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9 Years Old!

January 14, 2019

Procrastinators that we are, we had to complete a 1-mile hike as the very last requirement for E to get his Wolf Scout award.  His scout leader apologized for not getting out with their troop while it was warm and sunny!  So we ended up going when it was cold and sunny!  With the holidays upon us, I kept putting it off, and then it was so very cold.  Finally the temperatures were almost above freezing, so we ventured out.

I decided that going hiking in the wild with the three little ones would probably not end well, so we did some urban hiking instead and headed to Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.  The exercise warmed us in the end, and we had a great time, but I wasn’t too sure at the beginning.  It was a chore just to get everybody out and bundled up enough in the stroller.  Dh took his lunch hour to come meet and walk with us.

S decided wearing his hat in 29-degree weather is a great idea.  (He won’t touch it otherwise.)


Little A brought the movie star look.

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E’s joints lock up sometimes in his legs, to the point he can hardly walk at all, and I was worried he wouldn’t be able to walk a mile, especially in the cold, but he made it through the entire hike, just over 1.15 miles.  And he said it was fun!

He thought the ducks and geese walking on the frozen pond were the funniest things.  (I wasn’t so sure about the teenagers out sliding on the pond, testing the ice.)

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Then the next day, he turned nine!

I still think of him as one of the littles, but he really isn’t anymore.  He’s not quite one of the big kids either.  He’s in an odd place, five years younger than D, yet four years older than Little A.  However, he’s growing like a weed, both physically and emotionally.   We’ve been seeing a lot of maturing taking place in the past year.

Since we homeschool and can take birthdays completely off, he wanted to open presents right after breakfast once A got home from seminary.  This was probably so he could build the new Lego set he was sure he was getting.

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The tank in the tin was pretty cool, too.

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Poppa can always be depended on to give entertaining presents.

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For E’s birthday he wanted to go to the nickel arcade with Daddy, so they headed out after lunch.  Then after A was done with choir at school, we joined them at the natural history museum.

There were hardly any other people there.  It was so nice.  E got to play with the water/sand erosion experiment table all by himself.

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There was an exhibit on the Maya that we’ve been wanting to see.

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We put together some tile patterns, printed out birthdate stele from the Mayan calendar, and practiced building corbeled vault/arches.


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Then we finished off the night with macaroni and cheese at Noodles and Co.  (He apparently doesn’t subscribe to my theory that you shouldn’t order anything out that you can make at home.  But it was his birthday, and his favorite meal, so . . .)

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On Saturday, he had just a couple friends over to watch a movie and have cake. We tried a full-blown party last year with games and prizes and themed food, and it was quite overwhelming for him, and by extension, me.  This year was so much simpler and more manageable for all involved.

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My not-so-little anymore 9-year-old!  Where have the years gone???  I can’t wait to see what this next year holds!


Well, hello there!

January 8, 2019

*Walks in.*

*Blows the dust off the old blog.*

I won’t say I made a new year’s resolution to blog more, but I do miss writing here (and you have no idea how many posts I’ve composed in my head but never got around to typing out), so my rambling self is back.  I never intended to quit the blog; let’s just say life intervened after that last post I wrote about the first day of school.  Four months full of school (public, private, online, at home, plus a preschool group for Little A) and music lessons and choir performances and an eagle scout project and ACT tests and college applications(!) and binge-watching Call the Midwife, plus a trip to Moab, birthdays (14, 9, 18 (!), and 40-something), and holidays.  Plus a toddler.  Who never stops.  Somedays I feel like it doesn’t matter what else is happening, as long as a toddler is included, life will be crazy.  At least he finally sleeps through the night, so I’m feeling more rested and human than I have in a good 20 months.  (Now if the 4-year-old would just quit climbing in my bed at night.)

We started school again today.  It was terrible.  Usually after a long break, we’re so happy to get back into a routine, but people were just off today.  I really hope tomorrow goes better.  We took three entire weeks off this year, except for the public school people that had to go back last Wednesday.  E’s 9th birthday was last Friday (which is always a day off) and Epiphany was yesterday so we were still firmly in Christmas break mode until this morning.

E and Little A had made a fort with a million blankets and toys in the living room right after Christmas which I let them keep up until this past Saturday when we had to clean before E’s birthday party.  I realized that I really missed out on enjoying the Christmas tree and other decorations out there because of the mess, so I sat there for a very long time last night, basking in the lights one last time.

