Thursday, June 23, 2011

banner over me is LOVE...

Years ago my mom made birthday banners for my sister(s) for one of my nieces or nephews birthday parties.
It's something I've wanted her to make for our household for quite some time,
and this year, we were given oodles of banner to adorn our celebrations.
Prior to making them, I asked my mom to hodge-podge scrap fabric together...
I didn't care if it matched or coordinated, I just wanted some of the pieces to have meaning.
I asked her to ask my grandma if she had an old shirt of my late grandfather's that we could use for this project (the beloved patriarch of our family).
I was more than smitten with the results.
This piece of fabric above is from my Gramps' pajamas.
And this one above is from one of my Grandma's dresses
(i have memories of Gram wearing this very dress).
On Brooke's very first birthday my Mom made her a dress.
This scrap piece above is a remnant of this dress.
(Believe me? Take a peek below)
(birthday girl brooke)
As is much of what my Mom creates,
these banners are dear to me.
You cannot help but want to celebrate LIFE and celebrate LOVE
when they hang above.
Thank you Mama Jo
for all you create
and sew (sow) into our little world.

"God is God, he has bathed us in light. Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar! You're my God, and I thank you. O my God, I lift high your praise. Thank God—he's so good. His love never quits!"
~Psalm 118:25-27

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Live. Love. Dance.

A week and a half ago Brookie had her first dance recital with "Gotta Dance" studio. She performed in 2 numbers (ballet and jazz) in two recitals. They allowed parents to record the performances during the dress rehearsal. The vimeo below is just that (it took me a minute to locate her for the first number, so bear with the moving camera :)
After watching her cousin Natalie perform in a dance recital in May, Brooke has been geared up and ready for her own dance recital.
Grammy Jo came into town for the first recital.
Backstage dancing divas
Mommy and Daddy were so proud.
Brooke performed in both numbers with her BFF Kaitlyn.
Both girls did great. If you look closely, you can see Kaitlyn in the vimeo as well. (This was my first time watching the performance. It was hard enough for me to locate my own daughter, but you can spot Kaitlyn in both numbers... She's a couple of girls over from Brooke).
Grandpa and Grandma came to both of her shows.
And we had many other friends come watch too
(not all pictured here)
the girls were showered with flowers after the 1st show
and ready to do it all again a couple of days later

Auntie Em and Natalie came to the last recital
[and we all went to the Taylor Swift concert later that evening (check previous post)...I told you I would be posting in reverse!] What a busy week we had!
Overall, she had a great year of dance.
We loved this new studio and are getting ready to sign her up for a couple more summer classes.
Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support Brooke.
This means a lot to her (and to her mama).
Livin' out this year's theme:
Live. Love. Dance.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

daddy's love

today is father's day.
this picture was taken earlier this week, with no intention of posting it...
but this morning, as the household slumbers away,
my heart is drawn to its tenderness.
a window shedding light onto the role of daddy.
darcy's has more late nights than not and there are times that as i am tucking the kids into their beds, a few tears will be shed out of missing him and pure tiredness. the beginning of this week, this was brooke. she begged me to tell daddy to rock her when he came home from work, so we left him a note. and that's just what he did. he took his 6 year old little girl into his arms and gave her just what she needed...daddy's love.
the role of a father cannot be measured.
it's marking engraves the tender heart.
thankful today for the man my kids call daddy.
happy father's day.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

First and Last...

Here's a quick glimpse of our first and last days of school.
It's been a great year (and we survived!)
(waiting for the school bus in the morning)

(just got off the school bus and arrived to school)

(started as a kindergartener...ended as a 1st grader)

(began as a 2nd grader...finished as a 3rd grader)

(coming home from school)

And here's a little extra to make you chuckle.
Darcy took this picture today, during the frantic "quick the bus is about to come" moments of the morning. As he is about to take the picture, the bus pulled up. Brayden and Brooke were so concerned about missing the bus that they could hardly stand it. If you look closely, you can see the camera strap flailing in the bottom of the photo as Darcy rushes to snap the pic...
and the kids faces say it all!
I'm still giggling now.
Summer is here!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our little Graduate

This vimeo is primarily for family (it's a tad long)...but a condensed version of Brooke's graduation celebration. It was bittersweet and I had many "teary mommy moments" along the way. Mommy definitely proud. Heartstrings definitely pulled.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

And this is how she rolls...

I have a couple of milestone posts to write about, but sometimes in the midst of these events, I can't help but stop to share some of "everyday life" moments...
Like Berlyn yesterday...
prancing around the house with
(as daddy says) her "coin slot" hanging out.
No care in the world.
Or this morning...
she kept telling me she is "wet, wet!"
and wants her diaper changed,
so I lay her down to change her,
and make a few surprising discoveries of my own.
Toy scissors and a flashlight from her Animal Hospital
found their way down inside each leg of her pj's...
lovin' the giggle and surprise that these kids bring to my everyday.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Taylor Swift Concert

We have been so busy this past week with kindergarten graduation, afterschool picnics, end of year activities, dance dress rehearsals and recitals, a concert, and family in town (and a stomach virus in the midst of it all!).
I guess I will work my way backwards (more posts to come regarding these other events)...
but for now, let's focus on what we did on Saturday night.
We saw TAYLOR SWIFT in concert!!!!
My sister's family and I took the kids to see Taylor on her Speak Now tour.
We had no idea it would take us almost 2.5 hours to get to FORD Field!
The traffic was absolutely insane
(the last 5 miles or so before getting there took us the longest)
I couldn't have been happier to see that FORD Field sign.
We pretty much missed the entire opening acts
(came in on NEED to BREATHE's last song).
But we made it!
And we didn't miss Taylor's debut
The girls were so excited for the concert to start.
The crowd was full of energy, doing the wave and chanting for Taylor to come on stage.
Here are 2 of the (approximately 50,000) screaming fans!
I don't think Brookie knew quite what to expect.
And then the show began with a bang!
Overall, I was really impressed with her show...
the lights and stage were enchanting and ballroom-esque
and Taylor Swift was on fire, whipping her hair about left and right,
and working the crowd and the stage like a real rockstar.
She was cute and tasteful.
Brooke was clapping and singing along,
at one time standing on her chair and throwing her arms around my neck in happiness.
Everyone was having a good time!
Even in the nosebleed section
(yes, one row from the tippy top)
we were living it up!
They don't allow professional cameras in the arena, but I did bring our other camera and zoomed in for a few shots throughout the show, (which is why they are a bit blurry)
And this collage below is actually photos I took of the jumbo-tron screen :)

About 2/3 of the way into the show, my little
girl just couldn't stay awake any longer.
She had a dance recital earlier that day and a full week prior to that...
she was sound asleep amidst thousands of screaming fans and fireworks booming.
And once in the car, her cousin Natalie quickly joined her
It was an "enchanting" evening...
one we will never forget.