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: Today was Maggie's last parent-tot swim lesson. She did really well and only cried once (all things are relative, right?) Monday she starts pre-level lessons. I'll be hiding out in the other room.

That's really the only things that's happened in the past few weeks. Maggie was sick. Dalton is sick. He hasn't been acting grumpy, luckily, but his poor little voice is gone. I have an infection and am achy, achy, achy. John is busy working. That's about it.

[Comments] (4) The Birthday Begins: Last night I decorated the kitchen and put out Maggie's presents to surprise her this morning. We decided to spread out the birthday celebration, since she is perfectly happy with just one present. We let her open one today. She got some car jammies that Daddy picked out. We went to Chuck E Cheese, and visited Grandma and Grandpa. More fun tomorrow!

[Comments] (2) Birthday Girl, Big Girl: My baby girl turned 3 today. Time flies and all that. We had a party with some friends this afternoon. She got a coloring book, a Berenstain Bears book, a birthday cake playset, some green eggs and ham, and a little stuffed elephant.

After piano, I took her to dinner at Burger King. I haven't been there in years, but they had a great $1 menu, and a playplace and it is very near our house. However, Maggie wasn't tall enough to climb up the playplace by herself. John had to work today, unfortunately, but came home in time for bedtime snuggles and the reading of a new book from Aunt Rachel.

[Comments] (4) Maggie Quote Round-Up: More movie quotes (including frequent requests to sing "Woody's Round-Up":
To abiabie! and beyond! (Toy Story: it's "infinity", though she denies it if I correct her)
Don't you EVER run away to me again! (Monster's Inc.)
This works! (holding up something to her eye. This is one of Flik's inventions from A Bug's Life.)

She loves going places like the bank and the post office. The other day when we went to the post office to mail a package for Rachel's and Edd's birthdays, she ran in, looked around and said, "Where's Aunt Rachel? Where's Edd?" Not only that, but apparently a "stamp" is not a cute ink mouse you get on your hand like at the library, and she got mad when I said I didn't need any. She was quite disillusioned.

Maggie: What's on yours back?
Mommy: I don't know, what is it? (thinking it's a sticker or something)
Maggie: *climbs on* It's a Maggie!

Also (yeah I fell for it twice)
Maggie: What's on yours nose?
Mommy: I don't know, what is it? (thinking it's marker or a smudge)
Maggie: Glasses!

Bummy toes! (wanting a "bummy tumble" (tummy bubble) on her toes)
I'm just standing on my bed. I'm not jumping on it. (She really was)
She wants there to be a monster under her bed, but when I told her the crocodile (in her Peter Pan coloring book) was going to eat Captain Hook, she went across the room to direct my coloring so it wouldn't eat her.

She says "adain" for again, and uses a "s" sound (more like "ts") for just about any double consonant: tr, dr, sh, etc. So truck=suck, dream=seam, treat=seat.

And best of all, in the car: Those people don't know how to drive!

Swimming School Dropout: I took Maggie out of swimming lessons. She wouldn't participate or obey the teacher, and was distracting to the other kids. It was a waste of time for everyone involved. We're going to do a couple private lessons instead, so she can have the teachers full attention, and be made to do stuff. At least I got nearly a full refund, because the private lessons are expensive!

Third Time is Silly:
Maggie: Mommy, what's on your chin?
Me: What is it?
Maggie: It's an elephant!

I went out to Coldstone and to see New Moon at the dollar theatre with some girls in the ward last night. Hard to believe I stayed awake through a 9:20 movie. It was really fun to spend time with friends and take a break from the kids.

We are staying home today, except for playing outside in the SUNSHINE. Lots of snuggling and reading to ensue.

Fancy Wishes: Last night John and I attended a gala/auction for the Make-a-Wish foundation of Utah's 25th anniversary. I was able to borrow a formal dress to wear and we had a lot of fun. It was at the Grand America, and people were dropping thousands of dollars on auction items. A glimpse of high society!

Mooove: We went to visit Grandma June today. Apparently it's been a while, because we don't have any pictures on the fridge anymore. Maggie built boats using the blocks, and Dalton rolled around on the floor and grabbed at Grandma's shoes. I took a couple piano books and played for Grandma. She loves that because it doesn't matter if she is hard of hearing, or can't see. She can just sit there and relax. Susan asked me to make a note of some of her favorite hymns, so I did, but she mostly likes the children's songs. Here are the ones that are "special": Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam, Scatter Sunshine, There is a Green Hill Far Away, Joseph Smith's First Prayer, and Little Purple Pansies.

Grandma June first told me about the Little Purple Pansies song about a year ago. I'd never heard of it and it took half an hour of looking through the book to find out what she was talking about. She says they used to sing it all the time and they don't anymore. Now I sing it to Maggie and she loves it.

After visiting with Grandma, we got gas and made a quick trip to the library. Driving home from the library, we got stuck in a traffic jam. I could see a few police cars on one side of the road, and cars were coming from the other direction, driving on the shoulder. I figured we were going around an accident scene... Nope. There was a cow sitting in the middle of the road. An officer was holding a rope around it's neck. Poor cow.

This is the same road I hit a squirrel on last summer. I did brake, but I expected it to run across the road, like a cat, not scamper beneath my tires. Oops.

[Comments] (2) : I took the kids to the Target portrait studio to have pictures taken today. They turned out So Cute. I can't wait to get them so John can see them live and in color and we can update our wall.

The other thing I did today was read Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. I can hardly put it down! I don't know how he manages to write 5 riveting storylines (or points of view, at least) at once. I am also impressed with the archeological, architectural and religious research that goes into his books.

At the moment, I am taking a break to fill out the kids' passport applications. Step 1.

In Perpetuity: With my "use it or lose it" philosophy in mind, I opened my trunk today. I have several boxes of stuff I'm "saving" from my mom's house, but most of it is old photos, and family history etc. The trunk is full of my own personal heirlooms. I opened it to get out some doll dishes for Maggie, but upon looking at them I decided she is too young. I have five sets, four of which are really tiny, and the fifth is pink depression glass and not 3 year old friendly. Next year.

I put the dishes back, but I did get out a few Piglet breakables that can go on Maggie's shelf, and a wooden turtle from Mexico. Also, a silver baby feeding set with my name engraved (all the better for feeding Dalton with), a grape salt and pepper shaker from my Grandma Rosie, and a baby sweater from England belonging to Leonard. All is not lost, Leonard! I still have your lederhosen.

[Comments] (1) You Know You're a Whitney When: I ran into my Aunt Sharon today - at the fabric store, of course!

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