Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August Highlights

The first thing we did in August was have a weeklong house guest.  I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about the number of days.  Would we get tired of our guest?  Would she get tired of us?  Or get homesick?







 What do you think?  Do they look tired of each other?  She was the best house guest ever!  She even baked some delicious treats for us.   I just realized that these pictures Callie took are from the pool they went to when Callie and Kate went to stay with them.  Oh well, they looked basically the same at our local pool here.  Very happy to be together!  We did miss the other member of this cousin team, Claire.  She was off exploring Washington DC!


A couple of weeks later we were very thankful that we were able to get in a weekend road trip before school starts.  First we headed south to Nashville, TN.  We stopped at the Parthenon, a mall (or two) then headed on to Huntsville, AL.  Callie had really been wanting to go to the Huntsville Space Museum.  I went when I was a kid, but I really didn't remember anything about it.  It was fun and I'm glad we went.  The weather cooperated for Kate's only wish which was to swim in the hotel pool.   Sunday there was a little more shopping and then we headed home.  It was fast, but still very relaxing and we had a great time.  If you are ever in Huntsville you need to go to the Po' Boy Factory!  Yum!!

I even ran into an old college friend in Nashville.  I had been wishing I could meet up with some friends in TN and AL, who I haven't seen in ages, but I knew there just wasn't enough time.  It was so surprising to see my friend outside one of the malls in Nashville!  So I got to meet up with someone after all.






















We will be starting school this week so hopefully we'll have some fun first day of school pictures to show soon.



Saturday, July 16, 2016

One Mess Leads to Another

I'm sitting in a dining room that is currently half painted, exploding with felt for a 4H project, a bookcase waiting to be painted, and two footstools that need to be painted and turned into something else.  To say it is a mess would be quite an understatement!  Not to mention outside chores that need to be done.

 "Three Hungry Mice"




 The Martha Stewart Craft Book For Kids?  Awesome!


I'm normally a "don't start one project until you finish the previous one" kind of girl, but sometimes, it just can't go like that.  In fact with that sentence I'm having a moment of deja vu.  I'm thinking I was down this road before and wrote about it.

I started painting the dining room before the 4th of July.  I thought I could finish it this Monday.  That didn't work out.  I thought I might finish it today, but Callie is gone this weekend and so I decided it would be the perfect time to freshen up her room and paint something she has wanted to paint.  Well last night she informed me that really, she just wants rid of that bookcase because her room is rather small.  So I painted it and it's probably going in the schoolroom and the bookcase in that room will go......somewhere.  So that means all the fabric, patterns and books needed to come off that case. They are currently piled in the school room floor and that room looks like JoAnn's at the end of a Black Friday sale.



Anyway, the place is a mess!  But it's a good mess.  Fun projects, flower beds being mulched and the flowers them selves looking better this year than ever, a little rearranging and changing things to better fit our growing girls and to banish all earth tone* walls forever! ;).


*Earth tones can be very pretty, but in a house with brown wood floors and lots of brown wood trim, brown walls were just too much for me!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Another One Bites the Dust

There often seems to be no rhyme or reason to storm damage.  One house can be destroyed by a tornado and across the street a house stands untouched.  Thankfully, there were no tornadoes here last night, but strong winds and a lot of lightening.

A few years ago we lost two trees in one storm while we were out of town.  They actually fell towards each other, blocking the back door.  Last night, we lost another one in the front yard.  I didn't realize how bad of shape that tree was in, although only one of our mature trees looks totally healthy. Our house is 100 yrs old, plus some, so all of these maples are who knows how old.




What cracks me up, is that this is still standing!



 Some of it fell last year, I don't even recall there being a storm when one of the huge branches fell into the corn field, but there could have been.  We are still working on cleaning that up a little bit at a time.  Chopping.  Burning.  Chopping.  Burning.

What's kind of cool about last nights storm is the way this tree fell.  We live on a very busy road and although the storm didn't start until after 1:00 a.m., there are always a few cars and semis traveling by.  This tree is the closest to the road and also pretty close to our house.  It fell in between the house and the road, causing no damage what so ever.  Thank you Lord!!  Not only would it have blocked the road and people may not have been able to see it until too late, it would have also knocked down power lines. If it had hit the house it would have been right over Callie's room, although by this time both girls were downstairs.

Both girls ended up in our bed for awhile, wide awake while Cameron kept watch on his phone. Sometimes I hate modern technology, but a fully charged smart phone in a bad storm?  Priceless!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Month of May

When we lived on the West side of Indianapolis the month of May was all about The Race.  The Indy 500!  We lived close enough to Speedway to be able to hear the engines of the cars when they practiced.  It was one of those signs of spring for us.  I miss it when I think about it, but living away from the West side now, I practically forget all about it.

