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New used car^W van

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It's finally done. We found a 2007 Honda Odyssey in a color we like with the features we wanted (EX-L, leather, DVD), with the miles mlhart was happy with (< 36k). The exterior had some scratches where the bumpers bumped (they are awfully low) and the carpet has the tel-tale signs of children with muddy feet and cherry Popsicles having enjoyed a ride or a thousand. Being willing to accept these blemishes saved us $11k over a new one. We plan to drive it for a month or so and then take it to have some body work done and then on over for a thorough detailing. The sellers were reasonable and pretty straight with us - which is a lot more than I can say of my previous experiences. Buying used from a private party was the way to go for us.

Make up your mind already

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I stood in line at the rec center at 5:25am for pre-school registration, behind 5 people who had done their research and knew which class they wanted, and 1 woman who spent 20 minutes at the desk asking questions while the phone rang off the hook and more people lined up.... only to sign her kid up for 2 classes because she just couldn't decide.... then spent a few minutes trying to see if she could get her $50 back if she called back with a final decision later today.... wow... seriously?... sigh. dvh3 did get 1 of the 2 remaining spots in the class we wanted.

Surprise "Party"

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I came home today to a "We Love Daddy" sign on my front door. Devon decided I needed a surprise party - or rather that he needed to throw one for me. It was really wonderful. This evening was the best 4 hours we've spent together as a family in months. There was no whining, no frustrated sighs, it was great. Thanks Mommy and Devon! Abigail was present, but mostly unaffected by the whole thing - but we had some quality snuggles anyway :-)

Moving....

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Okay nothing to exciting I'm just trying out a new blog site (that requires less maintenance on Darren's part). So check out Hart on my Sleeve and let me know what you think.

18 weeks and counting....

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18 weeksFor those who are wondering what I look like here is a picture. Feeling the baby move and go in on the 16th for our ultrasound. Devon is still hoping for a sister so we'll see.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is here again. It was quiet one for us here, but we enjoyed our time together as a family. We even skipped out the big food preparation and instead went to Marie Callendar's for their Holiday feast. we ate to much, and Devon had way to much Chocolate Satin pie but it was nice to come home to a clean house and just relax. We hope everyone else had a great day and time to relax and enjoy friends & family, and all of their blessings.

A crazy month

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Well I know I am in trouble with my sister for not posting more this last month. It has been a crazy month and while I have had good intentions to post I just didn't ever feel like spend my limited free time posting. So what has happened in the last month, well lets see...

Trip to Mesquite: At the end of October we made the journey to Mesquite (2 hour plane ride & then 1 hour car ride after getting baggage & car rental - dvh3 was an angel!) My oldest nephew Jordan was speaking in church as he prepared to leave on his mission to The Baltic's (Estonia). My 10 year class reunion also happened to be the same weekend so we had lots to keep us busy. Really glad to have gotten to see a few of my old classmates but I must say I enjoyed the family time most of all. dvh3 got to play with his cousins and was following his new best friend Dayton everywhere.

One small step back

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I generally have glorious visions of productivity for my weekends. I invariably (on Friday anyway) see them as an opportunity to get just a little bit ahead of where I am at the time. Saturday often presents itself with a few extras I hadn't considered on Friday, that make it difficult to get those couple of step forward I so long for, but I can usually manage at least one. This morning, dvh3 had other plans for me... he woke up at his usual hour (about 6:45) and Mary Lou stuck him in front of the digital babysitter so we could sleep in a little. At 8:00 his show was rolling credits and he needed his "muck", so I rolled out of bed to tend to his urgent demands. Too late it seems. He managed to get his hands on a red permanent marker and proceeded to furiously color the floor, the two new leather ottomans, the new leather chair, and the new area rug...

Big Brother....

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100_5918100_5919Well for those that don't already know, Devon is going to be a big brother in May. Baby #2 is officially on the way. Mom & Dad are very excited and Devon is also excited to be a big brother. So far he is requesting a little sister so hopefully he won't be disappointed if it ends up being a little brother.

At 12 weeks I am stilling dealing with morning/all day sickness. But it does seem to be getting slightly better. I also find that I am exhausted nearly constantly. Big thanks to Darren for picking up so much of the slack. If anyone is interested you can see the 1st ultrasounds here: # 2.

Meeting Bob the Builder

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The Portland Children's Museum is currently running a "Bob the Builder" exhibit. Devon was very excited to go and luckily got there in time to meet Bob (although once he got up close he wasn't quite as excited.) He had a great time playing with all the different exhibits, especially the water tank - pump blue "water" balls through the tank. He also liked getting to try out all the machines and guess what saying they'd repeat. There was also a "Machine petting" out side where the kids could climb on really construction equipment. Definitely something we need to go back for before it is gone.

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