Thank God for him, for all of them

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As I was gazing at my birthday boy this morning, falling in love with him all over again, I found myself feeling so thankful that he was given to me. And then I found myself wondering how I was so lucky to get him, someone who is so special and perfect.

I have made many mistakes in my life, so how is it possible that I have been trusted to love him and teach him and love him some more and help him grow into a wonderful person who will make a difference in our world in his own special way?

I wonder this about all four of my children, who have been my teachers since the day they were born and show me how to be better on a daily basis.

Ah, the mysteries of life. Maybe it just boils down to the simple fact that I’m the luckiest mama in the whole wide universe.

Happy birthday to my darling Patrick. It’s going to be so fun celebrating you!

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“Look at all my presents!”

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“Time to go to Miss Pat’s…”

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“…but first I want to visit the daisies.”

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“Ok, now I’m ready to ROCK this birthday.”

 

Oh, Glacier

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Is there any place that doesn’t pale in comparison to your beauty?

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Thank goodness…

…for city parks. They bring smiles and fun every place we venture to.

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Love Deer Lake

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Leg two of Holiday Road took us to the Bob and Char Byrne family cabin at Deer Lake, a wonderful place that I haven’t been to in many moons.

We had some fun paddleboarding…

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and canoeing…

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and boating…

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and just havin good times…

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The best part was soaking up more time with our Spokane loveys, like the Byrne sisters…

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and singing “Oh Danny Boy” with the Dannys…

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and hangin with sports celebs, like Dylan Foss…

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That’s right, the Tune Squad went undefeated in Hoopfest ’16 and won the championship in their bracket.

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Way to represent, Montana!

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Jim and Colleen’s girls (who I sadly didn’t get and pictures of) represented as well. Their team won the championship in the co-ed bracket.

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Gotta go now, Spokane. See you next time. Xoox

Go Champions and Tune Squad!

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Leg one of our summer Holiday Road adventure was to Hoopfest ’16 in Spokane. We were called the Champions and lookin to dominate in the family division.

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Our nephew Dylan’s team, the Tune Squad, was lookin to dominate in the high school boys bracket.

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The Champions played really well but, alas, did not take the gold. The Tune Squad is still in it, and they may very well bring home a trophy (or at least a sweet t-shirt).

We still had a ton of fun – sunshine, smiles, Ben & Jerry’s, Hawaiian shave ice, love sweet love…

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Thanks again to cousins Terry and Dave for letting us crash at your lovely pool palace in Camelot.

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See you next time Hoopfest. Now onto Leg Two…

(We’ll let you know how it turned out for the Tune Squad after the afternoon games wrap up.)

“We are the Champions, my friends. And we’ll keep on fighting til the end…”

Oh what a happy Father’s Day

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Father’s Day HIKE…

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Father’s Day HAIR-PULLING…

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Father’s Day HOT DOGS…

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Father’s Day HOT FUDGE BROWNIE SUNDAES  (which we had after HOT N SPICY ENCHILADAS)…

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Father’s Day HUGS…

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Like I said, Father’s Day was so HAPPY…

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Too cool for school

Today was the last day of school for these two cool cats…

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It also is National Donut Day, which made it easy to decide where we should celebrate.

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Let’s just say it was a scrumptious celebration…

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…of two of my favorites.

I have so many reasons to be proud of them, such as they both are great students and nice people. And also the fact that they both would have chosen maple bars had there been any.

Seventh grade and fifth grade, get ready because here they come!

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