Saturday, December 31, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 26 to Dec 31

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  • Dec 26, 2016 - The round of Double Twelve Dominoes where I scored 65 in a single play!
  • Dec 27, 2016 - Rey decided to "help" with the waffles this morning. I went to the refrigerator to get the eggs, and when I turned around, I saw her head down in the flour bowl. It wasn't until she lifted her head that I realized she had her front paws in there, too! I had to grab her before she ran off and got flour *everywhere.*
  • Dec 28, 2016 - First kitten casualty. The lid for this is now in my trashcan in hundreds of pieces.
  • Dec 29, 2016 - Why was the bowl moved 15 ft (4.5 m) from the laundry room into the kitchen?
  • Dec 30, 2016 - So much for stitching! Good thing she's so stinkin' cute.
  • Dec 31, 2016 - Happy New Year's Eve! Wishing you all a most wonderful 2017.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 20 to Dec 25

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  • Dec 20, 2016 - Christmas week grocery list, before and after.
  • Dec 21, 2016 - Not exactly Santa paper (no actual Santas on it), but too perfect to pass up.
  • Dec 22, 2016 - Hold on Mommy! I see you were trapped in the guest room. I will rescue you!
  • Dec 23, 2016 - Running a fever while watching his first James Bond movie.
  • Dec 24, 2016 - Whole family movie outing with Nana and Papa. We all really enjoyed it!
  • Dec 25, 2016 - Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 14 to Dec 19

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  • Dec 14, 2016 - Prototypes for this year's ornaments. Cheap, unbreakable, physically inedible.
  • Dec 15, 2016 - Ready for tomorrow. I hope it is as good as they say. We're all going together!
  • Dec 16, 2016 - Not as good as we hoped, though we seem to be the only ones who think so.
  • Dec 17, 2016 - I'm so happy you're home that my tongue is out! (Tiny, but it's there.)
  • Dec 18, 2016 - I think our waitress thought Luke was pretty cute!
  • Dec 19, 2016 - I see my husband has been bringing contraband into the house again.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 8 to Dec 13

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  • Dec 8, 2016 - Sparkly holiday collars! The kittens have outgrown their kitten collars.
  • Dec 9, 2016 - Luke didn't know Finn was in the chair until Rey lifted her head!
  • Dec 10, 2016 - Finally taking Luke to see Fantastic Beasts. We all really liked it!
  • Dec 11, 2016 - Luke helped with the front door Christmas lights from the ladder this year.
  • Dec 12, 2016 - My Big Lots lights and bow from Dollar Tree ribbon still look pretty good!
  • Dec 13, 2016 - The back door. Literally just for us, since no one else can see it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 2 to Dec 7

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  • Dec 2, 2016 - The child will be gone from 9 PM to 8 AM? Plenty of time to see a movie!
  • Dec 3, 2016 - Better late than never! One day, I will actually get this done before Thanksgiving.
  • Dec 4, 2016 - Put the tree up today. Had to take it down after just 2 hours. This is why.
  • Dec 5, 2016 - Always "fun" when the vampire visits at the doctor. No worries, just routine!
  • Dec 6, 2016 - First ever band concert! Trying not to faint over how grown up he looks.
  • Dec 7, 2016 - Science project done and turned in! (Thank goodness that's over.)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Nov 26 to Dec 1

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  • Nov 26, 2016 - No need to cook for several days! We have a whole shelf of leftovers. YUM!
  • Nov 27, 2016 - More beautiful autumn leaves in our neighborhood. I love this flame red color.
  • Nov 28, 2016 - Testing my phone's low light capabilities. Backyard Trees + Pending Storm
  • Nov 29, 2016 - Apparently, Santa is a Braves fan and eats at Zaxby's!
  • Nov 30, 2016 - Rainy day snuggle buddies, Finn and Rey.
  • Dec 1, 2016 - Started a new book. A book book even, not an electronic one. Enjoying it so far!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Nov 20 to Nov 25

