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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Feeling Happy and Nostalgic


I was just looking through some photos online and ran across this one. Makes me think about how fast time seems to be going back, and reminded me of Emma at age four and how much I loved that age. This was taken at an Easter Egg for all the Supper Club kids in Lesli's back yard. She's with her first "boyfriend" Mason. They met when we first moved to Athens and were friends from then on, but many times Mason's parents and I would joke about how they acted just like an "old married couple". Mason who pick on Emma all the time and she would overreact and then they would make up and keep playing together. I will never forget the time at Supper Club when a few of us went to check on how the kids were doing playing. We walked in right in the middle of Mason delivering a babydoll from under Emma's sundress. Maybe we should have been "worried" but they were just playing house and this was just part of having a baby.

Right in time for the Fourth of July, here's another favorite photo of mine. Emma in her Stars and Stripes dress on the back porch on our first July 4th in Athens in 2001 when she was 21 months old. The only way to tame her curly hair was with little ribbon clips you can see in the photo. She was so cute at this age too! Maybe all this nostalgia is because Emma is away at camp -- I don't know -- it is just neat to look at older photos and remember those times and see how Emma has changed and grown. So for a comparison to the present -- here's a photo of Emma I took just last week on our visit to the Breakers in Newport.

We had a lovely visit to Newport with Mom and Jim last Saturday. I've been to the Breakers many times, but they have a new audio tour and have opened up some behind the scenes things like closets (okay, maybe I am the only one who is interested in how clothes of the rich were stored in 1895). I particularly enjoyed watching Emma enjoy learning about the life of the family and their kids in the house and the staff and their families too.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Taking Emma to camp


Here's Emma outside her cabin at Chimney Corners Camp. This is her second year at camp and she is still a Junior, but this year she is in the cabin "Noah's Ark". She wasn't nervous at all and in fact she asked us to leave at 2 when we could have stayed until 3. We arrived right at 1pm which was the earliest we could arrive. She was really excited because her assistant counselor was someone she knew from last year who had worked with her cabin as an Aide. She had mentioned Catie in the car and was hoping that she would be her assistant counselor!


We took Mom along to take Emma to camp. She hadn't been there since she took Kate and I took camp there over 30 years ago. She said it didn't look all that different.

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Emma's counselor offered to take a photo of all of us together so here we are! This year it was so much easier to leave her there now that I know what to expect and I know she had a great time last year. I am looking forward to Mom's weekend and getting a chance to go to camp myself for a couple of days and sharing what Emma's been learning and doing.

If you want to send a letter to Emma at camp here is her address:

Chimney Corners Camp
Noah's Ark / Junior Unit
748 Hamilton Rd.
Becket, MA 01223

She will be there until July 25th.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Last Day of Third Grade


I meant to finish this post and publish it last week, but instead I got involved in getting Emma ready for camp and enjoying my Mom's visit. So, here are the photos of their ice cream social to mark the end of third grade. Emma invited Ally and Katie to come over and play after school and they had a great time doing what nine year old girls do and being a little extra hyper since it was the beginning of the Summer. They have been in the same class for the last two years, but who knows what will happen next year at their new 4th and 5th grade school where they will be combined with the 3rd graders from the other two K-3 schools in town.

Being Nine

Katie, Emma and Ally on the last day of third grade

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I was organizing photos on my computer when I ran across this scanned photo of me at age nine playing the Piano. It's the same piano that sits in our living room now. I am about the same age as Emma is now so I thought that was neat. I can remember being age 9 and 10 and fourth grade really well so it's natural for me to compare my experience with Emma's now. She will be in fourth grade in the Fall. For comparison I posted the photo of Emma from this past Memorial Day.

As I type this I can hear the sound of girls playing in our finished basement. Emma had her two best friends over for a beginning of Summer sleep-over. They just finished watching the movie "Matilda" all curled up on the couch together under the polartec blanket in their PJs. Looked like so much fun and I didn't want to spoil the moment for them by taking photos. Last night they ate pizza, ice cream and watched episodes of Little House on the Praire -- the TV show from the 70s -- while they all piled on the blow-up mattresses down in the Basement room.

My best friend in third grade was Heather from around the corner and I remember sleepovers at her house and being annoyed by her brother who always wanted his GI Joe to rescue our Barbies. Just like Emma, we played pretend all the time, we were in to Elizabethan England and made costumes and head dresses. Emma and her friends are more into "old fashioned school" (think Little House of the Praire). They pretend their bikes are horses and tie jump ropes on them for reigns.

This is a great age -- I hope they stay "innocent" for as long as possible.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Third Grade Send-off

Here's a short clip of Emma singing her solo at the Primrose Hill School 3rd grade send-off. She did a fabulous job -- of course I am not biased at all. The whole event was neat. The 4th and 5th graders go to a different school in Barrington so this event was a farewell for the 3rd graders. The recorder club played, the 3 different chimes groups played --- all of them were terrific and looked like they were having fun playing the chimes. Recorder and Chimes are clubs that meeting in the morning before school. The chorus is the entire 3rd grade and they did 4 songs. Three were up beat with recorded music and one with choreography. The one Emma had a solo in was from the muscial "Wicked" which I still need to see! -- I think it was called "For a Reason"?? It was about people coming into our lives for a reason so was appropriate for the occasion. After the musical performances there was a slideshow put together by Emma's teacher Mrs. Provost and was a slideshow of highlights from the year set to music. It was great too and what's more important -- the kids loved it and the parents got to see photos from all the various field trips and events we don't get to see first hand. Lastly the kids all went up and received a "Certificate of Achievement" from their teacher and the principal as their names were called. I had the random thought during this event that in 9 years we would all be sitting at High School graduation, and that it has been 9 years since Emma entered our lives as our precious baby! Time goes so fast!

So enjoy and have a great (in our case rainy) weekend.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Hi Dad,
Since I was too late to get a paper card in the mail form Father's Day I decided to make one for you and post it on my blog. In case don't already know we all love you very much and think you are a terrific Dad and Grandpa. Thanks for all the love, hugs, shoulders to cry on, advice, humor, yummy food, wine, swimming pools, champagne, vacations, education, talks, etc.......

Love you,