Growing girls, gardening, grins, and going away

So it seems I only remember to blog about every 4-6 months LOL  What can I say….Life is Awesome.  We’re too busy living to find time to blog.  But here’s a picture update of the last 4 months…..Enjoy!

So here’s what we’ve been up to….

 

Planting our container garden….

We started nearly our entire garden from seeds this year!  The only things not from seed were gifts from my work/students.  A couple flowers, and a tomato plant.  OOH and the potatoes…..obviously plus two onions that were sprouting in my pantry so I threw them in some dirt and they’re growing well now.

Planting our container garden

Potatoes!

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Petunias

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beans and peas

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cukes or zukes….no idea which….each in their own mini green house. The tall one is a tomato plant I received as a gift from one of my students at the end of the school year.

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Watching it grow…..

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lettuce

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pansies….my favorite!

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kale!! Who knew it would grow so well??? Yum!!

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look at how big it’s getting!

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having fun playing at playland while sister is at summer school

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going back to work at summer camp, being 2nd/3rd grade teacher and watching my students create a giant fort on a rainy day

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Cecelia becoming enamored with Toy Story and making her own Buzz Lightyear costume

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eating yummy food! Zuppa Toscana!

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Enjoying our monthly or twice monthly girls breakfast out!

Counting down the days until our first family vacation!

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Exercising

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doing chores and helping around the house! Although I have finally….after years of pestering…..taken the advice of friends and hired someone to help clean my house twice a month!! (Why didn’t I do this sooner???!!!)

 

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Not only enjoying fresh kale from our garden but trying some purple potatoes we found at the store! Yum!

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Working hard, staying healthy and getting perfect attendance!! Woo hoo!!

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Cecelia was even able to overcome her sensory issues and joined her schoolmates during the assembly to receive her certificate. (And she doesn’t have her noise canceling earmuffs on nor her sunglasses!! GO Cece!!)

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and again 4th Quarter!! Goooooo Cece….GOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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My headstart class and I made this float plane earlier this year…How cool is that?? Made by 3, 4 and 5 year olds!! They had a blast!

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letting our hair grow AND having pony tails again!!

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And begging Mom to curl it with the curling iron!

 

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I loved Glenna with curls but she abhors them….dunno why….

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Even I got a new do and am letting my hair grow again! :-D

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say cheese!!

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going to the carnival AND riding the rides!!! Yeah!!


Cece even went by herself!! She’s come so far!
(I had to take deep breathes but she did it!!)

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We sold our adult tricycle and the girls each got their own bicycle…..not sure if we’ll even come close to being able to ride them this year but we’re practicing!

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Glenna is much steadier on the tandem this year!! Last year I couldn’t hardly stay on the sidewalk b/c she wiggled so much. After about a month or so riding around town we were riding to my work. Enroute I’m reminding Glenna to pedal and she said “Momma? What you mean pedal?” LOL all those times she told me she was pedaling for the past weeks and she didn’t even know what it meant! HAHAHAHAHA

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Ceece went under anesthesia in June to have her teeth checked, x-rayed, cleaned, sealed and one cap put on. She has an enamel deficiency and has had to have several of her baby teeth capped. She cannot handle the dentist so this is the 2nd time she’s had to go under anesthesia for dental work in the past 3 years.

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she did great!

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And Glenna was a wonderful supportive little sister. Here we were having breakfast in the hospital cafeteria while Cece was in the OR.

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in the waiting room while Cece was in the OR

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36 minutes…in and out….she was a bit woozy and very snuggly as the anesthesia was wearing off

 

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Then she took it easy that day at home….wasn’t long before she was back to herself.

 So that brings us to now.  Here they are enjoying some girl time with a friend.jj

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And today we enjoyed the 4th of July parade.

Life is pretty amazing here in Kenai.  It’s been 10 years since I’ve moved to Alaska and I’m lovin’ it!!  It’s been 3 years since we moved to Kenai.  Now here we are planning our first family vacation to an island where I’ve rented a 3 bedroom house near the beach with a pool where the girls and my brother/sister in law will join us for 8 days in the sun.

We have big goals for the near future including buying a car and buying a home!  Not to mention the goals the girls have too.  Cece will be in 2nd grade this year and has made amazing gains in language, social skills, and just everything!!  We have conversations now and she is starting to answer questions sometimes too!!  Glenna has one more year at headstart b/c she misses the cutoff for kindergarten since her birthday is in November.

