okay, so

November 15, 2015

well, yes.  we are still here.  we have not been sitting in a corner twiddling our thumbs.

i blame my lack of creativity as well as using my Surface but having my pictures uploaded on the Dell.

some things as of late:

  • we enjoyed our annual trip to the orchard.  it was great to see gramma & grampa again.
  • halloween was fun.  for the school Book Character Parade, she was Felicity-  an American Girl.  thanks to her teacher from last year for having the costume for her own girls when they were jovie’s age.  for trick-or-treating, she was a fairy.  she decided this while we were on our vacation.  gramma showed me one of jovie’s sketches for her costume.
  • she has been doing well & enjoying school.  she is working hard.  she reads almost any chance she can get.
  • we got to participate in a family volunteer day at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  this summer, jovie decided she wanted to give her stuffed animals to kids with cancer.  she said that even though it would be hard to see them, it would make her happy tosee their faces when that happened.  that is not allowed due to health concerns.  so we were glad to hear about this opportunity.  while there, we heard of their volunteer program for school kids jovie will participate in early next year.
  • she has been having fun in Girl Scouts.  a full-on brownie now.  friday night was Daddy-Daughter game night.  it was fun.  she will go to a drop-off day camp this coming sunday.
  • of course we are thrilled with the holiday season upon us.  it will be so much fun to keep our traditions at the grandparents’ house!

so here- we’re alive and well.  i’ve got the photos to prove it.

volunteer day

volunteer day

her finished notebook

her finished notebook

GS game night

GS game night

<insert “how tall this fall” picture- which is on the Dell.  not the surface.  grrrrrr>

lithen to thith!

October 7, 2015

what a thpethial thurprise!

luckily jovie waited 2 weekth (though none of uth knowth how th-e did!) until we got home….  the nexth day.


th-e wuth very exthited to be able to whithle finally!

and yethterday we had a conferenth with Mrs. Robbins (th-e’s doing great!) where we were inthructed to go to muthic class to thee jovie.  she was exthremely ecthited to show off!


i athk you—- what happened to THITH?

no teeth yet

just a quick tease

September 30, 2015

i mean.

The Opera, Sydney

The Opera, Sydney

i can’t even.

Somewhere near the Great Barrier Reef

Somewhere near the Great Barrier Reef

it’s kind of a big deal.

view from lunch, Queenstown, New Zealand

view from lunch,
Queenstown, New Zealand


near Moke Lake, Queenstown, New Zealand

near Moke Lake,
Queenstown, New Zealand

and all the other fun slogans of the day.

lucky lucky girl

September 6, 2015

i don’t know who’s luckier- jovie or me?

The Mr. has taken 11 trips down under since february.  this year will be the 3rd anniversary in a row that he will be spending in Sydney. difference is, this year I get to be WITH him!!  (lucky 13, indeed!)

i have been talking and hoping for this to happen for months; and was getting more and more hopeful.  when i finally told jovie that it looked like it was going to happen and that i’d be gone for almost 2 weeks, she asked who was going to stay with her.  then when i answered gramma & grampa, she squealed in delight and declared how lucky SHE was!

we are also very lucky that aunt barbara will help (we are so glad she lives in GA now!) when i told her she was going there and going to have a lot of fun, her first words were “yay! i really hope i get to see her library!!”   (so barb, if you’re reading this….)

i am super lucky that with all of his travel this year, The Mr. was able to cash in his miles and fly me first class!!

extremely lucky that i have a very good use for the money mommy (and daddy) was able to leave me/us.  i have always wanted to honor her somehow; and she was thrilled with her trips to Brazil & Rome/Jerusalem.  she also knew how much i LOVE to travel.

i could not feel more lucky to have the chance to travel with The Mr. yet again, and couldn’t be any more thankful to gramma, grampa, & aunt barbara for making this happen.

i cannot wait to experience this whirlwind of travel!

jovie will definitely miss us.  but fortunately she is not worried about that (just yet). she is completely excited to see everyone and asks me constantly when they are coming!  (not when i’m leaving….)

