End Of The Summer

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With the days cooling down, and football in the air. It is time to call it … Yes my friends it is the end of summer. Yes, it is time to bring out the school books and those dirty looks. Yes, it is time for the days to begin to get short. Time for my favorite time of the year Yes, Fall is my favorite time of the year. Yes, my friends it is time for football, falling leaves, mowing those falling leaves, rain (oh rain I have missed you so), fall hikes, sweaters, and normal hot coffee. Anyway I just wanted to share the last (well maybe the last) picture of the Thames Kids 2015 Summer Edition photo.


Ages: Zoe 10, Zeke 6, Oliver 5, Abby 4 and Charlotte 18 Months

Ages: Zoe 10, Zeke 6, Oliver 5, Abby 4 and Charlotte 18 Months

~Greg Thames

Morning Omelets

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This morning Zoe wanted to take one the challenge of making everyone omelets.  She has always wanted to master the flip of an omelet and today she did it!  Another benefit of a large family.  Lots of chances to practice.




She diced and sautéed peppers and onions for our omelets (my favorite!) and made cheese for the little kids.  They were loved by all.  The kids loved being able to ‘order’ their specialized omelet.


And, since I had the morning off in the kitchen, I was able to capture these sweet moments.  




100% Adorable

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Today our sweet little Charlotte turns 1!  I am always amazed at how fast it goes and yet it feels like she’s always been with us.  In her new stage of life things are moving quick.  After learning to crawl (well, scoot around on her bum) she moved onto things like unrolling the toilet paper, toothbrushes in the toilet, dog water exploration and adventures in stair climbing.


A few weeks ago she started walking!  There’s no stopping her now.  She is ready for the world.


She loves a good snuggle and playing with mamas hair, and baby dolls.  She clicks her tongue to give kisses, makes some pretty crazy faces (especially when she’s mad) and loves anything that plays music for her to dance to.


Happy Birthday to our Sweet Charlotte!


Off on another adventure!


Spring Party 2014

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Don’t you just love a last minute party?  And a last minute party with friends that are all about last minute too is even better.  We quickly planned out this party with a focus on simple but fun.  I even set up decorations!  (something I tend to avoid)


We made our springy snacks.  Deviled eggs, rainbow fruit kabobs, and cupcakes.


And set up our springy games.  We had pin the tail on the bunny and pin the stinger on the bee.  We ended with the safest bee around…no stinger!  Zeke ended up closest and actually hit the wall.  The kids were absolutely thrilled with this game.  Our next game was outside for a butterfly hunt.


We had fabulous spring weather that helped make this party a huge success.



After the games the big girls painted flower masks out in the sun and the younger kids played outside looking for beetles, spiders and worms.  We had a craft planned for them (just in case) but we were not about to drag them inside for it.  We just saved it for another day and the moms were able to enjoy a peaceful (read quiet) latte with chocolate cupcake while the kids played in the sun.

The Newest Addition…..

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Declaimer First:  I, Greg T., don’t often enter a entry into the family blog but since Merriann is still recovering from the hard work of Labor. I thought I would try my best.  Since many people in which this blog was created for are looking for baby pictures, I am “maning” up.  So please enjoy the “non” professional pictures.  Merriann will return soon to give you what you have all come to expect.

We have a new addition to our family….

Charlotte Hadassah

  Charlotte Hadassah Thames

She was born on Jan. 31, 2014 @ 6:01 am.  She was 6lb 15 oz and 20 inches long.

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This was a first “relative” home birth experience. The reason I say relative is because it was at some friends of ours home.  And not ours.  We wanted to have a home birth but the distance from our house and the hospital had our midwife’s a little concerned when playing the what if games.  So when relating this concern to our friends they said, “Use our house!”  It was such a blessing.  God has a amazing way of working things out.

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These are our Midwives, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Tamar.  They are both naturopathic doctors and midwifes.  They are awesome.  I must say they brought more to the table than I originally thought.  They were informative, to the point, funny, and just good people.  A-plus

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And since we had the birth of Charlotte at a friends house and the stomach flu hit our house (that is a whole other story) there were a few days between the kids meeting their little sister.

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Zoe and Oliver were so excited to meet her.  Zeke was a little less sure about the whole thing. But he wants to play with her now and I am not sure he gets why he has to be so gentle with her.

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Our Newest Family Picture, and look Merriann I even smiled for you!

Christmas Cookies 2013

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As some of you know I (Greg) am learning the fine art of motion video.  Yes it is true, and with that said I have been doing some small projects to better learn the craft.  Well, today Merriann, the kids and some of our friends came over to make Christmas cookies.  So I saw a chance to do a little video and get some practice.  So here is a little short video.  I hope you enjoy.