Seven?! SEVEN!

Ivy turns seven on Friday. SEVEN YEARS OLD.

She’s so ready for second grade.

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She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s goofy, she’s protective.

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She tells me to be careful every time I climb up to the top bunk to give her a hug good night.

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She’s thoughtful, she’s sincere. She’s sensitive.

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She’s shy, she’s so lovable, she’s a fantastic big sister.

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Happy birthday, my sweet Ivy.

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Through The Lens Thursday: Stairs

I know this is a day early, but I’m headed to the BlogHer conference tomorrow afternoon, and have some fun BlogHer news coming up tomorrow! We had the girls’ double birthday party on Sunday, and they had chosen to go to a gymnastics place nearby. It was especially exciting (for all of us) because afterContinue Reading

I’ll Be At #BlogHer14! #SP

I’m heading to my first ever Blogher conference tomorrow, in San Jose California. I can’t really tell you how nervous I am, and I definitely can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m going to be meeting a lot of online friends that I’ve become close to, but only “in the computer” (though I canContinue Reading

Project 365: Week 29

This week was busy, even without many plans! July 13 We went out to eat for my dad’s birthday and my parents’ 40th anniversary, then came home and put up the girls’ early birthday present. July 14 I don’t really have words for this. He’s definitely got his own daily fashion statements. July 15 Essie’sContinue Reading

Through The Lens Thursday: Cozy

“Cozy” during the summer is “Cold From Air-Conditioning” Or Sick. I like the picture of the girls because it’s kind of three layers….their “audience” of the Furbie and the Talking Penguin thing, then the girls snuggled up together, and finally, the leftover birthday balloons in the window (one of which you can barely see). IContinue Reading

Five is Funny, Fierce, Fantastic.

Today, our youngest girl turned five. FIVE. She is funny. She’s frustrating. She’s lovable and helpful, smart and sassy. She’s difficult, she’s SMART. She’s friendly and fierce. And she’s FIVE. Happy birthday, EB. We love you, Miss Sass.

Too Early For The Orthodontist?

The oldest had his first orthodontist appointment this past week (other than the consultation a couple of weeks ago) for the first phase of his braces, the second this week, and his third (and last) next week. He’s only 8 (will be 9 in October) but his top front teeth have grown in so aContinue Reading

Project 365: Week 28

It was a busy week! The kids had swimming lessons every morning, plus a couple of birthday parties and other things thrown in. July 6 I got to meet a long-time bloggy friend, Tara, on Sunday. It was so nice chatting with her over coffee…we had a million things to talk about! July 7 FirstContinue Reading

Summer Theater Series: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I had a date last night. Don’t tell my husband, but he was pretty handsome. And sweet, and charming. I took my oldest to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, the third in this summer’s Broadway series. The show runs through Sunday, July 13, and we were there forContinue Reading

Through The Lens Thursday: Eyes

I enjoyed this prompt. I only wish that my camera lens (a 30mm) would let me get just alittlebit closer to the baby blues that I snapped away at all week. I have blue eyes (both of my parents do, too) and all four kids have them, too…although, the shades vary greatly. Henry and IvyContinue Reading