Thursday, June 2, 2011

brothers & ballerinas

Collection -


I’ve been fascinated lately with moths. This one was on the kitchen window one morning. I think I need to read “A Girl of the Limberlost” again and start a moth collection.

Brothers -


It’s a sweet picture, even though they are forbidden to climb these ancient, fragile trees. They weren’t punching each other or teasing so I thought I should document it.

Ballerinas -

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Gwen had her final dance recital last weekend and Grace is her biggest fan. Gwen did such a great job. I love that she stuck with something that was hard for her and succeeded. Jazz is lots of fun, but ballet was hard work and I’m so proud of her. She was all smiles on stage and I was a little teary in the audience.

Mother Goose -


The kindergarten ends the year with a Mother Goose play that is lots of laughs. Ryan narrated “Hey Diddle Diddle” and of course, he rocked it. See him next to the cow?

Mud makes mom mad -


A bit naughty. Too good to not take a picture of, even if I was MAD. Obviously, from their smiles they are not phased a bit by my dismay. I’m not against a little mud pie but this was the wrong day and little over the top. To top it off, their little cousin found their 2+ foot deep mud pit the next day and promptly fell in up to his waist.

Cute cousins (before the mud pit) -


Grace had this huge bubble hanging from her chin that I was trying to get a picture of and Eric was pretty much dipping and licking the bubble wand. I love 2 year olds.

Sisters -


My sweet friend Lisa threw me a good-bye brunch last week. She went all out and made yummy food and even made everything cute! I don’t take very much time in my life right now for friends but my responsibilities as a visiting teacher mean a lot to me and these sisters (and that is really how I feel about them) that I have served and visited with over the past 3 years have touched my life for good in so many ways. I’m not the same thanks to them and I’ll take that with me wherever I go.

Ash trees -


A parting shot from a field trip to Ash Lawn – Highland, home of James Monroe. 4 out of the first 5 Presidents were Virginians. Which house/plantation tour is your favorite? 


CoRi dAwN said...

I miss you guys!!
Love the mud!

Kimberli said...

Gwen looks beautiful, so poised. I would have loved to see her dance. The Mother Goose play sounds so fun. I would have been MAD about the mud too. Way to be a cool mom and grab the camera.

Allen Family said...

I can't believe you guys are actually moving! I mean that it's really been 3 years. I'm so anxious to hear about your next adventure and see pix of the new place. Congrats on finishing this phase. I know how hard it is to move on...I'm already heavy-hearted thinking about our next move and we still have 2 years to think about it. I'm just wishing your move was bringing you closer to us...I'll keep wishing! loves, Jes

kseal said...

Look at that turn out and perfect point on Gwen! It would have been fun to cheer her from the crowd. Ash Lawn is lovely, but my heart will always belong to Monticello. It was the funnest job I ever had. Good luck with the move.

Jennifer Pelo Rawlings said...

Those are some great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Aw, mud. That's all I have to look forward to for awhile, so I better just get over it right now. I think I'll tell my kids that they can play in the mud as long as it is the same outfit every time. I'm glad you took a picture. I usually just scream and cry and then wish I had taken a picture after it's too late.