Thursday, August 21

A study in red

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There are, approximately, a gazillion more shots of MJ sitting on the porch in this dress, but these are a few of my favorites. So grown up and so much hair! :-)

MJ is FOUR!

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MJ opened up some presents first thing in the morning. She's a big fan of WALL-E.

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Late in the afternoon, we had cake with best buddy Fitz. MJ requested a castle cake. It looks more like a church, but she was happy with it.

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This is almost embarrassing haul -- and it doesn't even include the cards & presents that came the rest of the week.

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MJ's friend (& regular babysitter) Sadie came over Tuesday with her favorite childhood birthday game -- hands behind back, everyone has to eat the gummy worms buried in whipped cream. First one to finish wins!

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No surprises here -- MJ won. That's three eating contests she's won in the last year: eating donuts off a string during Cinco de Mayo day, jello eating at summer camp, and now this. What can this mean?

Thursday, August 14

Big birthday present

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MJ's birthday isn't until the 18th, but we couldn't resist giving her the main present early. She's long outgrown her Kettler, so it was time for a big kid bike.


The first day she took two spills on the bike trail -- thank goodness for the helmet! She remains our plucky girl though and hasn't been even a little bit afraid of getting right back on.

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Let's celebrate at camp!

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We celebrated MJ's birthday a little early so she could have cupcakes with her friends at Polite Piggy camp. Somewhere we have a movie of all the kids in a circle singing to her.

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I'm pretty sure I never expected to type this phrase: "Safeway rocks!"

Books

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MJ loves to go to the bookstore and this is a pretty standard result.

Back in July . . .

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MJ went to the Reston Zoo with the Polite Piggy Day Camp. She loved feeding the animals.

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We also visited the White House with the Brent Camp one day last month. Alan and I went along, since we've never been inside. It was a pretty short tour through the east side, but it was still very cool. MJ wanted to know if we'd see Barack Obama on the tour. :-)

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Here we are outside, where it clearly states "No Cameras." Given the crappy quality of my camera phone, I didn't think ours qualified.