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Begin again

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I decided I need to start updating the girls’ blog again. They’re doing things that are just too funny these days. And with them being 3 and 4 years old now, life is much different.

Pics from a recent snow storm, 3.08.13

RIP: Lucille Rose Forrest Frazier 1914-2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Lulu and Rose’s great-grandmother passed away the other night. She was 96 years old. Today we laid her to rest. We will miss her so very much but we are thankful that she got to meet our girls, unlike my grandparents who passed on a year before Lulu was born.

While Lulu and Rose may not retain any memories of spending time with Nana Frazier because they are so young, we have many photos and even some video of them together. And we have our happy memories of her to share with them.

Here’s part of her obituary:

Lucille Rose (Forrest) Frazier, 96, of Braintree, born in East Boston, was the fourteenth of fifteen children of Frederick Angus Forrest and Elizabeth Genevieve Preshong.  The family lived temporarily on Long Island, New York, before moving back to Boston.  From the time of her marriage, in 1940 to the late Bernard E. Frazier, she had been a resident of Braintree.

Mrs. Frazier was a descendant of one of the founding families of New York, and could trace her ancestry to the early Acadian settlers in what is now Nova Scotia.

She was a graduate of the Fitton School, East Boston.  Prior to her marriage, she worked for the Rust Craft Company and later for the Armstrong Cork Company and part-time for the Alves Photo Company, both in Braintree.  Mrs. Frazier had a good voice and sometimes sang solos in Braintree Minstrel shows.  She and her husband were noted for their skill on the ballroom floor.  One of her great joys, as an empty nester was to travel to Hawaii.

Mrs. Frazier volunteered as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader at St. Thomas More Church for five years and was always admired by the girls (she had been a Campfire girl, herself).  She volunteered for ten years at the South Shore Center for the Brain Injured, in Braintree, and received an award as the Most Outstanding Volunteer for her work there.  She spent many hours crocheting and knitting afghans for Veteran’s organizations, and stuffed animals and other gift items for Senior Citizens groups in which she was involved.

Two Lucilles are better than one

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

A few weeks ago we headed down to the South Shore to visit Lulu’s great-grandmother (Forrest’s 95 yr. old grandmother), Lucille, who we hadn’t seen in a while as well as Lulu’s grandparents. We ended up going out to lunch and Lulu was on her best behavior. It was a great day.

Grammi

Grammi

Grampi

Grampi

Goofy girl

Goofy girl

Lucille squared

Lucille squared

having a good time with Nana

having a good time with Nana

it's a cute picture, but deep down I know she's trying to figure out how to grab Nana's glasses!

it's a cute picture, but deep down I know she's trying to figure out how to grab Nana's glasses!

three generations

three generations

1 Year Old!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Lulu’s birthday was just over a week ago. At first we were thinking of spending a quiet day together, just the three of us. But as the day got closer, everyone in the family expressed excitement about seeing her that day so we ended up having a party at our house. Even though we kept it just to family, our family alone is quite a lot of people.

She had a great time seeing everyone and I think her favorite part was when everyone sang “happy birthday” to her!

She was not about keeping her birthday hat on and luckily we got plenty of pics with her while it was still on her head. Everyone, as always, was very generous with all of the wonderful gifts! Thanks to everyone for coming up and spending the day with us.

See all of the photos here!

Independ(ence) woman

Monday, July 6th, 2009

After a month of rain the weekend of Fourth of July turned out to be mild and sunny. Lulu donned her stars & stripes for the day and we headed down to Grammy and Grampy K’s house for a cookout and to celebrate Uncle John’s 21st birthday.

As always, she was amazingly well behaved all day long and gave out lots of snuggles to everyone. You can see all of the pics from the day here.

Lulu & (birthday boy) Uncle John

Lulu & (birthday boy) Uncle John

That night when we got home we headed down to Pickering Wharf to watch the Salem fireworks. We didn’t know how she would react to all of the different factors: lots of people, being up past her bedtime and loud fireworks. She did so great you could have knocked us over with a feather. She loved all of the different colors in the sky and would occasionally clap. Considering we thought we’d have to leave before the night even started, we ended up having a great time.

glowstick not required

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Last night little peep was playing before bedtime and found Forrest’s riding goggles on the floor. She did what she normally does, which was to put them in her mouth. I did what I normally do, which was to put them on her face to see what they would look like!

