Happy Heart's Day! I was inspired by the holiday to pair one of my favorite poets with a picture of one of my "blue * birds * happiness" quilts. I rather like the result.
A little truth to antidote the typical sappy holiday mush (goodness but I despise shopping for pre-made Valentine's cards).
What a lovely Christmas and Christmas Eve! On the 24th, we took a nice walk around campus. The weather has been so gorgeous!
Don't forget the traditional viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life!"
And watching the Santa tracker -- look, he's on the east coast!
Christmas can really start now: my folks have arrived! They came in on Tuesday, coming early especially so that they could attend singing on Wednesday morning. (Always a special time, made even more so when we sang "We Are" with the line about grandfather's dreamings and grandmother's longings; I was all choked up.) We've been having a lovely visit filled with fun times. So nice to have them with us! Here are a few of the memories we've been making:
I had my best fair of the year at the Triton Holiday Gift Fair!
So much to be thankful for this year -- health, jobs, husband, happy kids -- definitely counting my blessings today. We spent a very sweet Thanksgiving at S's brother's place, enjoying family and excellent food. Always fun to see the cousins together!
I have to say, I was pretty happy with how the Halloween costumes turned out this year!
We had a fabulous Fourth of July, full of fireworks, friends, and fun.
We started the day by watching the local parade, which has certainly grown over the past few years but still has a lovely small-town feel. From the folks handing out flags (and the kids that grab them)...
In spite of my sore thumb, it was a very nice Mother's Day. I'd explicitly taken a pass on the annual breakfast in bed (I'm not such a fan, actually) and instead asked for a lunch picnic in the park. And, as is traditional, I asked for some pictures of me with the kiddos.
I played my first real April Fool's prank this year!
Since BJ's birthday fell on the weekend, he decided he wanted to celebrate the day in his classroom on the following Monday. Which was April Fool's. The opportunity was irresistable.
Ingredients for the prank:
Talk about a big day: BJ's birthday AND Easter!
And did I mention that the Tooth Fairy also came for a visit?
He actually lost the tooth a few days before his birthday, but (influenced, I'm sure, by the fact that last year BB lost her tooth on Easter Eve) he decided he wanted to ask the tooth fairy to come back on his birthday. Which would also be Easter. So he left her a note...
And she left one in return: