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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.

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Dad’s 70th Birthday

My dad has this thing – he always sends us these HILARIOUS talking dog e-cards.  The dogs each have a name and talk with the funniest British accents.  He sends them all the time for the kids to celebrate their accomplishments or just to say hello!  For my dad’s 70th birthday, I decided to send HIM a talking dog e-card to ignite some excitement about turning 70.  Here goes (Fifi the Dog talking):

Fifi

Hello!  I’m not sure if we’ve been properly introduced. I’m Fifi. I’m only 10 years old, but that’s 70 in dog years. So we are the same age.  For your birthday, and mine, I’ve put together the top 10 best things about turning 70.

One, no one will card you when ordering off the senior citizen menu at IHOP.

Two, discount movie tickets. What’s not to love?!

Three, your AARP magazine subscription is still going strong.

Four, you can still get 15% off your stay at Marriott hotels.

Five, you are still a decade away from turning 80.

Six, you are now in the “70 Club” alongside Cher, Bill Clinton, Pat Sajack, Suzanne Somers, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone, and Steven Spielberg.

Seven, it just got a lot easier for you to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Come on, get running.

Eight, you can finally join the coveted “70+ Ski Club” and get free ski passes to ski resorts across the nation.

Nine, you have more wisdom than you did when you were 60. Or so they say.

And the best thing about turning 70 is that 70 is the new 50!

Happy birthday!!  And cheers!!  Your family loves you!

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Sydney’s First Haircut

Sydney is five years old and finally had her first haircut!  Why you ask??  First off, I was SO scared about cutting off those adorable curls of hers!  And second, anytime I would ask her (because sadly, those curls are growing out on their own) she would say, “No! No! Noooo!!!!” and run away!  Well, we picked up David Hernandez on Wednesday to get his allergy shots.  Next door is Cool Cuts for Kids.  Sydney was bored and wanted to go inside because she knows there’s toys and movies.  I told her, “Sydney, you can only go inside if you get your haircut.”  “Okay!” she exclaimed!!  She then raced inside and sat in a little car and was all smiles during her hair cut!

P.S. And now every week when we take David to get his allergy shots, Sydney asks to get a hair cut!  That little stinker!

iPhone Pics:

Sydney

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Colin’s Mad Scientist Birthday: It’s Party Time!

Colin’s Mad Scientist party was So. Much. Fun.  The night before the party (yes, we literally do 90% of everything the night before each party) Clint found this really cool hand scanning app on his iPad.  So when the kids knocked on the door, they first had to have their hand scanned to see if they could be grated clearance to come into the science lab.  There were a few close calls, but everyone made it in. As soon as each kid came in they were promptly outfitted with a lab coat and an ID badge with their name on it.  We operate a professional operation here.

Their first task was to put together molecules using Jujubes and toothpicks.  They each came up with some pretty cool creations.  Then we took a break for lunch with included Proton Pizza, Wavelength Chips, Petri Dish Jello, Test Tube Cookies, Fruit Molecules, and a few other wacky creations.  We let the kids stay outside while they wrote secret message with lemon juice. The messages were supposed to appear when the paper got warm, but it didn’t turn out so hot.  But the next trick was pretty cool!  We brought out this heat sensing bubbling flask.  The kids took turns making the flask bubble up by just holding it in their hands.  Then we brought out a super cool electricity conducting device.  We held hands and made the device light up and make noise just by using our own human electricity.  The kids loved it!!

Then we went outside for some Mento’s explosive fun!!  Yep, Diet Coke definitely shoots the highest!  While the kids were outside, we then made snow using polymers and water!  The kids loved it!!  Last, but not least, was the pinata!  In my opinion, the pinata is the biggest waste of $35 because there is never enough candy and someone always cries, but for some reason the kids love and insist on it anyway!!  At the very end, we had cake and cupcakes!  It was Sydney’s turn to cry and pout over the pinata, so she didn’t make it to the picture and neither did Keaton because he was asleep, but we got most of the gang.  Happy birthday Colin!  We love you!!

Colin

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Colin’s Mad Scientist Birthday Party: The Set-Up

I know I say this a lot, but this one of my favorite parties to put together!!  What’s not to love about dry ice, test tubes, and explosions?!  I probably should have hung more “slime” from the ceiling, but everything else was pretty perfect!  I absolutely loved the cake!!  I usually micromanage the design of the cake because I have a vision of what I want the cake to look like.  This time I told our cake lady to surprise me!  I gave her a bit of guidance, but then let her run with it!  And WOW, I loved how it turned it!

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Colin

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Colin’s Baptism Photo Shoot

Wow!  Look at Colin!!  He’s eight years old already!  I seriously could not be more proud of him!  Colin is such a cool little dude and is just so crazy smart and fun to be around!  He literally blows me away sometimes by his intellect. I still have not beat the kid at Chess.  Yes, it’s pretty pathetic. And it’s not just me. He’s even beaten Clint and Chessmaster Don.  Only one time for each, but still, that’s impressive.

I look at Colin and see him excelling in so many different areas, that it almost scares me by what he’s accomplishing at such a young age.  I try so hard not to put undue pressure on him, but at the same time, Colin loves the feeling of achievement and accomplishment, and he’s doing that alright!

Colin gets straight As in all his classes and is in the GT (Gifted & Talented) program at school.  He’s doing great and loves it!   Colin is also in the Chess Club at school (a year early) and beats most everyone he plays.

Outside of school, Colin is in gymnastics and is excelling at such a rapid rate.  He started gymnastics at Level 1 last May and moved up to Level 4 in October (normally the rate is one level per year).  Now Colin can do a back handspring (and a bunch of other cool tricks) is close to making the Level 5 team.  He LOVES gymnastics and picking up so quickly!!

In church, Colin is working on reading the Book of Mormon and memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith.  Colin is also SO excited about starting Scouts and working to collect various merit badges.

Colin also loves to read and will often read a chapter book cover to cover in one night.  His favorite books are super funny laugh-out-loud books (like Diary of a Wimpy kid and Sideways Stories from Wayside School) and National Geographic educational books for kids (Why is the sky blue? How do planets rotate? Etc.).

Colin is also your typical goofy boy and loves to play video games (Minecraft is probably his favorite).  But, in true Colin fashion, he’s taken it to the next level and (with his Dad’s help) created his own You Tube channel “Colinator Gaming.”  Colin is officially now a “You Tuber” and posts weekly updates on Saturdays.  I think he has about 10-15 followers, but to him that’s huge!

Aside from all of Colin’s accomplishments, I’m most proud of the person he is inside.  Colin’s teacher told me last year that Colin has a “servant’s heart.”  I have never thought of that before, but it perfectly describes Colin’s character of wanting to help others and being an example of Christ.

Colin’s teachers this year reiterated the same thing when Colin was chosen to receive the Red Lantern Award.  The Red Lantern Award is the most coveted award given at Bonnie Holland Elementary.  Only one child per class per year receives the award, and it’s given to the student who the teachers feel exemplify good character, who are always doing their best and setting a good example to others, and are hardworking, kind, and trustworthy.  It melted my heart that Colin received this award.  He is one incredible kid and I am so lucky to be his mom!  But, the most amazing thing about Colin is that he just doesn’t know how amazing he truly is!!

Colin

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