nine is fine

July 13, 2017

so another terrific birthday weekend was had.  just like last year, jovie wanted to bring a friend to do something special.  this year she decided to bring her school best friend, Serenity, to Build a Bear.  both of the girls love snuggly friends, so this was a great choice.  a bunny named Caramel was Serenity’s choice.  and Jovie chose a kitty of all of her favorite colors named Sugar Cookie.  The girls enjoyed the store and all the stuff to choose from.

afterwards, we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch.  it was unfortunate that nobody loved the food as much as we had hoped. even the birthday girl didn’t like their extra-saucy mac n cheese.  it was all OK but not near as good as last year’s lunch at the American Girl Bistro.  also, none of us got any cheesecake.  other desserts were chosen (and HUGE).

we came home & jovie just enjoyed reading and spending time with her new snuggly.

sunday greeted us with a NINE YEAR OLD.  she woke up and we got some good snuggles.  she couldn’t wait to open presents and must have asked about that 1000 times before breakfast of a spinach ham scramble and cinnamon rolls.  luckily for her 2 of her gifts were open in the morning.  one was a certificate for her to pick out a new scooter.  the 2nd told her what the day was going to be filled with.  we were lucky that yet again, the local theatre had a production on her bday.  and last year, mary poppins was perfect.  this year, we got to see Beauty & the Beast which is also one of her favorites!

the show was at 3 so by the time we cleaned up from breakfast, came back from scooter shopping and having appetizer lunch, we decided to let her open all of her gifts.  we knew we would be gone the rest of the night & wanted her to have time to enjoy some more books & shopkin toys.  she was delighted with a craft set she had asked for, saw that it came in the mail, then plum forgot all about.  after recently reading in a book mentioning a magnetic poetry set, she was excited to get her very own.  (the HAPPINESS set includes lots of happy & calm words.  like rainbow, flower, bluebird, blue sky, dream…. oh and also martini.  ????

we all enjoyed the performance (seriously! a GREAT THEATRE) and then a huge hibachi dinner where we were all SO. FULL.  no worries. we were able to come home & have cake (strawberry again) and then just slip into a food coma.  she sat on her beanbag chair and read books.  The Mr. fell asleep on the couch.

a busy weekend was capped off with everyone going to bed at NINE o’clock.

the first pic is of her talking to gramma & grampa.  we were lucky enough that they could spend a fun july4th with us again and enjoy a little bit of birthday time with us early.  jovie was thrilled not only with the books, but the gift card to buy even MORE books.  plus a wonderful keepsake of their time together at Lion King.

we also all got a kick out of -after not hearing that song in well over a year- that as soon as we got in the car after the performance, Rachel Platten’s Better Place was on! PERFECT


out of this world!

June 23, 2017

i have long been a fan of our neighborhood library.  we have been going since jovie was 7 months old.  we have the best librarians who have the best programs!

when she was a baby, they handed out sturdy totes with a pocket for the library card that we have used faithfully (you know jovie!!) for like 8 years now.  still going strong!

babytime was tons of fun, and from what i heard from other seasoned mothers who had been to other libraries nearby and in other states on more than one occasion, it was the best thing going.  i still think some of the songs sometimes.  in fact this spring, i had an occasion to go back and it broke my ever-lovin’ heart because boy do i miss it!  i brought my neighbor and her 2 year old and of course they also loved it.

then there was Ms. Ada who was phenomenal with the kids.  she began at the same time jovie aged into that pre-school group.  and Ms. Ada was instrumental in bringing lots of performances in the summer programs.  2 in particular are not to be missed-  Ken Scott, a magician and Todd Key, a juggler.  we first saw Todd at the Renaissance Festival and he was one of our favorites.  to see him in our local library was amazing. we make sure to go to these performances each year!  this year The Mr. is actually going to try to come back from a trip early to see Todd, because it’s been awhile.

our summer reading program has grown steadily the past few years and even though Ms. Ada left, Ms. Joy is continuing it all as well.

and boy ever!  our library just offered us the most amazing opportunity ever!  we linked up to Astronaut Jack who is currently IN SPACE and let 20 kids ask questions to him.  it was like skype but way cooler!  we saw what a slinky does in space, we saw the inside of his vessel.  we watched him use both of his hands to show us his special towel; meanwhile leaving his microphone to just float in front of him.  the only thing that coulda made it better is if we had gotten to see his view!

Nashville may be the fanciest library out there, but i agree with our library director, Ms. Chris who said that ours is the “best in the universe!”

INDEED


summer is upon us

June 14, 2017

summer has begun & it has already been a blast!

we have already been having a lot of fun.  this is what jovie’s been up to in the past 2 1/2 weeks since school let out:

  • performing in her ballet recital.
  • enjoying some gramma & grampa time for that recital/memorial day weekend
  • playdates with 5 different friends
  • a surprise “adventure” to Ocmulgee National Monument
  • which was also an overnight with The Mr. because he was nearby on a project.  the one-day turnaround lent itself very well to this surprise (which jovie was mad about, btw.  she hates surprises!)
  • some mommy-school.  she is learning cursive this summer (don’t get me started!)
  • enjoying The Mr.’s birthday…
  • …with a sitter so we could go to an amazing magician that evening.  (if you’re ever in ATL i have a place for you to go!)
  • a trip to greenville to see gramma & grampa again.
  • swimming in their big (community) pool with The Mr.
  • having a special time with gramma & grampa because they took her to see a performance of Lion King!  she had a great time!
  • began an Art Camp this week.

this has definitely been a great start to what will be a great summer!

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springtime

May 9, 2017

well, hello.  we have had a glorious, yet interesting, spring so far.  even though i don’t like unseasonable weather, i am a lot more forgiving when we had those cold autumn-ish snaps recently.

i bought a long-sleeve shirt from mammoth cave in april and am very glad to say i have worn it quite a few times.  even with the cooler days we had, everything is still just green and lush.

we took advantage of a most beautiful weekend and went back down to Sprewell Bluff.  we were looking forward to having a picnic, a hike & more exploring on the rocks.  that didn’t happen, as we have gotten a lot of rain in the last 6 months.

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November

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May

we are loving this nice weather.  jovie has field day today.  most kids look forward to that day with much excitement.  i think she’s a little mixed on the whole thing.  she usually ends up having a good time, though.  and tomorrow is a field trip.  so this week you can definitely tell that the school year is winding down……


lookin back

March 28, 2017

y’all know how i love these retrospectives!

house happy

Oct 2002

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March 2017

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to The Mr.:  THANK YOU.  what a wonderful thing we have here.  14 1/2 years later!  XOXO

 


things

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)