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  • Nov 20, 2016 - Stunning shot of Luke and the city at night, taken by my husband at his office.
  • Nov 21, 2016 - Quiet please, science in progress! (Running experiments for science fair)
  • Nov 22, 2016 - To grandmother's house we go! First road trip in the new vehicle.
  • Nov 23, 2016 - Though he doesn't eat them, he really wanted to help with the deviled eggs.
  • Nov 24, 2016 - Happy Thanksgiving! Our first ever attempt at mashed potatoes from scratch.
  • Nov 25, 2016 - This beer bread turned out great! It uses the yeast and bubbles in the beer instead of regular yeast to help with the rise. It was excellent!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mid-November 2016 - Movie Marathon

So my first "real" post since turning 40 will be about (what else) movies! We took advantage of shipping the child off on a camping trip to spend the better part of 24 hours at the movie theater. And we had a great time! I have honestly been rather disappointed at the movie theater of late, so to find four films so very different from each other that we wanted to see, and then to have all four of them turn out to be, at worst, quite good, was quite a (pleasant) shock!

Doctor Strange was good, though not great.The visual effects were extremely well done and were used very effectively, but I had seen them all before in various forms. These may have been "cranked up to 11," but they are not really new or innovative. Still nifty to see, though I would only recommend 3D if you know you can handle it. (I could barely handle parts of it in 2D!) Tilda Swinton was amazing, though, and I'm not always a big fan of hers. Worth seeing, on the big screen if you can, but not in the top 5 (or even top 10) of my favorite Marvel films.

We didn't really have any intention of seeing The Magnificent Seven, though I was intrigued when it came in with a PG-13 rating instead of an R rating. I am a huge Denzel Washington fan, though not generally a big Western fan. I definitely did not care for the original of this movie, but when we looked at the movie times for the day, it worked out easily to see this one first thing in the morning and still get the others in well before dinner. It is the kind of movie we would have gone to see just for the heck of it in our pre-child days, so we gave it a shot, even though we weren't expecting very much from it. And I'm so glad we did! We actually quite enjoyed it, much more than I anticipated. It was fun! And funny! (Though it is not a comedy in any way.) And the James Horner score (his last before his death) is hauntingly beautiful. In this case, I will single out Ethan Hawke's performance. Truly amazing to watch, particularly how he wears a Southern accent completely convincingly, something few actors can pull off at all, much less this effortlessly. Another one worth seeing, though this one can easily wait for home viewing, in my opinion.

I knew going into it that Sully was right up my alley, but even then, it was so very good. It reminds me of Apollo 13 in all kinds of good ways. To paraphrase my brother, "it was very Clint Eastwood, in all the good ways." I loved the weaving in and out of time, and I adore movies that are very suspenseful even when you already know the story. Wonderful performances all around. Kudos to the entire cast! Definitely worth seeing, though again, would be fine for home viewing.

Arrival was the movie I was most curious and concerned about. Given how cryptic they were being in the previews, I figured this was the kind of movie that it was best NOT to know much about before seeing it, and I was right. So if you're interested in seeing it, stop reading about it! Yes, including this review! (Though no spoilers here.) #1 thing to know: this is not an action movie in any way. That's not a bad thing (or it's not to be), as I enjoy well done deliberately paced films (I don't want to call it "slow" due to the negative connotations that go with that when discussing movies). I was also afraid it might be scary or creepy; it was neither. Very different and refreshing, very good, definitely worth seeing.

