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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!
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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:

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they say it’s his birthday…

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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

cousins

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.

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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.

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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!

flowers and dancing

Day 79 I spotted this lovely tree at the edge of a playground as I was driving home Friday after work, so I stopped to get a few photos.

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Dobby stopped to listen for a second while I whistled a song to him. Then he started pacing/walking up and down the branches in his cage again. I think it looks like dancing when he does that. 🙂

Redbud, Edward and green

Don’t you love the titles I’ve been coming up with? The creative juices are flowing, I tell you.

Day 77 – Redbud tree

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I can almost hear her screams of joy (again) as she unrolls the poster to see his face. Actually, I think the screams may still be echoing in my head!

Day 75

How’d we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We painted the lawn green, of course. Then we hunted for rainbows and pots of gold. 🙂 What about you?

birthdays

Between the 15th of March and 16th of April, we have seven birthdays in my family.  SEVEN.

Day 74

Bradford pear tree

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Nephew’s 18th birthday cake

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Day 73

Niece’s 11th birthday party

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Twilight party cake

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J + Edward

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Pinning the kiss on Edward

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Day 72

What I’m reading…

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stars and a play date

Day 68

This afternoon when B and I were driving to the orthodontist’s office, we were behind this guy.  I cannot figure out why, out of all the tattoos in the world and all the places to put them, he would choose to have two stars put right there.

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This evening, my niece came over for a little while.  She wanted to play with Sophie and Smokey in the back yard before she went home.  This little girl is a ball of energy and is always in motion.  I seriously think that she said more words in the 30 minutes she was at my house than I have said in the past few days.

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Mardi Gras

It’s day 55 of 2009.  It seemed like so many days had passed when I typed that.  Then I realized that I have 310 more to go.

I’ve enjoyed posting a photo taken each day this year.  I see things differently when I’m looking to preserve special moments or my view of something beautiful.

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Today, I took the fake King Cake and Mardi Gras beads to work for my department.  I was too tired last night to make real King Cake (my recipe takes 2 1/2 hours to prep and another hour to bake) and didn’t feel like tracking down a bakery that makes it… so I made a bundt cake, stuck a little plastic baby in it, frosted it with purple, gold and green icing and called it Mardi Gras!  One of the guys on my team got the baby and was king for the day.  He let me take a picture of him wearing beads and the crown, but since I don’t have his permission to post the photo, I won’t be sharing it with you.

When I got home, I made Shrimp Creole for dinner.  It was excellent.  I will definitely make it again.  During this time of year, I miss the traditions we came to love when living in Louisiana.  The parades, celebrations and traditional foods were so much fun to experience.

Here’s a photo of my Mardi Gras beads:

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And a self-portrait, sort of:
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See how long my hair has gotten and how fat my fingers are (good grief!)? When it’s curly (aka when I don’t take time to straighten it), it doesn’t look nearly as long and hangs in lose ringlets. I’ll post a photo sometime.  Last year at this time, my hair didn’t even reach the top of my shoulders. Actually, it was above shirt collars, when I wore shirts that had collars. 🙂

The wonders of Biotin, eh? My hairdresser told me last year in May to take Biotin (vitamin) to help my hair grow.  She was right.

The girls think that I should dye my hair darker, a rich chocolate brown with a few highlights mixed in.  I’ve never had hair that dark and feel unsure about it.  Right now, it’s my natural color (darker after having kids) with a few blonde highlights left on the ends.

I didn’t realize that the full length mirrored closet doors in my bedroom were so incredibly dusty/dirty until I looked at these photos. Ick! I guess I’ll have to clean them now that I know they’re dirty.

Ignorance really is bliss. Sometimes.

Yes, that’s a bird house hanging from the ceiling behind me.  It has 2 ostrich beanie babies in it, a big one and a small one.  A friend made that birdhouse for me during Pathways, and I got the ostriches  afterward.  They are symbolic for me and remind me of how I want to live my life and what I need to do to stay true to myself.   That looks a little strange when written out, but it makes sense to me.  In my head.  And I guess that’s really what counts since it’s hanging in my room.

Ok.  Enough rambling.  Good night.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roule!

Lunar New Year

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photo by x-eyedblonde

Happy Chinese New Year!

I hope you enjoy health, peace and prosperity in the year of the Ox.

Inauguration Day

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Photo by Seiu_International.

History will be made this morning.  Will you be watching?

My children will be watching at school and I’ll watch with my co-workers.  We’ll also be able to watch when we get home later (thanks, DVR!) in case we miss anything this morning.

Over the past year, we’ve had lots of conversations about what today means to Americans and to the world.  We’re excited to be able to witness this historical day.

Smokey

Day 11

Smokey is very tough when playing with his Santa toy.  🙂

Good grief, our grass looks awful.  I’m looking forward to spring and the regrowth of green grass!

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Did you happen to see my favorite actor (Johnny Depp) presenting an award on the Golden Globes tonight?  I did.  He’s lovely.