Friday, May 25, 2012

Rachel's Surprise Family Graduation Party

While we were in Brookhaven, Mississippi visiting our grandparents, our Aunt Debbie surprised us with a graduation party for Rachel!

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Our cousin's 3-year-old, Ruth Ellen, was excited to see Rachel!

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Our Aunt Debbie decorates cakes, and we're usually in Mississippi for my birthday (which is on the same day as my grandfather's), so I've gotten an Aunt Debbie cake almost every year.... I'm not sure, but this might have been Rachel's first!

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I actually didn't realize at first that the cakes were school colors - how thoughtful!

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The graduates -

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I looked outside and saw this little cutie -

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And then we were joined by her older sister, Lillie -

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After dinner (hamburgers!), it was cake posing time -

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Always be ready for pictures, guys!

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Meet Emma, Lillie's twin sister -

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Though she is quite tall for a 7-year-old, she's not that tall (she's wearing heels that Rachel had outgrown given for dress-up)...

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Now meet the fourth daughter, Mary Michael -

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Lillie teaching Ruth Ellen to put her hands on her hips -

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Emma and Lillie showed us their Barbie Girl dance that they'd be performing at recital on Thursday.  The tongue is a sign of concentration...

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Ruth Ellen joined in as a back-up dancer, freestyle!

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This was my first shot at child photography, and these girls were full of energy! The low lighting proved to be a challenge, and I had to doctor almost all of these in Photoshop to brighten and reduce the distracting background.

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Mary Michael is such a happy baby. She didn't fuss the entire evening!

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The string on her dress kept her occupied for a long time!

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Ruth Ellen is not camera-shy! In fact, she might be the easiest of the four girls to photograph! I never would've guessed that.

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The three big girls scored a sleepover at G.G.'s! Daddy left, and it was time to get ready for bed -

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Times are changing. These girls never knew a world without laptop computers and wireless Internet. When Emma and Lillie saw my iPhone, they asked if they could see it and exclaimed, "You have Temple Run!"  There is at least one thing, however that hasn't changed since my childhood.

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Band Aids make everything better.

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