Monday, March 30, 2009

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Mary The Singer

Mary loves to sing. She sings all the time. Here is her latest song. We had to do it in 3 parts to be able to download it onto the blog.

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Catching up...

I have been a slacker when it comes to blogging lately, for sure. Nothing new really, I guess. ;-)

Thought I would catch up a bit on the past couple months.




Grayson and Kate enjoyed attending a "Father Daughter Banquet" in February. She looked so pretty! It was a great experience for them both.



My firstborn turned 12 in February also. Wow! Hard to believe she is 12. Can it be 12 years already? What a joy she has been from day one. It is exciting - if a bit sad- to watch her grow into a lovely, sweet young lady.



Jude is getting so much better at communicating. Be it talking or just getting his point across. It is fun to hear his new words each day!

Mary continues to her obsession with reading and spelling words. She continually asks how to spell various words and is usually good at figuring it out when I prompt her to sound it out. She brought me some of her more difficult flashcards to read. The first word was "sock" (not difficult, but I had not taught her very much about blends yet) I told her they were too hard and she said "No, Mommy, they are not. Remember "ck" says "K". That is not hard" I had mentioned that when we encountered a word containing that blend, but I just didn't expect her to get it so easily and remember. Here is a video of her reading.

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Jude does not want to be left out, so he is learning his letters too. :-)


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Jack has been waiting for a long time for a brother to play all the rough and tough boy games that Kate and Mary are not so wild about. Jude is getting closer! Jack will be a great teacher.


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Jack the football player.

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Boy, have we been enjoying the beautiful spring weather! The cool evenings are all too short lived here!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Flashback Friday

I decided to copy my sister and start "Flashback Friday". It has been fun to take a peak back into her not so distant past. September 2005, Grayson was offered a free cruise on the Music Boat. We took Mary since she was only 8 months old. She was a wonderful baby and no trouble.
If you have not been a Music Boat Cruise, I highly recommend! We had a wonderful time. I'm ready for another cruise!

Did I mention that President Bush joined us on the cruise?




Snorkeling is definitely one of my favorite things to do in all the world. So relaxing! So peaceful!



Cozemel was lovely at night.



Mary was a little trooper! Se was so content in her stroller. Being a social creature, she would make silly faces at whoever looked her way and try to get attention. Otherwise she just looked around and enjoyed the sites.
We had HOURS to kill in the Miami airport and poor little Mary was beginning to show signs of weariness. Good thing there is no picture of me! I was sick and miserable and eventually ended up in a hospital in Chicago with what would later be diagnosed as dehydration. Crazy end to a lovely trip!