I remember playing the recorder in 4th grade. I was a master at Hot Cross Buns and even played in a trio at our recital. Man I thought my playing Hot Cross Buns was going to change the face of elementary school music. As I look back though I realize it was the peak of my musical career. Who knew?
Now, fortunately, I get to relive it through the eyes of Reilly. Not only has he “seen” my Hot Cross Buns – he has raised me an Ode to Joy! Ouch, I can not compete with that.
It’s not a recital at the peak of their recorder path though, it’s belts like in martial arts. Reilly is a black belt in recorder and he’s worked hard to earn that.
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Shea is my Fashionista. She has the uncanny ability to coordinate an outfit that most people couldn’t dream of. Or maybe outfits they wouldn’t dream of. This series, is one of my favorite, not because of the photography but because of the story it tells. She is an amazing, charismatic, expressive little girl who is going to have an impact on this world.
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Talk about being over the moon excited on your birthday! Shad sent me to the moon and back on this one.
I have wanted a Mini Cooper since I turned 16 and saw one on my French Class trip to Paris with Mrs Foster. My Dad would give me a matchbox or remote controlled one or make me buy a raffle ticket to win one but never was the “real thing” that close. I did tell Shad that I WOULD at some point in my life have a Mini but I was NOT waiting till I was 50 and completely in a mid-life crisis.
I spent my birthday working in NYC. On the way home, since I missed the kids going to bed and the NYC Ballet ticket that Kasey and John bought me I decided to go to my soccer playoffs. That’s when things started looking up. I was with a group of people I like and we won our playoffs and the division. That’s fun… even at 44 that’s still fun. Phil, one of the guys on my team proceeded to get about 40 people to sing Happy Birthday to me in the cafe after the game. That’s fun… yup even at 44 I still thought that was kind of fun and very thoughtful. It’s the simple things, you know? As I drove home, excited to see Shad because it kind of stunk being away from him the day after Mother’s Day through my Birthday.
Driving home I called my Mom, since we talk every night, regardless of the hour. As I drove in the driveway I started to say my goodbyes – I opened the garage door and was slightly annoyed to see some stuff in the way of my pulling the van in. Wait, that stuff was a little car… that was a Mini Cooper and I started shrieking in my Mom’s ear. She repeatedly said “WHAAAT?” “HUNH?”… “WHATTTT?” And I said “Shad got me a Mini Cooper I HAVE TO GO!” Out from the side of the garage Shad appeared with one of the biggest smiles I had ever seen! He held up a key for me and said “Happy Birthday! Do you want to take it for a drive?” In awe, I sad YES and took the keys, as I backed this little thing out of the garage I started reeling around where I would go. Shad couldn’t go with me since the kids were asleep… hmmmm… Molly’s??? I just left her and Shad said she knew about my little car. My Moms! I would go to my Mom’s and take her for a ride. Perfect.
I said “I am going to go to my Mom’s and take her for a ride”. In hindsight, that was pretty mean as I didn’t share the excitement more than 30 seconds with Shad who had to put together a LOT of pieces to surprise me and make it legal for me to drive. But… I did head to my Mom’s, picked her up and then we went to see my Dad. I drove in the cemetery … radio blaring … pulled right up next to him and said “LOOK DAD!!!!” I think she thought I was nuts but it was just so perfect – or as perfect as things can be without him here. He would have loved this and how excited I was. Heck, probably would have helped Shad pull it off. He was a huge fan of stuff like this – and surprises!
It was just perfect. Everything about the night ended perfect. I came home from my ride and climbed into bed with a smile on my face and thanked Shad. How blessed am I? I am still smiling.
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It’s probably not even appropriate to post but I didn’t even see it when I took the shot. She was so busy doing things with her hands, snapping and dancing around that this was a split second of the series. As I edited, I have to say it made me laugh out loud. The innocence is still there – in a few years, it won’t be cute or funny at all. Now, however, I do think it’s pretty funny.
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Kate looked absolutely beautiful for her First Communion. She wore a dress that Grandma Kasey had bought her for her birthday last year from a bridal store, she had great shoes handed down from Katerina and her veil was handmade by Nannies friend SusieDavis (yes, Nannie says it as one word). It was all perfect and she loved being dressed up so fancy.
She sat patiently in Church, she answered the questions of Father Don, and sang her song “Yes, My Lord…”. I looked over at her on the end of the pew and was just so proud of her. Talk about being in love with your kid – I think she’s awesome.
Anyway, Kate came back from Communion and said “I don’t like the bread”. I remember thinking EXACTLY the same thing! I couldn’t understand why it didn’t taste any better. I smiled and shared with her that I didn’t like it at first either.
- Silly with Nannie
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Coolest Uncle JM
Studying to be an actor in Manhattan – that’s pretty cool.
The kids love having Uncle JM on the east coast and have grown quite close to him. He is awesome with all three and a cool dude to hang around. He’s Kate’s Godfather and she loves that. He’s a good man… that Uncle John Michael. Yes, he is.
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“I PULLED IT!”
I have really noticed how much the kids faces grow as they grow. The changes are so subtle day to day but are so prominent when you look at their teeth. All three kiddos got teeth late – it was great for the airlines since they have bicoastal grandparents we flew a lot. It was much easier to pull off under two when they only had four teeth at a year. Course that wouldn’t work today, but it did then! As I have watched Kate growing – the teeth are what make her growth the most obvious to me. They now look like tiny little chicklets on her ever-growing gums. The spaces are becoming further and further apart as the new teeth work their way down. It’s been a waiting game to see when she would lose her fourth tooth, afterall, she is eight.
Kate came in my room first thing in the morning – she was excited about the upcoming weekend. (Birthday Party and First Communion) As I looked at her I had to smile because her top front tooth wanted to come out so badly it was practically sideways. It was hanging on by who knows what. We chatted for a minute about the upcoming day and then I said “I can NOT believe that little tooth is still hanging on.” She smiled, and I looked at what I knew was nearing the end of her little girl smile and she said “yup.”
Ten minutes later she came up stairs with a bloody towel and a very proud smile. She had pulled her tooth and was giggling telling me it hurt and felt weird. It brought back those feelings of running your teeth through that gaping hole, the smooth gum and the ridges of the big tooth on it’s way in.
My New Smile!
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