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February 15, 2017

Valentine’s Day has come and gone….  So, apparently has January!

right now, we are looking very forward to our Winter Break.  we will visit Aunt Stacey, Uncle Dave, Sophia & Sadie.  we will also venture around the beautiful state of Arizona with a jaunt in Nevada for the Hoover Dam!    it will be a lot of driving.  a lot of scenery.  a lot of reading.  a lot of kindle-ing.  a lot of eating.  a lot of hiking.  a lot of photo-ing. a lot of ooo-ing and aaah-ing.  (probably just from me; it seems jovie’s a lot like The Mr.)

[tho i will hope she exclaims over the Grand Canyon like i did- especially because she was FLOORED with the sand dunes.  this is essentially opposite that]

that’s the future.  the past has included spending a lot of time playing with our new-ish next door neighbor Salma.  she’s a sweet 1st grader that has only lived in this country for about a year.  i am getting to know the mom, and it’s great getting to hear about Egypt!

jovie’s modern dance class got canceled; there was only one other girl there.  so now it’s just ballet.  she has done art club with school a couple times a month.  she also enjoyed re-reading Charlotte’s Web & going to book club with our (awesome) public library.  during the school day once a month she does origami club.

we had a really fun day honoring the National Champs of football!  we had a whirlwind weekend where we left immediately after school on a friday; stayed in a hotel about 15mins away.  jaunted into town super early and watched Clemson’s parade before going into Death Valley for a very nice ceremony.  we all enjoyed it; though jovie was 1. scared of heights and 2. a little bored with all of the talking in the stadium.  but she managed thanks to Daddy’s phone.  we loved being there.  then we came home and the next day we honored jovie’s christmas gift & got to see Little Mermaid at the Fox again.

and this past weekend, she went to her first slumber party.  she had a great time, and The Mr. & i realized just how old and fuddyduddy we are.  we did have a nice dinner out.  i was able to have a Radler; which i haven’t gotten to have since Munich.  we were asleep by 9:45. i did not even hear the dad text me to tell me jovie was having fun.  i did, however, hear the phone ring at 12:15 when jovie needed to talk to me.  she did not come home; but i guess she needed some mommy-love.

it’s been a nice 2017 so far.  some snow would be nice.  if nothing else, some winter cold.  we’ve had very few of those days.  i look forward to posting about our trip!

really liked how many fans turned up for the incredible fun!  & jovie was excited for her first real trip to clemson.  “i’ve always wanted to go into the stadium!” she said when i told her what we were doing that weekend. we enjoyed showing her some of the places that are meaningful to us.

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all of the holidays

January 6, 2017

i got on here to do a merry christmas, happy new year post & i see that today is the anniversary of when i joined wordpress.  which means today is the day i announced my pregnancy and declared there was a little bean to have a blog.

wow.

we’ve come a long way!

so i hope all of your holidays were great; ours was.  it was a little lazy like last year.  so why haven’t i blogged up to this point?? i couldn’t tell ya!  i had plans to upload my pix on NYEve.  while being consumed with football (??)  alas…

were were very lucky to have uncle natey come down this year again with gramma & grampa.  it was a short visit, but we all had a good time.  there may have been a bit of complaining on my part because we were able to play CORN HOLE it was so warm!

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isn’t that a lovely birthday gift i got from The Mr.???

a fabulous christmas was had by all.  The Mr. got a braves running shirt, I got a fancy mailbox & jovie got the spanish dictionary she asked santa for.  several other wonderful gifts were given & gotten.  after all was said and done, jovie has 32 new books & 4 magazines!

then we enjoyed potter christmas & a night in the “omelette hotel”.  she had also requested to visit Meemaw & Poppa at the cemetery for the first time. after all that, it was lazy time at home.  a little bit of rain. a few hikes were had.  and we have enjoyed The Mr. for the past month.  it has all been nice.

and today, i picked jovie up from school 2 hours early because -the northerners will love this- school closed IN CASE of snow.    their concern is the high schoolers driving.  and also, Snowmageddon!

bring on another fun weekend of family time.  games, movies & her kindle fire she got from santa will be enjoyed!

have a stellar 2017!