It’s one of the most depressing days of the year when the Christmas decorations come down, but I needed to do it today so we could move forward with a big clean open space again.  The rest of the upstairs is quite clean too from our party clean-up, which helped my mood at least.  I had great plans of cleaning and dejunking tons more over the break, but we started Christmas break by passing around a 24-hour stomach flu virus.  All eight of us were down at some point, even A and I, who almost never get sick.  All of my big plans and motivation then went out the window and I mostly read books and did puzzles instead, after one big baking day on Christmas Eve.

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We should have played more board games because we collected several new ones between birthdays and Christmas, but the older boys were here and there with friends and different plans, then they all went to a regional dance on New Year’s Eve (which is our traditional board game and root beer float night) and left me home with the littles.  It’s a whole different board game experience when the oldest child there is only eight!  It’s been a few years since we were in that boat.  We did have fun though, and bonus, they didn’t need to stay up until midnight–they were happy to stay up until 10! And DH was home for the first time on New Year’s Eve in a long while, so it was a nice night!


We pulled out Rivers, Roads, and Rails which we haven’t played in years.  They updated the game tiles recently, but I’m so glad we have the old version.  The pictures are just so much more charming.



Labyrinth is a big hit for E right now.  Little A can’t quite logic her way through it, but she tries.


Due to stress on New Year’s Eve thanks to college applications, I spent most of the afternoon on New Year’s in bed reading and then napping.  It was amazing.  Little A joined me and took a boatload of selfies. I won’t share them all, but she delighted in some mommy time all to herself.



Then the older boys and I played our new Ticket to Ride game that night, mostly as a celebration of getting A’s big college application to his #1 school finished.

(Why are those things due on New Year’s Day, anyway?  What a way to stress out over Christmas break!  At least for procrastinators like us! It would have helped if A had decided I needed to be the one to fill out the Secondary School Report before Dec. 27.  That was cutting it a bit close!  Applications for homeschoolers are a little more complicated as we’re learning!  Now we wait. . . At least he’s accepted to his #2 school with a scholarship if #1 doesn’t happen.  And now that he’s applied, I’m not sure what I want the outcome to be.  Mostly I’m trying not to think about the fact that he’s 18, we’ve made it to this point, he’ll be leaving for somewhere very soon, and our lives will never ever be the same.  But enough about that. . .)

I don’t have any big goals for school in the next couple of weeks; I know how hard it is to get going again after Christmas.  It happens every year.  I do have high hopes that we’ll get back in the routine of getting up, making our beds, getting dressed and ready in a timely fashion, practicing music regularly, and having less screen time.  I finally cancelled Netflix streaming about six weeks ago.  A few of us were getting too addicted, and the meltdowns we’ve had (some quite recently) have only reinforced that it needed to be done!  (Now when people ask me if I see a difference between girls and boys, I can most definitely say yes!  The drama! and the tears! that come with 4-year-old girls!  Oh, my!)

As for me, I notice a definite difference.  We’ve all done a lot more reading lately, and the evenings seem to go by so much more slowly when we’re reading and not watching something.  I feel like I’ve had a lot more time to spend with DH!  Of course orchestra, cello lessons, and scouts have been on hiatus as well and everything starts up this week, so we’ll see how I feel by this weekend!  Ready or not, here we go!

A few more pictures:

It’s hard work being Mom’s Little Monster:

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My yeast failed for the potato rolls on Christmas Day, so while I now have a new recipe for some great rolls on short notice, I was determined to make more potato rolls last week.  Aren’t they beautiful, or as beautiful as they get when the 4-year-old is helping roll them up.


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First Day of School 2018

August 28, 2018

Our 2018 First Day of School Pictures, or how many photos do we have to take before everyone is smiling at the same time?

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And everybody was happy to be in the picture!  I can’t remember the last time that happened.


I’ve been working really hard the last couple of weeks putting this year together.  It’s the last year A will be at home.  (Don’t even ask me how I feel about that.) It seems like the most complicated and crazy homeschool year we’ll ever have.  I’ll write up all the details soon.  But for now, here are the pictures.  I try to take pictures in front of the same door every year so we can compare how they’ve grown by the last day of school.

The Senior:


The Sophomore:


8th grade:


3rd grade:


PreK Princess:


And the1-year-old busybody extraordinaire (I only get a good shot if he’s contained somehow):


And one more because Little A requested it, and I just can’t refuse her asking for another photo:


We got a couple of hours of good work in with a devotional, an artist study (Constable), history (still finishing up the Middle Ages), math outside on the deck (for the littles), math on the computer for C and D (I finally called it quits on teaching algebra), and some reading.  Then we had a quick lunch, went to a party with our book club in Salt Lake, came back home to teach a cello student, and turned around to go to a potluck chili/soup dinner with our homeschool group and finally got home and to bed after 9:00.  It was a long day; hopefully tomorrow we can remember how we do this and set up some new routines.


