may the fourth be with her

August 7, 2017

so, this happened:

what you can’t really tell in these pictures is how OLD she looks in this very sparkly dress (with a belt!)

she went to school with these smiles.  we hope she returns with them as well.  this is the first time ever she hasn’t been thrilled with going back to school…   she is not in class with her BFF and they will be changing classes.  BIG STUFF over here.

 

 

 


summer vacation- MA & RI

July 26, 2017

hello, all.  we just got back from a great vacation to New England!  we planned to spend 6 days in Massachusetts & Rhode Island. but we even got to sneak in Connecticut!  when we realized it was like 3 miles from 6 flags, we found out we could go down to Windsor Locks, CT.  so we walked the canal there before heading to Plymouth.

it was a very packed, very fun, slightly unusual vacation & now jovie has declared her love for a new state.  if anyone wants to find her in adult-life then look no further than Rhode Island.  she remarked how “beautiful” it was (we were at Narragansett Beach) and it was indeed better than MD/DE from last summer.  i can’t wait to see what future states will bring.  she keeps finding new favorites.  [this year alone it has been California & Indiana]

we definitely enjoyed:  science museums, an amusement park, some history, lotsa fish [&humans!] & penguins, ice cream in a park, a duck DUKW tour, dr. seuss, & beach time. with some many hundred? dolphins plus a whale thrown in for good measure.

we did not enjoy various ailments, headaches, and stiff pillows that greeted us at one hotel.  but we were all fine & nothing was canceled/altered!

we were definitely glad to be home, but it was fantastic being away!

Springfield, MA:

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Seuss Museum…of course i absolutely loved this place!

Six Flags New England, near Springfield:

once again, jovie LOVED the river ride the best.  these teacups were second runner up.  she loved being able to ride them alone, too.  and did. SEVERAL times.  she enjoyed not being too big for the kid section so she had a lot of independence while The Mr. & i would go ride some adult rides.

Windsor, CT:

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Plymouth, MA:

this place was pretty neat.  it’s sad that THAT is all that’s left of plymouth rock.  the tour guide was super informative!  we got a kick out of the lady putting jovie and these kids to work hanging laundry.

 

Boston, MA:

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we really enjoyed the “duck” tour!  other highlights:  the aquarium (which was entirely too crowded). the science museum,.  riding the “T”, Christopher Columbus park for just sitting imagining after a long day, and the hubbub of the city in general.

 

Narragansett, RI:

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the amount of dolphins was astounding.  there literally were about 100 in this pod. playing all around our boat.  it was awesome!

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we enjoyed gelato on the beach after dinner our last night there.  perfect cap to the vacation!


nine is fine

July 13, 2017

so another terrific birthday weekend was had.  just like last year, jovie wanted to bring a friend to do something special.  this year she decided to bring her school best friend, Serenity, to Build a Bear.  both of the girls love snuggly friends, so this was a great choice.  a bunny named Caramel was Serenity’s choice.  and Jovie chose a kitty of all of her favorite colors named Sugar Cookie.  The girls enjoyed the store and all the stuff to choose from.

afterwards, we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch.  it was unfortunate that nobody loved the food as much as we had hoped. even the birthday girl didn’t like their extra-saucy mac n cheese.  it was all OK but not near as good as last year’s lunch at the American Girl Bistro.  also, none of us got any cheesecake.  other desserts were chosen (and HUGE).

we came home & jovie just enjoyed reading and spending time with her new snuggly.

sunday greeted us with a NINE YEAR OLD.  she woke up and we got some good snuggles.  she couldn’t wait to open presents and must have asked about that 1000 times before breakfast of a spinach ham scramble and cinnamon rolls.  luckily for her 2 of her gifts were open in the morning.  one was a certificate for her to pick out a new scooter.  the 2nd told her what the day was going to be filled with.  we were lucky that yet again, the local theatre had a production on her bday.  and last year, mary poppins was perfect.  this year, we got to see Beauty & the Beast which is also one of her favorites!

the show was at 3 so by the time we cleaned up from breakfast, came back from scooter shopping and having appetizer lunch, we decided to let her open all of her gifts.  we knew we would be gone the rest of the night & wanted her to have time to enjoy some more books & shopkin toys.  she was delighted with a craft set she had asked for, saw that it came in the mail, then plum forgot all about.  after recently reading in a book mentioning a magnetic poetry set, she was excited to get her very own.  (the HAPPINESS set includes lots of happy & calm words.  like rainbow, flower, bluebird, blue sky, dream…. oh and also martini.  ????

we all enjoyed the performance (seriously! a GREAT THEATRE) and then a huge hibachi dinner where we were all SO. FULL.  no worries. we were able to come home & have cake (strawberry again) and then just slip into a food coma.  she sat on her beanbag chair and read books.  The Mr. fell asleep on the couch.

a busy weekend was capped off with everyone going to bed at NINE o’clock.

the first pic is of her talking to gramma & grampa.  we were lucky enough that they could spend a fun july4th with us again and enjoy a little bit of birthday time with us early.  jovie was thrilled not only with the books, but the gift card to buy even MORE books.  plus a wonderful keepsake of their time together at Lion King.

we also all got a kick out of -after not hearing that song in well over a year- that as soon as we got in the car after the performance, Rachel Platten’s Better Place was on! PERFECT


happy birthday!!!!!!!!