So, 4 out of 4 on the "worth seeing" scale! An excellent weekend indeed. Let's see if the rest of the year's films can keep up.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Nov 14 to Nov 19

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  • Nov 14, 2016 - Death wish squirrel (though I'm pretty sure it knows she can't get through).
  • Nov 15, 2016 - Chin scratches for Kylo.
  • Nov 16, 2016 - Love the dark of the tree against the twilight sky.
  • Nov 17, 2016 - Some days, you just need a hot fudge sundae.
  • Nov 18, 2016 - Finn with his gorgeous amber eyes.
  • Nov 19, 2016 - It's fall, y'all! Such pretty leaves. (And the reason we have yard people.)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Nov 8 to Nov 13

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  • Nov 8, 2016 - I voted today, for the first time ever!
  • Nov 9, 2016 - Beautiful fall colors. No idea what tree this is, but it is a brilliant yellow.
  • Nov 10, 2016 - Because today absolutely needed some glitter.
  • Nov 11, 2016 - The child is off camping, so we're heading to the movies to see Dr. Strange.
  • Nov 12, 2016 - Getting caught up. Yes, four movies in one weekend (including yesterday).
  • Nov 13, 2016 - Everyone is doing their homework, even Rey, who is "helping" me.

In case you missed it (since I didn't post it)

A quick recap of things I really need to actually blog about but haven't had the time, like this (how on earth did we get here?!):

Sixth Grade??!!!
 And then we did this not long after (L-R: Kylo, Rey, and Finn, age approximately 10 weeks):

Yes, all siblings. Yes, we're insane.

Which very rapidly turned into this (T-B: Rey, Kylo, and Finn, now approximately 5 months):

From less than a week ago, covering me from hips to ankles.

And we really had no choice but to do this, due to a cracked radiator in our 1999 Camry that would have cost 3 times what the car was worth to repair it:

I can't believe we bought an SUV, even if it is a "crossover." We have been assimilated!
 We decided to drop soccer and try this, which is working well so far:

He's slowly but surely getting better.
And then there was this, our last year of eating off the kids' menu: 

Unfortunately, the party was largely interrupted by this (BIL and SIL did not come with our nieces due to weather , and both my parents and DH's sheltered here while it passed): 
Hurricane Matthew aftermath at my parents' house; the house made it through unscathed!
And this (not sure how many more of these I will get):

I hope to blog each of those individually, but at least you're caught up on the last, uh, 3+ months (sorry!). If you're wondering where the stitching pictures are, there hasn't been any stitching since my birthday. A lap full of kittens will do that to you! LOL But I want to snuggle with them for as long as I can while they're little, since they may not be as interested when they get older.

First "real" blog post is coming up, and it's about something completely unimportant: movies! (What else, right?)

Monday, November 07, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Nov 2 to Nov 7

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  • Nov 2, 2016 - Sneaking in some reading while Luke is at Taekwondo. (Brother Cadfael)
  • Nov 3, 2016 - Rey is keeping an eye on my productivity.
  • Nov 4, 2016 - Congratulations! Mom set the competition record in her age/weight class!
  • Nov 5, 2016 - Caturday nap time. Top to Bottom: Rey, Kylo, Finn
  • Nov 6, 2016 - Cooking is not my favorite thing, but I love when the ingredients are so pretty!
  • Nov 7, 2016 - I'm cute and adorable, too! And I'm not begging for chicken salad, nope, not me.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Oct 27 to Nov 1

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  • Oct 27, 2016 - Home Sweet Home = my bed and my pillow!
  • Oct 28, 2016 - Tried Pollo Tropical tonight. Not bad. Nice change of pace from the usual.
  • Oct 29, 2016 - Can you find the two black cats hidden in this picture?
  • Oct 30, 2016 - Fall seems to be arriving a little late this year.
  • Oct 31, 2016 - Not sure how many more Halloween trick-or-treat pictures I'll get. Sniff, sniff.
  • Nov 1, 2016 - Mommy, it is taunting us! (They've never seen a squirrel this close before.)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Oct 21 to Oct 26

