Sunday, July 24, 2011

DoodleBug Turns 20

A photographic tribute to DoodleBug who will be, for the first time, of an age that doesn't end with 'teen'.  

Happy 20th Birthday DoodleBug!

Only 2 days old with Mama Lil (great grandmother).  When DoodleBug was a little older she would spend so much time cooing with Mama Lil. When she was older still, they had tea parties together.  They were very close.
"A daughter is a bundle of firsts that excite and delight, giggles that come from deep inside and are always contagious, everything wonderful and precious and your love for her knows no bounds."
Barbara Cage

Check out those big blue eyes!
A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.
-- Author Unknown

Discussion about sand with dad.
The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage.  A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, "Daddy, I need to ask you something," he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.  ~Garrison Keillor
Swimming in the lake at Mimi's with Buddy.
Daughter are angels sent from above to fill our heart with unending love.
-- J. Lee

She may have had a touch too much Easter candy before church...
What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be.
-- Helen Claes

All set to be in the town Christmas parade!
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be.
                                                                Clementine Paddleford

Napping at Mimi's.
Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.  ~Jim Bishop
Learning to play the guitar.
Of all the haunting moments of motherhood, few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter's mouth.  ~Victoria Secunda

Just having some fun being a kid!

A father is always making his baby into a little woman.  And when she is a woman he turns her back again.  ~Enid Bagnold

Getting clean with foam soap--that's Birdie on the left.
A father... knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself.  In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, the father not only will support his wife in keeping their daughter home but he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested.  ~Bill Cosby

Considering a modeling career...
A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.
Author Unknown
I don't know, do they hire crazy models?
 A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.
Laurel Atherton
Ms. Coolness on the drums.
 A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self.
Author Unknown

FOUR years of band--senior year we even had to plan your sister's wedding around STATE competition.  Her sister still can't believe we did that.
Daughters are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty, and sometimes attract pests.  ~Author Unknown
And FOUR straight years of taking FIRST place at STATE! (DoodleBug on the right)

Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half - especially if he has a teenage daughter.  ~Guy Lombardo
Turning flips to win the disc during an ultimate frisbee tournament at CofC.

Any astronomer can predict with absolute accuracy just where every star in the universe will be at 11.30 tonight.  He can make no such prediction about his teenage daughter.  ~James T. Adams

Slurping down oysters...she gets this from her daddy
There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
John Gregory Brown
Hanging out with Tucky.
Having a blast at All Good! (That's her on the left)

It's a true pleasure being your mom!  Happy Birthday Squeeby!

Per DoodleBug's request, it's Bourbon Shrimp and Charleston Grits for the birthday lunch so I'm off to peel some shrimp!


  1. Just a quick hi B4 the dog show.
    Happy Birthday to Doodle Bug!!

    Shrimp and grits? Can I come pls?

  2. Happy Birthday Doodlebug! 20, wow!

    I love the pic of her on percussion most of all, the concentration on her face.
    And I love the Stradivarius/gorilla quote!
    have a wonderful day, all!

  3. Happy Birthday to your little girl!
    I love all the pics and the daughter quotes. I hope you all enjoy her special day!

  4. Happy Birthday...and congratulations on escaping the teen years. Those are such great photos. My favorite? The crazy model. My daughter would have confiscated that one LOL

  5. This marvellous photographic record with the lovely quotes you've carefully selected is further proof of just how much you love your daughters and what a perfectly carefree, happy and contented childhood they had! Happy 20th Birthday, Doodlebug!

  6. Sunrise, sunset, swiftly go the years...

    Happy Birthday!

  7. Aww, that's so sweet, what a nice tribute to Doodlebug. Tell her Happy Birthday from me, I really like your explanations of the pictures...

  8. I love how you did this nice birthday picture memories. Great pictures and the quotes are so appropriate for them!! Hope she has a wonderful birthday!

  9. Happy birthday to that gorgeous Doodlebug and, yes, she has got gorgeous )huge) blue eyes! I love the way you did your post today, with gorgeous photos from a baby onwards and the lovely quotes in between.

  10. Sorry. I just realized that I used the word 'gorgeous' a bit too much there, but then Doodlebug IS gorgeous, so I hope I will be forgiven. Hee Hee!

  11. Michele- Thanks! If you come here, I'll make the shrimp and grits just for you!

    Mimi- Thank you! She was one serious drummer! Even now she plays for a group in college.

    Laura- Thank you so much! We had a great time!

    Stephanie- YES! We made it through those teen years FOUR times! God spared us. LOL

    Desiree- Thank you! They were such wonderful children and have grown into four amazing adults!

    Gail- They surely do! Thanks!

    Lyndylou- Thank you!

    Alessandra- I told her and she said, "Aw, thank her for me!"

    Barb- She had a great time at lunch. The party is at her house tonight- college kids!

    Diane- Thank you so much! LOL I just read your second comment! You're a riot!

  12. Such a sweet post in tribute to a very special girl!!!! Loved these pictures.

  13. Happy Birthday Doodlebug... and can we have the recipe for the shrimp & grits?

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Your daughter is just so beautiful!! 20 years old is amazing. Mike is 6 months behind, just amazing how fast time goes.
    Take care and have an awesome and blessed week.

  15. Thanks for letting us "see" her grow up. Oh, the memories that are here :)

  16. I loved this post and all the quotes...I have daughters : ). Happy birthday to yours!

  17. How sweet was this? I loved watching doodlebug grow up right before my eyes! HB to your sweet daughter!

  18. What a sweet post. I love all the pictures. It's so much fun to see them growing up. Hope she had an awesome birthday.


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