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Monthly Archives: June 2008


We just got back from a fun weekend at Dollywood!  First stop – Grandpa Bob (in the green car with Parker) and Daddy (in the yellow car with Torin) folded their 6’3″ frames into magical contortions to fit into the kiddie roller coaster.

Grandpa Bob needed something with a little more leg room after that, so the kids agreed to ride the Scrambler with him.  It turned out to be the biggest hit of the day!

Nana and Torin braved the swings while I stayed comfortably on the ground.

I don’t know who this guy is, but we’ll pose with anyone in costume.

Having been to Disney twice now, Torin is a professional when it comes to taking photos with the characters.  (If you’re going to Dollywood, Torin highly recommends the Veggie Tales show.)

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Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Today is Dave’s birthday.  I won’t reveal how old he is (but it rhymes with snorty-fun).  You can see from the picture that he had plenty of help blowing out the candles on his birthday cinnamon roll!

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Torin’s new ride.

Torin got a new bike this week, which means that I’m now going to be one of those mothers who screams at passing cars to “SLOOOOOW DOOOWN!!!!”  Torin loves riding her bike, and Parker loves running along beside her.  (I wonder how long that will last…)

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Todd demands equal time.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Kristen and Dionne, Torin’s American Girl dolls, so Parker wanted to show off his doll, too.  His doll is named Todd (huge coincidence - my cousin, Todd, helped Parker pick out the name when we were all together last Christmas.)  While Kristen tends to be pampered, Todd lives a pretty rough life.  He spends many cold nights face down at the bottom of the toy box (Kristen, on the other hand, has a prime spot in the middle of Torin’s queen size bed).  I don’t want Todd to think that I’m playing favorites, so please allow me to introduce you to him:

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We decorated the sidewalks this morning.  Hopefully our neighbors will love it!

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One more from Chicago.

There’s one more cute picture from our Chicago trip that I want to show.  Here’s Torin doing a little early Christmas shopping.  She found something that she really liked:

Can you tell which store she’s admiring?  Take a closer look:

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