it’s still october!

October 31, 2017

whew! i did not skip this month.  nevermind that it’s my last chance! at least it’s still daytime outside.

we’ve had a good month or 2 since i last wrote.

  • The Mr. has been home a couple of those weeks, which is always nice.
  • jovie has been keeping us busy.
  • i had a good birthday, in which Georgia cooperated and gave me actual fall weather!  we skipped dance that day and enjoyed last year’s gift cornhole.
  • the orchard was good, even though we couldn’t pick because they’ve been picked over.  (it was still crowded).  it wasn’t 90d like last year!  and of course, it was great to see gramma & grampa again!
  • we got to enjoy Charlotte’s Web at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  neither The Mr. or i love the storyline, however, it has good memories for me.  nonetheless, those guys did not disappoint!  we are looking forward to a few more to go to in the coming months.  Rudolph is not to be missed!
  • jovie is continuing to thrive in school:  she is still loving chorus, she had an extended day field trip to Dahlonega with Enrichment Class (she didn’t get home until about 7pm!!),  and she got invited to participate in Jr. Beta Club!

so i will be done with this one now, because hopefully i will post halloween pictures SOON.  enjoy the *rest* of october!

 

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eventful things

September 13, 2017

so 4th grade (!!) has turned out to be pretty eventful, so far.  we are currently home from school for the 3rd day due to hurricane Irma.  i feel overwhelmed how lucky we were, and i truly cannot imagine having been in the thick of it.  jovie’s aunt LJ (and fam) were down in one of the hardest hit areas of FL. [they’re ok!] and to think how throttled the caribbean islands got.  it’s awfully devastating and i keep reminding jovie how grateful she can feel.

we lost power for only 5 hours. some of our local schools are still without, thus the 3rd day at home. The Mr. left early monday morning, before Irma spent the day soaking us with rain & blowing some wind.  jovie and i made the most of the day with videos & game playing.  we played games with a lantern for part of the evening.  i cannot even fathom what millions of others were facing.  my thoughts go out to everyone affected by both of these massive & scary storms just in the past month!!  plus earthquakes, tsunamis, fires & floods elsewhere.   tragic!!

another eventful thing was the solar eclipse!  i originally had planned on jetting to greenville to see 100% totality.  but since we were in the 96% zone, lots of things added up where it just didn’t make sense afterall.  they extended the school day, because it all occurred when dismissal would have happened.  however, i brought jovie home early and the 2 of us sat in the backyard and ooh-ed & aahh-ed by ourselves.  The Mr. got to watch the very start with us before he had to go to jury duty.  luckily he got to witness the “full” thing when they took a break and went into the parking lot.  it is quite surprising how dark 4% must be.  it *did* look like dusk. but we were surprised it wasn’t a tad darker.  still pretty flippin awesome, though.

(thanks to the lady on the tv who suggested a colander for a pinhole viewer since the one jovie made at school i couldn’t get to work at all!)  of course. all this waiting for an eclipse- ya gotta read!!

meanwhile, jovie auditioned for – and made!- chorus & we have NEVER seen her so giddy/excited/proud.  they only had slots for 60 kids and there is a waiting list.  we’ve only been a few weeks (canceled this week b/c of Irma) and she’s really enjoying it!

she is totally enjoying and getting more confident in horseback riding!  she wants to sign up for the next session.

she is no longer a ballerina.  she was super observant & mature about that decision and realized that Modern may be more suited for her.

so, we have been keeping busy.  she has realized that 4th grade (!!) is so…. BIG.  she has 2 teachers now.  new responsibilities.  giant class of kids.  and so far things are going well.

so, on to autumn & all the fun that brings.  (the one good thing about Irma was the cold weather she brought the past several days!!)

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robes. hoodies. slippers. a blanky. windows open. bring it on!!!


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