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Things I hope I never forget

– Yesterday Zoe took a really long nap in the afternoon. We’re slowly getting rid of her morning nap {at her request} and yesterday was one of the days where she didn’t take it at all. On top of that, she’s been sick the past several days. Teething. Again. My child gets a pretty severe cold with every tooth that she cuts. At least I know what to expect now, although hearing her cough and looking into her sad watery eyes never gets any easier. My point is, she slept. Hard. And for like 3 1/2 hours. I was so ready to get her when she woke up… it’s crazy how much you can miss your baby when they’re taking a nap, while at the same time loving every single second of silence. At her first cry I raced upstairs and swooped her up in my arms. She cuddled right in to my neck, wrapped both hands around me and up in to my hair, and then she twirled it like she does 5,000 times a day. It melted my heart.

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– While we’re on the subject of Zoe. I hope I never forget her expressions in this age. They are so dramatic and so freaking hilarious. One of my favorite, and the picture I’m about to show you isn’t the best example, is her eyebrow raise. Those eyebrow muscles must be the strongest muscles in her entire body, because she works them out hard every single day. I love it. I love her little personality, or her BIG personality in a little person’s body.

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– I hope I never forget what it feels like to have such a tiny little body snuggled up as close as possible, with a little tiny hand on my forearm as we read books together 538 times a day. It’s just the best.

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– I hope I never forget the example of friendship that Ann showed us this weekend. Ann was my sister’s best friend when she lived in Kuwait. Originally she’s from Canada, but she’s been teaching internationally for 5 years now. This year she’s teaching in Korea. When she found out that Jessica was getting married she went to her principal to get time off. She flew from Korea 19 hours to spend 2 days with Jessica and 1 day shopping, and then she flew <em24 hours BACK to Korea…. just to be at her friend’s wedding…. First of all, do you know how much that trip costs????? Secondly, do you understand the amount of jet lag that she’s going to experience? Third, can you imagine how much that meant to my sister? She cried for days when she found out that Ann was coming. Everybody needs friends like Ann in their life.

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– And finally, I hope I never forget that Christmas starts the day AFTER Thanksgiving! People, seriously?!?!?! What is the deal? All over Facebook I’m seeing status updates of people who have already decorated their house for Christmas {I know some of you are reading this post…don’t get offended, please, I mean no offense}. I know one family who’s tradition it is to decorate the week before Thanksgiving because they’re pastors at a church and the holiday season is b-u-s-y at church. I get that. But, for the majority of Americans? We’re just jumping the gun. Let the big department stores jump the gun…that’s annoying enough…buy your Christmas cards early, buy a few decorations early…sure. But, the beauty of Christmas is that it’s a special time…it’s this short window between Thanksgiving and New Years where everything is magical and lights twinkle in the night. We’re going to lose the magic if we jump on the November bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for Christmas. I love my Christmas decorations. I buy snowmen so that I can keep them up through the winter after I’ve put the “Christmas Christmas” decorations away {After New Year’s}…but I decorate during that long weekend. And it’s special. And it’s magical. And it’s wonderful… and I hope that it always stays that way. For 2 more weeks, this is all the decoration you’re going to see at my house…and it’s only because she’s just so darned cute!

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Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!

PS…Seriously, please don’t be offended if you’ve already decorated for Christmas. Chances are, if we were having a face to face conversation, I would tell you the same thing…you would say, “Yeah..but I like them out. And I just wanted to do it.” And I would laugh and say, “Well…alrighty then. They’re pretty!” And then we would talk about all your favorite decorations and deals that we found in stores.

PPS. I’m opinionated…but I truly don’t really care what you do. Whatever floats your boat…you know?

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My Trip to Michigan by Zoe Grace

I think my mommy has told you this already, but I just went on my first big adventure. Well, maybe my third, but I was only 9 days old on my first one, and 3 months old on my second one…so, those don’t count. Besides, this time I got to go on a plane! From the ground I liked the planes well enough, but boy oh boy did they make me tired! I don’t remember much about the plane rides because I slept the whole time, but when we got to Michigan…which is a whole ‘nother state!…my tummy hurt pretty bad and I couldn’t eat for about two days. It was the pits. Mommy got pretty worried and I couldn’t sleep through the night, but by Monday I was all over my travel woes and ready to get the show on the road!

{My first full meal in Michigan, Monday lunch, I had to eat lots so that I could swim at the lake!}
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Even though I was having trouble eating and sleeping, I was still pretty excited about our first few days. First things first we had a wedding to go to, Mommy’s friend Jason was getting married. I got to meet most of Mommy’s friends from Michigan, and the bride told me that I was pretty. I tried my best to be in a good mood, but it was hard. So, I mostly just hung out.

{Meeting the bride and groom. Obviously not my most shining moment}
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{Mommy got me a whole plate of food with lots of options, but all I wanted was watermelon. She was so happy I ate something she didn’t even mind that I ruined my shirt.)
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Then, the next day we were up and at ’em early so that we could go to breakfast with the interns. Mommy said that she used to be an intern, whatever that means. Anyways, I liked the people but my tummy still hurt. Oh, and Mommy dressed me in a summer outfit that I wear back home, but it was in the 60’s… Mommy didn’t know that. So, she had to buy me some warm clothes…and then Ms. Katie, she was an intern too, she bought me a ton of shoes and a toy, and some books, and some CANDY! She’s kinda cool.