Lake Tahoe vacation part 2

August 1, 2018

On Tuesday we met DH’s Uncle N and his wife who live in Gardnerville for a wonderful pizza lunch, then the big boys and Dad and Nana went to see Solo at the movie theater while the littles and I had nap time and then went to the park.  That night we went to sit in the hot springs at the resort we were staying at.  It was so terribly windy though.  I’m not sure if it’s like that all the time, but we had a lot of howling wind the whole week.  The hot springs were great though.  Getting out of them, not so much.

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We actually should have taken a lot more toys for S, but there’s only so much you can realistically pack in a car.  He was much happier being out and about after he had explored every inch of our two bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen area.  E, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel so he could use electronics and resisted many offers of heading out swimming or to the park.  I’m rethinking the access to electronics we had on this trip, even though it was a vacation.  We were getting some bad attitudes tied to screen time towards the end of the week.

I didn’t get to drive with DH on the way across Nevada, and I didn’t get to drive with DH on the way back.  A and C wanted to make it home for our stake’s youth conference, so the three of them left on Wednesday afternoon.  We debated whether I should drive them back, but that would have meant taking the 1-year-old as well, which doesn’t facilitate a quick and straight drive home (as quick as it is from Reno to Stansbury Park.) We also briefly considered sending the two of them alone because I was already missing DH, but sending a still fairly new driver across Nevada with only his 15-year-old brother for company didn’t feel comfortable at all.  So we parted ways, but not until after we checked out Mormon Station State Park in Genoa.

Genoa is the oldest settlement in Nevada and was originally a Mormon trading post.  There’s a museum and nice park there in Genoa, and it just happened to be free admission that Wednesday.  E liked this mountain lion skin.

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Yes, you read that right, it’s a camel collar!  Who knew?

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A Pony Express advertisement.  We know a couple of young, skinny, wiry fellows!  I’m not sure they’d have been willing to risk death daily, but they’re not orphans anyway, so…

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Wednesday night Nana treated us to a very fancy dinner and on Thursday morning, we again had breakfast with Uncle N and E.  This was our last full day in Nevada, so we laid out all the options for adventure because we were a little tired of hanging out in our hotel.  E and D opted for the train museum in Carson City, and then for going back to Lake Tahoe.  So we packed our picnic lunch, swimsuits, and towels, and went on our way, stopping again at Dollar Tree for buckets and shovels and other toys for building sand castles with.  We were prepared this time!

The train museum was really nice.  There were lots of restored engines and other cars to look at and climb through.

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A “Lay Your Own Track” activity:

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These two engines are actually very similar to the two engines at Golden Spike National Historic Site.  In fact, in 1969 (if I remember correctly), they were given the paint jobs of the Jupiter and the 119 and sent to Golden Spike for the Centennial, then as replicas of the Jupiter and the 119 were being built, they toured around the country until 1976, the country’s Bicentennial.  Finally after the replicas were completed, they returned home to Nevada and were converted to their original paint schemes.

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A WWI boxcar:

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E and Little A could have played with this set for hours.

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Then it was back to the Lake and Sand Harbor beach again.  Once again, it was a beautiful day, but we had a hard time finding a shady spot at first, and I was afraid we would have horrible sunburns on our pale skin that hadn’t seen sun all winter. For once, I did a really good job with the sunscreen!

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Not a real octopus!  Just someone else’s sand toy the boys dug up.  We ate our picnic lunch and played in the sand and water, and after a few hours, everyone was ready to go home.  It was a perfect afternoon where everybody had not just fun, but enough fun.  It wore them out, too!  In fact, the three littles all ended up in my bed at some point that night. This was the scene when I finally climbed out from amongst them Friday morning.

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We got packed up and it was really amazing how we fit everything back in the van.  We had to do it; the Suburban was already back in Utah, but we were dealing with the stroller we didn’t have coming out, and laundry soap we hadn’t really planned on buying, and a cooler for the food we had overplanned for.  But we made it. After about two hours on the road, being in close quarters for a week caught up to everyone. There was whining, fighting, probably weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.    After we ate lunch, I made the executive decision to split the children up.  D sat in front with Nana, E went in the middle next to S, and I climbed in the far back with Little A.  Everyone was commanded to not touch anybody, not talk to anybody, not even breathe anybody’s air!  We still had 6+ hours to endure being together in the car.