I hope all is well with y’all.  I’ll definitely try to get a post of after/during our vacation.  Be well….be strong!  Live life each moment!! <3

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Blogging? Blogging? Blogging? Who’s got time for Blogging?? Not I!

So what have we been up to since my last blog post…..back in July!?  Yeah we’ve been busy.  Blogging has definitely gone to the wayside.  The only reason this blog post happened is b/c I’m home sick from work today with an ugly cold.  So I offer you this picture post!  Here’s hoping it doesn’t take another 7 months before I post again! :-) As you can tell from the pictures below….Our life is amazingly awesome!  So far we’ve come this past three years.  It’s been three years now since I escaped an abusive relationship….ooh how far we’ve come!!  Here….see for yourself…..what we’ve been up to….004

Made Cece a fleece Angry Bird Kuspuk!

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Glenna chose pink with butterflies.

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The Strongheart Girls!  Must have been after work b/c I still have a scrub top on.

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Another Angry Bird kuspuk but this one is cotton.

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Painting

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Look, Mom!  Angry Birds!

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Learning to cook…..mmmm fry bread!

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Me too, Momma!!  I’m a great helper!!

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Hot!  Owie hot, Momma! Be Careful!

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New wintergear!

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A present for Cecelia….9 rolls of masking tape….she’s in heaven!  Loves to tape!

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Me too, Mom! I’m here too!

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Let the taping begin!

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1st grade school picture

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Watch out!! It’s the backwards kuspuk monster!! Eeeek!!

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Look, Momma!  Cece’s dress fits me!!!

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I like my weighted sensory lap pad!

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Writing practice!

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Inside picnic!

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Making rose topped cupcakes!

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Glenna @ halloween @ the headstart it was pirate day!

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Cece making playdough cupcakes

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Glenna’s headstart school picture.

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making what I call my Death By Chocolate Cake.  Chocolate fudge filled chocolate ruffled cake!

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Glenna’s Birthday Cupcakes….pink!!

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I’m FOUR now, Mom!

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Her present.

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Cecelia was the only girl in her SPED class last year.  This year there’s another lil girl and Cece told me “Cece a girl now!! Ponies (Ponytails) please, Momma!!!

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Self portrait

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Making an Angry Bird hat.

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Which she had to wear…..even at breakfast!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Graham cracker house building.

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mmm candy!

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Can I eat it now?

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Making salt dough ornaments.

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Push!

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I did it!!

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Now to paint them.

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I’ll do the gingerbread men!

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I’ll do the stars!!

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Decorating the tree.

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I’ll do the top!

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Now for the glitter!

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No, Glenna!  Gently like this!

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Beautiful!  Now they need to dry!

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Cake I made for my coworker/teacher’s birthday.

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Sisterly love!

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Cece’s obsessed with tangrams!

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Learning to cook!  Go Cece!!

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Enjoying our weekly…ish breakfast at a local restuarant!

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Signing Christmas Cards

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Signing Christmas Cards

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Making and giving away Christmas Cookies!

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Fun decorating cookies!

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Stringing popcorn and cranberries.

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This hard mom!

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Christmas!!!

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My present from the girls!  Love it!

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Time to play with our presents!

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I asked Glenna if she could hear her heart going “Thump thump”?  She said “No, my heart says Daddy Daddy Daddy, cause I carry him in my heart, Momma!”  Yeah I cried too!

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Helping make a Death By Chocolate cake for Christmas dinner at my sisters.

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Let me check your blood pressure Uncle Tony!

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Christmas at my sisters.

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Strongheart Nail Salon is now open!

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Learning to color draw and write.

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Sledding with new sleds from Auntie, Uncle and Cousins!

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They love each other so much!

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Christmas Cookies for school/work/daycare.

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Eating lots of healthy and organic foods now!

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Loves to help cook!

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No thank you, Mom!  Can I have an apple please, no cookie!

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At Glenna’s daycare.

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Good Morning, Mom!!  Are you awake?? Time get up!!!

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Making princess hats.

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Getting a balloon from a stranger….random act of kindness.  The lady said it was her birthday and that she had too many balloons and thought Glenna needed one while we were walking to daycare one afternoon.

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Learning to sew.

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More yummy organic yumminess!

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I have a princess hat now too!!  Forget the Angry Bird one!!  (REALLY!!???)

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Amazing progress!!  Cece couldn’t hold a pencil or write a year ago! Look at her now!!  Look at the detail! Cecelia Skateboarding!

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Cece dancing!  See the music notes so that we know she’s dancing! :-D

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Making fry bread….all organic with coconut oil!  Yum!

