Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's official!

In the next few weeks our family is going to be setting out on a brand new adventure -- we're moving to Williamsburg, Virginia!  Thanks to Tim's new job we're in the process of wrapping things up here and looking forward to exciting things to come.

We'll keep you posted on our progress....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Watch this space -- there's a big announcement coming!

So now it's six years later. Our kids are bigger and active in many things and our family is about to make a big transition. Check back next week for more details!

(In the meantime, here's a little hint:)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Back to school

It's official -- as of today all of our kids are in elementary school. I celebrated my first day of having no kids around by, um, wasting a lot of time. Well, I did do some things, but not as much as I would have liked. But now I have tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day....really, it's staggering.

Hattie jumped right on that big old bus like she was born on it. Everyone had a good day at school, and they were in bed by 7:50 pm. I could get used to this.

And in case anyone's experiencing a little deja vu when looking at this picture, it might be because Charlotte wore this same dress for her first day of kindergarten last year.

Happy first day of school!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A little sprucing up

So our swimming lessons were canceled at the last minute this morning and I found myself with two extra hours of time. Did I get an early start on cleaning the house, which I had planned to do after the lessons and lunch? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Instead, while looking through my recent pictures for some now-forgotten reason, I happened across this shot of the kids in the surf at Jekyll Island last month and suddenly realized that it might be a good candidate for a new banner. Not that I needed one or anything, seeing as the previous one had been good since a year ago this past spring.

So after about an hour of futzing around with it, I have a new banner! Which will be appropriate for approximately the next month, maybe two if I really milk it.

And because I haven't taken very many pictures lately, here's one of Tim at the grave of golfing legend Bobby Jones on our recent tour of Oakland Cemetery. Tim looks appropriately somber here, maybe because he's standing at a gravesite, but maybe also because it was raining.

The tour, however, was FANTASTIC. Very informative and interesting, especially to Atlanta residents. And not hurt at all by several pints and a couple of calamari tacos which we had directly afterwards at the pub/fish house Six Feet Under across the street. Where Tim, his sister, and I got to sit WITH THE TOUR GUIDE, who regaled us with story after story. It was the most fun we've had in a very long time.

Not sure what that says about us, that the most fun we've had lately was a trip to a cemetery in the rain, but whatever.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

...and we're back

Jekyll Island
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready

Let's see if I can remember how this blog-thing works.

I know it's been a while, but we've been busy with end of school, swim team, and a trip to Jekyll Island. Then in less than two weeks we'll be hosting a party for Tim's department at work, approximately 45 people. I have a list of things to do that's about a mile long, so of course I'm putting it off, since that makes the most sense right now.

We spent several days last week on Jekyll Island in Coastal Georgia. It was a nice break, and with the exception of not being able to find anywhere to eat, very relaxing. I've got the whole set over here. I'd have to say the turtle walk and riding our bikes on the beach were the highlights.

In other recent exciting news, Hattie graduated from preschool, and Charlotte joined the swim team.

Nate, of course, is an old hand at this swim team thing.

After this party is over, I'm envisioning relaxing days spent doing crafts with the kids, practicing our reading and writing, and touching up the already clean house before I whip up a delicious and nutritious dinner. Needless to say, barely any of that is happening right now. For example, if I could find our kitchen table, I would clean it off. But I can't, so I guess I'll go to the grocery store instead.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Spring Break

Well, it took me a few weeks, but I finally found the time to go through and upload the pictures from our Spring Break trip to St. Louis. We drove up with my mom and spent almost a week there, enjoying the sights and the gracious hospitality of my aunt and uncle.

But now we're back to reality. Things here have been ridiculously busy -- we spent several hours yesterday at the ball fields watching the kids play soccer and baseball, and we're babysitting our baby niece for the next few days as well. Four kids, a whole slew of activities, and a dryer on the fritz have made it a pretty interesting week.

If I can hold out for another month, it will be summer break, and then things should ease up. In theory, at least.

Right now we're enjoying a lazy, rainy Sunday. Just the kind of day to curl up on the couch. If anyone was inclined to do that sort of thing....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Soccer and quilts

Today Charlotte played in her first soccer game of the season. But even more importantly, it was the first organized sporting event she's ever played in. It was great to see her running up and down the field and having a great time.

When she was 9 months old but had the gross motor capability of an 8-week-old, and then when she was 2 and a half and incapable of walking, we didn't even want to think about what she'd be doing at 6. Now, years of therapy and effort later, we've come farther than we'd ever dared to hope. It's really miraculous, and we are incredibly, unbelievably thankful that she's doing so well.

There are a couple more pictures here.

In other, less cataclysmic, news, I went to a quilt show on Sunday. It was held at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, which was a beautiful place to have it. I'd been meaning to visit Bulloch Hall for a while now, mostly because of its historical significance as the childhood home of Teddy Roosevelt's mother. Sunday was the last day of the show, and since no one else wanted to go, I went by myself. I'm not a quilter, but I do love quilts. Especially ones that look like they could have been made in past centuries. So I went and took several photos of the ones I liked. This one was particularly striking:

but there were lots of quilts that were beautifully done and which also appealed to me with their vintage-y aesthetic.

Very inspirational. Even though my personal quilting experience has been limited to making quillows for my kids, maybe it's enough to make me take another look at the beautiful quilt tops my great aunts made in Illinois during the Depression. It would be great to have them finished. And the embroidered ones look fun.

That's what I need -- to add a couple of quilts to my ridiculously long project list. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right, Charlotte?