The Park

We absolutely love being so close to such an awesome park. Vast amounts of areas to run, bike, and play. Regardless of when we have gone out to the Parklands, and regardless of what event was previously held, or regardless of the number of people out there, it is always clean and maintained. Today we went out and tried to sneak in some fun before it got too hot.

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The deep end

Not to be outdone by her big sister, Emily took a few leaps off the diving board into the deep end without her “swimmies”. Just out of frame is Gina. Emily did great and I was proud to see her do it on her own. I imagine how much bigger the deep must look to a 4 year old.



Was not looking forward to today. Mondays are particularly busy with about 4 more meetings than I would prefer. Gina is working today which translates to a long day for me. I am thankful for this note that Lauren wrote in school several months back and it serves as a wonderful reminder to count my blessings.


Before It Melts Away…

Another day of canceled school. Another morning waking up to a solid white coating. Absolutely love it.


Growing up in Georgia, I rarely can remember when we had a lot of snow, and when we did, there was never enough to make a big snowman.  After shoveling the driveway, I realized we had more than enough snow to make one.  Thinking back on it and comparing it to today, I really think that the snowman we made today was the biggest I have ever made.  And we had a blast doing it.  Plethora of photos behind the jump. Continue reading

Book Talk


Lauren has a big presentation next week.  She is doing a “Book Talk” where she has to give a presentation about a book that she has selected.  Going from memory, she also has to wear a costume and use props to illustrate her story.  She was pretty excited about it and even showed me the setup in the library.  I also found out they are recorded (Lauren told me it would later “be available online.”) so this has become a big deal.  Naturally we needed to practice and doing it in front of a camera with an audience was just the trick. Continue reading

Right on time


Lauren has decided that she wants an alarm clock so that she can get up in the mornings and get ready for school in time. Pretty shocking development but a good one. Gina took her out to get a little clock for her room. Will see how this goes.