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Waiting for her first dentist visit.

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Go Glenna!!!  Perfect check up…no cavities!

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1/2 and 1/2 cupcakes for Valentines Day!

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The 1/2 and 1/2 frosting was too much work so we switched to just vanilla.

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Nothing better than Chocolate Roses for Valentine’s Day!

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Even Glenna is drawing more and more.  Cece on the school bus!

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Growing girls!!  They both asked for an apple after a big brunchy breakfast. They just keep growing and growing!

So there’s a picture summary of what we’ve been up to since July.  :-D  Catch y’all later!

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Growing, growing, growing, busy, busy, busy

Another picture catch up post.  It’s summer….what else can I say? :-D Hope y’all are having as amazing of a summer as we are! There are older (before) pictures and then current pictures taken 7/28/13.  You can see all the amazing growth our garden has done this past couple weeks!

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Before…

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After!

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Bye, bye, Glenna’s long hair!

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Wall of Salad! Made/transplanted 4th of July.
Materials: Toddler bed frame, lots of water/pop bottles, staple gun, soil,  and Rocky Top Heirloom lettuce seedlings!

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Rocky Top Heirloom Lettuce mix seedlngs

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Spinach that didn’t like the shallow container and went straight to seed :-(

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More lettuce seedlings

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Some herb seedlings.

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Cuke? Zuke? ~~Shrug~~ Only time will tell!

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Buckets  o’ Potatoes are growing well!

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Broccoli

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Onions

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More homemade planters from recycled juice containers.

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Petunias

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peas

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Vertical pallet planters full of flowers.

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peas

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Flower tower

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More bottle planters

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Poppies

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Lettuce

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Poppies

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Salad/herbs

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Topsy turvy planter

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More planters

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Mischief girl!

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@ the Movies

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Silly girl

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Look, Momma!  I drew a family potrait!

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Cece kept trying (and sometimes succeeding) to draw/color on this wall
so I finally circumvented that battle and just put up freezer paper for her to color/draw on! :-D

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You clean, Momma….we’re just gonna hang out here and be very very quiet and make you worry!  HA!

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Flower tower is almost as big as Gege.

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Blooming!!

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Severe Weather Warning….Only in Alaska!

Only in Alaska do we get a weather warning because it’s gonna be 80F!  LOL

Western Kenai Peninsula
Special Weather Statement in effect

SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED SUNDAY THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK

AN UNUSUALLY STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM HAS BEGUN TO INTENSIFY OVER MAINLAND ALASKA. ALONG WITH AMPLE SUNSHINE THIS WEATHER PATTERN WILL USHER IN SOME OF THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES SEEN IN RECENT YEARS. THIS INCLUDES LOCATIONS FROM THE KENAI PENINSULA TOANCHORAGE AND ALL POINTS NORTHWARD. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REACH INTO THE 80S AT MANY LOCATIONS. THESE TEMPERATURES ARE UNUSUAL IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA. INDIVIDUALS PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY

NOT ONLY FOR THE HEAT BUT FOR POTENTIAL RISES IN RIVER AND STREAM LEVELS DUE TO INCREASED SNOW MELT AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THE DRY CONDITIONS OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAVE ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED THE FIRE DANGER OVER SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA. EXTREME CAUTION IS ADVISED FOR ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY INVOLVING BURNING. HERE ARE THE ANCHORAGE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES AND FORECAST HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. IT IS POSSIBLE SOME OF THESE RECORDS MAY FALL IN THE NEXT WEEK. THE FORECAST HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE FOR THE WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE ON SAND LAKE ROAD

TEMPERATURES IN EAST ANCHORAGE AND EAGLE RIVER ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE LOWER TO MID 80S. DATE RECORD HI FORECAST HI JUNE 16

..79 IN 1936 76 JUNE 17

..84 IN 1948 80 JUNE 18

..80 IN 1926 77 JUNE 19

..77 IN 1961 74

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So what do ya do when it gets hot?  We break out our swimming pool we got last year and fill ‘er up! Even our neighbors helped out and had fun too!

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It’s cold, Momma!


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Just jump in like this, Glenna!

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Awww the water’s much warmer after naptime!

 

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Life just doesn’t get much better than this!  Well if my washer/dryer wasn’t sitting there waiting for the insurance to replace it then it wouldn’t be an eye sore in my pictures!  HA!

#Enjoyin’Summer!

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Pansies, petunias, potatoes, peas, pretties and pictures?

