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My kooky Gracie…

My daughter Gracie is a bit of a nut.

best JC Penney "back to school model" impersonation

best JC Penney “back to school model” impersonation

This is her best JC Penney “back to school model” impersonation.

and Jack plays in the leaves...

and Jack plays in the leaves…

…and Jack plays in the leaves.

Gracie turns 5 today. Yesterday we went to Maw Maw’s house to celebrate dear Gracie.

I love this house

I love this house

I love this house… I just think it’s beautiful.

Gracie loves to be the center of attention and really doesn’t know any other way. I love her for lots of reasons and today I realized that one of my favorites is that she actually tells us what she wants- none of the other children do that. She wanted “only bacon” for breakfast this morning, had her own version of 30 seconds to grab as many presents as she could at Target this morning (we put most of them back), and flat-out said “I just wish there were presents everyday” when all the gifts were opened and assembled. No guessing with this one, and it’s refreshing.

Forgive the gun, Jack found Daddy's old Transformer toys.

Forgive the gun, Jack found Daddy’s old Transformer toys.

Please forgive the gun in the photo, Jack found Brian’s old Transformer toys in the attic, and has commandeered them all for his own.

She loves cake and attention, and photo shoots. Luckily I used that to my advantage and tried to get Maw Maw’s assistance in grabbing an updated family photo.

Would have been pretty good if not for my "Dear" husband...

Would have been pretty good if not for my “Dear” husband…

I would have loved this one… except for my “dear” husband’s “playfulness”…

SxS best us

While Gracie and Jack’s expressions are crazy, it’s really who they are, so this one I think is fun.

SxS all us

This is probably the best one taken on the steps.

best family photo?

best family photo?

Then she decided to take one under the tree… I think (with the exception of Gracie’s fake smile) this one is my favorite.

I love this shot I got of the “big girls”

SxS girls the look

because this is the “look” they give each other all the time.

We ended the evening with an impromptu trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore Inner Harbor

SxS Inner Harbor

We took a walk and grabbed some sushi. It was a wonderful and not too frequent family event that did not end in tears for anyone or fighting of any sort and I absolutely soaked in every moment. It was one of those times as a parent you think maybe you’re doing something right.

Happy 5th Birthday Gracie- I love you!

Which picture do you like? I need to update the one on the contact page- the one with the most votes wins.

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  • Reply
    Alex O
    November 4 at 6:49 AM

    I like the one with Brian making a funny face! That’s my vote.

    • Reply
      November 4 at 3:27 PM

      Maybe that makes the most sense… he is a bit of a goof.

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    November 4 at 3:12 PM

    I love the one under the tree. Gracie looks like she is a lot of fun – just like her Mama! Happy Birthday Gracie!!

    • Reply
      November 4 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks! I think that’s probably my favorite too.

  • Reply
    November 4 at 9:28 PM

    All of the pictures are so great but I really like the one under the tree. xo

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