Happy August!

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Feels like it finally got summery in the north country. We’re soaking it up. In a month Wren will start kindergarten! Eeeeeeeeeek.

August 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

The Birdies. 32/52

A portrait of my birdies, once a week, every week, in 2014.

Phoebe Jane the kitty at the Traverse City Film Festival Kids Fest.

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Look at my new eyebrows, Mama.

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August 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

The birdies. 30-31/52

A portrait of my birdies, once a week, every week, in 2014. Or every couple weeks… and maybe more than a picture of each. Too many good ones to choose from this time around.

Phoebe Jane on the bay.

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Wren Sabina, always the first one in.

 

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Wren Sabina flying her plane in the stormy dunes.

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Phoebe Jane trying to run from the storm.photo 4(2)

 

Wren Sabina and cousin Griffin.  IMG_7896

The girls together at the Detroit Zoo. This is the requisite Detroit Zoo photograph…

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And a couple more from the Detroit Zoo. It rained, but we had a great time anyway.

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July 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm 1 comment

the birdie swims!

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I couldn’t be prouder of Wren right now! She ditched the floaty this weekend and started swimming. The process of watching her gain confidence and keep kicking and paddling and gain more confidence and start swimming was so wonderful. Swimming is one of my true loves and to be able to share that with my girls is incredible. Wren’s proud smile says it all. It’s a whole new era. We’re loving it!

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July 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm 1 comment

summer loving

I’ve been really enjoying my birdies lately. I love Wren at 5 and Phoebe at 2.5. Fun, sweet, crazy times. The girls are having more fun together, laughing, playing, goofing around. They even have an inside joke or two. Love me some birdies.

Thanks to Judy for the sweet capture on a July afternoon.

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July 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm 1 comment

The Birdies 29/52

A portrait of my birdies, once a week, every week, in 2014.

Where did the week go? Zoom! We were in the midst of Cherry Festival here in Traverse City and now we are enjoying a quieter summer again. Aaaahh.

Wren and I had fun visiting a new place in Traverse City – the laundromat near Tom’s 14th street. Loved the mural and the chairs. Wren enjoyed looking at everyone’s clothes going round and round. “Oh look, they’ve got a pink shirt too!” It’s easy to forget that simple things can be so novel and exciting. Reason #743 why it’s so great to have children in my life.

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Wren is now 2/3 of a hay bale high. We’ve been driving by hay bales quite a bit lately and we got to wondering how big they actually were, or how little we actually are… So we got out and had to check them out for ourselves.

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We spent one evening at the Cherry Festival and finally found a ride that tiny Phoebe could go on! Speed racer! They spent all their lemonade stand money on a ride and a sno cone. It’s our new Cherry Festival tradition!

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July 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm 1 comment

The Birdies. 24/52 – 27/52

A portrait of my birdies, once a week, every week, in 2014.

I’ve been taking pictures, but haven’t posted them. Again! Such.is.life.

So here is a catch-up post of photos from a few weeks. Early summer! Enjoy.

 

Nothing quite like sitting on a pile of books.

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Summer is.

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Our fairy.

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Return to Sand Mountain! Big Hill, little birdie.

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The Cherry Queen escaped from Cherry Festival.

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We can’t keep up with the strawberries in our garden. A good problem to have!

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I think Phoebe Jane might be living off of popsicles this summer?

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The summer of the fairy. Porch living!

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Phoebe Jane’s first haircut! She did great. Very poised.

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And we returned to one of our favorite Traverse City gems – Sixth Street’s Secret Garden.

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Thanks, early summer.

 

July 10, 2014 at 8:48 am 2 comments

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