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Well our container garden is off and growing!  After such success with our first container garden last year we are going bigger and hopefully better this year!  ~~knock on wood….fingers crossed~~ Since it’s finally….dare I say….gulp…summer, here in Kenai our garden is doing well.

So far we have:

8 containers of carrots
3 containers of onions
11 containers of sweet peas
6 broccoli plants
3 buckets of potatoes
2 tomato plants
4 cukes or zukes (don’t know which they are LOL)
6 containers of greens (lettuce mixes and spinach)
2 containers of herbs
3 vertical planters of flowers
2 flower towers
1 hanging topsy turvy planter with flowers
and 115 flower seedlings left to transplant into….some kind of vertical planters!

Here are some pictures of what’s growing so far….

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Yes….Pansies… My favorite flower!

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Petunias

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Cannot have too many pansies….I tell ya!!   (I have another 30 plus pansies to transplant too! :-D)

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Containers of carrots.  They are growing like crazy and I’m excited to see if we get actual carrots big enough to eat from them!

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Marigolds

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Broccoli….I think….

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Potatoes!

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Tomato in it’s own mini hothouse is growing very well!

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PEAS!  Already have to pick and eat some of them!

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Zuke or Cuke?  I dunno but whatever it is it’s doing much better since I made it it’s own little hothouse/greenhouse.
Didn’t want to let the heat out so that’s why I took the picture through the plastic wrap.

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Another Zuke or Cuke thriving in it’s mini hot house.

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Peas!

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Carrots close up.

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Flower tower is starting to fill out.

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Topsy turvy hanging planter is in full bloom!

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Baby lettuce

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Baby greens…Lettuce, lettuce mixes, spinach, herbs….. YUM!!  Can hardly wait!

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Pansies ready to transplant!

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Petunias…I think?

So there ya have it….Our container garden is off and growing!  I’m especially proud of this years garden.  Except for the flowers in the flower towers and the topsy turvy hanging planter everything else I started from heirloom seeds this year!   Life. Is. Awesomely. Amazing!

Plus I’m learning to make time for myself too!  Am hooked on having my nails done every couple weeks.  Here’s shellac part two…Teal!

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Lovin’ the teal!

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This is Glenna’s first self portrait!  Isn’t it awesome!?  I love that it has pony tails!

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And here’s her first picture of me…Mom!  Notice the curly hair?!  LOL

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She’s so precious when she’s sleeping.  She spends the week with me at Summer Camp.  The preschool class takes a nap every afternoon and they’re just so cute when they’re all asleep!

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Well that wraps up this post.  Will try to keep y’all up-to-date on how our Alaskan Container Gardening goes this year :-D

I hope y’all are having an amazing fun and safe summer!

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Ohh yeah…I have a blog…a picture catch up post

Well as y’all may have guessed we, Strongheart girls, have been busy.  Busy, busy, busy, busy.  So busy that, as you can see, it’s been months since I last posted anything.  Being a single full time workin’ Mom has just left me with no energy nor time to do any blogging.  Now with Spring/Summer here I suspect I’ll have even less time.   

So I thought I do this quick picture post of recent pictures…in no particular order…it’s better than nothin’ right? ;-)

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Cece enjoying the sunshine at our first of many Saturday adventures that include going to the Saturday Market, picnicking at the park and soakin’ up the sunshine.  Only this year instead of walking….. (see later pictures)

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Gege having fun at the park.

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We now bike around town.  Or well I bike and the girls ride in the trailer or…..

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If I just have one of the girls then she gets to ride the tandem behind….

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my Trike!  Yea…as you can see we’re bike/trike poor around here LOL

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Cece’s first spontaneously written word.  She even came up to me and sounded it out for me … Bah uuh Ssss Says BUS, Mom!


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Starting my own seedlings this year with Heirloom seeds from Baker Creek  Heirloom Seed Company.

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LOL Glenna calls Raisin Bran…Purple Poopin’ Cereal!  HA!

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Glenna playing in the rain at the Head Start one of the last days of school.

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Peddle Cece!  Peddle!

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My Mother’s Day present from Cece.

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and one from Glenna.

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Glenna’s Best Friend at Head Start wrote her a letter with a picture.

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Before we got the tandem or the trailer Gege would rde to school in the basket.

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Practicing our letters and numbers…homework.

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Momma, I’m just gonna sit here until I’m big enough to ride this on my own.

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Reasons why this didn’t work….. 1.  Single speed trike + 1oo+lbs of little girls = too hard for me to pull up hills.  2. The trailer is made for a bicycle and with it’s bowed tongue when I managed to hook it up to the trike I couldn’t turn Left.  Might be important to turn left on occasion so I got a 7 speed bike to pull the trailer.

