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And so 60 is in the books <3

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Good Monday Morning to you <3

Our family and a couple of close friends are keeping their phones close in case I need intervention for what they are calling PBLDS….Post Birthday Let Down Syndrome

…but so far I am doing okay.

The fact that I have to move all small pieces of furniture off of all carpeted areas before 9:00 is helping keep the adrenaline rush steady because… the carpet cleaners arrive in a short 48 minutes.

So here’s a quick rundown of how #60 went …

or as my new favorite baker in the whole wide world said it…

the “new 30″….

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We kicked off the celebration weekend with our annual “twin birthday dinner” with this sweet one ….

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Not the best pic…but not much lighting at The Burg that isn’t neon <3

From then on it was family that feels like friends and friends that feel like family so here are the highlights…

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John treated us to late night Escape Room adventure so Zach could join us when he got off work. www.laurareimer.net

We did beat the room with an extra five minute grace gift from the guy who worked there. He said we were so close to beating it and it was only a 10% success rate room so…he had to let us finish it out.

I was maybe a little less than 10% helpful since most of the time I was still trying to finish reading the clue when the rest of the team had solved it, opened the lock and …mooooved on…oh well..it was a blast and I loved every second of it.

All 3,630 of them  <3

Sunday Russ arranged to have brunch for everyone at Tuscany’s…

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Thankfully Rachel did not follow her google map…

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and it was kinda nice of Caroline to coordinate with my dress…

making her solidly my favorite granddaughter <3

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After lunch we came to the house for yard games like…

ball bounce…

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and..

empty the cooler…

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…because we are fun like that.

We gathered for cake…

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at the exact moment my west coast family called to sing to me..

so it was a high tech song fest of silliness..

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Please note the first aid kit on the counter because it wouldn’t be a Reimer event without some kind of chaos.

We took a few zillion group photos…

and you may have noticed we are missing Zach, who had to work, and the rest of the Corley bunch…

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Couldn’t figure out why all the littles are looking at Tia but she set the timer and then would run back to get in pic…and I think they were just highly impressed with her.

So were we.

But we were too cool to act like it.

Then there was this attempt at a jumping pic..

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which proves that John has regained his skillz at imitating Air Jordan…

and no, Sarah is not using a trampoline…

that’s just her…

and once again Joel and Caroline can’t take their eyes off of her…LOL…

And then there is this…

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for which I am so very thankful.

Have a happy Monday.

I promise I am going to just settle down now and get on with regular life.

Thanks for celebrating one of the big ones with me <3

 

 

 

And then this happened…

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It was a whirlwind weekend…that started with a quick trip to Texas and the chance to be with this one…

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to attend one of the sweetest weddings I have been blessed to be invited to.

We loved the celebration and of course the added bonus of time with John.

We loaded up on Texas BBQ…

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to the point I may need to change my blood type to “Brisket”…

We took in all the cultural aspects of the state…

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Bid good bye to our boy…

and headed home…

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because this one…

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had a birthday.

The theme was all things mermaid so…

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we molded with sand…

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hung out at the cove…

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and one of us ate our weight in Triton’s grape tridents…

(which in my opinion, Triton and trident are too awkward to say together and I kind of wish they had just called it a scepter but whatever….)

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We took turns jumping…

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played good cop, bad cop…

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pulled off a wardrobe change for the cake eating…

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helped Caroline demolish said cake …

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pc/rachel <3

and got some yard work done…

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We loved on Tia…

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and got loved back…

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We scored a few family pictures minus our much-missed Uncle John…

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and celebrated the circle of friends who are family and family who are friends…

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and that’s the end…

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of a weekend of more Best. Day. Ever.    <3

 

Birthday-palooza May/June edition…2018

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So we had some birthday fun this weekend and since I’m headed south to see Sarah this morning…

and my brain is kind fueled with sugar and such…

here are some of the highlights.

We were honored to be included for dinner on Graham’s special day when he selected a local restaurant.

We were happy to join this party of six, and the other set of beaming grandparents at this Texas style steak house.

The draw for Graham was because he loves the stories of how his daddy waited tables and apparently made the rolls, as well as consumed a fair amount of them himself, back in high school.

Back when he was dating their mom.

So when the staff brought a saddle out for that sweet little seven year old to sit on…

I had one of those moments watching this moment

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I am not quite sure these two kids ever thought, back in those days, that they would be sitting around two tables full of love spanning three generations while the whole restaurant gave a rousing Yeeeee-Hawwwww! to celebrate two of their sons’ birthdays.

Nope….

I’m pretty sure none of us quite pictured it this way, but we sure are thankful God did…

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On Sunday, Zach had to work and since we will be missing their friend parties later this month, and since they will be missing Papi’s birthday next week…

we had a day here to celebrate the birthday boys <3

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The rest of us feasted on cupcakes.

And speaking of cupcakes…

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Now that this one has a chair of her own,  Lola had to pull one of the bar stools …

which seemed like a good excuse for this silliness…

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got his fair share of sugar.

