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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Double Digits

Rory turns 10 today, and she cannot quit reminding me that she is a pre-teen. For a girl who wants to grow up as quickly as possible, this is a big deal.

We celebrated over the weekend while my parents were in town and she is taking snickerdoodle cookies (that she made herself) tomorrow for lunch so her actual birthday is a little anti-climatic. She requested Fazolis for supper (she is clearly not a foodie) and we have leftover cake and ice cream.

Rory is giggly and tenderhearted, ditzy and intelligent. She is an awesome helper and a hard worker. She spends an inordinate amount of time in front of the mirror fixing her hair (which is always a bun or braid). I am still her favorite human (although I have a suspicion the tween years could change this). She thrives on personal responsibility and independence. Once her mind is made up, you cannot convince her she's wrong. She is frightfully forgetful. She adores music and has no idea she cannot carry a tune. She cries at the drop of a hat and will break your heart with her crocodile tears. She loves all things bright and flashy. Her favorite phrase is, "well, that was offensive!" and "dag nab it."

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She made a birthday list weeks ago. Literally, the week after Camden's birthday back in July (which is the earliest I would let her do it). *Because this serves as a memory keeper for me, Camden spent his remaining summer yard work money to buy her both a soccer ball and Mario Kart 8.

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And a few pictures from this afternoon. She has absolutely no personality.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stand Out

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Then and Now

One of my all-time favorite pictures of Camden popped up on my FB feed last week.

September 2010

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Camden wasn't thrilled about it, but he let me recreate the picture only "because you're the mom." Of course, I'm pretty sure only "the mom" would want to recreate this picture.

September 2016

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Five on Friday (Sept 9)

1. My parents made a trip over the weekend, and I determined to pull out my camera. They've visited several times this summer, and I have left the camera put away every single time. Unfortunately, this visit was no different - only a quick photo with my phone.

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2. Brian performed his first wedding this week.

3. We've had 3 straight days of leaving the house before 7:00 a.m. and not returning until nearly 9:00 p.m. This means solo parenting, disgruntled kids, and a stronger-than-usual dose of grace all around.

4. I spent most of the day Wednesday drinking ungodly amounts of horrible concoctions while being thoroughly flipped, twisted, and thoroughly x-rayed. Good news is they didn't find anything causing my stomach pain. Bad news is they didn't find anything causing my stomach pain.

5. This morning was week 2 of a 7-week study of 1, 2, and 3 John. It is sweet to spend Friday mornings laughing, learning, and maybe even crying together.

Maybe the first signs of fall? Our mornings and evenings have started to fall out of the 90's, and I know cooler weather and pretty leaves are on their way.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Labor Day 2016

What life looked like on this Labor Day 2016: an extra cup of coffee, breakfast as a family (which rarely happens these days), a little labor for home and church, lunch out with Brian, grilled hamburgers for supper, and some time left over for a good book.

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