Friday, November 19, 2010

Tutu Mania

Tutu Mania, originally uploaded by Sparky2*.
Today we made tutus. And outrageous hairstyles. And in between waged ferocious sword battles. Barks, shrieks, giggles, bumps, tears, chases, catches, debates, court, judgements. Bike rides. Lemonaid. Maddie's Always goodie-bag for that long, long 20 minute ride home ...

A brief "recovery" period and thirty minutes later in the midst of preparing dinner I burst into laughter at a mental image of a particular moment of the day -- Oh, wow, how I wish I'd had that one on time lapse!

Of course you will be inflicted with more pics later. Especially of the tutu events. ;-)

Just this one!

I did get this one pic of Kenzie against my bathroom wall -- no lights, no nuthin' special ... just wanted to play around with it for practice and fun.

Kenzie is 10 and loves the photo fuss ... but 5yr old Maddie peeled her tutu off before I could make a move for a camera (oh, the girrrrl knows me!) and was back to the sword fight. ;-)
Oh ... and note the watermark of Sassafras Photos ... More on that later. ;-)


Cousins, originally uploaded by Sparky2*.
What a day ... a Ranger, a Blue-jay and a Thunder Pony...

How to Eat A Spiderman Bar 101 ...
How to eat a Spiderman Bar 101:

Bye, bye, Birdie ....

Bye, bye, Birdie ...., originally uploaded by Sparky2*.


The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light



Nanatime!!, originally uploaded by Sparky2*.

Nana-time with two of my girls!!

Quiggly's Clayhouse ... ballgames ... then home for cupcakes, snuggled up movies and sleeping on the couch. They are so cool and so much fun ...

Near and Far

NEAR ...

... and FAR ...

I know I've been away an eternity ...

... such a busy summer and now it's already well into fall. It's safe to say that I probably immersed myself completely in too many "doins'" in order to not allow myself time for thinking and feeling the loss of my mom in February.

I believe in some ways it helped and in others only postponed the inevetable. Summer being such a "kidfull" time around here left me some space - some distance - with little time for dwelling or processing and I took advantage.

Now I'm back to up close and personal; I've just looked "Mom Time" of Thanksgiving and Christmas in the face -- and as my heroine
Junie B. Jones would say ...

"... I did a gulp."
I'll post a few "event markers" from my time away for myself - as well as for curious concerned and caring friends. (Thank you!) I'm thinking of it as good therapy ... to remind myself that life did continue and it has been good. I'm finding that up close life is just as beautiful if it has a lovely background behind it and a Mom who raised you to see it that way.