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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lucky dog (Lucky people).

Ten years ago, we adopted Daisy.


Daisy - Ten years ago.

Daisy then.

Daisy now.

Daisy - Today

When Daisy first became a part of our family, I made up a song about her.

(Everybody sing!)

Daisy, Daisy
Little Daisy Dog,
So sweet and nice and wonderful
What a dog you are!

(For more of Daisy's adventures, click here.)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Last vestiges of summer vacation.

Carnegie Science Center.

With the first day of school just hours away, now is a good time to look back on some of the fun we had this summer.

Once again, we spent a bit of time biking along the North Shore on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. This a great way to see many of the major sites of the city, including the Carnegie Science Center.

Heinz Field.

And Heinz Field where the Steelers play.

Pittsburgh skyline from the North Shore.

And the skyline (Yes, I waved to all the poor suckers who were stuck working inside those buildings on that gorgeous day.).

USS Requin.

Our new routine this year included taking a packed lunch and eating next to the USS Requin submarine outside of the science center.

Captain Mark.

We also went kayaking again.

Lauren paddlin' hard.

This year, Lauren got her very own paddle. She was workin' it!

Me steering the kayak.

Me? I continue to steer us on course. Sort of.

First salon visit.

Lauren also had her very first (of many future) salon visit. I've been cutting her hair myself since she was born, so I thought it was about time she had a professional stylist have at it.

Westmoreland County Fair 2010:  Games tents.

Lastly, we took our annual pilgrimage to the Westmoreland County Fair. These festively colored tents house the people who steal your money under the guise of offering tremendous prizes.

Westmoreland County Fair 2010:  Face paintin'.

There is no escape when there is face painting to be had. There's another five dollars that will go to waste once Lauren cries it all off when she doesn't get a prize from the scheisters in the festively colored tents.

Westmoreland County Fair 2010:  Lauren + Lauren

Once again, we were accompanied by our friends, Mr. Scott, Ms. Beth and the Other Lauren. Can you tell which Lauren is which? Now that they have their faces painted, I wonder where they're off too...

Westmoreland County Fair 2010:  Lucky ducks.

Of course. The duck pond.

Westmoreland County Fair 2010:  Pilot to co-pilot.

We hesitantly allowed the girls to partake of the rides. You never know exactly how safe they are, and in fact, we saw one operator trying to fix a ride by banging on it with a hammer! Not to mention that you had to pay extra admission in order to ride, but we decided to play dumb about it. And it worked - a couple of the operators actually let them ride!

Westmoreland County Fair 2010:  Bomber plane ride.

Take that scheisters!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kindergarten here we come.

Lauren's desk.

Much of the month of August has been spent preparing for Lauren's very first first day of school. On Friday, we attended an open house at her school, where we toured her classroom and met her teacher, Mrs. Franz.


Check out the laptop to the right of the photo. There were five of them. They sure didn't have those when I went to kindergarten. However, there was a really cool table where you could string wooden beads together.

Mrs. Franz's classroom.

The classrooms all had a "Team" theme and were decorated with sports related cut outs. Didn't Mrs. Franz do a great job? You couldn't rest your eye anywhere in the classroom without learning something.

Oh so many books!

Check out all the books and supplies (There were much, much more - I couldn't fit them all in the picture!). Um, can I please go to kindergarten too?

Circle time spot.

Here's the circle time / reading corner. "Robust"? I think I learned that word in 7th grade.

Lauren's locker.

And lastly, here's Lauren proudly standing next to her very own locker.

More about Lauren's kindergarten adventure when she starts school on Monday. Next post - we wrap up summer!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Reunited and it feels so good.


Some of you long time blog readers may remember that Lauren had quite a fixation with Toy Story when she was around two years old.

Posing with Buzz

Okay, Buzz Lightyear in particular.

So when Toy Story 3 came out, we just had to go see it together.

Lauren and Daddy acting out Toy Story style adventures.

And wouldn't you know it? Afterward, Lauren invited some old friends out to play.

Reunited and it feels so good.

It was just like old times.

(Side note: I think I must be losing it, because the ending of Toy Story 3 had me bauling. Those Pixar peeps really know how to pull at the heartstrings. Plus, that Bonnie was just too adorable. I want a Bonnie!)

This weekend, we spent a simply marvelous day in Ohio. As usual, I have a gazillion photos to sort through, but I promise that I will work hard and get them up here in a timely manner. You won't want to miss it!