Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - Just Joy!

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Ever noticed how the squeals ....of delight from two little girls make an already great day

the greatest!

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So, though Easter is all about color, here is a little taste of some shots during a little photoshoot that I'll post more of next week. That is if I can narrow down the 357 I took.

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Meanwhile - back to all that Easter color!

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These little pink jackets are being worn for the first time. I bought them in China - when we picked up Milana in August 2009 and both jackets just swam on the girls. They're still a little big but we had to wear them.

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Enjoy visiting Lisa's site and all the wonderful pictures being shared.

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And we hope everyone's Easter was colorful - full of giggles and good times and wonderful memories.

Monday, April 25, 2011


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Easter Bunny.

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Yeah.....the bunny definitely made it to our house.

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Long live the magic of the egg hunt. I don't remember when I lost "the faith" but I'm glad 8 year old Dahlia is still into it. 'Cause it pleases her Mom to no end.

(Have I mentioned before how I'm reliving my childhood? Or is it "living" it?


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And little Milana is all over this Easter egg hunt "thing". She definitely rises to the challenge of a good competition with sissy. And throw in the bonus of chocolate.....well........ done deal!

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Of course, Dahia is the expert at moving quick as a fox, probably having sleuthed out her dashing route in her dreams the night before. She by far got the larger share of the loot and no doubt will dip into Milanas when she's not looking too.

The girl "llouuuuurvvves" her chocolate!!!

Be back on Wednesday with some pretty little dresses on my two cuties.

Enjoy all the Communal Global entries this week!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Black and White Wednesday.......almost Easter.......

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We are in Easter prep mode here. Every morning Dahlia reminds me that the Easter bunny is coming "soooooonnnnnnnnn Mommy"! In fact - she was in my face this morning at 6 something, counting down the days.

(I'm trying to remind her the real reason behind Easter, without bursting her bubble, but she's got a one-track mind when it comes to chocolate.)

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Check out Lisa's post for those adorable kiddos at the park. Ceeeeeute!

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But, it is Easter week and we have lots of plans. Decorating Easter eggs with our buddies (an annual must) some photo ops of course, dinner with great friends, Easter egg hunts and some time in church - remembering and celebrating the real reason.

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Wishing everyone a beautiful Easter!!

Monday, April 18, 2011


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About a week ago we ventured out on our annual 'winter swan song' where we usher in spring with a massive 'sugar high'!!!

I have many more pictures from our day and depending on how fast I can whip dinner up tonight, I may have time to add them before "Dancing with the stars" starts. We shall see.

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And...ahem.....speaking of dancing - THIS is Milana "gettin down"! We were just taking a little break from standing in line waiting for the go-carts to free up. Just sitting on a bench - people watching. Suddenly, Milana jumps up and starts to boogy. We were next to a speaker and Jailhouse rock was playing. She had quite a crowd watching by the time she tired of her little Elaine (from Steinfelt) impersonation.

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We go at least once every spring and this year we choose a different place. Only about a 20 minute drive from here and we were expecting about the same kind of experience. A few hundred people, some farm animals, the requisite syrup in the snow fest, the pig out, of course and maybe a sleigh ride.

We weren't ready for this place. We had to park about a mile from the main area and take a shuttle bus (some with wheels, some with horses). It took about a half hour just to get in. Another half hour to wait in line and finally we were able to sit down. Hoards of people everywhere. Lots of rides, train rides through the woods, horse rides, animals and lots more. When we left we asked how many people come through in a day. Answer: 13,000 people on that day. (WHAT??) Did I mention this was a sugar shack, not Disney.

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Dahlia and her bff, Angel.

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While we were taking the train ride through the maple tree woods, we heard some hooping and hollering. We were being ambushed by some wild cowgirls, swinging their pistols. That added some excitment to the train ride for the kiddies.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - Good bye're otta here!!!

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Two week-ends ago we still had snow. Just the dirty stuff and the ground was still frozen. But the sun held so much promise - we ventured out to our favorite park, late Sunday afternoon.

(The last time we were there was last November with our "Darling" friends.)

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It was late in the day so the sun was low and lovely.

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"hello wee one.....whatcha looking at?"

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I couldn't decide between a hard clarity or a soft one so I included them both. My natural bent is to go high contrast, full clarity but I'm kind of liking the softness.

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There's never a doubt about how I feel about these two munchkins though.

(Is it wrong to want to nibble on your children?)

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Now see (below) these 2 people running down the path?

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Here's a close look.

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Any bets on who won the race? (I love that I caught them in the air.)

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For some fantastic images and photographers, hop over to Lisa's and enjoy!

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So, as we were heading back to the parking a vechicle was driving down the path and Milana was quite determined to stay in her puddle in the middle of that path. Till Daddy scooped her and ended that decision quickly.

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"Give it up kid - the party's over."

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But, I'll just think about all those lovely little sprouts, sticking their little heads out of the earth in the garden and rejoice.

Spring really has arrived!!!