Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Teacher, Leave Them Kids Alone

For years now, Jeff and I have been discussing the idea that he'd return to college and get his bachelor's degree. His company offers tuition reimbursement and it just seemed crazy not to take advantage of it. But the timing hasn't been right - until now. In researching places for Kaity to take her dual enrollment classes, I decided to see if we could get a two-for-one deal.

Not really, of course.

Basically, I was so impressed with the friendly, super-helpful staff at Piedmont College that I started looking into it for Jeff, too. One thing led to another and now I'm married to a college student! And I'm the mother of a college student. And I'm totally jealous because *I* want to go back to college, too! Ah, well. I'll be 62 all too soon and I can take all the free classes I want then.

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago when we went to the college to get Jeff registered for classes.
 This is what it looks like when your child is starting college:

But this is what it feels like:

We celebrated Kaity's class registration today with lunch at Ted's Most Best. Good pizza, y'all!
*Disclaimer: Please ignore the "weird look" on Kaity's face. I did not warn her that I was taking a picture. She was (justifiably) irritated with her little brother at the time.
Later in the afternoon, Jeff met us on campus to get their books and to bring Selah to me, who had been at soccer camp during the morning. The building on the left there is the campus bookstore.

Father and daughter, starting college together! 

I'm extremely proud of them both!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Birthdays and Ballerinas

In my excitement concerning beach pictures, I never did post about the rest of May's events. Selah's ballet recital was held the day before my birthday. My parents came up to see it and I made a big dinner of roast, mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, etc. My mom requested that the kids play piano for them since they weren't having a formal recital this year. It was a fun family day making memories.

Selah, after the recital with my gorgeous friend and her teacher, Mrs. Lynne! She danced beautifully and did so well up on the stage.

I hate that the only pictures I grabbed were blurry!

Thankfully, I have her official dance portraits, taken at the studio by Amy Puckett:

Following the ballet recital, we headed home and ate an early dinner, then went downstairs to the schoolroom for a piano recital. Kaity designed a beautiful program for the event. Each pianist played 2 selections, and they performed a duet.

Joe, playing "Festive March" and "Light and Blue".

A duet they developed themselves of "The Imperial March" from Star Wars.

Kaity playing "Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera and "Gypsy Dance".
Then Jeff and Kaity played an impromptu duet of Chopsticks, just for fun.

German Chocolate Cake for dessert - my favorite birthday cake!

On the Friday after my birthday, I was unshowered, wearing no makeup and old clothes, packing stuff for our vacation, when I saw a car drive into our cul-de-sac. I thought, "That looks like Amber's car ... it IS Amber's car!"

My sweet friends Amber and Kim had conspired with my husband to take me out on a girls' night! I took fifteen minutes to throw myself together and we headed out the door to Athens. It was a really fun evening in which we spent my birthday money, ate dinner at my favorite restaurant and of course went to a bookstore for coffee. It was a delightful surprise!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Of Castles and Kites

You can't be at the beach and not build sandcastles! One good thing about the rain we had is that the sand was perfect for construction material. Another benefit was all the good shells.

Joe and Kaity built this masterpiece ...

Selah and I made this lovely lady ...

Then the next day we had to make a boy to even things out.

Posing with our creation!

We saw this fishing trawler quite a bit during our stay:

At one point when he was pretty close to the shore, Lauryn snuggled up to me and said, "I'm scared - it's pirates!"

My response was, "It's probably just some local fisherman out for a pleasure cruise ... at night. Through eel-infested waters." Proving once again that there's a movie quote for every occasion.

"Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height ..."

I came out to watch the kite flying and Kaity said, "Selah was flying her Elsa kite but she let it go." A totally unintentional pun that made us laugh way too much.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Family Pictures

You haven't lived until you've tried to take a decent picture of four children. It's crazy. But we decided to give it a shot anyway! As always, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them and scroll through.

Friday, June 03, 2016

A Rainy Day at the Beach ...

... is better than a sunny day at the office!

Despite threats of tropical storm Bonnie, Jeff and I loaded up the kids (and Pippin) and made the journey to Edisto Island last week. The beach trip is something the whole family looks forward to every year! Mom and Berk rent a house for a week and we join the party for a few days. This was our third annual trip and we weren't about to let a little rain dampen it!

We put together puzzles ...

We colored pictures ...

Some of us took naps ...

We read magazines and books...

We played with our electronics ...

We enjoyed each others company ...

And of course, we played lots of games, drank coffee and snacked constantly. But the kids were not to be deterred by (relatively) chilly weather and a little rain! They were on the beach as soon as they could be.