Thursday, May 26, 2011

To my Georgia, on her 4th Birthday

Oh my dear, my Georgie-Girl, you have no idea how much I love you.  You add your own unique sparkle to our family, with your curly hair, bright blue eyes, and endless giggles (and whines).  I can't imagine us without you.  You have a larger-then-life personality and bring so much to our family.  You are a bewitching little imp of a girl, all highs and lows, flares and simmers.  People are simply captivated by you and have been since you were just an itty bitty thing.  They're drawn to you, never knowing whether their hand will be bitten or kissed.  Remember never to take advantage of them, Georgia.  Give them a reason to love you.  You are fiercely loyal and endlessly loving to your friends and family.  While you might give the cold shoulder to strangers, you give so much love with endless kisses and cuddles to those you love.  Auntie Stephie, who is possibly your favorite person e.v.e.r. (shhh! don't tell MiMi ;) can attest to that!  Having a brother 19 months older then you and a sister 17 months younger has some advantages, and one of those is your incredible closeness to them.  They are your best friends and I hope that never changes.

You are so much fun, Little Miss.  You love all things pink and sparkly (of course) but most things rough-and-tumble too.  You have zero issue with playing in the mud in your high heels and tiara.  I love that about you.  You were born to break stereotypes (just like the one that girls are easier to potty-train then boys.  You blew that one out of the water :P).  You've finally started getting into pretending you're a mommy and playing house.  I think it's something that being around Scarlett has taught you since it comes so naturally to her.  I love to see the two of you being Mommies together.  Georgia, you ADORE dancing and singing and would do it all day, everyday if you could.  You're even constantly trying to dance in the aisle during the hymns at church. You love to sing along to Lover, Lover by Jerrod Niemann, Lesley Gore's Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows, Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus (you call it the Butterfly Song), Justin Bieber's Baby (I swear I had nothing to do with it.  You starting liking that one all on your own), Simon and Garfunkel's Cecilia, and Golden by Mika.  You are very into princesses (what little girl isn't, really?), with your current fave being The Little Mermaid.  I hope you'll never grow out of the knowledge that you are truly a heavenly princess, a daughter of the celestial king.

Out of all of my children, you, Georgia, my Georgia, are the most like me.  You talk like me, fight like me, and think like me (note the talking one is in expression only, since your natural smoker's voice is all your own ;).  If it was possible for a mama to have a not-so-little piece of herself walking around in the big ol' world all on her own, you would be it, Georgia Me.  I worry about the day you realize our similarities and start rebelling against them, as daughters are prone to do.  As much as the thought breaks my heart, you wouldn't be you if you didn't have that mile-wide defiant streak and struck out on your own in the world.  Remember, my Georgia, being stubborn and defiant is a good thing, if you are stubborn and defiant for the right things.  It's what Grandad always told me and I'm telling you.

We love you, Georgie Porgie, Puddin' and Pie!  The mere thought of you makes me smile.  You add sparkle wherever you go and we're so darn happy you're in our family!  Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl!

Here's to you, Darlin'...

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Gambler

I have gobs and gobs of catching up to do, both in posting and reading all y'all's posts.  Sorry for the hiatus, but an unexpected funeral (I guess they all are, aren't they?) in Southern Idaho followed by moving into our brand new (to's actually 45 years old) house does that to a nine month pregnant girl, doesn't it?  In the meantime, however, here's some random thoughts to keep you company.

So, I was driving home from errands today and The Gambler by Kenny Rogers came on the radio (first off, how random is that?  You just don't hear old country songs like that anymore).  Immediately, I thought of my dad.  Throughout my childhood, and even now, my dad will repeat The Gambler's lyrics like a poem just for the heck of it.  It's wouldn't think that children would be enamored with lyrics about a hard-living, smoking, whiskey-drinking old gambler, but we always were.  Today, when the song came on, I told Ezra (one of my dad's particularly faithful followers) about how Grandad loves this song and watched him as he tried to follow the grown-up lyrics with his little boy look of deep concentration.  There was something very Full Circle about it, if you know what I mean.  I love the little moments like that one...the moments where you realize that being a parent is teaching your child to love something you love, something that someone you love loves too.  Cliche as it may sound, it just makes everything so worth it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

When the Cat's Away the Mice Play

Sorry for the extraordinarily long delay in blog posts, but to say I've been busy this month is practically the understatement of the year.  I figured I best do a post now while I have half a minute, or else the opportunity would be missed altogether for another couple of weeks as I'm heading out to Idaho for my much-missed Grandmother's funeral on Tuesday.  As soon as I get home (literally, that same day), we'll begin the much-anticipated move over to The Big House.  Goodness, I don't remember a 3rd trimester being this busy since...well...Scarlett's.

Before I begin my usual uber-post, however, I'd like to show y'all a little ditty I found early this morning on one of my favorite blogs, Cardigan Empire (thanks Heather!).  Enjoy!

Girls With Glasses from Brooke White on Vimeo.

And now back to our regularly scheduled blog post...

A bit ago (the entire last month is a blurry haze, so excuse my lack of date details), I had the super-fun chance to head up to my sister, Stephanie's house in the greater Chicago area for something of a Girls Weekend (my very first ever non-kid trip since Ezra was a mere babe).  My other sister, Liberty, was there for it (although she, lucky girl, got to stay for a full 11 days!), along with my mom and (briefly) her two twin sisters.  I don't have any photographic proof, however, since I left my camera with Spencer and the kids, although if one of said lovely ladies wants to send me some of theirs, I wouldn't complain any *hint, hint, wink, wink*. to Northwestern Indiana I went while Spence watched the miniature mob and played housewife.  The entire trip was a frenzy of laughter, shopping ($7 embellished tees at Banana Republic!), fattening foods, and two separate trips to a small local candy factory to re-stock up on sugar.  Thank heavens for sisters.

While I was off gallivanting with the girls, Spencer, luckily, lived up to his reputation as uber-dad (I left the camera with him for a reason ;).  Here's a few of the things they got up to sans-mommy:

(note: I can't be held accountable for any outfits and/or hairstyles applied to my offspring during my absence (especially the fact that Georgia is wearing the exact. same. dress. in every joke).  In fact, I'm not sure it's such a great thing to have photgraphic proof of unapproved outfits out there on the vast World Wide Web, but c'est la vie.)

Fireman Scarlett

Ezra with his long-lost twin brother

I'm not sure why Spence took these next pictures, but he had fifty bazillion of them, so I'm assuming it must've been for a valid reason.  I suspect it was to show off Union Station's cool ceiling.

The water table was a big hit with all three 

The Crown Center

Everybody with me now...
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Root Beer Floats

 Apparently, even Daddy isn't immune to the occasional

(What does it say about the mischief-maker in question when he basically signs his name to his work?)

Camping at Clinton Lake

My fashion statement of a daughter
(in case you're curious, she finishes off the ensemble with jeans, striped socks, and sandals)

Talkin' to Mom.  How sweet is that?
(I love how Ezra is still attempting to match, even when I'm not around to help.  That's my boy :)

Breakfast of champions
(for the record, they basically rejected the eggs soon after this picture was taken.  shocker, I know)

I was going to post Easter pictures too, but I'm, frankly, exhausted and I don't even want to think about what I have to do to get ready to leave for Idaho on Tuesday morning.  Not to mention this post has turned ginormous on me.  That's what happens, though, when you have an uber-husband like I do.

I love you, Honey.  Thanks for being such an amazing father to my children...even if you do let Georgia wear the same dress three days out of five.  The mere fact you attempted to do the girls' hair everyday more then makes up for it.  love you.