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Spring Has Sprung

March 15th, 2012 by Mommy

Today was a beautiful day. It was a warm and sunny morning to play at the Botanical Garden with our friends. We shared our last picnic and playtime for a while as Elena and Maeve will be doing some traveling. Emily is praying for her friends every night that God would take care of them on their trip and bring them home safely. Very genuine and sweet! One funny activity of the day was with the Pringles we shared. The girls all enjoyed making their duck faces with the chips.


The big girls being very sweet together.


They were being a bit silly, but having fun playing in their special castle.


How very typical of Julia these days to have her fingers in her mouth. She is cutting some molars right now and they must be bothering her a lot, because she puts everything in her mouth to chew on it. Sweet smile – she enjoyed her time playing with her friends.


Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the silliest of them all? Today it was the little girls for sure.


Maeve is always ready for a moment with the camera, at least with Ms. Rachelle.

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How We Celebrate Fall

October 9th, 2011 by Mommy

A beautiful Fall morning took us to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens for a playdate. It was perfect. The kids had fun exploring and running around with each other. It is tough to get great photos of moving kids, but I got a few. We are looking forward to the next fun Fall playdate.


Hey, look we got all seven kids to look the same direction at the same time . . . kinda.


As a reward we asked them to make silly faces. It seemed to be a hit for the over-two crowd.


A great and hard-to-photograph genuine Emily smile.


Sweet Elena


Grins from the sun-kissed Julia.


An almost smile from McKenzie.


A pixie smile from the pixie Maeve.

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Botanical Garden

November 3rd, 2010 by Mommy

There is nothing better than going out to play in unexpected places on beautiful days. Fall is a perfect time to find hidden corners of gardens to play in. The girls played with their friends Elena and Maeve at the Knoxville Botanical Garden for a morning play date. There were trails to follow, stone buildings to discover, bushes to hide between, and sweet faces to be photographed. I think Ashley and my favorite thing about the gardens were the stone walls that gave our girls a safe and fun place to run around in. The garden volunteers were planting bulbs for the spring flower beds and they offered for the girls to help them with the planting. Emily and Elena both volunteered to help. Next spring we will have to go back and see the Narcissa that they helped plant. We will return for more play dates on warm days. There are so many more places I want to go and see in the garden.

This is a classic pose for Julia these days. While she doesn’t have many words she choose to share with us, she does say our names. She loves to put her hands to the side of her mouth and yell a persons name to have them come and play. This time she was yelling for “Eeeeee” to come her way.

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