Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: January 2014

If you have ever thought Zilpah was a good name for a paperdoll...

you might be a PK (preacher's kid).

Grace writes the names of each paperdoll on the back.  The one at the bottom with the bright blue skirt is her favorite, Princess.  The one at the top is mine, Emily. 

She also has a paperdoll named Bilhah.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Georgia Bulldog Ballet

I had a ticket for the Georgia Bulldog Ballet tonight...

This ticket:

Grace (8) used to put on nightly ballet performances for us at various times over the past 4 years or so for about a week at a time.  We always needed tickets to attend, and usually had to purchase them from our smallest entrepreneur.  So, yes, we would pay $.25 to $.50 to sit in our own living room.

Totally worth it.

Somewhere alone the way,  I earned a season pass.  Lucky me!

I found a bun doughnut for her hair today, and that has rekindled her love of performing, even if I haven't yet mastered using the doughnut.

Grace dances in an...ummmm...interpretive dance kind of way,

and Pachelbel's Canon is her favorite

but she's just as likely to dance to Turkey in the Straw.

The accompaniment is Josiah's keyboard, which has an extensive song bank available at the push of a button.  The Georgia Bulldog Ballet is (hopefully) the only ballet in the world where you can see a ballet performance to the instrumental version of The House of the Rising Sun.

That particular song always reminds me of my days of doing collection calls for a dermatologist I worked for years ago.  There was a woman whose rather awkward outgoing message on the answering machine was, "You have reached The House of the Rising Sun.  Leave a message."  I always wondered if she had ever listened to the lyrics...and, if so, why, oh, why, would you say such a thing?

Throwback Thursday: January 2014

Grace (7 at the time), our newest basketball player, was ready for her first game earlier this year.

And Josiah (11 at the time) was the one who encouraged her to put on her game face...

Grace's team:

She was delighted to find that she was not the smallest on her team of 1st through 3rd grade girls,  even if only by half an inch (if that!).  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A bright, hazy morning (May 2014, as I was heading home from my early morning babysitting job)...

For the record, my car was stopped and out of the road when I took this shot!

This post is linked to 5 Minutes for Mom for Wordless Wednesday.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Here's a Question...

How do you restart blogging after taking an eleven month break?  I'm asking for a friend.

I still can't believe it's been eleven months.   I have thought often of my poor, neglected blog, and thought about how to jump back into blogging regularly.   And then I thought of how to explain my absence,  and all the updating I would "need" to do...

Because my children's photos on the sidebar are about two years old now...and various links need to be redone or removed...and I haven't had short hair in a few years so my profile photo would need to be updated...

And I would put it off again..and again...because life got a bit busier during my blogging break.  For instance,  Robert is now a senior, with weekly football games that are close to wrapping up.

Robert is number 84.  My sideline shots are the only ones where you can tell who is who. 

And so here I am, just deciding to start where I am and change what I can when I can.  And that will be OK.

That, and I will be in a chili cook-off tomorrow, and I'm supposed to come up with a name for my chili.   All I came up with (besides "My Husband Signed Me Up For This") was Cheeky Chili.  I guess this is as good a reason as any to jump back in, right?  And maybe I can hit some highlights of the past eleven months with occasional "Throwback Thursday" posts.

Baby steps, y'all.

If you're interested in the chili recipe I use, click here for the recipe and click here for how I mass produce my own chili spice packets ahead of time as well as to see what changes I make to the original recipe to suit my family.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The scavenger hunt themes for this week were

  • The Weather Today
  • R is for...
  • Green
  • Joy
  • Drink

The weather today is cold [relatively speaking] and clear

which is a welcome change from the weather we had most of last week...


A leaf with frost on it that Grace found for me


and generally dreary-looking.

R is for...reading, of course!

Josiah (11) and Grace (7) reading on our new sofa

Josiah and Grace reading in the dark in the van

Here is Grace peeking around the green Christmas tree before a skit during this morning's worship service.  I may be a little biased, but she was the prettiest of the "wise men."  

Joy has much less to do with this

No, this is not my house.

or this

Yes, this is in my house...from December 2010.

and everything to do with this.

For a child has been born—for us!
    the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
    the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
    Strong God,
Eternal Father,
    Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
    and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.
He’ll rule from the historic David throne
    over that promised kingdom.
He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing
    and keep it going
With fair dealing and right living,
    beginning now and lasting always.
The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies
    will do all this. 

I don't have a photo for drink, so why not another sky shot?  This was on Friday at our homeschool group meeting.  I spotted a sun dog in the sky as we were packing up to leave.

 Click on the link below to see others' photographs or to join in on the fun!  

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