Eyes Wide Open.

This morning it looked like a scene right out of COPS here on our little, quiet, neighborhood street. There was an attempted burglary. There was a lockdown at our school. There was every cop in the city on our street. And there was a suspect handcuffed on the curb in front of our house. And that was all before 9am in the morning. It was quite an eye-opening experience, that is for sure. All of the suspects were apprehended and our quiet little town has since returned to normal, or as close to normal as we get here in barely controlled chaos-ville.

We might live near LA…but it certainly isn’t the ghetto. Things like this don’t happen here, do they?

Earlier this week we started out at the “Happiest Place on Earth” where I was treated to another eye-opening experience. Since we had the day off of school I promised the girls I would take them to Disney and we invited our friend Audrey. It was a pretty popular destination since a few of Em & Audrey’s friends showed up as well. (They also happen to be some of my Brownie girls, too…they are the best girls ever!)


Girl Power. My little 2nd grade Brownies took on Darth Vader in the Jedi Training Program.


It is a thing of beauty to watch these girls grow literally right in front of my very eyes. It is also a little bit heartbreaking. I can’t think of them growing up without getting that tightening in my chest and a little bit weepy. But look at them! Even last year, there would have been no way that Em and Audrey would even think of getting up in front of hundreds of people on stage to learn how to use a lightsaber. But there they were…


Tell me she doesn’t look like a focused, well…at least twelve-year-old!

Yeah, it has been a trying week on many fronts.
But it is nice to have my eyes opened every once in awhile. I certainly don’t want to miss any of this crazy thing called life.


6 thoughts on “Eyes Wide Open.

  1. Oh cooly cool cool!!!! Lightsabre shows at Disney. Em looks TOTALLY focused and so grown up in that last picture! Funny, when we were at Disneyland in 1968, the ‘audience participation’ number was in Frontierland where my sister and I did the ‘snake dance’ on the dance floor with a dozen Indian braves in full regalia and a dozen US tourists in checked shorts :-D Good times!!

  2. I love how the girls look so proud to be getting Jedi Training. We are venturing to Disney World this summer and I think I am more excited than the kids. They just don’t know what to expect. I think I am most excited to see them experience it.

  3. Umm, okay. Can we say SCARY? Because that all sounds VERY scary! Glad everything worked out okay and the suspects were aprehended. Nothing like an incident like that to give you some perspective on what’s really important and what’s not. And it looks like you’ve been soaking up what IS important. A 12 year old indeed. Put a brick on that girls head and tell her to quit growing up so fast already! :)

  4. Wow, that is scary! At least it doesn’t happen very often, but still…scary. :(

    Love the pics of the girls in their Jedi training! :)

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