Tuesday, December 31, 2013
And we danced, and we cried
and we laughed and had a really really really good time...
Dancing and laughing and crying just seems to sum up the year perfectly.
I tried to get some jumps shots to celebrate the end of the year. Instead, Clementine and I danced. I was laughing and I swear she was, too.
Happy New Year! 2013 was awesome!
52 of You - Celebrate
Monday, December 30, 2013
In an effort to recapture the scene this morning as we attempted to watch the morning news, allow me to write out the sounds emanating from old Mr. Squeaky.
Waa-ehh, waa-ehhh, waaa-ehhh, waaaaa-eeehhh, waaa-ehhh, waaaa-eehhh, waa-ehh, waa-ehhh, waaa-ehhh, waaaaa-eeehhh, waaa-ehhh, waaaa-eehhh.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
She wanted to rub noses and pretend to be eskimos. She said that was what you do when your hands are cold.
I told her to make a wish. She wished to make all A's. I wished for happiness and well being for her.
I have so many wishes for her.
52 of You - Wish
Mili has decided that she loves Clementine's food. Clementine waits for Mili to eat first before grabbing some of her share. It is so sweet.
Friday was a pajama day. Finally a day to slow down and read and rest. When some friends called to see if we'd meet them out for a drink, we invited them over to our house so that I wouldn't have to get out of my pjs. I can serve up a drink perfectly well in my pajamas.
Friday was a great day.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Another day on the road. Another day with family. Julia stayed behind to play with her grandparents and cousin. I came home to pack up the holiday trimmings.
As I cleaned, I celebrated with a little Christmas cheer.
When Julia came in, she noticed the decorations were gone. "But I wanted to help... It was one of those things on my bucket list to put away Christmas decorations."
I never know what that girl is going to say.
She slept until 8:30 a.m. -- then the excitement began. We had to get the oldest boy from the airport (a great gift for a momma) and the rest of the day was spent at my parent's house.
Julia loved all her gifts but her American Girl Doll seemed to be her favorite. She carried her around all day and night.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
It was a long ride home in the pouring rain and heavy traffic -- but I didn't mind because we picked up the youngest boy from the busiest airport in the world. We stopped off for a late lunch when the traffic became almost unbearable. Julia talked Dalton into playing games with her while we waited for the food. Then he got to listen to her sing all the songs from her playlist as the traffic crawled.
Welcome home, Dalton!
It was a perfect day at Zoo Atlanta. The weather was perfect. The crowds were small. The animals were out and about in their habitats. The gorillas were especially playful and we remembered Ivan the gorilla who we came to love in the book, The One and Only Ivan.
At the otter exhibit, Julia declared she could tell which ones were girls. "The girls have prettier eyes." she declared.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Our first day of winter break was spent cleaning, doing laundry, washing clothes, and playing school. She often says she wants to be a teacher -- and today she was a marvelous instructor.
For recess, we went to get a manicure and pedicure. Just for fun, she got little Christmas trees painted on her thumbnails and snowmen on her toenails.
She is festive!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Polar Express Day
With hot cocoa and popcorn
The movie playing throughout the day.
Pajamas to school
Bear feet for shoes.
The chorus program this evening.
The world's greatest grandparents came to watch.
Their eyes were shining with happiness and love
As were the girl's eyes.
Late night supper
And grocery shopping.
Foods to make for her class Christmas party tomorrow.
The girl declared she was hyper as I tucked her in
Almost an hour past her bedtime.
She was asleep in less than five minutes.
Conversing with the man who worked late, too.
Those bear feet of mine are ready to be bare feet
And between the sheets.
Monday, December 16, 2013
This morning, Julia was part of the 3rd grade chorus that performed for the school. She was excited about wearing her new Christmas shirt and red and green bows for her hair.
She and her classmates did a wonderful job. They will perform for the parents/grandparents tomorrow night.
As we left school heading to her dance party, Julia said, "This is the best day ever... so far this week."
Sunday, December 15, 2013
We spent a lovely evening at my husband's ex-wife's house for dinner tonight. I am so very thankful that we are all friends and can gather to spend time with the kids. My husband and I are both friends with our ex-spouses -- and we like it that way.
Mallory is home from London! We've missed her and it was great hearing about her the first half of her year of study there. Plus, Julia thinks that Mallory and her mother more or less hung the moon (and I think she is right).
It was a great night full of love, laughter and reminiscing.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Clementine has been practicing how to sit while we go on our walk each day. She is learning! It the rush of every day (and evening), it has become my favorite part of the day as it becomes the only part of the day that I feel focused. No multi-tasking on these walks -- just dealing with a hyped up puppy willing to sit for a treat trying to ignore the squirrel on the tree or the cat sitting in the driveway.
