derailed plans

February 13, 2015

we are off for the next couple of school days for a mid-winter break.  many months ago, when we didn’t know The Mr.’s schedule, i decided to go to greenville to visit gramma & grampa, as well as my good friend Katherine (jovie’s friend is Kemp).  i planned accordingly.

Yiminy, however, planned against it.

sadly, he spent last weekend not eating or drinking, so on monday we took him to the vet and he was then hospitalized with pancreatitis.  poor boy.  The Mr. and i were sad, but he got more sleep monday night!  we even went to visit him after we went out for a lunch date on tuesday.  this is how we were greeted:

20150209he needed a cone (and hated it!) so he wouldn’t play with his IV.

luckily, he came home a half-day early and we went back again later to pick him up and bring him home.  it took until today for him to be a little more normal with eating and drinking.  he is on meds 2x a day so that derailed our plans to go to g’ville.

luckily, the g’s are coming here instead.  we will have to schedule a new time to play with kemp (and her siblings).

a fun weekend is planned in this bitter cold weather.  in fact, tomorrow is the last chance for a few days to go out and play.  we will celebrate valentine’s day by eating snacks for dinner and watching a movie.  queso, wings, shrimp & edamame…. can’t wait!  and i will make The Mr. a red velvet cake.  sunday we will hole up inside and play games, watch movies and have soup.

i’m pretty sure a fire will be turned on for much of our break.

i hope by the end of it all we won’t be too couped up.

in other news, The Mr. LOVES roller-skating.  so do i.  jovie, maybe not so much…. though on the carpet she digs it:

IMG_1604we look forward to doing it again soon.  maybe once a month could be our new tradition!




hear ye! hear ye!

January 28, 2015

Let it be declared that Jovie has stopped sucking her fingers….    for the 3rd time.

even at night!   …. that’s a first!

we celebrated by painting her nails rainbowy again.  All it took was her desire & a mitten.  She told me after the first night “mommy, the mitten didn’t taste good!”  she said she licked it 3x.  the next night and subsequent nights 0.

over a week.

and this past weekend we had a won-fun-derful time with Becky and Ansley & jovie had another sleepover time with her.

all has been fabulous!

AND as a bonus, The Mr. has been hanging out in this hemisphere for almost a week now!  Huzzah!

2 cuties!

2 cuties!

oh this girl

January 17, 2015

tonight before bed, jovie was watching Barbie & the Secret Door.  in the show, there’s a bratty girl singing a funny but bratty song. (of course it’s The Mr.’s favorite!)  as soon as it was done, jovie cracked me up for a full minute.  completely unexpectedly as soon as it was over, she gave a great rendition of the “mwahh haaah aaahh”  and i couldn’t stop laughing!


one day, we got a sitter and jovie was very excited about this and went outside to wait for her.  The Mr. went outside to hang out with her but was immediately sent away.  “Go back inside, Dad. I’ve got to get back to my business of being bored.”


at christmas we were watching Rudolph for the first time this season;  jovie was getting nervous at everybody’s attitudes and behaviors. i said, remember- there are a lot of mean people in this. and she immediately said “except Abominable… he’s nice”


back in summer, jovie was telling me about some bug bites that The Mr. took care of and said “i can’t show you one of them because it’s deleted”


the other day i was joking around a lot.  (i’ve learned from The Mr. apparently) i can’t even remember what it was i said, but she answered back:  “mom? are you truthing??”


one day in the fall, i put jovie to bed, and when i turned out the light and was closing the door, she asked if i could make nutella pancakes.  i told her i was actually hoping to (reading my mind again!) i then saw her in the dark raise her hand and whisper “SCORE!”

she may look like me, but she makes me laugh like The Mr. does.

merry new year?

January 6, 2015

****updated one more picture (of the girls at potter xmas)

so i am combining the christmas and the new years and all the rest….

what a wonderfully fun 2 weeks vacation we had!  even The Mr. enjoyed himself.  this year’s xmas week seemed to go by quicker than last year.  tho’ don’t we all say that every year??

this year, Uncle Natey (& gramma & grampa) came for a few less days.  and the weather cooperated.  and get this!  NOBODY WAS SICK!!!!    what???  I KNOW!  i am as surprised as you.

so all that led to a jam-packed fun week of festivities!

beginning with Aunt Barbara coming for an overnight right after i posted the last time.  she wanted to be a part of our holiday celebrations & enjoy a littly around christmas time. jovie had a daycamp so we had some alone time; and then we went to see lights.  the house a mile away blew aunt barb’s mind because they are awesome at coordinating music to the lights.  she had a great time spoiling spending time with Jovie, and it was reciprocated.

then the last week of school seemed to fly by.

then we did this:


we were even lucky enough to have the Fabulous Christina come for a visit as well.  she was able to regale me with her own amazing tour of Europe & show me some (surprise!) AMAZING pictures.

