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1/5/11

Mid-Week Winners

A few recent favorites from...


New Year's Eve!



 The 31st was a beautiful day, with temps in the 60's.  We 
spent much of the evening in our backyard.  Sam wanted 
to roast marshmallows, but all we had in the pantry were the 
tiny ones for cocoa.  The boys made the best of it, tho...










 Sam's big day!



We have Sam's "real" party coming up in a few weeks, so he 
chose pancakes as his birthday meal for Monday.  And, what 
better place than IHOP?  I was so amazed at how grown-up 
he is now.  Definitely bittersweet for this mom.

Then, we went home to try out a gift...the rubber-band shooter!




The shooter was a ton of fun, but Luke was a bit gun-shy...


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And, finally...we had another stink-bug visit...


This guy's legs were easily 2-inches long, and his shell was metallic.









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39 comments:

Alicia said...

They have the sweetest eyes!!!!!!

blueviolet said...

Those tiny marshmallows on skewers crack me up! Pancakes for a birthday dinner...that's an easy one to make happen!

Guns are loud. Luke is right!

Kathleen said...

Cool macro shot! And I love Luke's eyes in that last shot of him!

Together We Save said...

Oh my goodness.... those pictures are great!

Ashley Sisk said...

Love these...even your stinking bug.

Our Beaten Path said...

Tiny marshmellows...hilarious! Looks like you've had a good week. It too was warm here on New Year's Eve! Loved it!! Speaking of warm, maybe me having spring fever... :) Are you doing a garden again this year?

Sarah Halstead said...

Great photos. Love the one of Luke covering his ears.

Tammy said...

Roasting tiny marshmallows made me laugh.

Last Christmas we found a couple of stink bugs in our Christmas decorations. This past summer we were swarmed. There were hundreds of thousands; they swarmed our doors and flew inside whenever we or the children opened the door. We still find a couple here and there. I know there are many more in our attic, because I found several in our Christmas stuff. They could be a precursor to many more showing up at your house when it gets warm. :0(

Buckeroomama said...

I think your boys should be "eye talents"... Maybe you should start looking for an agent! =)

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

I love Luke's sweet smile.
IHOP is one of my favorite places to eat. Good choice Sam :-)

stumbull said...

I love the marshmallow shot! I was laughing so hard at that one! How did you even get those tiny marshmallows on a stick? THAT would have been a great macro!

Anne U said...

Like the one of Luke covering his ears.

Brooke said...

Lovely pics! That bug one is giving me the creeps though :D

Alita said...

So many many lovely captures. Even the bug ;)

Nicolle said...

Love the pictures! Love your chiminea. Roasting the tiny marshmallows made me laugh. Great shot of the bug, although he gives me the creepies. :)

Tezzie said...

One treat after another...from a tiny marshmallow party...to a big boy pancake meal (happy belated!)...to cuties out having fun (and, yay, Luke for being gun shy! LOL) Ok...the bug was beautifully captured....but not a treat in the same sense ;D

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Deb said...

You are great at capturing candid moments! Enjoyed the photos!

Louis said...

Thanks for linking up.
Louis

Natalie said...

Oh the roasting teenie marshmallows was too cute! And happy bday to Sam! Those pancakes looked scrumptious! OH and I want a rubber band shooter! Looks like fun! LOL

He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful pictures. Gorgeous eyes

Uyen said...

Really gorgeous. I love the colors in the pancake eating picture. Sam looks so mature now! And of course Luke is as cute as ever!

The Frat Pack + Me said...

What beautiful photos!

Kristy said...

What a cutie! Nice macro too!

SouthernSass said...

Beautiful photos - your boys are adorable! The stinkbug shot is really cool - but boy do they smell.....hence the name huh? :)

Tricia said...

What cutie pies! Oh, and I am insanely jealous that you could spend your NYE outside with only a long sleeve shirt, btw. ;)

Seizing My Day said...

So jealous of that weather!! how can you have snow on Christmas and sun on NYE?? am I dreaming or did that happen?? ha ha!

My kids loving picking a dinner out on their birthdays... we did IHop for Abby's birthday this year! ;)

Love the little gun shy guy!! too cute!

Coffee Break Mama said...

Oh man, my kids love IHOP and I love the kids eat free days :)
Roasting marshmallows is so fun - can you believe we may get more snow though? Crazy - I've been enjoying these warm afternoons too much!

Laura said...

Your boys are so cute! and I'm sooo jealous of your weather. Its cold and wet in the UK! Love your macro shot. I've never seen one of these before.

Satori_Image said...

awesome macro shot! I love those little metallic shiny bugs lol. We have a lot of them here in Japan but they are usually huuuuge lol.

Mom of M&Ms said...

I love photogaphing bugs!!!! Awesome macro

Coneflower Ranch said...

ACK! That is one huge stink bug! I can't believe that I still occasionally find them wandering around the inside of my house!

Life with Kaishon said...

You have the best family. I love your day together with your boys : ) The roasting of the marshmallows looks delicious. I am TOTALLY jealous of your weather. Nice!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

I've never seen nor heard of a stink bug before but that macro is great - oh what long legs they have.

Belated birthday greetings to your eldest too.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Great photos. Love the close up of the bug.

M said...

haha! how fun!

love this bug... great shot!

lisahudson said...

Ok, that's soooooo not nice to put in all those cute boy shots, and then end with that (eeeeeeeek) giant stink bug!!!!! Great shot, though. Bet the boys loved him. :-)

SarahinSC said...

What a fun day!!! Charlie got Stanley back yesterday! Thank you so much Dina! He was so thrilled! I'll let you know when I post about it. :)

scrappysue said...

i LOVE IHOP! i even have one of their coffee mugs. i drink my tea in it every night! happy birthday to sam and happy new year to you guys!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Great photos! Love the shot of him shooting!