25 May 2010
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16 May 2010
Rachel was in the chorus of the sixth grade musical this year - Rockin' At the Hop. The cafeteria was decked out with Studebaker's and vinyl records. The table decorations were six-packs of Coca-cola, in the glass bottles. All the students dressed in poodle skirts and varsity jackets with saddle shoes and scarves in their hair. Elvis and James Dean were there, too!
11 May 2010
I woke up this morning to a wonderful sound. Not my alarm. Not my dog barking out the window. Not any earthly noise at all. I heard laughter coming from down the hall. I heard sisters sharing a single bathroom. I heard footsteps and commotion, but all of it good. So good.
Three sisters, ages 12, 10 and seven. All getting ready for school. All using the same bathroom, the same box of cereal, the same mirror. I laid there in my bed and listened. Usually, I have to say, I will awaken to my alarm; rouse the ladies and set out the breakfast. Depending on their response to my initial efforts, I am pretty loud about the second attempt. Not this morning. Today I was treated to just lying in my own bed and enjoying their giggles. I don't know about your house, but, we don't usually have giggles at 6 am.
When I did venture out, I found three perfectly outfitted young ladies, complete with socks, shoes and straightened hair, just finishing up their cereal. As they headed out, I complimented them on the start to our day. Not just their day, but, our day. A great start. They even put their bowls in the sink. I just love my ladies.
08 May 2010
I'm trying to wrap my head around having a garden this season. The other day we were looking at seeds and Samantha said, "You can grow onion rings?"
Dag she's cute! And yes, we staged the photo because as soon as we could stop laughing, I told her it was going on the blog...
04 May 2010
Charlotte is our middle child, and as a middle child, she has a unique position in a family of five children. Is she one of the older ladies? Is she one of the little ones? For now, Charlotte is 7 and that's what is important. She is a free-thinker, a leader and a comedian. She is athletic and a great reader. She loves to play with babies, but can ride her bike to school like the big ladies. Charlotte is also very mannerly - always saying thank you and please. Lately I have been thinking about her, because it was brought to my attention that sometimes I treat her like a little lady, and not the competent member of our busy family that she really is. While I was musing on my Charlie-girl, I tried to catch her in some typical poses throughout her day:
First, finding wonder all around her. She said, "Look Mom, see how pretty the swirl of chocolate is before I shake it all up?" It is, babe. Thank you for showing me. And the second picture, playing with her Jay Michael. She is such a great playmate.
03 May 2010
Early morning take-off ::: Look at the size of the bus!