2 weeks to go

May 10, 2019

i wonder why nobody ever tells you that time flies…..

we have 2 weeks left of our elementary school years.   !!!     that’s pretty unbelievable.

i just wanted to document this because in august, i’d love to remind jovie how excited she is about middle school.  she went on a tour last week & we had a parent meeting about it.  y’all- she talked to me for two. hours. straight!

this kid who’s day is “fine” , birthdays are “fun” & vacations are “good”.

she was as animated & excited & proud as when she learned to walk & ride a bike!

she even got into the car after the meeting and wanted to just skip this summer. “can it be the first day of school??”

she is looking forward to making new friends, and joining chorus & other clubs.

she hasn’t said anything negative at all.

The Mr. & i are so pleased with this outlook.  although i never want it to come-  we can’t wait to see how she thrives!

KDG  1st    2nd  3rd   4th



New MexiWOW

April 10, 2019

we just got back from our spring break trip to New Mexico.  and it was more unbelievable than i expected.  truth be told, i knew it would be nice, but i didn’t expect THAT.  basically, i knew as much about NM as was shown in breaking bad–  and the scenery didn’t really steal the show.

i’d always wanted to go to Albuquerque because it’s a fun word.  i say it a lot in made up scenarios.  now i’m glad to say i went there.  AND i can spell it!

the day we booked the trip, we told jovie about it and she immediately got on her chromebook and helped us plan.  it was a pretty wow moment to see our 10 year old research & have ideas about what to do/see. (there’s SO much to see in NM we had to narrow it down and vote on the final city!)

so we spent almost a week of listening to me say “wow!”

Day 1- travel day;  got into town for a late-ish lunch.  we killed some time in the adjoining store until it was time to check into Casas de Suenos.  while we were in the store, we heard the workers and were tracking that auburn elite 8 game (wow).  this day was a little rainy & a little cold.  jovie & i holed up in our room and watched the duke game (wow)

The Mr. went to a grocery store & brought back soup & snacks for supper while we oddly were able to catch the braves game!

a steady rain falling on a rooftop lulled us to sleep even though it was early.

Day 2- ABQ

thanks to EST, we all woke up super early.  luckily we were able to doze until breakfast was served starting at 7.  a lovely fire greeted us while we ate a delicious breakfast.  afterwards we headed to Petroglyph National Monument.  we took some lovely trails to see rock drawings from 1,000+ years ago on rocks which were made from geological events that occurred 200,000 years ago. (WOW)  it was a little hazy when we got to the top to see the distant mountains, but it was all so lovely & peaceful!

afterwards we had lunch & went to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.  that was fascinatingly sad.  then we meandered around Old Town for a bit.  after a nice coffee break, The Mr. went out for a run while jovie & i read & pretended around the grounds of the B&B.  [you can determine who did what].  The Mr. came back and was excited to tell us about the path he took which ended up on a lovely bridge over the Rio Grande & the fact that the haze had lifted so mountains were in view.  so of course, we went to see this before heading to dinner.  WOW!

we were surprised that yet again we were able to watch the braves before heading to bed.



those 6 little volcanoes erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago to give us this valley of basalt rocks to explore!  wow!


what a beautiful day & peaceful area!

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Day 3– Santa Fe

after another great breakfast, we headed up to santa fe via the Turquoise Trail.  that is a lovely drive which put us on the Musical Highway-  a mile stretch of Route 66 that plays America the Beautiful if you follow the speed limit.  that was very WOW.  we did it twice.  it was the thing jovie said she was looking forward to before the trip.

we also made a stop at Tinkertown Museum which was fascinatingly cute and bit wow with all of the talent.

after stopping at a whole foods for lunch- jovie was enthralled that it was “a little like a grocery store and a restaurant” i was enthralled that it had a bar and a masseuse!- we walked around the downtown area for a little while before heading to the hotel.  while i took a nap, The Mr. took his daughter to the heated pool while he sat by the fire because it was freezing!  (wow!) she did not care!  i went down and enjoyed the time by the fire, too.

then we got take out for supper.  jovie was overjoyed because we left her while The Mr. & i strolled downtown again.

Day 4– near Santa Fe

finally getting used to the time zone, we woke up “late” & ate a delicious breakfast at Tia Sophia’s.  Glad we got an early start because we went straight to Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  getting there was gorgeous and being there was amazing! WOW for sure!

this is another fascinating area that was developed by volcanic activity 6-7 million years ago.  what is left is pumice & ash which formed into hoodoos.  that’s a lot of weird words to say “beautiful!”


and right when we left, we saw the sky darken over it. so we really lucked out in the weather department!

had another lunch at whole foods and then headed to the most bizarre and sensory-overloaded place called meow wolf.  it defies logic & explanation.  we were hoping it would be like city museum but with a backstory.  but it was a bit much for jovie, so The Mr. drove us back to the hotel and then explored it on his own.  bizarro.

