Wednesday, October 27, 2010

some things leave you speechless....

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at times I am at a loss for words... these sweet children leave us speechless... it happens a lot. sometimes it's just a look they give us... I find myself getting that meltie heart feeling... and I love it so much!

have I mentioned how much I love our little girl's preschool... ehhh probably... well I'm going to say it again... I love it! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! They're school is located on a college campus... pretty cool huh! There are college students volunteering at the preschool... interacting with the children... the kids are constantly in the care of adults, students, eachother... it's fantastic... their little brains must be filled to the rim with so many new and fascinating things...

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they go for walks.. holding hands... looking both ways for cars... going to the college library to check out one book each... remember to return them on Wednesdays to get another book.... walking all around this gorgeous New College campus.. it's so much to take in! I just watched the children today skipping down sidewalks giggling and I found myself thinking... what a stepping stone this is for them... then my little sweetie looks at me and says, "Mamma, I'm going to go to college here one day!" ahhhhhhhh... it's too much! -and I'm not even going to touch on the organic garden they have at preschool on this post!

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it was dress up day... so many cute costumes!

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I read so many stories... pop up books... Where's Waldo!

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the children had to be quiet as "trees..." hmmm.... how quiet can a tree be......

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the children then selected stickers to take around the college campus and give to the students and wish them a Happy Halloween! the students were just tickled by the little preschoolers... things like "that made my morning" were said.... they were all really really cute!

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I remember walking over this exact bridge at the campus when I was a small girl just as our Isabelle (red cape) is doing....

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they were so excited to share their stickers! once they ran out they got an idea to pick flowers and give them.... Happy Halloween New College!!!

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when I went to say good-bye to my little girl... she looked in my eyes and said, "Mamma, I love you... thank you for coming on the walk today... " I'm melting!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

pumpkin play!

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seriously.... these kids have a life! a group of friends and their sweet families... I am so happy to have met all of these woman and have gotten to know their families... it's a good sense of community as well as family as well as long lasting friendships... so good for these kids to have a constant reminder of having friends... what that's all about... they see us mammas as close friends and our families coming together... enjoying conversations... having bar-b-ques... it's really a lot of fun!

about once every week or so one mamma has a little get-together at their home... sometimes we meet at a playground... sometimes we have a cookout... a beach sunset picnic... it's always something fun, sweet, and always always always memorable!

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we stay hip and with it don'tcha think!

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a lot lately a little thought has been lurking... next year our oldest kiddies all start kindergarten... and although it is reality we just keep getting that lump in our hearts... the sensation to gulp it down and twinkle our eyes to stop the tears.... it feels so good to have each other and to know that we will all go through it that day... we will be strong together and weep together and have a little coffee morning at one of our mamma's house... and surely we will make sure not to wear mascara on that day. our littles can play together... we will miss the big get-togethers with the olders and the littles... but there will be days off and the summers and breaks and sunset picnics... but just little crafty playdates like this... will be a memory... but they will all be tucked in my heart and hopefully the children's as well......

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!

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I just love our weekends... "family days" full of excitement... we usually plan them on Friday night... which is our "movie night" over dinner... discuss our plan of attack on having fun! this weekend was full of PUMPKINS! we went to our local farm which is close to where I grew up... it's always a little memory lane for me to go out there... I know Pappa hears all of my stories that I have told him 20 times but I tell them again... and it's ok with me... now my girlies hear it over and over... I love my childhood... and my wish for our girls is that they love theirs too...

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she just held this little pumpkin so close... like it was a dollie perhaps... she thought it was so cute... and I thought this was so cute.

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our little pumpkins!

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I love white pumpkins! I remember we went on a road trip when Pappa and I were first dating... with my parents to visit my mother's parents up in Michigan in the fall... it was absolutely beautiful there in the fall.. we found a pumpkin patch up there and we bought a big white pumpkin... I never saw anything like it... and now whenever I see these ghostly pumpkins... I remember that fall.

