Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hilton Head Weekend

Before too much time goes by, I wanted to post some of my favorite photos from our weekend in Hilton Head.  We went primarily to celebrate Sophie's birthday.  

{A live starfish.  No worries....we put her right back in the water.}

{These wine charms were in the townhome we rented for the weekend.  Aren't they SO ME?}

{Our patio had lots of lizards.  A big hit with the girls!}

{My mom was able to join us for the weekend. I managed to get an action shot while she played with Clara at the pool.}

{An extremely rare family shot.  On my favorite beach at sunset.  Thanks, Mom!}

{After blowing out the EIGHT! candles on her birthday cake, Sophie asked me to take this photo of her.}

Alain & I took Sophie kayaking for the first time as one of her birthday presents.  It was so great and we got to see dolphins (we were really hoping for this)!  I lucked out and came within about ten feet of two who were swimming close by.  One tilted his head up out of the water to look at me and we locked eyes for a moment.  You know what that is?  PURE MAGIC. It's the second time in my life that's happened and, I'm telling you, there really isn't much else like it. He wasn't a tortured dolphin locked up in a tank that I had to pay money to swim with and touch.  He was wild and free and perfect.  I know it was a 'he' because our guide told us.  He's been living in that particular area for at least twenty years.  The people who work for the kayaking company see him almost every day. The kayaking may have been Sophie's present but I left feeling like it was mine as well.   

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sophie's Eight Year Old Interview

Yep, it's that time again.  How on Earth do these interviews keep coming around so quickly?

We celebrated Sophie's birthday earlier this week so we sat down to do her birthday interview, one of our most favorite family traditions.....

What's your favorite color? 
Green and blue

What's your favorite food?
Spaghetti and burritos and mac & cheese

Who are your favorite friends?  
Emilia & Chandler

What's your favorite thing to play?
Freeze tag

What's your favorite animal?
Dogs, dolphins & elephants (and bunnies)

If you could hop on a plane and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Honduras (two of her cousins live there!) and New York

What's your favorite letter?
S and H

What's your favorite number?

Do you like school? 
I don't like it that much, say "kind of".  I have fun seeing my friends at recess and I like some of the learning things. We're doing some fun writing at the moment.

What's your favorite book?
Magic Treehouse, Junie B. Jones, Berenstain Bears and Curious George

What's your favorite word?
(That is like the weirdest question ever.)

What's your favorite song?
Am I Wrong?

*such a great song*

What's your favorite thing to do?
Go outside for recess and see my old friends.

What makes you happy?
Seeing my old friends when I'm at recess.  Seeing when other people are happy.

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A dog trainer and I'm going to be in the World Cup.

When you close your eyes, what do you see?
Seeing people who have passed away, pets too.

What is your favorite pet?
Dogs, bunnies, hamsters, cats.

What's your favorite treat?
Every treat.

What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Smart, cool, funny, beautiful, fun.

All past years can be found here.  Each year we go back and read all of her previous answers and she cracks up.  I just get all teary.
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