she has already informed me that grampa can only get donuts twice.  once they can go there; and once he can bring them home.  oh and only go to partner’s pizza twice, too!   (so grampa, if you are reading this….)

she is excited to go to the library with both gramma & grampa and aunt barbara.

she’s looking forward to showing gramma & grampa her new “piano” so she can practice.

she’ll have a lot of fun! (but it’s not a vacation, you guys!!!) and i’m pretty sure i/we will too!!!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!

second grade, part 2

August 24, 2015

school has started off well, and jovie has liked it so far.  however, it seems like we’ve had an explosion of kids, which led to us adding another 2nd grade teacher.

Jovie was excited to have yet another “first day” of school with a different teacher.

other than that, we are getting in the swing of things.  coping with more homework (and even MORE with this new teacher!), and new routines.  she goes to enrichment class one day a week as well, so we have a lot to adjust to.  add to the fact Dad was Down Under the past 2 weeks.  she’s doing well.

We have taken a mini-break from extra curricular activities and that is the smartest thing!  We start full-fledged in September.

and all last week there was a massive count-down to when we’d see not only daddy but also gramma & grampa! both came on Friday.  we had a nice weekend with them and look forward to their return!

do you have a second?

August 6, 2015




wish us luck! we’re all new at this one.

the party (etc)

July 27, 2015

one would think that since jovie finally started day camps I woulda updated this thing.

one would think.

we did have a good birthday.  The Mr. remarked that this was probably the most “exciting” birthday she has had in terms of truly enjoying and emoting about her gifts and the day in general.

we were lucky enough to find yet another performance on her birthday.  we went back to the Center for Puppetry Arts (of which we are now members) to see Click Clack Moo. she definitely enjoyed it, but WE enjoyed it immensely too.  seriously, if you are reading this near the ATL area- you should go! anyone who visits should go too.  The Mr. and i even think you wouldn’t need a child to enjoy it.  (but that was fun!)  afterwards, we broke tradition of going Mexican and went to a “fancy” restaurant that had a pasta bar.  she felt so grown up!

watched a movie, went swimming & then had appetizers for dinner (maybe a new tradition?).

she was so excited about what we gave her…. the tent really made her day.  and so for 3 days straight we did little parenting!

then of course was the rainbow  party. it was a fairly small affair.  though it was exciting that her 1st grade teacher stopped by!  her friends were very thoughtful and generous in their gifts and she really has enjoyed all of them!  gramma & grampa gave her her ‘most favoritest books ever”.  [in the Whatever After series]

it all was a whirlwind and we were so glad to see her enjoy so much of it.

just a few photos because y’all don’t know what a SEVEN (????) year old looks like:

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a homemade strawberry cake that will make the rounds again!

a homemade strawberry cake that will make the rounds again!

in other news, she has been in camps (finally!) and has enjoyed them a lot.  she took a swim/art camp with her friends.  last week she was in a full-on art camp and she produced some really fun work!  our mantle is now littered with all of her art.  (for now).

picasso.  how fun is that?

a la picasso. how fun is that?

and this week she’s in dance camp.  then guess what?  SCHOOL.  NEXT. WEEK.

second grade????   therein ceases all of my expertise!

last but not least, she is looking forward to a “surprise trip” after camp on friday.  we will haul out at noon and jet off to charleston to see Becky & Ansley (and jimmy! (: ).  we were supposed to do this the first weekend school got out, but unfortunately i got inexplicably sick and jovie handled that disappointment like a champ!!!

she doesn’t know where we’re going, but she is so hoping it’s to see Ansley.  in fact in June she asked where we were supposed to go.  she handled a lot of disappointment that week so i didn’t want to tell her.  her words “well, if we were going to see Ansley, don’t tell me because then i would be REALLY sad”

hopefully i can post about all the fun of friendship when we return.  she’ll be in school y’all!!!  again- SECOND grade.



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