Friday, July 31, 2015

To .... 12 Years & Counting -

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I know they're blurry, but ....
There was this gust of wind that blew my skirt all Marilyn Monroe like & it was clearly (or not so clearly!)  hilarious :)

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She's 12.
All sorts of fabulous & amazing & crazy & unknown 12.

She's changing ..... right in front of us.
I'm so wowed that I still get a front row seat to her life.

This years July 15th was spent at vbs, the pool, & the donut shop. We painted nails, barbequed burgers & went to the movies.

One, Rex could get a job at any department store during the Christmas season wrapping gifts .... duct & electrical tape being his specialties.
Two, I love the expressions on all the other kids faces (baahaahaa!)
Three, we smuggled good eats into the theater that night!

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Red plate, little cousins, Grandma's fudge.
12 candles & happy birthday.

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Her expressions this year are classic.
In pictures, besides the completely over-used bunny ears, her next favorite look is this mouth closed, wide eyed stare.
It's known as the les scwab tire look.
Don't ask .... there is no explanation why :)
So the look shows up in a lot of these .... except she usually can't keep it for long before she cracks ....
I love these & her most.

We had all kinds of background interference while taking these :)

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In the quest for working technology around here .... she's discovering the exciting world of 'little people' :) 

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I asked her what 12 things she wanted to do & learn this year were.
This was her list -

1 go to Great America
2 watch all the Marvel movies
3 make my own money
4 learn to sew
5 learn to french braid my hair
6 learn to curl my hair
7 get a new pair of rainbows
8 go to a major water park
9 learn to like soda
10 redo my room
11 go shopping at the outlets
12 watch all the Star Wars movies

Not quite where I was headed .... I had all sorts of other ideas.
But I'm not living her life - she is.
So I didn't tweak or edit any part of her list. 
xo Sailor Jane

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To .... Twenty15's 4th of July -

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Before it's not July anymore .... here's our 4th in pictures.
It's late & I don't quite feel like launching into the truth of how America isn't exactly the greatest of nations any more ..... yet we still fly our flag with home country spirit & like the last verse of the National Anthem declares we praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

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We ran the firework booth this year for the swim team ...... read allsortsofwork 
But as a perk we got free fireworks .... read smallperk :)

So on the night of the 3rd we lit 'em all off like we were a real show.
On the down side I couldn't find a real camera that night ... so phone pictures are the memory.

The highlights obviously being the sparklers, the dancing to patriotic music & Chad's gun range ear muffs. And though not pictured - the cousins.

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This involved music & marching  .... John Philips Souza or something :)

This was a handstand contest .... take 2 on pointed toes :)

This was teeth chattering .... from being in the pool too long :)

This is ..... just kids :)

This was bbq love .....

This was too much smoke ..... in Dad's eyes.

This is Mom & Aunt Shirley

This is his freestyle kick

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He pretty much worn these the whole time .... even when fireworks were not 'popping off in the air'

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This was us realizing Ben wasn't in the picture ....

This was all of us.

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