the most wonderful time of the year

January 3, 2018

well, jovie went back to school today, after having had 3 mondays off!

it was a super break, we all agree.  i know i have said in years past how lazy we had been, and this year it seemed to get even more lazy, cozy, snuggly.  it’s a normal cold time of year (thankfully not like last year!  we played cornhole, and come to find out- it was record breaking for being warm).  BITTER cold (for us, anyway).  so i’m not joking when i say i have left the neighborhood all of 5 times in the last 3 weeks.

The Mr. has enjoyed a leisurely vacation as well.

my christmas presents have been a hit with the whole family.  The Mr. outdid himself this year.  because he wanted one, he got me a little computer that has all the retro video games on it, so we have enjoyed that a lot on these cold days.  add to that, he got me the dice game QWIXX and we all are loving that easy quick game!  plus, Santa gave jovie Pass the Pigs.  games galore!!

we had a really nice visit from gramma & grampa.  we hung out, baked, cooked, ate, watched football, pretended, read, played on devices & had christmas.

jovie was happy with her gifts.  a woodzee camper from santa, a pillow from her cousins in arizona & a $100 bill from santa to buy an american girl doll were some of the hits.  not to mention a full-sized bookshelf from us & plenty of books from everyone to go along with it.

it’s definitely hard to get back in the swing of things, but we’re managing!

hope you have a fabulous 2018!!


a great november

November 29, 2017

as it is still november, i am pleased to be posting things in the present tense!

i was going to just make this a thanksgiving post, then i saw a few other pictures that deserved some (mild) attention.

i do hope my few readers had a nice holiday.  (half of you spent it with us!)

we had a very nice thanksgiving with gramma & grampa.  and this year was noteworthy in that it was the first time in 21 thanksgivings shared with The Mr. that we did not travel.  and not only did we not travel, i believe the first time i left the house since the monday before thanksgiving was to have lunch at the indian restaurant on friday! (because some traditions do not need breaking!)  then we didn’t leave again until a small local hike on sunday.

The Mr. had been in Australia prior to the week’s vacation, so the g’s were gracious enough to come here to celebrate so he didn’t turn around a couple days later and sit in traffic.  unfortunately, that meant they faced traffic, but they got here in plenty of time to enjoy chicken paprikas!

jovie handled the australia trip pretty well, and having had a busy week ourselves while he was gone, we spent the day sunday waiting for him to come home cleaning jovie’s room for several hours.  HOURS.  i worked the whole long day and felt no remorse when dinner consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and tots!  (The Mr. had had some fancy food in first class, so don’t feel terrible for him, either)


recycling and trash from the hours of cleaning

i had hinted and begged at The Mr. for us to have a firepit during the week.  We were too cozy, lazy & full to even do that.  We did manage a few games of cornhole in the week, though.  and we lit an inside fire instead.

i was overly pleased at the absolute perfect autumn weather we got.  & we were delighted to cook 2 lavish meals in our updated kitchen.  time was spent catching up, playing with jovie, snuggling with cats, cooking, cleaning, eating, & watching some absolutely terrific football games.  (tho’ sadly the lions lost, those friday games were nailbiters!  and of course- saturday games were equally awesome!  —i hope clemson plays equally clean and smart this coming saturday as well!)


what the what?  i missed “bring your duck to clemson day, apparently”

a fun november makes me look forward to an equally great december!…




look! peacock!

November 7, 2017

alas, how things change:

“look! peacock”    [june 2010]

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halloween was such a blast this year.  we went with some friends around just one street of our n’hood in a hayride.  jovie had a lot of fun running from house to house with other kids.  i had a lot of fun sitting on some snug blankets chatting to the other adults around.  The Mr. had a good time opening the door for basically nobody.  (so sad how nobody comes down to our house.  we would really like to enjoy the fun of halloween, but there’s just not a lot going on!)

jovie got a good stash, and the weather was great.  she’s already talking about next year!

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

happy birthday!!!!!!!!

July 9, 2017

thank you, sweet girl, for all the happiness you bring!

we love you so much.

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.


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!


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!


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!


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)


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……