Double Digit Birthday

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Happy 10th Birthday Miss P! A decade! 10 years old! It seems almost impossible that 10 years have literally gone in a blink of an eye. Where do I begin to even start to write it all down.

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I admire you Miss P. You have always been extremely independent, strong minded, empathetic, kind and very talented being. You are an observer first. Never one to hop right into the scene, you walk into every situation a quiet soul, watching and learning. You are not swayed by a popular view, and will always stick up for those who are judged. I remember a few months ago I was at CVS and one parent came up to me and asked me if I was your mom. I replied yes and she told me how she often volunteers at school and how you made an impression on her. She continued to tell me that you are always helping out the kids that are sometimes left out. Always making them feel like they matter. After I left CVS, I hopped in my car and cried. I could never teach you all those valuable life lessons on my own, you just instinctively knew always to be kind.

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Being the older sister is a full time job. Never having a moment to chill, always being asked to help or play or even listen. It is a tough job and you always handle it with patience even when you do not feel like it. It is hard to share your stuff and your time. Miss F and S love you for it. It must be nice to be the little sister too though. Always looking up to Alex and watching her from the sidelines, seeing how hard work and having goals always pay off.

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When I signed you up for Irish dance lessons, I always thought it would be one class a week. I had no idea what I signed you up for. Competitions that require endless practicing, dedication, joy with achievements, aching muscles, nerves, tears, ultimate highs, disappointment, pride, bobby pins, buns and wigs, team spirit, friendship and strength of character. I am still in complete awe that you have the guts and drive to dance in front of countless people on a stage while three judges critique you. Not many people have it in them to do that, me included. I love how you leave a feis medal in hand and do not dwell on it. We can only celebrate it until we get in the car to go home. That’s it. No more talking about it. And the times that you leave disappointed from a feis, same rules apply and your unwavering drive to fix it starts the second we return home with you practicing. You amaze me because I could never have the stamina or confidence to keep going. All I hope is that those characteristics that you have innately in you propel you to great heights as you grow into a young woman.

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As an official ten year old, you love to play on your ipad. You would love the new colored Iphone and cannot wait for the summer months so you can ride your bike and play in our new neighborhood. You love to face time with your friends and design rooms or style outfits. You always want to be busy. You want a jam packed day planned and never get tired. You love your family and are incredibly silly. You started to play tennis and I think it is a good distraction for you. You also like acting and will be in a production this summer.

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My dear Miss P, I cannot wait to see what this year is like for you. I am positive it will be filled with laughter, love and fun. I am beyond proud of the young lady you are becoming. You are my first born. My loving little girl. You are so smart, talented and special. I cherish you.

 

Happy Birthday!

 

Love,

Mom

Sunset with Sadie

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Last weekend, Sadie and I took a walk down to the piers. The wind died down for a bit, so it was actually a nice walk.

Sadie was unsure of the sand at first. She can be a very nervous puppy, so I have been slowly introducing her to new places. She has been working with an amazing trainer, and I have seen great progress in her already.

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DJ and Duke were never nervous puppies. They actually never barked. Ever. Sadie is completely different. But, we are adjusting and so is she.

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It was a nice walk and was actually very relaxed and so was she. Baby steps?

Sadie.

What’s Outside

The landscaping is far from complete here. The back porch is half completed. Still need to figure out the railing systems on both porches. The yard is a muddy mess. No grass. The fence needs to be installed in the back for some much needed privacy and safety for the kids and dogs. The drive needs stones until we decide if we want pavers eventually. The lighting in the stone walls need to be hooked up. The list goes on and on.

The last home had a mix of roses and shrubs. For this new home, I want simple, no fuss. No commitment. Here are some images that I am digging.

side porch with lanterns and boxwoods
Boxwood spheres with Lamium White Nancy and white petunias. Deborah Silver, landscape and garden designer.
water feature, boxwood & urns
So basically I have all the black pots, small and large. I am sticking with boxwoods and ferns. That’s it. Eventually, I would love to put a few apple trees on the perimeter of the property by the fence. I would also love to have 1 lilac tree in the front . Every single mother’s day my children get me an apple tree. We had to leave those at the house when we sold it, so I would love to have some here. Lilacs remind me of Mama Up the Farm and the farmhouse. I love the smell and they remind me of my childhood.
Let’s get the warm weather here ASAP. I am excited to get my hands dirty!