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Mark and Taylor decided to go fly a kite last night. They had fun. The line got a little tangled so Mark tried to get it untangled. It worked. He wound it back up. They flew and flew and flew that kite.

Finally they decided to let it fly higher.

The kite wanted to escape. It must have talked to the string because the string started to pull away. Faster and faster. The string escaped. The kite escaped. The string got caught in a tree. Too high for Mark and Taylor to try and get it out.

It was 8:15 p.m.

At 9:00 p.m. it was still flying.

At 11:00 p.m. it was still flying.

The next morning at 7:30 a.m. the kite was still flying.

As of now, 11:50 a.m. (that’s when the picture was taken), the kite flies.

Update: 1:30 p.m., still going strong.

2nd Update: 2:40 p.m. flying.

3rd Update: 3:00 p.m. wind very strong and kite not flying. It was stuck up against fence where we enter the park. Mitzi got it and brought it home.

Yay!

That kite flew for almost 19 hours by itself.

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Posted by: In: Alex, Photography, Taylor 25 Aug 2008 1 comment

My girls, Alex and Taylor, headed off to school this morning. Alex to the 5th grade and Taylor to the 3rd. And they, once again, put up with dad chasing them with the camera. So, follow along as they go to school.


Alex ready to go!

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Taylor’s almost ready. Mom had to do a little bit of work on the backpack.

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Single file.

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We get to go in the back door this year.

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So, it’s a trek across wet grass.

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Greeted, as usual, sweetly by a probable copyright violation. LOL.

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Alex heads to Mrs. Davis’ class.

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Her class is in a portable this year. The air conditioning is great since they have their own unit.

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She’s ready.

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Sit down and get right to work. That’s what happens when you’re in the 5th grade. They know the drill.

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Taylor’s off to Mrs. Bass’ class.

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And it says it all.

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Checking out the supplies.

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A quick pose with a great teacher.

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Posted by: In: Alex, Fun, Journal, Mitzi, Photo, Taylor 15 Jul 2008 2 comments

We took the girls to Dallas a few days ago to see two of their favorite things: The American Girl Store and The Jonas Brothers. Yes, I was there. Was it fun going to something that had absolutely no possibility of any sort of “male-ness” involved? Uhhh, well, uh, let’s just say I had fun watching my girls have fun. So, without further adieu, evidence…

“THE” Store

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“Hey Dad (eyelashes batting), come in and spend some money!”

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Yes, they have it all.

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Notice what this doll has in her hand. Then look at the next image.

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Says it all.

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Yes, that’s $20 to put your doll’s hair in a braid.

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But Alex is happy.

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And so is Taylor.

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Everybody was signing one of the Jonas Brothers’ bus.

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My girls.

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An image from the back, just to give you an idea of the massive number of screaming girls. My guess is that there was 1 male for every 100 females (probably not an exaggeration).

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That’s Nick singing. The one thing that’s nice is that they’re still humble. They love the audience and really work hard (tons of sweat) to put on a good show.

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Toward the end, they were elevated on these little platforms. It I were Disney (their owners), I’d have a harness attached to each one of these guys. Too much $$$ at stake.

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Posted by: In: Journal, Taylor 17 Apr 2008 0 comments

Taylor, my 7 year old, participated in what has become an regular event for Honey Elementary Second Graders, Grecian Day. They spend weeks researching the ancient gods and goddesses of the Greek world and then present to classmates and family their findings. On top of that, they get to go dressed as their favorite character. Taylor picked Athena and you wouldn’t believe the costume she prepped. She finally stood in front of the class and spoke of the qualities of Athena. Great work Tay! Check out her teacher!

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Posted by: In: Journal, Taylor 05 Mar 2008 0 comments

One of my daughters, Taylor, lost a tooth yesterday and wrote the following letter to the Tooth Fairy. What can one do? It’s pure sweetness.

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Posted by: In: Alex, Journal, Taylor 27 Aug 2007 0 comments

My wonderful daughter Alex and her beautiful new stepsister Taylor started school again today. Alex in the 4th and Taylor in 2nd. Here’s their morning journey in pictures to start yet another great year at Honey Elementary:

On the march…

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The Bears…

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Across the wet grass…

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Our new principal, Mr. Neeb…

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Jam it in there Tay…

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It all fit…

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Taylor & Mrs. Goodwin…

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Her desk…

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Cool lunchbox & messenger bag that can double as space blankets…

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Along with a candy color camouflaged binder…

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Alex and Mrs. Wright…

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Alex already at work one minute after stepping foot in class…

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P.S. Just got ‘em from school. They both LOVED this first day back!