Day 5– Taos

we took “the high road” to Taos.  yet another gorgeous scenic drive.  (wow) we stopped & hiked up to eat our lunch at a waterfall.  (wow!) and jovie was pretty brave.  we even found some snow and pulled over on the mountain for jovie to play for a few minutes. (wow!)

taos is what we voted on when deciding what else to do in NM.  this was a quaint town & we enjoyed our stay at Old Taos Guesthouse.  it was lovely.

The Mr. went and picked up dinner & dessert & we enjoyed a lovely evening.

Day 6– Taos

we came to Taos solely for the bridge i had seen once on pinterest.

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.  WOW WOW WOW.  it did not disappoint.  at all!

jovie was a little nervous about it and decided not to cross it, so The Mr. & i took turns.  once i got there, i realized she made the right call.  the slats of the railings let you watch the world walk by as you are crossing it, and it made me a little dizzy.  plus it was fairly windy. i was so scared even taking pictures that i would lose my phone.

it was a gorgeous day.  we even got to see some mountain goats (?? or something?) down below.

after leftovers for lunch, we headed to the Taos Pueblo. it was amazing to see the longest continuously inhabited pueblo.  1,000+ years old. wow. fascinating.  lovely setting.

then back to town for some ice cream and just a lazy afternoon for our last day.



this church is from the 1800s


one of those buildings is 1,000 years old.  & there was more to this village than this picture.


Day 7- sadness

after breakfast we had to leave fairly immediately to get to the aiport back in Albuquerque (so fun!) so we didn’t have time to meander down the “high road” but c’mon.  is the “low road” so horrible???





how does she do it?

March 28, 2019

over the years i have been amazed at how ESP jovie can be.  she has really wowed me.  several times.

but now, just by speaking, she makes things happen.

just yesterday she was doing social studies homework and we got into a discussion about how boys register for selective service; and she said she thought that was for jury duty.  then she asked me if i was ever on jury duty.  my response was no- it never worked out; and the last time i was called was when she was a few months old so i was excused.

my head was telling me “until tomorrow”

wished i said that out loud.  because i came home from the store today, and jovie & The Mr. had none other than a jury summons for me.

seriously- how does she do it??

mini trip

February 28, 2019

this year, our Winter Break was an extra long weekend instead of a week off.  we had tried to get back in the same Savannah house but it was already booked.

we then decided to down to St. Simon’s Island instead.

and we loved it.

we had just a couple days there, but we made the most of them!

day 1– we rolled into town and it was too early to check in our condo.  so we went to the lighthouse, with the intention of climbing/touring it.  but jovie’s not a big fan of heights and decided she wasn’t that interested.  so we just meandered along the boardwalk, shops & pier [& ice cream of course] and then headed to the condo.

which was adorable.  the owners updated it so nicely.  they had gorgeous travel photos that added a lot of character!

we were pretty chill from the drive so we stuck around while The Mr. brought home some easy dinner.  jovie loved that, and set the sweet table so nicely!  we had a lovely pre-dinner walk on the beach, too.

our owners spared no pillows!  so the beds were comfy & cozy.  jovie enjoyed making herself a little nook.  it was a good day.

day 2– we had a lazy breakfast (after The Mr. had a not so lazy run) and enjoyed the porch some more.  then we headed down to the cloudy beach for a little while.  jovie enjoyed playing in the sand and just relaxing.  the cloudiness helped it not be too hot and i’ve never seen a tide so low (or shoreline so low??) so there was a lot of space for jovie to roam.


not even in the water!

so our butler The Mr. went again and grabbed some lunch while we stayed a bit longer.  then we chilled back at the house a bit before deciding to rent bikes (!!) in the late afternoon.

that was a lot of fun!  we had the bikes for a coupla hours.  St. Simon’s is very bikeable.  and it’s so small! we ended up going around the airport and i loved that so much because we got to see a plane land SO CLOSE to us.  and then one took off, too!  for such a tiny airport, i was surprised we got to see both happen.  YAY!  jovie was pretty tired.  (how do you do it grampa??) so The Mr. enjoyed exploring with his bike some more while we went back to the house to read and wander.

he came back in time for us to go out to dinner and have another early night.  but not before the fog rolled in.  (because of course!)  tho’ it was pretty neat to see it roll in from the porch swing!

