happy turkey day from mia clove


yeah. what SHE said.

TRANSLATION: "don't eat me! 'cause i am sick. i sneeze, i throw up, and get runny noses. that's what you will get, too."

KETCHUP: so many great clove family photos in one post

no posting for a month means catching up. which i dislike.
so we'll do the condensed version, hit the major highlights, call it good & move on.

in the past six weeks we've....

gone to sadies with a fun group of kids:

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 & continued working on our "wood" coffee table book:

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the parentals escaped to one of the most beautiful places on earth for rbc's 42nd birthday:

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where they checked and, YEP. STILL IN LOVE:


we rocked out with one of the coolest bands on earth:


& dave grohl reinforced my theory about a not-so-hot guy turning SMOKING HOTwhen he knows his way around a guitar and a microphone:

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we dressed like cats for halloween:

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as well as hippies:

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& a sweet little strawberry:


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we embraced some crazy on the daddy-daughter date:

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& chuckled over the continued creative spelling stylings of our mia:


(TRANSLATION: "hi, my name is mia. i am building a house for my family. it is going to be SASSY.")

but the best part of the past six weeks was having our grandparents return home to us:


thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

**beautiful weather for a motorcycle ride. and a buddy who wants to get in on the action:


i think we look so natural:


**the fact that i may or may not have (allegedly) BEAT somebody in a game of words with friends who may or may not (allegedly) be in the photo above.

which might just be my greatest achievement, ever.

i place it right above marrying russ and birthing my four children:

**mia's fantastic spelling skillz:


(TRANSLATION: "this is an ice cream. it is strawberry. it is yummy.")

**that the 80's dream is still kept awake & alive by my 13-year old's school:

(on the downside, she came to me and described this outfit as "from the 60's". dislike.)

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**baby libby's shopping skills.

she went right along to las vegas to search for a homecoming dress, and she couldn't have been any sweeter. or cuter. i think she might possibly be the actual cutest baby in the world.

here she is just chillaxing in the dressing room amongst the 400 dresses we tried on:


**when i find random old photos on russ's cell phone that i've never seen.

like these:




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**that the good 'ole candy bar card never really goes out of style:




katie goes to homecoming 2011 with taylor hummel


katilyn went to her homecoming dance last saturday night with her good friend, jordan h.

i couldn't believe how beautiful she looked--it seems so not fair that she received only the good genes from both her father and i......but i'm so so happy for her that i can't even be mad.

her dress was beautiful, thanks to her aunt megan, who's impeccable shoping/bargain hunting skills came into play with a dress that was SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OFF:

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& much love to joellen for once again making her look like an absolute princess:

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7 lessons learned from madame tussauds wax museum

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7 lessons learned from our trip to madame tussauds wax museum:

1. using the president's personal phone line is really no big deal:

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2. stevekemp is still the world's greatest photo bandit:


3. ALL THE LADIES want to get married to george clooney:

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4. george clooney tends to be a bit handsy.  (but i really didn't mind.)


5. lindsay lohan is still not a great role model for the young girls:


6. mia ONLY wanted her photo taken with girls:

(thanks, kamwee for your awesome photography skills)

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7. the dads really only wanted their photo taken with girls, too:

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9 lessons learned from labor day weekend in las vegas

9 things we learned from our labor day weekend in las vegas:

1. friends accompanying last minute always make for better times. and better jazz hands:


2. it is still possible to milk out your 20th anniversary even 2.5 months after it happened at a surprisingly great new restaurant find:


3. mindi doesn't ever need to ride the new york new york roller coaster ever again in her whole entire life:


4. somehow it is possible that chandler will find the only feline in the entire madame tussauds wax museum:


(but we all wanted in on that action):


5. speaking of wax museums and roller coasters....

if you (allegedly) know somebody or are somebody (allegedly) that would be in possession of a counterfeit nevada driver license (again, allegedly) it just keeps paying off.

like in the form of half-off wax museum tickets & free re-rides for all ten persons in your party on the coaster:

6. sipping something out of an adorable container makes it even just a little better:


7. waking up to this view never seems to get old:


8. seeing this view is the reason why we keep doing it:


9. pseudo-suburban gang signs never go out of style: