Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2015

Some words for The Mr:

We thank you for all that you do to take care of us.  You do it so well, and Jovie is very lucky to have you for a Dad.  I was smart enough to choose you for a husband and father.

You take such good care of us. We love that you work hard to take care of our house & family.  From the yucky stuff (cat puke & bugs) to the big stuff (yard & pool).  From the happy stuff (your humor & our family times) to the not so happy stuff (tantrums & arguments).

I love that you do what you can to make us happy.  Even if it means that you go along with a lot of my ideas even though you’d probably rather not (parties & the 50).  Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed, though we may not always say it.  You give up a lot of your time (being away & chores) to make sure we are happy, and I am very proud of all of your successes.  I am proud to call you ours!

We love you much and miss you when you are gone.  But we look forward to your return each and every time.


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sadly, the only breakfast joint in Galveston

sadly, the only breakfast joint in Galveston

the standard yearly pose

the standard yearly pose


Munich Olympic Stadium (to watch USA/Germ world cup game last summer)

Munich Olympic Stadium (to watch USA/Germ world cup game last summer)

author: Jovie

June 4, 2015

Today while I was cleaning up, Jovie invented a joke.  Here for your laughing pleasure:

A man and an ostrich walk into a restaurant (not a bar).  They order their food, and while they were eating, the ostrich falls asleep.  As the man gets up to leave, the waiter stops him and says, “You can’t leave that lying there!” The man says, “That’s not a lion! That’s an ostrich!”

cracked ME up.  (& Jovie)

still here!

April 27, 2015

Wow. Just wow.

The last thing I posted was about Yiminy???   So sorry.

This won’t be much better, but we are here.

We have done a lot since Yiminy (and he came home that day and has been fine ever since!)….   I owe a lot of posting.  I won’t bore you with all that’s been going on, but here’s some tidbits:

  • Dolly & Me party with Clarabelle.  It was all fancified and a good time.
  • We went to Chattanooga again to take advantage of our Ruby Falls tickets.
  • We had our school fun run, where Jovie ran her first mile (in under 14 mins) and The Mr. did a fantastic job, despite being a little out of practice.  2nd for age group; 9th overall!  They both got medals.  So proud.
  • then The Mr. left for Brazil and that night I got strep throat.  Sweet Jovie did her best to take care of me/herself and be understanding.
  • Then it was Easter & we (of course) enjoyed Gramma & Grampa.
  • We left the day after Easter for our Spring Break trip to Texas.
  • Came home & Aunt Barbara came for the day to watch Jovie so The Mr. & I could see Blue Man group @ the Fox.
  • A relaxing weekend was had, complete with a rainy Pajama Day.
  • Then (I helped put on) we enjoyed our first Spring Fling for school.

All caught up.  I’ll post pictures of some of these events (hopefully) this week.   It’s been a little tougher blogging because I now use my smart phone & my Surface for most of my internetting.  My pics are still on my computer.  It’s hard to remember to juggle back and forth.

Jovie’s doing great!  I can’t believe there’s only 19 days left of 1st grade!  I will talk to you again before then……

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!



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