December 13, 2014

yes i know.

The Mr. is even wondering when this blog will get updated.  Maybe it’s the best way he has of finding out what goes on without him here.  Luckily he’s been around this week, and the year is coming to a (quick) close.  Let all the fun end-of-year events continue….

Here’s what’s been going on as of late:

we finally had a chance to have a firepit

we finally had a chance to have a firepit



shortly after that picture, she woke up confused and said “it feels like i just woke up!?!”

we got super dirty at the park

we got super dirty at the park

we got super silly at the park

we got super silly at the park

thanksgiving snacks were had

thanksgiving snacks were had

a great thanksgiving was had

a great thanksgiving was had

we were a gingerbread for the christmas recital

we were a gingerbread for the christmas recital

we had fun decorating for christmas

we had fun decorating for christmas


meow. again

November 6, 2014

well i hope everyone had a nice halloween.  we did.  for the better part of the year we knew Jovie would be Fancy Nancy.  except when we went to our friends’ annual halloween party, she didn’t want me to curl her hair or anything so she was just a ballerina.  when we went to school on halloween morning, we got up extra early so i could curl her hair.  it didn’t work.  she has the wrong mother.

but in any case, we did the best we could. and she carried her fancy nancy book.

i knew that evening we’d have more time to make it better.

but 20 minutes before we were to go, she decided to be a cat.  again.  good thing she was one 3 years ago because we had all the stuff.

here’s some of our halloween fun.  that i tried to post 2 days ago (sorry, grampa!)


she made her own drawing for the pumpkin. i know you can't see it- but ben did a perfect job!

she made her own drawing for the pumpkin. i know you can’t see it- but ben did a perfect job!

you can't see her but she's fancy nancy. ish.

you can’t see her but she’s fancy nancy. ish.










still October!

October 25, 2014

Yay!  2 times in one month is great.

As mentioned, we got to enjoy some time at a Mountain House again.  The views were breathtaking:

view from the veranda

view from the veranda

one of those is Mt. Mitchell; apparently the highest point east of the Mississippi.  Grampa likes to bike up that thing.  For fun!

luckily he was able to just relax and hang out when they came to the house.  I went for Girls’ Weekend first and had a blast.  Mainly because I was with my friends. (& aunt Jo-Jo & aunt Barbara surprised me!)  And also because The Mr. brought Jovie on Sunday and this was their view:

view from veranda

view from the veranda

does that look familiar?  yeah.  and i see i didn’t post pictures from our trip to Munich/Salzburg.  But that looks about like my view from an Alp.  I told The Mr. he is no longer invited to Girls’ Weekends.  it really screwed my mood.

We tried to make the best of it.



0100we took advantage of Columbus Day (jovie was off both M & T) and we went to the orchard.  It’s our tradition so it was great to be able to go in apple season.  Jovie asked me a month or so ago if we could go and pick apples “because last time they were all picked already”.  i told her it all worked out perfectly because that was the plan.  we looked forward to more fun and fabulous views.  I am so glad Sky Top is “our” orchard.  I couldn’t imagine a better one.  but alas…..


not the views we were going for






no complaint, everyone looks like they still had a good time.  and face it- we come for the donuts!


and now, as October is ending, we have parties to go to, a visit from the G’s….  (they are coming in today so The Mr. & i can see Phantom of the Opera) & trick-or-treating to do.  I think this week will fly by.

Much like the last few years:




it’s october!

October 2, 2014

Seems i’ve been a bit busier than I anticipated.  Poor ol’ lonely blog.

The Mr. spent 19 days in the great down under and since he came home, we have enjoyed some lovely weather & some relaxing family time.  jovie & i are very glad it is finally autumn.  tho’ it’s not looking like it just yet down here, it has your typical cool morning/warm afternoon feel to it.

which is great because jovie loves loves to pretend outside. she so very much loves the swing The Mr. made for her.

from iphone 080

May 2014

i’ll watch her swing from my chair inside and see her swing and just talk up a storm to nobody in particular.

something else she’s been into these past 2 weeks (out of nowhere) is dressing up in her “fancy” dress.  and it is way way small.  which kinda stinks b/c we need to hang on just a littttle longer…..  last year i had the great idea for her to wear that and be Fancy Nancy for the school’s Halloween Book Character Parade.  but alas, she was insistent on being Tinkerbell.  but this year we are going to be Fancy Nancy, and now she’s all about wearing the outfit.  which we MUST put shorts under because wow did she grow!

we are looking forward to all that October has to offer.  i am having a girls’ weekend in the mountains (think fall color on mountain views, wine, coffee, massage) and then The Mr. will come join later and bring jovie. so we’ll all have fun at the annual orchard visit and hikes and such.

not to mention a field trip, halloween, and a few parties planned. and hopefully a tent in the backyard or firepit one day.

i hope yours is good, too!


