Sunday, August 30, 2009

wishing well

What would you wish for?

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water fountains, train rides, miniature houses, & ice cream cones

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eighteen months - august 10, 2009

. It's hard to believe that Kate is eighteen months old!
It has been so much fun to watch Kate become a little person.
She has a ton of expressions. Our favorite is "Uh-oh Baby."
She also has lot of hand gestures.
If we can't figure what she wants from her words we can definitely tell by her hands.
Her play has also become purposeful.
She enjoys playing with her trains, cars, and dolls.
Often times a doll must come with her when we leave the house.

We are looking forward to what the next month will bring while still enjoying all the precious moments of today!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Welcome to another Not Me! Monday! Not Me! Monday is a blog carnival created by MckMama at My Charming Kids. MckMama's purpose of Not Me! Monday "was born out of my desire to admit some of my imperfections and reveal a few moments I'd rather forget." I hope you enjoy my moments of imperfection!
I am not freaking out about returning to work and starting a new school year. Not me! Nope! I can balance it all with grace, limited stress, and no loss of sleep. I did not triple book myself because my plate is over flowing. Not me! I write everything down and always double check before making plans.
I have not gotten extremely frustrated when I have made our monthly car payment and our bi-yearly insurance payment for the Jetta that we cannot even drive at the moment. I do not stare at Jettas that drive pass and think I used to have a car like that. I do not hope every morning when I wake up this might be the day they call and tell us the Jetta is fixed good as new. I am not bitter. Nope! Not me!
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

sunday beauty

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sweet little girl

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trolleys and friendship

This past Sunday Kate and Emily enjoyed a trolley ride and learned a little bit about the history of the city.
The girls enjoyed the ride, people watched, said hi to the trolley men, and enjoyed watching people ride the rides at our local amusement park.
It is always fun to watch the girls interact and play with each other.
Kate and Emily have been friends since the womb.
They were eight weeks apart in the womb and are ten weeks apart in the world.
Every time they get together their play becomes more developed and they have started to truly interact with each other more.
One of their new favorite things to do is hold each other's hand.
It's quite cute to watch them walk hand in hand!
We can't wait for their first conversation with each other...
I wonder what they will say.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009


The song Landslide by Steve Nicks has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a little girl I remember my dad singing it. As a young adult any time I heard the song it reminded me of home. When I was getting married and trying to pick a song for the father-daughter dance Landslide only seemed fitting. (Plus some of our guests might have thought we had lost it if we danced to American Pie, another song my dad sang often.) And now as a mother the words of the song carry a different meaning… maybe the same meaning they carry for my dad. I love the song. It is tied to some very fond memories and holds great meaning in all stages of my life. Today I heard the song again. At first I instantly thought of my dad, my childhood, my wedding, and my relationship with Kate. Today’s version of Landslide was performed by students at PS22 in New York City. It was beautifully done. The love you see on the children’s faces takes your breath away. You can just tell the children LOVE what they are doing at that very moment in time.
When I heard the story behind today’s version it moved me to tears along with the rest of the people in the room. These students had lost their voice in their school. They were silenced. But a wonderful teacher found they all had a common interest: singing! Through the school choir these children found their voice and began to shine! Their teacher wanted to share their talents with the world and posted this video on YouTube. Stevie Nick’s team found the video and shared it with Stevie Nick. She was so moved by these students she flew the choir out to see a concert, gave them front row seats, and invited them on stage to sing with her! And they were invited to a dinner with her after the show! Amazing!!! All of this was made possible by a teacher who saw these children’s voices, believed in them, and wanted to share their talent with the world! Now when I hear this song it will not only remind me of my dad, my childhood, my wedding, and my sweet little girl. It will also remind of the power I have as an educator. I can close the door and not listen to the voices of my students. Or I keep the door wide open and let all my student’s voices be heard! I hope to always keep the door open and let my student’s voices SHOUT!
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

once upon a blog

Have I mentioned that I LOVE my blog's design? Jennisa at Once Upon A Blog did a fabulous job and was a true joy to work with! Jennisa's blog design business just celebrated it's second birthday! To help celebrate she redesigned her website, is offering a discount on blog designs, and is hosting a fun giveaway. So if you have a moment head on over to Once Upon A Blog and check out all the wonderful services she has to offer. And if you want a one-of-a-kind blog she is just the woman to see! I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

splashing in puddles

Who doesn't enjoy splashing in a puddle every once and a while?

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train museum

Kate loves trains.
It is typically the first thing she heads for in a toy store.
We thought it would be fun to visit a local train museum.
Kate's reaction was different than what we expected...
She did not pay much attention to the exterior of the trains (maybe because they were so big.) She did enjoy exploring inside the cars, "driving" the engines, and ringing the bells.
But I think Kate's favorite part was being able to run around and splash in a few puddles!
"Driving" the Train Ringing the Bell On the Red Caboose
Helping Daddy "Drive" and Check the Tracks (Hold Me Tight, Daddy! It's a long way down!)

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