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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Conversations With My Daughter: The Random Edition

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October 13
Lily (sobbing): But I can cry as much as I want. It says so in the Bible!

October 15
Lily was fighting bedtime and kept coming out of her room for one thing or another. Because she kept coming out Andrew said he would not tuck her into bed...again. So she came out one last time and stood in her open doorway.
Lily: Daddy, you're just being mean. You're being rude. And that's why I'm going to bed! (she reentered her bedroom and slammed the door behind her) Mission accomplished!

December 10
Lily: Thank you Reuben!
Mom: What did he do?
Lily: He brought his shoes inside and the umbrella. That's very responsible!

December 17
Lily (sleepily waking up from her nap): Mom don't interrupt when I'm thinking of pancakes.

December 24
Lily (looking through a magazine): Well my oh me! That is so neat!

December 24
Lily (looking at the bug bites on Reuben's legs): Wow this kid is all damaged up!

December 25
Lily (looking at a picture of herself): I was a cute little thing when I was a baby.

December 26
Lily (playing outside in Reuben's Christmas present): We have so much fun on this thing. In fact, that's the right thing to do, get us a wagon!

January 8
Lily: Mom! You turned off the light in your room while I was still in there. That will cause destruction.

January 14
Lily: Mom do you remember when we watched the flamingo show? There was a crowd of flamingos and then some flamingos died and I cried? And then we were looking down at the flamingos and they didn't look like flamingos and they covered the whole city." She sighs and says to herself "good times."

January 17
Lily (in the car): Church was splendid today.

January 18
Mom: Come on Reuben!
Lily: No time for dilly dallin'!

January 20
Lily (showing me her jumping off a box skills): Am I a natural?

January 20
Lily (telling her Aunt Holly about her new baby brother): I thought we were having a girl, but my mistake, its a boy!

January 21
Lily: I have plenty of energy. Sleep gives you energy. I got plenty this morning. I don't need any more. (laughs) So Mom, can I not take a nap today after lunch so I can play Candy Crush?

January 21
Lily (watching her dad put a drop of something into Reuben's sippy cup): Dad I don't think that's appropriate for children.

January 23
Lily (looking out the window at the waves on the lake as we drove by): I really love the crumbly ocean.

January 29
Lily: Dad, I think you're great. We should keep you.

January 31
Lily (watching her brother color with a dark blue crayon): Reuben! That's overwhelming the pink!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Reuben: He's not a fan of any kind of animal. So when his sister caught a toad he was happy to look at it in the jar...for about a minute.
Lily: On the other hand, Lily is a friend to animals, both big and small. She caught this little guy who promptly attached himself to her finger. She didn't bat an eye but told me that "it didn't hurt because their mouths are too small and it takes too long to chomp down real hard."

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Strawberry Festival

I've been wanting to go to the annual Strawberry Festival held in Plant City, Florida for years but for some reason or another (school, work, etc.) have never been able to make it. Basically its a big fair with carnival rides, greasy (and yummy!) fair food, musical performances and agriculture, livestock and art exhibits. Oh and lots of vendor and arts booths. I mean buildings upon buildings full of them. If you've ever wanted to change your cell phone plan, add to your fridge magnet collection and purchase a jacuzzi all in the same place, I can tell you where to go.

So last Friday we all hopped in the SUV and drove to the fair. This was the 80th year of the festival and a half a million people came from around the state and the country to join in the celebration of that wonderful little red fruit called the strawberry. Strawberries are a big deal around here this time of year and the festival did not disappoint in that regard. There was every kind of strawberry food item imaginable and I wanted them all. Lily wanted to ride the ferris wheel so badly and was begging to from the moment we parked the car and she could see it out her window. So we meandered that way fairly certain it was going to cost an arm and a leg but willing to at least check if it was doable. Yeah, no. It would cost $15 for both kids and Daddy to ride once. So we convinced Lily that it wasn't a great deal and that there were other things we could do like get strawberry ice cream and see animals! She was cool with that and off we went. The kids sat on tractors, checked out the animals (there were chickens, rabbits and cows), met Mr. Berry the Strawberry Festival mascot, saw a magic show (which we all loved!) and generally ran around taking in all the sights and smells as much as they could. There were a lot of people there. It was a little overwhelming at times. Lots of food choices when it came to lunch and I don't do well when I have too many choices. I ended up going with a Greek gyro and the kids had corn dogs. There weren't any gluten-free options but luckily Andrew had brought along a ton of snacks so we walked back to the car so he could have something.

I don't know that we'll go again but it was nice to finally see what the festival is all about. I much prefer a small, local county fair where you're able to touch and hold the animals and talk to the farmers, ride the occasional ride because it doesn't cost too much, walk through exhibit halls full of award winning homemade pies and kids' 4H projects and run into people you know. Kind of like the fair in my hometown in Maine. But then of course I'm always looking for any opportunity to go back to Maine.

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Monday, March 09, 2015


A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Lily and Reuben: We took the kids to the annual Florida Strawberry Festival last week. We introduced them to yummy fair food of which they decided it was best to share. Not a sight you see too often.

Monday, March 02, 2015


A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Reuben: He absolutely adores water and will beg to play outside when it rains. Yes we are those parents that let our children run around almost naked in the rain. I make no apologies.
Lily: She heard me talking to Andrew on the phone and wanted to talk to Daddy. She is a great phone conversationalist.