lookin’ back

December 13, 2017

ah yes- it’s been awhile since i have posted any retrospectives….  over thanksgiving, we got a good shot of one.  then it snowed (**!**) and i was able to do my standard snow shot.  plus christmas decorating….

do enjoy:

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Thanksgiving 2017

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11/26/09

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Nov 9th 2008

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Dec 26 2010

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Dec 9th 2017

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2010

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2017

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2009

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2017

all i want for christmas is for time to stop!

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a great november

November 29, 2017

as it is still november, i am pleased to be posting things in the present tense!

i was going to just make this a thanksgiving post, then i saw a few other pictures that deserved some (mild) attention.

i do hope my few readers had a nice holiday.  (half of you spent it with us!)

we had a very nice thanksgiving with gramma & grampa.  and this year was noteworthy in that it was the first time in 21 thanksgivings shared with The Mr. that we did not travel.  and not only did we not travel, i believe the first time i left the house since the monday before thanksgiving was to have lunch at the indian restaurant on friday! (because some traditions do not need breaking!)  then we didn’t leave again until a small local hike on sunday.

The Mr. had been in Australia prior to the week’s vacation, so the g’s were gracious enough to come here to celebrate so he didn’t turn around a couple days later and sit in traffic.  unfortunately, that meant they faced traffic, but they got here in plenty of time to enjoy chicken paprikas!

jovie handled the australia trip pretty well, and having had a busy week ourselves while he was gone, we spent the day sunday waiting for him to come home cleaning jovie’s room for several hours.  HOURS.  i worked the whole long day and felt no remorse when dinner consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and tots!  (The Mr. had had some fancy food in first class, so don’t feel terrible for him, either)

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recycling and trash from the hours of cleaning

i had hinted and begged at The Mr. for us to have a firepit during the week.  We were too cozy, lazy & full to even do that.  We did manage a few games of cornhole in the week, though.  and we lit an inside fire instead.

i was overly pleased at the absolute perfect autumn weather we got.  & we were delighted to cook 2 lavish meals in our updated kitchen.  time was spent catching up, playing with jovie, snuggling with cats, cooking, cleaning, eating, & watching some absolutely terrific football games.  (tho’ sadly the lions lost, those friday games were nailbiters!  and of course- saturday games were equally awesome!  —i hope clemson plays equally clean and smart this coming saturday as well!)

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what the what?  i missed “bring your duck to clemson day, apparently”

a fun november makes me look forward to an equally great december!…

 

 

 


look! peacock!

November 7, 2017

alas, how things change:

“look! peacock”    [june 2010]

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halloween was such a blast this year.  we went with some friends around just one street of our n’hood in a hayride.  jovie had a lot of fun running from house to house with other kids.  i had a lot of fun sitting on some snug blankets chatting to the other adults around.  The Mr. had a good time opening the door for basically nobody.  (so sad how nobody comes down to our house.  we would really like to enjoy the fun of halloween, but there’s just not a lot going on!)

jovie got a good stash, and the weather was great.  she’s already talking about next year!


it’s still october!

October 31, 2017

whew! i did not skip this month.  nevermind that it’s my last chance! at least it’s still daytime outside.

we’ve had a good month or 2 since i last wrote.

  • The Mr. has been home a couple of those weeks, which is always nice.
  • jovie has been keeping us busy.
  • i had a good birthday, in which Georgia cooperated and gave me actual fall weather!  we skipped dance that day and enjoyed last year’s gift cornhole.
  • the orchard was good, even though we couldn’t pick because they’ve been picked over.  (it was still crowded).  it wasn’t 90d like last year!  and of course, it was great to see gramma & grampa again!
  • we got to enjoy Charlotte’s Web at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  neither The Mr. or i love the storyline, however, it has good memories for me.  nonetheless, those guys did not disappoint!  we are looking forward to a few more to go to in the coming months.  Rudolph is not to be missed!
  • jovie is continuing to thrive in school:  she is still loving chorus, she had an extended day field trip to Dahlonega with Enrichment Class (she didn’t get home until about 7pm!!),  and she got invited to participate in Jr. Beta Club!

so i will be done with this one now, because hopefully i will post halloween pictures SOON.  enjoy the *rest* of october!

 


eventful things

September 13, 2017

so 4th grade (!!) has turned out to be pretty eventful, so far.  we are currently home from school for the 3rd day due to hurricane Irma.  i feel overwhelmed how lucky we were, and i truly cannot imagine having been in the thick of it.  jovie’s aunt LJ (and fam) were down in one of the hardest hit areas of FL. [they’re ok!] and to think how throttled the caribbean islands got.  it’s awfully devastating and i keep reminding jovie how grateful she can feel.

we lost power for only 5 hours. some of our local schools are still without, thus the 3rd day at home. The Mr. left early monday morning, before Irma spent the day soaking us with rain & blowing some wind.  jovie and i made the most of the day with videos & game playing.  we played games with a lantern for part of the evening.  i cannot even fathom what millions of others were facing.  my thoughts go out to everyone affected by both of these massive & scary storms just in the past month!!  plus earthquakes, tsunamis, fires & floods elsewhere.   tragic!!

another eventful thing was the solar eclipse!  i originally had planned on jetting to greenville to see 100% totality.  but since we were in the 96% zone, lots of things added up where it just didn’t make sense afterall.  they extended the school day, because it all occurred when dismissal would have happened.  however, i brought jovie home early and the 2 of us sat in the backyard and ooh-ed & aahh-ed by ourselves.  The Mr. got to watch the very start with us before he had to go to jury duty.  luckily he got to witness the “full” thing when they took a break and went into the parking lot.  it is quite surprising how dark 4% must be.  it *did* look like dusk. but we were surprised it wasn’t a tad darker.  still pretty flippin awesome, though.

(thanks to the lady on the tv who suggested a colander for a pinhole viewer since the one jovie made at school i couldn’t get to work at all!)  of course. all this waiting for an eclipse- ya gotta read!!

meanwhile, jovie auditioned for – and made!- chorus & we have NEVER seen her so giddy/excited/proud.  they only had slots for 60 kids and there is a waiting list.  we’ve only been a few weeks (canceled this week b/c of Irma) and she’s really enjoying it!

she is totally enjoying and getting more confident in horseback riding!  she wants to sign up for the next session.

she is no longer a ballerina.  she was super observant & mature about that decision and realized that Modern may be more suited for her.

so, we have been keeping busy.  she has realized that 4th grade (!!) is so…. BIG.  she has 2 teachers now.  new responsibilities.  giant class of kids.  and so far things are going well.

so, on to autumn & all the fun that brings.  (the one good thing about Irma was the cold weather she brought the past several days!!)

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robes. hoodies. slippers. a blanky. windows open. bring it on!!!


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!