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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dancer

Mae has been begging for as long as I can remember to try dance class.
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I've been waiting and waiting,
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Trying to decide when it was that golden opportunity.
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That perfect balance of stretching slightly out of her comfort zone,
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And yet motivated enough to 'do a hard thing' as we are always talking about.
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I think we hit it.
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We found a small class that takes place in a church room
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Other little girls in their leotards and tights,
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A kind teacher
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And most importantly, My brave girl's nervous smile as she whispers her name
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And then says to me "Mama, I'll wait in here, you can go to the hall."
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Always learning and stretching -
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Both of us.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend

This past weekend was a big first for our family - Josh and I spent an entire weekend on our own!  We haven't been very good about leaving the kids with...anyone... for more than a few hours at a time, and we decided it was long overdue.  Thanks to my mama and my sister (and her husband and son...) we spent more time alone than we have in 4 years.  AMAZING.  We missed the kiddos, of course, but it was so good for all of us!  Josh and I got a hotel and had a little staycation on the Plaza here in KC and our kids experienced the many joys that come with staying with Grammy and Aunt Amy...namely numerous park trips, cupcakes, movies, new books, kinetic sand, and I'm guessing rarely hearing the dreaded 'no'.  I am so thankful they had this time to make some memories without us there!  

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(Have you ever seen such relaxed Ballards?!)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Walk

I just had to mention here that our sweet baby is now walking full time and has been for awhile.  None of our other children have even considered walking before their first birthdays - until now.  This boy is on the move! Workin' hard to keep up with the others, I guess...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Surprise

One of my most distinct memories with my Granni was of one birthday visit she made to our house.  
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We slept on the pull out couch, watched the shopping channel late at night, 
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and she brought me some of the best gifts - things I had had my eye on for, well, as long as a six year old can have their eye on something.  
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The most coveted of the gifts was a Puppy Surprise.  
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A stuffed dog with a pouch in its tummy and surprise! either three, four, or five puppies!  
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Granni, of course, opened all of the packages when she was shopping to ensure that I ended up with one with the coveted five puppies.  
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Such a sweet memory for me - sweet enough, in fact, that it spurned me to do something that we rarely do - bought our kids new toys for no reason!  
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Puppy Surprise was re-released this year, and I couldn't help myself.  
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We called around, made a 40 minute drive, and secured ourselves some nostalgia for mama. 
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Win win, I say!

*Oscar chose a Kitty Surprise, and M&H chose the same dalmation puppy, much to big sis's chagrin....