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Happy Birthday Boyfriend (with Pictures)


Yet another year has gone by and it’s that time of year again when for a short period of time, The Boyfriend and I will the same age! It’s always an exciting time of the year for me, because I don’t feel like the oldest one in the relationship (even though I know that I always will be, I don’t feel it so much).

Generally, we don’t do much for anyone’s birthday around here. For his this year, it somehow managed to be quite a special day. We had tried to talk the kids into sleeping in or at least letting us sleep in, but that didn’t really go as planned. Although it was quite a bit easier than we had expected to wake up this morning. First order of business was to get some coffee in us and even though it was bitterly cold and snow was blowing all over the place, the birthday boy braved the weather and brought us home the first coffees of the day.

He let me play Minecraft for a bit – I’ve got two different files going right now. One is my “creative mode” one and I’ve got a freaking wicked train station, with a functioning train and it took tons of math for me to figure out how to make this world. First time in years that I’ve used division… The other is a “survival mode” one that I keep re-starting over and over again called ValerieVille. While I was playing Minecraft, he was playing Star Trek Online where he is now a Rear Admiral Lower Half – which just sounds so unlike him that it’s bordering on ironic.

Then, I made the world’s most awesome breakfast brunch ever. I had seen a picture on Pinterest a couple weeks back that inspired the meal today, which made me much more enthusiastic than I had expected. The first time ever that I’d seen something on Pinterest and then actually made it… So, without reading any instructions, I set out to make Bacon Bowls with some Scrambled Eggs and Buttered Toast.

All in all, it was a great brunch that filled us all right up and we all wanted more. Definitely adding Bacon Bowls to more of our meals – because seriously, who doesn’t love bacon and who doesn’t love bowls? They are both very awesome things! I mean, one of them holds things in a circular type fashion, a sort of dome for delicious foods to be gathered in – gathered! And then of course, the other one is bacon and really, I don’t need to explain that one to you… Do I?

After brunch, we switched electronics and he’s spent the majority of his birthday doing his most favorite thing in the world… Gaming.

The kids were in a picture-happy mood, and Miss Kaeidyn wants to show you all the great pictures she took, so check out the public Facebook album “Boyfriend’s Birthday 2013” to see more of our amazing day! She also made a video that’ll show you just what type of nerds I’m living with here… Although, there’s me in the background, blogging away – so, maybe I shouldn’t talk so much ūüėČ

Now, the kids are quietly going off to bed, an hour later than they were supposed to for a school night and I’m finishing up this blog post before hopefully going for a nice hot bath. I’ve been spending the last few days working on a special little project (little being the biggest understatement of my year thus far), so I’ve been on the computer a lot more than my body likes – but it’s a project that I’m quite excited about.

I hope you enjoyed being invited in for The Boyfriend’s nerdy birthday party and be sure to like this post and leave any thoughts you may have below!


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My, How They’ve Grown…


Past 2010 Present

Kaeidyn, 1 1/2 years old

Kaeidyn, 1 1/2 years old

Kaeidyn, 5 years old

Kaeidyn, 5 years old

Kaeidyn, 8 years old

Kaeidyn, 8 years old

Kenzie, 3 months old

Kenzie, 3 months old

Kenzie, 3 1/2 years old

Kenzie, 3 1/2 years old

Kenzie, 6 years old

Kenzie, 6 years old

Keirnan, 1 day old

Keirnan, 1 day old

Keirnan, 2 years old

Keirnan, 2 years old

Keirnan, 5 years old

Keirnan, 5 years old

Carter, 1 day old

Carter, 1 day old

 

Carter, 3 months old

Carter, 3 months old

Carter, 3 years old

Carter, 3 years old


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Kaeidyn’s an Artist


Awhile back, The Boyfriend and I were trying to find blank pages in our notebooks – which the kids have stolen and covered almost every single page with scribbles, doodles and all sorts of fun drawings. While the boys are still all mostly in circles and lines, Kaeidyn has become quite the little artist, drawing complex pictures and lots of interesting things. Here’s just a few of her most recent works:

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I Want a Dog and I Want It Now!


So, don’t ask me how I got started on this MAJOR learning experience that I’m traveling on tonight, but somehow it got brought up what kind of dog I would like to have. I’ve always had a bit of a fondness for smaller dogs for a variety of reasons, but mostly because they are the best kind of dog to have on you lap when you’re always at the computer!

Also, I have always liked their stature. The fact that they they are these small dogs, but they stand like they’re just as big as any of the other dogs in the yard. It’s a very sexy quality in a dog. So, I put in Jack Russell Terrier on Wikipedia and now I’ve spent the last 2 hours doing nothing but reading about dogs…

And I want one! I want one really bad!!

The Boyfriend and I have decided we really badly want a Rat Terrier. I’m a sucker for a cute puppy and when I saw the picture of the little Rat Terrier and then read about it’s temperment, I knew that was the dog for us. Good with kids, easy to train, sensitive – sounds like a good fit for us. This however, lead me on a search for Dog on Wikipedia. Well let me tell you this, my mind is officially BLOWN!

Read this and tell me your mind is not at least partially blown:

The English word¬†dog¬†comes from¬†Middle Englishdogge, from¬†Old Englishdocga, a “powerful dog breed”.[13]¬†The term may derive from Proto-Germanic*dukkŇćn, represented in Old English¬†finger-docce¬†(“finger-muscle”).[14]¬†The word also shows the familiar petname¬†diminutive-ga¬†also seen in¬†frogga¬†“frog”,¬†picga“pig”,¬†stagga¬†“stag”,¬†wicga¬†“beetle, worm”, among others.[15]¬†Due to the archaic structure of the word, the term¬†dog¬†may ultimately derive from the earliest layer of Proto-Indo-European vocabulary, reflecting the role of the dog as the earliest¬†domesticated animal.[16]

My mind…. BLOWN!!!

But back to the dog… ūüėČ Here’s three really cute pictures of Rat Terriers for your viewing pleasure:

Lucy, A Rat Terrier

Tell me this is not the cutest picture of a dog you’ve ever seen! She looks so tiny and fragile and yet so bold and confident. Something very striking about this puppy!

Five Week Old Rat Terrier

Just a mere five weeks old and this little guy is making a pretty bold statement. I love the little head and the little ears. Awww, it’s so cute!!!

Photo taken of Rat Terrier, “Shorty,” demonstrating upright ears.

I love this picture. Looks like such a happy dog, and an alert one too. I think I want a Rat Terrier…

Okay, so there you’ve had it. I’m unfortunately a girl who says cute, but hell, can you blame me? Those were some of the cutest pictures I’ve seen that weren’t of my own kids (and trust me, I have really cute kids!). Too bad I currently live in a place where I’m not allowed pets, and not sure if I could manage a pet at this point in my life, but I can definitely add it to a “maybe one day I’ll do this” list.

One day…