{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

 ~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life with Like Mother, Like Daughter~

{Pretty}

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“Pwetty dwess!” she tells me each morning as we’re deciding what she should wear. This outfit, sunglasses included, is all her own doing, and she was ever so excited to put it on. Indeed, it is a pretty dress for a pretty girl.

(Her judgment might be suspect, however: in the past week, she’s taken to exclaiming, “Pwetty dwess, Mama!” whenever she sees me in my bathrobe in the morning.)

{Happy}

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So much happy this week!

First, we put our small garden in the ground a few weeks ago. Everything is thriving, and the fruit trees are producing. I love summer and the fresh produce it brings – as does my girl, who has discovered anew the joy of strawberries, peaches and cherries in the past few weeks.

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And look! One of my tomato plants is already flowering. Yum. Nothing beats fresh tomatoes.

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We think this is a pear tree – it’s the first time it’s produced. Only three fruits this year, but it’s still very young, and I’m looking forward to (hopefully) enjoying them come fall. Besides, three is the perfect number – one for each person (well, not including baby Palmer, yet to be born) in our family.

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She found this old keyboard recently, and has spent a fair amount of time playing with it. She informed me what she was doing the other day – “Write! Book! Mama!” – to which I responded, “You’re writing a book like Mama?” She grinned and nodded.

It both thrills me and terrifies me that she is so intent on mimicking the things I do. Though, to be honest, I’m not sure where she learned that I want to write a book: I’m not in the process of doing so at the moment, and I rarely try to write when she’s awake. But she’s picked it up somewhere, and that makes me smile.

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Another place where she’s imitating me: this time, in taking pictures. In just the past few days, she’s begun doing this, and it brings me joy.

{Funny}

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Flattering picture, no? This is the kind of thing you get when you want a family photo at the park and your toddler isn’t keen on looking at the camera and your husband starts making funny faces to try to keep her attention and you’re leaning at an awkward angle to try to get a selfie (and you also really need a haircut).

{Real}

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This is what happens when you leave the egg carton within reach of the toddler who wants to help while you rummage in the fridge for butter.  She’s busy and curious and fast, this girl, and she can get into trouble in no time flat as she explores and learns about her world.

Those are the {pretty, happy, funny, real} moments around here this week.How about you? Head on over to Like Mother, Like Daughter or leave a comment here and share the contentment you captured this week!

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