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!

and then there was this:

August 7, 2014
1st grade ready!

1st grade ready!



Bama Bound

August 6, 2014

We had a quick opportunity to explore one of the 50 again this past weekend. [51 if you count Puerto Roco.... which I intend to!]

The Mr. has been home so much this year so far, but recently has been traveling more.  So we gave Alabama a quick night out.  We decided to go to Birmingham after my research of going to the coast left me with some amount of sticker shock.

Although I can appreciate that a beach house in the summer would be pricey, I wasn’t willing to pay more for 3 days in ‘bama than we paid for TN for a week!

Even though we were gone only one night, we seemed to pack in some good fun.  Of course, we got to go to a play-place science museum.  and then Sunday before leaving, we took a nice hike that Jovie did all by herself (~4mi round trip)





Dad had to join in on the fun


Hello, Birmingham

it was a quick but nice little jaunt.

We certainly look forward to the next state vacation!

photos of birthday fun

July 17, 2014


She got a bed for Clarabelle! So she can save her money for something else now.

She got a bed for Clarabelle! So she can save her money for something else now.

i'm this many

i’m this many

pin the antennae on the butterfly

pin the antennae on the butterfly

all gussied up for The Fox

all gussied up for The Fox

even the bathrooms at The Fox are fancy!

even the bathrooms at The Fox are fancy!

after the performance

after the performance

so fun to be up so high!

so fun to be up so high!

birthday plans

July 14, 2014

well, i’m pretty sure jovie’s 6th birthday will be a memorable one.  we had hoped so…. but for different reasons.

way back when, we got info that The Little Mermaid would be playing at the Fox theater.  Add to that, there was a show on Jovie’s actual birthday.  I immediately called and found out that there wasn’t a matinée so we got tickets for Sat the 12th.  then it dawned on me that that would be the party day so we decided to bite the bullet and let jovie have a super super late night on her birthday and be super special. [changed our tickets]

way way back when, i decided Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney movie. kinda back when, The Mr. & Jovie got me the movie for my birthday. since then, jovie has been asking to watch it, but i didn’t think her sensitivities were quite ready yet.  fast forward- we bought the tickets for her birthday.  & we watched the movie a week ago for the first time.  she wasn’t too sure if she liked it or not.  in her words, “i liked it and i didn’t like it”

then- as they are wont to do- plans changed.

the short of it- jovie had what turned out to be poison ivy ALL. OVER. HERSELF.  we spent her birthday (&the day before) at the doctor and on the couch.  so every birthday tradition we have went out the window.  Luckily, the Fox is awesome and the guy changed my tickets AGAIN. and we were going to go on Sunday (last night). [which turned out to be much much better]

we all LOVED it.

The Mr. & i had season tickets last year; and this was THE BEST performance we saw.  hands down- worth it.

so the birthday, as i said was spent super low key.  which means we had our traditional mexican lunch for dinner the day after.  we didn’t go to the pool.  she spent the day watching TV.  because we had the performance to go to, dinner wasn’t planned.  it all ended up we had apps in front of the World Cup game.  &  if you ask if she had a good birthday she says “YES!!”

which is obviously all that matters.

saturday she was hoping to be able to swim for her party.  which she did.  she was looking so. much. better.

she delighted in having gramma & grampa come, as well as some of her friends.  we had a great time swimming and playing “pin the antennae on the butterfly” to go with her theme this year.  after dinner, the kids all ran around like crazy in the backyard.  she had a blast.  it was a great weekend.

and, like every year, she is delighted at being [six].

pictures will be up tomorrow…..  i wanted to get this up at least.

for anyone reading this that was a part of our weekend- thanks again!!!


happy birthday!!!!!

July 9, 2014

happy birthday, jovie!  we love you, little girl.

don’t let the blog archives fool you…. i really do think this all happened overnight.

we are SO proud of you!




a few words

July 5, 2014

a quick post- no pix (sorry to The Mr.) but i did want to address this lil’ ol’ blog once more before the video goes up- which means the bean will be SIX. (gasp!!)

i should say a lot, and share a lot, but i’m running out of time (said video, party planning, household life, family time, etc….)

jovie just had a GREAT time with her wonderful Aunt Barbara so that The Mr. & i could have a GREAT time overseas.  [thanks again!!!]  luckily for me, i got to take another advantage of all the traveling he does, and i was able to join him in Munich.  he left the day before father’s day, and i’m so very happy (and lucky) he didn’t mind extending his trip a tad so that i could visit him when his project was over.  he took last monday off and we were in Salzburg.

We had pretzels, brats & beer a few times; once in the Olympic Stadium as we watched USA/Germany in the world cup (so! much! fun!).  the other time in a biergarten in Englischer Garten.

we walked and talked and enjoyed many nice meals & treats.  it was wonderful!

no worries-  jovie & aunt barbara also had nice meals & treats, though a little less scenic.  they had a blast.  we had a blast.  WIN-WIN.

we are so so very lucky that so many people love jovie enough to let us have vacations!!!

so we came home & vegged out in front of USA/Belgium & then tried to play catch up at the end of last week, complete with yesterday’s very fun Fourth of July! jovie enjoyed s’mores at the firepit, sparklers (!!) & our backyard neighbors’ fireworks (let them break the law).  we had a great time!

hopefully all y’all have been having as good of a summer as us…..

next post will be the video!  stay tuned…



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