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Time for a New School Year

August 2nd, 2015 by Mommy

Summer is drawing to a close and we are looking forward to a new school year. A warmup at the playground was in order. They are excited girls to meet classmates and start school, but today playing on the playground was just fine.


They are sweet sister that love playing with each other.





When you move to third grade you move to a new area on the playground. We went down and tried out the swings. They were pretty great and in the shade.


She told me that she wanted to make just one silly face. There were plenty of silly faces to choose from!


Someone had to show off a bit on the monkey bars. While she looks like she is standing on the ground, she did pause in her swinging to smile for the camera.



Just hanging around


My Brown Eyed Girl!



In first grade you are allowed to use the monkey bars. She wanted to try them out. Her sister had plenty of “helpful” suggestions.



She kind of looks like a genie. Her smile sure has magic.

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Family Visit

April 27th, 2013 by Mommy


To celebrate Natalie’s spring break Jolie, Grandma, and a bunch of kids came to visit. We were delighted and the girls were so excited. They arrived in the afternoon and Grandma and I surprised Emily with checking her out early from school. Nichole, Jennifer and the kids have never seen snow and they had been delighted with some snow in Gatlinburg. Still more came the day they arrived and we enjoyed playing at the park with the snow falling on us.


Snow here does not always last long and this snow shower ended before we left the park. Natalie gave Emily a ride across the park.


The "oldies" bundled up to stay warm.


What could be better than swinging while it is snowing?


Our silly kid slide photo!


We moved a few things around to make it easier to sleep and play. The under-the-bunk play space was just the perfect size for Mikayla.


The girls were excited to take their Daddy to the Children’s Museum.


Natalie is getting a lesson about how to make a call with a rotary phone.


Dylan is taking a trip on a rocket ship!


Posing with Anakin Skywalker. Who knew it was so easy to visit the outer reaches of the universe in one afternoon?


The kids enjoyed the train room. They even stopped long enough for a photo.


One afternoon we had a picnic at Norris Dam. We took the walk to the middle so we could see off both sides of the dam to compare. It was a cool picnic. Thankfully it was a sunny day and the sun kept us warm.


Of course we had to stop at Krispy Kreme doughnuts and enjoy a dozen or so. We were sad that the visit was short, but it was good to visit for the time we had. It will have to tide us over to summer when we will visit again.

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One Beautiful Day

February 24th, 2012 by Mommy

We are having one beautiful day here in Tennessee. The temperatures are getting up toward 70 degrees, the sun came out around noon, and there is a pleasant breeze. To celebrate this wonderful weather (which is only lasting one day), we met our friends after school at a nearby park. We also needed to break the trend of not taking the camera out much. These cold months are hard ones to remember to take photos of our resident smiles.

The park play highlights include: lots of running around, giggles, trying new equipment out, one wet slide that slowed down Emily’s fun, post-lunch snacks, and lots of busyness. Despite being wet, Emily had no interest in coming home. The warm weather makes us all long a little more for spring to officially come.


Wow, they both looked at the camera and smiled together! We are so fortunate that Emily has such a great friend.


Emily will be getting a haircut tomorrow so this is the before photo, but what a great smile from her too. Not always what she is willing to give the camera.


The only way they would both look at the camera (or in the direction of) was to ask about the bug on my head. They were skeptical – does it show? Emily needs more gray shirts, her eyes sure look gray in this photo.


Our sweet girl. Having a great day of not acting too independent. She is wanting to show so much individually these days. She wanted to butter her bagel just like Emily did. She too will be getting a haircut tomorrow, but not expecting any huge style changes.


Our resident pixie friend. Without the awesome pigtails she would still be a pixie, but they sure do make the look complete.

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All By Myself

February 9th, 2011 by Mommy

Congratulations to Miss Julia for figuring out how to climb up by herself in one of the indoor playgrounds we play at! I told Julia I would be there in a minute to help her past the two tricky steps and the next thing I knew Emily was announcing that Julia had done it all by herself. We did a happy dance and had a lot of excitement from all parties. She had been close, but just couldn’t figure how to lock her knee and push off. Maybe climbing out of bed has given her the confidence to try it again.

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May 31st, 2010 by Mommy

(19 months) Julia loves to slide, but doesn’t love to wait to do it right. She finally had a breakthrough and decided that she could sit on her bottom and come down feet first. Yeah! What a big girl!

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Spring Playdate at the Park

April 7th, 2010 by Mommy

Sunny days are great for playdates. We had a picnic lunch and play time at a park with our friends. The kids are doing such sweet things with each other. Emily is making friends at the park with kids and doing things together on the equipment, they have cute moments of holding hands, Julia is wanting to follow Emily around, they all want to give each other a push on the swing, and they are happy together. This makes for some happy mommies.

I had to include a photo of the little one to join us soon. In just about a month, baby Loveday will join the fun playdates. It will be no time until a new one is toddling around the play equipment!

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