Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

.....a very nice and fun Easter for my little family. Most of the day was spent outside as it was simply a beautiful day. While spending the day outside seemed like a wonderful idea at the time, i'm afraid that the husband's allergies questioned our idea that spending the entire day outside was truly, in fact, a wonderful idea.

I had to smile at Emma--so very excited about her basket, her new stuffed pet, the movie Frozen, and the eggs that the Easter Bunny left behind. I don't think she truly understands what Easter is all about....the Jesus rising from the dead part bothers her a bit as she wanted to know why God couldn't raise Abuela from the dead. I'm sure that the understanding of Easter will come, but i can see how difficult it is to explain it to a little child.

She loves to say grace at our meals and yesterday's grace went something like this:

Dear God, we lobe you so berry much. Tank you for my fwamily, for all of da animals, for our Pickles and for da sunshine. Tank you for lwetting us all eat together. I lobe you, God. GRACE!

Emma says "Grace" instead of "Amen".

After a day outside, we spent time watching Frozen...

....and watching it again.

....and then singing to Frozen.

....and then watching it a.g.a.i.n.

By bed time, we were all more than ready to fall asleep.

Perhaps next year, we can spend Easter at the beach. I hear that sunrise service on the beach is something not to be missed. Oh how i would love to spend Easter near a beach!

Off to work....

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Where are you?!?!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Picture Day.... here again. I totally forgot to purchase the photos from Picture Day in the Fall, so this time, i can't forget! Class photos were also done--and i have to say, those are my most favorite photos. I love seeing all of Emma's classmates with their teacher. And this time, unlike last year, the photos will be done the "old fashioned way"; meaning that the heads of the children won't be added to the photo! I had no clue that the class photos were done that way....but photography editing has come a very long way!

I think that Emma is getting a bit antsy for fact, i think we all are. The weather here has been very cold. While we are use to a few really cold days, this winter has been full of extremely cold days. I'm afraid my girl isn't fond of heavy coats, hats and mittens! Emma would much rather be on a beach, playing on the sand and in the water. Hopefully, we can plan a week or two at my sister's home where getting to the beach is just a few moments drive. Although i wouldn't want to live in FL full-time, i understand the pull. To not see the sun for a week or so can really be the worse. It means no time at the park, no time in the backyard, and Emma's run team doesn't run when it is under 25`. I'm thankful for places like Sky High Sports where Emma can run and jump off all of that extra energy by jumping.

So, here's to Spring! May you show up quickly!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl.....

It is hard to believe that my daughter is seven years old.

It was a good day....we started the day with breakfast at Loveless Cafe. I think we ate our weight in their amazing biscuits. Our waitress was amazing and she doted on Emma. It was a perfect way to start the day.

Then off to Target to spend a gift card that was given to her by a friend....too many choices, but Emma had her heart set on a certain item that they didn't carry, so it was off to Toys 'r Us to track down the much wanted toy.

Then, off to the house to rest a bit....we had gotten up very early to beat the crowds at Loveless Cafe so it was indeed time for a nap.

After a too-short nap, Emma and i went to Sky High Sports for a few hours to play.

And finally, dinner out and then, the best for last:

Cake and ice cream along with our singing "Happy Birthday".

Time really does fly by, doesn't it?

Happy, Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day....

....roses, chocolates, hugs and kisses.

That is what makes Valentine's Day special.

It's a note from Emma that says "I love you, Mommy".

It's hearing her giggle as Robert chases her and Pickles thru our home.

It's cuddling up all together in our bed; telling stories and giggling.

It's Emma telling Robert "Dada, you lwook SOOO handsome!"

It's all of those things that happen daily that makes my life magical.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Oh beautiful.....

I know a lot of people are up in arms about the Coke Superbowl ad. Some are so upset that they don't realize that America the Beautiful is NOT the national anthem of our country. To those individuals, please take a deep breath.

My dear husband, who while not upset, has decided to take a break from Coke products as sort of protest of bad taste by Coke and their executives. Sort of half protest, half "I don't need to be drinking this stuff anyway." Yes, my husband is quite the rebel, isn't he?

His point, which I don't quite understand but still love him anyway, is that we collectively as a nation; corporate, individual, government, have step over the line too far in trying to push agendas. Or worse; we will use political correctness to generate "hype" for our business, both good and bad.

He as a business owner takes a stand against using anything, especially a beloved song of our country, to further your brand. That there is a line to good taste and common sense. And to some degree, I can understand that. But just for the record, let me just say that i loved the ad.

Oh, and i love Diet Coke, too.

And how brilliant of Coca-Cola to get so much attention out of the measly 4 million dollars they spent for this ad?!?!

So, I will be on watch to see how long it takes before he breaks his economic boycott. I'm willing to bet that my husband (aka: The Rebel without a Coca-Cola....) won't last nearly as long as he thinks he will last.

