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January 19, 2011

We call it playing t.v.

Filed under: General,Videos — Steph @ 8:42 pm

We have snow on the ground again. School is closed. What shall we do? Make some videos of course. We calling it playing t.v. and the kids absolutely love hamming it up for the camera. Check out these videos and get a good laugh. Honestly it was hard holding the camera still. Not sure I did a great job of it because it was so amusing to me. Thanks for the Harmonicas Nana and the Ukelele Grandma.

Click on the picture to watch the video
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Here are a few more videos to watch
Campbell’s trash can song

Mara’s random version of Spice Girls song

Campbell sings Beyonce

March 8, 2009

Daddy makes Mara’s ‘dream’ come true

Filed under: General — Steph @ 7:10 pm

Tonight Luke and Mara are watching the Wake Forest vs. Clemson game. Mara said she wanted to give “The Demon Deacon” meaning the mascot a hug. Daddy tracked him down for her and here’s the result! You’re the best Daddy!


Wow..could this be? An actual posting that is timely on Mara or Campbell’s blog. Crazy huh. We are working on, well really Steph, is working on posting more!

August 25, 2008

“Look Mom, I made a scary face”

Filed under: General — Steph @ 8:11 pm

That is literally what she said when I saw her with all the green marker on her face this morning before I walked out the door for work.
Obviously I had to let her know markers don’t belong on her face however it was so funny I couldn’t help but laugh so I tried to turn my head at least!
Maybe you’ll get a big giggle of out of her like I did this morning!

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October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Filed under: Pictures — Steph @ 7:18 pm

Our little ones are suited up and ready to get some treats…no tricks! This year Mara was able to choose her costume. Surprise surprise (I mean this sarcastically of course) she picked Dora. Since mom was hoping for a theme between the two of them Campbell became Boots the monkey, Dora’s sidekick for Halloween. I must say Campbell makes a sweet monkey! And Dora, well how authentic she looks considering the blonde curly locks of hair underneath. We loved the brown yarn wig with her costume.

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Be sure to click on one of the pics to see the rest!

May 16, 2007

Maybe this little fella is OK after all

Filed under: Pictures — Steph @ 4:46 pm

Today for the first time Mara asked if she could hold Campbell. This morning while we were getting her dressed for school is when she asked. Her brother was hanging out in her pink bean bag chair. I told her she could sit on the bean bag and I’d put him in her lap. She was very sweet with him. Kissing him and holding his hand. We compared her feet and hands to his and she was entertained by how little his were compared to hers. I guess this really makes her feel like a “big sister”. So entertained in fact that when I asked if she was ready to go downstairs to eat breakfast she said, “no”. This is totally unlike her because she loves breakfast and it is by far the meal in which she eats the most. This isn’t necessarily the first time she has been sweet. She usually says, “Goodnight Campbell” once we are done reading her books at night before being tucked in to sleep. This would be the first time she proactively wanted to hold him though. Here are some sweet shots I got of the two of them hanging out together.

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April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!

Filed under: Pictures — Steph @ 7:20 pm



April 3, 2007

Baby Brother Preparation Underway

Filed under: Pictures — Steph @ 7:40 pm

So Sunday, April 1st, at the hospital Mara took a class called Big Sister/Big Brother. It’s designed for 2-5 year olds to prepare them for a sibling. She brought her baby doll as you will see by the pictures. They were taught how to diaper their dolls and wrap them up in a blanket. The blankets were crocheted and donated by volunteers and Mara got to pick hers out and keep it. Of course she picked the pink one for her girl doll! After those lessons we went upstairs to the nursery to see any babies that might happen to be in there. Luckily there was a little baby boy. She looked thru the nursery window at him and said, “Hi baby”! After that she got to visit an empty patient room so she will have some familiarity with it when she sees her mom there. All in all it was a good class and at the end believe it or not she “passed” and got to receive a certificate with a gold seal on it. She was ran up to the front of the room when they called her name to get it. Upon returning to mom and dad she showed us her gold seal saying, “ooooooo”!



Sure her baby is upside down in a photo and also her head is covered up with the blanket but hey, she’s working on this big sister thing, right? Click on the any picture to view the entire album.


March 17, 2007

Swim Fun

Filed under: Pictures — Steph @ 12:38 pm

As you well know from visiting the blog Mara is a huge fan of the water. If you say pool she’ll run to her chest of drawers and try to get her bathing suit. We headed to the pool just weekend before last with our little tadpole in tow and here are some of the photos of her splashing around. We also got a few shots right afterwards in the locker room getting cleaned up. She was worn out and ready for a nap. Usually on the way home from swimming we have a very hard time keeping her awake.
We are hoping that all this pool time will pay off with her somewhat able to swim/doggie paddle by our summer vacation. She already will kick, blow bubbles and put her face under with no problems. Usually she will do these things unsolicited too as if she’s showing off for us.
Click on the picture to see the all the photos!

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February 22, 2007

Primrose Party

Filed under: Friends,Pictures — Steph @ 8:02 pm

All day long we’ve been wishing Mara a happy birthday and telling her she’s two years old. She has gotten pretty good at answering the question, “How old are you?” She says, “two” in her tiny voice with her all of her fingers up in the air and the pointer and middle stuck together like that indicates two. Today at her daycare you can see she had a celebration with her “buddies” in the class as we call them. She even got to help make her very own birthday hat for the party. You can tell by the plates of goodies that party really just means time to get a sugar high. Interestingly enough she is not at all into the sweets. She didn’t even eat a bite of her tiny cupcakes. Instead she opted for the hard sprinkle decorations they put on top of the frosting of the cupcake.

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Next week Mara moves up a class into Early Preschool 1. Her teachers pictured here with her, Mrs. Rogers and Ms. Fenner will certainly be missed. They have been so good to us! They are wonderful teachers who have not only taught her a lot but also loved on her. Which, to our little love bug who is always asking for a hug or a kiss means so much! We are sad for her to leave the class where she is affectionately called “Mar Mar” by all. If you ask Mara whose baby are you when at daycare she’ll say “Fenner baby”. She has developed quite a bond with these two teachers so it’s a positive thing that her next class is just beside her old one so she can peek in and see them every once in a while.

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Tonight to celebrate Mara’s birthday we decided to take her out for her favorite food and the only one she has proactively asked for out of the blue which is….PIZZA!!!
We chose Elizabeth’s Pizza. How ironic given the fact that, Mario, the owner dropped by our table and we told him it was Mara’s birthday to which he replied, “mine too”. He was so kind and sent over a chocolate dessert with a candle for her. She had no problems blowing out the candle! She now knows the words to the birthday song and sang them to herself while we were there too. All in all I think she has had a great 2nd birthday. We’ve celebrated it so much it might be hard for her to stop!

Click on any of the pictures to see more!

February 20, 2007

My New Cousin, Grace Ann

Filed under: Announcements,Pictures — Steph @ 7:10 pm

Mara has a new cousin today as of 8:04 a.m. Grace Ann entered the world today at 5lbs 14oz and 19 and 3/4 inches long. She was a few weeks early (due March 15th) but is doing quite well. Jen and Conan are excited to welcome their first child into the family. They are all doing well. Jen must be quite a natural at this as it only took her 10 mins. of pushing to get her out! Go Jen!!!


click on the picture if you’d like to see more!

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