Saturday, April 08, 2017

Little Katie posing like a Degas ballerina.

We went to the Art Institute last Saturday.  I'm sure Katie does not remember this picture...
But she LOVES the art institute now...with a passion.  
Both of my girls have become great lovers of art.
Katie is rather emotional about it.
She cried her way thru the museum.  
So many friends seen for the first time...or at least with new eyes.

Today is the most gorgeous day.  It is nearing the 70's and the sun is shinning.
The screen door is wide open and I have in heaven.

Ten years ago we went to Paris.
We loved everything about Paris.
Even the rain did not dampen our spirits!

I traveled three weeks in a row in March.
First I went to Columbia Missouri with my sister Cindy for a baby shower for our niece's baby shower.  Sue's daughter in law and son Wesley are expecting a little girl soon.  We wanted to let them know how happy we were for them and show them some Auntie love in person.
Then Katie and I drove to Omaha for Melinda's Nursing School graduation!!!
We are just so happy and proud of Melinda!  She passed her boards this week too!!!  So all sorts of great things going on in Omaha!  The boys were adorable!  So is their dad.

Last weekend Emma turned twenty-eight. She wrote me and said
"Come to Chicago for my birthday and get matching tattoos."

I told her I would come...but would have to think about that whole tattoo thing.
Emma has two. I have never wanted one.  
But I can not say no to my little red headed girl.
And I figured that I am so old, what does it matter if I die with some ink on my arm.

And so.

Friday night we got matching tattoos.

Our tattoo says,

"hey boo"

Mine is at my wrist.
Katie created the font.

It hurt like the dickens.

So now you know!
I'm a wild and crazy mom.

Love you lots, friends.
Any secret tattoos our there I don't know about?

Donna Elsie.


  1. I love you, Donna Elsie!
    Mean it!
    You are so bad ass!

  2. Anonymous8:46 PM

    Donna, you are something else. What an absolutely great mom you are. My husband and I say, "hey Boo" to each other once in awhile as a reference to one of our favorite books and movies of all time. How lovely that you watched the movie on the day Emma was born. And it is so wonderful to hear about all the happy things you have been doing!

    Debbie Z.

  3. Hilarious, Donna!

  4. You are brave! I love it.
    Good for you, too, with all the fun traveling :-)

    Your Swiss Miss

  5. I am too chicken. Just like you though, if Kaish asked, I could not say no.

    I love the picture of little Katie. I am glad you are her Mom.

    LOVE the picture of you and your honey. Your love created so much more love.

    You are a busy traveller. I travelled to Lancaster yesterday to shoot a wedding. Everything hurts today. I am shooting at the hospital this morning. 5 little babies. 1 hurting back. Book club is this afternoon. I am excited.

    Sending love on this beautiful Palm Sunday.

  6. I would like to get a tattoo, and surprising even myself I would like to get my nose pierced! I am in my 50's, and I still won't do either because I know my mother would not approve. But, if one of my kids suggested getting matching tattoos, I would completely do it. They are already written on my heart, painfully at times, so why not write a bond with them on my skin?

  7. I love this SO MUCH!

  8. You are awesome! I got my first tattoo at age 39, a treble clef, for my love of music (I play flute and sing). It's been 2 years and I have a few more planned. If my daughter asked, I would totally do it! What a fun memory!

  9. what a brave momma you are. but she is a very special girl. btw i saw this and thought of you because of your fondness for all things royal.

  10. I love everything about this post! I don't know how I missed it here and on instagram?! Love the ballerina, the Paris pictures and the tat because To Kill a Mockingbird? On my favorite book list since the first time I read it, not to mention the movie. I cannot and will not read the "sequel."

  11. Oh Donna - just was perusing through older blogs! Love that you got a tattoo! I never wanted one either until my daughter requested we get matching Celtic crosses to commemorate an event in her life and so we did! I thought we could get little tiny ones on our wrist but on no, to get the Celtic design it became a 4 inch cross on my forearm! Blessings!


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