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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pigpen... I gave birth to pigpen.

Today we went to see Cheyanne play softball. 

At the first game, people commented on how cute my kids were.  Many people.  "You have two REALLY cute kids!"

Can you SEE why they commented?

At the second game people commented on how they needed a bath.  They'd say things like, "Ooooh.  Looks like SOMEBODY needs a tubby tonight!"

Wonder WHY? 

Because my daughter thinks she's pigpen.


It's like she had delirious "dirt-love". 

This is what happens when you skip the second NAP, people!!!

Here she is making "dirt angels"  (Ok, click on this.  You've got to see this closer.  She's SINGING in the dirt)

Here she is head standing in the dirt.

I don't have pictures of when she was laying down and lifting it with her hands and dropping it all over herself in dusty steady streaming happy piles.  (I tried to pick her up before it got into her eyes).

Here she is sitting happily (with a poopy diaper I later found out) complete with an ice cream face and chocolate donut crumbs ALL over her... and then she'd want to sit on me.  I was wearing black. 

What a mess.

My beautiful, happy, mess!

Now... let me explain because I realize the pictures don't exactly do it justice and she actually doesn't look QUITE as dirty in these photos as she in fact was.  This is softball field dirt.  Dirt with bugs crawling in it.  (I know this because Ava excitedly exclaimed "duds!!!")  Dirt with sunflower seed shells spit all in it from parent bystanders sitting on the bleachers.  SPITTY SUNFLOWER SEEDS and DUDS!!! 

But MY daughter was over-joyed.  OVER-JOYED!  LIKE she'd never seen dirt before in her life!!! Laying like she was on some sort of dirty high (makes me wonder what else was in it) similar to a cat rolled in catnip,  in that soft and happy dirt and pouring it ALL over herself over and over again.  She was the happiest little dirty kid I'd ever seen without ONE care for who was watching her or what she looked like.  She had no shame.

It was almost admirable.

"Hey kid.  You've got a little something on your face there."

But my oh my, the worst revelation of it all???

She's exactly like her mother. *sigh* Gotta love her.


  1. I was so miserable this morning until I read this-made for loads of smiles and laughter. She is JUST like her mother :)

    1. Right? JUST! Glad it brought that beautiful smile out :)

  2. Did you know that some of this is probably sensory? (And completely normal!)

    If you think that is bad, you should have seen my 7 year old son--who has a lot of sensory issues) sitting in the campfire ashes that had burned the night before, rubbing ashes all over himself. No matter how many times we told him to stop, he would be rubbing dirt and sand all over his legs and arms. We mentioned this to his OT therapist after camping and she told us it's all sensory seeking, a reaction to doing something "different" (camping) to his normal routine.

    And you're right when you say it could be due to her skipping a nap--her body needed some sensory input! :-)

    Or, maybe she just likes dirt. :-)

    1. Perhaps. I'm sure she was having a blast with it too. I always keep an eye out for stuff like Sensory integration/depravation disorders after teaching for years, but overall, I just think she was LOVING getting filthy and the way it felt. The sand was super soft. Could be a sensory thing, though!

  3. Made me smile this morning, cute! And on the up side...I can just imagine how sweet she was after a bath and lotion and jammies! One of my favorite things in the world...

    Happy Sunday, friend! : )

    1. SO sweet. Totally colored the tub water. Slept so sweet after such a day!

      Happy Sunday lovely lady!


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