parenthood.
i am hardly in photos with my children and now i have these. they mean so much.

back home.
with my loves.
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