The Mr. came in that same night and thus began a giant time of funning it.

sunday we went to the Center for Puppetry Arts for the 2nd time and we were absolutely delighted again!  [to any visitor wanting to hang in ATL looking for something to do…. highly recommend!  if you can find a show you will enjoy it.]  this time they were showing the holiday favorite Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and as my friend Sara said “it’s like walking into your TV set”.   RIGHT!

iphone 006monday was when everyone came & we surprised everyone by renting a mini-van & going to Callaway Gardens for the Lights.  unfortunately, The Mr. & i were disappointed in this.  [to any visitor wanting to come to ATL at xmas time, this is THE thing to do, apparently.  but it is extremely expensive & for what you get it’s not quite what we expected]  thank goodness we got a groupon!!  jovie loved it!!

went to the Butterfly house for about 1/2 hour before it started

went to the Butterfly house for about 1/2 hour

outside of dinner, offsite.  i didn't take any pix of the real lights b/c of the rain

outside of dinner, offsite. i didn’t take any pix of the real lights b/c of the rain

tuesday jovie got to go to a 2 hr art camp and she was thrilled!  The Mr. picked her up and the lady said that jovie just came alive and talked the whole time!  and how “we must get that a lot”.  The Mr. & i just laughed.  no, ma’am.  we do not hear that very often about jovie.  so we were really glad she got to enjoy herself.  and came home with a great painting!

you can even see Santa's sleigh

you can even see Santa’s sleigh

that night was my annual cookie party so my friends and i had a blast while the rest of everybody made themselves scarce as usual.

then it was the typical christmas/& eve.  we always enjoy hanging out (and eating. eating. eating)

she made a bag of reindeer food at a Girl Scout daycamp

she made a bag of reindeer food at a Girl Scout daycamp

she loves Daisy!  a kitty that can "come to life"

she loves Daisy! a kitty that can “come to life”

she asked Santa for a headband for Clarabelle.  clearly Clarabelle is equally excited.

she asked Santa for a headband for Clarabelle. clearly Clarabelle is equally excited.

jovie was amazed at the headband, ran upstairs & got clarabelle, who had been essentially sleeping since July 9th (when she got a bed for Jovie’s bday) and that was that.  jovie, however, wears her headband almost every day.

she actually forgot she had asked Santa for an Elsa dress.  she was so delighted that Santa knows what she likes!

she actually forgot she had asked Santa for an Elsa dress. she was so delighted that Santa knows what she likes!

friday was still a fun day, because we went to see Annie at the theater.  jovie had a good time, but it was a very different movie from Frozen (that we saw last year). she knows Annie (old-school) but the new version has a lot of new songs, so it wasn’t quite as familiar.  she didn’t mind the popcorn though.  it’s only her 2nd time in a real movie theater so everything is still new & exciting to her.

saturday everyone got up early and left to go back to “boston”, greenville & we went to columbia for Potter xmas.  jovie couldn’t wait to go and see everyone.  (even though, sadly, she knows so very few people).  she had a nice time and played around with some of the girls.

enjoying time with her cousins Caralee & Reagan

enjoying time with her cousins Caralee & Reagan.  Oh look! you can see The Mr. enjoyed himself equally.

then, even though they just left, we missed the G’s just sooooo much that we went to their house and spent the night.  and then, luckily, they took care of jovie while The Mr. & i took advantage of some of his days off (and in the same state as us!) and we headed to asheville for a couple of days.

but not before being able to witness at least this:



unfortunately, though, we had to miss The Tooth Fairy’s visit.  gramma said jovie was thrilled that she wasn’t forgotten.  and she was nice enough to email me the pic of jovie opening her bag.  the Tooth Fairy gave her a $2 bill folded into a butterfly.

DSC05050y’all, lemme just tell you that when i replaced the calendar, jovie and i counted…. it took FIFTY REAL DAYS to lose that dern tooth!!!

her 2nd tooth got loose the next day as the other one. so we are working close to 2 months and that one is still in her mouth!  i hope i’ll be around for this next tooth fairy visit!

we came home on tuesday and on the way home, The Mr. needed more pages for his passport.  (proof that he’s gone a lot!) so while we waited for him, jovie was overjoyed to ride the escalators at dillards the whole time.  seriously.  GIDDY.

iphone 043the next day was New Year’s Eve and we had a fake countdown at the skating rink.  Anna & Elsa were around for the party and we finally got jovie on some roller skates.  she went into the playground area too.  The Mr. & i had a blast, though.

iphone 051this was The Mr.’s 2nd time on skates.  Um. wait.  jovie & ben have been to the skating rink the same number of times????   sad sad sad.   he loved it though and she is all about asking for skates now!  to which i replied- we need to get you out here a few more times.  they have family nights we may go to some- if we can keep him in our country long enough.

what you didn’t get to see is the video of us couple skating (me backwards!!!!).  funny how skating comes back to you after what? 25+ years??  none of us fell, either!  well- jovie has some built in help there.  my arm was getting sore by the end of the day keeping her straight.

okay i’m pretty sure i covered it all…..  it’s been over an hour.  see, uncle bobby?  this is partly why the blog isn’t updated enough.

hope to be back before the bean turns 7!



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:





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