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June 12, 2008

Face Paint

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Miss Madeline spotted the face painting booth at Gilroy Gardens during one of our recent visits and was very excited about getting a pretty flower.  She didn't quite understand just how very still she needed to be so the flower wasn't quite as expected.  Even so, she's so pretty and so proud of her face art!  As expected, Gwenny would have nothing to do with any of it.  :)

Tag Tails

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It's an understatement to say that Gwen and Maddy got lots of toys for Christmas last year.  In fact, we still have some we've never opened for various reasons (too many toys, not old enough for the toy, toy is too messy, etc).  This week we finally opened the Tag Tails game and we've been having so much fun with it!

Tag Tails is an improvement on the old childhood game of Tag.  Each child straps on a belt and a replica of an animal tail plugs into a slot in the back.  Then you RUN like the wind (my camera couldn't even stop the action!) and try to grab someone else's tail while protecting your own.    A few months ago, I'm not sure the kids would have been emotionally mature enough to deal with this game but they seem to accept that having someone take your tail away is all in good fun.

We have another game we're eager to try out but it didn't come with batteries so we'll have to save it for another day. 

Today, we're playing hooky from preschool and going to Gilroy Gardens.  We never get tired of that place!  It's cheap (free after you purchase admission for one day) and it's usually never crowded and it's sooo beautiful!  The trees.... the flowers...  Ah!  Oh yeah, and the kids like it too.  :)

June 05, 2008

Playing dress up

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Last September, the girls were flower girls at Uncle Chris and Aunt Kate's wedding.  The dresses were gorgeous but they were almost totally destroyed by the end of the wedding and reception so we decided to get the most out of what remained by letting the kids use them to play dress-up.   

Even when you accessorize with sweet dirty faces, pirate hats and green scaly dragon feet, you just can't hide the fact that these dresses are almost as beautiful as the little girls playing in them.

Maddy_gwen_roses_swing We played on the swings, chased the frisbee, and ran all over the yard for nearly an hour before returning to the playroom for juicy red popsicles. 

Can you believe we actually ate popsicles in these spectacular white dresses?!    We weren't even trying to be neat but nobody dripped even a single drop so the dresses have survived to see yet another dress up day!

June 04, 2008

One of the best days of my life! (updated)

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It's almost impossible to imagine that it's been 20 years since I saw this amazing little face for the first time but today my baby boy turns 20!   I can't help but choke back tears as I look at this picture because it really seems like only yesterday that I draped this Winney the Pooh blanket over the infant car seat and layed my sleeping newborn baby down and snapped this picture*.   He hated to be on his back and preferred his tummy or his side.  All these years later, he still prefers to sleep that way.

Time flies and in the blink of an eye our precious babies are in college and balancing social obligations and check books without us there to hold their hand.   

Right this very moment, Andrew's brother and his wife are at the hospital waiting for the arrival of their first child (it was a girl!).  It's a beautiful day to be born!!  I can only wish them as much love and happiness as we've had with Michael all these years...  And many wonderful years to come!

Updated:  Here are pics of Michael taken last night.  I love that he still has that one dimple.  We love you and we're so proud of you, Michael!

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