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“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

She has the most beautiful  eyes, and dark curly hair.  She doesn’t easily smile for my camera, but she laughs out loud with a belly laugh that would make any Santa proud!  

She loves to snuggle, and plays her little  2 year old heart out.  She constantly will ask “Mommie (or Ya Ya for me), what doing?”  When you tell her what you are doing – she repeats it verbatem . . . ie: I’m driving to the store.  What are you doing?  “I driving to the store.”  Three minutes later – same question – same answer – same response!  

She takes great joy in just about everything.  When she doesn’t, she gets a sour look on her face and says “I no like it!”  She will cross her arms on her chest and turn away from you to emphasize her point!  I take great joy in everything she does! (yes – even the messes . . . everything can be “fixed”!)

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“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”  Walt Disney

I drove out to the beach today as I thought it would be cooler than staying here where it’s getting in to the 90’s this weekend.  Of course, everybody and their neighbor thought it was a great idea too!  It was a challenge to find a beach with close enough parking for me and the little one to walk.  I did finally find good parking at San Gregorio Beach just south of Half Moon Bay.  It was actually the perfect beach because of the little bay with a sand spit between it and the ocean.  Baby girl was elated at the opportunity to play in the sand, get her feet wet, then venture further out where she could actually dunk herself completely.  This little doll is not afraid of the water!  

I had to finally drag her back to shore as she was getting a bit too far out for my comfort.  As it was just the two of us, and there were tons of people at the beach, I wasn’t very confident in leaving my camera and purse on the beach while I went in to play with her.  So . . . sadly her fun had to end.  She cried all the way back to the car!  I felt so bad . . . however as soon as I got a bottle of water out to wash her down and change her in to dry clothes, she was happy again.  

If only we could just stay young and not have to worry about responsibility and just live life as we see fit.  She was having so much fun . . . screeching for joy every time she dunked herself in the water.  Truly, it was precious.

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“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.”  Walt Streightiff

I just love the sparkle in my Grand Daughter’s eyes . . . she’s showing off her booty from a birthday Pinata.  You would think that she’s just hit a Million Dollar Lotto jackpot!  Such innocence, and joy.  It’s so sad to see this innocence and joy gradually disappear as we grow older and the realities and responsibilities of life sink in.  I want to look at this photo every day as a reminder of what I strive for . . . the same joy and excitement for everything I do.  I just can’t feel sad or depressed when I look at this photo of her . . . 

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