We did gifts, played with water and anything that could be thrown, kicked or caught…

ate watermelon…

and went out the sliding glass door at least a hundred thousand times.

We learned the fine art of setting off weird and disgusting fireworks…

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yeah…

just another one of our Pinterest-perfect-patio parties….

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cause that’s how we roll…

please note Caroline chugging the last of some envelope of baby goo…

girl-child fits right in.

We texted pictures to Zach and Tia and Uncle John.

And thus we loved and laughed and chalked up another weekend of …

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Best. Days. Ever.

<3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday <3

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We had a wonderful time at our nephew Sam’s graduation.

Here he is with his sweet mom and dad…

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I know he is full on Reimer…but do you see a wee bit of our John in him? I do <3

Which is hilarious because John is like a clone of me…how does God do that?

The wonderful blend of genetics that make us family is one of my favorite gifts He bestows.

Sometimes I forget that the Reimers are only mine through marriage and I want to take some kind of claim for the likes of them…

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I’m sure you can see why…they are a smart and sweet and talented bunch.

The vase at the top of this post was crafted by Sam.

I have shown you the ones made by brother Grant and sister Olivia at their grads…and Sam is no slacker in the arts either…

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Ah-mazing <3

Sonja homeschooled these three smarties and so their graduations are so different from the public or even parochial ceremonies we have attended over the years.

Each family gets two minutes (give or take…mostly give…) to say something about their child and present a diploma. With 30 plus kids in their home school association, this takes some time…but I absolutely loved every story and every presentation.

The one that just blew me away was the dad of a beautiful girl who stood a head taller than her darling parents.

Long dark hair cascaded down the sides of her lowered face as her father emotionally shared her story.

When her mother was pregnant, she became very ill and the doctors recommended the only way to save momma was to take the baby’s life.

This father is also a pastor and truly the anointing of the Lord must rest on him when he preaches because in the two minutes he was given he gave one of the most compelling pro-life exhortations I have ever heard.

With a thick Hispanic accent he said (and I didn’t get it word for word, but to my best notetaking)…

“The Doctors told us ….

ABORT! ABORT! ABORT!

But God…He said…..

LIVE!! LIVE!!! LIVE!!!

It was a dark time for us as I thought I might lose both my wife and my baby. But the Church prayed and here she is today. My precious daughter.”

Best. Grad. Speech.Ever.

Although, Randy and Sonja’s came in a close second because…for the love of Sam…they rocked the parental blessing part <3

And now as a last little thing here…one more pic of Sam’s handiwork but please also note the genius of my sister-in-law…because in the background notice the old Scentsy container repurposed …love it!!!

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Friday Fun and then it’s off to the weekend <3

First off…I don’t know where you live in the world, but I hope you love your view as much as I love ours.

Oh believe me, my heart is stirred by mountain vistas and seascape sunsets as much as the next romantic…

but I can tell you honestly…

driving through the backroads of God’s country here in the Midwest often brings me to tears….

I was probably making a few farmers pause at the wheel of their planting gizmos yesterday as I stopped and snapped pictures…

but these freshly tilled fields of rich brown dirt framed by green edges dotted with dandelions…they speak life to me every spring.

What was dead and dried up has been turned over and soon little sprouts will make their way sunward…and I thank God for letting me live in the heartland of this country.

And speaking of heart-land…

I got to spend some time yesterday with those little people who take up a lot of real estate in my heart …

I celebrated Cinco de Mayo a few days early with this little hombre…

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His mom texted me this pic with the head’s up that he was hoping Lola would wear her grey sweatshirt so we would match…

I may have melted into a puddle as I made my way to my closet to dig it out.

Because…

you bet I will…

After we feasted…or fiesta-ed…I guess…with the squirreliest table of the most adorable first graders on the elementary circuit…

I watched a rousing game of kickball….

and let me tell you…no major league sport has anything on the passion of a kick ball game fueled by spring fever.

I thought we were playing for some kind of trophy or championship but then the bell rang and everyone scattered like pixie dust to grab jackets and get in line for the water and potty station.

I stopped by the house, where I discovered this one has written a book…

He read it to me, although he needed help with some of the words….

and one sentence he couldn’t read because it contained a bad word.

Did I mention…child wrote the book?

Seems the bad word was “hate”…as in “I hate spiders.”

Oh the subject of this book?

It was all about the wonderful world of…yes…spiders…he cracks me up.

And speaking of animals ….

this little mini-me of Graham lines his up just the way his big brother did.

And the shirt…

says it all.

Not to be left out of the circus…

little Miss is now….

 

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yes…standing on her own…and we are all just wondering where the last 11 months flew away to???

And finally…

I’m pulling thoughts together for a series next week highlighting some of my takeaways from Brave Moms, Brave Kids by Lee Nienhuis.

I am hoping it includes a guest post by one of your and my favorite young moms…and it definitely will include a give-away!!

So WOOT!!!!

Something to look forward to next week!

Hugs and I hope you have a wonderful day!