Thursday, June 28, 2012


Here she goes again, being every part of herself.

This was a special day.  Her brother was at a summer camp, so she and I went to the fountains to read books, eat cookies, and splash in the puddles.  I loved the feeling of sitting on our red picnic blanket, with her in my lap pushing my ankles into the ground in a way that kind of hurts but not enough to make me move her away. We read Will Goes to the Beach.  She reached up to touch my curls, I sniffed her warm hair. 


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ups, Downs, All Arounds

Two of my loves, riding around on a scooter.

He can swim really well this year.
She brought along her Polly Pocket girls, and made them a pool.
Swinging in our yard.
I love this picture.  He's feeding a fish a bread crumb right out of his hand.
We had a little picnic, just the two of us.
My family!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Niece Graduated!

My niece graduated from high school.  Here is a picture of her with my kids.

She is a beautiful, intelligent, funny young woman.  I have loved watching her grow and change.  It seems like the biggest changes have come along in the last year.  She is preparing to go to college, but I find myself thinking of the day she was born.

I was 16.  She was going to be my first niece.  I got the phone call from my sister while I was working at the Dari-Ette.  I loved that job.  I could eat all the ice cream I wanted.  That particular day I was hanging letters on the sign out front.  My boss told me I had to finish the sign before I could leave.  I was so anxious, I just wanted to get out of there so I didn't miss it.  Finally I left and went to the hospital.  It turns out that she was breech and they decided on a c-section.  So I waited in the waiting room with the rest of our family.  I saw her dad through the window as he came to tell us the news.  He made a triumphant fist and shouted, "Yes!"  When I looked at her for the first time, she was very pink and very round-faced.  Her lips were bright red and she was the cutest baby I'd ever seen. 

When I went off to college a couple of years later, I missed her.  Now she's going to college, and I will miss her again. 

I'm so proud of her, happy for her, and excited to watch her life unfold.