Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Wrap-up

It's all Flickr, all the time now. The photostream stays updated here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesaplings/. Cheers and Happy New Year.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Beauty Is...

Older Brother was handling Little Sister's post-birthday-party present opening extravaganza / sugar crash fairly well. Not too jealous. Not too overly helpful (read: unwrapping all of her gifts for her, as in previous years…). A little grumpy, but happy when we let him sit quietly with a book and read. And then. Suddenly. Excited jumping, and "GUYS!!!". A triumphant hand thrust into the air. Holding his first lost tooth. The gift unwrapping came to a screeching halt as the attention immediately shifted to the gaping hole. Clapping, cheering, tears. The kid was overjoyed.

We took the requisite gap-tooth-smile photos before bed that night. In doing so I stumbled across the best natural light in our house. The pic was even featured on one of my favorite photog's site. Beautiful.
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Party

I'm pretty sure the Cinderella birthday party was in the works before last year's birthday party even occurred. I definitely remember our tiny princess trying to change last year's theme just days before the party. Luckily I was able to convince her to save the Cinderella idea for another year. I'm actually surprised that out of all the princesses, Cinderella was the favorite pick. The Girl has always had more of a soft spot for Rapunzel because of their matching ridiculously-long blonde hair. And speaking of princesses, for the record, I did not create this monster. I was happy for her to share cars, trains and superheroes with her older brother. But alas, she stumbled into the grasp of the Disney regime anyway. And thus I present to you the Four Year Old Princess Birthday Party.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Overtime

Gran Rog came to town for the big Four Year Old Birthday Party (delayed by a month due to prior engagements on our busy social calendar). He and the Big Kid staged several epic driveway basketball games. They all came with some fuzzy score keeping by a certain 6-year-old. Most of the games seemed rigged to cause overtime, or last second shots by the younger of the two competitors. But can you blame him? When "versuring" (as the Big Kid calls it) a starting member of a former State Champion basketball team you need every edge you can get.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Heart

This girl. It's always been hard to keep up with her energy. She's always on the go. Always into something. That's what made her heart defect diagnosis so shocking. Shouldn't she be tired? Easily out of breath? Something? But no. She's never been one to slow down - not before, and definitely not now a full year after her heart repair. Her energy still knows no bounds. I could go for a little less diva attitude behind that energy, but we're working on that. I don't want to stifle her flamboyant gestures, her dramatic hair flips, or her theatrical hands-on-the-hips posing, but the eye rolling, the glaring, and the exasperated "MOM!" responses have got to go. I'll keep the wrinkled nose I-don't-like-what-you're-telling-me-but-ok-fine-I-guess-I'll-accept-it face, mostly because it's too cute to get angry about. In truth the only things that truly calms her down are Baboo and her thumb. We're working on the second half of that equation. In the meantime we'll enjoy the short breaks from the frantic hurricane of activity that she creates. And breathe deeply. Happy Heart Birthday baby girl.
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