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pony rides!

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look at that face!

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I just love how this little cutie just looked at us so curiously... poked around with those alert ears up... so funny and cute!

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Isabelle seriously wanted to take this girl home! she asked... "I love this sheep... can we take her home!"

Monday, October 18, 2010

sweetness...

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we can't get enough of our girlies... they are oh so sweet! They are always giving kisses to each other ... right on the mouth... they eat right next to each other almost every meal... they do everything together... look out for each other... hold hands... I hope that they are always best friends...
when I was pregnant... Isabelle wished and wished for a sister... for a best friend... and I am so happy to make that wish come true...

tonight when they gave their good night kisses... Cecilia just puckered up and waited and waited and smiled as Isabelle planted her kiss... they hugged and gazed into their eyes... then Isabelle said... "she's so sweet and gives such sweet kisses."
I'm melting....

Friday, October 15, 2010

oh what a night!

back a few weeks we got an idea to go bowling... one of our favorite family nights! we practiced all week with stacks of blocks and little balls... knocking things over... getting so excited... I love that about having kids... the excitement... their eyes lighting up over the smallest things that to them... are the biggest things...

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it was so cute to see our girls trying so hard... just to lift those big heavy balls... and poke their tiny fingers into the holes... hefty hefty lugging them to the lane... the excitement when a pin gets knocked over... it's just perfect!

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we had so much fun! then after to celebrate we went into the city and got some ice cream and gobbled it up under the moonlight... doesn't get much better than this... this life... I'm a big fan!

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mmmmm... the taste of fall...

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to me fall is about smells... feelings... taste... a feast to the senses! I love all of the pumpkins... the squash! the sound of the wind blowing all of the trees in my garden every which way... wind chimes clanging... the smell of hot cinnamon tea... the feeling of a nice crisp morning... and the taste of yummy food... fall food... fall food is all about taking time... sweating out the onions... simmering the beets... roasting some garlic... it's so cozy just now... our weekend is looking quite nice... hoping to go to a pumpkin patch maybe

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

a hint of fall...

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there is such a happy hint of fall... after quite a hot summer... humid.. sweaty... it feels amazing these days. Our a.c. is officially OFF!!! I can hear the birds again... nothing like walking into our girl's room in the morning as they're waking up... opening the curtains... and seeing their happy faces as they say, "mamma... listen to the birds!" our youngest pointing so excited with her paci falling out of her mouth! I love the fall... I think we love it so much in Florida because it's our turn to be free of the heat and spend our days outside.... welcome!

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to celebrate we have been taking lots of walks! the other day we walked to our neighborhood park... lots of ducks... a big pond... even a playground! we love the walk there... so many things to spy... we brought a basket to collect fall things... acorns, leaves, feathers... all for our fall table!

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she just loves these binoculars... I get a little bit weepy when she uses them... they were my Grandfather's and I remember he would always use them and let me have a turn... he past away a few years ago... now it's quite sweet to see her using them....

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we love that wagon...!

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the crepe myrtle trees are all in bloom now... lovely!

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hiding under the oak trees as the children play on the playground... the cool breezes and the sounds of the leaves rustling is a perfect place for me.... I love this time of year

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and after collecting so many treasures.... this is our fall table complete...

chop stick fun!

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Isabelle's auntie/God-Mother is living in Beijing, China... she sent these little children's pink chop sticks over... Isabelle just loves to use them... she's getting pretty good actually!... funny girl

what a lunch!

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one of the Mammas in our little circle had a fun little pizza making morning! what fun! our family's favorite! she is so creative... even had a little craft put together to make the little one's chef hats! so cute!

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my little one... all excited to help out!

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our Isabelle and her pal Grant busy making the perfect pie!

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very colorful and seriously tasty!!!

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and then at the end of the afternoon... she surprised me with a birthday cake! wow.... I felt so loved! thanks Michelle!!! xoxo