We sat in the yard for a few minutes to relish in the lovely weather and the last of the setting sun before going in and cooking supper, doing laundry, cleaning up after art projects (the girl has gone crazy with her painting projects), entertaining friends who have stopped by.
My time with her makes me happy. She gives me that reason to escape the madness -- if only for a few minutes.
Life has been so packed lately -- constantly coming and going and in motion. Life is just on fire!
52 of You - Fire
The days have been full. The children at school are ramped up with excitement. The adults seem short on patience. The calendar seems bursting with activities and things to do.
And I took a picture of the plant in the windowsill at the end of the day on Wednesday.
On the way out of school (late... again), Julia noticed a fruit crate by the trash can. She decided it would be perfect for her to decorate as a gift for Jeff.
She takes her creativity pretty seriously. Here she is painting a menorah beside the Christmas tree.
I love that she wants to give.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Clementine had her first round of lessons at puppy charm school and she did great! She is now learning to sit on command (more or less). Also, she is learning to stop barking at other dogs.
Dog treats are so motivating for her. Her favorite treats are pieces of Mili's food.
Five more weeks of obedience training left to go then she can move to the intermediate class.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
We got up early today to rush to school to set up for the Winter Festival held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was a fantastic event but with most people in shorts and tank tops, it didn't feel very wintery.
After we cleaned up and got most things back in their rightful places, Julia and I came home for a short rest before heading out to the local Christmas parade.
It was Julia's first time ever seeing a parade and she was thrilled with it. Even when the rain started pouring down, her enthusiasm never abated.
Julia went home with a friend and the man was working -- so I worked late helping to set up stuff for the Winter Festival on Saturday. When I finally got home, I cleaned the house, did laundry, and wrapped gifts.
We are getting excited about watching her open those gifts! But we can't put them under the tree. Clementine is in a chewing up everything phase.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The girl has been so excited about celebrating Hanukkah this year. We make merry for Christmas, too, so she is loving all the celebratory events.
In her mind now, you light candles and that prepares you for a gift. She has been excited about all the little gifts she has gotten since Thanksgiving (the start of Hanukkah).
Tonight, she got the movie Matilda from my oldest step-daughter. She jumped up and down with excitement and then we watched it while we ate dinner. We don't usually watch movies while we eat but it just seemed right to make an exception tonight.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
There are rare moments when snow has flurried in south Georgia -- and this was not one of those moments. Julia and I decided to pretend today. She can be quite an actress.
Last night, Julia said to me, "I love you more than anything."
Then she said, "And tell Jeff that I love him more than anything."
There was a slight hesitation before she said, "Well, I love him more than anything except for you."
Aha! A pecking order has been established. She makes us laugh.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
The girl spent the night with my parents last night because the man and I got up at 1:30 a.m. to drive Drew back to the airport (it is two hours away) in time for his red eye flight. We got back home just in time to see the sun rise and fall asleep for a couple of hours.
I am so thankful for wonderful parents. They are amazing grandparents and Julia loves being with them.
Once home, Julia stayed in her pajamas all day and lounged about watching some Christmas cartoons. We all felt a bit worn out. Even Clementine got in on the slug fest that was our afternoon.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Flight delays can stink but my sister and I decided to have fun while waiting at the airport. We made up crazy stories about the various people also waiting for loved ones to arrive. At times, we were hysterically laughing. Just like we used to do when we were kids. Sleep deprivation may have played a part. We weren't mean -- just silly. It was 3:30 a.m. before we got home. But we had Drew home in time for Thanksgiving.
Just a few hours later, we gathered at my grandparent's farm for a huge Thanksgiving meal. The weather was cold and the sky was blue -- perfect weather to walk about in after the feast.
We didn't get my grandfather in the picture because he had gone to take a nap. There was some discussion of gathering around his bed to take a picture while he slept but that got voted out. Thankfully.
It was a wonderful day with the family. So happy to have both my boys home. For a little while.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A run with a friend in town for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Baking and cooking and preparing food for tomorrow's feast.
Pine cone lilies cut from the yard.
Heading out in a few to the airport (it is a few hours away) to pick up the oldest boy.
Thanksgiving is so busy but I wouldn't want it any other way.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"Be thankful for what you have. You'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never have enough." ~ Oprah Winfrey
I am thankful for:
*rainy days and movie dates with the family.
*friends who help build memories with the kids.
*a running partner that will run in the rain.
*a husband that I adore.
*the chance to do good in the world.
*a dog with a swollen belly who is home from the vet.
