Saturday, July 11, 2009

There it is

Eli's favorite phrase, "There it is." He learned it months ago from his good friend Dora the Explorer...maybe you know her too. I love to hear Eli talk and day by day he is improving. Ask him what a dog says and he will say either wuf or meow...ask him what a cat says and he says the other. SO CUTE.

Sophia sang today "...the star strangled banner..." Clearly, David and I should teach her those important words, but it is so cute to hear her try to remember them and sing them proudly. As she was singing about the ramparts she stopped and said, that makes no sense, but to her "strangled banner" comment.

Here are the lyrics for those of you thinking you need a refresher like Sophia.

O! say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto:
'In God is our trust.
'And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Love you all,

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