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having a great few days

yesterday i got to talk to my frined Lisa in Illinois for a long time – so good to hear her voice.
and another friend and her kids came over for a nice little playdate with coffee and chit chat

craig brought me a sweet little coffee cup and some chocolate from starbucks – the perfect gift. 2 out 5 kids liked my cake i made for them for Valentine’s but Craig loved it. he said it looked like it was out of a magazine. . . ahhh.

i got some more scrapbooking done again last night. i am on a roll this week! last night i had a moment of joy realizing i could still create pages that were all my idea (not copying someone else’s) and like what i created. that felt really good.

then this morning my friend lynette called and we talked for an hour! it was so nice to catch up.

And tonight my friend Jenny is coming all the way from chicago with no kids to stay for a four day weekend! her husband is so thoughtful to give her the plane ticket for Christmas. Also the perfect gift. (there are many many perfect gifts) we have no big plans other than talking way too much. She may have to help strip wallpaper but she doesn’t know that yet. ha ha

it’s just a happy house right now.

a self portrait taken by Sean.


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iPod love

It’s here! It’s finally here! Lauren used the birthday money she received and a little saved allowance to buy an iPod nano. It’s all hers. She had it engraved Property of Lauren Duerksen.
Her playlist:
Hannah Montana
Disney Mania
U2 – Atomic Bomb

It’s only the beginning. . .




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monday morning

We had a nice weekend.
Friday we ate pizza and watched a movie (the Greatest Game Ever Played). Then i scrapbooked until 1:00 AM. . . . love that.
Saturday night we went bowling here in Newtwon. We were at Eastgate Lanes near 135 and we pulled in the parking lot – 2 minute drive from our house and Scott yells “Are we in Wichita?!” and then Lauren says “Are we in North newtwon?” i said “we are 2 minutes from our house guys.” “Where is this place? I have never been to this part of town!!” They were cracking us up. Then we go insided this cute little bowling alley and it was “Cosmic” (much nicer than i expected actually) and talby shouts “This place ROCKS!” We bowled for almost 2 hours on 2 lanes. Annie couldn’t wait for her turn – dancing all around inbetween to the very loud music. once it was her turn she would squeal with delight, get her ball, drop it on the lane HARD and then run back to the ball machine to wait for it to come back up. never loking at her ball down the lane (rolling very slowly). i was in a very bad mood when we left to go bowling so i didn’t bring my camera. boo hoo for me. leason learned. It was such a good time. Craig and I tied with a 99 the first game and then a much improved game the second round he beat me 118 to 112. at least he won once.
Sunday was church and big lunch, naps , playing at the Rec Center and our small group bible study. nice weekend.

this is annie favorite book right now – NO DAVID! very cute to hear her “read” it to herself. “go to rum da-nid!!” gotta love the boots with the p.j.’s – all on her own. she was getting herself ready to got the zoo – not that we are actually going.


Girly time with mommy, talby and annie.

Annie making the sound of an elephant trumpeting! you can almost hear it!

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