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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Irish artwork.

Oh how I love this kid's imagination and creativity!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Break oh-Fourteen!

It was a low-key time this year. But there were sleepovers.
And a day at M*rbles, with arial acrobats.

And a trip to the bookstore, for books AND cookies.
And we all had a really nice time.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An eight-year-old Bug.

And some of the both:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My cheering squad.

Mommy has spent the last five weekends at the yoga studio, training like a madwoman to become a yoga instructor. It's been amazing and fun and I've learned so much. But none of it would have been possible without my incredibly supportive cheering squad. Daddy and the girls have done all kinds of fun stuff while I've been gone from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. And they have helped me and encouraged me every day, including practicing my class with me over and over again.

On the last day of training, they met me for a picnic lunch to wish me good luck before I taught my first ever class.
And when I arrived home I found this:

And these:

And they even took me out to dinner! These three people are amazing, and I love them so much and I don't know where I would be without them!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Sisters. Best friends. I hope it's always this way.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

From the two cutest leprechauns there ever were.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mommy's little yogis.

They love to help me practice. And it makes my heart happy!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Becoming eight.

Oh my goodness, there's an eight-year-old in this house!
 Auntie sent Lily the world's greatest gift and the thing she wanted most, an American Girl Doll.
 There was MUCH excitement, squealing and jumping when Lily realized what was in the box.
A girl and her new best friend.
Lily decided that instead of a party or a present from us, she wanted to go skiing. So we all got to spend a weekend in the mountains! (Best idea ever, LilyBug!) We kicked things off by meeting Grammy and Bumpa in Boone for a birthday dinner.

Happy birthday, Dear Lily!
 (From a sweet little cabin in the mountains!)
We spent a whole day skiing!

The birthday girl had at least as much fun as she did in Austria. And she even skied a black diamond with Bumpa!
Happy, happy birthday to our favorite eight-year-old!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Birthday letter to an Eight-Year-Old.

Dear Lily,

It's been eight years of Love, Laughter and Lily... the sweetest Valentine I ever got!
I love all these pictures of you, because they show how much you've grown. And they show how hard it can be to get you to let go and giggle, our serious little girl, our old soul. When you do smile though, you smile with your whole heart and it's impossible not to smile back at you. You are happiest and most free first thing in the morning, greeting every new day with joy and excitement and optimism. I hope you never lose the ability to believe that each day has the possibility to be the best day ever!

But if I'm being honest, this is actually how we see you most of the time.
Because this was the year you discovered your greatest love... reading. You are such a little bookworm, with your nose in a book at every opportunity, including at your own birthday dinner. You are literally reading books faster than we can find them for you. Mommy and Daddy love this new hobby. It's so fun to talk to you about books that we've all read, and to hear your thoughts and opinions and theories! However, Rory wishes you would read less and play with her more.

Luckily for your biggest fan, you still enjoy epic weekend-long games of dress-up and make-believe with her. In fact, those games and your imagination are only more intense thanks to all the far-off places, crazy characters and wild adventures you've read about!

It's been another big year for a little girl... Your first concert (Taylor Swift), a dance recital, some piano lessons (abandoned when you couldn't play as well as you wanted immediately), a trip to the beach, a bunch of swimming ribbons won, new friends and the start of 2nd grade, a trip to Europe and learning to ski.

You are still a perfectionist in all things, but you are learning to better control your frustration and starting to understand that everything takes practice. You are slightly more willing to try things more than once, rather than giving up on them if you don't master them the first time. It's helpful that you love to read, swim and ride your bike, and that all of those things took practice, as it gives Mommy and Daddy a solid argument when you want to give up.

Through all of the year's excitement, all of your frustrations, all the quiet moments, and all of the fun ones, we could always count on this...

You continue to amaze us every day. Not just with how brilliant and brave you are, but how sweet and sensitive you remain. Not just how kind and gentle your heart is, but also how funny and adventurous your spirit has become. We are so very proud of you.

I have loved every day with you LilyBug. Every single day of the last eight years.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl.

Love Always,

Monday, February 10, 2014

100th Day of School.

Lily as a 100 year old...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Filling the rest of the snow days.

Once the initial fun of actually playing in the snow had worn off and school stayed closed for an additional FOUR DAYS, we had to get more creative with how to have fun. There were epic games of make-believe and dress up, with story arcs that took multiple days to play out. We took out every single toy in the play room. There were marathon chess tournaments, lots of movies watched and a million art projects completed. 

At one point Lily turned herself into a "box" turtle.
And finally we had a play date with good friends and their guinea pigs. Lily was in charge, and turned it in to story time, of course, while Rory just wanted to love and cuddle and squeeze the poor pigs.
 Plus their mom was willing to set these maniacs loose in the kitchen with cookies, frosting and sprinkles. Big fun!!!