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Natalie: You know when we go to Florida?
Me: Yes...
Natalie: You and mom will be paying for my hotel and my food right?
Me: Yes Natalie.

-   Natalie   -


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Christmas Spirit

Christmas Spirit
The other night, Natalie saw a TV commercial which profiled children who are less fortunate than she is. She retreated to her room, returning a few times to confirm how to spell a few words (we didn’t know what she was working on).

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Feeding Ducks: The Musical

The moment started innocently enough, Natalie and I going to Bowring Park to hit the playground and feed the ducks. Growing up in a house full of testosterone (I have three brothers), it’s easy to forget the subtle differences between how tasks are approached  by the fairer gender.

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When the circus clown dropped one of the balls he was juggling. Natalie, stands up and shouts (with as much sincerity as a 6 year-old can):

That's OK! We still think you're doing a great job!

-   Natalie   -


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Upon driving by a new war memorial being constructed near our home:

Natalie: Mom, is that where the dead soldiers are going to be?
Lisa: No Natalie, it's a memorial for the dead soldiers. There won't be any bodies buried there.
Natalie: *pause*
Natalie: Oh...just heads?

-   Natalie   -


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Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue
A heart-warming tale about wildlife rescue emphasizing the need for Diego to clarify for his young audience, in no uncertain terms, that he only saves animals that are alive…with heads intact:

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Natalie: I'm not going to have kids when I grow up.
Adrian: Why not?
Natalie: They're annoying...

-   Natalie   -


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Natalie: Can I watch the news tonight?
Lisa: Why would you want to watch the news?
Natalie: To see if the groundhog saw his shadow.

-   Natalie   -


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Adrian (joking to Lisa): ...Natalie is pretty much fully reared now isn't she?"
Natalie: You're the weird one!

-   Natalie   -


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Natalie: When I turn 6 I'm moving out!
Lisa: Really?
Natalie: *Pause*
Natalie: Maybe I'll stay...but I'm making my own rules.

-   Natalie   -


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Snowbank Sliding

Another video from the family home video archives. This was taken in February, 2006 (Natalie would have been two and a half at the time) and shows Natalie sliding down a snow bank.

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