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A Prairie Family Fall Weekend

Weekends at our house are very hectic!  By the time we catch up on cleaning, do our weekly shopping, get homework done, work on Scout projects, do yard work, go to Sunday School and church, and spend time playing both inside and outside, the weekends just fly by!  I can’t say that they are very relaxing, but we usually have a lot of fun! 

This weekend was pretty typical of a Prairie Family weekend.  On top of our usual activities, I tried to squeak in some time to get out the kids’ fall clothes, but I only managed to do Kara’s!  Hmmmmm…….I guess I’ll have to keep working on that!

I am also trying to get a group photo of the kids to make prints for Christmas cards. I always start early because it usually takes several sittings before I get a decent shot! Usually one (or all) of the kids are sporting a goofy face, or I end up cutting off someone’s head. I made my first attempt for this year before church this morning. Some of my pictures are at the end of this slideshow–needless to say, I will have to try again!

Fall Weekend
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Luke and Kara have been big buddies lately!  They are both in school half-time, so they have time to play together while the other kids are in school.  It’s neat to see them play together–but, they are both so smart and ornery, that I often find myself wondering what they are up to!  🙂 

This weekend I saw them playing in the backyard and went to check out what they were doing.  This slideshow tells the story:

Teeter Totter Fun
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A Cute Video of Kara

Today I saw Kara playing the Wii with the other kids, and she was just really getting into it! I thought fast enough to get my camera and take a video clip of her–it is really cute!  This is the link to view the video: 

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I recently came across a neat way to put some of my bookmarks on the internet.  I thought this would be a neat way to share some of our favorite sites, and it will help solve a problem:  my kids are interested in beginning to use the internet, but I don’t want them just surfing on their own yet.  So, I have put some educational sites and some game links on for them. 

This portaportal will be constantly changing as I add/delete sites.  It has sections for some of my favorite adoption links and a few of the blogs that I enjoy reading.  I am still working on getting it set up just the way I would like, and, like I said, it will change pretty often.  Also, if you have any sites that you would like me to check out that you think might fit my portaportal, please let me know. 

The link for my portaportal is http://guest.portaportal.com/colbylobrien .  I also have added a link to it in the blogroll in the sidebar of this site. 

 Lois

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Wow, what a song!  What a message!

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Grandma’s Plastic Ears


My kids are so fortunate to have their grandparents (my parents) living in the same town as them.  In today’s society, that is such a blessing and luxury!

My mom has worn hearing aids for years, and she has always told the kids that when they put their hands on her “plastic ears,” and they whistle, they are saying, “I love you!”

This week Grandma K. needed to get new hearing aids, and she got some really nice ones!  She was a little worried, though, when the guy she was seeing said that these new aids didn’t have as much feedback as her old ones!  She told him that her grandkids would be devastated that her plastic ears didn’t say, “I love you” anymore!  He showed her a way to still get these fancy new aids to whistle for the grandkids, and she was delighted!

 Today she stopped by and showed the kids her new aids.  Kara immediately reached up to make them say, “I love you!”  She showed obvious disappointment when they didn’t whistle right away like the old ones.  So, Grandma had to show her the new technique to make them give feedback.  That pleased Kara and all of the other kids too.  Now Grandma’s plastic ears still say, “I love you,” and she can hear and understand them when they talk to her too!

 Lois

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