4th of July Silliness
Magic Springs Waterslide
Excited about tying her shoe for the first time
Of course, her first ever shoe to tie was a tap shoe
Remy and Reily the Ragdoll kittens
A little lizard that we rescued from the street found a nice home in our flowerbed
Natalie just learned to draw stars
We made 3 trips to Magic Springs this summer
Reily visiting Nat in her playroom
Nat with dance friends at bday party
Time with Friends
Nat and dance friend at a pool party
One of Nat’s best school friends
Friends from Memphis
Best Teenage Friend
This summer Natalie attended a week long vocal camp at Wildwood Center for the Arts. She wasn’t really loving it after the first day and was reluctant to go back on Tuesday. However, she stuck with it and ended up having an amazing time. Next year if the dates don’t clash with her dance schedule she is planning on attending again.
Natalie was involved in a photo shoot to represent her dance studio, Rock City Dance Center. She had a great time and was thrilled to see her photo on the sign in front of the gorgeous new dance studio.
Happy Chinese New Year! Natalie and I celebrated with friends at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Over 99% of the people there were of Chinese ethnicity and were speaking Chinese. It was a very special event with lots of yummy food and great entertainment. Natalie enjoyed spending time with 2 girls who are in her kindergarten class at school and making a new friend. The new friend is the little girl in the white sweater below. We ran into her the following weekend during Natalie’s first ice skating session. That sweet girl spent over an hour and a half assisting Natalie (who was very wobbly on her ice skates) around the rink.
On the 100th day of school students were asked to dress like they were 100 years old. This was Natalie’s interpretation.
100th day of school!
Kids dressed up as elderly people.
Also in February, Katie and I accompanied Natalie on her first visit to a nursing home. It was a place Katie and I had visited probably over 50 times in the past, and I finally felt like Natalie was old enough to go with us. I’m so used to Katie and Louie getting tons of attention during these therapy dog visits. This visit was especially interesting and fun since I had not one but two gorgeous girls with me. The residents seemed to split their attention pretty equally between my precious daughter, Natalie and my gentle giant Newfoundland, Katie. Both girls were on their best behavior and brightened up so many people’s day during our 2 hour visit. Natalie acted as my little ambassador knocking on doors and checking to see who might be interested in visiting with her large dog friend. The lady below was so happy to meet Natalie and asked if she could give her a hug. It was one of the sweetest moments I have ever witnessed. I love seeing Natalie’s little arm around the lady’s neck in the second picture and the lady’s hands on Nat’s back.
These 3 sisters are great friends and neighbors. We are so lucky to have them in our lives.
Natalie’s First ever spelling test
Natalie asked to go visit her old preschool class. While we were there she read a book to the 3 year olds. They were all entranced and hung on her every word. Her old teachers were so proud and Natalie was also proud of herself.
Valentine’s Party at Natalie’s school
Wildwood Lantern Festival
It was our first time to attend the annual lantern festival at Wildwood. It was a beautiful celebration of cultures from all over the world. Natalie put a floating lantern into the pond near the Greek exhibit. We ate lots of delicious food and played traditional games from several different countries.
Thanksgiving weekend was a fun time with family and friends. Highlights were a visit from some of our favorite cousins from Seattle and Natalie’s annual toy donation to Toys For Tots.
Thanksgiving weekend visit with our awesome cousins
Natalie saves 25% of her allowance for toy donations every Christmas
Thanksgiving dress up at school
School lunch – Nat always brings a lunchbox
After Thanksgiving, in early December of 2015, my Grandmother (Nat’s Great-grandmother) passed away at the age of 97. She died in the house that my grandfather built over half a century ago surrounded by several members of her beloved family. Her funeral was perhaps our last big family reunion. We are an extremely loving bunch and it was so good to be with our amazing family at the old Homeplace where we have many happy memories as children and as adults. Grandmother will be missed but her loving legacy lives on in all of us.
Natalie made fast friends with one of her grown up cousins.
The whole clan (except for absent members)
We had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. We missed Aunt Sissy this year who had come from NY earlier in December for Grandmother’s funeral. Click on pictures below for descriptions and larger versions.
School field trip to see “The Gingerbread Man” at the theater
Christmas card pic
Christmas card pic
My favorite picture of Natalie
The “Freak Show” all of these lighted decorations are in one yard.
Nat with her Godparents Mitch & Donna
Science with Santa at the Science Museum
A trip to the circus the day after Christmas
Nat made the big house at home with Marm & the little house at school
Santa at the Circus
Resting on Arkansas at the Science Museum
A night of Thai food & A Christmas light show
Pre-Christmas playdate with a favorite friend
Nat’s very favorite Christmas present
Downtown after Christmas
Santa & Sweeties
She knows Santa isn’t real, but still enjoyed the visit
“Have you been a good girl?” “Is the sky blue?”
Love this Girl!
Natalie used part of her savings to purchase a bow and arrow. The video below shows her first time using it to hit the intended target of the refrigerator. Her form has improved a lot since, but it was fun to see her excitement and pride.
Our First Hike on the Rocky Valley Trail back in October 2015. This was when we discovered that Natalie could benefit from hiking poles. We didn’t have any with us at the time, so Nat made do with two sturdy sticks which she kept referring to as her “walkers”.
I love it when Nat says in this video “Trying your best is all we can do.”
More Pumpkin Patch photos