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A Bouquet of Cosmos

Miss M loves to be a part of everything family. She is always talking about how special our anniversary is because if R & I had never married, we wouldn’t have her. I’m glad she loves being here and belonging to our eternal family.

For our twelfth wedding anniversary, Miss M wanted to make me a bouquet.

I gave her a few pointers about creating bouquets, a vase, and a pair of scissors — and let her loose in my garden! As much as I would have liked to stay and help her, I walked away and let her have her creative independence.

And this is what she presented to me:

I might be biased, but I think she has a creative talent!

~Happy Independence Day!~

We hope to find you well and happy. I am so grateful for all our freedom and for all those who have fought and worked so hard to maintain the liberties we have in this wonderful country. Thank you!

Happy Independence Day!

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mick PLees

After putting Little D down for a nap, I walked into the kitchen to this sight:

“Please get me some milk, Mommy, and come in my room. Mom, please serve the milk to me.”

Sometimes I wonder where she gets her ideas. . .

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Bedtime Delay

Miss M is notorious for delaying bedtime. Tonight, after tucking her into bed, I was sitting at the kitchen table. *click* I heard her bedroom door open. At this point, I usually say, “M, what are you doing?” In my best motherly voice that says this better be a really good reason or you are in trouble.

However, I didn’t say anything while waiting for her to walk in, giving me her excuse. Instead, I heard a little rustling just around the corner, and saw the top of her head bobbing just barely within sight.

Then I heard little sneaky footsteps back into her room and *click*

Before I could get up to see what was going on, I heard another *click* more sneaky footsteps, something dropping and sliding on the floor, footsteps and *click*

Then I did get up to investigate, and this is what I found:


I walked into her bedroom and gave her a hug.

“You know, Mommy. When it’s still light outside, I just can’t possibly help it. I have to make cards and notes for you. It’s just what I have to do. See the light?”

She is just like I was, always writing notes for people, and just like her dad who can’t go to sleep when it’s light out.

And, yes, I see the light.

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Last Day of Kindergarten

Today was Miss M’s last day of Kindergarten. She was pretty upset because she wants to continue kindergarten forever. She adores her teacher, Mrs. L.

To thank Mrs. L, we made this can:

It says: Thank “Whoo” for teaching me all the things I “can” do!

And she wrote her own special message:

Mrs. L, I love kindergarten. I will miss it. I will say hello every morning. I will really really miss you. I’m ready for first grade. I’m a big girl now. Woo hoo!

“Hugs” and “Kisses”

Love, M

The can is filled with Hershey’s Kisses and Hugs.


We’ve been working on a lot of things around the yard this year.

This week, we got a bunch of bushes that will one day be a hedge “fence” separating the front/back yard on the hillside. (If you heard someone complaining that ‘some lady’ bought all the bushes at Costco — that was me. Sorry!)

This hillside used to be covered with weeds, and had an irrigation ditch running the length of it. We filled in the ditch with a Christmas tree, among other things. Oh, and dirt. (I think I am going to have to dig through old photos. . .) We installed sprinklers and laid sod. It was quite the project, but it has been a very nice addition to our yard.

Even Miss M came out to help. And Little D did his work, too, if you consider distraction as part of his job description.

Even Blue and Kota did their jobs supervising and sleeping on the job.

Little D tried to steal Miss M’s ring pop.

Believe it or not, I actually did plant a few of the bushes. I just wasn’t able to take pictures of myself for proof.

R did a great job. It was fun watching him do most the work.

He even smiles a bit when he works!

Mercedes smiled every time the camera made an appearance — her best job.

But she also helped smooth out the soil — with a smile, of course.

Little D supervised. He also multi-tasked by making his toys walk the plank. It was pretty serious work.

And finally! A real smile! (Because he just planted the last bush.)

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Pinafore Fashion Statement

On Sunday, Miss M decided she was going to help us out by getting dressed on her own. She came prancing into the kitchen so proud of herself in her pinafore dress Gramma Patty made for her. . .

What do you think? Are alternately worn pinafores making a come-back?

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All I Want for Christmas. . .

. . . is my two front teeth!

That song has been running through my head since last week, when. . .

you guessed it! Miss M lost her other top tooth. It was very loose so we went to have Nurse Gramma Patty take a look at it. Miss M said Gramma wanted to help clean her loose tooth, and accidently pulled too much, and it came right out.

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5 Month Comparison

I thought it was time for another comparison between Miss M & Little D at 5 months old. This time I was able to find similar shots for an easier comparison.

Miss M:

Little D:

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This week, we were able to have Miss M’s “most favorite and best friend in the whole wide world” (Miss A) over for a play date. I love watching these two girls together. While I was preparing to mop the kitchen floor, they decided they wanted to work on projects. As I was pulling out the broom, they were pulling out project supplies. When I turned around, they were setting up their project station right in the middle of the kitchen floor.

“We need a really, really large area that has a hard floor so we can do all our projects, mom. My table isn’t big enough and my carpet is too soft.”

I guess that calls for a change of plans on my part.

Halfway through, we had to scoot everything off to the side so we could make pancakes for lunch. As soon as lunch was finished, they went right back to work.

I have never seen so many craft projects going on at once.

Besides school, a break for lunch, a walk, and dinner — Miss M spent the entire day crafting. I think she totaled 7+ hours of crafts.

I love how these girls enjoy each others’ company. They never want the play date to end. Next week, Miss A is spending the day again and we have lots of things in store. I think more projects might be in the works after feeding horses, making pancakes, and planting a pot of flowers.

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