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Trying on hats at the Ren May 18, 2010

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Last weekend we went to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. We had a great time.

Here we are trying on hats.

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Lydia the ballerina May 13, 2010

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During a recent trip to Beck’s house, Lydia had a spontaneous burst of dancing. Never mind that there was no music; that didn’t stop her.

But not to be outdone, Timothy joined in on the fun, too.

Happy Birthday, Benjamin! May 11, 2010

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Just eleven short years ago, our first baby boy was born. My how time flies!

It’s a boy! Well it will be in September May 6, 2010

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Today was our 20 week ultrasound.  All looks pretty good.  The heart and other organs were all present and functioning.  Baby is growing well (2 days ahead of previous due date, just like the others).  We hadn’t firmly decided whether to find out what this one would be or not, but when the tech put the wand on my belly, she immediately said, “Well, I know what it is…”  Just like Timothy, this baby had no interest in giving us a glimpse of his face, just repeated clear shots of his legs, cute little buns, and what was between.

Mother Bird May 5, 2010

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Yesterday Rachel discovered 2 baby sparrows that had fallen out of their nest right by our porch.  It surprised me that the fall didn’t kill them, and though I tried to gently dissuade her, she insists on mothering them.  She has them in a box lined with toilet paper.  She has already shed many tears over them, concerned they are cold or hungry or Coco will get them or want light so they aren’t scared…

Bless her, those babies are so ugly.  Nearly bald and flailing around with a little gray fuzz and the biggest mouths I’ve ever seen.  It’s like they have grown-up beaks they have to grow into.  She has been digging up worms for them and trying to put the pieces down their throats.  The parent birds (swallows I think) have been flying around nearby but have yet to come to the box she has them in.  I helped her look up info on them and it says they are “aerial insectivores.”  She’s having a hard enough time digging up enough worms (forget catching flies!) and the fact that they open their mouths and cry every time she comes near is causing her anxiety.