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Batman Attitude

This kid and his costume wearing and smirks...
Did you know that Batman wears an Oregon Duck beanie?

A vase full

This kid... He's always bringing me something.  I have to secretly get rid of things he gives me or I'd have a house full of "stuff" (he's gonna hate me when he's older and reads this).  Whether it be a picture he's drawn, a rock he's found, a flower he's picked, a treasure he's dug from the ground or this...a beautiful bouquet of pipe cleaners.  How my heart melted when he handed me the vase full of them.  He was beaming with pride.  Honestly, it stayed on my kitchen counter for quite awhile and proved a good conversation piece when someone would ask about it.  
I hope Calvin saw how long I left it on that counter.  It was long enough that he didn't seem to notice when I took it down.  I hope he recognized how much the time he spent making it and thinking of me meant to this Mama's heart.  I may not have kept that pipe cleaner bouquet around, but a made sure to take a picture of it.  A reminder of the love that spills over inside thi…

Calvin's in Preschool!

Today was Calvin's official first day of school.  Cascade View has a strong preschool program and we decided it would be a fun way for him to interact socially two days a week.  As excited as he was about going to "school", he surprised me at how timid he was (I think maybe just because of what he's seen from William).  Regardless, he transitioned quickly made instant friends with many of his classmates.

It starts for Calvin...Next year he'll be in Kindergarten and I can hardly believe it.  With an older brother to look up to, I feel as though he's growing up more quickly than William did.  The two of them share so much together and William's pretty excited that he now gets to share school's with Calvin.

William starts 2nd grade!!

Kudos to this kid...He has become more brave with each new school that he's had to transition into.  Although we wouldn't have intentionally planned it this way, I really think all of the transition has helped him to grow.

William will be at Cascade View Christian School in Sublimity, William's 3rd school since Kindergarten.  We committed ourselves to driving the 40min (one way) from our current location until we actually make the move to the Sublimity/Stayton area.  This way he can start off and continue through the entire year, even after we move.  And, God forbid, it's where we'll keep him for 3rd grade so he won't have to adjust to another school next year!

2nd grade...Won't be long before I'll be adding a one to the beginning of that and graduating him out of high school.  Sometimes you just want the moments to slow down a little.

What a kid William is growing up to be.  He may be timid when it comes to social situations and new environments, bu…

Our Summer Blues

Warning.  Long post due to many pictures.  I decided to chronicle our pickers this year in pictures.  Why?  After many months of thought and prayer, we decided awhile back that this Summer (Lord willing) would be our last Summer here at the Gant Ranch.  Not that we're rid of this place and joyful about leaving, but we have felt that God has been calling us to plant our feet elsewhere (more on that in a later post).  With a potential move in mind, this season was setting up to be an extra special one; one I wanted to remember by pictures.  So, here's our Blue Chronicled Summer...

Blueberry Season!

Today marks the beginning of our Blueberry Season this year!
If you'll take note of the date, it's SUPER early this year.  Thanks to all the warm weather we've had lately, we're eating off our bushes almost a month earlier than normal.  It caught me by surprise.  The boys were wandering outside chomping on something and I realized it was blueberries!  And they were actually blue! (They've been known to, out of pure angst for the season, take off a few blueish/purple berries and just eat past the slight bitterness)

I set out to test the berry's sugar content to make sure we could actually start the picking season and the boys could hardly keep their hands off the bushes.  So, I put them to work...

Bring on the pickers!  Any guesses on how many pounds we'll take away this year?!