Bamboo Sprouts

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School room

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Family room

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Our downstairs has felt like a whole separate disaster of a house since we moved in. The previous people used the window-y room as their school room, and I just automatically set it up that way for us too, but there was too much going on in there to function well for us. So, I finally worked up the energy to reorganize and switch it all around. I don’t really have before pix handy, but here is the result and it is working so much better now! The school room is really just the school room now and the family room/kids rec room is an all purpose, hang out type room with desks for art and computer and working on projects and tv and comfy spots for just relaxing. Now, maybe some drapes and paint would be nice too. :)

sunset

sunset

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We have enjoyed beautiful autumn sunsets this week.

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The Birthday peeps!

bowling

Sophie

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Rick and Sophie

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shakes

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Rick and Sophie share a birthday so we have to whoop it up big! We celebrated with a day off-island for bowling, hotel swimming, diner dining and milkshake deserts and an overnight at the hotel. We also celebrated once home, with Sophie’s favorite lemon glazed cake and visitors over. She is excited to be 12! I can’t believe she is almost a teenager…

Rick is a good sport about his Birthday being taken over by hers. :) He requested his favorite cake be served at Christmas time. He enjoyed a couple of days off from work and opening a few gifts from me and from the kids and some sent from afar.

 

punkin

 

Punkin is sweet and calm and cuddly and lazy bones.

penelope

 

Penelope is naughty and curious and trouble with a capital T (in a good way of course).

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Penelope on porch, and Punkin peeking out. :)

house

 

Rick and Levi built this beautiful house for when it is time for them to be outside more.

 

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We made them a sort of enclosed play yard outside, but after a bit, they realized that inside is warm and cozy and the place to be when you are a tiny kitty.

sophie

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Introducing Punkin and Penelope…aka- P and P Pest Control. Except…we are so in love, and they are such babies and well, so far, they are big slackers at their “job”. ;) But they are super cute and fun and EASY. How did we have no idea how easy kitty kitties are?? Well, because Rick is allergic and we never had them actually. But, we are managing to keep them contained enough that Rick isn’t too affected and we have even caught him giving them a little love (and then scrubbing the kitty cooties off right away!). They are just too hard to resist! :)

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We had a vampire princess, a white witch and a ninja dude this year. :) All of these costumes were re/upcycled from previous years, which I thought was clever of them. For example, Bella’s dress was originally a masquerade ball lady and Sophie’s was originally a snow princess. We added some creepy wings and spider hat to Bella’s and we made the witch hat to add to Sophie’s. Best T or Ting on the island is downtown. They close the streets off to cars and everyone is invited to come party and collect candy.

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My peeps said it was the best Halloween ever. :)