Baby S got a kick out of my being in the back seat where he could see me!

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We made it home in one piece!

It’s good to go, but it’s sure good to come back again.


Vacation 2018: Lake Tahoe

July 30, 2018

It’s really amazing (or maybe embarrassing) how many half-finished blog posts I have sitting around.  It’s also really amazing how fast a 14-month-old can toddle around.  Scratch that; he’s running now, rarely holds still, and is into EVERYTHING!  My entire life right now is a series of unfinished projects everywhere.  I hardly get a moment to sit down these days.  I actually kind of miss our little old house downtown where I could put up one gate to the kitchen and keep the toddler confined to just the living room.  It’s so exhausting trying to keep up with him every day.

But we did go on a vacation last month and I am determined to finish this post!

I suppose there are worse ways to start a vacation than leaving your suitcase at home. . .

First off, DH, after asking me approximately 27 times what the dates were for this trip that his mother arranged, still missed the fact that he needed to teach a class the first afternoon we should be on the road.  No problem, we’ll drive separately, which we needed to do anyway because we had too many people even for the Suburban.  We left A and E home to wait for Daddy, and the other four children and Nana and I set out for Genoa, Nevada, early on Friday morning, June 1.  Eight+ hours later, without incident, we arrived and got checked into our condos.

DH got held up by road construction coming home from work and so they didn’t even leave our house until after 6 p.m.  E forgot to bring his backpack full of stuff to do, but at least he had his suitcase which I had personally loaded into the Suburban for him.  In hindsight I should have put my suitcase in as well, because I apparently didn’t communicate the fact that the suitcase DH and I were sharing was still in our bedroom and he would need to put it in the car.  After his class, he was in a hurry to get on the road and they did make good time, pulling in and waking me up to open the door for them at 1:30 a.m. Nevada time.

The next morning I asked C to go down and bring up my suitcase so I could shower and get dressed, and he had to deliver the unhappy news that there was no other suitcase in the Suburban.  And so we spent a good portion of Saturday trying to figure out our clothes situation.  I had needed some new summer clothes, but having to buy only what was available at Walmart was not the way I had intended to go about it.

We had a washer/dryer in our hotel, and I was ready to just buy an outfit or two and wash every night, but I also needed something for church, plus shoes, plus something to swim in, as did DH.  Let’s just say we both exceeded our clothing budget for the month.

We also loaded up on laundry soap and food for the week.  We had a full kitchen and were able to eat breakfast in most days, plus lunches and snacks, or else we’d pack a picnic lunch on the go.  We could get the foods everybody liked (including treats I hardly ever buy at home!) and it was so much cheaper than eating out with nine people every meal. Although at one point, I wondered if I was really on vacation what with all the cooking, dish washing, and laundry I had going on!

We also raided the dollar store for activities since E left all of his toys home and D had finished every Sudoku puzzle he brought before we even got to Wendover.  We bought some maze, sudoku, and dot-to-dot books, coloring books and crayons, a few more baby toys (for the baby with the 3-second attention span) and water guns for the pool.  Those were a definite hit, even for the baby!

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Beginning walker + concrete = skinned knees unfortunately, but I think I cared more than he did.

On Sunday we attended sacrament meeting at the LDS ward in Minden, then went to the cemetery to see the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.  We found my dad’s cousin’s name.

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On Monday, we drove all the way around Lake Tahoe.  It was a gorgeous day and we enjoyed some beautiful views, but I hadn’t really done my research on what there was to do at Lake Tahoe.  I assumed the water would be way too cold for anyone to want to get in it (I was half right.) DH assumed we would mostly want to drive around, getting out to look for 5 minutes or so before getting back in the cars.  But I didn’t come all that way to mostly drive!  The littles especially did not want to be that confined and if they see sand, there is no way they don’t want to play in it!  Where’s there’s a sandy beach, there’s also water, so half of us got a lot wetter than we intended and were really wishing we had brought our swimming suits after all.

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Enjoying the waterfront park in Tahoe City after eating lunch and driving past countless fancy vacation houses on the California side:

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Back on the Nevada side of the lake, we stopped at Sand Harbor beach, and again,  couldn’t resist playing in the sand and water in a nice little shady spot where it wasn’t too crowded.





