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Memorial Day Sun

Today we had some much needed family time.  With all of the hectic running around from softball game to ballet practice, we desparately needed some at home time to enjoy each other.  A small reminder of what is really important on this short journey we call life.  My little bird can't leave little Pippa behind when she feels like it's something her baby sister would really love.  And no one in this family enjoys the water as much as sweet Pippa.

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Whenever she sees water, she pretends to wash her hair.

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Could they look more alike?  Nothing makes my heart burst more than seeing my girls loving on each other.

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Not to worry, the peach got in on the action.  Ohhhh. . . little ladies. . . how I love you so.  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day.

First Dirt

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We have been going to this neighborhood park for years.  It's one of those parks with great shade, nice playground equipment and well supervised children.  I never have to worry at this park.  It's set back nicely from the street and the neighborhood keeps it clean and all of the equipment in good repair.  It feels very homey to me.

Pippa has been enjoying the park from her perch in the double stroller for several weeks now.  She's not walking yet and putting her down to "have at it" generally means dealing with a very filthy baby when it's all said and done.

Today, I let her "have at it".

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We even had a nice little taste!

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All in all, a very successful first dirt experience.

Another Grandparents Day

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Miss Pippa and I hung out in the lobby with all of the goodies while the grandma's listened to the kiddies singing a "We love Grandparents" song in the church.  It was a lovely event, overall, as usual.  Though, this year, it was a little hot in those classrooms.  Well, actually, quite stifling, but we all survived the heat for the kids.  They are always soooo excited about having their grandparents come for this special event.

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The sweet peach can never resist an opportunity to be a ham for the camera.  I'm not quite sure why I'm getting this blue cast on my pictures now.  I've been fiddling around with my camera enough that I probably couldn't even tell you what I've done to it.  Everything looks a little blue.   Hmmm. . . I guess I'll have to work on that.

The Trip

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You made me smores:)

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You got in there and sang the camp songs after I pushed and pushed.

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You didn't ditch me to go sleep in some other friends tent like some of the girls.  You wanted to be with your Mom and that made my heart sing.  

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Thank you for such a wonderful trip.

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I love you.

The Musician

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 She hemmed, she hawed, she debated.  We went to the music store and tried them all out.  We listened to solos on youtube.  We discussed.  She chose.  I'm delighted.  Daddy has heard tell of great scholarships for oboeists (sp?).  Let the practice begin!  Prepare for the sounds of a dying goose, at least for awhile:)

Three Piggy Link

Alright folks!  For all interested parties, you may follow this link to the Three Piggy Opera!  Enjoy the show.  A side note:  The sweet peach is mostly cut off :(  She's in the middle row on the bleachers on the far right.  Every once in awhile you get a brief glimpse if you pay attention!  Still so cute and the wolf does an Oscar performance, I'm telling you. 

About the Music

Okay, so I caved.  I'm putting music on the blog now.  I was very conflicted about doing this for a long time.  So often I'll go to a blog that's playing music and just press the mute button because I find it so irritating.  However, it doesn't keep me from going to their blog.  I realized it's their choice of music more than having the actual music on the blog.  I like the music I pick out, obviously, and so here it is.  If you don't appreciate my taste, feel free to do as I've done, press the mute button.  In any case, I hope you'll keep coming back:)

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Photography 101

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Trying out some new digital photo techniques.  I still really don't know what I'm doing, but at least I'm having fun.  I know all of you Grandparents out there are wondering why it is you only see photos of your youngest grandchild.  I'll tell you, it is because when I pull out the camera these days with my oldest child I get a cheesy smile accompanied by a loud, "Mooommm!" and my middle daughter turns into a super model with all of her poses.  This peanut is the most natural.  I'm not giving up though, the oldies will make their repeat appearances.  A side note to all family, on Sunday June 6th we've got a ballet recital for the peach at the Children's Theatre and a piano recital for the little bird.  It's a two for one for anyone interested in attending.


We're Talkin' About Practice!


She's been playing catcher and is pretty excited about it.  I just think she looks cute.


So, another little rant here.   She's supposed to have two practices a week until the games start.  Well, last week she had two practices and two scrimmages, which, let's be honest here people, is really just another way to practice.  A two and a half hour scrimmage mind you!  Let's be real here, coach.  We're talkin' about practice.  Does it really need to be this intense?


Everyone's a critic!


Okay, let's here it.  We need a pitcher, not a belly itcher! 

The Three Piggy Opera

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How can anyone resist an opera version of the three little pigs!  Some of the photos came out a little blurry.  I may go to the second showing for the retired folks next week to get some better shots.  Oh, I'm telling you it was adorable.  And my sweet peach adores her beloved teacher,  Mrs. Stewart.  For those family members out there I'm hoping to post some video of the performance in the video section of the blog sometime later.  The event wrapped with piggy cookies and pink lemonade.   These moments are what it's all about.

What a Testament of Faith

I am not a Mormon.  Sometimes, though, the differences between religions fade into the background and the simple beauty of the truth shines through.  I read her blog everyday and she is such a source of inspiration to me.  What a beautiful video, Stephanie!



Our Little Rookie


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There's something about a redhead in a baseball cap I find especially adorable!

Note to softball coach:

Really? A two hour practice in the rain that ends in the dark?  Three practices a week?  Is this maybe just a tad excessive?  I love your enthusiasm.  Really.  I do.  I also would like it if my third grader didn't fall asleep in the middle of her multiplication.

Quiet Moments

I love the curve of her little ear. 


Her sweet profile is so much like my other two.


Chubby fingers.

Clarification of earlier post:  My mother felt I was implying to people that Pippa has Down Syndrome.  She does not.  I was simply trying to explain a difficult part of pregnancy that alot of women these day go through.  You take all the tests that they tell you to take and results can be inconclusive at best and then you're left to worry.  This woman's story really illustrated to me the beauty of life and I wish I would have read it while I was pregnant.  Because of our beliefs, we would never have "done" anything about a baby with Downs, and this blog would've put my mind at ease.  Every life is a gift.

A Must Read

This is the most beautiful birth story of having a baby with Downs Syndrome I've ever read.  I wish every expectant mother could read this instead of being terrified by "genetic specialists" and all those blood test results.  When we were expecting Pippa, we were told that my blood tests indicated a slightly elevated risk of having a baby with Downs Syndrome.  We were told that, if we chose to, we could have an amnio to find out for sure and that the results would be early enough to "take care of it" if need be. ! Everyone should read this and see the beauty in every soul.

Nella's Story  by Kelle Hampton