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this may be when Santa said if she cleans her room she gets an extra gift…. if she doesn’t…. he’ll take one away!

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this is what your face looks like when you open a box of about a dozen books on one of your favorite characters.  (trixie beldon, if you’re wondering)


snow

December 17, 2016

i hope this won’t be the only “snow” we see;  but if so, at least it’s pretty!

jovie enjoyed being part of the snow corps in their production of Grinch last weekend.

all the christmas prep is underway.  the countdown is on.  no more school.  it’ll be GREAT.

hoping lots of joy your way……

 


goodbye November!

December 1, 2016

it was a pretty nice month.  we got to enjoy some slightly cooler days.  i thought autumn would NEVER come.  here, we went on a gorgeous leaf-lined drive for about an hour and enjoyed Sprewell Bluff.  had a picnic & did some exploring:

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we also hiked up stone mountain.  jovie didn’t even need a piggyback from The Mr.  she did GREAT.  and it is STEEP!!

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then jovie enjoyed going to school on a monday and then not again until the monday after thanksgiving!  after 3 days of being home, went to doctor.  turns out—- she had strep throat!  one dose of antibiotics and the fever, headaches & dizzy went away!  so we had a loooonnng vacation and enjoyed it! (once she felt all better)… perfectly great & ready for thanksgiving!  it was a fantastic holiday (tho, as you can see, very serious stuff indeed….)

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we had fun meeting our Greenville friends at that same sliding hill park.  unfortunately, jovie’s penpal may have moved because we haven’t heard from her.  jovie & kemp (and the rest of her family) enjoyed each other!  it’s been YEARS.

 

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then after being home for about 2 weeks, jovie went to school on monday.  we had a nice field trip on tuesday.  then yesterday she stayed home from school.  AGAIN.  we didn’t wait this time.  i took her to the doctor.  AGAIN.  turns out she has strep.  AGAIN. ?????

so today is the best kind of sick day, a “mandatory” sick day and she feels great.  it’s december so we can watch christmas movies.  BONUS.


autumn time

November 4, 2016

how may i serve you?

November 1, 2016

for halloween, jovie had the idea to be a servant.  from Samantha’s time (she’s an American girl).  she’s been talking about this for awhile.  she’d wear her long black skirt & white undershirt.  we borrowed the same Felicity apron & head cover from Mrs. Edkins [& now i see that somehow, someway, i did not post anything about halloween last year???]

you see, servants don’t smile.

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but you see, it was a success.

happy november, y’all.  it doesn’t FEEL like autumn, but at least it’s looking nice!

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as i was saying

October 14, 2016

so as i was saying…. October has started and so far it’s been great!

the evacuation went well! spectacularly, stunningly, amazingly so!  becky & i can’t really figure out the magic of it, but we aren’t complaining.  they got here wednesday just in time for me to pick up jovie from her first day of art club.  they left (regretfully) on sunday.

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jovie is notorious for needing time on her own.  she rarely needed that.  i’m thinking the 7hrs being away for school each day helped break things up. because when she would come home, they played and played until homework & dinner time.  then played some more until bath & bedtime!   but even saturday it was difficult tearing jovie away from ansley so she could go to dance rehearsal.  this girl didn’t even want to go to the library (?!?!) because they were playing.  aside from said excursion, they played all. day. long!

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and ansley was so helpful to jovie with her regularly-scheduled chores!  in fact, the night before they came, jovie came up with the idea to do an extra chore so she could get paid.  she wants to buy her friend at school a christmas gift.  (this girl is amazing!)  so she decided to start doing dishes!  i’m not complaining!  & ansley wanted in on the action, too!

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……………………..as i was saying….

the first weekend in october we headed to Turner Field for the last ever Braves game there.  It was a gorgeous day and we all had such a nice time!  we were there for 8 hours and it didn’t really seem so.  this time, though, jovie had some books.  she loved reading, eating & watching!  it was so bittersweet and The Mr. & I talked about it for a few days about how great it was we decided to go.  we played Detroit, Tigers, too- so that was an extra bonus!!

so far, october has been good to us!!

oh, and should another hurricane threaten SC coasts….  we have a great plan!