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  • Oct 21, 2016 - I spy with my little eye... two kitten-paw-print-sized dimples on top of my cake!
  • Oct 22, 2016 - Stone Mountain with the cousins.
  • Oct 23, 2016 - My bags are packed for tomorrow. Not sure about ready to go, but go I must!
  • Oct 24, 2016 - Making slow progress! Finn is nearly her size and not even 5 months old yet.
  • Oct 25, 2016 - Not a bad temporary Texas office for the next two days.
  • Oct 26, 2016 - Oh. My. Heavens. If you are ever in Plano, TX, eat here! YUMMMY!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Oct 15 to Oct 20

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  • Oct 15, 2016 - Pre-dinner battles often yield multiple casualties.
  • Oct 16, 2016 - Kitty want a basket ride? (She's not too sure about this.)
  • Oct 17, 2016 - Not his first time in the front, but it is *my* first time driving him. So weird!
  • Oct 18, 2016 - Couldn't figure out the red thing on my plate. (Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon)
  • Oct 19, 2016 - This reverse vampire had 3 baby teeth removed. He did very well!
  • Oct 20, 2016 - Cake experiment for Birthday Party #2. Not sure if this will work.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Oct 9 to Oct 14

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  • Oct 9, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew aftermath at my parents' house. No damage to the house!
  • Oct 10, 2016 - I swear, on Wednesday (Oct 5), this counter was completely empty.
  • Oct 11, 2016 - Kylo wants to know why I am taking pictures instead of petting him.
  • Oct 12, 2016 - Since I'm working so hard, Rey is helping by taking a nap on my behalf.
  • Oct 13, 2016 - "Working" is truly exhausting. (Similar to Oct 12, but the only picture I took!)
  • Oct 14, 2016 - Cute sign of pets in costume for Halloween at Petsmart.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Oct 3 to Oct 8

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  • Oct 3, 2016 - Look Mommy, I'm a big girl now! I can get on the counter all by myself.
  • Oct 4, 2016 - Lunch at CNN Center with my manager, who is in town for a meeting.
  • Oct 5, 2016 - My family is a bit obsessed with tracking Hurricane Matthew today.
  • Oct 6, 2016 - Luke's idea of a perfect day off: video games, kitten in the lap, pizza for lunch!
  • Oct 7, 2016 - Happy 12th Birthday, Luke!! You must blow out a candle on your actual day.
  • Oct 8, 2016 - And it's 12th Birthday Party time! We're hosing my parents and DH's mom as Hurricane Matthew evacuees. All we can do now is hope and pray. Unfortunately, due to the same hurricane, BIL, SIL, and the nieces weren't able to make it.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Sept 27 to 0ct 2

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  • Sept 27, 2016 - Pretty clouds today.
  • Sept 28, 2016 - Why does such a tiny prick hurt so much?! (routine iron check)
  • Sept 29, 2016 - The easiest way to thread a ribbon; use a toothpick as a "needle."
  • Sept 30, 2016 - Not how you want to wake up, to a major gas leak next door!
  • Oct 1, 2016 - Luke got creeped out and had to leave Miss Peregrine's half way through.
  • Oct 2, 2016 - Star attempts to hide from the kittens. (It didn't work.)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Sept 22 to Sept 26

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  • Sept 22, 2016 - Sitting at his desk in his homeroom, waiting for our parent-teacher conference.
  • Sept 23, 2016 - Happy kid, happy kitten!
  • Sept 24, 2016 - Kylo got me right on my knuckle today. Owie! Claws = tiny razor blades
  • Sept 25, 2016 - Not bad for a $5 10-minute fix. I can't believe this Duct Tape matches so well.
  • Sept 26, 2016 - Old - Normally, I would post only one photo a day for Project 365, but given the years of service of our 1999 Camry, I really felt like it needed to be featured in addition to the second picture. Bought in October 1998, 3 months after we got married. 198,000 miles, a tape deck that no longer works, a cracked windshield, a driver's side window that would roll down but not up without repeated attempts, and (as of last week) a leaking radiator, as in needed refilling daily kind of leaking. Any radiator repair would have cost more than the car was worth. So just shy of her 18th birthday, we said goodbye.
  • Sept 26, 2016 - New - Meet our new 2016 Honda CRV. I still can't believe we bought an SUV. Luke even got his wish. "I want a blue car!"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Sept 16 to Sept 21

