Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!

Today is Harper Lee's birthday. Her book, To Kill A Mockingbird, has been a favorite, always. In 1995, a 35th anniversary edition was published. 

Sa (E.W.'s mama) managed to get Harper Lee to sign a copy for him. How awesome is that?

We already had this 1960 edition which belonged to Sa's mama. There were only 5000 first editions printed for the July 11, 1960 release date. This is NOT one of them; it was printed in one of the other 13 printings that year. It has not been out of print since!

We can't say enough about this classic. I've read it more times than I can count and will read it again. If you haven't ever read it, YOU MUST!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Olympic Trials

E.W. kept referring to Ellie's gymnastics exhibition this morning as the Olympic Trials (who loves himself?). We got there right when Ashley and the girls did and immediately jumped into the madness!

Apparently Emma hasn't had her coffee yet!

Low beam? A piece of cake.

a little bars action


"I've never had a medal before!"

So proud and ready for summer gymnastics camp!
Here's a little video from the morning, featuring Ellie on the high beam and Emma being Emma:

We count it a blessing that we are close enough to make a quick trips (and memories)!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

In the Corner

One of the corners in our dining room has searched for its identity since we moved in. This is one of the many looks it sported back in the green wall days.

The brass candlesticks had their turn... did my grandmother's rocking chair.

I really did like having a chair there and decided the corner would be an ideal spot for a reading nook. It's far away from the noise of the television, yet convenient to the kitchen. I had the perfect small floor lamp (a cast-off from my parents) and the window for natural light. Surely one of the random chairs in our house would make a comfortable spot; maybe Granddaddy Hammack's chair?

Unfortunately, one of the springs is broken. The chair needs major repairs and new upholstery. Even with those issues and the not-so-cozy wooden arms, I tried to make it work. It just didn't so I hauled the chair back upstairs and declared that a reading nook just wasn't meant to be.

When I was visiting my parents for a few days, E.W. took matters into his own hands (for those of you who don't know, he is the shopper in the family). 

Now I have a peaceful place for my morning Bible study, a quiet place for a phone call, and a spot to enjoy my coffee. What's next? New paint, of course! Not sure when I'll get around to it, but I'm ready for something soothing, like Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tift Green 2013

Last year was such fun; we weren't sure we could top it. With another team and another grandchild in the mix, we managed. Sue and George arrived from Chesapeake around five on Thursday, with Kate, Jay, and Bo not far behind. Friday brought Todd, Worth, George and Dena. Ashley and the girls made day trips Saturday and Sunday; there was lots of family fun to be had.

Sweetest boy!

He's not too sure about Uncle George.
Check out Bo's expression!

serious cousins

The heater is on and so is the fan. Boys are weird.

listening closely to Uncle Worth's advice

Now it's time to laugh!

Jay's appetizers

exersaucer time
Saturday afternoon, Ashley and the girls came up. So much fun having the cousins together. 

Ellie couldn't wait to hold Bo;
she hasn't done that since Easter.

Wish I knew what these two were thinking.

A Bo sandwich! 

Emma gives the best hugs, for real.

So happy

Cheering Jay and Erick during their early morning round.

Worth and Todd 

one last high five before hitting the links

Emma tells Auntie Kate all about it. Bo is confused.

The Bumbo comes between a boy and his toes.

group entertainment

Hey, where's my daddy going? 

Aunt Sue helps Bo with his spinner.

Sunday afternoon Ashley and the girls came; Gramps and Sa did, too. If you want details on how the golfers did, you will have to ask them. Some of us were otherwise occupied!
Gramps and Bo

Emma adds a hug.

Sa's turn 

Bo listens to Sa.

Love these little hands.

Emma introduces Bo to steamrolling.


I have no idea.

Neither does Bo.

Cartwheel demonstration

Loves his daddy.

Uh oh. Unhappy.

Uncle Jay is adored by his nieces. Bo chaperones.

Another day, another chance to hold Bo.

Aunt Sue, Bo, and his toes.

Time for cornhole with Uncle Jay



Bo is working in his executive center...

...while others lounge and roll on the floor...

...and catch a few winks.

I am captivated.

Bo and E.W.
Kate and her boy.

A boy and his toes. True love.

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