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Baby S loved the sand!  Maybe a little too much . . . I’m sure he ate more than I would have liked.

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Ice cream after was much more delicious!

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Part 2 coming soon–


May 24, 2018


It felt odd to come out of my orchestra concert last Saturday in time to see the sunset over the State Capitol.  It was a reminder that it’s May and the final concert of my 15th season with the Salt Lake Symphony.  We played the final piece of Mozart’s compositional output, his Requiem Mass.  It’s a piece I’ve long wanted to play, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The string sections were switched around and I got to experience life like a violist with the bassoons in one ear and the trombones in another.  We were joined by the Utah Voices choir, but they were in the loft above us and I couldn’t hear them very well.  I much prefer the sound when I’m sitting on the outer edge of the orchestra, but it was still glorious Mozart!

There are always times when I come back to rehearsal after furiously practicing certain sections and wonder did I practice enough to get it up to tempo, or is our conductor going slower tonight?  Hmmm…

The “Domine Jesu” was noticeably slower when we put it together with the choir, for which we were so grateful!  It was actually playable at that tempo!  It’s always a good feeling when you know you’re capable of playing every note and feel prepared for performance, even though you’ve only had the music for three weeks!   Our last concert was at the very end of April so we had a short turnaround, but it worked out well and was a wonderful experience!


C took this picture for me from his seat in the balcony while we were warming up.

I love orchestra, but I am actually quite glad the season is over.  Last week was especially tough with two rehearsals and a concert, plus hearing the boys sing in their choir concert, and attending the high school orchestra/band concert to hear A play two pieces with the jazz band on the one remaining free night of the week.  I’m ready for summer and more nights spent at home with nothing on the calendar!


Baby S and I took a quick selfie before leaving for the babysitter!  I’ve missed being home with him at bedtime.  He always comes with DH to drop me off at rehearsal and gets Daddy time while I play, but we’re happy to take a break from that for a while.

Last night I turned around and drove back into the city to hear two of my students play in the All-Star side-by-side concert with the Utah Symphony.  Then this morning I got up early and drove C down to Utah Valley University to play with the pipe band for all of ten minutes at graduation, then came all the way back home, ate lunch and picked up everybody else, and headed back in to Salt Lake for our final book club meeting.  So I wouldn’t have to come back again this weekend, we took our usual pinwheels up to the family graves in the SLC cemetery.  I’m so ready to not drive anywhere for days if I don’t have to!


The end of May is fast approaching and we’re trying to wrap up our school year.  Outside commitments are finishing up, and we’re working hard to complete the last of our school work that needs to be turned in for online classes, plus a few things at home.  I’m still contemplating what summer will look like around here.  I know it will include math for just about everybody, but we’re not moving and we won’t have a brand new baby, unlike last year.  I have high hopes for being productive!  Stay tuned!

Happy First Birthday!!!

May 10, 2018

Our sweet little Baby S turned one this week!  I know I say this on almost every birthday for every child, but I can hardly believe how time flies!  It seems like just a few months ago that we were in the NICU with our little 5-pound, five weeks early baby.  And now he is losing his baby looks and turning into a little boy.

Standing at the front door was the only way I could get him to hold still long enough for a decent picture!  Just in the past week he has started to let go of furniture and try walking four or five steps on his own.  He is constantly on the move and keeps us all on the move as well!  He hates to be gated in somewhere when everyone else is coming and going.  He wants to be a part of everything we do.  He’s still hesitant around stairs and really has no interest in learning to climb up or down them.  He loves to be outside as long as he’s sitting on a blanket.  Grass freaks him out although he’s getting more used to it.

He has four teeth and probably several more about to pop through; the drooling has been uncontrollable lately!  He loves just about any food you put in front of him, but chocolate cake may be the new favorite!

On Wednesday we went for the 12-month well-child checkup.  He’s 28 inches tall (2nd percentile) and weighs 18 lb. 7 oz. (10th percentile), but his head is in the 59th percentile!  He’s hit every physical milestone and the doctor is thrilled that she doesn’t have to adjust at all for prematurity any more.  We have a happy, healthy boy.

We had a low-key birthday for him.  We had our regular Tuesday night date together (DH, me, and S) driving me to orchestra rehearsal right after dinner, so we had our celebration on Monday instead.  He still wasn’t quite sure what the unwrapping was all about, but was happy to get a ball, some new clothes, some books, and a puzzle.

The chocolate cake was a huge hit!  He had no problems digging in with his fingers and ended up covered in chocolate from head to toe by the end of it.

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