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.


she could sleep through anything

December 12, 2018

even, apparently, the earthquake that hit TN today at 4:13am;  the one that woke me up out of a dreaming and solid sleep!

we joke with her a little about sleeping so soundly;  and now there is proof!




December 4, 2018

oh, how we are so glad that “gammy & gampy” can be so adaptable!  even though they just got back from visiting Uncle Natey, they changed plans semi-last minute & came to us for thanksgiving!

after hosting it last year, The Mr. was looking forward to going back to greenville as we have done for 21 years.  we were going to stave off traffic and head up there a day early.

but the saturday after school let out, jovie got sick.  everything was low-grade. nothing concerning.  but enough to be feeling bad.  we even went to the dr. to get a clear cut answer to her symptoms and to make a decision on going to g’ville.

alas, she did not have strep.  we did not think she had the flu, and opted not to test for it, because there’s nothing we could have done anyway.  but after feeling pretty bad and having zero appetite, The Mr. decided not to chance things.  gramma & grampa then made the trek with their very large turkey & spent a few days here, instead.

it all worked out well.  but we did absolutely nothing since it happened to be so cold.  especially with jovie getting better, we didn’t want her to get worse.

tho she did end up doing a little worse because she missed her first day of school the monday after break.  but she’s been fine ever since.  let’s hope christmas break can be more enjoyable and not just a week or 2 of soup, crackers, and couch!

just like grampa

November 4, 2018

wow.  WOW.  as I sit here writing this, The Mr. is outside with jovie casually riding their bikes!

yesterday was a gorgeous autumnal day, so she got it in her head to “spend 75% of my day outside…. scootering, rollerskating, playing & learning to ride my bike”

we have not had much success in the bike riding department over the last few years.  jovie does not like a challenge.  even her really cool bike with the training wheels sat largely unused.  then of course she grew out of it.  she never wanted another bike; anytime we asked, she just plain wasn’t interested.

so a couple of months ago, The Mr. had a great idea to go to Play It Again & see if they had a cheap bike we wouldn’t mind sitting unused.  we presented it to her and told her it was up to her.  it was there if she ever needed it.  she could try on her own; she could ask for help.  or she could ignore it.   the latter of which she did.  she even balked at sitting on it so The Mr. could adjust her seat way back when.

well; for whatever reason she decided yesterday was the day.  she asked for help some.  she got frustrated lots.  then she went out on her own and began to learn.  and now, she’s doing circles and riding a bike like you wouldn’t think she just learned yesterday!  everyone here is just so proud.  to see how much she loves it is awesome.  she keeps running in to tell us the new thing she mastered.

and the clincher?  she hasn’t fallen yet!

she is loving it and went outside this morning at 8:30 to go ride her bike!

hey grampa- it must be in her blood!

orchard visit

October 26, 2018

we’ve had a good couple of weekends since i last wrote.

jovie had a great time in her zoology class @ UGA.  and The Mr. & i enjoyed the campus grounds & downtown.  she would love to do another one of these classes sometime.


how very collegiate

and then the semi-cooler weather was bringing about many chances of rain for only saturday- the day we planned on going to the orchard.  we had a wait-n-see approach to it, and decided to go up to greenville & see what happened.

we had a good time visiting with gramma & grampa.  it’s always nice to see them; and The Mr. likes to solve all of their technological woes.  saturday we woke up & it wasn’t really raining as expected, so we ventured to our annual tradition.

a few years ago, we began stopping at Fireside for some yummy food on our travels.  it was packed.  everyone must have heard how yummy it is!  then on to the orchard. we were completely surprised to see SO MANY CARS already there on such a cloudy/threatening day.  but luckily, Skytop is huge; so there were tons of people, but it wasn’t as frustrating at some recent years.  jovie likes to pick the apples, though, so we didn’t want to go when it was less crowded in Nov.

even though the views weren’t as wonderful as they could be, it was still great to get up there for our tradition.



unfortunately for some reason, they put some bricks under the How Tall This Fall sign, so i don’t have a reliable pic of jovie’s height.  but, here we can compare last year to this:

but we still got a plethora of apples.  almost all pink ladies!  YUM.



we got home in time to watch the phenomenal CU/NCST game & had pizza for dinner.  it was a nice weekend; and we were so glad the weather held out.

all of this just gets us geared up for the rest of what Autumn brings, and we can’t wait!

mid october

October 12, 2018

it’s mid october, and FINALLY it’s not 90d outside!!!  whew.

also, it’s mid october, and i haven’t written anything since i wrote to The Mr. in mid september!!  woops.

since then, we have:

  • enjoyed evacu-cation 2.0 with becky & ansley from hurricane florence.  luckily charleston didn’t have much issue at all, so it was a nice visit (again) with very little stress.
  • we even got to have a date night to celebrate our anniversary because they were here!
  • gramma & grampa visited for grampa’s birthday.  gramma stayed and played with jovie while the 3 of us went to an Atlanta United game.  so much fun!!
  • then jovie & i saw Aladdin at the Fox with our friends Anna & Ruth Ann.
  • my niece michaela just came for a visit from her fall break.  we enjoyed a few good (hot!!) days and lots of yummy food!
  • jovie had mon & tues off this week and we didn’t do anything special.

she’s still hanging in there in 5th grade, but it is proving to be more of a challenge than she’s happy about!

this weekend, she’s going to UGA for the day to be a part of an enrichment day with Duke/TIP program.  she will learn about zoology while The Mr. & i explore the Athens area.

we are planning a trip to the orchard very soon.

and definitely gearing up for Autumn.  our favorite (& busy) season.

also, don’t tell anyone, but The Mr. has been home very steadily, and it has been quite nice!!