52 of You - Gratitude
Monday, November 25, 2013
In that house on a quiet street, the girl is having her first sleep-over. Ever. There is a lot of squealing going on in that pink curtained room of hers.
The college boy will likely hear them in the wee hours of the morning.
When she first moved in, she often talked about wanting to have a sleep-over. A few days later, she brought up the idea again but this time asked us to explain exactly what a sleep-over was.
So happy that she is getting to have these experiences.
Tonight, I'm missing my Mili. She got so very sick yesterday and last night. The vet thinks she may have pancreatitis and they are keeping her to keep fluids in her. Clementine is home and seems lost without the supreme leader keeping her in line.
Dalton arrived late Saturday night. I jumped up and down when I saw him walk through the walkway at the airport. Julia was happy, too.
Sunday was filled with talking and spending time together. My parents, my sister and her husband, some friends, and Dalton's father all came over for dinner. And Moscow Mules.
In the midst of all the company were two sick dogs. Yes, two. Clementine continued with the snotty nose and sneezing. She curled up with Dalton to sleep. And then there was Mili who was vomiting and panting. We think she may have eaten something outside that didn't agree with her.
Regardless, I am thankful my friends and family are pet people. I'm thankful one son is home and the other will be home in a few days. I'm thankful for being surrounded by love. My cup runneth over.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The house has been cleaned. The sheets have been washed. The groceries have been purchased. Another Faboo Chocolate Chocolate Chip cake has been baked.
In just a couple more hours, my youngest son will be home for Thanksgiving week.
I'm so very thankful.
When I sat down, Clementine jumped up to get in on some cuddling action. She seems to have gotten a bad cold and doesn't feel so swell. Maybe some extra rest will help her feel better.
52 of You - Comfort
Clementine loves her new bone. Whenever she isn't looking, Mili sneaks off with her bone and hides it in the bedroom.
That bone is almost as big as Mili. I need to get a picture of her carrying the bone away. It really is hilarious.
In the yard, Mili keeps her distance from Clementine because Clemmie is rather hyper -- as puppies tend to be.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Finished homework with the girl.
Went to the park and watched her play.
Met friends for dinner -- the best Indian food in town.
Rushed to bathe and read -- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
I love how Thursdays can feel like the real beginning of the weekend. One more day at work and then a week off. I'm ready!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Sometimes I miss my quiet time. There really aren't many quiet moments anymore -- but I remember these times from when my boys were young. All too soon, there will be many quiet moments and I will miss the noise and chaos that children bring to the world.
Until then, I take comfort in a hot cup of green tea. And dream of quiet.
52 of You - Comfort
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
After an extra ballet practice, she told me all about the routine (and I mean ALL about it) and how hard she worked. In one breath, she says she is already nervous about performing in the spring. Then the next thing out of her mouth is that she can't wait to wear the costumes on the stage.
She is full of life, love and drama.
I was invited to the wedding of of a former student of mine. I taught Brittany when she was in the 6th grade. Right before they said the vows, she fainted. Her soon-to-be-husband caught her and others helped her sit in a chair until she revived and the ceremony could go on.
While they said their vows, he put his arm around her and held his bride up. Such a sweet moment.
Afterwards, I had to explain to Julia that most of the time people don't faint in the wedding. This was her first wedding and I think it made quite an impression.
Friday, November 15, 2013
She has been spayed and biopsied. There is a bit of demodectic mange -- the non-contagious kind. After healing from the surgery, she will start treatment. She is already on antibiotics for the infection on her abdomen.
Leaving the vet's office, she tucked her nose under my arm. When we got home, there were spots of blood all over the seat of the truck -- the new truck. And the man didn't say anything. He just cleaned it up.
She lay on some blankets in the laundry room. Some are Mili's. One is Julia's. Mili walked into the laundry room to check her out. She sniffed, wagged her tail, and peed. The peeing may or may not have meant anything.
Clementine is home! Welcome to the madness.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Our school does a huge Thanksgiving feast -- and this year we had almost 600 guests attend. My job was to greet, direct, and run around taking care of various issues (discipline of a few punky kids, an upset and rude parent, a lost toddler, a puking child, two car alarms going off, and more) as they occurred.
I did this all while dressed as an Indian.
After school, Julia and I went with the man to the shelter to pay the adoption fee for Clementine. Tonight, Clementine is receiving various treatments for fleas and worms and will be chipped. We will bring her home tomorrow after she is spayed.
We got to visit with her for a few minutes and we were all happy to have her jumping around on us. Afterwards, we went to the store to buy a giant bag of food for her.
And I did all this while dressed as an Indian.