There are so many little things that make life rich and rewarding and they are sometimes the toughest things to capture. I’m going to start trying to do regular “little things” posts to keep up on the day-to-day over here.

Lu and I made Thanksgiving thank-you notes:

Crazy hair day rolled around at the elementary school once again. We got creative with Grace’s braids this time around:
(That’s a hanger in there holding those puppies up.)

We rode bikes together to school. It was fun to scope out some of the other crazy hair-dos when we got there.
This was my view from the Costco parking lot a couple weeks ago caught with my iPhone:

This was the view of the front of our house that same day a little earlier:
Yeah, we see more and more of these boys all the time. They crack me up.

Claire got to do a cheerleading camp at the high school Dave attended back in the day.
She did it with her cousin:
She was what’cha call excited about it.
Our dear friend who found us through the internet and helped us through the roughest time when we first found out Lucy’s syndrome had a business trip near where we live.

He came for a visit.

Do you think the girls like him?

He is one of the smartest people I know…a good person to have on your side when you’re trying to research and try to figure out how to deal with the things that some along with a very rare syndrome.

Elle and her volleyball team got a big trophy:

Claire was “sick” one day so she stayed home from school with Lu and me.
Man alive it made me wish she could be here every single day with me (and Lu, who also wishes the same thing).

We planted flowers in our very neglected flower spot:
And saw Lucy off on the bus together:
And then we snuggled and read a little bit.

Oh man I love that girl.

Grace did some more gathering:She had a cute friend who helped her gather boys this time along with the girls.
Whoa! Are we really ready for that??

Lu can make her own low-fat-almond-butter sandwiches:
Dave and his friend took their daughters (who happen to be the best of friends) on a camping trip. How fun is that??

They had quite a few neighbor boys willing to help them pack up.

I wish I had taken better pictures of the contents of that trailer. Boy they could have camped for two weeks with all the stuff they brought for one night.
Max played more volleyball tournaments:Although their team isn’t the best one on the block, they’re still pretty fun to watch.

This is a field we passed on the way to some carpool:

…and here it is on the way home:I thought it was beautiful.

Other little things not in pictures:
I turned in our Christmas card to be printed and shouted out a little “hallelujah” yelp.
We got new Young Women leaders after some got split out of our congregation.
We are missing so many great girls and leaders but got some new really great ones too.
My hair is falling out in handfuls and I’m trying to figure out what in the world to do about it.
I swear Max can eat more than any other human-being I know.
Max has grown literally three inches in the last couple months.
I started Christmas shopping. I did the “hallelujah” on that one too.

More later.
Happy Tuesday.

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  1. So fun seeing you at TOFW!! Just a quick comment before getting into the hubbub of the day…MY HAIR IS DOING THE SAME THING!!! Ugh. I just had to cut 5" off. If you figure something out, please share. Is this caused by stress? Hormones? Age? Eek. If so, I am doomed…

  2. I just want to thank you for your massive amount of optimism and positive attitude. I am also a mother of a special needs child and a large family. Oh, and I love your pictures!

  3. Your family is so great! I love Max and Elle. I wish my family lived in a nice suburban area like you guys do. We have to drive twenty minutes to the nearest Wal-Mart! Anyway, I hope you have a happy Tuesday as well. 🙂

  4. Ok, first of all, have your thyroid checked, and then go to Walmart and for $5.00, pick up a bottle of -One Source, Hair, Skin and Nails Multi- Two a day, one in the A.M. and one in the P.M. It has pretty much stopped my hair loss. Even after getting on medication for a totally blown thyroid, it did not stop falling out, but this has!

  5. You are AWESOME! Good luck with the hair thing… My husband told me the other day, "Your hair isn't as fluffy as it used to be." HUH?? I never had fluffy hair! lol oh well. (It's probably because my hairdresser moved and I'm scared to find a new one!) Good luck! Love ya 🙂

  6. I have my six year old who is "sick" and home from school today. It looks like you are much more kind to yours than I have been to mine. Your post is causing me to think about how to handle her need to stay home today. I'm not sure I'll do anything differently but at least you've helped me to think about it!

  7. I always love your photos and all of the details that you share, but I've gotta say that I really love those photos of the corn field. I totally do stuff like that all the time! Makes me feel good knowing that I'm not the only one. :0)

  8. It could definitely be thyroid but you have to have the 3 separate blood tests that nto all doctors check. You could also check out Juice Plus. Lots of links to learn all about this whole food (17 fruits, veggies and grains) in capsule form. Not to take the place of fresh fruit and veggies but good stuff. My kids take the chewables and I take the capsules and love it. i swear it is what kept us healthy in Disney! It is a great company that offers free child studies with each adult that takes them Check out the links or email me for more info.

  9. I was going to say the same thing about thryoid…..but make sure they test TSH, T3 and T4 (most doctors just do a TSH and declare you fine…)

    And as always…absolutely lovely pictures!

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