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first day of school

New clothes to wear, new teachers to meet, new friends to make – how can they not be excited for the new school year? I was somewhat sad that they would not see their friends from their preschool last year since this year we got into the class at the school that is bike-riding distance from our house. Of course, they didn’t seem to mind a bit. And it makes it easier to bring along a favorite toy – in Leslie’s case, the okapi and for Kadel, a little horse (of course).

the girls are excited for school

Kadel loves to give kisses…

sisterly love

ready for school

My beautiful blue-eyed girl…

And the lovely Leslie…

Enough with the photos, mom, let’s get going!

Sigh. My babies are growing up but I love to see how much they love to learn. The pride in their voices as they tell me some new little tidbit they learned (like “some lizards can change colors!”) just makes me grin from ear to ear!


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Last Saturday, we spent some time on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder and walked by a busker doing his fire-eating shtick. A few days later, while driving around town, I heard this conversation coming from the back seat.

Leslie: When I saw the man eat the fire, I FREAKED OUT!

Kadel: I didn’t freak out. I was brave.

Leslie: You’re more braver than me. If someone eats fire, I freak out.

Totally understandable.

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7 days… plus one

A week ago, the shrubbery in our yard looked like this…

Now it looks more like this…

I turned the last photo into my new wallpaper. Love it! Happy Spring everyone!

And that was where I was going to end the post when I started writing it yesterday, but then I woke up today to this:

Heavy sigh.

But as is typical it’s already starting to melt. Yea! I am an eternal optimist. 🙂

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Right now, our guest bed is completely covered in girls’ clothes sizes 3 months to 3T. I have one week to sort, price, and tag all the spring and summer clothes that the girls have grown out of in preparation for the Boulder County Parents of Twins & More (BCPTM) Spring Sale. I will procrastinate this kind of work like you wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would). But it’s finally time to get off my butt and do it.

On the plus side, selling the old clothes (and toys and books and equipment, etc.) will help me to finance all the new items they are constantly needing. Yet it’s sad for me to see the adorably cute clothes that no longer fit.

Like this bathing suit with the colorful flowers. I loved this bathing suit. Sigh.

bathing suit

This afternoon I will get to take a break from this laborious task and go to my friend, Michelle’s, baby shower. Yea! I’ll get to immerse myself in the intense cuteness of baby items again. 🙂

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If there is one thing that my daughter, Kadel, loves above all other things, it’s horses. Her twin sister, Leslie, is also into horses but she is not quite the fanatic that Kadel is. Ever since she got to “ride” a horse in Montana at the age of 2, she has become fluent in horse-ese. Often she will be galloping around the house with her rocking horse bridal over her head and neighing and whinnying to her hearts content.

And then, last November, I discovered that our neighbor, Shauna, teaches private lessons at her parents ranch in Berthoud, CO. Ooh boy!

Now that the weather is warming up considerably, I scheduled their first lesson with Shauna this past Monday but I made the mistake of telling them about it last Thursday. For 4 days, every morning Kadel would ask “Is today a good day for horse lessons?” It took every patient bone in her body to wait for Monday!

After lunch, we headed over to the ranch where they met 23-year-old Fanny. First they had to brush her…

Not sure why this photo amuses me so…

Shauna’s dog, Roxy, keeps a close eye on the goings-on…

Of course, Kadel got the first turn…

Happy girl!Don’t worry, Leslie! You’ll get your chance…

Looking good, Kadel!I recognize that look on Leslie’s face. Shauna is about to become her favorite person!She’s a saucy one, she is.
While Leslie rides, Kadel hangs out with the super-friendly Emma.

Kadel made sure to say hi to all of the other horses on the ranch too.After riding, it was time to bond some more with Fanny face-to-face…and now some “cool-down” brushing…
Who’s a pretty girl? That’s right, Fanny, you are!I am irresistably drawn to fences…

Shauna showed the girls how to feed Fanny some treats next…

and then it’s time to bring Fanny back to her stable…

What a super-fun way for the girls to spend an hour! Before we left, we got to check out the chickens, the cats, and the miniature horses too.

And as a bonus, Shauna gave us a carton of fresh-from-the-coop eggs. That night for dinner we had some unbelievably tasty omelets.


And thanks again, Shauna! See you next Monday…

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