Friday, February 5, 2010

Daddy's Not Gonna Like This

We got Madison's proofs from her birthday picture sitting.  Here are some of them... and there are about 40 more that are awesome too...

I love that they are not your typical studio pictures.  Madison's eyes are her most striking feature... don't you think?

The look of innocence

America's Next Top Model

And my absolute favorite one (that Amber released to me for the blog) is........


 I have a picture of Madison when she was 2 or 3 years old with a hat on just like this.  I think this is the most unique picture.   Amber Lanning is the artist behind these pictures.  You can check her out here.  Thank you for the treasures Amber!!! 

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Snow Days

We have had another 4 days of snow. Thank goodness it was over a weekend, so we only missed 2 days of school. Our last day at this point will be June 9th. I told the kids to get out and enjoy these days because it was eating up their summer vacation.  I'll show them these pics in June to remind them of why they are still in school.  They had a great day!

So sweet!!

Mason LOVES Madison......

Makenzie making snow angels

Snow Bunny

Snowball fight!!!

Angel Madison

Gotta catch them not fighting whenever you can

Teamwork :-)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blast from the Past

Today while watching dance practice, a group of girls danced a trio to the song, "We Are Siamese".  A friend of mine from high school and I were discussing what Disney movie the song was actually in.  Her 19 year old daughter was sitting there and told us it was from Lady and the Tramp.  Sounded reasonable but I knew that I remembered the song from my early childhood, long before Lady and the Tramp made its debut.   Good gosh I am old!  Anyway.... this is what I found.   

I HAD THIS ALBUM.  Talk about a Deja Vu!!  I think I wrote all over the cover (I destroyed everything by writing on it... I was not spanked nearly enough), but I would love to know if Mom still has it.  I know she has some of our old albums..  I wonder if this one survived?

So... Jordan, you were correct..  but Tracie.... you and I were really correct :-)

Happy DejaVu!!
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Teenager Alert!!!

Today we have a teenager in our house.  Madison Victoria... where has the time gone?  I cannot believe that you are 13 years old!

 This afternoon Madison had a photo session with Amber Lanning.  She was so sweet and had some great ideas for pictures.  It looked something like a model shoot.  Madison hammed it up like she does so well, and I cannot wait to see the pictures.  I don't know that her Daddy is gonna be as excited.  She looked more like a 17 year old than 13.  She is just beautiful!

  We went to Shogun tonight which is always Madison's birthday choice.  Nana joined us for dinner.  When we got home, I forced Madison to take these pics so I could post them.  They don't do justice to how darn cute she looked earlier.  When I get some of her other pics, I'll post them.

Some thoughts about Madison...
  • She started junior high this year.  She has all Pre-AP classes (we've always known she was smart), and she's learning how to organize her time to get all of her homework done.
  • She is still dancing, and is competing with her first solo this year.
  • She still loves to read.  Her newest craze is the Twilight series.  I wouldn't let her read Twilight when it first came out.  She finished the book this week and watched the movie last night.  She officially has her first crush on Robert Pattinson.  (I still remember mine........Shawn Cassidy)
  • She loves to perform on a stage.   Whether it is dance, drama, or choir... she loves to be on a stage.  Wonder where she gets that??
  • She has her daddy wrapped around her little finger.  He affectionately calls her Mad-Dog, and today when he saw her after she had gotten ready for her pictures... I think I detected a mist in his eye.  He softly told her that she looked beautiful.  I know that what he really wanted to do was send her to her room to take that makeup off and put a bow in her hair.  She'll always be Daddy's Little Girl.
  • She has a sarcastic sense of humor.  She cracks us up with her stories and jokes.  At times.... I think she has very blonde roots with some of her jokes.  

Madison, I love you and am so proud of the beautiful teenager you've blossomed into.    Now GO WASH THAT MAKEUP OFF AND GET A BOW IN YOUR HAIR!!!!!
Love, Mom

*****Last night Madison and 2 of her friends went to a local scrapbooking store for a "Teen Crop".  They had a blast.  This was her birthday party because she opted to go parasailing on our cruise in March.  More on that Spring Break!

Cookie Slices that said " Happy Birthday Madison"

                                                              Jenna and Madison

The finished creations..... decorated canvases

Madison and Sophie
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Snow Days

This past Sunday we woke up to a winter wonderland.  The weatherman said "dusting" so I guess this is the new definition of dusting. 
Church was cancelled on Sunday, and yesterday and today school has been cancelled.  Yes, two snow days after a 14 day Christmas break.  It's all fun and exciting until we are going to school in July.  I'll be sure and refer back to this when it is 100 degrees outside and we are headed to school. 

Stan and the kids built a snowman on Sunday.  I say snowman..... more like BambiMan.  Demented, I know.   Does anyone else have spare deer parts just laying around the garage??  Should I seek therapy for him??

Stay warm!!

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

The Sunday before Christmas we took a little family outing to The Picture People.  Here's the result.....   LOVE IT!   

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Friday, January 1, 2010

She's Back... at least for a moment!

Yes it's that time of year again when I make those New Year's Resolutions, but that's not why I am posting. I actually am decorating my foyer table with snowmen and remembered that last year I posted a pic of last year's creation

This year's is a little different.  It needs a larger picture, but this is the only winter pic I have and I love it.  I love pulling out old portraits of the kids.  I'll try to be better about posting and not doing it every 5 months... but no resolution this year :-)

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