Today all three kids were downstairs playing.  Barbies.  Together.  I was wandering around kind of picking up, kind of switching laundry out, kind of checking Facebook.  And I came across an image my friend Ginger posted of her daughter.  It stopped me in my tracks.  I thought to myself, “I’ve GOT to take more time to shoot my kids just as they are in that moment.”  I grabbed my camera & went downstairs to catch them playing.

First, what is UP with that dust?  I’ve been curious about shooting down there & what kind of light that little basement window would provide.  Now I know.  It gives a narrow, dusty ray of light.  I kind of feel like I have to cough just looking at it.

Then, so yeah, Bradyn is in there playing Barbies with his sisters.  He definitely gives it a different vibe with his boy ideas and boy phrases.  The girls sound totally different when it’s just the two of them playing together.  But he gets in there and plays along.  I’m so glad I have a kid that will play with his sisters.  We’ve had such a good holiday break together.  I kind of hope Sunday sucks so that I’m ready to send them to school on Monday because as it is, I could easily take another week.

I feel like I should also point out the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse in the background.  I ordered the wrong house from amazon, trying to save a buck, and it was too small for Barbies.  So I bought myself a … I mean, I bought Ellie a Barbie house the day after Christmas.  There was a coupon on the shelf which was obviously a sign that it was going home with me (us)  (Ellie).  We will send the other one back.  That is, I will disassemble the other one, pack it up and return it to amazon.  Sometime next week.  I’m really looking forward to that one.  I always wanted the Malibu Dream House.  Remember that A-frame design & that really ugly orange-brown color?  I got the Townhouse that had an elevator which was pretty cool & I remember being perfectly happy with it.  But now I have a…I mean, Ellie has the Dreamhouse.


Linda Ellis/Nancy's mother - I didn’t know! I’m so glad you, I mean Ellie, finally got it. I remember when I finally got my garage that the cars drove up on the roof. I was a lot younger than you….26.

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