Sunday, January 22, 2017

Friday Night

The Bowers kids spent the night with us Friday night and as they say, the joint was jumpin'! Ellie's favorite is dressing up. Emma goes along with it, but Ellie's the driving force. She was thrilled that Auntie Kate's old show choir dress had made it to the bin and alternated between that and an all-black-with-sunglasses Audrey Hepburn look.

and yes, the cash register is still a hot commodity.

The dialog that went along with these outfits was hilarious. 

All loaded up, ahead of the rain, to feed the fish.

We almost made it home before the rain. This is what was going on while E.W. ran in to get our order of Chicken Marie. Too funny, the song that was playing on Pandora.

Fresh and clean!

Winding down (ha). 

I keep my dad's old point and shoot in with the toys and Mack is obsessed; does not put the camera down. 

He took 218 pictures; here are a few:


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Last Weekend

In a few packed days, I got to visit with mama, Mary Ann, Betsey, and Eve...not to mention these three fellas and their mama!

Any type of ball and he is all in, all the time.


...are meant for chasing.

I have no idea what my big brothers are doing.

Safety first!

Bo is planning his garden. They both love 'shubbels'. 

Movie night - Dusty, of course.

Baby massage, Mia's favorite!

Fresh and clean!

Just started scooting to get to a toy. 

Banks is proud; he has temporary custody of the one ball
they both felt they needed (never mind
the umpteen other balls in the playroom).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sweet Reminder

I showed Mary Ann this picture... 

...and commissioned her to paint a watercolor for us (and permission to make copies for some of the other folks under those tents). What a sweet reminder of our family vacations every Fourth of July! Isn't it wonderful?

It makes me happy every single day!

Monday, January 2, 2017


Apparently Scarlett and the walk-on, Mellow Yellow, have decided they can tolerate each other. Only took two years!


Brothers and Sisters

For a few years I've been trying to orchestrate a New Year's Eve with the three brothers and three sisters. Sue, Cynthia, and I are only children, so for us, sisters by marriage count as sisters without the in-law tag. It can be confusing for others but it works for us!

We did a lot of talking, sitting by the fire, and eating. There was a golf episode, too, as you might imagine. 

The Florida people arrive.

Scarlett in her happy place.

Triple Threat

There was a lot of this. We refer to it as Culhaning.
For reference, see the first few seconds of this clip.
Yes, we've been calling lots of folks on the sofa Culhaning since college. 

It was a great way to start 2017 and we're already planning to start 2018 the same way! 


Thursday, December 29, 2016


Oh, how I love this kid! Happy second birthday, sweet boy!


...and now

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Celebrating Early

On the way home from an overnight visit with mama, we stopped by the farm for an early celebration of Banks' birthday. 

Oh, yeah. I can make a mess with this!

Bo supervises, now that he is four. :)

Wasn't quick enough to catch the unprompted thanks, 
but did manage to get this version later. Precious!

Look, Banks! Left-handed clubs!

Finally, the child can hit the ball with the club face.

These clubs also came with a caddy. 

Waiting for cake...

...and Mia steals some snuggle time.

Mama holds the cake while daddy pulls diaper duty.

Ever with some sort of ball, Banks eyes mama and daddy.

Not sure what's going through his mind...

...but he blew out the candle just fine.

One last squish on the birthday boy before heading home.

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