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Snow Day #9.

Today’s snow day pictures are brought to you by the iPhone.  It’s actually got a pretty decent little camera inside of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer my Canon 5DM2 with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, but sometimes I just don’t want to lug that heavy thing around.  The kids and I went downtown today.  Torin is doing a biography report on Annie Oakley, and she needed a hat for her presentation.  This first picture cracks me up.  It was taken totally by accident as I was sliding the phone in my pocket.  In this shot, I am lecturing the kids on sticking together, listening to my voice, holding hands when we cross the street, and not making any inappropriate comments (like pointing and yelling “Hey, look at that guy!”) when we walk past any homeless men.  Even though it was taken by accident, I love that the pink chewing gum is off-center but still in focus… I’m all about capturing the details.

Mission accomplished.  I think the hat is more “Terri Clark” than “Annie Oakley,” but it’ll work!

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Snow Day #8.

We got another couple of inches of snow last night, which brings us to snow day #8 for the year.  I’m actually happy about this one, because I probably would’ve kept both kids home today anyway.  They both smell like walking jars of Vicks.  One kid was up at 3 a.m. coughing like a loud seal, and the other was up at 5 a.m. in a frantic search for the Afrin.  Due to all of the coughing/sneezing/blowing, I announced that they would not be playing outside in the snow today.  This decision was not very well received by a certain 6-year-old boy.

So I did the next best thing.  I brought the snow inside.

They made snowmen, igloos, and ice castles while pretending to be out in the cold.

The only thing they didn’t try was snow angels on the hardwood floor. (Probably wouldn’t have worked anyway.)

The best part was not having to mess with wet boots and clothes when it was all over!

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Age EIGHT!!!

Today is the official day!  When I look back over these pictures of Torin with her birthday cakes, it reminds me of how far we’ve come.  For those of you who don’t know, she was diagnosed as “failure to thrive” shortly after her first birthday, which qualified her for occupational therapy and speech/feeding therapy for a full year.  (Before that, I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing as “feeding therapy.”)  When most babies were eating solid foods, Torin was busy gagging on strained pears, applesauce, and anything else that we tried to spoon into her mouth.  She would not swallow anything other than milk or Pediasure.  It was a very, very stressful time for us (and keep in mind that when she was 17 months old, I gave birth to Parker… yeah, I was a hormonal wreck).  Fortunately, thanks to lots of prayers and wonderful therapists, she managed to outgrow the gagging response.  I can remember the very first thing she actually reached for and ate voluntarily - it was a big fat orange Cheeto – and I cried.  :)

You can see in these pictures that she got very stressed out when she saw her first birthday cake (which she did not eat).  For her 2nd birthday, she is actually pushing the cake AWAY from her (while my mother tried unsuccesfully to feed her).  By the third birthday, praise the Lord, she actually ate her cupcake, and it’s been pretty smooth sailing since then!

We celebrated Torin’s 8th birthday a few weeks early with a swimming party at the Opryland Hotel and a big Krispy Kreme cake!  Happy Birthday, Torin!

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Time with our favorite toddler.

Sabrina came over for a few minutes the other night.  When I went up to the playroom with her and the kids, I had no intentions of grabbing my camera.  However, the wispy hair, the baby teeth, and the sticky fingers sucked me in. 

Really.  Could you resist taking a picture of these eyelashes?  I don’t think so.

She had a contest with Parker to see who could fit the most goldfish in their mouth at one time.

Parker was a little rusty at that game, and Sabrina totally whooped him.

“Hold on a second, Torin, I just need to check my latest bid on eBay…”

Smooches!  We love having her visit!

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