January 25, 2018

so i know i’m not alone in talking about winter.  it has been a bitter one for everyone it seems. but i’m loving it!  although today will be the typical GA winter, with 35 in the AM & then 53 in the PM….

last week it was steady and super cold.

and we missed The Mr. who was facing his own frigidness in Montreal of all places.  he landed in true -5d weather.  by midweek we were colder than he was with windchills reaching 0.

the snow was so pretty!  but that was mainly it.  once jovie did get to go out and play, she said she couldn’t pack it. so it was basically good for snow angels which basically was good for about 20 minutes.  before i let her go out and play (when it was 13d as opposed to 7d), we tried to take a walk to the stop sign which is point 2 miles away.  we didn’t make it all the way before she wanted to turn around b/c her face was hurting.

we were out of school for THREE days.  AGAIN.  couple that with being out for what turned out to be a cloudy day the week before, we have missed 7 days & i guess it was great while it lasted, but it will totally suck to make some of them up.  but we enjoyed lotsa hot cocoa, movie time, game time, snuggles in our big bed.

this week marks our first full week of school in 2018.  (we went for one day last week!).  back to the swing of things!!



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!!)


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

may the fourth be with her

August 7, 2017

so, this happened:

what you can’t really tell in these pictures is how OLD she looks in this very sparkly dress (with a belt!)

she went to school with these smiles.  we hope she returns with them as well.  this is the first time ever she hasn’t been thrilled with going back to school…   she is not in class with her BFF and they will be changing classes.  BIG STUFF over here.




end of 3rd grade!

May 26, 2017

it has been a fun & busy last week of school.  we are lucky that The Mr. has been home.  jovie loves her morning piggy backs and “daddy lunch”.  luckier still that he has gotten to go to her 2 special days this week.

tuesday we went to hear “Park Ranger Jovie” share what she knows about Channel Islands.  this was a culminating project all year where she got to choose & study a national park.  this has also piqued her interest  in becoming a park ranger.  (she told us that after Mammoth Caves.)  she constantly asks when we are going to go to California to visit her park.  (interestingly enough, it is right across from Ventura beach, which is where The Mr. & i began our journey on the PCH 5 years ago!)


wednesday i went to her Mini Society Market Day.  this was the culminating activity from the last month of school where all of 3rd grade earns “money”, pays rent, makes products (or services) and learns about semi-real economics.  it is such a cool concept that Georgia does in 3rd grade.  it would have a lot of value in high school as well, so let’s get on that!  jovie’s service was to teach people how to dance.  she was able to teach 2 kids what she knows.  the fun part was going around and buying all the other products/services from  everyone else.  notebooks, pencil holders, hair bows, bookmarks & a planter were just some of the things we brought home.

after market day, The Mr. was able to come to their awards ceremony.  after last year’s ceremony, jovie made the goal to have perfect attendance & straight a’s in third grade.  (she also set a goal for her to have a clean desk).  well 2 bouts of strep throat & a bout of the flu did not get that memo.  however, we were surprised and very pleased that she met her other goal and had straight A’s for the year!  (last year she missed it by one B+ in the 2nd 9 weeks).


jovie loved earning the medal that comes with the honor!

and today, folks- is her last day of 3rd grade!!  incidentally, The Mr. just showed me that she’s about to turn 9.  she is literally half-way to graduate high school!!     MAKE IT STOP.

the start of the 2nd half

August 8, 2016

the 2nd half of elementary school has begun!!


the big hall.  WOW.  third grade.  WOWWOW.

her dress matches her bookbag matches her lunchbox.  she’s still freakin’ adorable!

2nd grade

May 20, 2016

is behind us.    !!

jovie is halfway through with elementary school.       !!!     and i have the pictures to prove it:

it was a bumpy start.  it wasn’t what i thought it would be.  she thrived in some areas.  she loved learning some areas.  she will improve in some areas.  she kept some friends, made some friends & overall just really enjoyed herself.  she was slow to warm up to the new class & expectations.  but once she did, she loved it.

we are both very proud of jovie this year.  she is growing to be such a very special (& smart) little girl!  she amazes us often.

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!