There has been quite a bit of excitement around here in Boone County this month and especially this week, but it has nothing to do with the Indy 500.  It's a "recital year" and we are tacking linings inside costumes and buying new tights and bobby pins.  I think we still need pick up some red lipstick.


the night the costumes come in is always fun

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The make up is always a little freaky up close, but on stage it helps their faces not get completely washed out by the lights.  This picture just kills me!!

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Okay, this one kills me too!!


2014 (pretty sure this was taken by a friend)

This year's performance will be a portion of Swan Lake and I think it may be my new favorite.  I'm still not totally sure about the story since I haven't seen the whole thing before, but I really love the music!  I'm very excited to see it all Saturday night.

That's not the only exciting thing happening this week.  Friday is our last official day of school.  Woo hoo!!  I can't wait to let the girls sleep in on Monday and not feel one ounce of guilt!  They will certainly need it after the weekend anyway.


These are older pictures, but they capture our feelings perfectly!






Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring Break 2016


Well I got on here today to blog about yesterday and realized I had not finished the Spring Break post.  I think there were computer issues and then I just forgot.

It just isn't Spring with out the Cousin Sleepover.  Girls that is.  Poor boys.  We really should make it up to them somehow.

So.  Four young ladies, two sisters, three malls, Target, and Walmart and TJ Max in 48 hours.  As always, it was a blast!  We just have to get the other sister up here too! 

These girls are amazing shoppers.  None of us go with unlimited funds and so decisions must be made.  Watching them narrow down all the choices and decide what is the best use of their dollars and sometimes even choosing to buy for others, I am always impressed.  They encourage each other, except when the sugar overload begins and they start with the "Your mama" jokes!  They laugh and giggle and beg for ice cream and every minute is a joy!
















I love you girls!!!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

"It's Granny and Poppy Day"

These were the first words out of Kate's mouth this morning. 

Cameron's parents are moving to Indiana today.  This move has been the topic of discussion for a couple of years, maybe more.  Today it is finally happening.  Granny and Poppy are going to be Yankees!  LOL  {I promise to never say that again Poppy!}

We are entering a new era today.  We will actually have family living in the same town as we do.  I just realized, I have not lived in the same town as any extended family since I was a toddler. 

Kate is beside herself with excitement.  She and Callie both keep talking about how we can see them  whenever we want to now, "until the day we die!" Kate says with a big grin.  She cracks me up and then asks why I'm laughing.   Apparently it just boggles her mind that when we go to their house it will be only a few minutes away.   She just talks and talks and talks about it.

The girls are going to miss the house in Mississippi, and the walks through their neighborhood, but maybe not the long drive.  I'm sure Granny and Poppy have a lot of mixed emotions today.  They've lived in the same town for more than 30 years and never North of the Mason Dixon line.  Granny hates snow, but we are determined to help her see the beauty in it! ;)  Ironically, it was snowing this morning and I couldn't help but laugh.  I promise I didn't pray for it Granny! 

I'm excited about helping them unpack and set up house.  And I really hope they'll let me tag along when they go visit the FL family.  Shoot, I'll drive them down there!  {HINT, HINT}

Welcome Granny and Poppy!  We're glad you're here!!


 
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Monday, February 22, 2016

A Break From Winter

It was almost 70 degrees here on Saturday!  In February!!!  It was unbelievably beautiful.

We already had plans to meet with friends for dim sum to celebrate Chinese New Year. {maybe a little late, but better than never} 


 
One of the other moms got a much better picture, but I don't know how to get it from my phone texts to the computer.  We had a really great time.  These girls are so funny!  They hardly talk at all until it's time to leave.  One would eat shrimp, one had to have a special order with no allergens, and the other brought her pb&j from home. LOL Lucky for them we did not have to order from the aquariums behind them!! 
 
From there we headed to Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park.  It was only about thirty minutes further from the restaurant so it was the perfect park to use our state parks pass that Cameron got for Christmas.  I was especially excited to have the pass when I saw the sign that the entrance fee is now $7.00!
 
The day could not have been more perfect.  Blue skies and tons of sunshine.  A rare thing in Indiana this time of year.  It's cold and cloudy again today, but it's okay.  I keep reminding myself its suppose to be cold in February.  It is winter after all.
 




 













Moments after this picture was taken, my feet started sliding in the mud and I promptly fell, knees first, in the mud.  I was laughing so hard I couldn't get up and Callie thought I was hurt.  There were a lot of dried leaves too so I wasn't too covered in dirt, just my knees.

Thank Goodness, there are no pictures to prove any of it!

 
 

 










It was a great day!