Illuminating Lincoln, Illuminating Lives

Local artists displayed their illuminations throughout our city during the summer of 2015 and we made an attempt to search out all 52 of them. We didn’t quite succeed but shot the remaining ones while they were all gathered together to be auctioned off.

At the auction in October at Haymarket Park:

Calamus 2015

Derek’s family bought 3 acres of land near the Calamus Lake so we had our first annual Knorr family camping trip on Knorr land!  The land was tore up from the sewer, electricity and water line trenches so the kids had a blast getting extremely dirty.  Oh, wait, not dirty…

[Me: Henry, you’re in your pajamas, please get out of the dirt.

Henry:  It’s not dirt.  It’s… It’s… What is this stuff, Trevor?

Trevor: It’s dust.

Henry: It’s dust.]

…dusty.  The Blakes are so generous and share their pop-up camper with the six of us and my mom, though Trevor and Henry actually slept two full nights in Trevor’s 2 (small) person dinosaur tent all by themselves.  The plan for the future is to build a shower house with washer/dryer.  Can I say that project can’t be completed too soon?

Celebrating Independence Day and Trevor’s seventh birthday.

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The campsite is fun but the highlight of the trip is the lake.  The kids enjoy riding in Grandma Cathy’s pontoon boat and playing on the beautiful sandy beaches.

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“Mom, take a picture of me jumping!”

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Lifetime friends.

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Sometimes you just have to take the best photo you can get.  And three out of four looking is about all I hope for these days.

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Baby photo bomb!

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We found that these swim diapers really hold stuff in.  Derek discovered the hard way that it’s best to check inside before unsnapping them.  Especially when holding the child on your hip.  Ewwww.

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Gabriel didn’t get much more than his feet wet, but he LOVED to dig.

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Beach races–yippeeee!  Even Gabe was shouting, “Set, go!

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Random babblings

We’ve heard Gabe’s first word a billion times by now and it still makes me smile. He points out EVERYTHING and waits for us to “Look!”

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March 26: Charity just left preschool and, for the first time ever, I saw her look a classmate in the eye and heard her verbally tell him goodbye AND address him by his first name. “Bye, Malcolm.”

This mama is overjoyed.

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March 28:  Trevor says, “Mommy I was on the phone with Laura and I told her I was putting on new pants because my other ones were slipping down. Then Laura said something and then I started singing, “It’s like they’re butter pants, it’s like they’re butter pants, it’s like they’re butter butter butter butter butter pants!” (picture crazy Urkel dancing)

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April 22: Me to Henry, “Why are there noodles coming out of the drain in my bathroom sink?”

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“Like a croquet cowboy.”

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Easter Morning

We didn’t quite make it to sunrise service, but celebrated this glorious morning at our typical 8 a.m. service.  Great Grandma Shirley came home with us and we enjoyed our traditional Easter breakfast of creamed eggs in toast cups.

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I tried my hand at sewing and (with a lot of help from Great Grandma Ruth and Google–I mean, in my world, basting is a cooking term) concocted this little gem of an Easter dress for Charity.  I have a new sense of accomplishment, but between the price of the fabric and the pattern, the ENORMOUS amount of my time, and the quality of the outcome–store buying clothes is a MUCH better deal.  Oh, but who is looking at the dress?

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Words with friends

Charity just left preschool and, for the first time ever, I saw her look a classmate in the eye and heard her verbally tell him goodbye AND address him by his first name. “Bye, Malcolm.”

This mama is overjoyed.

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A page out of Trevor’s “play”book.