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“Parsley Worms”

Every year we grow some vegetables and herbs in a small garden out back. This year we had tomatoes and parsley. (I know, pretty pitiful for a garden, but we don’t have that much space!)  A few weeks ago, Angie noticed some little itty bitty worms on the parsley. We thought these were just some pests that needed to be eradicated. After doing some Googling, she discovered we actually had baby swallowtail butterflies!

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Treetop Shenanigans

James and Quinn on a treetop platform

Yesterday Angie and I took the boys to Go Ape in Western Springs. We all had a blast! James complained a bit about having to go on the Junior course, but after we started on it, he stopped complaining. 🙂 Quinn seemed OK with going, even though in the past he has mentioned a fear of heights. Asher was very excited. He kept mentioning how he’s a big parkour fan, and this was perfect for him…

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A Very Good Boy: Scout

We got Scout about 6 years ago, when Asher was still a baby. June 25th, 2012 to be exact. He’s definitely part of our family, as anyone with a dog would know. Scout (or Scouty or Scouty P.) is a black lab mixed with some mystery breed that gives him a stumpy/squished tail (kinda like an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog or Brittany Spaniel).

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Gone Fishing!

Last Saturday I took the boys to a kids’ fishing derby at Maple Lane Farms in Yorkville, IL (about an hour west of Chicago). Every year in June they hold one of these, and it’s a great experience for kids. They stock their pond with fish so you’re almost guaranteed to catch something. There were also experts on hand to help bait hooks and release fish, poles to rent, and free bait. They also had a “critter pond” with a snapping turtle, lots of bullfrogs, and some red eared sliders. Like I said, it was a great experience.

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Old Blog, meet New Blog

I discovered the old Happy Little Monsters blog that my wife, Angie, kept back in 2011. Thank you Internet Archive! Their Wayback Machine is awesome. Seriously.

Anyway, I figured I would port over all the old posts to this new blog. I figure, why not? I’d rather it all be kept alive and well then lost in the dusty corners of the interwebs.

So, coming soon, there will be several posts on our family back in 2011. It’s pretty good stuff. 🙂 Of course, I’ll be post…dating… pre-dating it back to 2011. So, it will almost be like time traveling! Almost.

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We’re Baaaaa-aaack!

In 2010, Angie (my wife) and I started a small business called Happy Little Monsters. She made really cute hair bows and I made birthday invitations and birth announcements. It was a fun gig. We launched a web site, had an Etsy store, and attended some local craft shows. We did work for a lot of people and made some money. Then, our third son was born. Needless to say, we were not ready! (We really thought we were, but we were sorely mistaken!) Now with 3 boys (and a dog), our world turn upside down, albeit in a good way. 🙂

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Asher: Your Birth Story

Asher close-up

Your birth story starts way before you were here, back in summer of 2010. I found out I was pregnant and was thrilled. I wanted to have our third baby around the time I was 35, and my due date was May 17th. What’s that? Your birthday is in September? I know, dear one, your birth story starts with a birth story that isn’t even yours.

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