Saturday, September 10, 2011

Deck Furniture Arrived Today

Lower Level

We have two rocking chairs.

We have two lounge chairs - perhaps we need a couple more.  :-) 

Upper Level

We also have two more chairs that can go around this large table.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

We Have a New Deck!

We have a new deck and a new concrete pad - finally! These things always take so long but it is very nice. I can now begin to envision all of the meals we will eat out there, the books that we will read out there and the conversations we will have out there. should be a nice place to relax. (Well, okay, we can relax after we go buy some furniture and maybe some planters and repair the grass that was killed during construction.) We all really like it - especially the dog. :-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Then and Now

Abby, Anna and Rachel - December 2002. They were 2 1/2.

Abby, Anna and Rachel - July 2011. They are 11.

What a difference a few years makes!

Abby, Anna and Rachel loved to play together when they were little. Anna moved away soon after the "Then" picture was taken. We haven't seen them in years. We had a reunion today because Anna was in town for a wedding. We had a great time and hope that it isn't 9 years before we see each other again.

Visit with Mom and Dad

School Supply Shopping

I gathered up the troops (Karl, Mom and Dad - Abby was at basketball camp) and went shopping for the school supplies for my 1st grade crew. This was the fastest I have ever done this job ever! Thanks guys for all of your help!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Abby's Sports Shrine

This is Abby's sports shrine. Her softball coaches had one picture of each girl enlarged and printed on fabric. The smaller picture in the frame on the wall is of her basketball team. Abby is wondering what she is going to do if she gets anymore trophies.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beautiful Girls

For more photos and a video, check out Abby's blog.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


School is out and the first softball game of the season was today. The coaches made a new shade tent for the girls with all of their names and pictures on it. You can tell which field we are playing on from rather far away. Lots of new rules this year - stealing is allowed, no coach relief pitching and walks are the biggest changes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Popcorn Cauliflower

Abby requested popcorn cauliflower for lunch today. Of course, I obliged. Popcorn cauliflower is really just cauliflower roasted in a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt. It is delicious. While it was roasting Abby and Karl played a few rounds of cribbage.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

Our house is filled with flowers that I received from my students for Teacher Appreciation Day. There is a burst or two of color in every room. It is beautiful! For more about my week of wonderful Teacher Appreciation events visit my classroom blog, Ms. Jill's Crew.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Natural Playground

Abby and the neighborhood kids enjoy playing in the open space behind our house. They use the trees as a natural playground and have been building some kind of fort. I think it gives them a space of their own while still not being far from home. I think this is a great way to have fun and build some independence at the same time.