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Star Wars monopoly

We went through our board games and found one that we (somehow) haven’t played yet. In a family as Star Wars-y as we are I don’t know how we missed Star Wars monopoly but we had.

I went broke first, as I always seem to in monopoly. I got into a bidding war and lost horribly – but I made my point so maybe it was worth it?

Unplugged family moments are important.

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Little Purdy’s chocolates

We had to brave the mall today to grab a couple of things. The girl took off to do some window shopping on her own while we grabbed our items. When she met up with us after, she pulled a small bag out of her picked and placed it in my hand and said this is for you.

She’d gone to Purdy’s and bought me a few of my favorite chocolates.

That is love.

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Grandma got run over by a reindeer – valentine day

The kids favorite Christmas movie has always been Grandma got run over by a reindeer. It’s about the cheesiest movie around, but we’ve always loved it and haven’t found it on tv for the last few years. Like 7 or 8 years.

But we’d talk about not only how we used to watch it at Christmas, but the one year that we did Christmas in July and watched it then.

Last November I found it on amazon and ordered it with the expected delivery date of December 15.

Well, it finally showed up in the mail today so it was our valentine’s special.

It was a hoot to hear the kids laugh at memories, and to see that they love it as much now as teens as they did when they were in diapers.

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Wifi reset

We have been without internet for more than 2 weeks. We have up our tv satellite last summer and now stream everything, but living where we do our only option is Xplornet and it’s 500gb package. Usually we are out for a few days, but this was a long one.

Instead of watching our own shows separately, we’ve been watching Family Guy and Mr Bean on the DVD player together.

An interesting thing happened today. Instead of being excited that we could go back to our own shows, we are sitting here together – as a family – watching Family Guy.

Internet makes our world better in so many ways, but I have to say unplugging is so nice too. We do more things together, read more, and play games. Who would have thought?

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On the hill

I was driving down Cochrane Hill today, stuck behind a big truck going very slowly when I had a childhood memory pop up.

When we were kids often we had horse activities at times when dad wasn’t available and mom would have to take us ourselves. Now that I’m a mom I realize how hard it is just to get two humans out of the house, forget tack, horses, and hooking up the trailer (forget loading the horses and driving us.

The fact that mom could do all this given her physical limitations is absolutely amazing.

I remember often her having to drive the trailer up Cochrane Hill – and when we were little she was hauling with just our old Jeep. She’d have to drive through the flat part of town as fast as she could, and even so we’d get 3/4 of the way up the hill and we’d slow to a walking pace.

We always got wherever we were going – she had more patience than I did clearly – but sometimes I look at the things we did or places we went and I’m quite amazed at how brave mom was.

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Fondue and Mr. Bean

It’s still -475 (well it really was -32c) and we decided it was a good night to full our bellies with cheese and our hearts with smiles. So fondue and Mr. Bean it was.

I love them all, but I think my favorite episode is the church one. I’ve felt the same way in church many times – and every time I hear that one with the hallelujah I giggle out loud.

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Communication Day 2019

It was speech day at our 4H club today. Both kids were nervous and complaining about how they didn’t want to do it all week – but both got up and gave fantastic speeches. They are quite gifted public speakers it seems, and both have moved up to the next level to compete.

The boy, who likes it more than the girl, could actually have a career as a speaker. I was told by a leader today that he reminded them of my dad – charismatic, able to explain his point clearly, and well composed. That’s high praise – my dad was a really skilled speaker and really enjoyed drawing people in. Winning aside, that was huge praise for the boy.

4H has been a huge blessing for our family.

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