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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Small Talk about Dad
Last week, I shared a picture depicting my Best Girl's love and admiration for her daddy. We had the following conversation earlier this week, and I wanted to share it as well (Dad was in Chicago):

BG: Is Dad coming home today?

Me: Yes.

BG: At lunch time or dinner time?

Me: Dinner time.

BG (Excitedly): Okay. Well, how about we have dinner first today!

I thought her reasoning was creative, but I had to explain that we couldn't get Daddy home faster by changing our meal times. She had to be patient and wait.

My daughter has always been a mommy's girl (that's putting it mildly). She still is, but I do love that Daddy is her hero!

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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Beauty
A few days ago, I was reading a book with my Best Girl in her room. We were in our everyday clothes sitting on the floor. She stopped me mid-sentence and said, "Mom, wait a minute while I go check and see if I still look so beautiful."

She ran into the bathroom, looked in the mirror and said, "Yep. I do."

The whole scene just made me smile, and I wanted to bottle up that attitude. In no way do I encourage vanity; but as women, we should continue to appreciate our God-given beauty as we age through puberty, motherhood and beyond.

As she makes her journey, I hope she will always remember that the face she sees in the mirror was created by her heavenly father. And, of course, if she has doubts about herself, she can ask for my opinion. She will always be the most beautiful girl in the world to me!

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Friday, July 18, 2008
Phrases You Don't Expect To Say or Hear
There are some things you don't really expect to say. As a parent, you learn to go with the flow, but you are sometimes surprised by what your children say or what you say to your children.

Here are a couple of things I never expected to say...

"Please don't let your wings scratch against the wall." (Spoken to Tinkerbell as she floated around the house.)

"Be still so I can get the sequin out of your nose."

Here are some things I never expected to hear...

"Mom, what was I like when I was your age?"

"When are we ever going to get a whale?"

I am sure you have had similar experiences at your house. One thing is for sure; children are never boring!

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Monday, July 14, 2008
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
My Favorite Boy is a member of the Nashville Sounds' Club for kids (the Sounds are the local triple A minor league team). As part of his $12 membership fee, he can go to all the Sunday home games. Usually, he attends these games with his dad, but last week, Dad didn't feel like going.

My Favorite boy was not thrilled about going to the game with me. However, he decided that going with mom was better than staying home. After church, my Favorite Boy and I headed to the ballpark.

First on the agenda was the Kids' Zone where they have inflatables and games.




After leaving the Kids' Zone, we stopped at the concession stand to pick up my Favorite Boy's standard ballpark snack. He loves to munch on popcorn while watching the game.

At some point during the game, I noticed a familiar name, Ray King, on the visiting team's roster. Ray has pitched for several major league teams including the Braves, Nationals, Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers. The reason I recognized his name, however, is because he played against my husband in college. I decided it would be neat for my Favorite Boy to meet him, so we marched down to the visiting bullpen. In between innings, Mr. King came over to the fence and shook my son's hand. My Favorite Boy was grinning from ear to ear.

As we were leaving, I asked, "Did you have fun even though you had to come with mom?" He replied, "Yeah! You helped me meet a Major League player!"

I was so glad that I hit a home run in his eyes; I had so much fun with my Favorite Boy. I bet Dad, however, is still the favorite when the next game rolls around!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Effort
There are some things that come easily for my son. Swimming is not one of them. My Favorite Boy is very cautious; he is not a risk taker. Every year, swimming lessons have been torturous for him (and me).

I am happy to say that he has come a long way this summer. Yesterday, he passed the swim test! At our Y, the swim test includes swimming 25 yards and treading water for 30 seconds. After his lesson on Tuesday, he passed the test with flying colors. Passing this test means that he can wear a green bracelet that allows him to swim in the deep end of the pool and to use the rock climbing wall and slides. As I mentioned before, he is very cautious, so he hasn't done any of these things yet; but, he sure is proud of his bracelet!

My Favorite Boy worked very hard for this and overcame his fear. I am very proud of his effort!

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Sunday, July 6, 2008
Our Fourth of July Festivities
Every year on the Fourth, we celebrate with friends from church. Our friends invite a large group over to their house, and we grill hot dogs, eat, and play. Our friends live on a hill; we watch the local fireworks display from their driveway. It is so much fun! This year, our friends rented a HUGE water slide for the kids and had other water areas set up in their yard. As you can imagine, most of the children played and played from our arrival until just in time for the fireworks to begin.

My Best Girl was a little intimidated by the size of the water slide. She played in the kiddie pool for a little while and then decided to put on her regular clothes. Yes, she's my Yankee Doodle Princess...

On Saturday, Grandma and Papa Don came to grill burgers with us. The kids enjoyed playing with their grandparents. My Favorite Boy played the piano pieces he has learned since beginning lessons this summer. He is also working on riding his bike without training wheels, so Papa Don got to see that first hand while my Best Girl kept Grandma busy.



We had a wonderful holiday. I hope you did as well!

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