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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.


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 4(2)


Wren Sabina and cousin Griffin.  IMG_7896

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


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

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

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

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.



Summer is.



Our fairy.


Return to Sand Mountain! Big Hill, little birdie.


The Cherry Queen escaped from Cherry Festival.


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


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


The summer of the fairy. Porch living!


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


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


Thanks, early summer.


Dance 2014

Every Thursday this year Wren danced her big heart out in tap and ballet class. We got to see the culmination of her work at the dance recital this week – on her fifth birthday. She did a beautiful job. She just loves dance. I’m so proud of our little dancer!









Another great thing about dance is that Wren got to be with her best friend, Maddie, on Thursday afternoons. They have so much fun together.


Congratulations, beautiful and strong dancer! Keep up the hard, spirited work.


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

Phoebe Jane. “I two and a HALF, Mama.” Oh yes, my darling, you are two and a half. You are such a pure joy!


Super duper big week for Wren. She had her dance recital and she turned five. More on both of those later. Just a little portrait now of my wonderful Wren Sabina, looking very much like five and not four anymore. Bittersweet.


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

Chris and Wren have had some fun dates lately. Last week he took Wren to Interlochen to see Into the Woods. They explored the beautiful campus and the BIG stages while they were there. Chris grabbed these shots of Wren on stage.

Dream big, kid, dream BIG.




And here is our sweet Phoebe Jane flying her first kite at Empire beach! Perfect day.


We’ve got a big week here, lovelies.

Wren will turn five (!) on Saturday and she’ll perform her tap and ballet routines in a recital the same day. Almost every day this week is full of some kind of birthday or dance prep or mini-celebration. In addition to our every day responsibilities… Ready, set, go!