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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013.

On the road again! We spent Thanksgiving in Charlotte with Grammy & Bumpa. Someone was so excited, she fell asleep as soon as we got on the highway! (Check out Lily's Turkey Headband... you can tell it's a girl turkey by the lipstick she has on...)
Watching the parade on Thanksgiving morning.
Can you tell that the girls set the table all by themselves? They stole the prime seats from Grammy & Bumpa!
 Happy Thanksgiving!!!
 Rory's favorite part of Thanksgiving was the rolls. ( I can't imagine where she gets that from!)
 Lily & Grammy.
 Rory was NOT sure about the strait shot of whipped cream from the can at dessert. She got over it.
Bedtime... Bumpa and Lily reading on the top bunk and Grammy, Rory and Poppins reading on the bottom!
Not pictured are a hike in the woods with three dogs, a skype visit with Auntie and all her Dutch friends, a movie outing with Grammy and Bumpa, lots of crafts, TONS of dress-up, a million snuggles and an early Christmas celebration!

We have so much to be thankful for. Our thankful tree is all filled up!
 Some of the things Lily was thankful for this year.
 And some of the things Rory is most thankful for.

Friday, November 22, 2013

More hand-me-downs.

Mommy's coat and hat, circa 1983.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recent school and art work.

Birds, including a fast-fluttering hummingbird, at the birdfeeders outside our kitchen window.
The assignment: Draw something to do with literacy. Lily drew herself reading, with Lucy under the chair, and a million books on the bookshelves.
Lily riding a unicorn past some rainbows.
Christopher Columbus assignment.
"Scary" the pumpkin.
Her class was building a museum and everyone had to send in a personal artifact. Lily took her bear, Petunia.
Write your own word problems... they always seem to involve her getting lots of books!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Friend Tree in the Fall.

Our favorite tree, the one the girls call "Friend Tree" because she lets them swing and clim and play, looking especially amazing the Fall...

Monday, November 18, 2013

New playground, phase one.

The first pieces of new equipment on the playground went in right after the groundbreaking. After waiting all weekend for the cement to cure, the kids were really anxious to try it out. It was a gorgeous day, in the 70's and sunny, and probably one of the last nice ones we'll have for awhile. So we stayed at school for almost 2 hours, playing with friends and trying it all out. And in Lily's case, sitting in the one quiet spot to do her homework too.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Skating with the Bulldogs.

Best fundraiser ever!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

(play) Ground Breaking!

Lily's school is getting an incredible new learning environment, STEM-based playgound, thanks to a quarter of a milion dollar grant that they were awarded. It is very exciting and a really big deal. Today was the official Groundbreaking ceremony.

Tiny shovels, all ready for the kids to turn the dirt.
Our little Bulldog, and Bulldog-to-be! (The ribbon cutting is scheduled for August, right as Rory starts kindergarten!)
Rory sat with Lily's class, and felt like quite the big shot!
Let's get this project started!
The PTA Executive Board got to help too.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Lily decided to participate in an art contest at school. And she chose photography! She spent the weekend like this, playing with the big camera, and learning some of the basics.
We started off trying to take pictures outside, so that she could learn about light. She took these two at a park.

But the theme of the contest was "Believe, Dream, Inspire" and she finally decided that books inspire her the most (besides movies, and other kids) and she was NOT into bringing books outside. ("I don't read outside, Mommy!") So she ended up with a still-life of some of her favorite books, in her favorite reading spot. This is what she submitted:
And she totally won! She's moving on to the county level! Good job, LilyBug!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Report card comments.

I just love our sneaky little reader!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The best day.

"Today is the best day of my life!" -Lily after pancakes for dinner and a bubble bath instead of a shower. Rory agreed.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Family photo shoot.

It was a beautiful spot, on a gorgeous fall day.

The perfect day to take some pictures of the four of us.

And the two of them.

(Photo by Rory:)

I call this series "Rory makes faces every time the camera clicks!"
But we also got some good (less-silly) ones.

Friday, November 1, 2013