Monday, December 31, 2018


At some point I will be making A Place for Us private. It just seems important as the grandkids get older.If you're among the few who want access, I am happy to put you on the approved list; text/call/comment to let me know. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Not as much fun as it could have been.

team photo

Headed to the game.

We got in line at 5:15 and it took us an hour and 15 minutes to get inside
(thankfully E.W. had bought umbrellas for our group).
Worth & Ashley waited two hours and barely made it in time for
the 8:15 kickoff. This picture from another fan
 shows a little of the scene around 8:00.
Leaving was almost as crowded (I think they had four doors?).

Using screenshots of our tickets was key;
some people had trouble due to wifi issues at the Benz.

Smiles at halftime; we were up 13-0.

Sadly, the final score was not in our favor but what an amazing season for the Dawgs just two years into the Smart era!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018


It didn't last long but any snow in our area is a big deal!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Rose Bowl

No words, except Go Dawgs!

Oh, and this was the scene at my house during the first half! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas is when we can all be together.

This year, it landed on New Year's Eve. Our hearts are happy when the twelve of us are together!

Waiting for cousins from Valdosta.

No idea about the confusion that is about to ensue. 

First things first: Banks continues his birthday celebration.

Opening his gifts is a group effort. 

A picker! His favorite. 

A motley crew! Love these six SO much. 

Emma read the first half of the Christmas story from Luke (her first time!) and
 Ellie read the last half. Looks like a sweet calm moment, right?

Here's the full view. Traditions are important, despite the chaos all around. :)

Kids' table minus Grey, who still merits eating with the big people. 

Last year we decided that the kids would open their gifts
and the adults would wait until kids were, if not asleep,
upstairs for the night. It was still wild!

It was a blur of paper and ribbons and whirling children.

Grey is already a professional gift unwrapper.
He practiced at home before Christmas. 

A rare moment when Grey let sweet Emma hug him. 

Typical. The adults ate great leftovers for supper
and the kids wanted peanut butter and jelly.

Hey, guys, I think you forgot me.

Four boys in the tub...just a little crowded!

Clean boys warm up by the fire while the girls bathe and get pjs on. 

Another effort to get the six of them looking in the same general direction.

Aunt Ash getting some Grey sugar...

...while the other five do this, whatever it is. 

Time for the nightly dance party!

Kids upstairs, gifts opened, and champagne poured.
Ready for 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017


Bo knows the excitement of birthdays; he's had five. Grey isn't too sure. Banks is up for any kind of celebration, so having family sing happy birthday to him a couple of days early was fine with him! E.W. and I were able to go by the farm after leaving mama's Wednesday and before we headed home. 

Banks! It's a present! For you! 

Dubs gets a smile out of Grey




Monday, December 25, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Today in Arlington

So thankful for the kindness of strangers, in this case someone who offered to take these pictures for me today.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Junebugs, Basketball, Wreaths, Birthday, Wedding, Whew!

Despite scheduling and geography issues the Junebugs made our Christmas weekend (if Thursday -Saturday can be counted as a weekend) happen! We laughed, shopped, ate, gifted each other, and more, but somehow we didn't manage any photographic evidence of our together time. Take my word for it; we had fun and came home with all manner of goodies. Junebugs know what other Junebugs like!

Saturday morning, Kate, Banks, and Grey picked me up and we met everyone else at Bo's basketball game.

After taking kiddos home, she had a wonderful surprise for me. She'd researched and found a local Wreaths Across America event. We didn't realize there would be a service but it was so touching and made us feel like a small part of this growing movement. Laying wreaths on our two at Arlington is a goal of ours. 

After leaving the ceremony, we stopped by an antique market and I found something I've been wanting for years, a fireplace fender, but had never seen one for great price...until Saturday! It's solid brass, heavy, and mine!

Next up was a family party for Bo, who turned five earlier in the week. He even had a couple of Junebugs attend! He had told me at the basketball game (when I told him I hadn't seen him since he'd been five) that he would not actually be five until he blew out the candles, so I guess it's now official. 

Grey didn't really care but he wasn't sure why James, Banks, and Bo got cake and all he got was a paci.

Next up: the wedding of the daughter of our college friends, Mike and Eve. It was quite the event and the bonus was we got to be with Betsey and Ricky. 

Sunday morning we picked Sylvia up from Mary Ann's and headed home. Confession: I took a four-hour nap while Emmett played golf Sunday afternoon! It was a busy few days!

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