July 9, 2017

thank you, sweet girl, for all the happiness you bring!

we love you so much.


out of this world!

June 23, 2017

i have long been a fan of our neighborhood library.  we have been going since jovie was 7 months old.  we have the best librarians who have the best programs!

when she was a baby, they handed out sturdy totes with a pocket for the library card that we have used faithfully (you know jovie!!) for like 8 years now.  still going strong!

babytime was tons of fun, and from what i heard from other seasoned mothers who had been to other libraries nearby and in other states on more than one occasion, it was the best thing going.  i still think some of the songs sometimes.  in fact this spring, i had an occasion to go back and it broke my ever-lovin’ heart because boy do i miss it!  i brought my neighbor and her 2 year old and of course they also loved it.

then there was Ms. Ada who was phenomenal with the kids.  she began at the same time jovie aged into that pre-school group.  and Ms. Ada was instrumental in bringing lots of performances in the summer programs.  2 in particular are not to be missed-  Ken Scott, a magician and Todd Key, a juggler.  we first saw Todd at the Renaissance Festival and he was one of our favorites.  to see him in our local library was amazing. we make sure to go to these performances each year!  this year The Mr. is actually going to try to come back from a trip early to see Todd, because it’s been awhile.

our summer reading program has grown steadily the past few years and even though Ms. Ada left, Ms. Joy is continuing it all as well.

and boy ever!  our library just offered us the most amazing opportunity ever!  we linked up to Astronaut Jack who is currently IN SPACE and let 20 kids ask questions to him.  it was like skype but way cooler!  we saw what a slinky does in space, we saw the inside of his vessel.  we watched him use both of his hands to show us his special towel; meanwhile leaving his microphone to just float in front of him.  the only thing that coulda made it better is if we had gotten to see his view!

Nashville may be the fanciest library out there, but i agree with our library director, Ms. Chris who said that ours is the “best in the universe!”

INDEED


summer is upon us

June 14, 2017

summer has begun & it has already been a blast!

we have already been having a lot of fun.  this is what jovie’s been up to in the past 2 1/2 weeks since school let out:

  • performing in her ballet recital.
  • enjoying some gramma & grampa time for that recital/memorial day weekend
  • playdates with 5 different friends
  • a surprise “adventure” to Ocmulgee National Monument
  • which was also an overnight with The Mr. because he was nearby on a project.  the one-day turnaround lent itself very well to this surprise (which jovie was mad about, btw.  she hates surprises!)
  • some mommy-school.  she is learning cursive this summer (don’t get me started!)
  • enjoying The Mr.’s birthday…
  • …with a sitter so we could go to an amazing magician that evening.  (if you’re ever in ATL i have a place for you to go!)
  • a trip to greenville to see gramma & grampa again.
  • swimming in their big (community) pool with The Mr.
  • having a special time with gramma & grampa because they took her to see a performance of Lion King!  she had a great time!
  • began an Art Camp this week.

this has definitely been a great start to what will be a great summer!

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end of 3rd grade!

May 26, 2017

it has been a fun & busy last week of school.  we are lucky that The Mr. has been home.  jovie loves her morning piggy backs and “daddy lunch”.  luckier still that he has gotten to go to her 2 special days this week.

tuesday we went to hear “Park Ranger Jovie” share what she knows about Channel Islands.  this was a culminating project all year where she got to choose & study a national park.  this has also piqued her interest  in becoming a park ranger.  (she told us that after Mammoth Caves.)  she constantly asks when we are going to go to California to visit her park.  (interestingly enough, it is right across from Ventura beach, which is where The Mr. & i began our journey on the PCH 5 years ago!)

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wednesday i went to her Mini Society Market Day.  this was the culminating activity from the last month of school where all of 3rd grade earns “money”, pays rent, makes products (or services) and learns about semi-real economics.  it is such a cool concept that Georgia does in 3rd grade.  it would have a lot of value in high school as well, so let’s get on that!  jovie’s service was to teach people how to dance.  she was able to teach 2 kids what she knows.  the fun part was going around and buying all the other products/services from  everyone else.  notebooks, pencil holders, hair bows, bookmarks & a planter were just some of the things we brought home.

after market day, The Mr. was able to come to their awards ceremony.  after last year’s ceremony, jovie made the goal to have perfect attendance & straight a’s in third grade.  (she also set a goal for her to have a clean desk).  well 2 bouts of strep throat & a bout of the flu did not get that memo.  however, we were surprised and very pleased that she met her other goal and had straight A’s for the year!  (last year she missed it by one B+ in the 2nd 9 weeks).

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jovie loved earning the medal that comes with the honor!

and today, folks- is her last day of 3rd grade!!  incidentally, The Mr. just showed me that she’s about to turn 9.  she is literally half-way to graduate high school!!     MAKE IT STOP.