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Looks like the jaguar costume will fit Ben for a while….. both big brothers got into it.  It might be just big enough for Zach, but it works.

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Noah is preventing Ben from adding on to his (Ben’s) snow man.  He’s crying in the picture because they were having a pretty big fight.  Actually, come to think of it, they were both crying.  Noah had just been screaming at Ben.  This is after Noah knocked the top ball off (on purpose).  Oh boy.  He really knows how to rile his big brothers up.  

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Meanwhile, the big boys were on their “mountains” pelting snowballs at one another.

All this snow is gone now.

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Even though we didn’t buy a single gift (for anyone) the boys managed to end up with some new toys.  Not too long ago we had a big clean up/toy sorting.  Once everything was put in its place I was surprised to see how weeded out I’ve gotten our toys!  I had the boys select out even more to set aside for a garage sale (their profit) in the spring.  So even though these new toys may not seem like a lot to some, relatively speaking, it really explodes the toy population in our house.  I introduced the idea of getting rid of one old toy for each new one that comes into the house.  Zach’s immediate response was, “How can we stop people from buying us toys?  I don’t want to get rid of anything else!”  Gabe agreed.  We’ll have to figure that one out yet.  In the meantime, they are having fun with some of the stuff, others are already broken.  

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Noah and Ben helping with breakfast.   And Zach, this morning, running his fingers over his new rock tumbler (also a Christmas gift) saying, “It’s a treadmill for spiders!”  I have to admit that even I am excited to see the rocks come out polished (after days and days of tumbling!).  It’s a good thing that we don’t mind the sound.  In fact, it was rather soothing to fall asleep to last night.  It’s the closest we can get to the sound of water on rocks right now – even if it is inside a rubber barrel – so it will have to do.  We find it comforting.

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