actions speak louder than words

I made a quick trip to Arizona after Christmas to enjoy a few days with the Anderson family. Yes, I was just there a month ago but the added draw was the presence of son Ben, there from Michigan for some sunshine and family. Not necessarily in that order, of course.

We heard quite a bit of commotion in the lower level of the house and then learned why. Cassidy had received as a Christmas gift several American Girl scripts for the play “Actions Speak Louder than Words.” She had recruited her siblings for the production; we were the willing and appreciative audience.

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Everyone had a role, sometimes two!

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Yes, Paul had his share of lines and didn’t mind too much playing the part of a girl. Might even have enjoyed it.

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Spellbound!

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Take a bow.

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Individual introductions.

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And then back to the work at hand. Puzzles seemed to be the theme this year. There were the puzzles I made for Liv and Sam. And Rachel posted a picture of Oscar putting together the puzzles I made for him.

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And Quinn sent me pics of her kiddos putting together the puzzle I made for them. It was hard (they told me), especially because their mom withheld the cheat sheet I sent along with it. Here’s what it looked like before I trimmed the edges and cut it into small pieces.

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And the kids working on it:

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Frantic

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They did finally finish it.

So with equal tenacity we all worked on the 550-piece puzzle begun before I arrived.

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Progress!

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My family (and not only those pictured) is extremely patient with my photo requests. So here you can see we finished the puzzle. It might not be a major accomplishment, but we sure had fun working on it together.

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Before I could blink, it seemed, it was time to take Ben to the airport. He gets the coveted white-hanky farewell reserved for visiting dignitaries.

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Bye Ben; we sure do love you!

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I stuck around another day and got to share in a pre-13 party for Marissa, whose actual day is next Monday. Between now and then the Andersons will drive to Disneyland and back. No grass grows under their feet.

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Well, will you look at that! My departure warranted a white-hanky farewell too. A Gus could get spoiled by such queenly treatment.

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One Response to actions speak louder than words

  1. Ridge says:

    So glad you got a chance to see him!

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