September 9, 2014

so i’ve mentioned before how uncanny jovie has been.  people who know us in person knows about the time she read my mind and asked “mommy, is gum healthy?” at the moment i thought about gum-  even though we don’t chew it in our house; and at that time she had never had a piece herself….

but a couple of weeks ago she did it again.  it prompted me to ask if it’s ESP if my mind is blank.

to be fair- i don’t believe in ghosts or ESP or anything like that.  however, i am documenting a lot of stuff jovie has done through the years just in case she gets her own TV show in the future.

so for who knows what reason she asked me about MY grandparents.  she asked what they were called, and i told her i had a Gramma Gursey, a Nana, and 2 Papas.  I explained that i never knew either of the grandfathers.  and for some reason that wasn’t what she had in mind.  she wanted to know their real names.  so i ran down the list.  i said:   Ida, Catherine, Julius and…….   ummmmm    hmmmmm  uh oh how do i not remember my grandfather’s name?  wow.  ……… ummmmmmm

just as i was about to pick up the phone to text a sis, jovie said “Charlie??”

at that exact moment i remembered his name was Charles.  and i freaked out a little.


6 year old pictures

September 4, 2014

Christina is Amazing as usual! 

While The Mr. was traipsing about in Brazil, Jovie & I met Christina at Piedmont Park for this year’s photo shoot.  Piedmont Park is special to us because it is where The Mr. decided to take a Mrs. 

Things I have realized about photo shoots now that Jovie is 6- 

1. they don’t go quite as smoothly.

2. she’s afraid to smile.

3. Christina can STILL work some magic.

You’ll see if you go to her gallery.  And if you look at years past, you’ll totally understand what I mean.

These photos were a long time coming because I did Jovie’s Year Six book, and there wasn’t a single Christina picture in there and that made me super sad.  Can’t wait for next year’s book.  OK no. of course I can wait!

but just a teaser:

jovie6 collage


quick rundown

September 2, 2014

AAAAhhchooo!    excuse me.  I’m sensitive to dust.  And I guess I should dust off this ol’ blog and say something- anything!

see? i was right.  apparently when kids are older, things become less funny, important, or bloggable.  now that jovie’s in school, i have time to write.  but i don’t have a whole lot to say.

so i’ll just add some tidbits.

1. she’s really digging first grade.  she is reading so very well.  we are still surprised at some of the stuff she just reads to us.  and a little point to “brag” even though i am a former teacher and know this stat means nothing in the grand scheme of things….  we got some class data this past week and jovie was the ONLY kid in her class to know all 300 words that are to be mastered by the end of the year.

2. her teacher is reading Wizard of Oz to her.  so it’s fun for her to tell us about what is going on in the book.  (which is different than the movie of course… makes me want to read it, too!)

3. she learned to snap, tie her shoe & do a somersault all in the same week.

(yes, you read that right….  )

4. she still loves her PE days.  the coach is silly and she likes to show me the new exercises she’s learning.  (burpees anyone?)

5. The Mr. has been traveling some, but we all got to enjoy a fabulously lazy (though chore-filled) Labor Day weekend.

6. Jovie is in “level 2″ ballet class.  which i keep calling “straight up ballet” and i think she thought that was like a different thing.  i wanted her to realize i no longer have to spend $$ on tap shoes each and every year that she wears for 7 mins a week.

she’s liking it.  i was not sure she’d be invited to go up to level 2 because she’s pretty clueless a lot of times.  however, i think she’s well-behaved and tries hard in class.  maybe they recognized that about her.  i also doubted she would want to be in Level 2 because last summer we learned that she will have to do her recital without a teacher on stage.  i’m glad that didn’t scare her off.  she has told me several times that she “will always want to go to dance class”

7. we are also starting a music class to see how that goes.  she loves music & finally worked one into our schedule.  we go tomorrow.

8. which means with Scouts (Daisy!) every other Friday, and OT each week….. we are very very busy.

9. so maybe we will drop music.  we will see how things work out…..

10. she’s growing up too fast.

i hope to write more later this week……..    thanks for your patience!


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