Sherman and the others prayed…

for Malia’s healing all night. At some point, he heard Alydia snoring and was annoyed that she would doze off at such an hour.

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p.s. If you want to see some adorable “Elf on the Shelf” pics, click over to my friend Sonja’s blog. Her clever little Nikky is always up to tricks!

Sherman’s Birthday Party

I don’t think I ever posted Sherman’s party last year (sad!), so I think this year’s party deserves a post of its own. I kept it simple–some paper lanterns, jacks we had lying around, candy from Valentine’s Day and Easter, a pan of GF brownies, and a few odd gifts. But Anja was tickled, as was Sherman, of course. 🙂

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Singing to Sherman, who was clearly embarrassed.
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A disheveled guest.
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Sherman scarfing down some candy.
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Sherman with gifts–a sleeping bag and some bubble wrap from Mama, and a watering can from Markus.
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June 2011 Highlights Reel

Instead of completely ignoring our summer like last year, I decided to put up a few photos of each month for posterity. 🙂

Sherman Deux had a pool party with his friends. They learned Dead Man’s Float, apparently. And some of them just watched.
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Preschool celebrated summer birthdays (probably a photo from May, actually).
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Markus walked with his hands behind his back all the time for a couple of months. It was pretty funny.
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Made sushi for the first time (though they were vegetarian, so whatever that makes them) in honor of my sis-in-law’s visit (excuse the moving boxes in the background!). Yummy! She was home for a short leave from teaching overseas, and it was great to have her here!
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Moved! Though I don’t have any updated photos of the house to show, we continue to work on it every week. I’m hoping for some before-and-afters before Christmas! I took a couple shots of the kids sleeping their last night in the old house (sniff).
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Anja somehow wove the monitor base into her bed, and told me in the morning they’d had a “campfire.”
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