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  • Sept 16, 2016 - Not a good day. Limping cat and a "limping" car.
  • Sept 17, 2016 - I love the colors of this art at one of our favorite restaurants (Newk's).
  • Sept 18, 2016 - Perfect Sunday napping weather.
  • Sept 19, 2016 - It's like they made this food just for her!
  • Sept 20, 2016 - Kitten pile! L-R: Finn, Rey, Kylo
  • Sept 21, 2016 - He's decided to quit soccer. Trying Taekwondo instead. He seems to like it.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Sept 10 to Sept 15

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  • Sept 10, 2016 - Finn "supervising" my gift wrapping skills (with all of his life experience).
  • Sept 11, 2016 - Rey's turn to supervise, making sure the child is in line.
  • Sept 12, 2016 - Wasn't going to post a kitten picture today, but then Kylo did this!
  • Sept 13, 2016 - The pile of birthday party supplies grows.
  • Sept 14, 2016 - Who is that old man at Turner Field? (Chipper Jones)
  • Sept 15, 2016 - I love that Luke is still "young" enough to bring me things he finds.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Sept 4 to Sept 9

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  • Sept 4, 2016 - Finn loves napping in my lap! He'd rather be there than anywhere.
  • Sept 5, 2016 - Holiday nap with the boys. (L-R: Finn, Kylo)
  • Sept 6, 2016 - Pretty silks to play with!
  • Sept 7, 2016 - So much bigger in just three weeks! (L-R: Rey, Finn, Kylo)
  • Sept 8, 2016 - Rey quite literally tried to eat his homework.
  • Sept 9, 2016 - My evening project: birthday party invitations!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Aug 29 to Sept 3

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  • Aug 29, 2016 - Giving new meaning to using a computer to "surf."
  • Aug 30, 2016 - Star has come down, but she's still not too sure about these new invaders.
  • Aug 31, 2016 - How can one person doing homework take up the entire den floor?!
  • Sept 1, 2016 - Only interesting clouds so far from the hurricane. Shouldn't affect any family.
  • Sept 2, 2016 - How can one 12-inch pizza use this many napkins?! Greasy, but so yummy.
  • Sept 3, 2016 - DH discovered the Chamblee Rail Trail during work this week, so we visited.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Aug 23 to Aug 28

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  • Aug 23, 2016 - I see you, Kylo! They love this Y-shaped tunnel
  • Aug 24, 2016 - Kitten kisses from Rey at nap time.
  • Aug 25, 2016 - Luke, showing off his first locker at Team Night (meet the teacher night).
  • Aug 26, 2016 - Finn's idea of "exploring" = sit in the doorway and stare down the hall.
  • Aug 27, 2016 - Star kept a sharp eye on the roaming kittens during today's explorations.
  • Aug 28, 2016 - First official recliner nap is being performed by Finn.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Aug 17 to Aug 22

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  • Aug 17, 2016 - Three siblings, 9 weeks old, two boys (black) and a girl (gray). All ours!
  • Aug 18, 2016 - I love this view down our street. It's like a natural cathedral.
  • Aug 19, 2016 - Star is not so fond of her new siblings/minions. She's been up there for days.
  • Aug 20, 2016 - Saw Kubo and the Two Strings. Visually amazing, interesting story.
  • Aug 21, 2016 - Rey, Kylo, and Finn like to snuggle for nap time. So tiny!
  • Aug 22, 2016 - Needed some comfort food. Nothing like homemade mad and cheese!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Aug 11 to Aug 16

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  • Aug 11, 2016 - First use of our solar lantern! Too bad the power is out.
  • Aug 12, 2016 - Third generation flute, like his mother and grandfather before him.
  • Aug 13, 2016 - Four generations! Love you, Este Mom/GG
  • Aug 14, 2016 - Hope that new backpack comes soon. That's a lot to tote around.
  • Aug 15, 2016 - Dreaming with her tongue out.
  • Aug 16, 2016 - Birthday party prep has begun! First official party purchase.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Aug 5 to Aug 10

