just in time for Halloween

the jack-o’-lantern smile.

The novelty of a little girl in a five-boy household never wears off. We’re constantly intrigued by her dress-ups and baby dolls and spontaneous art projects. And since the moment Mary could string two words together she’s been leaving little notes around the house. Boys write notes for holidays and assignments; girls write notes on the slightest whim. I came home from Stefan’s orchestra concert to a stack of Mary notes on my desk:

I wont my mommy.

Wen will mommy be home.

I rilly wont my mommy.

It seems like a long time I’m wudring wen she will be home!!!

and this little pile of crumpled papers shoved under Hansie’s door (in order as far as I can tell):

Just please let me in your room I’v bin so nice to you just pleas let me in your room

p.s. please let me in your room

Open this door be-cause I wont you to. So do it. Love, Mary

p.s. I do not like you

Dear Hans I take back wut I said be-for so please for-give me. Love, Mary

p.s. I love you

So do you for-give me? I’m very sorry abot wut I said be-for so I wont to know if you for-give me. Love, Mary

I foogive you. Love, Hans

Thanks so much for for-giveing me. Love, Mary

p.s. please open the door!

October 8, 2010
October 15, 2010



  1. The Planet Pink

    October 11, 2010

    Oh so cute! I can see how that would never get old! Love it.

  2. Sue

    October 11, 2010



  3. Cath

    October 11, 2010

    This has me laughing aloud!!! Her toothy grin is yes – timely! I am LOVING the picture. And the “notes” are a kick. I’m so glad you wrote it all down, miss-spelled word for word.

  4. Tracy

    October 12, 2010

    I love how Miss Mary’s nose wrinkles up when she smiles. It melts my heart every time.

    I heart your kids. Big time.

  5. Kerri

    October 12, 2010

    I ADORE little girl notes, and I’m terribly sad that Kate seems to be moving out of the note phase, because I am pretty sure Ben will not be a note-leaver. Sigh. It’s wonderful to watch my kids grow up, but also very sad.

    And I love the picture. Seriously darling.

  6. Ken

    October 13, 2010

    Dear Mary,
    I would like to leave a note for you.
    You are very beautiful.
    You are lot’s of fun.
    I enjoyed your school program last Spring because you sang every song!
    I love you!
    Grandpa Ken

  7. Will and Joan Turley Family

    October 14, 2010

    Michelle —

    I love your blog. I have actually re-started mine but it is closed. If you would like an invite, please e-mail me your e-mail address. My e-mail address is jdnt61@yahoo.com

    We sure miss all of you and hope all is well!


  8. Lisa

    October 14, 2010

    Oh Mary, I grew up in a family of all brothers and no sisters, it’s a crazy place to be. However, you will always be protected and watched over! Also, I loved the pumpkin grin pic…that’s a treasure!

  9. Mitchell Family

    October 15, 2010

    Absolutely adorable.

  10. Rachelle

    October 18, 2010

    Oh My Gosh… Loved this. Love her spelling. The whole post…delightful.

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