[many of my 2 readers know about The Mr. & fog!  see: California, my 40th, the 24 rainy hours in Salzburg, and quite a few other instances]

day 3– we left jovie home alone after breakfast so we could walk the beach for about 1/2 hour.  we enjoyed more lazy morning time.  the weather forecast kept touting rain, but we pretty much lucked out.  it was nice & sunny so we went to the pier to have lunch…  basically during the entire 30 minutes it did decide to rain afterall.  no worries, there was a nearby pavilion that covered us so we could eat our hot dogs in peace.  after a little lunch, we headed to the movie theatre to see Lego 2.  (some catchy songs!) and then we went to Fort Frederica before having our last dinner out and headed back to the house after having ice cream for dessert.  it was a lovely night!  (i picked out a pizza place that reminded me of my fave restaurant in NYC with lights and stuff all around!)

day 4 had us packing up the house after enjoying a nice breakfast out and heading home.

luckily, we got back in time for jovie to go to her 4H cooking club.  and luckier still we had wednesday off to chill at home.  it was rainy, so we pretty much just huddled in the house.

it was a nice short vacation.

now we’re gearing up for The Mr. to head to china (!) and then it’ll be Spring Break before we know it!




gettin’ bigger

February 5, 2019

funny how time works.  and kids get bigger.  every time i complain, jovie likes to remind me that I, too, got bigger.  i always reply that MY parents sure didn’t care!

when she stands in front of me I CAN KISS HER FOREHEAD.

and i have pictures that pop up on my screensaver all the time.  so many times i will see a recent picture (in the last 2 years or so) and think how LITTLE she looked then- even though THEN i thought she was so Big!!!!

she is surely 5 feet by now.  her last official height-check she was an inch away.  and a lot of her winter pants seem to be capris now.

i have requested many times before, but i’m serious.



july, y’all!  i’m a little bit squatting down, but even there you can see her forehead is not up to me.


feb ’18



feb ’17


jan ’16


feb ’15

Happy New Champ!

January 14, 2019

OK- so i SHOULD be uploading xmas pictures to show you.  but i have clemson-brain right now.

for my birthday in october, jovie made me a “squishie”.  i didn’t need to use it at first, but i think a few games later, i used it when i needed to for just a bit before we began dominating teams.  like when BC came ahead of us, and Duke got the first 2 scores.

so here’s a little progression of Jan 7th:




to look at my squishie, you’d think it was a closer game.  but alas, like you & the rest of the country, i just

1. couldn’t contain the fear that Bama would just be Bama and come back; and

2. couldn’t contain my excitement!

so then The Mr. & I got to spend a chilly morning doing this:

a ton of people showed up AGAIN even though it was quite chilly & overcast.  The speeches were great.  The recaps of the year were astounding.

and then, The Mr. & i got to go to a basketball game.  sadly we lost to the undefeated #4 ranked UVA, but it was a lot of fun to be a part of and be able to cheer for our team.  i say it every year, and THIS TIME I’M GOING TO A FOOTBALL GAME ALREADY!  (it’s been entirely too long; it just never quite has worked out!)


it was a fun weekend.  jovie enjoyed being spoiled spending time with gramma & grampa.  and though they kept threatening, we didn’t have any issues with weather.

(thanks again, guys!! we’ll do it again NEXT YEAR!)


January 10, 2019

the end of the year was fantastic!

we definitely enjoyed a lovely, lego-y christmas with gramma & grampa.

we had a nice lazy break.  a lot of rain for sure, but not like last year where it was freezing.  some days were downright warm.  it was quite relaxing, though.  lots of time to play games, read, sleep late & lego galore.  watching the bowl games were quite nice, too!

the beginning of the year was also fantastic!

jovie stayed up to bring in the new year.  with me.  just the 2 of us, as The Mr. went to sleep.  we watched sound of music & played mastermind, and she anxiously stared at the clock.  at midnight, i popped some sparkling cider for us & even though i told her just the 2 of us wouldn’t be thrilling, at the stroke of midnight she seemed to see i was right.

we had yet another lazy & warm week.  The Mr. continued to work a bit; but still had some time to play video games and hang out.

then it became even more fantastic!  clemson is awesome & won its second national championship in three years. (solidly!)  i am super excited to go to the celebration parade AGAIN!  the cold has returned, though, and luckily gramma & grampa will hang out with jovie while The Mr. & i enjoy the festivities!

i probably should say more & show pictures, but alas, for some lazy reason i haven’t uploaded my pictures just yet.  so IOU.