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First Day/Last Day | School Year 2013-2014

I took the photo of the 3 of us in the morning of the last day of school this year. Then we went 6 different directions the rest of the day and I didn't get the rest of the photos. So we cheated a bit and took the rest today. The day after the last day of school. Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do. It's always really crazy to see the difference that 1 school year can make,
so I'm really glad that I took them today.
Apparently I never took a first day of all 3 of us for this year. So here is the last day of all 3 of us...
 
 
Ryan - 1st day of his Sophmore year of High School. He drove himself to school on the last day...
 

 

 
Matthew - 1st day and last day of his 5th Grade year. It's REALLY crazy how much he has grown and changed this year...
 

 

 
Little brother is catching up with big brother!
 


Matthew was invited to a friend's house the last day of school to swim.
Not too shabby of a place to be...

 
We arrived home just in time to see Ryan leave to play with the band for graduation. 2 more years and it will be his graduation! It's still kinda weird to just watch him drive away!
He cleans up nice though...
 

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12 of 12 | January 2014

I am trying to get more photos, more stories put away about our little family. It's easy to take photos, but lately I have zero interest in getting them somewhere where anyone can look at them. I want to do a Project 365 (taking a photo a day) again,  but have no desire to edit and sit at the computer yet each night. I am tired by the time I get Matthew to bed and most days, bed wins out with getting up at 5am most mornings. I have followed a blog for awhile now where she uses 12 photos on the 12th of each month to illustrate a bit of their day that day. It dawned on me that this is something I can do. It can be my project 12 - a set of photos for each month at least. I also want to continue a 4 people 12 times too. I did this last in 2011 and I liked doing it.
So - this month on the 12th we...


  1. I started the morning out on a 4 mile run. It's a rest week - next week will be a 10 miler. Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise.
  2. We went on our usual WalMart run 1st thing with breakfast at McDonald's first.
  3. Michael was able to install the radio and speakers in the Jeep - we now have tunes!!!
  4. We loaded up in the afternoon and went out to the dessert to shot and drive around a bit. I got to shoot my new gun!
  5. Ryan got out my D40 and is practicing with it.
  6. The boys posing on the Jeep when we packed up to go drive a bit.
  7. Ryan took this one of Michael and I.
  8. The 4 of us with 4 Peaks in the background.
  9. Jeepin'!
  10. Ryan drove us home after we stopped at LJS's to have dinner.
  11. Gorgeous sunset!
  12. Our nightly Uno game before Matthew goes to bed.

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31 for 21 | Oct. 11, 2013

Today we left and went home! Traffic was better on the way home and Ryan logged some more highway driving time.
Snapped o few of these 3 before we left...
 
 
 

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31 for 21 | Oct. 10, 2013


We got up pretty early, after a pretty late night last night. Matthew got to bed later than usual and then with it being unfamilar surroundings and the excitement, he didn't go to sleep for forever! Katherine had a call back here...


We left at 8:30am and then drove a whole whopping 10 miles to arrive at 10am! Oh the joys of LA driving!
We had to laugh on seeing this right out our front windshield after dropping Katherine off! We drove around quite a bit the night before and couldn't find it in the dark! When I had been up there in Jan. we had driven around and couldn't find it at night either. We found out later it was when it was being repaired! LOL! Still don't know why we didn't see it the night before this time!

 
Then we went to the Santa Monica Beach.



So pretty again!



They had fun digging in the sand together!


Ryan filmed...




Then we went back so Katherine could get ready for this...
Ryan had a blast watching & helping them!


This guy did really well until it got really late again. He had been so good watching and being quiet until he was just done! Then we went outside and did some laps walking around the pool...



Here's 1 of Katherine that I took on the beach!

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31 for 21 | Oct. 9, 2013

Today we drove to LA to visit Ursula and Katherine. I hadn't seen them since Jan., but the boys hadn't seen them for almost 10 years! The drive went pretty well. Ryan got some driving time in while traffic wasn't too bad coming out of Phoenix. We tried again at palm Springs, but quickly figured out that we were already too close to LA. We hit hard rain in the 1st parts of LA and then hit traffic, so the trip took a bit longer than I thought it might. But we made it there!


We did stop in Palm Springs. Ryan knew where there was a bus/train stop right on the edge of the windmills - so pretty!



 
Matthew was entralled with the white sand there and promptly sat down to play in it.




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31 for 21 | Oct. 14, 2013



This song gets to me every single time since the 1st time I really tuned into the lyrics and what it says.

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to


I think of Matthew every time now. I subsitute words into my head for the lyrics. I bolded the words I change in my head.


Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don't know
If I was (a retard), I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
"Man, that's (retarded)" gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we're saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other (retards) behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
(Retarded) is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it

(I don't know)

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
(My Family) keeps me warm
(My Family) keeps me warm
(My Family) keeps me warm
(My Family) keeps me warm

We press play, don't press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking 'round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all
But it's a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up... sex

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
(My Family) keeps me warm
(My Family) keeps me warm
(My Family) keeps me warm
(My Family) keeps me warm

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind

Song is by Macklemore - "Same Love"(with Ryan Lewis)
(feat. Mary Lambert)


I think you could subsitute lots of different words into this song that is originally about being gay. I also think that it's a sign of a really well written song when the listener can inject themselves into it and make it about them... see themselves in the song. I feel society has lost so much in this land of instant messages and text and they need to really tune into what they are saying and how it can affect another person.

I owe posts and need to play catch up yet again...

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31 for 21 | Oct. 8th, 2013

The morning ritual - he heads out first thing - still in his jammies, still warm from his bed - with his headphones, music and the dogs. The dogs know exactly where he wants them to be and they lay down there. He gets on his swing and dances and sings to the music as he is swinging. Usually Big Time Rush, but lately the music from Girl vs. Monster (another Katherine movie). Every morning.



Such pretty light at this time of the morning...


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31 for 21 | Oct. 7, 2013

Today Michael was at work, Ryan went to Band Camp and Matthew and I went to WalMart. Miss Lynnette - Matthew's OT - came over for therapy and we decided to try some roast chicken with him. He's finally eating most forms of frozen chicken - nuggets, tenders, fingers, even real tenders, etc. - but those are hard to pack in his lunch. I really need something that we can get him to eat at school. So we tried this. Didn't go over too well, but we did get him to put it on his tongue, so small steps.

 
Then we made vampire teeth apples...
We've been working with apples and peanut butter alot. He has no qualms about handling/touching the apples anymore, but eating them sliced is still a no go. He's been eating applesauce for forever, so we're trying to get him to eat apple slices.
He wouldn't get the marshmallows anywhere near his mouth either...
 
 



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