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Later this morning, as the clock turns from 8:52 to 8:53 AM, my oldest child will be 16 years old.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

6th of July fireworks

Since it rained on 04 July, we did some fireworks tonight. I messed around with the “fireworks” setting on my camera and had a great time. 🙂

Here are a few photos:





they say it’s his birthday…


Photo posted on Flickr by Contacto Digital

Happy 46th Birthday, Johnny!

it’s finally here!

Tomorrow night is the night the kids are seeing The Lion King. I cannot wait to see their reactions to the music, costumes, and the whole experience. They’ve seen many productions over the years, but I think this will surpass all the others.

Working at the show, I’ve had a chance to see new parts of the production each time. I’ve seen actors up close in their costumes, have seen them warming up, have visited with their friends and relatives who are working at the merchandise table. I’ve seen countless numbers of parents who are smiling, obviously thinking of how their child(ren) will love the show, so happy that they can bring them to have the experience of seeing the live production.

Whenever I have a chance, I’ll be watching the faces of my children tomorrow night, feeling joy when I see the wonder and happiness steal across their faces, feeling a thrill that I was able to be part of the experience with them.

When we get home and the kids go to bed with strains of “Can you hear the love tonight” whispering through their memory, I’ll watch the Biggest Loser finale (thanks, DVR) and breathe a little sigh of happiness for having one more good memory with my children, one more thing that they’ll look back on and remember fondly.

Happy Birthday

to me!  Well… to my blog!  🙂

I was reading Kerri’s post about her blog turning four earlier and wondered which day this month is my blog’s 4th birthday.

It was yesterday.

So, happy belated birthday, She’s Laughing!

photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

Have some chips, dips, and a margarita to celebrate.   Well, since you’re so young, that’s probably not a good idea.  I’ll have some for you!   🙂

photo by WordRidden


This is my favorite photo of the 2 cousins whose birthdays are on April 2.  My son turned 14 this year and my niece turned 6.


turning 14

My son will be 14 tomorrow. He was born a few minutes after noon. I remember thinking that I couldn’t possibly be in labor because it didn’t feel like it did when his older sister was born. I didn’t have as much pain and thought it would go on for a couple of days. He was born six hours after the contractions started, which was two hours after I got to the hospital. No epidural, no pain medicine, just a quick delivery and a baby who was too long for the little 0-3 month size outfit I brought to the hospital to take him home in.  That was the only day he wore those footie pajamas.  After that, he had to wear the 3-6 month old size clothes.


At birth, he was 7 pounds 15 ounces, 21 inches long. Now he weighs about 170 pounds and is 6 feet tall. It’s still a little weird to have to look up to see his face when I’m standing next to him.

Happy birthday, my dear son. I love you!