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Once Upon a Time….

My daughter wanted me to read a story. Without a book in hand, I simply made one up. 😉

Once upon a time, because she thinks all stories start that way, there was a little girl named Claralynn. She loved to sing, dance, and play all day.

She got out of bed one morning, changed her clothes, and then flew down the stairs. (Maybe she quite literally flew! It’s a story and within such things, anything can be true!) She felt so hungry that she could eat a house, though, why would you want to eat a house? So, she grabbed an apple and devoured it. Still hungry, she looked through the cupboard and found cheese crackers. (Who doesn’t love a good cheese cracker now and then?) So, she ate those too!

La la la la, she was singing a little tune. She envisioned a furry red Muppet named Elmo. Together, they sang his song Elmo’s world and played with his fish, Dorothy. After awhile, Elmo had to go. Other kids want to see him too, he’s quite the popular fellow, don’t you know? So, they sang one more song and then it was time to move on.

Next, she wandered through the house, which became a rainforest. Rain, rain, go away! But it wouldn’t go away, not just yet. While taking in the new view, Wyatt flew by. Claralynn exclaimed, “Super Why!” He turned, smiled, and waved hello. Claralynn waved back. He and his merry band of Super Readers landed and decided to play with her in the trees for awhile.

As the rain slowed, it was time for them to go. They said their goodbyes and she made her way through the rainforest. She went into the familiar living room she’s known for as long as she can recall. (To a toddler, as long as she can recall isn’t long to us, but to her it’s a lifetime.) She turned on some music. She decided then to have a dance party. She danced for what felt like hours.

Dancing can sure tire a little girl out, so Claralynn switched the music from party music to lullabies. She laid down on the couch and covered herself up with her favorite purple blanket. It felt soft upon her bare arms. She snuggled into it and soon she was asleep.

Awhile later, Claralynn awoke. She grabbed a cup of milk and a peanut butter sandwich, had herself a late lunch, and then decided it was time to play again. She put her dishes in the sink, because that’s where dirty dishes go after all.

Claralynn went potty on the toilet, because that’s what big girls do and after she washed her hands, she put on her shoes and went outside to play. She saw her friend and he saw her too. He waved and she waved back. They ran around, kicking a brightly colored ball for awhile and then decided to go on the slide. They took turns, as that’s what polite people do. (Gotta teach them young, you know!)  Later, they rode on rockets to the moon. Within your head, it takes but moments to make the journey. Before long, they were standing on the moon, looking at their world far below. “The world is so small!” Exclaimed Claralynn.” Her friend nodded vigorously.

They explored the moon for a bit. Looking at the galaxy around them was so wondrous. After a little while, they found that they missed home though. So, they ate a quick snack (nom nom nom) and flew home. Traveling to the moon and back took longer than they thought. It was getting late. Her friend needed to go to back to his house. (Surely his mommy and daddy were missing him so!) They said their farewells and she watched him walk down the street a little before heading in.

Claralynn saw dinner on the table and climbed onto a chair between her mommy and daddy. As fun as her solo adventures had been, it was nice to be with her family again. (I’m thinking they were there all the while, but sometimes a girl just needs to feel like she’s doing things on her own.)

After dinner, she went potty on the toilet, again, my what a truly big girl Claralynn is! Then, it was bath time. She was washed from head to toe. Among the bubbles and foam letters, her day’s adventures fell away. She splashed water all over. There was a small pool on the floor. (Maybe she’d play there later too!)

After her bath, she put her pjs on. She got a cup of milk, sat on her mommy’s lap, and daddy started to read one of her favorite stories about settling down for the night. “Read book!” Claralynn shouted when he finished. Okay, little lady, one more book. This time, her mommy read about green eggs and ham. After spending time with Sam I Am, it was time to brush teeth. So she did just that! (Ooh sparkly!)

She gave her mommy and daddy their nightly hugs and kisses, squeezes too! She went upstairs, climbed into bed, laid down her head, and cuddled with one of her Mickey Mouse toys, don’t forget about Minnie! With her lullabies playing once more, it wasn’t long before she drifted off. Sweet dreams of her fun day began and fun ideas for tomorrow filled her head too. Goodnight, my sweet sleepy head. God bless you, my love. See you in the morning, then new adventures will begin.

***pictures taken by me, of the inspiration for this story, miss Claralynn herself***

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Through the Open Door

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Through the open door, adventure awaits

You can fly with your new fairy wings

Soar through the sky, into fantasy’s gates

Play with elves, nymphs, and a unicorn that sings

 

Through the open door, anything can happen

You can run as fast as a cheetah does

Or find a friendly centaur to take campin’

Ever want to step inside a beehive and listen to the buzz?

 

Through the open door, that’s where you witness the magic

Climb a great sycamore with the squirrels and chipmunks

See a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly is a great trick

Have you ever played with an otter that has such spunk?

 

Through the open door, you can decide what to do or where to go

You can even decide to be someone or something new

Want to help the sun rise or help a great river flow?

Dance with a dinosaur or live in a tree, there’s nothing you can’t do

 

 

***photo taken last year, at Ridge Run***

 

 

Oh the Places You’ll Go…

 

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I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books. I grew up reading a lot in general really, but he was one of my favorite authors when I was a tyke.

His stories were fun with silly nonsensical words, made up creatures, and great adventures. I loved the Sneetches, with the stars on their bellies and The Cat in the Hat, who always made things interesting and sometimes smellies. Smellies? Sure, I needed something that rhymed with bellies and why not be a little silly along the way? Why yes, Sam I am, I do like green eggs and ham. I’d eat them with you here, there, and everywhere!

