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We have had an absolutely insane month of April. The last ten days in particular have just been one wild bit of insanity after another.

Day 1: April 18, 2012
AWANA Fun Fair: games, popcorn, cookie walk, face painting, and . . .

Minute to Win It!
(AKA: minute to get completely confused and therefore not win it. But bless his heart he managed to hold in the tears till he had returned to the seat, poor kiddo)

Day 2: April 19, 2012
Squeezy's surgery day. She did great and is healing well!

Day 3: April 20, 2012
I have no pictures from this day. It involved a check at the eye doctor, some schoolwork, and a phone call that Art’s grandpa had been moved to hospice . . . which led to . . .

Day 4: April 21, 2012
. . . which we spent cleaning the house, packing suitcases, and preparing for a whirlwind trip to St. Louis to see Grandpa Pete, but not before . . .

Day 5: April 22, 2012
. . . during which Art preached, we ate lunch at a church members' house, and then we drove to Omaha so my parents could take the kids and we could have a little birthday celebration, because . . .

. . . a certain little Miss is turning 3 this week! (she's not sad in this picture; her eyes just looked a little like she had been crying for several days post-surgery).

Day 6: April 23, 2012
Art and I spent 8 hours in the van driving from Omaha to St. Louis. When we arrived at the hospice, Grandpa Pete was sitting up in his wheelchair, and we spent awhile talking with him and with Art’s aunt and uncle. We spent the night at Grandpa’s house.

Day 7: April 24, 2012
Unsure if we would have another opportunity to do so, we wandered around Grandpa's house and backyard one last time. Art took this picture of Grandpa's beautiful blooming azalea bush. We spent the remaining morning in Grandpa's room; unfortunately he wasn't doing as well and slept most of the morning. In the afternoon we left and drove back to Des Moines. We had gas station bathroom adventures and were very glad the kids weren't there to share them with us.

Day 8: April 25, 2012
In the morning I drove to Stuart, Iowa, to meet my dad and bring the kids home. In the evening was the AWANA awards ceremony. Both my boys finished their books and received fancy-schmancy ribbons.

Day 9: April 26, 2012
I got a haircut. Also we did school and other stuff. It was almost a normal day.

Day 10: April 27, 2012
Squeezy's 3rd birthday! The party isn't till Sunday, but that's no reason to not have a donut with sprinkles for breakfast! After that, it was quick in the van so we could head out . . .

. . . to our homeschool group's sharing day! Bubs showed some of the pictures he has taken. Stinky played a piano piece. Then we had to head home, so that we would be there to accompany Art as he turned in his LAST ASSIGNMENTS EVER for seminary!

He got a little strut in his step after handing in those last papers. He already got them back, and he got 100% on all of them! And then, the moment we've all been waiting for . . . the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL pictures!

 

Show me what grade you're in, Bubs . . .
(I know! It's so embarrassing. MY FAULT, NOT HIS. From HIS angle it looked right!) . . .

Now TEAR UP THAT NUMBER! Good-bye, third grade!

Stinky's turn!

Farewell, First Grade! (He was just a little excited.)

Quick, everyone! Group picture before it starts to rain!

(For the record: The next ten days look just as crazy. Try not to be jealous!)


 

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