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  1. October 7, 2013
    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    Oh man I love this…what a cute story. You crack me up and make me laugh almost every post. and YAY LILA!!!! I am not quiet either so I will cheer for her too.

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh good – two loud ladies to “woot woot!” together! 🙂

      And the admiration is mutual, ma’am! 🙂

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  2. October 7, 2013
    Alex

    I’m a grown woman and I still probably wouldn’t have the nerve to stand on the party line b/c I am terrified of public speaking. So kudos to Lila!! 🙂

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I’m sure that I would be the same way. I can speak in front of an audience of teenagers (i.e. teaching), but speaking in front of my peers makes me feel queasy. It’s the strangest thing!

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  3. October 7, 2013
    Shannah @ Just Us Four

    This is such a great story! Isn’t it amazing how one day something just clicks and they decide to do something all by themselves that previously they needed you for?! It is both heart warming and heart breaking at the same time because you realize they are growing up.

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      It was completely amazing! I was amazed at her determination to do it all by herself. Like you said, it’s like something “clicks” in their brains – suddenly, they’re a brand new person!

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  4. October 7, 2013
    amy @ one artsy mama

    How cool would that to have LC’s pic on a Cheerios box?! Awesome!

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I know! It’s such an awesome idea! (and a keepsake!)

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  5. October 7, 2013
    Marilyn

    Wow, what a beautiful story, Tara. Tell Lila that she has a proud fan all the way in Ohio! 🙂

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I will, Marilyn! Suddenly this child enjoys the limelight… who knew?!?!?

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  6. October 7, 2013
    Becky

    Awwwww…I LOVE that! Not only is a great moment for you to witness the idea that’s it’s called ‘standing on a party line’ – well that’s just awesome! What a cool way for a kid to find independance and confidence 🙂

    Parenting high five to you Tara!

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Thanks, Becky! Yes, it’s a great way to help kids find their voices and their confidence at a young age.

      (Though I will admit – I DETESTED the party line all last year. Mainly because I was anticipating my own “performance” and not really enjoying it the way I was supposed to. What a difference a year makes!)

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  7. October 7, 2013
    Shari

    Way to go Lila! So proud of you!

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      I’ll tell her that you say that! She’ll be thrilled to hear it from Aunty Shari! 🙂

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  8. October 7, 2013
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Such a beautiful story, Tara. Seriously I could read your writing for days. (Yes, indeed I do foresee an eBook in your future….) And my favorite part was definitely hearing your scream at the end of that video. No wonder Lila has the courage to take on these firsts…she has such a supportive, cheerleader of a Mama!

    Loved learning about Cheerios celebrating “firsts!”

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Lauren! I so appreciate your encouragement about my writing. Maybe one day it will become something a bit bigger than this! 😉

      Yes, I’m a “whoop!” er. I can’t help myself. I would make an excellent Hockey Mom.

      And yes, the Cheerios box is such a cool idea!

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  9. October 7, 2013
    terry

    This made me cry. What a great story. I’m sure that your performances were fabulous, but what a thrill to hear that Lila did her own this month. Awesome.

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Terry. I admit, I was puffed up like a peacock when we left preschool that day. “My kid kicked party line ass!”

      Lila’s incredible performance aside, I think I’m a pretty good party-liner. I’m one of the loudest singers! 🙂

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  10. October 7, 2013
    Natalie

    Oh Tara! What an amzing story! How proud you must ahve been of your little Lila! And what an amazing storytelling talent you have!!! Wow, you had me right there sitting next to the party line with you, clapping my hands and signing along, haha!

    Go Lila Go!

    Natalie
    XX

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Nat! I’m a chatty gal, so I love to tell stories.

      I am quite proud of my little chickadee. It took a year, but it was worth the wait!

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  11. October 7, 2013
    Kadie

    Oh I love your video!! What a great day for your little one! AND how much fun to be on the box of Cheerios!

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I know – how awesome would it be to be on a box of Cheerios! It’s so much fun for kids (and grown-ups)!

      The video isn’t long ,but it says a lot about Lila and me! 🙂

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  12. October 7, 2013
    Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

    All of the “firsts” are so special aren’t they?! Just wait for the “teenager firsts!” Tara you have such an adorable daughter, I loved your post! Sharing via G+. xoxo

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, those teenager firsts are going to be doozies for me, Clydia! I don’t know how I’m going to handle them all!

      Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate it so much! 🙂

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  13. October 7, 2013
    Terri

    awww, I love it, so cute

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Terri!

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  14. October 7, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Love that story! Funny how they somehow figure it out when the time is right. She sounds adorable, and I’m sure she felt amazing that first time.

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    • October 7, 2013
      Tara

      It’s so true – oftentimes, they figure it out on their own! She is adorable (and loud, and dramatic, and sweet, and stubborn…) But yes, she was so proud of herself standing up there on the line. It was such a great day.

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  15. October 8, 2013
    Mel

    Aww how cute! Madeleine is the same outside she’s like a mouse at home she’s the boss 🙂

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Isn’t it funny? They’re so “themselves” at home… and out in the world, you’re like, “Who ARE you!?!?”

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  16. October 8, 2013
    Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

    What a sweet story and a brave little gal :o)

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      I’m so proud of her! Now… let’s see if this bravery shows up in other areas! (Fingers crossed!)

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  17. October 8, 2013
    Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life…

    I love this story!
    Thanks for taking me back to all those “firsts” It was awhile ago for me but reading about Lila brought it all back!!
    Smiling for her… and for you mom!!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Awww… thanks, Cynthia! These firsts are still blowing me away! These kids have a way of surprising us when we least expect it!

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  18. October 8, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    What a fun post to read and your video made me smile! Go Lila!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Danni! I’m glad you liked the video! It’s short, but strangely, it’s one of my favourites!

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  19. October 8, 2013
    Melanie

    What a sweet story!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Melanie!

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  20. October 8, 2013
    Shanna Gilbert

    Such a great story Tara! Your little one is one darling and brave pumpkin! It’s so sweet how supportive you are!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Shanna! I’m so thrilled that this year is going to be so much easier for her. It makes those months of Crazy Pageant Mother worth it! 😉

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  21. October 8, 2013
    Virginia Fynes

    Big round of applause for your little Lila!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you Virginia! She’s getting a lot of support here on the blog, too. I’ve been telling her about it!

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  22. October 8, 2013
    Adrianne

    Tara, what a beautiful post!! I just love reading here!!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Adrianne! 🙂

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  23. October 9, 2013
    Angie

    What a great story! That sounds so much like my youngest, who’s now 13 and is still a little afraid of being in front of others. But she joined the church choir last year and I ‘m so proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      How awesome that your daughter is slowly coming out of her shell. I wasn’t a very boisterous kidlet (in fact, my face turned deep red every time a teacher called on me… until university!), but now I’m teetering on the loud side of life. A lot can change over that awkward decade of adolescence! 🙂

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  24. October 9, 2013
    Shauna @ Satori Design for Living

    Adorable story. Now that my son is away at college all of this stuff makes me cry like a baby!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      I still can’t believe that you have a college-aged son, lady! I want to know your Fountain of Youth secrets! 🙂

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  25. October 9, 2013
    danielle @ 2 Little Superheroes

    Yay for Lila! That is such a cute story.

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    • October 13, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Danielle!

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  26. October 9, 2013
    Karen@NourishWithKaren

    Amazing what they do in their own way, in their own time! Thanks for sharing.

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    • October 13, 2013
      Tara

      You’re so right, Karen – they just need to do it on their own! 🙂

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  27. October 10, 2013
    Inspire Me Heather

    Aw, what a wonderful story Tara!!!

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    • October 13, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Heather!

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  28. October 11, 2013
    Sharon

    I loved this post….I could picture everything….both as a teacher and a mom. I saw you singing and waving your arms around…I could hear Lila singing from the party line. What a great story and a great first! I’m proud of Lila too!!

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    • October 13, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Sharon! I was quite the sight – and maybe it’s the teacher in me that was just trying so very hard to get Lila to join in. It was almost encouragement to a fault!

      We’re all so thrilled with how Lila has become so much more confident this school year. It’s amazing how one summer can change a child!

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  29. October 12, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    Great story! Good for Lila. She just needed to be ready.

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    • October 13, 2013
      Tara

      You’re right, Bronwyn. Trouble is, sometimes the Helicopter Mother in me wants to drag up that “ready” date! 🙂 I’m learning that sometimes, I just need to let it be.

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