Opening Day

Cincinnati celebrated Opening Day today. I had to work but Ben and the kids walked to Findlay Market to watch the parade. On my lunch break I stepped outside and into a sea of red. Fans were out in droves. Despite a loss of 1-0 the city celebrated the return of baseball.

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Fasching

It started Friday with the kids parading around the neighborhood and displaying their masks.  Then on Saturday we officially celebrated Fasching at the kids’ school.  It was another year of fun and games.  The day was full with friends, prizes and laughter.

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Face painting Station - always the first stop for our kids

Face painting station – always the first stop for our kids

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Bella and her friends are in a mustache club, it just so happened they did mustaches at the face painting station.

Bella and her friends are in a mustache club, it just so happened they did mustaches at the face painting station.

Baskets to be bid upon - each class has a theme and parents/students fill up the baskets and raise money for the classes.

Baskets to be bid upon – each class has a theme and parents/students fill up the baskets and raise money for the classes.

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A chance to dunk your principal...the sixth graders were lined up!

A chance to dunk your principal…the sixth graders were lined up!

 

Mail Day

A very special package arrived by FedEx today.  Ben and Blackburn’s wrestling mat.  Ben ordered on Friday from Roll Out Mats in Iowa and he received midday today.  It has already been tested out by everyone.  Ben was a wrestler all throughout junior high and high school.  I remember going on dates with him while he was cutting weight and watching him order a glass of water at dinner, sleep in trash bags and run with layers of hooded sweatshirts in order to weigh-in at 103.

This mat will be a great way for Blackburn to learn basic fundamentals and spend some bonding time with his dad.  The girls are eager to give it a try too.

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A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.- via soulemama

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