Mimi’s Birthday

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It seems like the last few weeks we’ve been partying all the time. This time around, it’s for an actual birthday party up in Sherman.

It all began innocently enough.

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Again, watermelon is his favorite.


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Mimi was trying to get Max to refocus from the TV to the watermelon.


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She was not successful.


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In fact, it only got worse.

We eventually decided it was time to shut the TV off so we could get the kids out into the pool. The weather is starting to get cooler, so we don’t have a lot of opportunities for that left this year.

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Blakely almost immediately decided to shoot Mimi with a water gun.


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Mimi retaliated as necessary.


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Owen spent much of his time on the step, spraying his cousins.


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…and ALMOST spraying the camera.


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Tanner dragged a boat into the pool, and much advantage was taken of it.


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I strategically placed it for maximum entertainment.


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Owen was happy about that.

After everyone returned from various eateries with food, we all got out of the pool and enjoyed some much needed dinner. With all that out of the way, we moved right on to cake. We sang a round of Happy Birthday to Mimi and the much anticipated moment arrived. As she leaned into blow out the candles, Max tried to get in on the action. Unfortunately they were both too slow and Blakely blew out all the candles before they could even inhale.

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This is what Max looks like when he’s dealing with shock and dismay.


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So we lit the candles again.


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Then everyone got another crack at it.


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Mimi was kind enough to let Max read some of her cards while the other kids watched.

We’ve been really impressed with his progress so far. He’s now reading level 3 books with very little help. Not sure when we should introduce him to Tolkien and Vonnegut, but I’m sure we’ll get there by the end of the year. He’s also still very much into craft projects, which brings us to our last photo of the week. He loves the High Five magazines that his aunt JoAnn has him subscribed to, and he’s always begging to do the craft project that appears in each issue. This time around he wanted to do one that coincided with a need for the weekend so we let him at it.

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Not too bad for a shoebox, tissue paper, and copious amounts of glue.

Mimi had a fun birthday, and the kids went home as fully exhausted as we’d expect. If you want to check out the rest of the photos from the week, you can click here. Otherwise, we’ll catch you next week!

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