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when leaving Josh & Nikki’s yesterday, we tried to pack Annabel in Trip & Quinn’s suitcase. I really did not want to leave those babies… we thought maybe no one would notice for a while if we only took one. more on our visit later, but had to post this pic now.

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Last Wednesday, Trip was eating an apple at lunchtime and told Mimi that his tooth was hurting. She looked at it and noticed that it was pretty loose. He was so excited and could not stop wiggling it with his tongue. He wiggled it the rest of that day and kept coming to us to check and “See how loose it is now!!!!!”. When I went to work the next morning, I told him not to lose it while I was gone. When I got home from work, for the next hour, he asked me to check it at least 3 times. Then, he was outside playing with Quinn and Mimi. He ran back inside calling me. I took one look and saw a bloody mouth with a little running down his chin. The poor tooth was hanging by a strand. While outside, Mimi said, “that tooth is so loose, your Daddy will probably be able to pull it out when he gets home.” Instead of waiting, Trip reached in and yanked the thing out himself!!! CRAZY!! Who does that? Most kids are freaked out about a tooth actually being pulled out. After I wiped his mouth a little bit, I reached in and pulled it the rest of the way out.

Trip was so excited, he grinned from ear to ear for the next couple of hours. We called Pawpaw and did a video chat with Gram & Grandpap about 10 minutes later so they could see it for themselves! You gotta love Skype!! I didn’t have anything to put the tooth in so the Tooth Fairy could find it under his pillow. I ended at Target buying a baby blue felt electric guitar shaped gift card holder. It had a small pocket on the back that worked perfectly for a stand in tooth pillow.

Here are a few pics from our memorable 1st tooth loss (you can click on them individually to see them larger):
the Tooth Fairy is still paying for teeth! What does she do with all those little teeth anyway??

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Trip has officially finished preschool and will be starting Kindergarten in about 6 or 7 weeks! YIKES!!! Where did the time go??? I have to admit that I got a bit emotional when I dropped him off the last day. I probably hugged him 5 or 6 times before I left. I called Mama on my way to work and got a bit choked up when I was on the phone with her. I never thought I’d be a crier when milestones like this one happen, but I couldn’t help myself. Mama thought maybe it was the pregnancy hormones, but I don’t know. Right before we left for his last day, I thought I’d reminisce by having him wear the same tiny backpack that he wore on his first day to preschool when he was only about 21 months old (he goes to Mother’s Day out at our church).


Seriously… how does a kid grow up so fast??? I’m so proud of you Buddy! Can’t wait to shed a few more tears on your first day of Kindergarten!!

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We made a trip up to the Iowa City, Iowa area over Memorial Day weekend to visit the Willis family! It’s always good to see our old friends!

We also got to meet a new friend… Baby Tana! Chuck, Quinn, and I all held her a good bit. Once when Tana was crying, Quinn found me and said, “Mom, baby Tana wants me to hold her!” So cute!! Trip was more interested in playing with Ally than hanging with the baby. (Hope that mindset changes when his baby brother or sister arrives on the scene in 6 months or so.)

The highlight of the trip was going to ‘Grandpa Charlie’s’ farm (Brenda’s dad) on Saturday night.

The kids LOVED running up a mud hill, riding the four wheeler, and looking at the cows. We had a bonfire cookout of hotdogs & s’mores and all the fixin’s. And then Brenda opened up a cooler and commented on all of the eggs. When I asked what the eggs were for, Brenda looked at me like I was crazy and said, “For throwing at the trees (of course)!!”. Sorry B, but I’m thinking I should have been the one looking at you like you were crazy!!! It sure did get a big laugh out of me, though! (not sure if this is a Klaassen thing, and Iowan thing, or just a farmer thing, but the kids absolutely loved it! Huh-larious!

After the bonfire festivities were complete, we headed back to the house for a birthday party for Ally & Drew’s cousin Kaylee who had turned 4 that week.

So good to spend the weekend with dear friends that we truly miss! Thanks for letting us visit!!