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Cece decided she had to put on her raincoat, sandals and wrap herself in a blanket and sit down with Hippo and Elephant to play with her tablet…~~shrug~~

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Ohh I forgot to mention that I got the girls each their own Nabi Jr. Tablets.  They love them.

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Ordered in Chinese food one night and Glenna was so excited when it was delivered she started yellling “Yeah CARFOOD, Momma!! Carfood!! LOL

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Glenna talks nonstop now and explores everything.  Here she’s smelling my cup and said “Mmmm Momma, it smells like P!”  No Glenna…Tea!!  It smells like TEA!  LOL

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Cece received a mini grant from Stone Soup Group to get a SPIO Suit.  It is amazing how much it helps with her SPD!  BUT…yeah there’s a BUT…. it’s too hot to wear now that it’s getting warmer. Sigh…

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Cece’s Service Supervisor/scheduler made the girls these.

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Some of the seeds I ordered for this year.

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Another reason we’ve been busy!  Perfect Attendance is not an easy thing to get!  Way to Go, Cece!

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I got flowers for my birthday.  Am sigh…over the hill now!  Lordy, lordy, LOOK I’m 40! ;-)

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Love this just had to share!

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Purple Kuspuk I made.

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Let the gardening begin!  So far I have 3 vertical planters, one topsy turvy planter, and 41 containers planted. Not quite half way done yet.  Still have 150+ seedlings to transplant and need to start my salad greens, onions, and some other seeds outside.

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My topsy turvy planter hanging there all planted and below is my first flower tower…yeah I got the idea from the Home Depot commercial!  I think it’s gonna be awesome.

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Glenna loves to help Momma in the garden.  Really!  I am helping, Momma!

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Gege enjoying the swings at the Soldotna Creek Park yesterday.

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Buckets o’ Potatoes..only time will tell!

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I hope these are flowers!  Ha ha ha my seedling labeling system failed.  Note to self….Do not label the removable covers b/c once the seeds start to sprout and you take the covers off then you won’t know what you have HA HA HA HA HA  aka…Mystery gardening!

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I was commenting with a friend on Facebook earlier this week and I had to pause to dress the elephant so it could ride the hippo with the puppy, horse and leopard.  My friend probably thought I was nuts when I said what I was doing so I took this picture to show that I was indeed telling the truth and had not gone insane! ;-)

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Cece loves to garden too!!  Next payday I’m getting the girls a covered sandbox and maybe a slide/swingset for the backyard!

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This was our first really warm day (65F+ it was sweltering, I tell ya!) and Gege and I took a break from gardening to bike to the coffee shop for yummy blended drinks!

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Individual Tomato Hothouse….we shall see…only time will tell again.  I just wonder how pollination occurs? ~~Snort~~ that would be assume that they actually grow and flower!

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See I am helping, Momma!! I have to catch the water from the sprinkler…No I’m not getting wet…much!

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These ones were thirsty!

And finally….
I am off for a short 11 day break before Summer Camp starts up next Tuesday and I’ll go back to work.  Sooooo…..

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I took an afternoon for myself today and got my nails done and….

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Got my hair permed…only way I can stay sane since I decided to let it grow out after chopping off 26 inches two years ago and keeping it short until last December.  It’s much curlier than this picture lets on b/c I had to pull it up.  By the time I biked home in the wind I looked as though I had a wind blown afro! LOL  Oh and got my eye brows done too!!

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The girls loved my nails so after dinner “Momma’s Nail Salon” opened in our living room and I had to make their nails sparkly too!

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Gege was ecstatic!  Cece loved hers too but didn’t want to have a picture ;-)

So there ya have some of the highlights of the last couple months.  I have huge plans for my “garden” this year so I hope to atleast try to post pictures of that over the summer.   Hope y’all are having as amazing summer as we are!  Catch ya when we catch ya!  ;-)

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Catching up…. 90+ days, pink eye, Spring Break, illness, words, words, word

Whew….finding time to write…well that’s not that hard since it’s Spring Break but having the energy/desire to do so…not so much.  First let me clear the title up…NO we did not have pink eye for 90+ days LOL  Yeah after I typed that I thought that it could be a bit alarming.  The no days refers to my making it through well past my 90 day probationary period in my new job!! Woot, woot!!! ~~Happy Dance~~  YEAH!!!

