...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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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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