Monday, April 14, 2014

Looks Can Be Deceiving


I really love this picture. Here's the story that I may choose to tell with this picture one day: I said to Sophia, "Hey, would you like to have a picture with me, Sophia?" She responded, "Yes, Mama! I want to have my picture with you at every opportunity because I love you sooooooo much!"

Here's the story that really happened with this picture: "Sophia, I'll only let you climb on my back if you let me take a picture of us." Sophia responded, "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" while trying to slide down my back and out of the frame.

Oh well. The love is the truth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Break

Last week was Sophia's spring break. It was just what we needed. The first half of break was relaxing. Just one long play date, some projects at home and lots of snuggles and games. The second half was full to bursting with time outside and adventures around St. Louis and down in Springfield/Branson with my parents.

Thursday was spent around St. Louis, at the Magic House and hiking the trails around Laumeier Sculpture Park. That's one of my favorite things to do, and it's a great way to get started on a spring and summer full of outdoor activity.

Friday, we got to go to the Zoo with Casey and Henri. A special treat for any day!! We all had fun, but Henri and Sophia took fun to another level... A crazier, freer level.


Saturday was spent at Silver Dollar City. We haven't been there at non-Christmas time in quite a while. Sophia was thrilled. I think her favorite part of the whole park might have been the Old Homestead area. Here, she got to be a model student.


And she met Cotton, the cutest, fluffiest little horse she's ever met. She was very much in heaven.


Yesterday, when I took Sophia into school, she caressed the wall as we went up the stairs and said, "Oh, I've missed you, old friend." So, while Spring Break is over, the fun apparently continues for Sophia. She does love school.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Little Things: A Golf Story by Sophia Creach

Hi today I think that I will tell you about  my story of going golfing. Ok first I will tell you about my dad.So he is the kind of guy that he will most likely will do any thing to make you happy, and he will try to help you
24,7.



 So were was I, oh ya! In fact today I tolled my dad to come to the golf  stall because I was going to give him the last 4 balls... But he said "No you can hit them"And I was so thankful for that. See some times it is only the little things that count.






By sophia creach

Monday, March 3, 2014

Science Project - by Sophia

,,Hi today I will tell you about my... SCIENCE EXPERIMENT! It went awesome, thanks for asking.I did a experiment on what happens when you put food coloring in water, with fruit in it.In other words, I was looking for if the food coloring went through the skin.It didn't! So learned that fruit is very protective.As I said before it was fun/awesome. I hope you enjoyed.Bye.






By sophia creach

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Deep Breath

My olfactory senses are very near to my spirit, or whatever you might call it. The slightest whiff of a particular smell can draw me in or spit me out, depending on the conjuring that follows.

One smell that will always bring fullness to my chest is described here: Yesterday, we finally enjoyed some above-freezing weather. Not only that, the sun came to visit. Sophia and I took the chance to get outside after she got home from school. A cruise downhill on her bike, followed by some digging in the mud, seemed like an appropriate welcome to the first springish day we've had.

After we were inside, I leaned over (not so far these days) to kiss Sophia on her forehead, my nose in her hair. There it was. Spring. Promise. Innocence. Earth. Combined with the scent of my daughter. The result was color and warmth. Memories of the same moment having passed between us hundreds (maybe thousands?) of times. How many thousands more can I manage before I'll have to conjure those memories from words like these rather than from a deep breath?

Monday, February 17, 2014

First Sleepover -by Sophia

I  had my first sleep over today.  It is awesome!


Fun comes first in my house.Friends,fun and opportunity is most important.

 Especially who you pick.   And every now and then you need a nap.

But it is good to smile at the camera too.  This is my friend!We are number 1!!!  The best part is she is on my basket ball team,and she is in my class!





Sunday, February 9, 2014

"Every Shot is as Good as Gold"

Sophia is still playing basketball. More or less. With her cough and flu, she has missed a couple of games and practices. She was able to play in this weekend's game, and she had a wonderful time with her friends, as always. 

We've also been watching the Olympics. So much discussion of effort and excellence. 

During Saturday's game, Sophia did as she normally does, and she passed each time she got the ball. Her coach's advice to her (and to pretty much every girl) is "Take it to the basket when you get it. Then shoot." We have lots of great teammates on that team. Most of them prefer passing (and cheering one another on) to shooting. 

With just a little time before Sophia was coming out, she got the ball. I expected her to stop halfway and find someone to take it, but she...took...it...all...the...way. Shot. The ball kissed the glass. Girl Power scored!! All the parents cheered for her. She turned around with the biggest smile on her face and did the tiniest victory dance.

When we talked about it on the way home, we talked a lot about how she loves to pass. She told us that she loves to give other kids the chance to make a shot because, "for a kid, every shot is just as good as a gold medal."