Snow Times, Valentines, Cousin Times, and Felines

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It was another routine set of weekdays, despite the weather’s best efforts to derail things. We tried our best to recuperate before the weekend, which took some unexpected turns for better and worse.

Thursday brought us just enough snow to get the kids excited, but not quite enough to play with or cancel school over.

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They demanded to go out anyway, if only to catch a little bit with their tongues.

Friday gave us some time to get ready for the holiday ahead. The boys had school parties to prepare for, which meant putting together plenty of treats for all their classmates.

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Things go a lot faster when you have help.

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Owen was in charge of keeping things nice and orderly.

Max was also celebrating a school milestone on Friday.

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Hard to believe it’s been so many days already!

We’re eagerly awaiting the results of his second round of gifted and talented testing, but we won’t know for sure on that until March.

Unfortunately, the week wasn’t all valentines and snow. On Monday we received the very sad news of a death in Christy’s extended family. We traveled up to Sherman on Saturday to attend her service and let the boys stay behind at Mimi and Pappaw’s house. When we got back to the house, they were very insistent on showing us what they’d been up to.

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Making paper airplanes, apparently.

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Max’s airplane was made with three sheets of paper so it would separate during flight.

Their enthusiasm and silly behavior provided a little relief in an otherwise somber day of mourning.

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Maggie Joe and Scout were out as well, which the boys enjoyed greatly.

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They pretty much spent the whole evening running in circles around the house.

We let them wear themselves out as much as possible, then packed everything up and headed back home. We spent much of Sunday at home, but still needed to run out to handle our usual grocery shopping and other weekly needs. This time, however, we worked in an extra errand. We’ve spent the last few months working our way through pet stores and looking at an endless stream of cats. We decided it was finally time to go to a proper shelter so the kids could look at more than a few cats at once.

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So yeah, that happened.

Her name is Mae, she’s ridiculous, and the boys find her hilarious. I’m sure we’ll have many stories about her and the boys in the years to come.

If you want to check out the rest of the photos, feel free to click here. Otherwise we’ll see you next time!

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