April Showers

It's been raining here.
Like a lot.
Like, I don't even remember the last time I saw the sun.
Also? Storming.
As in piercing claps of thunder, hail downpours, lightning, and even tornadoes.
We have lots of flooding going on, trees down, and some people still don't have power.

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I know there is a time for rain. It renews and rejuvenates. April showers bring May flowers. I even like rainy days and hunkering down for a good thunderstorm, but dang... I miss the sun.

However, if I've learned anything this year it's that Life's not about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

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So dance we shall.

And despite the dark skies and gloominess of the rain for the last several days, we've celebrated lots of family time this weekend with a birthday and Easter.

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On Saturday we had everyone over to celebrate my BFF Lynda's (Josh's mom) 29th birthday... which is ironic considering Josh will be 32 this Friday. Hmm.

We were going to grill out but Mother Nature had plans of her own, so we grilled in.

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Well, the grill was still out... but we stayed in.

Mandy made the cake with a new recipe she hadn't tried before and guess what it was called? HUMMINGBIRD CAKE. Swear. It was scrumptious but didn't taste quite like my beloved hummingbirds. I guess probably because there was no coffee liquor or cream rum in it.. but it did have bananas?

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I hung out with the littlest niece, Avery.. she is getting so big!

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She's 8 months old now, so you know what that means... it was time for a photo shoot!!
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I think 8 month olds are my new favorite age to photograph. She was SO easy to get to smile, she could sit up and do cute things, but she can't move around yet!! Perfect!
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Basket comparison:

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Crazy babies and all their growing!

Just a couple of my faves.. I got so many great photos of her and I haven't even sorted through them all yet.

Happy Birthday, BFF... hope it was awesome!!!