For all of you who want to do the same, here's a list of all the Coke Brands:

Bacardi Mixers *
Bacardi Premium Mixers *
Bright And Early
Caffeine-free Barq's
Caffeine-free Coca-Cola
Caffeine-free Diet Coke
cherry Coke
Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla
Coca-Cola Cherry Zero
Coca-Cola Zero
Coca-Cola Zero Caffeine-Free
Cumberland Gap
Delaware Punch
diet Barq's
Diet cherry Coke
Diet Coke
Diet Coke Black Cherry Vanilla
Diet Coke with Lime
Diet Coke with Splenda
Diet Fuze Tea
diet Inca Kola
Diet Master Pour
Diet Northern Neck
Diet Sprite
Diet Sprite Zero
Dr Pepper*
Evian *
Fanta Sugar Free
Fanta Zero
Five Alive
Flavor Rage
Full Throttle
glacéau fruitwater
glacéau smartwater
glacéau vitaminenergy
glacéau vitaminwater
glacéau vitaminwater zero
Gold Peak
Honest Ade
Honest Fizz
Honest Kids
Honest Tea
Honest Tea Zero
Illy *
Inca Kola
Java Monster*
Master Chill
Master Pour
Mello Yello
Mello Yello Zero
Mezzo Mix
Minute Maid
Minute Maid Enhanced
Minute Maid Fruit Falls
Minute Maid Juices To Go
Minute Maid Light
Minute Maid Orchards
Monster *
Northern Neck
Peace Tea *
Pepe Rico
Pibb Xtra
Pibb Zero
Red Flash
Southern Sun
Sprite Zero
Sugar Free Full Throttle
Sugar Free NOS
Sugar Free Sprite
Vanilla Coke
Vanilla Coke Zero
Vault Zero
Worx Energy *
Zico *

Now please excuse me while i go drink a Diet

Monday, January 27, 2014

It's a Monday....

....and little Emma is at school.

The husband is at work.

Pickles is snoring, dreaming of chasing squirrels, no doubt.

And i am restless.

I have lots of things to do....lots. My list never gets shorter. But today, well, today i just want to crawl back into bed and pull the blankets over my head.

I get this way sometimes...and it's not good. I keep telling myself that lack of sunshine is the reason for this mood, yet i know that it is so much more than that.

It always has been.

It's almost like a helpless feeling....or maybe it's a hopeless feeling. I just know that i make sure that i pull out of it before Emma comes home.

She deserves a Mama who isn't feeling that crawling under the blankets is an answer to anything.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thoughts about the Circus....

Tonight, the three of us went to the Circus.

Yes, it was billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth!".

We were part of the Girl Scout seating, which of course, was filled with other Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisies and their siblings and families. It was a very excited group; who wouldn't be thrilled to be at the Circus?!?!

(Except for maybe my sweet husband who paid for the tickets, the outrageous parking, and bought two hot dogs, a soda and a snow cone in an elephant cup.....honestly, you don't want to know the cost of that!)

Emma and i were excited too. This was my very first trip to the Circus, too.

It's no secret that i adore elephants. I'm not sure why, but i have always been drawn to these stunning animals.

And tonight, i was going to see elephants up close!!

As the show started, it was so very cool to see and hear how excited all of the kids and adults were who were sitting around us. From the youngest to the oldest, we were all very excited.

It really was a fun show.

The Magicians were hysterical with their bunnies.

The Poodles and their trainers were awesome.

The tigers were so cool.

The horses were cool with their tricks.

The acrobats were so breath-taking to watch.

The clowns were silly and funny.

The Elephants?

Tragically intoxicating to watch.....and then sadly, the elephants brought tears to my eyes.

The Elephants were a big "i-can't-wait-to-see-them!" event for everyone.

Even me.

But as i watched the Elephants go thru their routine, i became sad. I wanted more for those big, beautiful creatures.

I wanted to wish them to a place in Thailand called The Elephant Nature Park, which is run by an amazing woman named Lek Chailert who founded Save the Elephant Foundation.

The Elephant Nature Park is for Elephants who have had lives that haven't been the best for them. The Elephants may have been used for logging, for entertainment, or mistreated at the hand of humans.

I wanted the Elephants in The Greatest Show on Earth to have a home there, with other Elephants, to be able to be, well, just Elephants.

The thing is, watching the children, i could see how delighted they were in seeing these majestic creatures. These children were able to see how majestic these large beautiful creatures were....and how intelligent they were.

And yes, i did think the same thoughts when i saw the tigers.....

How can you instill a love of animals like these without having them be in a Circus?

I don't have answers and i'm not into making this into a debate just yet.....

I just know that last night, i dreamed of taking these beautiful Elephants to Lek's Park....and letting them just be Elephants.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow Day.....

Folks in these parts are known for getting a bit excited when it snows. We are often made fun of, laughed at and called names like "snow pansies" because of the way we deal with snow events. (Yes, we do call them 'snow events'!) Truth is, well, we just aren't prepared for cold weather. We can handle a little of it, but when the snow starts or the ice shows up, well, we can't handle it. Most of this is due to the fact that snow machines that spread salt (geeze, i know that there is an official name for that machine....) aren't something that we have around here.

The temperatures lately have been stunningly cold. Something called the Polar Vortex is going on....we just call it d@amn cold. School buses don't start and the schools heating systems don't keep up with the need. School is called off....Mamas groan and children cheer!

Today is one of those days.....

Pickles is not thrilled, but Emma was.

Crafts were done, soup and crackers were eaten, movies were watched, cookies were baked.

A most perfect snow day!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013





Photographs by Kristen Weigel Photography