Friday, March 30, 2012

a Butterfly Party!!!

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what a fun day!
turning six was a blast!
a Butterfly Party! 

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I really love putting together parties!
Kids parties... one of the pleasures of having kids!
I love it!

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remember my birthday parties when I was a kid!
the way my parents would make me feel extra special!
the children would sing! games! cake!
what fun memories!

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the happiness when friends arrived!
to see my memories on my girl's faces again and again...
it's beautiful!

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such a sweet present from my parents! my dad built this cool outdoor chalkboard! it's so fun to play outside teacher now!

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the same old games that we would play... still played again!
I remember my mom spinning me around and around blindfolded to play pin-the-tail on the donkey!
and here I am spinning kids, putting eggs on spoons!
cheering for children that love my kids!
seeing them happy at a party... a party that they felt special... magic... a party they may never forget!
to see our own kids smiles and hear their excitement!

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when I said good-night to Isabelle this night... I whispered Happy Birthday Darling...
she whispered "thank you mamma for such a nice day!"
she gets it! she loves the fun too!
Now that she is old enough she helps set up for parties!
a lot of things I just gulp it down and love the tangles of crepe paper! the balloons hung ever so strangely yet perfectly right!
I love how she likes to prepare for a party now!
and I love how she puts her heart into it!... just like I do!

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the next day was a nice quiet day...
school was in session and Cecilia and I spent the day mopping...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

six!!!!!!

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our little baby girl turned six!
March 3!
does anyone else get that heavy lump in their throat the night before your children turn the next age...
that feeling like... I just want to sit by their bed and watch them grow before I blink feeling!

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in the morning they always seem taller...older...wiser!

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they tear through packages giddy and smiley!
but you just stare in awe... trying so hard to catch a glimpse of when they were little kind of look... that smile, that crinkly nose... just wait for it... ah there it is! that's just what she looked like when she was 8 months!
How can so long ago feel like it was yesterday!
How can so many memories and moments feel so present and clear!
How can we remember so much!

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We spent the morning snuggly in bed all cozy as a family!
then we surprised her with a plan to go to the neighborhood POOL!
boy, was she ready!!!

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every year I photograph her in this dress...
my dress..
one day she will grow into it... but for now I love how it looks!
It will be fun to see the different years how much she changes...

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we celebrated by going to her favorite restaurant
Owen's Fish Camp with her Uma & Umpa,
and a little bowling!
what a day!!!

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although we cannot freeze time... nor would I ever want to..
what we can do is LIVE IT! EACH YEAR! CELEBRATE!
watch our kids grow!
and be happy about how much they change but are still the same!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

a little this and that...

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nice and slow baking days make me pretty happy!
the house smells amazing and there is always plenty of coffee...
Whenever we make Swedish cinnamon buns I am always reminded of this one morning... 
this may be a bit much...
but oh well I must confess...
I loooove to walk around the little village that Pappa Mattias is from when we visit Sweden in the summers... it's in the way south of Sweden and is a beach town. so summers are quite busy!
and quite beautiful!
I love to wake early and go for a walk before the town wakes up! even though the summer the sun comes up about 3am the people don't wake until morning normal time. but the light is there!
so I roam around getting lost getting found... remembering my favorite nooks... my favorite window displays in shop windows... but then... I really love peeking in home's windows... to see how they live, how they fix breakfast, how they decorate!... seriously thought this sweet town has home's windows right on the sidewalk! I can't help but peek!
Well this one morning early early I was walking and walking and myyyyy gosh the smell from this one home was so amazing! I circled around again and again trying to peek to see what the hell they were cooking so I could come back and tell Mattias we MUST MAKE THIs!
well.... the sweet old woman popped her head up and showed me the cinnamon buns that she just pulled out of the oven!
my face may have turned beet red... but at least I knew!

such a funny morning!

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bunk beds! 

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working a little on beginning math...
we use tomatos to add and subtract!

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the girl's favorite... playing teacher!
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we had a little open house at the studio and this cool fiddle guy stopped to play for the girls! lovely!

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Valentines!

Monday, March 12, 2012

strawberry fields... forever

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this was quite a day...
I woke with an urge for farming!
do you ever get that...?
just wake and feel like digging in the dirt!
stepping on rotten strawberries!
swatting off flies!
I love it!
So me and my littlest hopped in the car and headed east!
I wish my oldest could have come too... sometimes I just wish that we could play hookie all the time...
but once we got there the spring produce stand was fully stocked with the most amazing vegetables!
We have been trying to eat mostly local... it's the best!
You can tell when tomatoes are local... they actually taste like a tomato... not like something that has been traveling for weeks!

the picking was so fun!
Cecilia may have ate her weight in berries!
They are so good plucked in the Florida sunshine...almost too sweet!
what a beautiful day!