{That’s Mr. Dave and Ms. Marie. They are in charge of the camp. They’re pretty cool.}
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{That’s Mr. Greg. I loved him lots. He was Mommy’s real good friend when she lived up here. He was an intern too}
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After breakfast I got to hang out with Ms. Katie and Ms. Carly. I liked them lots too. Ms. Carly danced with me in the backseat all the way to a cider mill. Have you ever been to a cider mill? It’s way cool. They have lots of trees, and then they make the apples turn to juice, and then you get to drink the juice with donuts. The donuts were my favorite part. Mommy’s favorite was the photo shoot. She took tons of pictures and Ms. Katie took even more. Mommy says I’m supposed to tell you that she’s going to show you lots of pictures from that shoot later, but right now I get to tell the story, and I only want to show a few.

{I got to swing on a swing all by myself}
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{Mommy put me in a tree to get a picture}
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Then we left the cider mill and went to a baby shower for some of Mommy’s other friends. The coolest thing about the shower, in my opinion, was that Yirah was there. Mommy knew Yirah’s mommy and daddy when she lived in Michigan, and they had Yirah two weeks after I was born…so, we’re kinda growing up together, in a virtual kind of way. I liked her lots. She could walk…that was really cool. Oh. And I got to meet the fabulous Jason B…he’s one heck of a cool guy. And ladies? He’s single too…he’s a little to old for me though.

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After that busy weekend, we rested up a bit Monday morning and prepared for the wedding. Well, actually, just Mommy and Erynn prepared for the wedding, I was just along for the ride. Mostly, I just got to hang out wherever they were. On Tuesday the people from France got there and they loved me. I thought they were pretty cool. I tried to let them know by changing my babble and creating a new form of jibberish just for them. Mommy thinks I was trying to talk in French to them…don’t tell her, but she’s right. French is a really pretty language, I think I’m going to take it in high school. Did you know that they make to take a foreign language in high school? Weird. Anyways, they helped Mommy take care of me because Daddy wasn’t there. Daddy had to stay in Florida so that he could work, but he called me lots and lots every day and we talked over the phone.

{Mommy and Aunt Erynn took me to feed ducks. I thought the animal crackers were for me.}
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{I got to spend lots of time laughing and playing with Aunt Erynn, especially when I woke up at 6:30 every morning. Mommy doesn’t like waking up early, so if Aunt Erynn was up I would hang out with her}
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{We had a cookout on Wednesday and Mr. Myron came over. It was a pretty great night, except I was up pretty late. About halfway through dinner Mommy took me for my bath in the sink and then put me to bed. I stayed up past bedtime way too much on this trip. Oh, starting with the guy on the end, that’s Mr. Tony…Erynn’s dad, then Adam her brother, Aunt Erynn, me in the corner sitting next to Mr. Myron, Eleanor is by him but I don’t think you can see her, then Caroline…Eleanor’s mommy, then Molly and finally Penny..Mr. Tony’s wife}
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{Starting on Monday I wanted to walk everywhere that I went, except I don’t know how, so I had people help me…like Eleanor.}
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{I helped Mommy clean out the get away car for Aunt Erynn and Josiah. I was a good helper. I stood in the front seat and ate fries and dropped them all over the place. Mommy laughed at me lots…she thinks I’m funny.}
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{On Friday we stopped by to help Aunt Erynn get ready for her big day. I got to play in a hay field and play with lots of the Bennett’s.}
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And then, before I knew it, it was already Saturday and time for the big event. Aunt Erynn was beautiful. I thought her dress was really pretty, but I was in a pretty bad mood because I didn’t take a nap. I got to hang out with Ms. Carly again, she’s really cool, and pretty fun. She took good care of me while Mommy was helping Aunt Erynn. And then I took a nap for her at about 4. The next thing I knew, Mommy was there to wake me up and I got to hang out with her the rest of the night at the wedding. Because it was a special event she let me stay up way way way past my bedtime that night! It thought that was pretty awesome, and I even slept in all the way to 7 the next morning to thank her for it!

{I lost my pants because I maybe had an accident in my skirt and my mommy couldn’t find anymore pants. But, later Ms. Carly found them for me}
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And then, in the blink of an eye, it was Sunday. The day I got to fly again. The day I got to see my Daddy! Mommy bought me a pretty pair of sparkly ruby red slippers that I was supposed to wear on the plane ride home, and then we were going to show Daddy my new trick of walking while I hold her hand, except I didn’t much like the shoes so I kicked them off…and our plane got here early, so Daddy was still in the car when we got to the airport. I saw him as soon as we walked into the baggage claim area and Mommy couldn’t hardly hold me anymore I was so happy to see him. He held me and kissed me, and I laughed and laughed. I was with my Daddy again! Michigan was awesome, but it’s nowhere near as awesome as being with my Daddy….and getting to play with all my toys again. Hemmingway’s not too bad either.

{Monday Mommy took me to see Daddy at lunch because I already missed him again. But really, Mommy was missing him pretty bad…so that’s why we went}
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