Monday, August 11, 2008

Sharing A Childhood Passion With Sugar Bear

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All too often, I find myself going to great lengths to create the opportunity for Sugar Bear to have a taste of what it was like for me growing up. I have such fond memories of being a country girl. I am always eager to capture memories of Sugar bear following in her mother's footsteps...or at least giving it her own little go at it.

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In early June, while visiting with my parents I wondered aloud if there would be any tadpoles hanging around in the pond below the house. As a young girl, I could spend hours knee deep in muck catching my beloved tadpoles. I would carry them home in an old mason jar, and set them up with a home away from home in a 5 gallon bucket, carefully placed along side the shady side of the house. I would watch them grow from day to day, and squeal with delight as they changed into the sweetest little frogs. I have such incredibly fond memories of this activity, that I have been itching for Sugar Bear to be old enough to experience it.

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My dad agree to accompany us down to the pond, so that I could take photos of the event without the worry of Sugar Bear falling head first into the water. I am so very delighted that he came, as I happen to get some of my very most FAVORITE shots of them together. eeeeeeee (jumping up and down!)

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Not at all surprising, the Sugar took to this activity like a duck to water....or a frog to hopping. tee hee...she had her little net, and she was eager to catch those little swimmers. She did really well, too. "See what I caught, Mama?"

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Don't you just want to grab her up and squeeze her till her head pops off???? What???? You don't? Okay...my bad! Maybe you could just pick a few of these instead.

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Anyhow, I took about four bazillion more pictures...and have many more to share...especially ones of her and her papa, but I am exhausted...and running of our things to say. I know...SHOCKER! So you'll just have to come back tomorrow to see the rest in my Wordless Wednesday post!

16 Live It or Love It:

CATHY said...

I do the same thing, I show him things that I did and want him to enjoy it as much as I did. However I don't think he sees it the same way. Great story..

alissasanderson said...

I hope I see a bucket of tadpoles tomorrow!

Veggie Mom said...

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Autumn said...

I know exactly how you feel, wanting to share those experiences. Bug and I tried to do the tadpole thing but I ended up killing them all when I added water to their container. The PH wasn't right or something. Bug was so sad. I hope yours turned out better than ours!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Loved your post today! My children, and even grandchildren (with one exception) are beyond the age of delight in new discoveries. However, I've taken great pleasure in seeing your photos and reading your narrative. Way to go, Mom!

CMB said...

So sweet - that is great to share that with her. Love the pix of her and grandpop.

beth said...

Wonderful shots!

I feel exactly the same way about my girls exploring the beach. You have inspired me to try to get some similar shots.

AnnD said...

GOD! I LOVE THOSE photos! Now, if only I can catch a tadpole for Emma!

Christina said...

It certainly looks like you passed this love on to your daughter! She looks positively delighted. The ones with Grandpa are so great.

And, Sugar is gorgeous. But you already know that. :o)

fairytalesandmargaritas said...

I love her pig tails! And I remember doing the same thing, unfortunately we don't have many tadpoles in AZ!

holly said...

this is something i never did. but i was never one that liked playing in the muck (i suspect that was because i had a don't-play-in-the-muck kind of mum. bless her little clean heart)

tommie said...

The one of her Papa grinning ear to ear is priceless!

I think I am so drawn to your photography because it is not posed!!

ispeakbeanish said...

What great photos of Sugar with her Papa!

I remember catching tadpoles too. My brother and a couple of friends and I had a pond we always went to. One day, we decided to catch tadpoles and kept wading deeper and deeper. Soon, we were in water up to our necks and having a blast. Mom was quite surprised when I came home completely soaked. She just looked at me and chuckled and told me to go get my brother who was still "catching" tadpoles with our friends. I still remember it today though!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Yay, so glad her grandad got to share that too.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I love showing the girls things that I used to do as a girl too. And there are so many times I wish I could share something with them that isn't possible. I'm so glad that you were able to take Miss Sugar Bear tadpole-catching - it looks like she's building some precious memories there!

Oh and those pigtails are absolutely adorable! :)

Angela said...

Looking at these pictures, your dad reminds me of mine. He's ALWAYS there with Sugar, for Sugar and for you. LOVE the pics of them together!

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