Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Josephine Turns 12

The steampunk murder mystery party was a success! Phin (Josephine) played a futuristic physicist with a British accent; the others here include Samuel as a fictional president, Aunt Julia as an imagined world ruler, and historical figures brought back to life - Mata Hari, Rembrant, Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Albert Einstein, and Ivan the Terrible. (Not pictured: me as Annie Oakley and Lisa as Confuscius.) (Friends Ellie, Julia, Abby, Janiya, Sam, Henry, Lily.)

The kids got super into their characters and feasted on the candy bar and blue mocktails. We had a brief dance party, too. 6th grade seems to be going great - learning the clarinet, continuing Art Quest, reading "at the college level, MOM."

She is still so her. This morning she said, "I don't think dreams are just rehashing of the day. I think our souls actually go to other places and meet up with other people's souls."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Finding Sam-o

Happy Halloween...

... almost. Here's your challenge for the day: Can you find Sam in this picture??!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dogwood Parade April 2016

Cataloging old images continues! These are from April 23, 2016.

On our way to the Dogwood Parade where these two were to appear on the Charlottesville Pride float.

And here they are on board in the staging area just before the parade was set to start.

It was a very festive time.

And after the parade we went and hung out in a school field, reading and playing
An excellent wall to play soccer against. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pictures from the past

As both Josephine and Sam continue to grow up, I thought it would be good to post a few pictures from when they were very young. I found these yesterday while cleaning out my basement. This is from around Josephine's third birthday in 2008.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Another season of baseball is about to be behind us. 
Sam got a run batted in shortly after this was taken. 
Right about here.
Sam's been playing catcher and it's been fun seeing him gain skills. 
Josephine enjoys her tunes waiting for the game to end. 

Monday, April 24, 2017


At the beginning of a springtime walk. 
Donut stop! 
The balloons came from the fun fair at Clark. There was hilarity involved. 
There was hilarity at the fun fair, too! Thanks to my friend Tim for doing his balloon art thing. 
Navigating the remote control track.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jo & Amy Visit Texas

Waiting for the airplane to take off, we took silly photos.

Window seat. Will never forget Jo exclaiming over all the swimming pools.

The farm. The pink glow of the greenhouse that they jokingly call their 'whorehouse.' 

Learning how to make onion rings

Josephine trying on Great-Aunt Gertrude's dressing gown.

Jo and Grandma Helen eating frozen yogurt delights.

Learning how to play cribbage.

Because, why not balance a ceramic frog on your head?

"I'm so happy here."

She designed and sewed this together during one afternoon. 

Waiting for return flight.

Last selfie of the trip. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dogwood Festival 2017

This morning, Amy Sarah asked if I'd take the kids to the Dogwood Festival and I was so glad to be reminded this was happening! Tonight was a wristband night where for $20 they could ride as much as they wanted to. It has been some years since I was able to take them to the carnival and I was go glad to be able to go. 

Josephine checks to see if Sam is tall enough to ride the Paratrooper.

I love taking them to events like this so they can make good memories together. The last time we did this was in the summer of 2016 when we went to the Madison County Fair.  This summer I hope we can make it to many more events like this. 
After a long wait, they finally boarded, still smiling. 
Singing in flight! 
Sam loves to play games at carnivals. I'm glad that this particular carnival is very generous with prizes. Sam made two out of three shots and was able to win a prize! 
So now we have a new friend who will fit in nicely around the house. 
The Ferris Wheel was particularly enjoyable this year, I was told. 
Sam got to ride the swings... 
But our new friend didn't make the weight requirement and had to wait outside. 
Some of the rides were pretty fast. 
And they kept seeking out the next one. 
But eventually it was time to go. 
Yet there was time for one last ride. 
In all, a good night at the carnival.