To my surprise, she didn’t immediately tear them off. In fact, she thought it was pretty hilarious-probably because we were laughing, too. All she needed was a mesh shirt and a pair of baggy pants and then she’d look like a little raver club kid. *oontz oontz oontz*

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Kitty!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Since this blog is mainly dedicated to Lulu, a lot of you probably don’t realize that we have another “baby” in the house; of the furry variety. Spooky is my little black cat and was the focus of my affections long before Lulu came along. He has graciously (and probably gratefully) taken to the side of the stage for her to have the spotlight.

He  keeps a respectful distance from her, but has been known to do a drive-by sniff of her when she’s not looking. When she cries, he gets very concerned and meows at us to let us know that she’s crying just in case we can’t hear her. When she naps, he sometimes sleeps on the couch in her room. And when she plays with her toys on the floor, he plays with his as well.

"I is in yur lawndry rubbin' my butts on yur kleen shirts"

"I is in yur lawndry rubbin' my butts on yur kleen shirts"

Lulu is now at the age where she gets excited to see the cat. Every morning when she gets up, he follows us downstairs and she lets out a squealy “oooh!” when she sees him.

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He is very patient with her when she wants to pet him. I try to teach her to gently pet him while all she’d like to do is stick her finger in his ear and grab two little handfuls of his fur. He purrs for a little while, his ears half askew (you can almost hear him sigh impatiently), and then looks at me looking like “can I go now?”

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He’s pretty good about staying away from her toys that are scattered all over the floor. Sometimes when she’s in bed I see him cautiously approaching one, tentatively sniffing and bumping his nose against it. Then he goes on his merry way.

I put one of her stacking cups in front of him the other day and he sat up very uncomfortably. He batted at it for a second and looked at me curiously like I was setting him up for something bad. He bolted to avoid trouble.

Don't touch it! It's a trap!

Don't touch it! It's a trap!

Even though I lavish most of my attention on Lulu, he and I still hang out on occasion. Just like old times.

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 11th, 2009
Lulu & Mom

Lulu & Mom

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With Grammi Frazier

With Grampi Frazier

With Grampi Frazier

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With Great-Grandmother Lucille

With Grammy K.

With Grammy K.

With Grandpa K.

With Grandpa K.

“I see your face everytime I dream”

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Forrest recently got a new lens for his camera because I was complaining that my little Nikon P4 takes really crummy pictures in our Bat Cave. There’s just not enough light for my little camera and Lulu moves so quickly it’s difficult to get a photo that isn’t a complete blur.

It’s not very often that I use Forrest’s massive D70 (it’s massive compared to my pocket-sized camera) but I’ve been trying to get used to it. Most pictures I take are out of focus; or a tiny button on Lulu’s shirt will be in focus instead of her face!

Here are some of the better photos I recently took outdoors while we went for a walk one afternoon. I know it was in the afternoon because she has an orange clown mouth from her lunch.

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what’s new pussycat?

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Well, things have been pretty busy around here lately. Mom no longer has a full-time job so our lives have been going through a bit of an adjustment period. Lulu had her last day of daycare a week ago and they were very sad to see her go. They said she is one of the happiest and fun babies there and even threatened to steal her away from us!

We’re all looking at this big change as a positive one and hope that it’s a blessing in disguise.

Lulu is going through another growth spurt. She is eating baby food three times a day on top of her bottle that she gets every 3-4 hours. She is starting to feel “solid” and meaty and has the cutest chubby wrists. She still shows no interest in crawling, but sits up for very long periods of time and rolls herself across the floor over and over again.

A new behavior this week is that she holds her arms out when she wants to be picked up and shows a preference when she wants Mom or Dad to hold her. She also is learning to make different sounds (ba ba ba, da da da) and yelling or squealing at different volumes, which we love when we’re out in a restaurant or coffee shop!

Here’s a big photo update since it’s been a while since our last post. Some are from our visit with Lulu’s great grandmother, hanging out with her Dad and outside for walks when the weather is nice.

Two Lucille's are better than one: Lulu with her Great Grandmother Frazier

Two Lucille's are better than one: Lulu with her Great Grandmother Frazier

with Grammi Frazier

playing with Grammi & Grampy Frazier

hanging with Dad

hanging with Dad

there's the smile

there's the smile

flying!

flying!

feeding herself...kind of

feeding herself...kind of

talking a walk down Pickering Wharf

talking a walk down Pickering Wharf

Mumma and Lulu

Mumma and Lulu

cheeky

cheeky

she looks like she has something to say.

she looks like she has something to say.

sitting with Grampy K.

sitting with Grampy K.