Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Day She Turned Thirteen

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Alexandra has taken to painting this past year, and so I went with a painting theme for her birthday. At each place setting there was a miniature canvas and easel:

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The girls quickly turned them into masterpieces which I am excited to display around the house:  photo 20151004_092422_zpsmkmokpio.jpg

Several of her gifts also went with the paint theme...including a cell phone case that looks like a paint set (below), a table top easel, a book about painting techniques, and a multi pack of new canvases. 
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After morning festivities, we hopped in the car and drove to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth Washington. The autumn air and glorious fall colors were spectacular!
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The teenager:
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Isn't her profile beautiful??

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One of the happiest surprises of all was running into the girls friend, Jayden, and her family. It made the day that much more special for Alexandra.

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Another highlight of the day was when Alexandra reached down and held my hand. Best teenager ever!
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After exploring the town for a few hours, we drove home to finish our celebrating with birthday cake.
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Make a wish, birthday girl! 

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Let the teenage years, begin!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hello, Teenage Years!

Today Alexandra becomes a teenager!

When she was born I wanted the world for her -
I wanted her to discover her talents and her potential

13 years later, I am happy to report that she is everything I hoped she would be:

ASB Vice President. Yearbook Staffer. Honor Student. Classical guitarist. Actress. Bilingual.

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Happy 13th Birthday, 

Saturday, October 3, 2015


I woke this morning to the sound of rain coming down.

I felt immediate joy.

I peeked outside and saw a gray sky. And though our tree is still green, a few leaves were starting to sprinkle down to the grass.

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"It looks a bit autumnal out," I thought.

Autumnal. Autumnal. Suddenly I couldn't that word out of my head. And then I started thinking about the other seasons and wondering what their comparable words were. What would the autumnal version of Spring be? Or Summer?

Finally I had to consult the dictionary, which told me that the adjective for Spring is merely spring-like, and for Summer, summer-like. And winter...it doesn't have a word at all! I'd definitely say Autumn wins! (It always has been my favorite season :)  )

Assignment for the day: 
Use the word autumnal at least once in conversation. Go!

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Alpine Hat

Who wore it best?

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Day Elisabeth Turned Eight!

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Cupcakes made with love by her big sisters.
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A gift with an 'E'.
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A bucket full of binkies.
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Let the celebration begin!
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Opening the gift.
(With a little assistance.)

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And blowing out the candle.
(Once again, with a little assistance.) 

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And that's how a Queen turns 8!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

It's Elisabeth's Birthday!!!

A peek at 
the calendar, 
the 24th is 
the date.
Why yes, 
oh yes, 
is eight! 
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Happy Birthday, Elisabeth

You are my miracle!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Return of Aunt Jennifer

After two years away, Aunt Jennifer arrived back in Washington on Saturday night.
It was her first time meeting Elsa:

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Everyone loves Aunt Jennifer!!!

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And naturally, as soon as we got to the house, Jennifer went in and scooped Elisabeth up out of bed!

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The next morning, they did some proper snuggling:

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Then off to Badger Mountain for the FINAL prep hike before climbing Mt. St. Helens...
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Post About...


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Let There Be Music!

I thrive on order.

Everything neat and tidy.

Everything in its place.

The music parlor, for the past week or so, has been anything but.

There have been...

Instruments laying around.

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Piles of records.

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Stacks of music books on the floor and shoved in a disorderly mess on the shelf.

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Compositions laying about.

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Xylophone keys and my hiking hat strewn onto the organ bench (and floor).

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It is the kind of disorder that I hate. The kind of thing that drives me nuts.


But for some crazy reason, when I went in to tidy it yesterday, I actually sort of liked it.

Not the disorder necessarily, but the evidence that this was a room that was used. Music is being made in here. My children come here and write songs, practice instruments, listen to records. In a world that is so focused on electronics, it is rather refreshing, I'd say.

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Let there be music!
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