Happiness is…

…jumping on a trampoline!

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…and swinging on the swings!

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Hurricane Irma

Shaw and friends came home to wait out Irma…

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Irma left our roof damaged. Henry worked nonstop during the storm, so Shaw was doing the investigating, with help from Pop and his friend Chris.

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We were much luckier than most in our area; we lost power for only one day. During the wait for power, the girls were cuddled up near the window, reading to pass the time.

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Yes!

Yes, STRONG girls do make a STRONG world! Lauren, you can do anything you desire to do!

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We were soon close to this train!

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-Julie

E-I-E-I-Oops!

Highlights from the second grade play, in which Lauren played the Farmer’s Wife. It was super cute and very well performed. The backdrop was amazing. I was in awe of how well the teachers prepared the kids for a show this big.

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As part of her costume, Lauren needed a white apron, so I immediately texted Grandma Devanie to ask if she could possibly make one for us in a short time frame; she did even better:AWQ within a half hour, she replied with a picture of an apron that had been made by her great grandma in 1921. It was perfect! She sent it to Lauren, who wore it proudly for the play.

-Julie

Pre Tween

Preteens have been nicknamed ‘Tweens,’ so I guess it is fitting to label this photo ‘Pre Tween.’ Do I love it that she looks so grown up in this picture? No, but times are very different from when I was eight years old. The temporary (emphasis on the word ‘temporary’) pink hair spray. The cell phone and ear buds. Whew, it’s tough to be a parent these days! Deep breaths, open communication, involvement, lots of hugs and kisses…I can do this.

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-Julie

Park Play

Lauren’s soccer team celebrated the end of the season at the soccer complex’s playground on a beautiful weekday evening in May. The sunlight was warm and cozy at this time of day…a photographer’s dream. Watching the kids interact in a relaxed, playful way, as opposed to the seriousness of games and practices, was a treat.

 

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