My sixteen year old son and I had a tradition that involved us honoring the great author by reading his books on his birthday and sometimes the days leading up to it. We’d read oh so very many, perhaps five, 12, or even twenty. Why, I’m sure that’s plenty!

I have a daughter who is almost three and she loves books. I’m ever so proud to have two children who love to get lost in their pages! So now, with it being March 2nd, the birthday of one fabulously creative man, I continue this tradition.

What about you? Will you read a tale today, maybe two? There’s plenty to choose from! There’s books about apples on top! What about fish that are read and blue? The choice is yours, so totally up to you!! Just make sure to smile, enjoy, and share that joy of reading, whatever you do!!

What Happens When You’re Busy…

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WordPress notified me that I just celebrated five years! Wow, it’s been that long already?! I noticed it’s been quite awhile since I have posted. I kept meaning to write and then I’d get distracted. I apologize for not touching base in a few months. I hope all is well in WordPress land!

I mentioned awhile back that I started my photography business, been doing a lot to get that going. Today, I even created a WordPress business site: https://carissagrayphotography.blog/ Please check it out! That has been keeping me pretty busy, that and being with my family. My daughter turned one in April and my son graduated eighth grade in June. They’re growing so fast! My son passed me in height recently, leaving me both happy for him and a little sad. He starts high school this fall. When did he get to this point? It’s hard to believe some days just how grown up he is getting. My little girl is growing ever more comfortable on her legs, walking all over the place and learning to climb onto things. She talks a lot, can’t understand much of it, but some words are clear as day, like stop, even says it when she’s done eating.

Summer is already halfway over and yet it feels like it just begun. We have made it to a couple Brewer games and had a couple cookouts. I hope to do more before the summer is done, but we shall see how things pan out. What have you all been up to this summer? Have you done anything fun? Have you taken any trips? Share with me your adventures!!!! I want to live vicariously through my readers. 😉

I hope to hear from you all soon!!! Please show me you read this by commenting, let us chat! I miss our chats, lovelies! Until then, much love!!

I Would Go Anywhere With You

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What might I say to you

That would be something new?

I wish not to bother or bore

Or give you cause to snore

 

To become predictable isn’t something I desire

I want to live a life full of passion and fire

Let us go on an adventure, two, or maybe even three

Take my hand, there are many things I want you to see

 

Let us see distant lands

With beautiful lakes and golden sands

You could wander with me in my dreams

To places where the sun off our skin gleams

 

I would go anywhere with you

Or try anything bold, brilliant, and new

There are many sights to see, things to do, and foods yet to try

The possibilities are as endless as the sky

 

I am ready whenever you are

Let’s set our sights there upon that very star

If we set out together as a team

Then I believe nothing is as impossible as it might seem

 

Let us have God light the way

Wherever He might, wherever He may

Through seemingly endless stormy nights

That reveal within us the brightest of lights

A beautiful day in so many ways….

Today marks seven months together for Doug and I. I find myself more in love with him every single day. We have been through so much in seven months. He lost his mother, my grandma had a stroke and was also diagnosed with Dementia, he’s had issues with work, I am still looking for work, various family and friends issues, my mood swings, etc….but we have found it easier to get through all of that knowing we’re not alone and any problem one of us faces, we decided it’s not just their problem…it’s ours and we will band together as friends and as a couple and see one another through everything.

We take our next step in our relationship next week. He closes on the house he’s buying on May 23rd, which is my mom’s birthday. 🙂 We’re moving in together. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. While we practically live together now, we know it will be different actually living underneath the same roof, but we’re ready. One more week and then everything changes! I move out, my uncle moves back in, but I am still going to be checking on my grandma and taking care of the house until she goes into an assisted living place. This will be huge for Doug, owning a house. He’s a little nervous, but mostly excited, well, we both are. I can hardly wait to see what lies ahead for us….

It’s a beautiful day here! It’s sunny and warm, no chance of rain! So, I think I am going to go make the most of it in a few moments before I have to go do some work for Doug’s dad. What a blessing he’s been, his whole family really. Later, he will grill out for Doug, himself, & I. It’s going to be a lovely evening!!! The only way this day could get any better is if my friend’s bar is able to open tonight, making the venture for he, his mom, and everyone connected to this a reality. I am excited for this as well! Oh and, if I could just get a job offer too. 😉 But either way, it is a good day, so now it’s time to go make the best of it…hope you’re all able to do the same!

 One of the things keeping me busy is

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One of the things keeping me busy is my son’s baseball games, here is him with his team on Opening Day for the Appleton West Little League. 🙂 My son is the second one on the right. GO NUMBER TWO! GO TRU GREEN! They won by the way, 4-3 this past Saturday. 🙂

So yeah, May is going to be a very busy month, so I am telling you all ahead of time I am NOT vanishing, even if I haven’t posted in awhile. 😉 This month, besides the usual stuff, I am also going to be moving into a cute little house with my boyfriend, hoping the closing date is sooner rather than later. We have a lot to do in the meantime: packing, furniture shopping, planning, etc. I am so excited! I can’t begin to describe to you how very happy this makes me. I will get to go to sleep and wake up next to the man I love every single day. We are truly going to make a life together now. It’s scary too and I know reality will truly set in then, but I am confident in us and our love. This is going to be amazing.

I hope this summer is busy actually and that when I do update, I will have a lot to share with you guys and dolls. I also hope that all of you are getting out there and enjoying life as well. I want to see pictures from vacations, afternoons at the park, board game nights, and other fun times with family and friends. I want to hear how lives are changing. I know there will be hard times, but I hope to see that you’re coping, healing, and moving forward. I want to read about interesting topics and healthy debates. Keep sharing and I will do the same! Take care, WordPress family!

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