Now I’m officially a full time employee with FULL benefits with K.I.T.!  YES!  So why did I mention pink eye, you’re wondering?  Well Cece had pink eye a couple weeks ago.  Yeah…fun!  (NOT!) But I did learn something very important that I didn’t know before.  The incubation period from when Cece had pink eye until little sister got it was 10 days!  Blech!  Throw in double ear infections, sore throats and coughs…yeah we’ve been sick.  Oh and lets not forget Gege picking/messing with a hang nail that then got infected and had to be treated and is now coming off.  UGH.  I have been sick for 7 weeks now.  Not debilitating sick but irritatingly so.  Starting 3rd round of antibiotics today so …. crossing fingers…. I’m frankly sick of being sick!  Sigh…

But any who… Life goes on and is still amazingly awesome despite invasion of germs/bugs.  Cece has had an amazing couple months.  She’s had an explosion of words and skills.  She can now answer questions, ask questions, and almost have a conversation.  She’s learned not only her entire alphabet by sight but also all the sounds the letters make and can tell you words that start with the letters.  Plus she’s learned all her numbers 0-10 by sight along with some sight words too.

I changed her mega vitamin/supplement regimen at the beginning of the year and the difference has been phenomenal!  She’s doing all the things I mentioned above plus staying on task longer, drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing, and creating like crazy.  Her social skills and eye contact have increased by leaps and bounds.  She’s getting a SPIO suit here soon with a grant from the Stone Soup Group.  She’s been using one at therapies with wonderful success.

We still have a very very long ways to go but she amazes me everyday!  We’re working hard on sentences and asking for things and responding to others while making at least minimal eye contact.  Impulse control or well lack there of is still a huge issue.  She’s been having to adjust to having a new primary care provider as the one we had for over a year gave her notice and took a job working for a doctor in Soldotna.  Not that I can blame her!  Cece wasn’t her only client, she had another before she came to our house at 7 a.m. every week day morning.  She worked with Cece for atleast an hour every morning, 5 hours on therapy days, took her to school, picked her up and finished her day here in our house at 6 p.m.  So her moving on to a regular hour full time job that didn’t mean getting up at 4 a.m. yeah I totally understand that! :-D  We miss her but Cece’s adjusting surprisingly well!

Gege…oooh Gege.  She’s had amazing changes too!  The most recognizable ones are 1. She’s grown 2 and 1/2 inches since Christmas. 2. She’s talking nonstop.  3. Her social skills have grown like crazy!  She not only keeps me on my toes but boy does she make me smile and laugh.  The things she says…wow!

In other news….I’m not going to make my goal of being closer to what I weighed 20 years ago after Navy bootcamp by my 40th birthday…BUT I am down 41 lbs and 24+ inches!  Now that I’m working I’m steadily losing more weight plus able to buy more organic, nonGMO and natural foods.  Now don’t get me wrong we’re not total health food consumers….coffee creamer is my down fall…SMH…and a few other things are hard to give up (Gluten free…sigh…probably won’t happen), but we are eating much healthier I think.  We’ve cut down/out HFCS, reduce our soy intake, increased our supplements/vitamins and drinking more water (well I am, the girls have always pretty much only drank water :-D)

I think that about catches us up.  OOH we did have our 2 year anniversary back on Feb 10.  Two years we’ve live here in Kenai!!! YEAH!!!  Plus my 11 year anniversary of turning 29 years old is only days away too! (Eek hardly 3 weeks left in my 30’s!!  YIKES!! where’s that first 40 years go?)

So in closing here are various pictures from recently.  I hope y’all are doing as well as we are!  Enjoy….

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Gege playing with the mini sensory container at school (That’s ground coffee for the dirt!)

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Enjoying some “Mommy and Me” time for lunch before a doctors appt. Mmmm french fries, Mom!!  A rare treat, indeed!

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Bye “Most Wondeful Care Provider”!  We’ll miss you and wish you all the best in your new job!

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Glenna doing a counting exercise (Counting raindrops) at school.

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Gege’s turn to cut a raindrop and put it on the corresponding number.

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Learning to hammer.

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Building…and demolishing…with big blocks aka boxes.

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Oh, Mom…the sensory input I get from brushing my hair is better than stimming!! LOL  She loves to brush her hair!

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Wish I had gotten video of this b/c she was “reading” the book to herself.  I couldn’t understand any of it but she was loving it!

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Hippity Hop!

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Look, Mom!  I no more eyes pink!

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Yeah, I know, Mom!  Head butting sister gave me a black eye :-( It’s not a good choice, not okay!  But look my pink eye’s gone!!

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