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  • Aug 5, 2016 - Very likely his last day at KinderCare after nearly a decade. Sniff, sniff.
  • Aug 6, 2016 - Minor mouse surgery. Patient made a full recovery.
  • Aug 7, 2016 - Remembering that it's the rain that keeps things so pretty and green.
  • Aug 8, 2016 - First day of middle school!!! How on earth is he in 6th grade already?
  • Aug 9, 2016 - Professional cute-er. Olympic champion napper. Do not try this at home!
  • Aug 10, 2016 - Pretty flowers on this dreary day. Also learning my phone's depth of field.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - July 30 to Aug 4

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  • July 30, 2016 - Crafting is better with beautiful tools that remind you of friends.
  • July 31, 2016 - Missing Daddy, who is away on a business trip.
  • Aug 1, 2016 - Praying mantis on our back porch.
  • Aug 2, 2016 - Reminding myself how pretty and green our backyard trees are.
  • Aug 3, 2016 - Middle school mascot! (Holdover from the 1960s, when it was a high school.)
  • Aug 4, 2016 - Day 5 without Daddy = Cake for, um, I mean, with dinner.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - July 24 to July 29

I first tried Project 365 way back in 2009, and I really enjoyed it. I did okay on my second attempt in 2012, though a lot of the pictures were posted after the fact. All attempts since then have not done well.

However, I have made a firm commitment (to myself) to document my Fabulous 40 year with a picture a day. (Can I just say how much high quality cell phone cameras help with this! So much easier.) I'll be posting a new "six pack" every six days (more or less, once I get caught up with the back-dated posts). Hope you enjoy this window into my year!

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  • July 24, 2016 - My 40th Birthday! Yes, there really are 40 candles.
  • July 25, 2016 - Pretty new cross stitch fabric
  • July 26, 2016 - The cursed glasses! We had lots of trouble getting the lenses to stay in.
  • July 27, 2016 - Boning up on film classics, before it's spoiled for him.
  • July 28, 2016 - Kitty making sure Luke is doing it right.
  • July 29, 2016 - Star wants to know why the stuffed cat was featured before she was!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greetings from Over the Hill!

*This* is what 40 candles looks like.
Yes, I have officially turned 40! Had a great weekend seeing my parents and mother-in-law. We also simultaneously celebrated my husband's 40th birthday, which will occur in a few days. It was a very nice weekend and a great way to start my 40s.

I thought maybe another good way to kick off my 40s would be to try and come back to blogging. I can't promise it will stick, since it was a combination of school and Luke's over the top Harry Potter birthday party that wore me out last year, followed by some other medium to large events both good and bad. I hope to go back and at least blog about a few things from the last 10 months, since I do rely on my blog somewhat to remind me of what happened when. (I can't tell you the number of times I've searched to remember exactly when Luke broke his arm, or how old he was when he hit 4 feet tall, etc. "I shall consult the blog." LOL) However, there is no big party planned for this year (in fact, it may be the smallest ever), and other than the seismic paradigm shift of starting middle school in a couple weeks (YIKES! how did that happen?!), there hopefully isn't anything else major on the horizon for a while.

So, I'm not sure who is still around. I know blogging in general has really fallen off with Facebook and YouTube and Instagram (which I am doing now! moviemuse76, but it's a private account; the good ones will show up here, though), and even I don't read blogs the way I used to, so I shouldn't be surprised if there isn't anyone left to read mine (besides my mom; hi Mom!). But for those who are still reading, thank you for sticking around! I hope to have at least some occasional things to talk about, and I really do hope to post more often (meaning a couple of times a month, I hope).

I hope you all have had a nice 10 months! I look forward to "seeing" you a bit more often.