January 2015

It's here - another year!  How do I miss these days that go so quickly!

Coming back into routine after Christmas break.  Sure do love these boys - they love holiday fireworks, too.

Spring 2014

Played with the Messners a lot over Spring Break 2014....
Went to a tournament in Atlanta in Feb and stayed with the best cousins in the world!


I was so proud of the pressure-washing that Trip learned to do....


I was so proud of the work Will did with that sander on our patio table...


Here are the dogs as close as they get relaxed....

More traveling for soccer and a lot of early mornings for work helped us make the decision to stay home for a great spring break.   We have spent a LONG winter shivering and under grey skies.   Ready for our warm times to arrive and to have fun planting flowers and eating off the grill.  Here is beans stretching out and getting ready for the best season of the year (April-Oct) after hibernation.

Traveling

This past weekend we went to Memphis.  I don't have any pictures here of her, but I am glad Mom got to go with me and share some laughs and the covers!
I have done a lot of traveling this year.  One new thing has been travel soccer with Trip.  Quite an interesting adventure!  I don't know how all the details get managed, but it happens.   It's fun to watch him and the other boys play. 




Old Videos -- That Just Ooze Awesome...

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These are about 5.5 years old.   I got the flip on video for ever....and other things that don't come back.  Good memories. 

August 2013. Reflecting on summer's end, a vacation, starting school and another dog...


This summer it rained and rained and our family was apart more than usual.  Trip stayed away at two church camps.  Will went to idyllwild on his own.  Charles slept up at the dorms, with both boys, with one, and without.  I was worried sometimes.  Trip got overheated and we went to the Er.  We trapped a bat in our bedroom.  Trip started middle school.  We got a new dog.  The neighbor's house is being demolished.   Lealand Lane has been used for a detour for two months.  Charles' team won their first game of the year.  We have really been topsy turvy, but, happy.   Below:  the cousins play for a day at the beach. 

11 weeks of summer


This summer has been rainy and interesting.  We have had a few new experiences that are good memories. We have gotten to hang out and enjoy each other's company some, and try out new types of camps and activities for the kids.  Sleepaway church/bible camp was new for Trip.  Will has continued to work karate practice through the summer, where baseball and soccer rounded out for Trip.  Charles ended his camps this week, leaving one tired and sun-kissed man at our house to cool down. 

Beach Vacation

March 2013: this was the fifth time we traveled to the beaches of South Walton with the Messners. It is a gift from God to have a family to share vacation time with and we had a week of laughs, good food, sunny weather and music. Even the card-playing got better. I'm never upset to find a little sand at the bottom of my purse when I get home.












School: 3rd and 4th Graders

It has been such a fun ride watching Trip and Will enjoy elementary school. It's almost over! This year, I have gotten to do something new as a volunteer: shelve books on the library. It has been awesome to see all the titles on the shelves that we have read together over the years - all the little kid picture books and the younger reader series and those special ones that kids scramble to check out. Thousands of Magic Treehouse, Super Fly Guy and Rick Riordian. Recently, Will's grade had Space Day and Trip's grade went downtown to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's so neat seeing them make friends and learn how to function in their world on their own. They lean on me still. I don't mind of course!









Television

I hate tv. But my kids and husband love it. It sounds so cliche. However, in order to speak their language sometimes I have to sit down and let it go and watch it too. My two that I will watch right now with 3rd and 4th grade boys: Gumball, the weirdest little cartoon guy, and Incredible Crew, a comedy ensemble skit show starring teenagers. Annoying and hilarious, both.

Beans the Dog

Don't have too many posts over the last few years about Beans, our little baby bulldog. But he is very special and we make him treats.



From 'To A Young Son' by Julia Johnson Davis

In your face I sometimes see
Shadowings of the man to be,
And eager, dream of what my son
Will be in twenty years and one.

But when you are to manhood grown
And all your manhood ways are known,
Then shall I, wistful, try to trace
The child you once were in your face?

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MY LITTLE ONE - By Tennessee Williams

My little one whose tongue is dumb, whose fingers cannot hold to things, who is so mercilessly young, he leaps upon the instant things, I hold him not.

Indeed, who could? He runs into the burning wood. Follow, follow if you can! He will come out grown to a man and not remember whom he kissed, who caught him by the slender wrist and bound him by a tender yoke which, understanding not, he broke.

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We are so very glad that you are happy...
long may you keep so, my dear boy...
May you go on as well
as you have begun.
- Charles Darwin

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