Wednesday, May 9, 2018

She likes to watch things grow.  We like to do things together.  So in efforts to get a jump start on our garden this year, we decided to start some plants by seeds indoors.  Hope's excitement when the seeds start to push a little green through the dirt is so fun to witness.  She kept a close eye on them everyday and reported to me everyday their progress.

We have basil, tomatoes, carrots, beats, squash, zucchini, kale, and spinach.  Just a few seeds and a plethora of plants!
Update:  It's been about six weeks from the big plant.  Good to know all spinach, kale, basil, beats, and carrots have been successfully transplanted to there permanent homes outside.  Can't say the same for the rest....but nothing a trip to Lowes won't repair.  ;)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cousins, Pals, Comedians.


They may not live next door to each other, or in the same state for that matter.  But they always pick up right where they left off.  Friends for life.

Of course.

Last year in Kindergarten, Hope had this thing where she thought she could go to the office whenever she wanted like she owned the place....I guess growing up going into the school with her mom volunteering all the time since she could walk, didn't help her thinking.  And of course the ladies in the office treated her like she was the mayor of Union.
So no surprise, when she got off the bus the last day of kindergarten a year ago, she was proud as punch for making one last trip to the office....she lost her first tooth.
Of course, this gal wouldn't go out without a bang.
....or one last trip to the office.

The Ladybug, Butterfly, and Bee.

There once was a little girl.  She decided one day she needed some little friends.  So she used her big big imagination and made three little friends.  

One little friend was a ladybug.  She was so cute with her little black spots.  
The second friend was a butterfly.  So beautiful with her little heart pattern.
The third friend was a bee.  A fun little striped bee.

So proud of her little circle of friends, the girl decided to share them.  With big excitement she gave all three to her momma.  Her momma couldn't love the new three little friends more.  

Big imagination + little acts = Big love.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

It's race month!!! Go #25!!!

 It's Indianapolis, it's May, and therefore it's race month!  So in celebration, I'm posting some pictures from LAST year - the Union Elementary Kindy 500!  Hope was so proud of her box car - she came up with the design and painted it all on her own!  A little supervision from Dad and sidekick, Ricky though.

 And they're off!  A parade around the school, then one outside for parents.  And of course a RACE! 

 Hope's heat - the girls from her class.  On your mark, get set, GO!!!!!!

 After the event, Hope had to take a heat with just her dad.  #25 totally blew the dust on Dad.

A very fun and eventful day.  A girl, her race car, Dad and her grandpa - what more could you ask for.  Oh, I remember....Tylenol.
Yep, the little lady woke with a fever that morning, but had been looking forward to the day for weeks as they prepared for it.  I couldn't break a Kindergartner's heart, so instead we broke her fever by sneaking in Tylenol while I volunteered that day at school.  A momma's gotta do what a momma's gotta do.  We all survived and #25 went down in history as the cutest race car driver I've ever seen this side of Indianapolis.  ;)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A pencil, Chuck Taylors, and a girl with a dog.

She's my artist.  And this year she got to show Zionsville Middle how talented she is!  At the start of the school year, she applied for the sixth grade Art Club.  This consisted of filling out a form with some Q&A and a free drawing to show your abilities.  .....and that she did!  Not only did she draw with precision and depth, she drew from her heart, zeroing in on what else but her beloved....CHUCKS! ;)

I love this girl to the moon and back.  I love her spirit, her compassion, her style...and I love that she loves her dog.  xoxo
And OH!  Of course - she made the Art Club!!!!!

Little 'ol Lady

 She's feisty, she's witty, she full of giggles.  She's an 100 year old first grader! 
Celebrating the 100th day of school, this gal pulled out all the strings.  Even her great Mamaw's earrings and necklaces.  Plaid skirt and sweater, courtesy of Goodwill, was paired with a lovely walker cane.  Her reading glasses couldn't go unworn without a fancy chain, which I think compliments her bobby-pins perfectly.  Her hair turned white with the assistance of some baby powder and her back suddenly became hunched.  Watch out world....this firecracker of an old lady will out sass you all.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


 Life is way to short to not stop the middle of your day and go have lunch with your favorite first grader.  And of course surprise her with best buddy, Boe. 

Love this girls to the moon and back.  Love her love to cuddle, and love her love for Boe.  Best lunch date ever.  xoxo. 

A week in the Smokies...a year ago. ;)

 I know, I know....I'm just a little behind on this post.  But yes, last year on Spring Break, we took a break at a cabin in the Smokies.  It rained.  And rained.  And rained some more.  So the hot tub on the porch was a favorite place.  But no worries, the rain eventually passes and we had some hikes and memories made. 

 Our view from the outside, and the inside....