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“Look Mommy, I made a mermaid fin.”

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Marsha. Meet Marsha, our first official pet. Some friends of ours are moving across the country, so we inherited their betta fish (and the contents of their freezer).

Carina named him Marsha. Both kids are very excited to share feeding duties, although based on the clouding in water, I’d say we need to scale it back a bit.

There’s something so nostalgic about class photos.  I love getting these for the kids’ school each spring!

Callen's 2 year old class

Carina's Pre-K 4 Class

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Featured imageA Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 131 posts. There were 130 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 166mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 3rd with 46 views. The most popular post that day was Summer Dance Camp.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Summer Dance Camp August 2010
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The Bearenstain Bears Come to Little Rock! November 2009
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Oh Penicillin, How Itchy are Thy Blotches December 2009
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Carina’s Piggie Bank Birthday August 2010
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Be careful what you sign up for… November 2010
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It’s been a busy month for art!  The wall in the hall barely made it to Spring Break.

Carina drew this picture of me.  She said it’s a picture of me when I am sleeping.  It’s somehow spooky and funny at the same time.

Here’s a picture Carina drew of herself getting an x-ray.  It makes me feel better about the picture she drew of me.

Because of Callen’s penicillin reaction, we left a day late to go to Grandma and Papa’s house.  As we were packing up to head out on Thursday morning, there was something in the back yard that was making me a little nervous…A rapidly rising river!

This is what our creek normally looks like:

Luckily the water didn’t rise much higher than what you see in the first picture.  It had a lot further to go before it made it to our house, but that was a lot of water!  When we got to Branson, we were watching the weather channel and they said that Little Rock had received a record 81 inches of rain in 2009.  As our neighbor, Diane, said, “That’s why we know we’ll never have neighbors behind us!”

Because we traveled East for Thanksgiving this year, we spent Christmas with Grandma and Papa in Branson.  We still wanted to do Christmas at our house, though, so we did a few nights early.  Carina was convinced she must have been extra good this year to have had Santa visit her both at home AND at Grandma’s house.

So, the night Santa was going to visit us, Daddy helped Carina put out milk and cookies for santa, and carrot for the reindeer, of course.  (She doesn’t normally wear her brother’s pajamas to bed, but she was just in the mood…)

In the morning it was exciting to watch the kids inventory their stockings…

Eat the candy canes that Santa left on the tree…

And open those exciting presents that Santa left under the tree!

The Wall in the Hall

Some of the art has been through rough times this month.  Callen managed to get his hot little hands on a step stool, and stepped right up to an art-ripping escapade!  You also might notice that our wall in the hall is in need of a paint job.  Here are the favorites:

Carina's Farm Animals

Craig asked her to draw a farm, and this is what she came up with.  Immediately after showing it to me, she wadded it up and stuffed it in her art backpack.  Yikes!

Scribbles on Torn Plate

I believe this is the first appearance of Callen art on the Wall in the Hall.  As you can see, he’s a big fan of tearing art.  He’s been scribbling for a while, but this was his true art piece, done at the last library storytime we attended before I decided that Callen was too wild and crazy for a 45 minute storytime.

Smelly Art

This one cracks me up.  Apparently the kids at PDO were coloring with smelly markers, and then the teachers would label each color with what it smelled like, according to the child.  So, orange smells, well, orange.

For the remainder of our visit, we stayed at Nana and PawPaw’s house.  The kids always have fun running crazy through the house and chasing each other in loops.  Nana and PawPaw also have a whole arsenal of nerf weapons:

soon-to-be moving targets

Uncle Shawn putting the hammer down

Carina on the spring horse

For some reason we did not get any group pictures here, either.  For actual Thanksgiving, we visited Aunt Becky’s family home and had a wonderful dinner with all of her family. It was a great visit, although not long enough to spend as much time with everyone as we would have liked.

Oh, and I had to post this picture of me that Craig’s dad took.  I have seen several pictures from back when I was little of my mom with this same look on her face, and I always wondered why she would make those faces in pictures.  Now I know why.  It’s because I’m busy trying to wrangle one wriggly kid while keeping an eye on the other kid and did not realize that my picture is being taken.  And of course, the picture taker is not really trying to take my picture, he’s trying to take a picture of my wriggly kid, so he didn’t say anything to get my attention. (And I’m pretty sure my glasses are not on straight because my wriggly kid bent them.)

A portrait of motherhood

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