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18 Feb 2010

I was driving around town and noticed that pretty much overnight, all of these trees are blossoming.  I’m not kidding, either.  I have seen some tree varieties with little blossoms here and there, but these just BANG exploded.  There are at least 100 of these trees on my daily route to the girls’ schools.

17 Feb 2010

The park near our house got all new play equipment, and the girls are thrilled.  We saw them winding up the construction fence, and ran right over to try it out.

16 Feb 2010

Getting everyone ready in the morning, and Carlie is nowhere to be found.  Then I hear a little noise.  Yes, she’s at the desk, with my phone, playing her favorite puzzle game.

15 Feb 2010

What a pretty day!  Spring is creeping in.  It’s really neat to watch the seasons change.  It’s not as dramatic as other parts of the US, but to me, it’s stunning.  The weather doesn’t change much in Orange County, so I never really got to watch everything come to life like this.

Today we went to the park with some family friends.  The weather was perfect, just a little cool and sunny. 

14 Feb 2010

Such a lovely day.  Gary made me breakfast: waffles with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, and bacon.  Yummy!

But then… Carlie fell off a barstool and hit her face on the ground.  She’s got a bruise and swelling on her little cheek.  She’s such a cheerful kid, though.  She was giggling with me on the couch within 30 minutes.  And then she got up and ate her dinner.  Nothing will keep this girl away from her food!

13 Feb 2010

Sophie and I made this for her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day.

And it looks like the luge is extra scary this year.

12 Feb 2010

I was watching American Idol the other night, and one of the single moms was about to sing.  They did the little background video, and showed her getting her little boy’s name tattooed on her back, and she showed pictures of her son, as they started the audio of her song.  Then they cut back to the performance.  She was singing  A Natural Woman. 

I have always thought of that song as something a woman might sing to her lover/boyfriend/husband.  It was totally a song for the singer’s man, and one I found pretty annoying.  It’s kind of pathetic and weak.  Co-dependent.  I mean, really? 

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But your love was the key to peace my mind

Cause you make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like
A natural woman

When my soul was in the lost-and-found
You came along to claim it
I didn’t know just what was wrong with me
Till your kiss helped me name it
Now I’m no longer doubtful of what I’m living for
Cause if I make you happy I don’t need no more

Cause you make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like
A natural woman

Oh, baby, what you’ve done to me
You make me feel so good inside
And I just want to be close to you
You make me fell so alive
Cause you make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like
A natural woman

But then, listening to the song as she held up a photo of her baby, the lyrics suddenly took on a new meaning.  What if that is about the singer’s child?  That changes everything.  NOW I can relate to the song.

Sophie, Corbin, and Carlie: YOU make me feel like a natural woman.  Now I’m no longer doubtful of what I’m living for,
’cause if I make you happy, I don’t need no more.