Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wacky Tacky

This kid:
She is fearless. This is her first middle school spirit week. Yesterday she and Ellie twinned in their TTP t-shirts and matching headbands. Today is wacky tacky, and she went all out. I'm so proud...and I'm also really hoping at least one friend went all out, too. Let's just keep it real.

Monday, September 18, 2017

I Have the Coolest Family

We had a fabulous weekend. I'm exhausted, but everything went so well!

Hog Day was a tremendous success! Our first dessert competition had a goal of ten entries and $100 raised. Those were Mom and I's goals. The Board just wanted it to happen and didn't care if they needed to spend up to $200 to make it so. We had 11 entries and made $206! What was even better was that it was a true family affair. Both kids pitched in and worked hard. Mom ran the bake sale prep while I ran the judging. Brad sliced and plated every dessert for the bake sale. We had a few learning curve moments, but we problem-solved and the larger group had no idea. It was beautiful!

Yesterday, Issa and I went to the ballet. She djed there and back, and I just love hanging out with her these days. She has a wicked sense of humor, and I am so grateful she still wants to hang out with me. Last night, I was working on Read-a-Thon rosters at the table, and she sat down with her laptop to do some school work. She put on her music, and we sat and worked and occassionally chatted. It was lovely.

I think I will keep these people...

Friday, September 15, 2017

This Week Brought to You by Coffee and Jesus...

...not neccessarily in that order.

Over the summer, I volunteered for many things not quite realizing how the stars were aligning. So...the run down.

1. Read-a-Thon started yesterday. This weekend and Monday, this happened:
 630 folders stuffed and ready to go. They were distributed Tuesday morning.

2. Tuesday we celebrated this very shy 11 year-old:

 Bless her heart. She had planned a grilled meal, but Irma. So...we went to Weaver Street and made a quick cake.

3. Yesterday was the official Read-a-Thon kick-off:
I got the bulletin board up and spent the entire lunch reading and talking about Read-a-Thon with all the children. It was so fun! But exhausting.

4. Tomorrow is the Hog Day Dessert Competition! So. Many. Last. Minute. Details.

5. I'm running a state-wide conference next Wednesday.

6. I'm presenting at a conference Thursday.

7. I'm presenting at a conference Saturday.

8. Bless. I'm tired.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happy Birthday, Issa!

Somebody turns 11 today!!! She begged us to start the celebrations this morning, and we were too happy to oblige she woke up to gifts on the table:
 And balloons in her door:
 Evan might win this round of gift giving:
 We were so impressed by his thoughtfulness. He wanted to get her a headband from Headbands for Hope for her, and he chose it completely on his own. I think her face says it all.

From us, Issa desperately wanted a microscope:

 I don't know who was most excited:
 Brad has been plotting with her science teacher to get something similar to what they use as school. He also chose a slide mounting kit and a couple sets of prepared slides so she could look at things right away:
 I think we will be looking at all manner of crazy things in the coming days.

This girl:
Well...I think she is just about the coolest 11 year old ever! I love the person she is becoming. She's kind, thoughtful, and genuinely funny. I sure do love her!

Monday, September 11, 2017

These Girls

Issa isn't really into the whole big birthday party thing anymore. Instead, she prefers to celebrate big with a friend. This weekend, we celebrated big with one of her favorite people on the planet:
This sweet friend is quickly becoming part of our family, and we loved having her with us.

Evan had a friend's birthday party Friday night, so it was just the girls. There was much crafting and giggling and eating. They chose barbecue meatballs and tater tots--like you do--and then finished the evening with a trip to Matthew's. They made their own chocolate bark, and I want major points for staying upstairs and only listening while they played in my kitchen. Saturday, we went for mani-pedis and then out to lunch before I took them for an afternoon of rehearsals at the studio.

They are such cool people. I loved talking through the nuances of Hamilton characters with them, and I laughed until I cried at the two of them analyzing middle school life. We played trivia, and they packaged up their baked goods for their teachers.

It was legitimately fun to have two such low-maitenance, fun girls in the house. Issa felt very celebrated, and I have a feeling this is just the first of many weekends with these two.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Little Things

I might have freaked out last night. This Irma, she's tricky. I was all calm until someone said they were thinking about evacuating. We by no means need to evacuate, but it just tipped me over the edge. Thankfully, I have a husband who stays calm when I don't. He did the weekly grocery shopping late last night and added a camp stove and some long-burning flashlights out of an abundance of caution. Of course, now that we did all of that Irma seems to be slowing down and will likely just get us a lot of rain early next week.

While he was doing very practical things, I resorted to scouring my kitchen and arranging snack baskets for our day of dance carpool:
We may be wet, but we have nicely arranged healthy snack options. Thank goodness I married well.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bracing and Balancing

Hurricane season in North Carolina is never dull, but this one is shaping up to be a doozy!

Yesterday, the kids and I went to the store and picked up the requisite water, candles (unscented after last year's assault on the senses), non-perishables, and batteries. We are well-provisioned just in case.

It's a tough balancing act. Preparing but not panicking. It's especially tricky now that the kids are more aware. Issa is reading the news for her social studies class now, so we have had a lot of conversations about being aware versus freaking out.

Thankfully, Evan is around to keep us laughing. He looked at the spaghetti track map last night, and his first response was, "Wow. Someone should be fired for that one. That's about the least helpful thing I've ever seen."

Yep. Life is unpredictable, so we prepare for the worst and pray for the best.