November 2013

I recently learned that WordPress started posting ads on blogs that aren’t premium. So, you’ll probably see ads at the bottom of my posts sometimes. Should I switch to blogger? Or should I host a blog on my robyoungberg.com site? Maybe I’ll do that.

We didn’t take many pictures in November. How can you tell? I’m leading off this post with a picture of the worst spider. If I had tons of pictures of us then I’d probably omit this, but for the sake of filling out a blog post and freaking out squeamish people, here:

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Thankfully, this was found OUTSIDE the dining room window. If it was inside the house we would have moved already. Uuugly thing. Any spider aficionados want to identify this? I didn’t do anything about it, don’t want to interfere with nature, you know. I subscribe to frames of mind as it’s convenient for me.

Let’s cleanse the visual palate with a sweet girl:

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Gavin making the letter X:

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Is Josie trying to make a letter too? A lowercase I, maybe? A terrible letter P? I don’t know.

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Josie hiding in the cupboard. Gavin would do the same thing (sometimes still does). Here’s a picture of him from January 2012, I had to dig around a bit for it.

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Really, that’s all I have. When I said we didn’t take many pictures in November, that wasn’t true. We took a ton, but they were of stuff, not people. For example, we almost made an offer on a nice house and took a lot of pictures of that but then literally at the last minute we decided to stay where we are. We felt bad because the sellers were people we know and like, and they were in a hurry to sell, but we knew this was the right decision for us. We started a great project in the mud room in November, so I thought I’d be able to post a before/after picture of that, but I guess we finished that in December. If there’s something readers can’t get enough of, it’s people telling the riveting stories about how they thought they would have more to show & say but don’t. I’d say more but I don’t want to get anyone too worked up–it wouldn’t be fair for me to make this paragraph the high point of your day because then nothing else would be able to compete.

Hey, what about this:

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Photos from October 2013

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What would a month of photos be without tossing my kids around? I’m even wearing my ghostbusters shirt again, wow.

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In their new Mickey/Minnie jammies.

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Rebecca heard they were putting the angel Moroni statue on the new Payson temple, so she took the kids over with the rest of her family to check it out.

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Big smile from Gavin! Josie, however . . .

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. . . not impressed. C’mon, Jos!

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My girls made the local paper!

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Happy templing had by all.

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Here Josie is eating a green pepper for some reason:

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Josie, Daddy’s trying to eat lunch, you can’t just up and pat his cheeks whenever you feel like it.

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A visit from Grandma and Grandpa Youngberg. We took a walk to the playground.

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It’s Buzz Lightyear, with real working laser!

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Totes to infinity and beyond, bros.

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And lil’ Garden Gnome Jos.

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Happy Halloween!

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Rough day being a gnome, apparently. I already posted the above photo on Facebook, but here it is again. It’s even funnier when you don’t know she had been dressed up for Halloween.

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And here’s Rebecca in full costume! A spooky statue. I couldn’t decide between the two pictures so I’m posting both.

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And me as the Bermuda Triangle:

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The kids scoring big at my workplace. Go easy kids, they deduct those candies from my paycheck! Not really.

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Don’t tell Josie, but Rebecca and I ate a vast majority of her candy. “It’s for her own good,” we’d declare out loud, in voices barely intelligible through hands full of candy pressing against our mouths. “Her dental hygiene or whatever. OH, another Snickers.”

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Photos from September 2013

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In September we bought and installed a new sink and faucet. It took all day to install these things, mostly because the kids were around all day while we did it. I’m not going to lie to you guys, this faucet is the shiznits. It turns on when you touch it. Touch it anywhere, the water turns on. Imagine a fancy robot, a babbling brook in the height of summer, and an iPad rolled into a thing: that’s our faucet. The kids wanted to play with it over and over again for days.

You may have seen this video already. Like I said, it took all day to remove the old stuff and install the new stuff, so it’s not like we had tons of extra time, but I figured this was worth the 10-15 minutes to shoot before we trashed the old sink.

It took a few takes for us to get it right. Most of it was my being a diva about my performance.

Now more pictures:

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There’s a trail east of Payson that leads up to a lil’ waterfall grotto.

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Spelunking:

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We couldn’t get Josie to stand still for very long for a picture.

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Here’s Gavin on his trike…

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…But who’s that lurking in the background? (Hint: it’s the girl! A girl named Jos!)

Gavin took this picture:

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Sometimes Josie will  climb into her stroller and just sit there.

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Because there aren’t enough pictures of me throwing my kids around.

We installed some new Ikea bookshelves in Gavin’s room. We like how it turned out. Ol’ Jos snuck into the photo.

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I don’t remember what she did to hurt her nose and forehead (see above picture). Probably something clumsy. Poor sweet cute lil’ clumsy girl.

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Future civilizations will find my photos and wonder why the man spent all of his days throwing his kids all over the place every chance he got.

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Hangin’ out in the fridge is the coolest. (Just ask Cherie from Punky Brewster!) Don’t worry, I cropped out most of the freezer door with all the dirty toddler fridge fingerprints.

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C’mon Jos, let Gavin have a turn.

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That’s all for now!

Photos from August 2013

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Beans. So many beans.

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In August I went on a business trip to Johannesburg, South Africa. I was gone for 5 days. The kids sent me some nice photos so that I would miss them even more.

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Here’s Gavin after doing a puzzle all by himself.

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Climbin’ kids!

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Photos from July 2013

THE KIDS IN JULY - 01Every couple of years the Palmers rent a yurt and we all go for a few nights.

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THE KIDS IN JULY - 03Josie loooved playing with the rocks. Picking up rocks and putting them in a cup, dumping the cup out, trying to eat the rocks, slapping the rocks down on the loud metal bench–the possibilities are endless with rocks, you see.

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THE KIDS IN JULY - 13Some 4th of July fireworks! Yep, these photos are not sorted chronologically, because after all what is time but a something something blah blah? Photos.

Photos from June 2013

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FromJune - 07Gavin had fun riding the train for the first time at the Springville Art City Days fair. He got to sit in the front seat.

 

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FromJune - 10Josie turned 1 in June, began walking full-time on the same day.

 

FromJune - 11Same out fit, more chubby cheeks.

 

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FromJune - 19Breaking news: the girl is now eating dairy and soy, which means Rebecca is also now eating dairy and soy. Oh happy day! Look at that cheese.

Photos from May 2013

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The Kids in April

More photos of these kids.

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Here she’s a sweet bundle:FromApril - 05

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Sometimes ol’ Jos likes to have a look out the window:

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Sorry, the Boy, most of these are of the Girl.

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FromApril - 17If you’re lucky, the kids’ video-producer-of-a-father might even post some new videos of them on youtube.

Thanks for checking in!